This week’s 5ive are blog posts worthy reading:

1.Photographs Are No Longer Things, They’re Experiences

this article speaks profoundly to photographers. Well worth reading.

To say that digital cameras have profoundly changed photography is both true and cliché. But few of the regurgitaters of the idea can tell you exactly how. Stephen Mayes, director of VII Photo Agency, is one of those few.
He argues that the rise of digital changed the very nature of photography by moving it from a fixed image to a fluid one. The swift pace at which we create images is only matched by the pace at which we discard them and yet, paradoxically, we’ve never been more engaged with images. Photography is less about document or evidence and more about community and experience … and that’s not a bad thing.

2. We’re not Louis C.K.

my fave film makers, James and Lisanne talk about the experience of Indie Game The Movie, from the business and distribution side of things. This post specifically talks about the lessons learnt from Louis C.K’s decision to self distribute. I think there are some thing photographers can glean from this post. The idea of building your audience by engagement being a big one. Photos aren’t enough any more. ( see #1)

3. The Selby is In your Place.

With our city completely out of it’s head over the arrival of Ikea, I offer this link. The Selby is a photographer who showcases unique living spaces of people, usually creative types, from around the world. While I am sure they might be some pieces of Ikea in there somewhere, the best part of these photo stories is to see how a creative vision manifests itself in the space where an artist lives. I look at this site and then look around my house and studio and take a big deep sigh.

4.Pitchfork Cover story: Bat for Lashes

Worth reading because Bat for Lashes’ latest album The Haunted Man is amazing. But the thing that stood out for me is it’s billed as a “cover story” and is laid out as such. Utilizing lots of photography in a big way, the scrolling of the page makes the  image change. You can’t help but end up grabbing the scrolling and making things move like a flip book. I don’t know the coding behind this feature but I like the way the images are played up big with article, reminding you of the relationship images and words have on the printed page, but going beyond it. Funny how one article can restore your faith in online magazines.

5.Lomography is 20

Great article explaining the history of Lomography and how it just might have helped save film based photography. I got bitten by the Lomo bug way way back almost in the beginning. I have a LC-A, and few of the other toy cameras. Back in 1999 I convinced DU to shoot the annual report with Holga’s. The project wasn’t laid out properly, and was probably just a bit head of it’s time. Oddly enuff, I think the idea would be embraced more readily in these digital times. Things are too perfect, and too easy, we need some happy accidents.