The "parade" is small. This year no band, just a rag tag color guard, kids in red white and blue on their bikes, and a good turnout of neighbors. Every year the historical society makes sure that the grave of each veteran is decorated with a flag and a poppy. Monday morning the town gathers on the green and walks the circle to lay a wreath on the monument. Next the neighbors fall in behind the color guard and bikes and file into the cemetery. Tributes are read, taps played, and that's it. A perfect thoughtful tribute. Simple. Straightforward. Today we honor those who sacrificed for us. Today we remember the importance of freedom and democracy and gratitude.
No marketing agenda, no client, no strategy. I shot these photos as a way to enjoy the beauty of the river, to watch closely, to participate, and to reignite the creative spark.
These 6 photos were shot in one morning and capture the unconsciousness of a dog exploring his environment, and imitate it with a visual exploration of the constantly changing landscape of the river in winter.
Interview lessons is a new project I've begun, to share what I've learned over 30 years of coaching, conducting, shooting and directing interviews for podcasts, marketing testimonials, oral histories and documentaries. I'm researching and sharing what it takes to be a great interviewer and sharing it with you. So far there are articles about top podcaster Tim Ferriss' interview strategies, the philosophy of documentary filmmaker Errol Morris toward interviewing, how to drop filler words like "ummm" and Like" from your interviews and a few others. As the library grows I will be inviting experienced interviewers to contribute directly, taking requests from readers, and adding audio and video media.
I'm excited about this new project. It's just a few months in the making so far but has helped me to become better at the art of interviewing, and at coaching others.
Part crazy, part inspiring,always thought-provoking - this year a Guinness World Record was set. Sometimes confusing, sometimes surprising, always enlightening - the Death Race is back.
What I love about photographing this event is that pretty quickly all pretense is gone. Self consciousness in gone. The athletes are focused on their challenges, their internal battles, and each other... and all that can be read on their faces. Extreme joy, exhaustion, pain, love and triumph.
This is one of the quick turn around social videos I cut for the Spartan during the race.
Sometimes attending an event is about taking photographs, capturing it, sometimes attending an event is about the event. This was about the event. The photos, I hope, tell the story in spite of that. A small town, remembering lives lost and honoring the greater principles that give those sacrifices meaning.
There really is nothing better than a sunny spring day on the trails photographing Ultra Runners! Especially when I get to bring my son as an assistant. here are a few of my favorites. There's a collection of about 200 on Peak's Facebook page.
Two great takeaways for me personally in this week’s Spartan Up Podcast with Yanik Silver . The first is a simple but brilliant way to understand what it is you truly love to do - ask yourself “what would I do even if I knew it would fail?” The second is to experiment with your life. Try something for 33 days. See how it feels, if it feels good then keep it. With that in mind, I am on day two of a morning journal. Thanks, Yanik. www.Spartan.com/194
I'm fortunate that my gig producing "Spartan Up," meeting our amazing guests then pouring over the interviews in post, gives me a weekly shot of motivation and insight. Here are a few recent examples:
Mindy Hamilton has a high power job, SVP of partnerships at Marvel, but you might be surprised by her simple advice: Don't live in shame, move on! It applies to the big and the small mistakes we make in our personal and our work lives. She also talks about her unique career path, one that could have appeared directionless to an observer, but in fact was like a foraging expedition in which she collected all the skills and experience she would need in her current role. Full interview on apple podcasts at https://apple.co/2GSmZL6 or search YouTube, Google Play, or Spotify.
How do you think about those around you whose skills are not the same as yours? A chain may only be as strong as its weakest link, but according to adventure racing success Ian Adamson a good team is FASTER than its slowest member. In fact a good team is faster than its fastest member. How do you work to bring up the level of the entire team?
I love these photos because they show utterly normal people fully engaged. Trying their best to understand the issues and make decisions.
Call me an optimist, but democracy might still be alive and well. In our small town (just over 300 registered voters) about 70 of them showed up to spend the morning together.
It wasn't because they like each other's company - some do, some don't.
It's because they believe it's important to show up at Town Meeting. It's a roomful of neighbors taking time to go through the issues facing their town. This year the most contentious was the the fire truck. Do we replace the pumper truck - a 1960 truck with a ‘68 milk tank on the back. It would mean a cost of $200,000. That may not seem like much until you realize the cost will be divided between such a small tax base. It's an important decision, and right or wrong it's discussed and decided by a vote. Democracy.
PART 1. Nature has a critical role to play in our lives, we've gotten too far from it as a society. Time in nature brings us balance, calm and even helps us to realize our own purpose. You've probably not heard of Steve Lulek, but he's made a career out of helping people access the power of the outdoors (for 11 years as an instructor in United States Military’s Mountaineering School and now as an adventure guide and educator.) If you have 20 minutes and want to add a little calm and confidence to your day give it a listen and let me know what you think. https://apple.co/2otkN26
PART 2.Taking my own advice I ripped myself away from the desk today for the short 20 minutes it took to walk to meet my son at the bus . I was rewarded with that perfect first taste of spring - snow and ice are breaking loose, the air is crisp, the sun higher in the sky and the birds are starting to call out.
PART 3. Sometimes you need to put the computer down and pick up a pencil. I did yesterday and ROBOTURFLY was born!