Q&A: End Of Summer Recommendations

As the summer winds down, it’s a great time to catch up on all that relaxation that you’ve been meaning to get to since May. For this month’s Q&A, we’ve decided to catch up with our photographers as well as help you kick back with some of their favorite sources. We’ve asked each one to send over a few recommendations and let us know what they’ve been interested in lately. We’re hoping to stray from the obvious here and give you a little something you may not have seen before.

We hope you enjoy and have a great finale to your summer!

-Jacqueline Bovaird, Glasshouse Assignment

MIHA MATEI

Q: What have you been interested in lately?

A: I have been interested in all things food and design. About a year ago, we moved into a new house, so I’m always looking for new decorating ideas. I’ve also been shooting a lot more interiors lately; so keeping up with interior design has been part of my research.

Miha’s Recommendations:

Amadea Bailey, painter. I recently met Amadea Bailey and instantly fell in love with her work. Her paintings are full of rich colors and texture, the same qualities that draw me to photography. (see Miha’s photo of Amadea above)

LivingEtc. Magazine. I have been buying this magazine every month for a few years now. It offers stylish and modern tips on interior design and living and gorgeous photographs!

HGTV’s Design Star. Emily Henderson is a prop stylist who I’ve worked with and is one of the contestants. She styled my shoot for Tia’s Bakery about a year ago and I’ve loved her aesthetic every since. She has a great design inspiration blog where she posts highlights from the show as well as a refreshing take on design.

Donna Hay and Jamie Oliver magazines. The two have contrasting styles but they both offer an abundance visual reference. Jamie Oliver has a blog that I love to visit and Donna Hay has a general store in Sydney’s Woollahra specializing in home wares that I love and wish was here in the States.

(see Miha’s interiors and food portfolios here)

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TREVOR DIXON

Q: What have you been interested in lately?

A: I’ve been spending a lot of time (and money) looking at photography books on Photoeye.com.  It’s great resource for collecting signed, limited edition and obscure photo books. I have ton and love having all this amazing work in my office. In our digital world, I find it increasingly satisfying to hold something unique and labored over. They also host a rare book auction and a gallery section.

Trevor’s Recommendations:

iPhone 4’s face time feature. I’ve been doing lots of traveling for work and this allows me to check in with my wife and son when I’m on the road. I can use the phone to show them my hotel, where we are working, etc.

Kin Subscription Series photo books. Number #2 just came out and features two of my favorites Todd Hido and Alec Soth. They only produced 800 of them and they are really cool.

Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. A really interesting “reality” show on Bravo where young artists compete for a big solo show.  Reminds me of my harsh art school crits and the host China Chow is easy on the eyes.

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham. Written in 1949, it is the one book every investor must read and I am slightly obsessed with the craziness of the market.

The Hold Steady’s new album Heaven is Whenever. Craig Finn’s lyrics are amazing and hilarious…always puts me in a good mood.

(see Trevor’s interiors and still life portfolios here)

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SPENCER JONES

Q: What have you been interested in lately?

A: Motion / video and Design …. how to produce it, shoot it, and who’s doing it. Film and video have always been an interest of mine. I have a few personal projects that I’m working on now. I’m starting to see still life shooters take their 5D and shoot motion and, of course, it seems like the next phase of photography. I’m starting to get requests from clients to shoot both stills and motion for their web sites. As a photographer, the next wave for the future is to be able to do everything.

Spencer’s Recommendations:

Craig Cutler’s Forks. Craig Cutler, a still life photographer, is a good example of someone who has made the move into motion. Even though he has produced commercial jobs using motion I particularly like this personal projects.

Motionographer. A great source of inspiration.

Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference and Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. I’m currently reading The Tipping Point. In this book he finds examples of when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, and tips from being obscure to spreading to the main stream. I have a fascination with why things work out the way they do. Malcolm Gladwell’s perspective is one I find intriguing. In Outliers, Gladwell illustrates examples throughout history of events that occurred to lead groups of individuals in a direction that created a niche, which turned into main stream success.

Frog Design and their blog, Design Mind. As one of the leading design firms of global innovation, I’m interested in how their creative process is both art and science.

(See Spencer’s portfolios here and here)

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RYAN SCHUDE

Q: What have you been interested in lately?

A: Unfortunately, my reading time has been vastly monopolized by playing scrabble on my phone, sad but true. So, here is more of an all-time list.

Ryan’s Recommendations:

My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl. Uncle Oswald is one of the greatest characters you will ever read about. My greatest ambition as a photographer before I die is to create a specific vision inspired from this book.

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction by J.D. Salinger. Even if you’ve already read everything else he’s written and maybe this one too, it still deserves a second go round.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. A bit of a chore, but worth it much more for the story itself than the philosophy surrounding it.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. The humor and honesty relayed in the title carries itself throughout the entire book. Inspiring on many levels including when you look at what he’s accomplished since this debut.

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. Definitely a must. Quick and easy read, funny and heart warming with classic Americana visuals throughout.

(See Ryan Schude’s portfolios here and here, as well as his lomography portfolio)

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EVAN KAFKA

(photos from a recent Kids With Candy collaboration, see the full story here!)

A: The new baby at home is taking most of my time. Family is what I’ve been into lately.

Evan’s Recommendations:

The New York Times. I read the analog paper every morning.  There is so much in there I want to read each day but many times I can barely get past the section fronts. It’s hard to read any other paper or news magazine, they just don’t compare. I especially like the business section. It’s fascinating.

Tech/Review sites. I am a gear head.  I can’t help it, that’s what I’m interested in.  I read dpreview.com, luminouslandscape.com, diglloyd.com, reidreviews.com, and macperformanceguide.com.

Jonathan Saunder’s blog, I Like to Tell Stories. I try to follow my friend Jonathan Saunder’s blog, I think he’s a great photographer and this way I can see what he’s up to now that he’s in TX.

Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven Levitt. I read about one book every 2 years.  The last one was Superfreakonomics, which was very interesting. There is no time for books.

WFMU. When I am in my studio working, I almost always stream WFMU.  It’s a local station out of Jersey City but the signal is week so I listen online, wfmu.org.  I have listened to it pretty regularly for about 15 years.  I have a pretty eclectic taste in music and that’s what they play. I am also really into my friend Ian Svenonius’ latest band right now, Chain and the Gang.  He is amazing. Watch a live version of Reparations on YouTube, so cool.

(See Evan Kafka’s portraits, animals, corporate, and baby portfolios here)

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To end things, here are a few of my own recommendations!

The Photographic Dictionary. A tumblr page where people submit photographs to illustrate words. It is always interesting to me 

Cronopios y Famos by Julio Cortazar. I read this a while ago, but keep going back to this book for a short story or two.

After Photography by Fred Ritchin. Any time I’m feeling in a rut and need to kick start my brain, this definitely does the trick. (also check out the blog)

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler. When living in New York ends up being overwhelming, a glass of wine and few chapters of this is all I need to mellow out and refocus on what’s important. It’s not easy to balance this philosophy and my neurotic nature, but I’m working on it!

The Sartorialist. Run by writer/photographer/style icon Scott Schuman. What’s better than looking at beautiful people in their natural habitat? I’m totally hooked.

PS1’s Summer Warm Up Parties. With only a few left before we move into fall, make sure to check out this outdoor dance/art scene on Saturdays through September 4th.

Have a great end of the summer and, as always, feel free to contact me with any questions/comments/portfolio requests!

Jacqueline Bovaird, Photo Agent

212-462-4538  jacqueline@glasshouseassignment.com

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