Brilliant Failures and Second Chances

Brilliant Failures and Second Chances

"To become better equipped for a world of risk and uncertainty is not to neutralize or learn to enjoy failure, but to learn how to cope with it afterward."
—Katherine Oktober Matthews (Riding the Dragon, 2018)
The Overview Effect

The Overview Effect

"Rather like the fish who doesn’t realise he’s swimming in water, our relationship with our own terrain is easy to not perceive due to its ubiquity."
(GUP Magazine, 2017)
The Fun of Photobooks

The Fun of Photobooks

Modern photobooks are all too often the insecure product of an oversaturated marketplace. With so many photographers in the world, many of whom have the idea that publishing a book will confirm their status or identity as a ‘real’ photographer, there’s no shortage of photobooks that try in clumsy language (whether too serious or too amateur) to convince you of…
The Entrepreneur’s Dilemma

The Entrepreneur’s Dilemma

“Let’s be clear about this: working for yourself doesn’t eradicate the problem of worker exploitation. You’ve just replaced an external boss with an internal one. You’re a horse, cracking its own whip.”
—Katherine Oktober Matthews (Medium, 2016)
A Love Affair with Arles

A Love Affair with Arles

“[Arles] is the magic of pulling many, many creators into a playground designed specifically for them. A playground, we remember, is one of the first and most sacred of places for meeting on equal ground with peers, and learning, joyously.” My latest blog post, up on GUP Magazine, reflects on the magic of Rencontres d’Arles.
Come Hither: A Reframed Means of Seduction

Come Hither: A Reframed Means of Seduction

“In one sense, it’s business as usual: a man has photographed a young girl provocatively. In another sense, [Playboy] may have come to recognize that, in modern times, perhaps the most desirable woman is one who is in control over her own image.”
(GUP Magazine, 2016)
Pain Isn’t Pretty

Pain Isn’t Pretty

“If you sit with the discomfort long enough, it can transform with effort into something else. For example, ecstasy. For example, liberation. For me, what my body brews when percolating over these particular images long enough is transcendence of self.”
(GUP Magazine, 2015)
Picture or It Didn’t Happen

Picture or It Didn’t Happen

“As uncountable photos of bikinis and cocktails pass by my social networking streams in summer – trophy heads mounted on the wall celebrating the ‘best party ever’, souvenirs marking the sacrifices made at the altar of YOLO – I can’t help but wonder, is there anybody out there still buying into all this?”
(GUP Magazine, 2015)
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