Weekend Links // May 9

It's no secret that I'm a sharer. My wife would say, at times, I'm an over sharer. So, each Friday, I plan on sharing 7 things — a week's worth — I found around the internet that you may have missed. I'm hoping this is a decently regular thing around here. No promises, though.

Trust me, these are all worth your time.

1. The Mystery of the Caterpillar Chrysalis

Radiolab did a beautiful piece called "Black Box" recently — a collection of three stories about mysteries to which we can't know fully know the answer. And, I'm usually pretty freaking geeked up about Radiolab... but, with this episode, they've outdone themselves.

I highly recommend you listen to the whole thing... but on the off chance an hour long listen isn't in the cards for you today, skip to the 50 minute mark & listen to the final 10 incredibly beautiful & mysterious minutes on the caterpillar chrysalis.

I'm consistently amazed when the spiritual & the scientific collide. This statement about the full weight of the mystery of the chrysalis, in particular, floored me:

It’s kind of erie, it’s not just what of me carries forward into the future. It’s like, what of my future self is in me right now?
— Molly Webster, Radiolab Producer

Seriously, don't delay. Listen.


2. TIME Magazine Atop America

While out in the main workspace at WELD, my friend Esther Havens showed me this amazing image her friend Jonathan Woods, Senior Editor at TIME, Photo & Interactive:

Photograph by Jonathan D. Woods and Michael Franz for TIME;   Stitching: Gavin D. Farrell; Compositing: Meghan P. Farrell; Color: Claudio Palmisano/10b       

Photograph by Jonathan D. Woods and Michael Franz for TIME; Stitching: Gavin D. Farrell; Compositing: Meghan P. Farrell; Color: Claudio Palmisano/10b



Stunning, right? To call this the image of one man, though, is a bit misleading. This is an epic & TIME was smart to include this "Making Of" video. In many ways, I find this to be the most compelling piece of the whole interactive experience:



Note: TIME only offered a flash-based player for encoding, which is a giant bummer considering it's limitations on mobile devices. I'm sorry.

3. Fiddleoak

Fiddleoak is a 15 year old photographer named Zev. Best I can tell, Zev has more talent & ability at 15 than most people acquire in a lifetime of honing a craft. He makes stunning images like this one:

photo by Fiddleoak

photo by Fiddleoak

Which, maybe you look at this and think, "that's a great image, but, so what?" Here's what. Look at what went in to crafting this image. He details the whole process, step by step. So, not only is he incredibly talented, he's also part of the open source generation.

The sum? Very, very cool.

4. Reframe Your Failure

We must think of the cost of failure as an investment in the future.
— Ed Catmull, Co-founder of Pixar

Maria Popova, of Brain Pickings, has a wonderfully concise synopsis of a single chapter from Creativity, Inc. (which has been added to my list of want to read books) on not hiding your failures.

It's good stuff. Read it here.

5. Phillip Bloom's Slow Motion on Instagram

If this doesn't make you smile, then... man, I just don't know.


6. Day of Night / Nights of Day

photo by Elena Chernyshova

photo by Elena Chernyshova

I found this incredibly poignant, beautifully photographed and masterfully reported photo essay over on Lens Culture. Of the project, photographer Elena Chernyshova writes:

This documentary project aims to investigate human adaptation to extreme climate, environmental disaster and isolation. The living conditions of the people of Norilsk are unique, making them an incomparable subject for such a study.

Please make time this weekend to pour over this story. It's stunning & the amount of rich, anecdotal detail Elena includes via captions is truly inspiring.


From the struggle beauty arises. That beauty is fought for.
— Zack Arias

I've been a Zack Arias fan for a long time. In fact, his blog is directly responsible for helping me learn the in's & out's of shooting on white seamless, which I was able to directly apply to the I Am Second campaign. He's a man with a keen eye and a passion for helping others grow.

In that spirit, he wrote a piece on his recent trip to Cuba that you should definitely take time to mull over.

photo by Zack Arias

photo by Zack Arias

I'm often asked how difficult it is to vacillate between the vastly different cultures I visit and my own. Is it hard, people wonder, to go from a leper colony to Disney World? My answer, unlike Zack's, is no, it is not because I've come to learn that the less you have, materially, the more you are have, spiritually.

I guess, we kind of get to the same place, though. Many think of the gear as the great catalyst to creativity, when, in fact, it's usually the thing that makes us fat and lazy, creatively.

The question Zack ultimately lands on is one that I wrestle with greatly. And seems a great place to land this plane.

What's keeping you from growing? 

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