Weekend Links // May 30

This week's edition of Weekend Links (coming to you a little late) winds its way through the idea of legacy. How will you leave your unique mark on your place and her people? How will your work echo in the lives of others?

Here are seven beats in a bigger story that I hope encourage & challenge your belief in what's possible with a single life:

1. The Best Places to Live

If you're a photographer, apparently Dallas is number 10 on the list according to PetaPixel. They looked at number of working photographers, number of job openings for photographers, overall cost of living and the annual average salary of those working photographers and made a spreadsheet.

I noticed something interesting, though; Plano, Irving, Garland and Ft. Worth all cracked the top 35. Couple that with the spirit of the growing community, as evidenced by the success of WELD and the attention garnered by this year's One by One show & I think you'd have to put DFW, as a whole, somewhere just above Houston, on the list.

2. Maya Angelou

This quote by the late poet basically says it all, for me:

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
— Maya Angelou

3. Where To Put The Camera

Henri Cartier-Bresson, the father of modern journalism & founder of Magnum photos, had some good advice on where to put the camera for portraits:

The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.
— Henri Cartier-Bresson

4. Jerry Wachter


On seeing this I'd tweeted the image, naively saying the image was reminiscent of my hockey work. I was quite mistaken. If anything, I have been working in the very long shadow of a giant.

Thanks to @DrCapsFan, I was able to learn the man behind this particular photograph was the late Jerry Wachter. As it turns out, Wachter's work is legend in the world of sports photography, though finding a portfolio has proved almost impossible.

One place his work is collected, because he boasted more than 30 covers in the late 70's & 80's, is on 

On his death in 2005, Si Director of Photography, Steve Fine, described Jerry as "that rare action photographer who was adept at all four major sports. When you sent Jerry out to a game, he always delivered."

5. Details Matter

Google changed its logo this week. But you didn't notice. Neither did I, actually. But a few keen eyed Reddit-ers did notice.

The second 'g' moved a single pixel to the left & the 'l' moved down and right by one pixel.

Many have speculated about why Google would make such an insignificant change. I believe the answer can be summed up in just two words: details matter.

6. Lavar Burton & Hayden Miethe

Lavar Burton launched a Kickstarter to re-boot Reading Rainbow for a new generation. Apparently, the news excited almost everyone who heard about it because in just 11 hours, he'd met the $1M goal. And in 24 short hours, the campaign more than doubled the goal.

Incredible, right?

Crowd funding is a great way to get things off the ground & everyone who has decided to crowd fund hopes their project can get a little momentum. Some succeed. Some fail.

Enter a guy you likely haven't heard of: Hayden Miethe.

I met Hayden while working on the documentary about Korn guitarist, Brian Welch. On our first phone call, Hayden mentioned his music project called Vinyl Jones & The Sons of Tennessee. Cool name, but what about the music? Imagine Marcus Mumford & Johnny Cash getting in a barroom brawl with Kanye West & Macklemore.

I was intrigued. And more that just a little.

Honestly, it's not that crazy to think the two genres can work together. Before country was polished up by Nashville, it was dominated by deeply honest storytellers like Johnny Cash. That same foundation of story is at the core of any good hip-hop album.

So, if you were going to give Reading Rainbow a few bucks, consider instead putting some wind in the sails of Vinyl Jones & the Sons of Tennessee.

7. Kyle's Mural

This past week here in Dallas, my friend Kyle Steed finished a fun project for his city — a giant hand-lettered mural along the new Trinity Strand Trail, which winds through our neighborhood around the corner from WELD.


The sentiment Kyle chose for the mural was a riff on John F. Kennedy's famous challenge:

Ask not what your city can do for you, but what you can do for your city.

Coming full circle with this installment of Weekend Links, it's projects like this that are the intangibles that put Dallas much higher on the list of locations perfect for photographers. This is a city of humans looking to re-make our place. And it's the humans, not the salaries or the job openings, that water the soil of my career.

If you're looking to go hunt down #thatKyleSteedmural, you can find it right here:


Before she was reciting her poem at Bill Clinton's inauguration, before he was defining a photographic genre, before Reading Rainbow or even Geordie Laforge, they were just people with ideas. 

What ideas are you living into existence?

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