NYC from Brooklyn Bridge Park

Recently I spent some time with David Ferguson (my father-in-law) shooting NYC from the Brooklyn Bridge Park.  David is an avid and talented outdoor photographer and had this shot on his bucket list so I tagged along and took a few images of my own.

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It’s amazing to me that Brooklyn has such a spectacular park and with such an incredible view of NYC.  This is one of the many must see spots in NYC.

This image was taken at ISO 100, 30MM, f9.0 at 30 seconds on my Canon 5D mkIII using a Canon EF24-70mm 2.8 lens.

Beach Feet

My favorite feet on my favorite beach.

My favorite feet on my favorite beach.

A Shiny Pebble

We are descendants of the creatures that picked the shiny pebbles from the river.  We love to touch, experience and be part of a community.  I love this example of a shiny pebble.  The owner of this small shop has created an icon that is experiential, differentiates and tells a story about what you are likely to encounter in the community that he has created inside.

 

Winter Street Bike

Winter Street Bike

I spoke with the owner a bit before I asked him if I could photograph his bike and he told me that dozens of people take pictures of it every day during the summer.  Many of those people also wander in to experience his shop – to experience him and how he sees his world.  So, a story extended to the street is no doubt adding value to the people that walk by and the shopkeeper that is attracting new customers.

What is your art?

All people have art in them. For some it’s music or painting. For others its the written word. And, for some it is the ability to see something in others or inspire. But for sure all of us have art, the ability to create something where previously there was nothing, inside of us. All we have to do is let it out. 

Are you a Factory Worker?

“Factory workers” follow process.  Factory workers have a schedule.  Factory workers are told what to do and when to do it.  This sounds a lot like what many of us do every day.  The unfortunate part of this is that it takes the innovation, creativity, fun and ultimately, value creation out of our “jobs”.  This is not what I want to do.  Is this what you want?

It is true that we need rules and process but we also must have innovation, creativity and fun in our jobs.  Without this there is no passion and without passion for what we do we can’t be great.  We won’t become Our Best.

So, what to do?  I encourage all of us to look for the opportunities to try new things, new ideas and new perspectivesin our “jobs”.  I meet people every day that are doing extraordinary things – “ordinary” people doing extraordinary work because they choose to be special – to have passion for what they do.

How are you going to be special today?

The Myth of Modern Communication

The Myth of Modern Communication

We think that all of the modern tools that we now use every day make us better communicators or somehow make the human connection more effective but the truth is often the exact opposite.

In the beginning there was email. And, it was good. Suddenly we could efficiently create and send a “letter” or “memo” to someone far away and they could respond in near real time. In the early days we didn’t send email to the person in the next pod or office; that came much later in digital terms – I think it was on the second day.

This was like magic. I naively thought that we were on the boundary of something big…maybe even cosmic. A new age of written communication could be at hand. But, by day three of the email revolution, the world had deteriorated into a place where full sentences, capitalizing words and (God forbid) complete thoughts were forever lost. They were replaced by emoticons and other almost indescribable and certainly grammatically tragic abbreviations masquerading as thought.

Quickly following the emoticon attack was the refinement of email as the key weapon in intra-company pod wars. Now anyone with an email account could launch inane requests to his or her peers. They could use the “to” line to keep hundreds of people “in the loop” on information that the receivers did not need or want. They could launch denial-of-productivity attacks by burying coworkers and staff in messages with endless unneeded attachments, or use the dreaded “cc all” to say “thanks” to hundreds of people efficiently letting the entire company know that they had read and fully understood the mass-mailing from the IT department telling the company that a report would be delayed.

Got it?

The next time you need to give someone an update or get “alignment” try that old school human trick: talk to them. You might like the result.

🙂

A walk through Siena

While in Tuscany this summer we spent a few hours walking around Siena . A spectacular Tuscan hill town, Siena is a wonderful walk through the middle ages.

These ancient iron rings are throughout Siena. Used to secure your horse (or other animal) while you did business in town, they are so well used that indents from the ring striking the wall can be an inch deep. If you look closely near the bottom of the ring you can see the impact of several centuries of use.

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It will be no surprise to you that I immediately thought of my grandfather and his spectacular work horses when I saw these rings. I could imagine his delight at the utility and workmanship of these devices as he tied his horse outside of a pub or general store.

At the top of one of Siena’s (many) hilly and narrow streets we found this amazing mercato.

Siena Shop

As with all of the other images on this blog, these pictures were captured with my Canon GX1 point and shoot and edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.