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Iterations is an audio journal of observations and brief reflections mostly around visual arts and creativity.

Iterations Jeffery Saddoris

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Iterations is an audio journal of observations and brief reflections mostly around visual arts and creativity.

    Iteration 64: Meaning and Value

    Iteration 64: Meaning and Value

    If you’re listening to this show, or any of my shows really, chances are you are a maker of some sort. And if you are, I bet on at least a few occasions over the past several months, you’ve had one of those days. The days where at best it’s hard to stay focused on the making and at worst you’re asking yourself why the f**k you should even get out of bed. And you know what? Either way, it’s okay. I know that when I’m in that place it’s really hard to hear it let alone believe it, but I’m gonna say it again, so listen closely. It’s okay. It’s okay that you haven’t created your magnum opus in the midst of a global pandemic. It’s okay that the myriad of natural and man-made dumpster fires burning around the world are pulling your focus and attention away from taking pictures or making paintings or writing that novel. It’s okay.



    CORRECTION: Rumours is the eleventh album by Fleetwood Mac, not the tenth as I stated in the episode.



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    SHOW NOTES

    On Taking Pictures 43: Artistic Monkhood - https://5by5.tv/otp/43

    SADDORIS LIVE - https://youtube.com/jefferysaddoris

    Process Driven 25: Ondřej Vachek - https://jefferysaddoris.com/everything/processdriven-25/

    Fleetwood Mac: Rumors - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumours_(album)

    Jackson Pollock - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_Pollock

    Vivian Maier - http://www.vivianmaier.com/



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    Music in this episode: The Wrong Way (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 4.0



     

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    • 9 min
    Iteration 63: You Have to Plant a Foot

    Iteration 63: You Have to Plant a Foot

    If you’ve listened to any of my shows before, you know that I spend a fair bit of time talking about creativity, both in the literal and in the abstract. I’m fascinated by how and why we create. Why for some, the need to express who they — we — are is as important to the human experience as taking a breath. Questions around creativity inform many of the conversations I have — whether or not I’m rolling tape — what I read and even some of the things I watch. For example, this morning I watched a TED Talk by Ethan Hawke. Now, I wouldn’t call myself a FAN of Ethan Hawke, per se, although I’ve seen Gattaca a half-dozen times and he was great in Training Day with Denzel Washington. Anyway, like I said, I’m not a huge fan but I do have massive respect for the choices he makes as an artist. I mean, just scanning through his filmography reminds you of some of the often unexpected and occasionally brilliant left turns he’s made in his career. And whether or not a project did well at the box office or was acclaimed by the critics, he seems to get something out of everything he does and watching this TED Talk sort of reaffirmed that notion and it might even give you something to think about as you try to go deeper into your own creative process and self-expression as an artist and frankly as a human. At one point in the talk , he says, “To express ourselves we have to know ourselves. What do you love? And if you get close to what you love who you are is revealed to you and it expands.”



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    SHOW NOTES

    Give Yourself Permission to be Creative | Ethan Hawke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRS9Gek4V5Q

    David Bowie on why you should never play to the gallery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNbnef_eXBM

    David Bowie - Blackstar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kszLwBaC4Sw



     



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    • 11 min
    Iteration 62: What’s Next?

    Iteration 62: What’s Next?

    



    What happens next? That’s the question isn’t it? It’s something I get asked a lot, especially lately, both from friends and from strangers. I wish I had an answer but honestly I’m still spending a fair bit of time struggling to answer “what now?” I’m sure most of you are thinking about it too and maybe you even have an answer. Eventually, we’ll all have to think about it. What happens when we can go outside — without a mask — to grab dinner with family and friends, go to the movies, see a baseball game and just get back to something resembling normal? But, what does normal even look like in the wake of this?



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    If you’re a gamer—and even if you’re not—the tech demo for Unreal Engine 5 running on the PS5 is pretty damn impressive. The level of detail that’s possible is just incredible and in many ways it’s a quantum leap over the already impressive Unreal Engine 4, which in addition to being used to power AAA games was also used to create the virtual environments on Disney’s The Mandelorian.

    PS5 Unreal Engine 5 Tech Demo - YouTube



    CNN posted a terrific piece highlighting a site called Trailblazers of Light, which celebrates women in photojournalism. More than 500 photojournalists are featured on the site, from Frances Benjamin Johnston who began working as a freelance photographer in the 1890s to Linsey Addario, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, National Geographic, TIME magazine. It’s a fascinating resource.

    Home - Trailblazers of Light



    And finally, I don’t know a lot about musicology or music theory, but I know enough to be able to recognize what a musical monster Jacob Collier is. His latest video All I Need is an homage to 70s Stevie Wonder funktastic goodness. The melodies that he comes up with continuously amaze me. If you want more after watching the video for All I Need, check out the Tiny Desk Concert from last year.

    Jacob Collier: All I Need (with Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign) - YouTube

    Jacob Collier: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert - YouTube



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    • 9 min
    Iteration 61: Hang On Tightly, Let Go Lightly

    Iteration 61: Hang On Tightly, Let Go Lightly

    Do you know the Serenity prayer? Even if you don’t know it by name, you’ve likely heard it. It goes:



    “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.”



    Originally written as part of a sermon in the 1930s by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, the Serenity prayer has been adopted by a number of twelve-step programs, most notably Alcoholics Anonymous. Regardless of whether or not you are religious or part of a twelve-step program, the core of the Serenity prayer - change and acceptance - are ideas that virtually everyone struggles with at one point or another. I know I do.







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    LINKS

    Regina Gimenez

    The Price of Everything

    Under the (Ray) Gun: Chris Ashworth



     



    Music in this episode: The Wrong Way (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 4.0

    • 7 min
    Iteration 60: Are You Overdue for an Update?

    Iteration 60: Are You Overdue for an Update?

    In the last Iteration I talked about the importance of giving yourself little victories in the work that you do — tiny wins that you can finish in a day or two that can often re-energize you or jumpstart your creative momentum on larger, more time-consuming projects. In this episode, I want to share a couple of examples of little wins that I’ve given myself in the last week. You may have noticed — or you may not have, and that’s okay too — but I’ve given the cover art for each of my three current podcasts a slight redesign. They still have a similar feel to the previous versions, but they all work together a bit better and feel more on point with my overall design aesthetic if that makes sense. I’ve also made some tweaks to my website — nothing really major, but I’ve tweaked the fonts and the color palette so there’s a bit more visual cohesion between the design of the show covers and the site.







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    LINKS

    My Blue Note playlist on Spotify

    Orba by Artiphon

    Dark and Stormy icebox cake



     



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    • 9 min
    Iteration 59: Big Projects, Little Victories

    Iteration 59: Big Projects, Little Victories

    We’re getting close to the end of the year and if you’re like me, you’re already looking ahead to 2020 – maybe you have been for a while – trying to come up with some great new project or maybe multiple projects that will make the next year better than this one.



    I love the idea of big projects and in fact I’ve already started laying the groundwork for what’s looking more and more like the biggest solo project of my career – but while I’m more excited about it than I’ve been about anything in a while, I’m also terrified that I won’t be able to pull it off or that it will end up being less than what I think it could or should be. Big projects are great when you finish them but, man, they can be a slog. And typically the bigger the project, the more we hope or expect from it in terms of response once we actually do finish it.







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    LINKS

    https://www.charliecliftphotography.com

    The Beastie Boys book

    David Hurn Documentary on BBC Two 



     



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Jeffrey’s conversations about the creative process are both inspiring and thought provoking. I look forward to every new episode as a new chance to delve into what it means to be be human, alive, and looking at the world around me. Thank you!

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Continues the conversation I love so much

If you enjoy On Taking Pictures you will certainly enjoy this podcast. Jeffery uses his wisdom as a serial conversationalist and his own thoughts and ideas about what it takes to be a creative or a success human for that matter. Enjoying this new conversation and look forward to more of the same! Thank you!

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