Congress Photos Round II

Congress Photos Reflection II

During my latest adventure down to south Congress I continued to focus in on my theme of people in transit. I decided to shoot in the morning to see if I could catch a different variety of light and subject matter. As I walked further north I could hear a strange drum beat reverberating off the restaurants and shops. I couldn’t tell where it was coming from but I figured I would find out soon enough. The drumming was getting louder as I continued to walk and I could tell I was close to the origin of the sound. When I passed by Perla’s sea food restaurant I saw the culprit. A small shirtless, wild eyed man was playing a djembe drum. He said his name was Pound and he was out on congress every day providing music for people on their morning commute. Every one of these people in the photographs has a story and it is interesting to interact and observe them in their daily routine.

1st YR Seminar – Articles, Ted Talk, and Grit

Artists and Entrepreneurs Articles

1     What are the main points of each article?

The first article talks about artists and their increasing usefulness in the corporate work place. The second article draws similarities to artists and entrepreneurs, stating that they both groups have a similar spirit and excel at creative problem solving.

2     What can artists learn from their “entrepreneurial cousins”?

I think artists can learn to focus in on a single piece or aspect of their work or business in order to have it become a more successful operation.

3    Do you agree that artists are entrepreneurs? why?

Yes, many artists are entrepreneurs, they turn their craft or skill into a business. I think that takes a lot of self drive and the ability to take risks to follow your passion.

4     Which of the 12 characteristics of artists do you agree with?

I agree with all twelve of the proposed characteristics of artists. My favorite is Artists are comfortable with ambiguity. Artists are frequently faced with making decisions on how something looks or feels and these critiques are often not quantifiable.

5     What others would you add to the list?

I would add that Artists are willing to make mistakes and learn from them. Artists undaunted by adversity. Artists love a challenge.

6     Additional thoughts.

I think both articles were well written and very kind to current and future artists. Highlighting the way an artist thinks is not an easy task but I think they broke it down systematically and gave good evidence to prove their point.

Ted Talk and Grit Test

1     Do you have grit, or is this something you need to work on?

According to the grit test I’m grittier than 70% of the US. I think everyone could always use a little more grit in their life. I hate leaving things unfinished and I think that drives me to push and get projects finished.

2     List a couple of things you could do to increase your level of grit.

In order to increase my grit I should keep a better calendar. Make lists of long term and short term goals and make weekly checks to see if I’m hitting my marks.

Congress Photos Round I

Congress Photos Reflection I

When I made my way down to Congress between Oltorf and Cersar Chavez I noticed a major theme. Everyone was on the way somewhere commuting to work or school or just out for exercise. These people traveling and moving around each other made for interesting subject matter so I decided to see how many different photos I could take of that process. I hope to get more images for this same conceptual theme.