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Monday, 13 June 2016


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just one more reason to love Louis C.K.

11. Be Curious

As to #5, it's very much, at the very least... worth trying. After 40 yrs of shooting analog B&W with one lens, I'm now shooting digital color with a different lens- and having the time of my life!

I liked Ruth Bernhard's Recipe for a long and happy life. Ruth told me that Number 8: "Today is the day!" was from a Macy's department store sign for women's bras.

Ah, rules for success! As it happens, I know where there may be a better list, and for once I won't let natural modesty deprive others of the benefit:

Twelve Steps to Success:

And, for good measure, here are some rules for unleashing your creativity:

You're welcome! A little negativity goes a long way...


My father was for many years a professor of English literature. When he started out he used to prepare lecture notes for his classes. And every time he taught the same class again he would throw them out and write new ones so his lectures never became rote and stale.

I assume you knew this, but Louis C.K. is an avid photographer and shoots with a Leica. Can't remember where he said this, but most everyone here can relate to it. "I'm not rich. I just spend all my money on cameras. It's important to me."

I think rule five is the only interesting one. It is damn scary to let go of what's working. The rest of the rules are cliches we could read off "inspirational" posters.

First world rules.

11. Never follow life advice from someone you don't personally know, least of all a comedian.

[It was posted more as creative advice from a creative person, not life advice. --Mike]

"I liked Ruth Bernhard's Recipe for a long and happy life. Ruth told me that Number 8: "Today is the day!" was from a Macy's department store sign for women's bras."

Ruth was a remarkable woman and photographer. Thank you Robert!

"Don't waste time"

Why not, where's the rush? This one seems odd (as seen by a hobbyist at least).

"Don't waste time" .... The most self explanatory rule.
Time is all we have, and ultimately have absolutely no control over.

On A.D. Coleman's site, a recent article on Steve McCurry had the following story, which seems to be a Japanese version of Louis C.K.'s fascinatingly inscrutable rule number 5:

“To conclude, a word of advice to McCurry: Long ago, in a book whose title and author I can’t remember, I read that during the Edo period (1603-1868) Japanese woodblock artists would work for years perfecting a particular combination of technique and style that would make them famous. Then they would change not only the technique and style but also their names, starting again at the beginning.”


I'll try that. Thanks. JFB

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