Friends

Friends

Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004, lasting ten seasons. With an ensemble cast starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, the show revolves around six 20–30-something friends living in Manhattan. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest TV shows of all time, and it was one of the first things that jumped to my mind when I saw this weeks word.


And so the TV series is not what we are talking about.
We are talking about the social concept, known as friendship.
Our word of the week. Continue reading “Friends”

Taking plastic places.
Exploring my inner child and following Me2’s wanderlust into untold stories for generations to come.
100% Stuck In Plastic.

Day Zero

Day Zero is upon us.

We find C3PO and Artoo wondering if this is really the adventure they both have been looking for, while our other guests are just enjoying the tropical temperatures the Stockholm Archipelago has to offer these days …

The crew is ready, the gear is locked and most of the guests have arrived (two listed ladies are still missing and a rescue mission has been launched).

We are ready to hit the road and indeed kickstart the adventure we all have been waiting for.

An adventure of Friends™ that will take us places.

An adventure that hopefully will spark some global friendship and shows us some great scenery and inspiration.

An adventure that will take us beyond the basics and who knows may even cross paths with an old sailor at the other side of the pond.

An adventure that starts in the south of Sweden (here is a numerical hint for those who cannot wait and want to say hi tomorrow 57.695219 11.992464,17) but will soon take us to places far beyond the starting point and its merry go round …

So, if you are in the neighborhood of  57.695219 11.992464,17 tomorrow evening we may bump into each other !

Me2 and Crew

Taking plastic places.
Exploring my inner child and following Me2’s wanderlust into untold stories for generations to come.
100% Stuck In Plastic.

Friends™

On my way back to planet Earth I tried to catch up with the news of what is happening in our part of the universe. And I must say it was really a sad day to read on recent accidents and growing intolerance on our little planet and heated conflicts the last few weeks.

Like Shelly so nicely said in her post here, we do only have one planet called Earth and we need to work together to keep everyone on it safe; one friend at a time. 

One friend at a time.

It was great to find on my return my good old friend Julien™on our dock, ready to join us in our next great adventure. He swam all the way from good old France through the channel with England up till our little Studio™ here in the Stockholm Archipelago.

More friends from all around the globe are on their way for our next adventure.

An Adventure travelling to one of the edges of this beautiful blue planet called Earth.

An Adventure of Friends… 

Me2

 
PS. You can still join in our Adventure of Friends™and travel along as the Friendship is gathering. Just get in touch here below in the comments, on G+, FB or IG or use that old magic dragon to connect with us.

Taking plastic places.
Exploring my inner child and following Me2’s wanderlust into untold stories for generations to come.
100% Stuck In Plastic.

Sometimes a “like” is more than just a “like”.

I know there is some controversy on Instagram about “likes” and when to give them. I have plenty of friends among my followers who never like any photos and are quite proud of this fact. When they tell me this I just look at them quizzically and wonder “Why?” Why do you even bother participating in this community?

I will freely admit I like almost every photo I run across. Maybe this means my “likes” are meaningless, but they aren’t to me. I am not liking them for there stellar quality or there creativity (even though that is often the case), I am also liking them for the effort. I know how hard it is to get up each morning and be creative. Some days you are more successful than others; and to me it’s the effort that matters most.

I have a friend who works in public relations and one of her duties for her clients is to tell them they are wonderful…every day. Artists are often in a crisis of self confidence, self doubt comes with the territory. Putting your work in the public to be judged is hard on the psyche. Sometimes I want to add her to my payroll so I can have her do this same service for me on a daily basis. I guess I will settle for our occasional beer and pep talks.

So to everyone who shares their images publicly, I applaud you. You are doing the work and it isn’t easy. Know I will always be there to like your photo and cheer you on because we all need a cheering section.

Are you a “happy liker” like me?
Do you have a cheering section to help you get over the rough patches?

















My best friend Kitty with her dogs Kipper and Minty. 

The Big Blue Marble

My favorite chapter in Steal Like An Artist is “Geography is no longer our master”. Truer words could not have been published. Only in a world where we can connect socially on so many different platforms that your head starts spinning if you try to name them all, can you make friends all over the globe. Only in this crazy internet focused photography community would I be lucky enough to find a like minded friend on the other side of the world. (Hi +Me2!)

The internet has introduced me to so many great toy photographers who have influenced me over the last several years like Avanaut, Me2 (Again with that guy!), +Alessio Billi and Legojacker. Each, in their own way, they have shown me what the photographic possibilities could be. I have the world wide web to thank for connecting me to these amazing people who have all helped me to be a better photographer.

When I met with the writer Lyn Miller-Lachman (another IG friend) this past February she told me something I have really taken to heart. That we need to make connections beyond ourselves with other platforms and other people if we want to be heard in all the noise created by the internet. By creating a web of connections we are all made stronger for these bonds. Think of it like this: we are all in our own boat, but if we lash them together we will be bigger, stronger and hopefully more visible. Ok, maybe she didn’t say all of that – but that is what I heard. (please forgive me Lynn if I twisted your words!)

So yesterday Me2 asked if there were any like minded photographers out there who are interested in joining this arts collective we call Stuckinplastic and lashing their boat to ours. The silence was deafening. Maybe we asked too soon? Maybe we haven’t been clear about our aims? Maybe there are only two people on all of the IG toy community who are interested in taking their photography off the internet and into the real world? I don’t know, but we will occasionally keep asking until someone bangs on our open door.

In the mean time I will continue to nurture and be inspired by my curent friends as well as find new people to connect with on twitter, flicker, Instagram, Google+…

– xxsjc