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Best of the Web

This week’s picks perpetuated a sense of serious inspiration.  Enjoy and be inspired.

PROFESSIONal: Eric Arakawa Surfboard Shaper

I like the opening visuals and the voice-over of the subject.  I was engaged immediately. A very elegant piece of visual storytelling by VitaBrevis Films.  The short film had a nice flow and passion behind it.  I dig this PROFESSIONal series and look forward to checking out the next one.

Influencers: How Trends and Creativity Become Contagious

This is a nice piece that has been around for some time now, but as we’re heading into the last stretch of 2011, I found myself watching it again for some inspiration.

Take a thought or concept and create a documentary.   I’m in.  What makes an “influencer”?  I like this question, particularly nowadays when so many influencers come from some unlikely disciplines, as well as your peers and places. I also like the way this short doc explored the answer with a mix of still photography and varying interviews.   This piece related excellently to pop culture and the concluding message tied everything together nicely.

Once Magazine

Once Magazine is a great concept in this digital age in which print prices are out of control and turning pages with the swipe of a finger is second nature.   It’s long-form photojournalism coming to you directly and exclusively through your iPad.  In a world in which it is increasingly hard to find and discover good and extensive photo stories, the folks at Once Magazine are changing the game.   The photography is lush and splendid and their tag line, “Take Time to Stare,” is creative and inviting; over and over again and pass my iPad around to show others.  I like the overall design for its clean and modern look and feel. It’s simply a wonderful platform to showcase powerful work.  I’m looking forward to seeing unfold and develop.

Use Less Plastic

This is a dope infographic, very cute and fun for a very serious topic.   The music is catchy and awesome too.   P.S.  I hate plastic more than ever now.

Bonus: Canon EOS 1000D washes ashore in BC, Canada, SD card reveals it was lost at sea for over a year

Wow, this just stopped me in my tracks and I found it heartwarming that Marcus Thompson tracked down the owner of the camera and photographs that spent t 440 days on the ocean floor.  Check out the pictures of the camera.  I’m really impressed 50 photographs were able to be recovered.

This is what Thompson posted on his Google + page:

For Sale: Canon EOS 1000D
Description: only used underwater once, in the Pacific Ocean, for approximately one year.

Actual story: found off the end of a wharf in Deep Bay, BC while I was diving (completing a biological survey) in the harbour. I removed the SD card, cleaned it up, stuck it in a card reader and after being underwater in a corroding camera since August 2010 – it works! Approximately 50 pictures on the card from a family vacation. If you know a fire fighter from British Columbia whose team won the Pacific Regional Firefit competition, has a lovely wife and (now) 2 year old daughter – let me know. I would love to get them their vacation photos 🙂

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