Joshua and I met 6 years ago on the interwebs. I came across his blog one day and just over a year later we were roommates, living in Seattle, attending grad school together. He is a remarkable artist and photographer, and an even more remarkable man. You should hire him to take photos and if you're near Chicago you should ask him to coffee (he'll most likely say yes).
Today he brings us a set of wallpapers from the mean streets of the Pacific Northwest. You can download them for your desktop, iPhone, and iPad here.
Joshua's inspiration, the question: "Ever seen a student film?" is how I begin a chapter on doing our inner work in UNTITLED (which I'm currently giving away for free). Below is an excerpt:
Ever seen a student film?
They tend to be unusually dark and depressing.
They often scream instead of suggest their point of view.
The filmmaker doesn't present you with an alternative way to view things, instead she tells you how it is.
Sadly many of us don't outgrow this phase.
You can usually recognize a piece of art in which it appears that the creator hasn't done any kind of inner work.
You end up leaving the piece feeling covered in their couch time.
Rather than using their story as a conduit drawing you into yours, the artist (often unknowingly) drags you into their own past as some ugly form of collusion.
Instead of inviting you to consider a diﬀerent perspective, the artist, in an attempt to get you to see things their way, pulls and pulls until you say finally scream, "UNCLE!"
Let's agree this is not good art and let's hope for something more from ourselves and each other.
If you’re interested in contributing a set of wallpapers, have a look at the very brief, brief, and then shoot me an email.
Create a lovely wallpaper for desktop, iPad, & iPhone, with an image and/or quote inspired by my book, UNTITLED: Thoughts on the Creative Process. I will then giveaway said wallpaper on my site for all the world to see!