Posted by: Liz Massey | September 3, 2008

Surf’s Up: Creativity Links for September 3, 2008

Some beautiful art focusing on unifying body and spirit, a comprehensive listing of idea-catching tools, and opportunities to use your photography skills for the common good, plus a treasure trove of American wilderness photos, are the catch from today’s dip in the ocean of blog-o-spheric creativity.

1. I recently added Tammy Vitale’s lovely blog, Women, Art, Life: Weaving It All Together to my RSS reader. After visiting that site, I discovered two additional projects that Tammy’s involved in: Body Politics and Sacred.

Body Politics is a major collaborative series by artists Tammy Vitale and Heather Bartlett that addresses the concepts of self-image, self-worth, and submission to standard ideals of beauty, and how these affect our perceptions of our own bodies. The series features a number of interactive pieces inviting viewer participation (including saying farewell to one’s “skinny jeans”, and though its primary focus is women’s body images, it includes works about male body image as well. Some images are frankly erotic, all very sensuous and body-centric, as well as thought provoking.

Sacred is Tammy’s line of beautiful female and male torso sculptures. They are spiritual, sensual and beautiful, all at once. And she is reaching out to other women artists, too, with her Wylde Women Award. Neat stuff!

2. Tired of being in the wrong place at the wrong time—that is, far from a way to record an idea when the inspiration for a master piece hits? LifeDev recently published a great post as an antidote to this syndrome: “No Idea Left Behind: 25 Tools for Capturing Ideas Anywhere.”

As the post author, Glen, tells us:

“The problem with ideas is that they’re situational. You don’t only have ideas while you’re in front of the computer, or walking your dog. Ideas happen all the time. This poses an interesting problem when you’re trying to capture all your ideas. In order to capture every single little idea that we have, we’ll need to take a multi-pronged approach to capturing the little bits of genius that we have throughout our day. Here’s a list of tools that can help you capture your ideas no matter what the activity.”

Glen covers analog tools such as a Rite In the Rain waterproof notebook and the hipster PDA and moves on to digital tools such as the iGTD for the Mac, Evernote and Backpack. All in all, the post is a great round-up of idea-scooping tools available for whatever situation you might find yourself.

3. The Travel Writers News and Vagablogging blogs both recently passed along a link from listing several photojournalism volunteer opportunities for the travel-hungry. One World Photography, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the National Park Service and the volunteer database are all mentioned. If you are serious about your photography work, and also have a desire to make the world a better place through where you point your lens, this article may have some resources to get you started.


Speaking of photography, the U.S. Geological Survey has a wonderful image library with downloadable public-domain images of the agency’s expeditions throughout the United States, going all the way back to the agency’s inception in 1868. Even more amazing is the fact that the 30,000+ images online represent less than a tenth of the USGS’s total collection!

(Image above: White House ruins, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona. )


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