2011 was full of hard lessons and amazing opportunities. I’ve been hugely blessed by connecting with so many creatives (online and in person). Tough business lessons were taught through experiences. Dream projects became reality. (One’s I would have laughed at if somebody told me I would shoot them someday) There were also seasons that have tried me beyond imagination. Tested my will. Perseverance is a muscle. Strengthened through rigorous challenges.
We are protected by a 100 things we can see and 1,000 we will never realize existed. I’ve been there. I’ve wondered my purpose and worth in this world. It rains on the just and unjust a like. We will be tried again. That much is certain. But we must learn from every mistake. Be wise but not so jaded we are not too scared to try again. I heard a line the other day that has plagued me deeply. “What if hell were actually a reflection of our lives lived at our max potential?” What do you think? I plan on trying to narrow that gap of who I am and who I could be. We must dare to do better! Be better!
May the best of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows. And may you find the wind to your back, the sun on your face, and love in your hearts.
Stay Grateful my friends. Hold onto hope. Stay inspired and creative. Hope for your future and ours. 2012 will be great. Believe.
I’m grateful for each of you. Be blessed. Fearless love. -Braun #crazyblessed
John Cleese is one of the funniest guys in entertainment. Just his delivery is hilarious to me. I found these video’s that I found greatly valuable. Thought I’d share.
I believe this wisdom is so huge for everybody. Business, Photography, etc etc etc.
All in LOVE
INFLUENCERS is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion and entertainment.
The film attempts to understand the essence of influence, what makes a person influential without taking a statistical or metric approach.
Written and Directed by Paul Rojanathara and Davis Johnson, the film is a Polaroid snapshot of New York influential creatives (advertising, design, fashion and entertainment) who are shaping today’s pop culture.
“Influencers” belongs to the new generation of short films, webdocs, which combine the documentary style and the online experience.
Great Job Paul!
Love him or hate him. There seems to be nothing in the middle for people. I’ve loved his music for sometime now. His visuals are bold and strong. If one thinks about it, he changed the way rappers would dress.
His new film to debut his single “Runaway” and new album, in my little mind, is completely brilliant. A creative instigator. How many musical artists direct their music video’s? Don’t be afraid to try new mediums!
Being that this is my blog, I can basically write about whatever I want. I try and make it things that are interesting to me, to you, and will benefit us both whether that be intellectually, emotionally, motivational, or just raw entertainment. One thing that technology has brought us, whether we admit it or not is global community. TED is a platform that brings the brightest and smartest peeps from around the world to simply share their ideas. Forward thinking, future minded! YES! Listed are few of my favorite recent ones. Being a visual professional, which most of you are, I thought these would all hit home.
Poetics of Pictures – Chris Orwig “To take more interesting photo’s we must become a more interesting person”
David McCandless: The Beauty of Data Visualization
The Game Layer On Top Of The World – Seth Priebatsch
If somebody mentions Architecture Photography, there is but one name that is thought of as “The Master”, Julius Shulman. Once upon a time I wanted to (or thought I did) become an architecture. Though I loved building, engineering, and design….I learned quickly my hatred of Math would trump that idea. But that doesn’t keep me from walking around downtown on a rainy day shooting building. BACK TO SHULMAN BRAUN! Needless to say he is a huge inspiration to my work!
Visual Acoustics was a documentary – Movie made about Shulman, his career, and the deep impact he made on not only photography, but also Architecture. Imagine this, you shoot something so much and so well a University gives you an honorary Doctorate in it! That’s how legit Shulman was! Visual Acoustics is now available Netlix’s Watch Instantly. Well Worth it!
“There’s no limit to what you can do with photography, or any art” -Julius Shulman
It’s here! Finally! My new site and new blog are finally up and live. Very Very Excited!
So everybody subscibe by email or rss to my new blog and check out the new design of my photography portfolio website. BrianBraun.net
Have fun and stay tuned for several huge announcements coming soon!
Don’t stop believin!