lou lesko // blog

For your viewing pleasure. A photo essay from a recent trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon. Stunning location, exceedingly nice people.

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At a Sotheby’s auction in 2018, a painting entitled “Girl With Balloon” by the anonymous street artist Banksy sold for 1.4 million dollars. As soon as the gavel struck, the artist remotely activated a mechanism built into the frame that shredded half of the image. In that instant of vandalism, the artwork doubled in value.

Banksy intended to shred the entire piece, but the apparatus failed half way through its run. If he had succeeded in the total destruction of the painting, would it still have doubled in price? It’s impossible to say. The value of almost all things creative is based on perception.

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Two solid piece of advice for the start of your week—which may not be a start, middle, or end for some owning to the pandemic. Maybe it’s better to say, here’s some advice for today.

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Last night I dreamt about an asteroid the size of a football field careening on a collision course with our planet. Here on terra firma everyone around the world was glued to a screen watching Kayleigh McEnany say:

“When he [the president] says open, he means open in full, people being able get a blow dry and set, cut and color, even a mani-pedi. The science should not stand in the way of this.”

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I’m told to sit outside in the courtyard on hastily assembled faux rattan patio furniture. The new pandemic rules prohibit lingering in the tiny waiting room of my dentist’s office. It’s just as well. Reading Harper’s Bazaar while listening to high-speed drills grinding against enamel is mildly disconcerting.

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It’s 9 a.m. at Charles de Gaulle airport. A man in his early thirties has just extinguished the butt of his sixth cigarette. He’s a driver for Success Model Management, sent to pick up a model flying in from America. Her flight arrived at 8 a.m., but she’s nowhere to be found. It’s Sunday; there’s no one at the agency he can contact. He resigns himself to wait another hour.

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On this episode of the Chaos and Creativity podcast I talk to ace producers Elise Connett and Philip Pavliger about the future of production in a Covid world. This is one is not to be missed. Listen online or on your favorite podcast app. If you're feeling the need for a visual experience, you can watch the podcast webinar style.

Fourteen years ago, when blogging was young and cool, and had not yet been taken over by a bunch of vacuous SEO consultants writing crap pseudo articles to get attention for their clients, I wrote a weekly piece on a personal weblog. I did it to practice writing and because it was fun. The attention I received from the roughly six-hundred-ish regular readers was also most welcome. Dopamine, dopamine, wherefore art thou my dopamine.

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