Looking for success? After trying everything else, you may want to consider becoming useless.

We’ve been seeing a lot of pictures of people holding signs lately. Which can only mean we’re going to see more pictures of people holding signs. As photographers, we are conditioned to respond to the marketplace, and today the marketplace of visual ideas is housed on Instagram. Pictures of signs are odd, not because we don’t agree with the words on the signs, but because we already have several places for words, one of which is the caption that goes directly under our pictures.

Pictures and…


While avoiding the thin ice.

How do photographers learn the little things these days, the tiny nuggets of knowledge that could mean the difference between photographic success and failure?

I found myself mentoring a young student and realized the things I was teaching them would never be mentioned in a textbook and only come up in a real world situation when faced with a specific problem. Kind of like the time I had a scratched negative and an old photographer advised me to put some Nosegrease on it.

What’s Nosegrease and where do you buy it? Is it listed in one of those tiny ads…


Can a product be too good?

Sony released a new camera today. It’s impressive, some say too impressive. People are saying it is too much of a camera. Too fast, too many megapixels, too expensive, you know the drill. As if it’s a good thing not to do one’s best. I don’t get that, whether one is a multinational corporation or a just a single, ordinary individual.

The Alpha 1 is at the top of Sony’s camera pyramid. It has a sensor that will suck in 50.1 megapixels worth of data at around (if I’m reading the specs right) twenty…


And Printed on Paper?

Are you curious?

The Curious Project went live on January 1st of this year. It’s a bold, if not downright crazy idea that is designed to mentor young photojournalists, support older photojournalists, publish what they see in a beautiful, oversized quarterly magazine, and, get this, properly pay everyone involved for their work.

Bold and crazy indeed.

The Curious Society is a nonprofit. We’re supported through membership fees and any donations that come our way. As our membership numbers grow, the amount we pay our contributors will increases. …


Thank one of those creatives we keep hearing about.

Sirio Maccioni, who some call the greatest restauranteur of our time, is dead. He died eighty-eight years after the same day of his birth. There’s something beautiful in that symmetry, something artistic. Which is fitting as Maccioni was a member of the creative class. He was the kind of person who made things that were unnecessary. Sure, we all need food to stay alive, but we don’t need the kind of food that was served in Le Cirque, the restaurant that made Maccioni famous. Food like that is a luxury. It’s one of those precious things that make life worth…


Or, how adaptation is the key to survival

The folks at Montana Silversmiths invited me over yesterday.

As I was making the twenty mile drive, I realized we’ve been neighbors for almost thirty years and I’ve never been inside their place. Of course I’ve seen what they do in the building. If you’ve ever been to a rodeo, or a Miranda Lambert concert, you have as well. They make the buckles and pretty much everything else you see that’s made out of silver at one of those events.


Are you a Beatle, a Monkee, or something else?

The Monkees were Hollywood’s answer to the Beatles. They were conceived, formed, packaged and sold by television and music industry producers.

It was a make believe band. Micky Dolenz, the “band’s” drummer described them as, “a TV show about an imaginary band… that wanted to be the Beatles but was never successful”.

Originally, the actors/musicians who made up The Monkees weren’t even allowed to play their own instruments. Eventually, they fought to be included in and contribute to the musical side of the operation (as well as the TV show side).

I heard one of their songs in the…


My heart is Split

Emanuele Farneti, the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia decided to nix all the photo shoots for the January issue of his magazine.

Flying folks around, feeding them, putting them up in fancy hotels, is costly. However, Farneti’s wasn’t worried about the monetary costs. He was worried about the environmental impact of the photo shoots. So his magazine is going with illustrations instead of photography in this year’s January issue.

Congratulations on a well crafted publicity stunt, good sir. It’s not like the printing, shipping, and eventual disposing of a printed magazine has any environmental impact whatsoever.

Believe it or not…


Shooting slow motion with the Sony a9 on their new 600 f4

I spent three days shooting rodeo over the July 4th week, at the Home of Champions Rodeo in Red Lodge, Montana. The first two days I shot video, the last day I only shot stills. This is the first video I’ve ever shot. I started using Adobe’s Premier Pro about three weeks ago. The learning curve has been steep. It’s been a good challange. One that’s been a long time coming. I always figured I’d slowing work my way into the world of motion, but I’ve always been…

Kenneth Jarecke

I'm a husband, dad, photographer, a writer (sort of), an occasional rancher and the President of The Curious Society. https://www.curioussociety.org

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