Jeffery Saddoris: Everything

Jeffery Saddoris: Everything

I released my first podcast in 2009. I was hooked and have been recording deep-dive conversations with interesting and creative people about what they do and why they do it ever since.

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June 23, 2022 54 min

In this episode, Sean is back and shares some of his thoughts and takeaways from his recent creative retreat in Tuscany. Also, I finally finished The Last of Us 2, which we’ve wanted to talk about literally for years. I think it’s safe to say that for each of us, not only was it an incredible gaming experience, but also an example of how great storytelling and well-paced narrative can transcend mediums.

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The Meaning in the Makin...

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Last week, I was joined by Maarten Rots for a terrific conversation around his approach to creativity. As is often the case when talking about the creative process, there’s always more to unpack so I asked Maarten if he’d be willing to come back to continue the conversation. In this episode, while in some ways we’re picking up where we left off, we also go in some different directions, specifically around giving ourselves permissio...

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This is episode 50 of Deep Natter and today we’ve got a little treat for you. If you’re a regular listener, you’ve undoubtedly heard the name Maarten Rots. He’s someone that Sean and I have mentioned a number of times on the show, usually in reference to how creative he is. Back in 2020, Sean even did a video about him  He’s an artist in every sense of the word and in this episode, Maarten and I are talking about his approach to cr...

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One of the most difficult things about being a freelance creative is that you’re basically always on the clock. Sure, you can wait for inspiration to strike, but in my experience, you’ll end up waiting more than making. As Chuck Close famously said, “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” While I understand what he’s saying, and may even agree with it to an extent, sometimes it’s not that easy. I...

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Last week, I was talking to Maarten Rots—who you’ve heard us mention several times on the show—and I was asking him how he manages to stay so creative. His answer not only surprised me, but it inspired me to adopt a similar approach to my own creativity in an experiment for the month of June. Talking it through with Sean launched us into a terrific discussion around making and self-care and, what he calls, “turning down the bullyin...

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A few days ago, I came across a post that painted a pretty grim portrait of our collective futures—and here’s the thing…I wasn’t surprised by it at all. If I’m being honest, it’s something that I often feel anyway. When I brought it up to Sean, he was quick to point out that the way we feel is often just that, a feeling, not a fact. In this especially deep natter, we unpack happiness, negativity bias, and why for many of us, the ba...

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I was texting with one of my oldest friends recently after she got back from a trip to Italy and at one point in the conversation, she asked whether I was happy. “I’m grateful, but I don’t think I’m happy,” I responded. “And maybe that’s just the way I’m wired. I’m not generally unhappy either, although there are moments of each. It’s just not consistent.” There were a few moments of onscreen silence and she came back with, “Maybe ...

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In this episode, Sean and I are talking about moving forward on new projects and how for each of us, the success of those projects relies heavily not on simple tricks but in a deeper connection to technique and narrative. We also talk about dealing with the perceived failure anytime we venture too far outside of our creative comfort zones. 

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Masterclass Werner Herzog
Process Driven: Jack Lowe (Part One)
Process Driven: Jack Lowe (...

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In this episode, Sean and I are using a discussion around the visual effects of The Batman as a springboard to talk about tools. We also unpack some of the differences in how we approach the research and selection process and how for each of us, a big part of any purchase revolves around worth and the patterns of our parents.

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Ewan McGregor and the green screen lizard
The Making Of The Batman | The Batman | HBO Max
Oblivion Featur...

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May 10, 2022 5 min

After receiving an email from my web host informing me that they would be closing down and I was to remove my files and secure hosting elsewhere “ASAP” (no closure date was given), I went into a bit of a panic.

QUESTION
Are there recurring distractions—creative or otherwise—that you can easily resolve or take out of your path that might give you more time or better focus?

A FEW EXAMPLES
1. Remove distracting apps from your phone.
2. Sch...

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I few nights ago, I got to go see Jacob Collier, who I was introduced to by Sean. If you’ve never heard of him or heard his music, he’s an absolute genius who is able to play pop, jazz, classical, you name it, and his fans include Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, and Hans Zimmer. In this episode, we’re talking about not just Jacob and his music, but some of the things we can take from him and apply to our own art making. Plus, as we t...

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April 29, 2022 46 min

In this episode, we’re talking about changing up the how and the why of what we do creatively by getting away from chasing likes and follows and putting more energy into creating community and engagement. Plus, a voice message from a listener inspires a conversation around a specific kind of art.

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Daniel Milnor
Frank Maddocks
‎BBQ Interview Series - Kevin’s BBQ Joints on Apple Podcasts
Photography by the Letter
The Midnight Miracle ...

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Let me ask you something. Do process and technique really matter? I mean in the grand scheme of making art, does it matter what tools or what techniques an artist uses to create their work as long as the end product is compelling or pleasing to look at or moves us in some way? Well, in this episode, that’s exactly what Sean and I are talking about.

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To Edit or Not to Edit Your Photography?
Faking It: Manipulated Photography Befor...

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Terms like “icon” and “legend” get thrown around pretty casually these days, but in the case of photographer Joe McNally, they are not only absolutely appropriate but also well-deserved. He’s shot for some of the most prestigious magazines and clients in the world, including TIME, Newsweek, LIFE, Sports Illustrated, New York, and National Geographic. His work has earned him dozens of awards, including the first Alfred Eisenstaedt A...

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April 15, 2022 51 min

How would you describe yourself? What are you interested in, not in terms of taking pictures or painting or writing, but what subjects really light you up? That’s what Sean and I are talking about in this episode. Plus, we dive a little deeper into the Enneagram and take a look at how we’re wired, and whether or not there’s anything we can do about it. 

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Enneagram
Visual Acoustics (via IMDb)
A new Perspective by Donald Byrd (via D...

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This episode might seem like a bit of a departure, but I don’t really think that it is. Sean and I started out talking about the Morning Pages challenge from last week’s episode, which then led us down a rabbit hole into a larger discussion around science and God and how the search for truth is really at the core of both of them. I think it was a terrific conversation and I hope you enjoy it.

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Enneagram
Myers & Briggs
Ricky Ge...

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April 2, 2022 42 min

Recently, the closing of my former web host inspired Sean and I to take a step back from our respective websites — and it’s allowed each of us to see the work we do and, maybe more interestingly, the work we share in a different light. Also, Sean reveals an exciting new direction that his life will be taking in the near future.

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Carrd
Andy Adams
CJ Chilvers
Squarespace Wells template
Sean’s retreat in June
Morning pages

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In this episode, Sean and I are discussing the role of the personal website in an age of dwindling attention spans and the rise of social media. Is the Squarespace site or the Wordpress blog still as important and relevant as it once was or have people left the websites behind in favor of platforms that are seen more as virtual communities of like minded visitors?

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Medium
Substack
Ghost
Carrd
MKBHD

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Website: http://se...

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March 19, 2022 47 min

In this episode, what happens when one of your favorite artists puts out work that you don’t really like? Do you dismiss it as a creative misstep or do you try to look at it from a different perspective, trusting that they knew exactly what they wanted to release and not “getting it” is on you, not them?

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Nerd Writer
Neale James (Photography Daily)
Wong Notes podcast John Mayer
John Mayer
Yebba covering The Age of Worry

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March 11, 2022 45 min

In this episode, Sean and I talk about expectations around the things we make and the imaginary bars we set for ourselves which are often not only beyond our control but, in the grand scheme of things, they’re just not accurate measures of our worth. Plus how would you react if your next project was a monster success?

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Tascam Mixcast 4 Review
Dan Baker documentary

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Website: http://seantucker.photography
Twitter: ...

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