Ash Furrow


iOS, Design, Photography

Art for Your Own Sake

There are a lot of photographers out there – ones I really respect – who recommend shooting on one camera, using one lens. The reasons they often cite are definitely compelling.

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From Proposal to Applause: How I Public Speaking

Yesterday at UIKonf, I gave a presentation on Teaching and Learning, which described the beginning of my own career (surrounding blogging), reasons why you should blog, and some first steps to get started.

It was well-received and after the talk, several people asked me to share how I prepare and present conferences talks. So here we are.

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On Turning 27

So I turned 27 last week. And I’m doing that thing where you do a write-up of your year. Orta’s idea, and I really like it. I started last year and found the exercise to be cathartic and helpful.

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Production Swift

Before I left Europe, I gave a talk at dotSwift, one of the first conferences focusing exclusively on Apple's new programming language.

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Protocols and Swift

The other day I posed this (somewhat cryptic) question to Twitter...

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The Complexity of Evil

Alan Rickman, one of the most talented actors alive today, often plays villains: Professor Snape, Hans Gruber, Tybalt, etc. What I admire about his portrayals is the gravitas with which he approaches these characters. He understands that no one is one-dimensional or "just evil." Instead, people are complex creatures with histories and beliefs and motivations that sometimes make them do evil things.

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The Alchemist in Hollywood

I was browsing through Youtube when I saw this amazing video from 1940 explaining the “modern marvel” of black and white motion picture production. The video covers the complete production of a motion picture, from capture in the camera to projection onto the silver screen, and describes not only the machines used to facilitate this process, but the actual chemistry by which photography is accomplished. It’s a wonderful watch and I highly recommend it.

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Technology Meets Art

I’ve done a lot of photography over the Christmas holiday – and I don’t mean that I’ve taken lots of photos. My wife and I have spent a lot of time walking all over Amsterdam, discussing plans for photos we wanted to make, visiting galleries, and developing film. It was just the kind of relaxing time-off that I needed to start off the new year fresh and ready-to-go. It was all kind of kicked off by a really awesome Youtube series discussing the history of photography.

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5 Years of iOS

In December, 2009, I started doing iOS development. That means that this month – almost to the day – I’ve been doing iOS for five years, meaning I’m finally qualified for an entry-level corporate job requiring 5-7 years experience. Kidding aside, I thought it would be nice to look back on the past half-decade of my life and pick out some events that were important to getting me where I am today.

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The State of Photography in 2014

In 2014, the photography community is in turmoil. Instagram is destroying photography as we know it and professional photographers struggle to differentiate themselves from amateurs. It’s a dire time for anyone in the photography industry – artist or professional.

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