lou lesko    journal

August 20, 2017

The venerable payphone, once a hallmark of prosperous everyday life, now a functional statue that remains un-toppled in areas of challenged economic disposition.

Listen to the The Mojave Phone Booth, an episode from the 99% Invisible podcast. It is a bizarre and wonderful story about a payphone in the middle of nowhere. You have my personal guarantee that you will be utterly captivated.

August 05, 2017

When do you stop? When do you kill a project that you’ve embarked upon that just isn’t going to make the grade? It’s a question that plagues all artists, from painters to photographers to filmmakers to writers to musicians. The answer, I thought, had something to do with the amount of damage caused to the forehead after it’s been slammed against the wall of frustration repeatedly. Nope. Those wounds heal, the obsession to “get it right” returns, and once again the piece that was definitively in the trash is back up on the desk in all its mediocre glory.

I wish there was some sort of criteria, or litmus test, or list of checkboxes somewhere that could offer a clue as to when it’s time to slurp down a large whiskey, grab your 45, and take your project out to a desolate forest, but their isn’t. And none will ever exist. Because, until you go too far, and you’re left with the disparaging feeling that the time spent on a dog idea has been forever lost, you won’t develop the instincts to call a “no joy” on your bad ideas yet to come.

August 01, 2017

Emily and I in Mendocino. An overnight vacation to prep for a tough week ahead.

Emily’s mom was super excited when she heard where we were. “That’s where Murder She Wrote was filmed,” she said. Her mom’s percpetion is clearly rooted in the sunshiny TV scenes of the lovely Angela Lansbury running around this town solving murders.

Meanwhile, on this moody, gray day, I’m keeping a vigilante eye on the sky above. This place has a definite Lost Boys vibe, and I ain’t getting swooped up to be the coktail special of an angsty teenage vampire’s happy hour. Unless of course it’s Jami Gertz. But that’s just my eighties fantasy flashback talkin’.

July 30, 2017

Mendocino, CA. - 1968 Barracuda with two beach chairs in the back. ‘Nuf said.

July 28, 2017

If you were ever curious about my beginnings as a photographer, and the origin story of BlinkBid, it’s all in this episode of Photographers Like You. Leon Sandoval, the founder of Essential Edit, is a fabulous interviewer and superb individual.

July 25, 2017

Ozark is one of those Netflix shows like Stanger Things, in that it popped up out of nowhere and knocked it out of the park. Jason Bateman and Laura Linney are just incredible in this ten part series. It’s got enough dramatic heft to keep you happy until next week’s Game of Thrones.

July 24, 2017

“Everything is consistency and time.” This is a phrase that I’ve been giving a lot of thought to lately. Most of what we see in the media as a sensational success is presented as meteoric in its rise. But the truth is that most things were plotted, planned, and nurtured until they had a growth spurt worthy of attention.

Still, there are a shit-ton of articles, books, and videos that promise results in fractions of time. If there’s anything that I can leave you with today is that any pursuit, passion or project, will at some time during development, require the plodding monotony of consistency.