Hey, I'm David. I founded Death to the Stock Photo - which produces
refreshing and human media for hundreds of thousands of creators
all over the world. I write about what goes on in the heads of creators as they attempt to build work that matters to them.

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December 9, 2019
Nature Wants Art

What is culture if not art?

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December 9, 2019
Art is a Feeling pt. 1

The best ideas for art don’t need to be justified or argued for, they stand on their own.

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November 19, 2019
What is "Making it?"

Throughout your life, time moves at varying speeds. When it’s hectic it all moves fast. Like life is piling on complexity and you’re buried. You remember that there is spaciousness somewhere out there but time is unrelenting in its march forward.

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November 18, 2019
Monday Coffee (Nov 18)

Hey all – it's been awhile since I've done a ☕ Monday Coffee.This is where we sort of catch up and I share a bit more about what's new with me.

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November 11, 2019
Learn Now, Teach Later

If you pay attention, every pain and difficulty is material for helping someone else.

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New Zealand

"If you're tired of the "gurus" telling you the same things in different ways, none of which are the balms you seek, look no further. David cuts through the noise and delivers a signal that many are too deaf to understand. He dives deeper into the squishy underbelly and writes what everyone believes, but can't find the validation to confirm."


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