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tyler constance // understated A cozy personal newsletter of creative projects and life updates. I've been using a lot more paper recently. What I've been up to I wrote up a blog post about my zine experiment from the previous newsletter with a few more details. With the year wrapped up, I've been going through year-end reviews and stats, as one does. My last.fm year in review shows me my most-listened to artist was nothing,nowhere. and my most-listened to album was Fiddlehead's 2023 record...

4 months ago • 4 min read

tyler constance // understated A cozy personal newsletter of creative projects and life updates. I got into bikes and made a zine of some of my work. What I've been up to While unemployed over the early Spring, I put together a 60-page zine of my photography, and have since done two test prints fixing wording and typos, and I think I've finally got a version that I feel good about. I only ordered a couple of copies to be able to hand to visiting friends or ship to family members who might...

6 months ago • 3 min read

tyler constance // understated A cozy personal newsletter of creative projects and life updates. I traveled to Philadelphia for a new hire event. What I've been up to I'm one month into my new job and definitely still acclimating, but the most potent anxiety has subsided and I'm starting to feel comfortable with my role and teammates. I just returned from a new hire event in Philadelphia, which gave me an excuse to spend a weekend in town as a tourist before the event started. I got to see an...

11 months ago • 3 min read
Christopher from Saves The Day sings to a crowd in Boston, MA

tyler constance // understated A cozy personal newsletter of creative projects and life updates. My unanticipated spring break nears its end. What I've been up to I accepted a new job at a financial tech company and begin next week. The job search process has never been appealing to me, but at this point in my career, it was a lot less painful than before! Even during a period of record layoffs in the tech industry, it took roughly ten weeks of fairly unhurried searching. I applied to ten-ish...

about 1 year ago • 4 min read
A shadowy picture of the local tearoom

tyler constance // understated A cozy personal newsletter of creative projects and life updates. What a ride. What I've been up to It’s been a wild few weeks! Elephant first, after six fulfilling years of working with startups and mid-sized companies at my agency, I was fired for my moral opposition to working on a contract for the military-industrial complex. I’m proud of how I handled myself, and got a sizable Twitter boost from Mike Monteiro when I credited him for largely being the voice...

about 1 year ago • 5 min read
A plate at the Friendsgiving I hosted

tyler constance // understated I hosted Friendsgiving and watched The Evil Dead franchise. What I've been up to I’ve been thinking more about the concept of rehearsing retirement that I mentioned in my previous newsletter, and tried to articulate that further on my blog. I updated my Chi-fi post from two years ago with the changes I’ve made with earbuds and in-ear monitors (IEMs) since writing. I also compared my general experience with IEMs to AirPods Pro (AirPods are convenient, but IEMs...

over 1 year ago • 3 min read

tyler constance // understated I took a full week off for the first time in three years. What I've been up to My late-October week off from work felt luxurious. I had a long list of things I wanted to do and I barely got to any of them. Expected, yet humbling all the same. I decided to frame my time as \“rehearsing retirement\” as a mental exercise, just to daydream a little and imagine how it might feel when I don’t need to clock in to survive. I wanted to make little things in a very...

over 1 year ago • 3 min read
A black and white photo of a structure at the fairy village at Mackworth Island State Park

tyler constance // understated A trip to the museum and a visit to a local fairy village. What I've been up to A couple of weekends ago, Madeleine from a few newsletters ago had a rare Saturday free and invited me to spend it with her. We made a picnic to have on the East End and then brought some cameras to Mackworth Island State Park. I don’t think I’ve ever been to this particular park, so I was surprised to stumble across the park’s charming fairy village. I’ve included some pictures at...

over 1 year ago • 4 min read
4x6 prints scattered around a kyusu

Tyler Constance Balancing my joy of being enveloped in the autumn atmosphere and aesthetics with my apprehension at the unmistakable chill setting in. What I've been up to The prints I mentioned in the previous newsletter arrived—30ish 4x6s and three 12x18s (one of which is even in a frame now) on a bamboo rag paper. It’s really pleasant interacting with my work this way, and I’ve enjoyed sharing it and reflecting on some photographs I’ve made over the past ten or fifteen years. I just...

over 1 year ago • 3 min read
A black and white portrait of Tyler's friend Madeleine at Two Lights State Park

Tyler Constance I had a four-day weekend and took advantage of every moment What I've been up to Since I had a half-finished roll of color film in one of my cameras from a few weeks ago, I had an excuse to photograph someone else last week. We went to Two Lights State Park, accidentally stayed 20 minutes past close (for which I felt terrible because an employee probably needed to stay late), and then ordered a bunch of Indian food. I’ll send film in later, but in the meantime, there’s a...

over 1 year ago • 2 min read
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