April 14th, 2010

D20 7511 Changes Well, it looks like I’ve set a new record. I think this is the longest period of time I’ve gone without a post here since I started the blog. Sorry about that. I’ll let you in on a few of the reasons.

Let’s start with my web site. It’s gone. One day it was there, the next it was completely gone. Not even able to get it in google cache. Poof, no more. I’m not actually surprised. The webmaster is in Germany and it has been years since he has done so much as respond to an e-mail. I’m sure he has just moved on to other things and finally did away with the web space that I and a bunch of other photographers had been using with his web design.

So, I’ve been trying to figure out what to do. I’ve set up a temporary site using google sites. The website link to the right here will now take you to that site. It aint pretty, but it’s functional and looks as good as I could make it look using the amazingly awful templates and tools available from google. Seriously, if google had something that was even remotely decent I’d just keep the site there, but it sucks so bad that I can’t see doing that. I’m really surprised that google can’t do any better than that. WYS aint WYG over there.

My friend Dave Rudin is in the same boat as me because his site was at the same place and also vanished. In fact, it was Dave who sent me a message telling me my site was gone when this happened. He has built a new site using GoDaddy templates that looks pretty good. I’m thinking I might just do the same thing. I’ll let you know, of course, when I figure this out.

In other news, I finally got my prints shipped out to the Seattle Erotic Art Festival. I’ll be going out to attend the artist’s reception and will be at the festival on Friday night. I’ll also be meeting up with some friends and doing some shooting while I’m out there. This will be my first visit to Seattle, and my first chance to meet in person some folks I’ve known on line for quite a while, so I’m really looking forward to the trip.

Now that I’ve finished the work to get things ready and shipped to Seattle I’m starting work on the prints for my next show, opening in Chicago at Gallery Provocateur on Memorial Day weekend, with a second opening the following Saturday night. I’ll be there for both of those openings.

There’s also been non-photo stuff going on that has kept me away from the blog. We’ve had a very pleasant visit by relatives from Vermont. We will be going out of town for a couple days to attend a memorial service for an aunt who has died.

And, last week I went for one of my regular eye doctor appointments to keep track of the glaucoma that I’ve had most of my life. The doctor had been warning me for about 10 years that the day would come when the eye drops would not be doing the job and a lazer procedure would be needed to reduce the pressure in my eyes. Well, that time has arrived and next week I’ll be getting my right eye zapped about 100 times by a lazer. It’s an office procedure and he assures me the only possible side effect is that it doesn’t do the job and we need to try something else. Still, I’m not really looking forward to it. But, better than going blind, which is what would happen if this condition were left untreated.

With all that, I’ve also been doing just a little shooting. That’s Angie up there stretching a lycra sack that I stuck her in. I shot a dance concert in March that included a reconstructed piece that was choreographed in 1953 that had three dancers inside similar sacks for the entire piece. I loved the effect and found some similar bags and ordered them to see what I could come up with putting figure models inside them and trying different lighting setups. This is from the first use of them, just using the morning window light in my new studio. I’m sure there will be more “sack full of model” photos coming in the future.

A reminder that both volume 1 and volume 2 of the f-eleven books are still available. All of the profits from these books go to support charities. They contain some wonderful photography. Check out the full previews and other information at those links.

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3 Responses to “Changes”

  1. 1Stephen Haynes
    April 15th, 2010 @ 5:28 pm

    Good luck with the eyes. Been through the angst of having someone alter my eyeballs, as you know — they'll probably give you some kickapoo joy juice before the operation to make you feel all warm, fuzzy and relaxed.

    As to the website, Bummer! (Was that Bjorn's service?) Anyway, reinforces my own approach — build it yourself. It may not look fancy, but either Earthlink or the entire Internet must fail to lose the contents (not to mention that I have a mirror image here on my own machine and multiple backups).

  2. 2Dave Levingston
    April 15th, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

    Yep, that was Bjorn.

    And, thanks…

  3. 3unbearable lightness
    April 17th, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

    Congratulations on the Seattle Art Festival! I hope to get a report when you return!

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