No Time for Reflection
This post may seem a little rushed and scattered, as it has been a very distracting and eventful week leaving little time for reflection and writing, which is not necessarily a bad thing! I have a feeling this will be the story for the month of August and beyond. I’ve been spending a lot of time at home working on projects that do not require studio space, which works out just fine on those days that the studio has been too hot to work in anyway, and had an added benefit, as you will learn if you read on.
Please Accept My Submission
As you all know by now from one or more of the many means I have used to broadcast that information, my new photo book “Studies in Contrast” is complete and on sale from either the Blurb bookstore or right here through my blog (see column at right). If you follow the STUDIES IN CONTRAST link at the top of the page, you can enjoy a full preview of the book and read a little about the background of the project. Thank you so much to those of you who have already ordered and received copies! My book is currently under consideration in the Photography Book Now contest, for which judging is taking a little longer than I anticipated. It now seems that finalists will not be announced until later this month, and winners sometime in early September. Rest assured, you will know as soon as I know whether my humble creation receives official recognition!
It’s the Journey
I have also been hard at work putting together a new 2012 calendar featuring images of bicycles. I do not own a bike, nor did I ever learn how to ride one, but I have always lived in cities that welcome and support this environmentally friendly mode of transportation, and have always been drawn to their appearance, especially when their riders are absent or they are in unusual settings or attitudes. As soon as I have a proof in hand and can go ahead with production, I will announce here when and how they will be available for purchase. I will try to keep the quality high and the price reasonable. I think they will make a wonderful gift – for friends, family and self!
April Showers in July
Last week, in one of those “it could have been worse” moments that put to the test the optimistic side of my disillusioned optimism, I was busy at work on my laptop in my livingroom/home office, having just turned off all the air conditioners and fans for a little peace and quiet, when I heard what sounded like an April shower in the distance in spite of it being a clear sunny day outside. It didn’t take very long to discover the cause: water raining from my bathroom ceiling, which now featured an ominous swollen bulge the size and shape of a harbor seal and whose intentions I preferred not to underestimate. I closed the door and contacted the superintendent who located the trouble: my upstairs neighbor had clogged her sink and was allowing it to overflow freely and without announcement of this situation to anyone, somehow not comprehending that water will seek its own level – in this case, the bathroom directly below hers, otherwise known as mine.
The happy ending of the story is that I was at home and within earshot to avert the crisis immediately. I am sure that had I been out of the apartment all day, my cat, who is not a strong swimmer or capable of dialing a telephone, would not have fared as well handling the emergency. Even so, the damage to property was considerable. Toiletries and electric devices were waterlogged and stained beyond cleaning or repair, and three photographic prints which cannot be replaced were lost. It’s fortunate that I do not have to deal with explaining to employers why I need to stay home to prepare for, keep an eye on, and clean up after workmen, who needed three visits of unpredictable timing and duration to put my bathroom back to rights. It’s good to be your own boss!
It Goes by in a Blur
Next week as some of you know I have planned a special post in honor of the one year anniversary of this blog, which began on August 9, 2010! It has been an amazing and sometimes crazy year, and you good people out there have helped make it rewarding and memorable, even though it now seems to have gone by in a blur! Many thanks to my followers, old and new, near and far, and continued health and happiness to us all!