New humans, old friends and some very twisted wire

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"A photograph does not speak, it does not smell, it makes no sound, it does not move, it is just a two dimensional piece of paper, but a good photograph can do at least one if not all of the above!"

--Eryk Fitkau

Coming off the kitten heels of the BlogHer Conference ’07, my head and Rolodex still spins at the variety of talented photographers I met. Quite frankly, I see the line between professional and amateur blurring in the blogosphere more every day. I think it grand.

Take, for example, Tracey Clark, whose business card reads “photographer, writer, mom.” She has a wonderful site called Warmtone that celebrates the newness of motherhood. In viewing these delicate images, I can almost smell that powdery chubby-skin new baby aroma – kinda like a new car smell for humans only less piney. Tracey’s got big, big things up her sleeve come fall – stay tuned.

Already a blogger favorite, 3191, “a year of mornings” is a daily delight. A collection of truly peaceful morning shots, the images urge me to make tea and/or crawl back in bed. Mostly, they make me want to call my best friend, Lisa, who lives 1010 miles away, and talk about nothing and everything.

Some backstory: 3191 is a joint photography project shared by best friends, Stephanie and Mav. They both live in Portland – Stephanie in Oregon, Mav in Maine. You guessed it, 3,191 miles apart “as the car drives, not as the crow flies.” Unlike the ClizBiz-Lisa combo, they “like to get up early.” Since January of this year, these talented women have generously shared their lives with each other, and us, by posting side-by-side a.m. images – Mav always on the left, Stephanie on the right.

“We take our photographs in the morning and do not discuss them beforehand. We photograph M-F but don't necessarily post every day. Our camera of choice:
Nikon d50.”

-– Stephanie & Mav, 3191

There’s something about the promise of a new day that these Portland gals have managed to capture again and again. I’m rather grateful because not all of my mornings feel so sunny and new. 3191 lifts me up when the day is full of dreaded tasks – endless emails that need answering, phones calls to return and cat barf to be extracted from the rug. Of course, if the lighting hits the barf pile just right, I tell myself, I may have a new Flickr set on my hands.


August 7 in New York – “The Future of Photojournalism in Digital World”

This event was formed to discuss and possibly answer the big questions: What do photographers need to know about the future of professional photography? How should photo editors and designers prepare? Speakers include New York Times photographer James Estrin, Emmy award-winning Washington producer Travis Fox, and Associated Press director of photography Santiago Lyon.

Okay, I’ve already spewed enough venom on this topic but here’s further evidence of photo retouching gone mad. I mean, what is wrong with these people? Did they not ever get over the loss of their doll collection? Should they even be breeding if they can only accept perfection?

Rita Arens will be weighing in on this from a more mature perspective. Personally, I think they should just put all these freaky beauty pageant parents on an island with only one tiara and let them strangle each other.

Finally, a palate cleanser: Thanks to fellow CE, Deb, I joyfully discovered the clever, twisted creations of Bent Objects – the highly entertaining brainchild of a wildly talented Indiana dude named Terry. The amusing stories he can tell with wire, scotch tape and hot dogs is admirable.

My personal favorite is the bottle of nail polish walking the pet nail clippers entitled “Little Polish Girl.” Then there’s “Pear” depicting that very food item looking in the mirror, clearly disgusted with its bottom-heavy weight distribution. I don’t recall feeling such empathy for a piece of fruit before; such is the magic of Terry’s work.

“I'm a person who laughs at the absurdities of life, which there are many. After four decades on Planet Earth, I feel I've finally found a way to bring into existence all of my crazy thoughts and ideas. It's been a struggle searching for a ‘language’ that I can translate them into, so that others might appreciate my points of view.”

--Terry, “Bent Objects”

Can’t get enough? Me neither. For some deliciously naughty bendings, do enjoy Terry’s
Really Bent - The more graphic, black sheep cousin of Bent Objects. I enjoyed both immensely - made me rethink the whole “wireless” thing …


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