I hope it's safe and enjoyable!
Autumn has finally arrived in Clarksville. The leaf colors are blazing, and today we have proper Hallowe'en weather with a forecast containing crazy wind and rain and thunderstorms. There are wet leaves everywhere. I'll probably hunker down and make some cupcakes.
Enjoy my little scarecrow. Last Saturday was Clarksville's "Fright on Franklin" event for children of all ages. I spent a good two hours photographing costumes, kids, decorations. It was windy and cold but great fun. This little guy was dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" for a while and it was too cute.
I've made a surprising realization - I really like photographing children. Who'd have guessed? I don't mean in a formal portrait way, of course. It doesn't seem to be in my cards to have a passion for anything remotely commercially viable. I mean that I love making candid portraits of children, when they hardly know I'm there. I love the range of expressions they display before they learn how to control the face they show to the world. They are so present and fresh.
Nashville has a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in one of its parks. No, I don't know why. I drove past it just about every day on the way to work, but never stopped to visit until my friend Lex was visiting this past week. We were walking around the side when this vista was in front of me. A photograph. There's also a nice duck pond in the park, but I haven't processed those photographs yet. I'm finding myself quite in need of some rest and quiet this weekend.
The above photograph constitutes proof of my first solo photographic show! I was asked (with a week to get it ready) to be the Featured Artist for the month of September at Canyon Road Steakhouse, our new favorite restaurant in Clarksville, TN. With the help of our houseguest and a mad week of ordering prints and finding matting and frames, the show is now up. There are at least 20 photographs of mine hanging in that long hallway at the restaurant. Yee-haw! Not bad for the first couple of weeks of voluntary unemployment.
Niche #1: the Bridge to Nowhere. This bridge in Clarksville, TN is at the end of the Upland Trail that goes down to the Riverside. This end of the trail is near our house, and it dead-ends at this bridge. At one time they may have had plans (they may still) to extend the bridge and connect it to the park on the other side of the railroad tracks, but for now it ends here in a fence. This spring I noticed the padlock on the fence, with initials secured to it with tape. No doubt, the people who put the padlock on the fence meant to start a place of Love padlocks. Now, the initials are gone - I don't know if this is due to the weather or on purpose, but it makes me a little sad. Maybe I should add a padlock of my own.
Niche #2: Go Under the Ivy. This arbor is in the chapel garden at Silver Bay, NY. It's a place of cool, green peace; a place of quiet contemplation, and I like to walk the path there in the mornings before too many other people are stirring.
Niche #3: Rest From your labors. This corner is also in the Silver Bay chapel garden, a nice bench for reflection. Also, apparently, a temporary storage place for tools (they were there several days running).
Our next assignment is "Dark Entries" - you can guess that two ladies of a gothic bent (You can take the girl out of Goth, but you can't take the Goth out of the girl)will have a fine time with that, as we go into the autumnal and spooky times of year. Stay tuned!
It's almost the weekend, and I'm dreaming of upstate NY and the Adirondacks High Peaks, as pictured above (Couchsachraga Peak). We'll be there in just a week.
In the meantime, I can ship order for prints or photocards through next Wednesday, before our travels begin, or when we return in August.
Let me know if there are any prints or photocards you'd like to purchase and I'll dispatch them ASAP.
Heartfelt thanks to those who have ordered already! Your support means more than you know.
It's so unpleasantly hot outside, that the dog didn't even want to finish his usual walk today. It was too unpleasant to photograph outside; so I photographed him inside, instead. My roommates, Dr. Nick and Blixa, will find themselves fodder for photographic practice frequently from now on.
Also, the dog is a ninja - having carpet means we can't hear him moving around as much anymore. He appears from nowhere.
This is for my friend Miriam, at Inside Space .
I really don't have much more to add.
I’m living in a new town, without work yet (I had thought I’d be at least teaching water aerobics by now, but that hasn’t worked out), and our house hasn’t sold so we still have two sets of utility bills. I like to hold up my end of things. At the moment, all I’ve got is a masters degree, the fruit of my creative pursuits, and a backlog of photographic prints.
So, if you like my photographs and have a little discretionary income earmarked for arts or entertainment, do consider a purchase.
I have the following items to sell.
4 x 6 Photo greeting cards, blank inside; for those of you who like to send cards, or as a gift for a friend of yours who does: I’m offering a set of 5 photocards for $10 each, plus $2.50 shipping. Shipping stays the same even if you buy multiple sets. What a deal!
Here is a link to single sets of 5 cards: Single sets of five, which includes this photo:
Here is a link to sets of 5 of which I have two to sell: Two sets of five, including this photo:
If you’d like to mix-and-match and create your own set of 4 or 5, I have some single prints which you can choose from here: Mix and Match!
I have the following sets of 4 photocards for $8 each, plus $2.50 shipping: Sets of 4!
I have 5 x 7 prints for sale also, $5 per print plus $1.50 shipping. Shipping stays the same even if you order multiple prints!
Single prints here: Single 5x7 prints
I have two of each of these:Two 5 x 7 prints
The items listed here are what I have in stock, but if there's something else you'd like, a print of something not listed here, I will be happy to make one for you, just let me know what you have in mind. I will also take commissions for $25. If you have a theme, or a subject, or an idea in mind that you would like me to interpret, I will happily do so in the form of a photoessay. You’ll receive 5 x 7 prints (and a special bonus!)
You can pay via paypal, firstname.lastname@example.org (please mark as “personal” to avoid fees), or send a check or cash (email email@example.com for address!). Please leave me a comment with your order so that I can get it moving as soon as possible, and as ever, feel free to email me if you have ideas for a commission or some photographic work I can do for you.
Thanks so much in advance for your help! I appreciate anything you can do, even if that's just pointing this to someone else who might like some prints.
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