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good-bye 2008

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

– excerpt “In Memoriam (Ring Out, Wild Bells)” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Happy New Year to everyone!

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christmas snaps

oxford market
Oxford Market

owls
Oxford Museum of Natural History (Pitt Rivers closed until Spring 2009)

egg cozy
an egg cozy

tree
the tree

stones avebury
Avebury

wellies
my new wellies on a walk up Windmill Hill

dinner
Christmas dinner

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friendly skies?

Will you be traveling over the holidays?

On Sunday I’m going to England for two weeks to visit family and friends, and hopefully to do some shooting. This means a suitcase for F and my clothes, an extra suitcase for presents and whatever else doesn’t fit into suitcase #1 (usually shoes, which I always find ridiculous), a Pelican hard case for my 4×5, and a tripod case.  I always try to stuff the tripod into one of the suitcases – it never works.

Along with a puffy sleep mask, neck pillow, earplugs, books, magazines, myriad travel-size hand lotions and creams, lip balm, and no i-pod (I am the last person in the continental US not to own an i-pod), I always carry on my boxes of Fuji Quickload film with me.

Usually, requesting a film hand-check at security elicits curiosity rather than complaints – what kind of film is this, am I a “professional” photographer, what am I shooting, etc.  I should be thankful that I’ve never had a nightmare encounter with security – I’m reminded of a photographer friend who once was refused a hand-check returning home from China.  After developing her large-format black-and-white sheet film, she discovered wiggly white x-ray lines all over the sheets.  OMG.

The TSA has some decent info on their website for travelers, and more specific details for those of us traveling with film.

Safe travels everyone!

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on saturday night

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fall-river-boys

Photographer Richard Renaldi recently announced a new publishing venture called Charles Lane Press on his blog.   I’m really looking forward to seeing the first publication Fall River Boys. It is Richard’s second monograph, following his successful first book of mostly portraiture, Figure and Ground.

The constant barrage of bad economic news was making me feel really gloomy.  How refreshing to see an artist bucking the trend and doing something really ambitious!  With behemoth publishing houses scaling back, and newspapers and magazines folding all around us, it is reassuring to witness artists following their passions.

Sign up on the Charles Lane Press mailing list here!

In similar news, photographers Jake Chessum, Christopher Griffith and Christian Weber have set up Auditorium Editions to publish their own monographs.  Once again, a self-funded endeavor!  Andrew Hetherington, aka Jackanory, has a really good interview with the three photographers on his blog here.

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Several photographers are selling prints directly through their blogs or websites.  Support an ambitious artist, stimulate the economy, and buy a print for the holidays!

Juliana Beasley:

juliana1
© Juliana Beasley, “Miss Reingold”

Rona Chang:

rona
© Rona Chang, “Ostrich I-Print”

Harlan Erskine:

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© Harlan Erskine, “Guest Bedroom, Vero Beach, Florida”

Here are the photographers’ blogs below (also on my Blogroll):

Juliana’s Lovely Land of Neurosis

Plum and Lion (Rona Chang)

Harlan Erskine Photography/Blog

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