It appears that Mother Nature has us on the run. I never believed in natural paybacks. But, with all the hot air blowing from Wash – ington these days, it wouldn’t surprise me if those blowhards caused all the extreme natural phenomena of the past two months. Earthquakes. Tsunamis. Floods. Heavy Snow Storms. Mud Slides. A Snow Hurricane. Heavy Rain.
Today marks an anniversary of sorts and a a big change. First, the anniversary. This is my 300th blog post. In baseball, 300 is a big deal. If your batting average is .300, it means you are a pretty good hitter. It also means you reached base by hitting a baseball none out of three at bats. Or, you were out 2/3 of the time. Well, you learn more by failures then successes. They say.
Now for a little bit of news. I learned yesterday that three of my “urban view” images had been selected by The Wooden Cow Gallery for inclusion in their May show, which is about — you guessed it — urban views. I’m humbled to show these images there because the gallery is very highly thought of in both the bricks and mortar and the online arts community.
I mentioned yesterday that I was working on a project that was basically about making pictures that turned something very common into art. Aside from having to actually find these things, there is another problem. Often, when I made the original picture, it was for my Picture A Day project. I mostly used a Canon G9 for the project. However, despite the size of the Mp, which is 12.1, the tiny sensor does not deliver the quality that most agencies think they need.
One of my agencies licenses an art line. Their main marketing push is toward institutional use; like banks, hotels, and restaurants. They are Hawaii-based and have carved out a very nice niche in Pacific Rim stock imagery. But, producing com – mercial fine art is a little tougher. That’s one their issues. My issue is that I don’t live near Hawaii or even the West Coast. So, my editor and I struggle to come up with viable projects. My last projects two worked fine. New Mexico details and Thai scenes. Now, I am trying to turn old, faded, desert-like things into art for its own sake. Some can be old faded numbers on a boxcar, or chipped paint on a curb. Things like that. The trouble with this project is two-fold. It takes time to find these things. And, it’s best done by walking. If you drive by these subjects, you’ll probably miss them. So, I’ve kind of tucked this in with other assignments, commissions and requests. I’ll shoot this when I see it. The real issue then is to always keep moving.
I posted about New Orleans Friday food yester – day. I started thinking about similarities in foods among the places I truly enjoy visiting or living. New Orleans, New Mexico, Thailand, China — every one of them has one thing in common. Much of their traditionally cultural foods are spicy. Some places called their spices peppers, other’s call them chilies, others call by specific names or even more scientific names. And, the country’s first millionaire, Elias Haskett Derby became wealthy by importing pepper and later spiced up Yale University by endowing his riches there.
I’ve been emailing and Face – booking with a couple of New Orleans friends which reminded me that I had a request for “real” New Orleans food earlier this week. One of the pictures that I submitted was this one. Fried Friday Food — Fried Shrimp, French Fries, French Bread and Cole Slaw. A real New Orleans meal. This image was made at Luizza’s By The Track, which is a block or two away from The Fairgrounds where Jazzfest is held in the spring. Yes. I ate this. Yes. It was good. Yes. The heart paddles where very nearby.
No. It’s not quite spring. In fact, according to the calender the first day of planting comes on 15 April, when people in Albuquerque believe there is no chance of a late season frost. It’s also income tax day, which means that there is plenty of chance of some other kind of frost.