More Purple


Summer growth.


Unfortunately, this is about the end of these wonderful purple flowers.

I finally found out their proper name when I saw a post from a professor friend of mine. She had it half right and then she used the random apostrophe, which drives me and a lot of my friends crazy.

This is what she wrote. Mind you, she is a PhD, a tenured member of her staff and was a pretty prolific researcher.

She started the sentence by calling this flower a “Lilly’s” because there were multiples of them. Hmmm. I probably shouldn’t be any kind of grammar cop because I am lucky that I can write in the English language. But, if you gave a bouquet of them to my mom, they would be Lilly’s flowers because her name was Lilly. And, they would be her flowers. But, what do I know?

I probably wouldn’t even have mentioned it but WordPress has made it abundantly clear that they are a writer’s platform, not a visual artist’s system. For me, it really came to a head a couple of weeks ago when one of their Automatic People proudly said in an email that WordPress was now going to start showing aspiring writers where to find free photographs for their blogging and book projects. I responded with a simple question. “Why do you hate photographers so much?” I’m still waiting for a reply.

And, you wonder why I’m uninspired to do much right now.

I’ve been in the middle of this battle for most of my career. During my newspaper days, I was on the leading edge of what I can now call the drive to let the experts be experts. In other words, we questioned why a writer or reporter, as good as they might be at their jobs, picked our pictures and design newspaper pages. We won that battle for a while. Now, printed newspapers are almost irrelevant.

And, so it continued.

I’ve come to the place in my career that almost every thing I do, or did, has become irrelevant. Even if I make the world’s greatest picture on one day, it’ll be drowned by 19 billion other pictures and never seen or thought of again. Even with heavy marketing, you get like a bounce for a day.

You don’t even want to get me started on gear. You know me. I think the best gear is in your head, heart and soul. But, technical requirements being what they are, new gear is much improved over even something released a year or so ago.  In the old days, you bought a camera, maybe a Nikon F2, and you could use it for a decade. In fact, you could still use it today. You can still buy my film of choice from those days, which is Kodak Tri-X.

No big deal.

Not so much today. I’ve been shopping for the latest Sony release. An A7III. It’s the third of a series. I bought the first of that series back in oh so far back, in 2014. Four years ago. True, it’s technology has improved in about a billion ways. It costs just under $2,000. When I asked about trade in value for my four-year old camera body, the dealer told me I might as well just keep it because it wasn’t worth very much. Maybe $250 to $400. He’s right. I might as well just put it in my defunct digital stuff drawer.

And, you wonder why?

That’s why the transition from a WordPress blog to a blog has taken so long. I’m having a very hard time keeping my head in the game.

And, so it goes.




Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

6 thoughts on “More Purple

  1. I think most artistic fields are undermined today, and I do wonder about the future. Musician friends of mine are expected to give away their music. That’s just one example. It troubles me even though I’m not directly affected. I think we should all feel the concern, however.

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    1. We don’t give anything away unless we want to. Sometimes, I take a philosophical stand. Even though it’s Sunday, I got an email from a guy who represents Air BnB. He wanted me to photograph their new program which amounts to having a locals experience in whatever city they are in. In NOLA, that’s destroying neighborhoods because professional “hotel” types are buying house with no intention of living in them. Luckily, in my The Garden District we have a very strong neighborhood association. We won’t let them in. I turned him down. He kept raising the ante. There wasn’t enough money in the world for me to say yes.

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      1. I do respect that you’re committed to congruency from values and beliefs carrying through to actions. I have only been to NOLA three brief visits, but I recall how much I loved the Garden District. Neighborhood associations are often confining, but they do have a healthy purpose, as you’re demonstrating!

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  2. Did I say that? Dat dem words are too big for the likes of me. Heh. Once our NA became run by people like us rather then the blue bloods, positive changes were made except for the streets. We have to wait until 2033 for that, unless one of the toddlers keeps planting flowers in all the potholes. If you’ve been to the Garden District and maybe took a look at Anne Rice’s former home, you know where we live. Only about two blocks closer the St. Charles Avenue and the streetcars.


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