nce, when I used to live in Asia, I traveled around the world to Denmark. I left Singapore exhausted and beaten down by a very rough press check.
My press checks were never rough. I know enough color theory and the art of making compromises when I couldn’t manage everything on the page the way I wanted.
We printed either 8, 12, or 16 pages to view. Or, we printed a certain number of pages at the same time so that when they were folded and trimmed they formed a section of a book. The trick is to make sure the color was what you wanted on, let’s say page one and page eight.
This press check was grueling because it was a co-production with a small sports agency based in New York. They thought we could print one of those big pages, send it to New York where they could make changes, maybe even substituting pictures.
We’d have been printing the book for a month. Normally, that’s about a three day job.
I went forward without sending them anything. My press, my call. I said they should call me in a couple of days.
When are you going to send the first pages they asked? The book is done I replied. The yelling started. The screaming started. I just listened. Finally, they settled down. I asked if they were done. I also said that if they started in again, I’d dump the whole thing in The Sea of China.
They threatened to call my boss, not realizing that I didn’t have a direct boss. But, I did have a president. Did they actually think that I’d go off half cocked with out making sure my back was covered.
Boy. This is a long set up.
I left Singapore for Denmark. We flew to Switzerland and then to Denmark. When we landed in Switzerland the flight attendant apologized, saying that she tried to wake me, but I was in such a deep sleep that she decided to let me sleep. Good call. She found me something for me to eat while we were on the ground.
When I finally arrived at what would now be called an Air BnB, I was about dead. I turned on the television to keep me company. The only channel that I could understand was a music channel.
I saw and heard it at about the same time.
There was the lead singer wearing long dreads, and leather fringe jacket. He was jumping around and looking happy. It woke me up.
The singer was Adam Durwitz. The band was Counting Crows. The song was Mr. Jones. You’d have think back to the mid-1990s to remember it. It was a huge hit from their first album. I still listen it to this day.
o, that was a long story wasn’t it?
Just as well.
This side, the technical side won’t be near as long.
I saw the light from my studio. I was a little late. So, I did what I could.
I went to my go to location and started making pictures.
When I started looking at them while I was editing I realized that I didn’t know what was doing.
This morning I couldn’t make an espresso to save my life.
I dropped the capsule on the floor. I picked up and dropped it again.
The basket was full so I emptied it into small trash can where we put recyclables. They fell on the floor.
I washed the basket.
I added more water. While I was pouring it into the machine the hatch that covers the water fell back in place. The water flowed all over the counter.
In what world do I think that I can make pictures?
I did some post production magic and made something that is intriguing.
At least I managed to repair all of the noise that was in the sky.
Now, do you want me to tell you about making breakfast?