Friday, June 26, 2009

Presentation prespirations..

Yesterday evening I had the big presentation that I'd been putting together for the past few weeks.

Everything went really well and I managed to avoid putting my foot in my mouth.

However, what excited and pleased me the most is what I witnessed both immediately before and after the show: everybody was talking with each other.

In this day and age of Myspace, Facebook, and the ever looming blogosphere (cough); I was very pleased and comforted to see that people are still able to divorce themselves from the box of lights and wires, come together as a community, and just communicate with one another.

While I already knew many of the people who attended the show, many of those in attendance were unaquainted with whomever they were sitting next to.

This did little to stop the talking.

Within just a few minutes of sitting down most people were fully engaged with their neighbor in a conversation about local economics, the school system, or what new flavors of ice cream might be available at the local general store (a matter of CRITICAL importance).

A recent study showed that the more postive interactions an individual has with others per day, the more likely to be in a state of happiness.

While it is intriguing to see that scientists are studying the field of emotional wellness and "social capital"... upon reading the study I was compelled to shout "HELLO!!!!!" at the glossy magazine pages that had gleaned such information.

So, on that note I humbly invite my multitudes of loyal readers (all 3 of you at the time of this writing) to divorce yourself entirely from an electronically based social life for 1 day.

Rather than texting, e-mail, or messaging somebody you wish to communicate with (for whatever reason), I want you to call or (even better) meet with them in person.


Despite the tremendous difficulties (and there will be difficulties) regarding this endeavor, I place my faith in you accomplish this task and to accomplish it with zeal.

Bob Dylan:

"I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be yours."

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Paying the Bills #2

I've gotten some a few assignments on a freelance basis. Today I photographed the local Sheriff and Ambulance director.

Not the best assignment in the world... not the greatest pictures ever... no Pulitzer invite just yet. But even those who've achieved their dreams and beyond had to start somewhere.

Bertrand Russell:

"Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day."

Good luck to all those out there who endeavor to follow their dreams and are followed by a cloud of convictions.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Paying the bills #1 Part 2

Screw it. I'm not busy with anything else at this particular moment in time.

Here are some photos.

Paying the bills #1

Hello all,

Just giving everyone a heads up that my recent photographs of the Chelsea High School Lacrosse victory over Burr & Burton. The images were picked up by The Journal Opinion and The Herald of Randolph.

Not the greatest photographs in the world... but it was nice to do something light and fun considering the nature of most of my projects. Look for some imagery to appear on this blog within a day or two.

Also, I'd like to give special thanks to John Parker and the whole CHS Lacrosse team for tolerating me all day long.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Is the sky falling?

I've given in to the pressures from Smarth and others and finally started my own blog. If anyone ends up reading any of this I'll be happy... if not... I won't be devastated.

I've no idea what particular shape this blog will take. I imagine the various posts will be somewhat sporadic (depending on my various activities, explorations, and expeditions)... but it'll always be here for the truly nerdy or painfully devoted.

First order of business:
I'm giving a presentation at Altus Healing Arts in Chelsea, VT on June 25th at 7:30pm. More to come on this between now and then, but expect to see imagery from my work on heart disease (Intermission), New Orleans, and (primarily) from my ongoing project Will's Store.

Hope to see you then... all two or three of you that happen to read this.