Monday, September 30, 2002

» I've extensively updated the photography section of my site. Included is a new travel photography section (with New Jersey photos, Spain photos, Portugal photos, and Oregon photos), an updated documentary, outdoors and editorial section.

If anyone sees any broken links or anything else, your comments would be appreciated.

07:40 PM PST

Sunday, September 29, 2002


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rain's here.

05:07 PM PST

Saturday, September 28, 2002

» Verisign (aka Network Solutions) is sort of the mafia of the domain name world. People trying to transfer their domains away from them, or simply do business with them are often ignored, lied to, etc..

Which is why, it is simply wonderful to see them get a taste of their own medicine. Load and listen.

11:13 AM PST

Friday, September 27, 2002


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If all goes well, we'll have (from left to right), Lavender, Oregano, Sweet Basil, and Parsley. After some minor setbacks, the window box (a simply wonderful birthday present) has been installed in the sunniest part of our apartment, and we're scanning cookbooks, getting ready to make our first meal w/ homegrown herbs.

05:00 PM PST

» The Leica M3 is considered by many one of the finest cameras ever made. While the camera has not been manufactured in 35 years, people are still using their M3's on a daily basis, because the cameras are simply so well made.

Leica is one of those unique camera companies that would seem like an anachronism if it wasn't for some key advantages their cameras have: razor sharp lenses, unbelievably quiet operation, and small size. Still, the process of using a manual focus, manual exposure camera can be daunting to some.

Anyways, I find it fascinating that someone put a digital body into a miniaturized Leica M3.

08:57 AM PST

Thursday, September 26, 2002

» Some of the photos from Tropical Storm Isidore are stunning. Imagine sitting in your home as a wave passes through it.

In happier news, I turned 24 today which I think makes me officially in my "mid-20s". Twenty-four has always been a sort of lucky number for me though, and I'm hopeful for what the next year will bring.

03:13 PM PST

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

» Some interesting thoughts about dealing with people from Andrius Kulikauskas, via Peterme.

01:34 PM PST

Tuesday, September 24, 2002

» Amazing. Top-end 35mm digital cameras were around 6 megapixels until a few days ago. Now we have the 11 megapixel Canon EOS-1Ds and the 14 megapixel Kodak DCS-14n. The evolution of digital imagery has taken a huge step forward.

11:09 AM PST

Saturday, September 21, 2002


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parade of lanterns

10:27 PM PST

» "The first time I met Birdman, he was walking down Burnside, near Powell's, with an enormous Trailblazers jacket, a face not dissimilar to Hulk Hogan's, and a wildness about him that made people step out of his way."

New in Portland Stories, Time Anew.

02:41 PM PST


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slabtown art

02:39 PM PST

Thursday, September 19, 2002


Vonnegut: [Long pause] I think it would be the moment where I was doing everything right, where I was beyond criticism. It was back in World War II. It was snowing, but everything was black. The trucks were rolling in. I was surrounded by my buddies. And my rifle was between my knees, my helmet on my head. I was ready for anything. And I was right where I belonged. That would be the moment. It would have to be the moment.

J. Rentilly's interview with Kurt Vonnegut, is a nice look at what Mr. Vonnegut is up to these days. He's clearly a crotchety old man, but also one of America's great writers, and someone with an infinite variety of interesting things on his mind. The interview is in three parts, (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

09:19 AM PST

Wednesday, September 18, 2002

» Busy! Shot these photos today (link is temporary), and had a fun 'ol time in front of City Hall and running back and forth to the lab. The first three black and white ones look the best to me, what do you think?

06:52 PM PST

Monday, September 16, 2002

» Getting up early has rarely been something I've done with any consistency. Yet, as Charlene starts her Fall semester, with 7:30AM classes each morning, it looks like I'll be sort of forced into it.

Today was the first 6:30AM rising, then driving Charlene to school, and then I'm back in front of my computer, at 7:15AM. It was stunning, within an hour I had finished all of my "must-do" work for the day, and was free to spend my day as I pleased.

I started by scanning in some photos from my Spain trip, then took a long walk to investigate some leads on a photo essay I'm working on, then I was back home, and it had just passed noon. Now, three hours later, it continues to be one of my most productive days in a long time. Despite my initial groanings this morning (to which Charlene can attest), getting up early is fantastic, and I'm honestly excited about doing it for the rest of this year.

03:28 PM PST

Friday, September 13, 2002

» "I look at the pictures I have done up to now, and they make me feel that who we are and how we feel and what is to become of us just doesn't matter. Our aspirations and successes have been cheap and petty. I read the newspapers, the columnists, some books, I look at some magazines (our press). They all deal in illusions and fantasies. I can only conclude that we have lost ourselves, and that the bomb may finish the job permanently, and it just doesn't matter, we have not loved life." - Garry Winogrand, in NYT.

Garry Winogrand died in 1984, leaving more than 2500 rolls of film exposed, but undeveloped. He was a prolific shooter throughout his career, one look at his last camera shows the kind of wear and tear only evident when someone uses their camera a lot.

His photographs, now in an exhibition at the ICP, and taken on a Guggenheim grant in 1964 look to capture America at a crossroads (after JFK's assassination).

09:14 AM PST

Thursday, September 12, 2002

» I wrote three articles for Sony's ImageStation Magazine that have just gone up - Capturing Spain on CD, Great Photos in the Great Outdoors and Using ImageStation's Online Editor.

02:47 PM PST

Wednesday, September 11, 2002


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10:07 AM PST

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

» Justin Simoni, the guy behind, also does a weblog like thing. This account of a wall, an idea, and some paint (and the amazing result, pictured) is a great read.

10:44 AM PST

» Vitriolic, but there's a lot of truth in what Ted Rall writes even if his tone does get annoying at times.

10:18 AM PST

Friday, September 6, 2002

» Stepping Through the Ashes the new book by photographer Eugene Richards is out, and the site has some more sample photos. Richards is one of the world's great documentary photographers, and I'm truly looking forward to seeing his book.

02:35 PM PST

Thursday, September 5, 2002


"When I recall that memory I think it is the first time I began to fathom that adults had lives of their own, that those lives stretched back into strange territories: films were made, grandmothers were divorced and remarried, families moved from state to state, all of it stunning not in concept, but in its relation to me, that I was a product of these forces."

Wonderful writing by Paul Ford over at Ftrain.

12:57 PM PST

» Just found out that Steve McCurry has an opening here in Portland tonight that will feature one of the most famous photographs ever taken, along with some of his images from September 11th. Interestingly enough, I found he took this photo which is very similar to James Nachtwey's photo, though I find the symmetry and lack of color in Nachtwey's photo makes it a much stronger picture.

10:34 AM PST

» Now why do the little stickers on my bananas have to suggest mixing bananas with Jell-O Pudding as a way to enjoy this tasty fruit? What a good way to counter their bananas' nutritional value with sugar and artificial flavors.

09:38 AM PST

Wednesday, September 4, 2002


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on the road to Salamanca

04:49 PM PST

» Quickly adding Yachats, Oregon, to my list of places to see in Oregon after reading this wonderful piece by Oliver Griswold.

12:01 PM PST

» Detention camps are a bad idea with a lot of tragic history behind them. John Ashcroft appears to think that U.S. citizens, who are deemed "enemy combatants" should be incarcerated, and stripped of their constitutional rights.

10:45 AM PST

Monday, September 2, 2002


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Self-assignments in photography allow you to pursue topics that may fall outside of your normal photographic life. Mike Johnston lays out an interesting eight week program that may shake things up for your photography and get you headed in new directions.

09:58 PM PST

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