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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Easter 2008

I headed back to Pennsylvania for a long weekend to visit my family for Easter. It was snowing there when we arrived, which was a change from our weather in DC. But luckily, it cleared up and was sunny and somewhat warm on Sunday so that we could have the Easter egg hunt in the yard for the kids.

Maurice had a fun time running with all the kids in the yard. He was running for almost an hour non-stop, and it was impossible to get him to rest. He is actually herding the kids, which is kind of funny because no one knows what his plan for order is, only that he feels he needs to be in charge! (Andy actually took this one):

They were playing hide and seek, and being the spoiler that he is, Maurice kept giving away their hiding spots. I know you can't see it, but in the photo below, there is a young cousin behind that shrub. Maurice would stand a couple of feet away and let out a sharp "woof!" and then look back at me, then look at the bush and bark again. Then you'd hear a tiny voice from behind the shrub saying, "SHHHHHHHH! You'll give me away!".

There were a lot of people at my parents' house, but I mostly focused on taking photos of the kids - my first and second cousins. Here are some of those:

My grandmother, who looks entirely too good for her age!:

And here's one of me with camera in hand that Andy nabbed during the craziness:

Now I'm back in the DC area, but was happy to be able to spend some time with the family!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Artomatic 2008 - It's a Done Deal!!!

UPDATE: Registration for Artomatic 2008 begins at Noon on Thursday, March 27! Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of the fun this year!

This just in! Artomatic is happening! Details are as follows:

May 9 – June 15, 2008
Capitol Plaza building, located at 1200 First Street, NE
(at the corner with M Street)
Washington, DC 20002
Metro stop: Red Line, New York Ave./Florida Ave./Gallaudet Univ.
(M Street exit)
Free admission. Donations accepted

Wednesdays and Thursdays: 5 pm – 10 pm
Fridays and Saturdays: Noon – 2 am
Sundays: Noon – 10 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Artomatic, the Washington, D.C., area’s eclectic, engaging — and occasionally even eye-popping — arts extravaganza is back this spring and promises to be more of a draw than ever before.

The NoMa (north of Massachusetts Avenue) Business Improvement District (BID) will host this year’s homegrown art extravaganza, Artomatic. From May 9 through June 15, 2008, hundreds of local and regional artists will exhibit their works throughout the Capitol Plaza building, located at First and M Streets, N.E., just one block west of the New York Avenue Metro station.

Held regularly since 1999, Artomatic transforms an unfinished indoor space into an exciting and incredibly diverse arts event that is free and open to the public. In addition to displays and sales by hundreds of artists, the event features free musical, dance, and theater performances; holiday celebrations; films; educational presentations; and much more.

This year’s Artomatic, occupying 200,000 square feet at Capitol Plaza, will be the largest to date. Designed by the renowned architect Shalom Baranes and owned by Polinger, Shannon & Luchs, Capitol Plaza offers 293,000 rentable square feet of Class A office space, with dramatic Capitol and city views from the upper floors.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

One Year Ago...

Sometimes, I like to look back on the past year and see if I can figure out what I was doing this day last year. I know, I know... sometimes I can barely remember what I did last week. But through the miracle of iCal, I can easily look back and see where I was or what appointments I had on any given day.

Last year on this day I was in Boston, and this is what I was doing:

Your eyes do not deceive you, that is actually a snowman on fire. During my trip to Boston last year, a group of friends made a snowman in honor of our visiting Aussie friend Jane's first snowfall, and, well, I let my inner fire come through.

Good times, good times...

So what were you up to this time last year?

Friday, March 14, 2008

I have the weirdest dog in the universe.

We are painting our bedroom, and have moved just about everything except the bed and some larger furniture out. Everything is in total disarray, and Maurice's bed had to be moved from the regular spot where those drop cloths and rags are to the right of the photo, and it is now in the center of the room at the foot of our bed. I came out of the shower today to find this scene - my dog, wedged between our bed and his bed. Why doesn't he just sleep *on* the bed, one might ask? I can't imagine what he's doing can be more comfortable. But whatever... I will let him do what he wants.

As if there was any doubt in my mind that my dog was very, very strange.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Artomatic - This Summer!!!

Bloggers: Artomatic 2008 needs your help!

We need your help getting the word out about Artomatic 2008. Although the details are still being nailed down and contracts are still being signed, Artomatic will happen this summer. The space is near the New York Ave Metro Station in the District and is much bigger than any venue in the past! Word on the street is 8 floors of open floor plans (like the 8th floor in Crystal City last year).

Help get the community buzzing and mention Artomatic 2008 in your blogs? Please sign up for the newsletter at www.artomatic.org to receive the most up-to-date information as it is made available.


Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Eastern State Penitentiary - Holga Part 2, Bridal Session

As promised, now that I have triumphed over my scanner, I have more of my Holga images to share from my recent photo trip to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philly. These photos reflect what one can expect from my Holga Bridal sessions / Trash the Dress sessions... because this particular model was wearing a wedding dress! Regardless of what my photo subjects are wearing, I approach the shoot the same way - with the goal to make really cool, funky, otherworldly, and in general kick-butt images!

Lots of people ask me how I make these images. Lots and lots of practice pretty much sums it up! I do not use Photoshop - these are shot on film and printed and toned in the darkroom (with chemicals!), and are not manipulated in any way other than the occasional burn and dodge.

This is not all... believe it or not, I have even MORE images from this photo shoot to share. Be on the lookout for Eastern State Penitentiary - Holga Part 3!

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