ChatterLog September 2009

Louisa & Louisa – A Swimming Story


Photo © Stephen Flint

After a predictably quiet summer, everyone was returning to work and the kids were back at school. I spent a large portion of August (less so in July, basically due to the rubbish weather) at my local New York City “free” outdoor swimming pool. “Free” is good, especially when you are broke, and boy oh boy, did that water feel fantastic! I find swimming to not only be great physical exercise, but also a very mentally therapeutic and emotionally calming activity. I’ve always enjoyed swimming but I’m not a huge fan of the beaches around the New York area. I’d rather be in the Caribbean (who wouldn’t?) but that wasn’t an option, and the hurricanes had been producing such big waves and rip tides that you couldn’t really swim in the ocean, even if you wanted to. So it was the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center for me and I felt extremely grateful to have a swimming pool so close to where I live. Formerly the Carmine Recreation Center, it was renamed after Tony Dapolito, “The Mayor of Greenwich Village” whose family had started the famous Italian bakery Vesuvio’s on Prince Street.

Click here to see the full article in my Blog.

Now, if you are in the New York area and you haven’t already seen the Richard Avedon exhibition at ICP – Avedon Fashion 1944-2000 – then you have until September 20th. A truly wonderful collection with many of his iconic images – not to be missed! But while you are there, be sure to check out the accompanying Paris Fashion 1945 exhibit in the café area on the lower level. Following World War II, in an attempt to revive the battered French couture industry, designers made miniature outfits for small, wire-frame dolls and created an exhibition entitled “Theatre de la Mode,” with over 230 of them displayed in stage-like sets. It was a huge success and traveled the globe until the return of the fashion industry, at which point the dolls disappeared. Years later, they re-surfaced and were returned to Paris, where they were restored and photographed by David Seidner – sadly there is only one of the original dolls along with the photographs in this exhibit – truly adorable though!

Avedon Fashion 1944 – 2000
Exhibition running through Sunday, September 20th, 2009

@ International Center of Photography
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
New York, NY
212-857-0000

For more information please visit:http://www.icp.org/site/c.dnJGKJNsFqG/b.5079531/k.9571/Avedon_Fashion.htm

David Seidner Paris Fashions, 1945
Also running through Sunday, September 20th, 2009

For more information please visit: http://www.icp.org/site/c.dnJGKJNsFqG/b.5079545/k.8272/David_Seidner.htm

For a complete list of current exhibitions at the International Center of Photography please visit: http://www.icp.org/site/c.dnJGKJNsFqG/b.1196903/k.692/Current_Exhibitions.htm

ChatterTip of the Month September 2009

Natural Remedies for Indoor Pests!

In the last bulletin we gave you some remedies for insect bites and sunburn. So now, as the Summer ends and Fall approaches, we are moving our lives back indoors again – along with some unwanted room-mates! Here are some natural remedies for a few of them…

Cockroaches – place dried bay leaves all around the baseboard, cracks and corners of the room, kitchen cupboards, stove etc. You’d be amazed at how such a nice-smelling and affordable herb can be such an effective deterrent. Another interesting mixture is to take 1 cup of Plaster of Paris, 2 cups of oatmeal and a quarter of a cup of sugar. Mix well together and place around the edges of the floor, especially in dark corners and chinks.

Mice – if you don’t have a cat, then you may well have a mouse problem – like I do! Take some cotton wool balls and sprinkle a few drops of Oil of Peppermint on them. Place the cotton balls in all the corners and possible cracks wherever the mice might squeeze through.

Moths – to protect your Winter sweaters, fill a little muslin bag with cedar wood shavings. Allspice and thyme are also said to work well and smell a lot nicer than those camphor moth balls!

ChatterRecipe of the Month September 2009

We are now in the month of September, and the Astrological sign of Virgo, representing health, harvest and vegetarians – so let’s start with this one:


Photo by Kurt Wilson http://www.kurtwilsonphotography.com

Homemade Hummus

Have you noticed how much they are charging these days for a little container of Hummus from the grocery store? Save yourself some money and make your own!
This is an easy-peasy recipe that can be thrown together quickly and served with drinks or a nice cold beer! And, as it is Vegetarian, everyone can enjoy it. You can vary the ingredients to suit your taste preferences.

1 can (14 – 16oz) of Chick Peas (garbanzos) – rinsed and drained
About a third to a half cup of fresh-squeezed Lemon Juice
2 small cloves Garlic – minced
About a quarter cup of Tahini (sesame paste)
A quarter cup of Water
About a teaspoon of Olive Oil
A half-teaspoon (or more to taste) of ground Cumin
SaltPepperCayenne

Blend all the ingredients together in a food processor or blender.
Season to taste and add a half-cup of chopped Parsley.
Serve with warm slices of Pita Bread (crackers or corn chips) and slices of assorted raw Vegetables. A bowl of good Olives goes wonderfully alongside this as well.

ChatterEvents September 2009

Wednesday, September 9th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Familiar Strangers – Photographs by Josephine Dvorken

@ Umbrella Arts
317 East 9th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY

For more information about the gallery please visit: http://www.umbrellaarts.com/

To view more work from the artist please visit: http://www.josephinedvorken.com/

Thursday, September 10th, 2009 – 7:00pm
ICP “Avedon and Fashion” Lecture

@ HBO Auditorium
1100 Sixth Avenue at 42nd Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY

Cost: $5

From ICP website:
“An evening dialogue devoted to the changing paradigm of fashion.”

For more information,to view ticket options and purchase tickets please visit:http://shopping.icp.org/store/product.html?product_id=32210

Thursday, September 10th – Thursday, September 17th, 2009
New York’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2010 Collections

For more information please visit: http://mbfashionweek.com/newyork/

Friday, September 11th – Sunday, September 13th, 2009
NYC photoWorks Workshops

@ Sandbox Studio
250 Hudson Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY

From the NYC photoWorks website:
“3 days, 15 workshops to choose from: 2 days of 3-hour workshops, plus a day of shooting “on assignment” throughout New York City with a leading photographer. Small classes for 1-on-1 interaction.”

For classes, schedules and to register for workshops, please visit:http://www.nycphotoworks.com/index.html
&
http://www.nycphotoworks.com/workshops/workshops_main.html.

Saturday, September 12th, 2009 – 7:00pm – 11:00pm
“Speculum” An Exhibition of Students Work from Miami Ad School

@ 4141 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 203D
Miami, FL

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm
NY Monthly Photo Salon

@ SoHo Photo Gallery
15 White Street
New York, NY

Presenting the work of:  David FieldFlora HanitijoSarah Small (one of my Chatterbox clients!), Jay Maisel and Howard Schatz (subject to change).

Fore more information or questions please contact Rich Pomerantz at rich@richpomerantz.com, Emmanuel Faure at emmanuel@emmanuelfaure.com or Bill Westheimer at bill@billwest.com.

Monday, September 21st – Friday, September 25th, 2009
Advertising Week in NYC

From the Advertising Week website:
“Advertising Week is North America’s premier gathering of cutting edge communications leaders. The Week is a hybrid of thought leadership and special event programming, uniting clients, creatives, media and inspiring figures like Lorne Michaels, Ludacris, Jon Bon Jovi, Jimmy Wales, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Donny Deutsch, Lewis Black, Chaka Khan, Bob Greenberg, Emeril, Jimmy Fallon, Ziggy Marley . . . and many more.”

“Advertising Week’s mission is to galvanize the industry by creating an entertaining, enlightening and engaging platform for disparate parts of the business. Along the way, The Week is a tangible force – moving key industry goals around talent and diversity forward via GenerationNext, Advertising Futures and a broad partnership with Virtual Enterprise.”

For more information, registration, locations and events please visit: http://www.advertisingweek.com/index.php
http://www.advertisingweek.com/events.php

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 – 6:30pm – 9:00pm
“The Art of the Deal: Pricing, Negotiating and Licensing”
An Evening With John Harrington

@ Adorama Building
42 West 18th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY

Cost: $25

Registration deadline for this Seminar is Monday, September 21st, 2009.

From Adorama website:
“Join John Harrington, author of the best-selling ‘Best Business Practices for Photographers’, for an insightful and solutions-oriented presentation on how to generate more revenue from the assignments, through pricing examples and discussion, negotiation strategies, and demystifying licensing of your work.
Unlock the mysteries surrounding how to price your work, and learn ways to negotiate from a position of strength.”

For more information and to register please visit: http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=WS_JohnHarrington_092209

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 – 6:30pm
ASPP NY Presents: Nancy Wolff – “The Future of Copyright”

@ Laura Parsons Pratt Conference Center
281 Park Avenue South at 22nd Street
New York, NY
347-229-1384

Cost:
$10 for members
$20 for non-members
$5 for students with ID
Free to new members joining at the door

Space is limited! RSVP by Monday, September 21st, 2009.

From ASPP NY Evite:
“Nancy E. Wolff, internationally recognized digital media and intellectual property attorney (partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abraham & Shepard, LLP), will bring us up to date on the legal issues and market forces surrounding the Orphan Works Bill, the Google Books Settlement and it’s opponents, the movement to make everything free and other timely issues.”

To view event information and to RSVP please visit:http://www.evite.com/pages/invite/viewInvite.jsp?inviteId=ZBLQWGRSKFWJSZNIITJD&li=iq&src=email&trk=aei6

For more information please email asppny@gmail.com.

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 – 6:30pm – 9:00pm
The Business of Photography: A Panel Discussion With Top Industry Photographers’ Agents
Moderated by Louisa J. Curtis of Chatterbox Enterprises

@ Adorama Building
42 West 18th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY

Cost: $25

Registration deadline for this Workshop is Thursday, September 24th, 2009.

Panel to include (may be subject to change):
Neil Binkley – Wonderful Machine
Patrick Casey – Marge Casey & Associates
David Laidler – Aurora Select
Frank Meo – Meorepresents
Laura Reid – Redux Pictures
Tricia Scott – MergeLeft Reps

From Adorama website:
“Louisa Curtis (Chatterbox Enterprises) presents a diverse panel of top artist representatives to share their insights on today’s photo industry from the agent’s perspective. Our panelists cover a cross-section of different approaches to representation; from a niche agency specializing in photojournalists, to a long-established, high-end advertising stable of talent, to a boutique web-based collective and a renowned photo agency that spans not just the country but also the globe, covering commercial and editorial photography as well as stock.”

For more information and to register for this event please visit: http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=WS_LCurtis_092909

For a full list of all seminars and workshops at Adorama please visit: http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=WS_List

Louisa & Louisa – A Swimming Story

© Stephen Flint

After a predictably quiet summer, everyone was returning to work and the kids were back at school. I spent a large portion of August (less so in July, basically due to the rubbish weather) at my local New York City “free” outdoor swimming pool. “Free” is good, especially when you are broke, and boy oh boy, did that water feel fantastic! I find swimming to not only be great physical exercise, but also a very mentally therapeutic and emotionally calming activity. I’ve always enjoyed swimming but I’m not a huge fan of the beaches around the New York area. I’d rather be in the Caribbean (who wouldn’t?) but that wasn’t an option, and the hurricanes had been producing such big waves and rip tides that you couldn’t really swim in the ocean, even if you wanted to. So it was the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center for me and I felt extremely grateful to have a swimming pool so close to where I live. Formerly the Carmine Recreation Center, it was renamed after Tony Dapolito, “The Mayor of Greenwich Village” whose family had started the famous Italian bakery Vesuvio’s on Prince Street.

I began the summer by thinking that I would go to the “adult lap swims” as I had done in previous years, but they were either at 7:00am in the morning (not exactly my time of day!) or 7:00pm in the evening. Well, it was already getting kind of grey and gloomy by that time of night so I was not feeling particularly enthusiastic about going regularly. Then, one evening, one of the ladies told me to check out the very beginning of a daytime “general session” before it got too busy. My previous experience of a “general” session had been super-crowded and totally off-putting, to say the least, so it had not even occurred to me to go in the middle of the day. Well, thankfully I took this lady’s advice and I started going at noon, during the week. Most days, I was able to get in a good half hour to an hour’s swim before all of the kids arrived. It felt really marvelous, and the sun was shining at that time of day! I even went when they opened on the weekend days as well. In fact, I barely missed a day! Some days it got very crowded very fast, and that was not as much fun, but you had to appreciate that everyone wanted to enjoy the refreshing water when it was hot and steamy in the city.

At a certain point during some of the sessions the lifeguards would open up the deep end of the pool where there was a diving board. I watched as a succession of kids and adults, one after the other, lined up to jump, dive, or “honey-pot” as hard as they could off the board and into the pool. Some were little kids, who were scared at first but then plucking up more courage with each turn they took. Others were hilarious show-off’s who were simply reveling in entertaining their buddies or impressing their girlfriends. There were a few occasions when the lifeguard had to dive off the chair and help someone to the side of the pool. The ‘jumping off of the board’ part may have been fun, but not being able to actually swim properly made it a little dangerous, to say the least.

Finally, I decided it was time for me to jump off the board, which I did. A few days later, I found myself instructing my inner self that I could not leave the pool until I had done a proper dive off the board. “But, it’s been years since I did that!” I said to myself. “Tough, you’re going to do it, so get on with it.” And I did! I finally plucked up the courage and I produced a half-good dive. And by the time I had done a few more over the next few days, I was feeling pretty good and even picking up a compliment here and there. So now I have a city tan, I turned fifty-five years old and I dived off the board at the local pool!

One day, as I was watching everyone going off the board, there was a young Asian boy, very muscular and obviously very fit, and yet, he was a terrible swimmer! He wanted so badly to get it, but his coordination was really off and he had difficulty with his timing and his strokes. So, on this particular afternoon, he sees everyone heading to the deep end and with a big silly grin on his face, he joins the queue. He attempts a dive, which quickly turned into a belly flop and down he went. He surfaced with arms flailing and within seconds not one, but two lifeguards were in the water helping him to the side.  Guess he won’t be attempting that again any time soon?

Towards the end of August I realized that I was turning into my mother, as I was now becoming a regular at the pool, and the locals were starting to say hello and even ask my name. My mother, although scared of deep water, loved to swim and was a regular for many years at her local pool, where she would swim during her lunch-hour. Her swimming pals were a particular set of friends that she only saw there, but they became very dear to her, nonetheless. By the time we got to the end of the month, all of the summer camps had finished and the crowds disappeared. So during the first week of September, although the temperature had dropped down to the seventies, we still had one more week of swimming and it felt like my own private pool, with hardly anyone there at all. Bliss!

One day, I saw one of the “regulars” who I had seen all month but never really spoken with. She wore a yellow and white striped bikini and had an enormous pregnant belly. We had all been observing her over the weeks, thinking that she must be about to the drop the baby any day now. I hadn’t seen her in a while but on the last Friday, there she was. The pool was very quiet and I said hello for the first time. We started talking and I told her how we all thought she must have had the baby by now. “Twins!” she said proudly patting her giant bulge, “I’m having twins.” “Well, that definitely explains the size of you,” I said. She was not due, in fact for a few more weeks. So we chatted and had a lovely conversation. She was from Australia, and myself from England. And then I finally said, “My name is Louisa, by the way.” And she replied, “That’s my name too. I’m Louisa.” We even spelt it the same way. It was so unexpected and yet strangely comforting because I had been feeling very sensitive about missing my Mum and somehow this little coincidental encounter with a very expectant mother-to-be felt quite precious. But then, there’s no such thing as a coincidence, is there?

Louisa & Louisa – A Swimming Story

© Stephen Flint

After a predictably quiet summer, everyone was returning to work and the kids were back at school. I spent a large portion of August (less so in July, basically due to the rubbish weather) at my local New York City “free” outdoor swimming pool. “Free” is good, especially when you are broke, and boy oh boy, did that water feel fantastic! I find swimming to not only be great physical exercise, but also a very mentally therapeutic and emotionally calming activity. I’ve always enjoyed swimming but I’m not a huge fan of the beaches around the New York area. I’d rather be in the Caribbean (who wouldn’t?) but that wasn’t an option, and the hurricanes had been producing such big waves and rip tides that you couldn’t really swim in the ocean, even if you wanted to. So it was the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center for me and I felt extremely grateful to have a swimming pool so close to where I live. Formerly the Carmine Recreation Center, it was renamed after Tony Dapolito, “The Mayor of Greenwich Village” whose family had started the famous Italian bakery Vesuvio’s on Prince Street.

I began the summer by thinking that I would go to the “adult lap swims” as I had done in previous years, but they were either at 7:00am in the morning (not exactly my time of day!) or 7:00pm in the evening. Well, it was already getting kind of grey and gloomy by that time of night so I was not feeling particularly enthusiastic about going regularly. Then, one evening, one of the ladies told me to check out the very beginning of a daytime “general session” before it got too busy. My previous experience of a “general” session had been super-crowded and totally off-putting, to say the least, so it had not even occurred to me to go in the middle of the day. Well, thankfully I took this lady’s advice and I started going at noon, during the week. Most days, I was able to get in a good half hour to an hour’s swim before all of the kids arrived. It felt really marvelous, and the sun was shining at that time of day! I even went when they opened on the weekend days as well. In fact, I barely missed a day! Some days it got very crowded very fast, and that was not as much fun, but you had to appreciate that everyone wanted to enjoy the refreshing water when it was hot and steamy in the city.

At a certain point during some of the sessions the lifeguards would open up the deep end of the pool where there was a diving board. I watched as a succession of kids and adults, one after the other, lined up to jump, dive, or “honey-pot” as hard as they could off the board and into the pool. Some were little kids, who were scared at first but then plucking up more courage with each turn they took. Others were hilarious show-off’s who were simply reveling in entertaining their buddies or impressing their girlfriends. There were a few occasions when the lifeguard had to dive off the chair and help someone to the side of the pool. The ‘jumping off of the board’ part may have been fun, but not being able to actually swim properly made it a little dangerous, to say the least.

Finally, I decided it was time for me to jump off the board, which I did. A few days later, I found myself instructing my inner self that I could not leave the pool until I had done a proper dive off the board. “But, it’s been years since I did that!” I said to myself. “Tough, you’re going to do it, so get on with it.” And I did! I finally plucked up the courage and I produced a half-good dive. And by the time I had done a few more over the next few days, I was feeling pretty good and even picking up a compliment here and there. So now I have a city tan, I turned fifty-five years old and I dived off the board at the local pool!

One day, as I was watching everyone going off the board, there was a young Asian boy, very muscular and obviously very fit, and yet, he was a terrible swimmer! He wanted so badly to get it, but his coordination was really off and he had difficulty with his timing and his strokes. So, on this particular afternoon, he sees everyone heading to the deep end and with a big silly grin on his face, he joins the queue. He attempts a dive, which quickly turned into a belly flop and down he went. He surfaced with arms flailing and within seconds not one, but two lifeguards were in the water helping him to the side.  Guess he won’t be attempting that again any time soon?

Towards the end of August I realized that I was turning into my mother, as I was now becoming a regular at the pool, and the locals were starting to say hello and even ask my name. My mother, although scared of deep water, loved to swim and was a regular for many years at her local pool, where she would swim during her lunch-hour. Her swimming pals were a particular set of friends that she only saw there, but they became very dear to her, nonetheless. By the time we got to the end of the month, all of the summer camps had finished and the crowds disappeared. So during the first week of September, although the temperature had dropped down to the seventies, we still had one more week of swimming and it felt like my own private pool, with hardly anyone there at all. Bliss!

One day, I saw one of the “regulars” who I had seen all month but never really spoken with. She wore a yellow and white striped bikini and had an enormous pregnant belly. We had all been observing her over the weeks, thinking that she must be about to the drop the baby any day now. I hadn’t seen her in a while but on the last Friday, there she was. The pool was very quiet and I said hello for the first time. We started talking and I told her how we all thought she must have had the baby by now. “Twins!” she said proudly patting her giant bulge, “I’m having twins.” “Well, that definitely explains the size of you,” I said. She was not due, in fact for a few more weeks. So we chatted and had a lovely conversation. She was from Australia, and myself from England. And then I finally said, “My name is Louisa, by the way.” And she replied, “That’s my name too. I’m Louisa.” We even spelt it the same way. It was so unexpected and yet strangely comforting because I had been feeling very sensitive about missing my Mum and somehow this little coincidental encounter with a very expectant mother-to-be felt quite precious. But then, there’s no such thing as a coincidence, is there?