ChatterLog November 2009

Greetings everyone and welcome to the November Chatterbulletin! During the month of November, we celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday, so I decided to make this month’s theme “being thankful.”

Being Thankful

1923 Hupa Indian, by Edward Curtis

Before we talk about being thankful – let’s just talk about Thanksgiving Day for a minute. In one way, it is one of my favorite American holidays, because it is not attached to anything religious – it centers round the family, people coming together and eating a lot of good food! However, do you really know where and how this holiday originates? The story goes that in the Autumn of 1621, after arriving in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the Mayflower Pilgrims put together a feast and broke bread with their Native American neighbors who were celebrating Keepunumuk, the “time of the harvest.” That was before they took away their land, of course.

Other versions followed, but the day was not officially made into a National Holiday until 1863. At that point America was in the midst of a Civil war, and President Abraham Lincoln decided a national day of thanks would boost everyone’s morale. However, in the midst of the Indian Wars, it seemed inconceivable to recreate those early images of Native American Indians and early, white settlers breaking bread together. So what happened? The Pilgrims “settled” by fiercely fighting these indigenous tribes, and brutally killing their people and taking their land. In exchange, they were herded in “reservations” and given the bible and alcoholism, amongst other things, as compensation for all that had been taken away from them. And then these new Americans built their “great nation” giving thanks annually over a roast turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie, whilst the Indians… what did they have to be thankful for? Oh yes, the casino and gaming industry…

So with that thought in mind, while you enjoy the football games and munch on that second slice of pie, take a moment to recognize and be thankful for your heritage and for those who suffered for our success and prosperity. We need to be thankful for all of the little things that we take for granted, every single day, not just on Thanksgiving Day. The fact we have a roof over our head, food in the refrigerator, and hopefully good health. Maybe a job opportunity came through… and if it didn’t, then there is something else to be thankful for, there always is. It may not always be easy to see the glass half-full, because it does look very much like the glass that is half-empty. Once again, it goes back to our “attitude” and what we make of each moment of every day. Tomorrow is not promised to us, so be thankful while you can. And speaking of “heritage” – notice the image we selected of the Hupa Indian, is by the wonderful and celebrated photographer, Edward Curtis, and we share the same last name!

Not wanting to abandon the idea of eating around the Holidays, this month we are featuring some of our food photographers, using “seasonal images.” First up is Kurt Wilson, with his beautiful still life of “gourds.” Next we have Adriana Mullen with one of my favorites, “cranberries,” followed by Mira Zaki, and her festive basket of “corn.”

ChatterNews November 2009

Photographer Bob Carey
I originally met Bob at a dinner party a few years ago, and I immediately became a big fan of his work. He subsequently showed some of his photography at the monthly Photo Salon and we have stayed in touch ever since. Here are a couple of recent updates from him, which I thought I would share with you.

New York based photographer Bob Carey video of a recent shoot for his long-term personal project “Ballerina”:

Bob Carey has also photographed illustrations for a children’s book that has just been published by HarperCollins Children entitled “500 Cats.”
The book was just featured on the Today Show:

For more information about the HarperCollin’s Children’s book please visit:

To view more of Bob Carey’s work please visit:

Bruce Byers
Bruce Byers is another photographer that I have known for a while now and he sent me this tidbit about his wife’s project that I thought I would share with you. Jeanne Byers and her business partner Rochelle Klein make the NEW YORK TIMES on Friday, October 30th with a piece about their new business making chic yet functional scratching posts for Cats.

Photo by Bruce Byers

To view the article please visit:
For more information to the scratch posts please visit:

ChatterTip of the Month November 2009

Removing Stains – in particular Red Wine

Photo by Adriana Mullen

So with all of this festive eating and drinking, you know that at some point, someone is going to spill some red wine. Here are a couple of interesting remedies. If you spill red wine on your clothes, immediately pour on some white wine (love it!) – leave for about a minute and then rinse in cold water. Apparently, the white wine neutralizes the red wine. Do not rub the stain – you will spread it!

Now, if you don’t have any white wine handy, we turn once more to our good old faithful friend – vinegar. I would go for the clear white vinegar, rather than apple cider vinegar for this one. Some other options are club soda, salt or soda crystals, which when poured or sprinkled onto the stain will absorb and lift the red wine out of the cloth. Again blot, don’t rub!

The sooner one acts with a red wine stain, the better, but should you have a red wine stain that has already dried, and if the fabric will stand up to it, dip the “spotted’ material in boiling milk and then rinse well in cold water.

ChatterRecipe of the Month November 2009

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon-Horseradish Cream

I can hear some of you groaning at the thought of Brussels sprouts, but cooked properly, they are delicious! I found this recipe on the ACE Fitness website and then debuted it last year for Thanksgiving. It dresses them up so they are simply irresistible. So much so, I wished I had made more.

1 1/2 lbs Brussels sprouts (trimmed & halved)
4 strips Bacon (crisp-cooked & finely chopped)
1/4 cup Sour Cream
2 teaspoons Horseradish
Salt Pepper

Steam the trimmed and halved Brussels sprouts for about 6 to 8 minutes – do not overcook! They should still be a little crunchy. In a bowl, mix the sour cream, horseradish and chopped bacon together. Add the Brussels sprouts and toss so they are coated with the sauce. Season to taste and that’s it!

ChatterEvents November 2009

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 – 6:30pm – 9:00pm
APA Seattle/NorthWest Presents: SuperSites – Successful Self-Promotion for the Digital Age
Panel Discussion Moderated by Louisa J. Curtis

@ Demaray Hall @ Seattle Pacific University Campus
209 West Bertona Street
Seattle, WA 98119

Cost: APA Members & Students: $5; Other Photographer organization members: $10; Non-Members: $15

You must register for this event!

Gain valuable insights from creative professionals that will help you to refine your site to increase the quality and quantity of work you attract in the coming year. This panel of photo buyers will discuss what makes a successful website that clients will want to bookmark and return to regularly. The panelists will share their self-promotional do’s and don’ts, and weigh in on new and buzzworthy ways to “sell” yourself, such as having your own blog or using social networking sites. The discussion will culminate with a “live critique” using willing audience members’ websites – this is your chance to get candid, constructive feedback on your own site!

Panel line-up to include (subject to change):

Steve Cullen – Creative Director/Design Director @ Creature LLC, Seattle
Michael Elliott – Interactive Design Commander @ RocketDog Communications, Seattle
Ray Page – Interactive Creative Director @ DDB, Seattle
Demetre Arges – Creative Director @ BKWLD, Seattle
Greg Lutze – Freelance Art Director & Photographer, Seattle

Sponsored by Agency AccessBlink Bid and liveBooks!

For more information and to register please visit:

Louisa will also be staying in Seattle on Wednesday, November 4th and Thursday, November 5th for consultations. Information on how to reserve a spot can also be found at the APA website.

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 – 6:00 – 8:00pm
Umbrage Editions Presents Dreamboats Collective Opening Reception with the Artists
Exhibition runs November 5th Through December 22nd

Join Umbrage Editions for Dumbo’s First Thursday Gallery Walk for it’s presentation of work by the Dreamboat Collective, a new agency specializing in fine art and editorial from four young photographers – Adam Golfer, Joe Leavenworth, TJ Proechel and Daniel Shea – who founded and direct the collective collaboratively.

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Recessive Traits: In the Absence of the Dominant Element Opening Reception – A group show curated by Natalie Chan including work from a young photographer I know, Gabriela Herman
Exhibition on display from November 2nd through November 30th.
@ Broadway Gallery NYC
473 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY

This image is from Gabi’s website:

© Gabby Herman

To view more of Gabi’s work please visit:

For more information please visit: Check out the Upcoming Exhibitions.
For more information about the participating artists please visit:

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 – 5:00pm
Manhattan Theatre Source Presents: The 5th of November Fundraising Gala
@ Washington Square Park
177 MacDougal Street (between West 8th and Waverly)
West 4th Street subway stop
New York, NY

Cost: $10 and up. Tickets purchased at the location.

Guy Fawkes Day
Most of you are familiar with Halloween, which is celebrated on October 31st – but many of you are perhaps not as familiar with another holiday, which we celebrate on November 5th in England – and that is “Guy Fawkes Day.” Guy Fawkes was famous for his gunpowder plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament back in 1605! He almost succeeded as well, but was arrested at the last minute and promptly executed. “Bonfire Night” is a commemoration of the plot. Traditionally everyone made an “effigy” of him (sort of like a scarecrow) and in the old days, the children would wheel their “guy” around to each house asking for “a penny for the guy.” Those pennies were then used to buy fireworks that were let off later that night as the effigies were all burned on bonfires. Growing up, I remember more “Bonfire night” parties than I do Halloween, and when I was at college our town took this whole thing very seriously. The general public would build a massive bonfire on the common and after a huge parade of massive “guys” that took up entire floats, they would all be burned together and the town would celebrate with a big fireworks display.

For more information on the history of Guy Fawkes please visit:

Or, check out the fundraising gala at The Manhattan Theatre Source on Thursday!

From the flyer:
“Entertainments to include the Gunpowder Plot Trail, live music, cabaret, visual arts, film, fine food and wine, an English Parlor, a tombola and performance of the award-winning Reckoning of Kit and Little Boots & Brit Bits 6 preview.”

For more information please visit:

Thursday, November 12th, 2009 – 7:00pm – 11:00pm
American Photography 25 & American Illustration 28 – The Party
@ Angel Orensanz Foundation
172 Norfolk Street (off E. Houston)
New York, NY

Cost: $50 per person, $25 for students and FREE for AP25 and AI28 selected winners.
Must RSVP!

Come celebrate the most recent publication by American Photography 25 and American Illustration 28.

For more information and to RSVP please visit:

Friday, November 13th, 2009 – 7:00pm
NY Slideluck Potshow XIV
@ The Aperture Foundation
547 W. 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY

Cost: $10, RSVP required due to limited space! Ticket must be purchased.

For more information and to purchase ticket please visit:

Image submission deadline has been extended to Wednesday, November 4th, 2009!
For more information about submissions please view the guidelines at:

For more information on the Aperture Foundation please visit:

Saturday, November 14th, 2009
New Koren Reyes Photography Studio Opening in Greenwich, CT
@ 85 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, CT

© Koren Reyes

For more information and to view Koren’s work please visit: and

Monday, November 16th, 2009 – 7:00pm
ASMPNY Presents: Mary Virginia Swanson Lecture and Food Drive
@ Studio 385
385 Broadway (Between White and Walker Streets)
New York, NY

Cost: ASMP Members: FREE but are encouraged to bring a food donation, Non-Members: $20 or $15 with food donation, Students with I.D.: $5 or free with food donation.

The food will be delivered to one of the needy food pantries in NYC. Please bring non-perishable food!

From the website:
“In this lecture, marketing consultant/educator Mary Virginia Swanson provides an overview of the fine art market for photographers.

Updated frequently, this lecture is a must for all photographers considering exploring the fine art market and provides current insights on marketing and details of upcoming deadlines and events.”

For more information and to register please visit:

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 – 7:00pm
NY Monthly Photo Salon
@ SoHo Photo Gallery
15 White Street
New York, NY

Cost: $10 at the door

For more information or questions please contact Rich Pomerantz at, Emmanuel Faure at or Bill Westheimer at