ChatterLog March 2010

Creativity and the Arts

© Louisa J. Curtis

Greetings everyone, and welcome to the March ChatterBulletin! We have moved from the sign of Aquarius into Pisces, and although later this month we’ll move into Aries and the first day of Spring – it is still feeling a lot like Winter and many of us have seen a whole lot of snow this year. In fact, New York is in the middle of one of it’s largest snowstorms as I am writing this, and I took the above photo the following day. Snow is of course, frozen water – remember those beautiful images of the snowflakes in our last bulletin – and Pisces is a water sign, so combine water with a cold winter, and what do you have? Snow, sleet and ice!

Water is connected with your imagination and your emotions and so this month I decided to talk about Creativity and the Arts. In order to be a great artist, one must use the imagination and express a variety of emotions in order to move your audience in some way – whether it is through art, dance, music, theater, film, photography or literature. Some famous creative Pisces for example, are musicians George Harrison, Nat King Cole & Johnny Cash, dancers Nijinsky & Rudolph Nureyev who were both Pisces as were actors Michael Caine, Sidney Poitier & Bruce Willis, along with actresses Glenn Close, Vanessa Williams & Elizabeth Taylor, and directors Ron Howard & Spike Lee. The list goes on…

And for those of you who have been watching the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, who could not be inspired by the story of the Canadian Figure Skater, Joannie Rochette, whose mother died two days before she was due to perform her short program. Not only did this young woman find the courage and strength to perform, she went on to win the Olympic bronze medal, capturing our hearts and inspiring everyone in the process. She took all of her emotions and channeled that raw energy along with her years of discipline and training and she skated her heart out.

It was a year ago now that my own mother passed away and she was a great lover of the creative arts, as am I. As a young child I was, shall we say, quite active and my mother could see the hungry performer in me from an early age. So she took me to the local dancing instructor, who watched me at the back of the room figuring out how to point my toes along with the other little girls, and she took me on at aged three and a half – a lot earlier than she usually would (and probably out of pity for my poor mother!) This same teacher, also taught my sister the piano, so while I learned how to “dance” the polka, she was learning how to play it!

Click here to read the full article in my Blog!

So now, as a special treat for you all, here is a photo that my sister and I found when we were clearing out our mother’s house last year of myself and my three dance classmates, all dressed up in our Welsh folk costumes! Can you tell which one is me? And I dedicate this bulletin in loving memory of my mother and my dance teacher, Miss Soanes.

On another note: A dear friend sent me this video last week, and although our last month’s bulletin was all about “Love” – I thought it was so cool, I wanted to share it with you all anyway. So in keeping with our theme of Creativity and the Arts…”All you need is Love!”

Also- Birthday greetings to all of you Pisces this month, and in particular to my old pal in Charleston, SC, who was born on St. Patrick’s Day and was therefore named surprise, surprise – Patrick!

St. Patrick is perhaps the most well-known of all the patron saints in Ireland and what was once a serious religious holiday of abstinence is now a public holiday of massive alcohol-consumption! Green ribbons and shamrocks were originally worn to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century, and he was said to have used the three-leaved clover to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity. Nowadays, not only does everyone wear “the green” to celebrate the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, in Chicago, they actually dyed the river green and last year, the White House fountain! The holiday is widely celebrated by both Irish and non-Irish alike, with parades not only in Ireland, but all over North America.

ChatterArtists of the Month March 2010

Continuing on with the theme of Creativity and the Arts I decided to feature photographers who capture images of dancers and musicians this month.

Sarah Small

First up is Sarah Small who has a unique and quirky style that pushes the envelope and definitely provokes a response from the viewer.

Jan Vogler © Sarah Small

http://www.sarahsmall.com

David Bergman

Then we have David Bergman, who aside from his wonderful music photography and video work is also responsible for the infamous Obama inauguration “Gigapan”. David is currently finishing up his new website, so stay tuned (no pun intended) to see the transformation in the weeks to come.

Armor for Sleep © David Bergman

http://www.DavidBergman.net & http://www.TourPhotographer.com

Angel Burns

Next up is Angel Burns, whom I met at a portfolio review for APA in Los Angeles. Angel not only makes beautiful images of dancers, but she is also aptly named judging by the immediate connection we felt with one another. For me, she truly is an “angel.”

© Angel Burns

http://www.angelburns.com

Kevin Tachman

Kevin Tachman is a client who loves to shoot both fashion and music. This image of the “Yeah Yeah Yeah’s” was a final in the most recent Billboard music contest.

Yeah Yeah Yeah’s © Kevin Tachman

http://www.kevintachman.com

Ahron R. Foster

I met Ahron R. Foster at Photo Plus Expo last year and reviewed his portfolio at the A.S.M.P booth.

Allison Barber © Ahron R. Foster

http://www.ahronfoster.com

Brian Jahn

Brian Jahn has spent a large amount of time on his personal project documenting the musicians of Jamaica, more of which can be seen on his blog.

Lee Perry © Brian Jahn

http://www.brianjahn.com & http://blessingsallover.wordpress.com/

ChatterNews March 2010

2010 PDN World In Focus Announces Winners

© Ashok Sinha

Congratulations to my client, Ashok Sinha, who was featured in the Winners Gallery of the 2010 PDN World In Focus Contest. To view more of Ashok’s portfolio please visit:http://www.ashoksinha.com/

Neutral Mask Workshop in NY

Dody DiSanto will be teaching a workshop the weekend of March 13th & 14th, 2010 at Chelsea Studios – 151 West 26th Street, New York, NY.

For information and to register for this workshop please visit: http://www.thisisthecenter.com/cmt.html

ChatterTip of the Month March 2010

Creative Tips

© Louisa J. Curtis

As I was pondering some “tips” for the March bulletin, I thought I would switch it up and give some creative tips this month. Some of you may be familiar with a book called “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. She suggests many useful exercises to unleash and regularly access your inner creativity, one of which is the “morning pages.” When you first wake up, you sit and write 3 full pages of whatever is in your head and you do that every single morning. It helps to unload all of the excess baggage we carry around in our heads. Don’t edit or think about it, simply write down whatever comes into your mind. It might be a dream or a shopping list – it doesn’t matter. Julia also suggests going on “artist dates.” You’d be surprised how, as artists, we forget to do the things we like. It might mean going to a thrift store and buying some cool prop, or to a museum to see an exhibition, or simply take a walk and see what you see. There is an extensive list of suggestions on her Blog –http://theartistswayblog.wordpress.com/artists-date-ideas/

Another great idea is to always have a “personal project” on the go. For photographers, I always encourage them to shoot personal work, because without that, they are not feeding their souls. And if they are not feeding their souls, then the work will suffer. A personal project can often lead us in a direction that we had not previously anticipated. Many successful commercial shooters are always honing their craft and topping up the creative juices by continuing to work on their personal projects. I grew up in a generation that made arts & crafts with paper and glue and I loved making collages and hand-made cards. But today, we have a generation that has grown up with video games and computers. Is staring at a screen all day creative?

When starting a personal project, perhaps start with something that is close to home, or easily accessible. A portrait study of a local seniors’ bowling group, for example, is a lot more doable than a portrait series of say South American basket-weavers! When I took a photography class some years ago, we had to compile a photo essay by going back to the same subject several weeks in a row and shooting new images each time. I chose my veterinarian Dr. Julie Butler, and our subsequent journey together was both hilarious and educational. I enjoyed the challenge tremendously and went up to Harlem each Saturday to photograph whatever happened that day. From there, she invited me to visit and photograph the Church ladies across the street, as well as her home, her family and even the kids’ violin recital. Although my end product consisted of 20 images of her solely at work, those extra sessions with her helped the project enormously and cemented our friendship. The image above was the title image from my photo essay.

ChatterRecipe of the Month March 2010 – French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

© Kurt Wilson

http://www.kurtwilsonphotography.com/

Here’s a classic seasonal soup recipe that is easy and will warm you through nicely on a cold winter’s day. I took this particular version from a favorite old cookery book of mine – Reader’s Digest’s The Cookery Year – in which the recipes are made from ingredients based on whatever is in season each month. This recipe serves 4 people.

1 – 1 ½ lbs nice large Onions

2 – 3 tablespoons Butter (unsalted)

2 pints Stock (chicken, beef or vegetable)

½ teaspoon Salt

1 oz Flour

Water

4 thick slices French Bread (preferably stale)

4 oz Cheese (grated & preferably Gruyere)

Pepper

Melt the Butter in a large saucepan and add the peeled and thinly sliced Onions. Cover and cook over low heat for about 15 minutes, then remove the cover and cook until they are golden brown, stirring occasionally. Be careful not to over-caramelize them, because if you burn them it will make the soup taste bitter, but you need them browned to give the soup its color. Stir in the Stock and Salt, and add Pepper to taste. Cover again and simmer for about 30 minutes. In a small bowl, mix the Flour with about ¼ cup Water until thoroughly blended. Add this mixture to the soup and stir until it comes back up to the boil. Simmer for a few minutes until the soup has thickened, then remove from heat.

You can finish the soup in a couple of ways. This recipe suggests buttering both sides of the Bread with some Butter, then cover one side with grated Cheese and bake on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven until crisp. Serve the soup nice and hot in individual bowls and place a slice of the cheesy bread in each bowl. However, when I worked in a French restaurant years ago, we kept it simple by pressing a good handful of the grated cheese on to one side of each slice of bread, then we carefully put one in each soup bowl and placed them under the grill to melt the cheese until golden brown. Fresh bread tends to sink, so this is why it is better to use stale bread! Garnish with a little chopped Parsley.

ChatterEvents March 2010

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 – 1:30pm

“Let’s Talk Marketing” Presented by Louisa J. Curtis

@ University of the Arts

Philadelphia, PA

Louisa will be giving a presentation to the photography students @ UArts Philadelphia onWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 and will be reviewing professional portfolios on Saturday, March 6th, 2010 at the SPE Conference. See the event listing below for more details.

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 – 6:30pm

ASPP/NY Presents: The Art of Making & Using Video

@ Laura Parsons Pratt Conference Center

281 Park Avenue South @ 22nd Street

New York, NY

347-229-1384

Cost: $10 for Members; $25 Non-members; $5 Students

From the evite:

“Wednesday March 3rd, ASPP/NY Chapter presents two perspectives on the art of motion: A shooter and a producer will each show us several motion projects and talk us through their inception, the content research, shooting, editing and assembling the pieces in FinalCutPro, transcoding and uploading.”

For more information and to register please visit:http://www.aspp.com/index.php/chapters/new-york

Thursday, March 4th, 2010 – 7:00pm

For those of you on the west coast:

Aperture: Zwelethu Mthethwa – Lecture

@ Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90024

310-443-7000

Admission is FREE & tickets are available one hour prior to start time at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office. Limit one ticket per person. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00pm.

For more information please visit:http://hammer.ucla.edu/calendar/detail/type/program/id/435

Thursday, March 4th, 2010 – 6:00pm – 10:00pm

ASMPNY: Photographers Helping Haiti Fundraiser –

Curated by Elizabeth Avedon

Photos on display through Sunday, March 7th, 2010, 6:00pm

@ The Dylan Hotel

52 East 41st Street

New York, NY

Tickets at the door: Opening Night Preview- $20; General Admission- $10; Students and Seniors- $5

More than 100 prints donated by ASMP members will be on sale for $100 each at a booth donated by the Verge Art Fair and 100% of all sales go directly to DWB.

Take home some great art and support Doctors Without Borders!

Work available from John Dolan, Aaron Lee Fineman, Deborah Gilbert, Robert Hooman, Michelle Kawka, Salem Krieger, Stephen Mallon, Cynthia Matthews, Philip Mauro, Margaret McCarthy, Viviane Moos, Clayton Price, Susan May Tell, Gilberto Tadday, and more!

For more information please visit:http://www.vergeartfair.com/Verge_NYC_Exhibitors_Announce.html

For more information about Doctors Without Borders Haiti relief efforts please visit:http://www.dwb.org/news/allcontent.cfm?id=208

Thursday, March 4th – Sunday, March 7th, 2010

47th Society for Photographic Education – National Conference

@ Marriott Hotel, Downtown

Philadelphia, PA

For more information and to view the schedule of events please visit:http://www.spenational.org/conference/conf2010/

Monday, March 8th – Wednesday March 9th, 2010

Miami Ad School and 4A’s Presents: Digital Reboot

@ Miami Ad School

10 Jay Street, Suite 807

DUMBO Brooklyn, NY

786-533-1352

Registration required.

From the invite:

“Digital Reboot is a comprehensive overview on the present state of the interactive advertising industry, and a solid glimpse into the emerging technologies that will shape tomorrow’s marketplace.

Who should attend:

The course is geared to advertising agency staff and client-side marketing staff with 8 years or more experience in traditional marketing and advertising. Because this is an interactive workshop the course is limited to 25 people.”

For more information please visit: http://www.miamiadschool.com/advertising-programs/advertising-workshops?ref=blog

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Jack Reznicki and and Ed Greenberg’s

“Talking Till We’re Blue in the Face” – Workshop

@ Jack’s Studio

31 West 27th Street, 10th Floor

New York, NY

Cost: $299 for an all day workshop

From the evite:

“This intense workshop will cover all aspects of copyright, how to register your work, proper model releases, writing a license, producing an invoice with the correct terms and conditions, and many other topics about which we are asked at our seminars and classes.  Our emphasis will be on the things you have to know to survive and thrive in today’s competitive world. This Workshop will have limited seating and thus each attendee will have his/her questions answered.”

For more information please visit: http://thecopyrightzone.com/ and to register for the workshop visit: http://www.prestoregister.com/cgi-bin/order.pl?ref=gurujackrez&fm=1

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Registration Eligibility for ASPP/PACA Reinvention Weekend

Although the ASPP/PACA Reinvention Weekend is happening next month April 15th-18th, 2010, I thought we’d give a quick mention to remind all of you if you register (or are already registered) for the conference by Monday, March 15th, 2010, you will be eligible for a drawing for a complimentary 12-month membership with ASPP (or an extension of your existing membership)!

Details for this event will be revealed in next month’s ChatterBulletin. In the meantime, you can view the complete session schedule on the ASPP website at:http://www.aspp.com/index.php/reinvention-conference/sessions

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 – 6:30pm – 9pm

RED Demo Presentation for Agents + Print Producers Forums

(This evening is for Agents + Producers Only)

@ Industrial Color

32 Avenue of the Americas, 22nd Floor

New York, NY

Allegra Wilde along with Dana Schenendorf is hosting an evening demo of the RED camera and basic video editing especially for The Art + Photo Agents Forum and the Print Producers Forum.

In addition to the demo, the event will include a discussion of industry trends regarding video in photography, an overview of video workflow, pre and post-production considerations and a Q + A.

RSVP: aw@allegrawilde.com and dana@impactdigital.com

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 – 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 rich@richpomerantz.com, Emmanuel Faure at emmanuel@emmanuelfaure.com or Bill Westheimer at bill@billwest.com.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 – 6:30pm

ASMPNY & Beth Taubner from Mercury Lab Presents: How Does a Photographer Become a Brand?

@ SoHo Photo

15 White Street

New York, NY

Learning from the Big Guys – How does a photographer become a brand?

From the ASMPNY newsletter:

“Brands are about the marriage of fact and narrative. It’s important to convey what you do and how you do it so that potential clients can easily understand what differentiates you from the competition. We will analyze major brands and well-known photographers artists who use themselves as they basis of a brand in order to see how they do it. This talk is about sharpening your perception skills, so that you can talk articulately about your own  — and your client’s — brand. You will come away thinking like a brand strategist, and with some practical tools to use in looking at your own brand.”

For more information please visit: http://www.asmpny.org/#upcoming_events

Sunday, March 28th, 2010 – 2:30pm -10pm &

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 – 6pm – 8:30pm

Seeing New York in a Different Light:

Night and Low Light Photography Workshop with Jill Waterman

@ Adorama

42 West 18th Street, 5th Floor

New York, NY

Cost: $185 Must register by Sunday, March 21st, 2010!

http://nightphotographybook.com/

My good friend, Jill Waterman, will be teaching a workshop on night photography at Adorama. Jill is a photographer, editor, author and educator based in New York City. She works for PDN Custom Media and Events as editor of the ASMP Bulletin, PDNedu, as well as numerous education and events projects.

For more information and to register please visit: http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=WS_JillWaterman_032810

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

Creativity and the Arts

© Louisa J. Curtis

Greetings everyone, and welcome to the March ChatterBulletin! We have moved from the sign of Aquarius into Pisces, and although later this month we’ll move into Aries and the first day of Spring – it is still feeling a lot like Winter and many of us have seen a whole lot of snow this year. In fact, New York is in the middle of one of it’s largest snowstorms as I am writing this, and I took the photo above the following day. Snow is of course, frozen water – remember those beautiful images of the snowflakes in our last bulletin – and Pisces is a water sign, so combine water with a cold winter, and what do you have? Snow, sleet and ice!

Water is connected with your imagination and your emotions and so this month I decided to talk about Creativity and the Arts. In order to be a great artist, one must use the imagination and express a variety of emotions in order to move your audience in some way – whether it is through art, dance, music, theater, film, photography or literature. Some famous creative Pisces for example are musicians George Harrison, Nat King Cole & Johnny Cash, dancers Nijinsky & Rudolph Nureyev who were both Pisces as were actors Michael Caine, Sidney Poitier & Bruce Willis, along with actresses Glenn Close, Vanessa Williams & Elizabeth Taylor, and directors Ron Howard & Spike Lee. The list goes on…

And for those of you who have been watching the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, who could not be inspired by the story of the Canadian Figure Skater, Joannie Rochette, whose mother died two days before she was due to perform her short program. Not only did this young woman find the courage and strength to perform, she went on to win the Olympic bronze medal, capturing our hearts and inspiring everyone in the process. She took all of her emotions and channeled that raw energy along with her years of discipline and training and she skated her heart out.

It was a year ago now that my own mother passed away and she was a great lover of the creative arts, as am I. As a young child I was, shall we say, quite active and my mother could see the hungry performer in me from an early age. So she took me to the local dancing instructor, who watched me at the back of the room figuring out how to point my toes along with the other little girls, and she took me on at aged three and a half – a lot earlier than she usually would (and probably out of pity for my poor mother!) This same teacher, also taught my sister the piano, so while I learned how to “dance” the polka, she was learning how to play it!

Marie Soanes was a striking and elegant woman, always impeccably dressed without a hair out of place, and a strict but caring teacher. She stood a full six feet tall, and in those days, because professional dancers had to be a certain height, she was much too tall to ever dance as a prima ballerina. Thus she was relegated to the worthy world of teaching dance and piano in a small countryside town resulting in a somewhat sad spinsterhood that also required her to take care of her elderly mother. She was our teacher for many years until we were both teenagers and she instilled in me a great foundation that included not only an appreciation for good posture and clean beautiful body lines, but also for physical discipline, dedication to one’s art and striving for excellence. To this day, dance has remained one of my passions and is something that always, not sometimes, always makes me feel better. We should all dance a little more, myself included.

It is interesting to note that Pisces is also the sign of compassion and suffering and I often think of how this beautiful woman’s potential was stifled and how she must have suffered on the inside. One day, I came home from school and was sitting eating my tea when a story came up on the local news channel and there, on the TV screen was a photo of my dance teacher. I was about 13 or 14 years old at the time and I watched and listened in horror as the television proceeded to tell me that my beloved teacher had been found floating in the local river. It was believed that she had got off the bus, as usual, but then her mind must have snapped and she simply walked into the water meadows, across the fields and into the river and drowned.

Losing someone as important as Miss Soanes was a defining moment in my young life and my first real experience with death and attending someone’s funeral. Almost a year ago, my sister and I put together our own mother’s funeral and now I reflect on how important both of these women were to me growing up, what with the many hours of classes, rehearsals and subsequent performances. My mother and I also enjoyed watching all of the dance shows on the TV, from “Come Dancing” in the early days when we would have a good giggle about all of their elaborate and over-the-top costumes with hundreds of sequins all hand-sewn on by the dancer’s mother, to more recent years and “Strictly Come Dancing,” which is the English equivalent to our show in America, “Dancing with the Stars.”

So now, as a special treat for you all, here is a photo that my sister and I found when we were clearing out our mother’s house last year of myself and my three dance classmates, all dressed up in our Welsh folk costumes! Can you tell which one is me?