ChatterLog June 2010

Greetings everyone, and welcome to the June ChatterBulletin! We have traveled from the inspirational “I Am” of April’s Aries, to the possessive “I Have” of May’s Taurus, and now we move into the incessant “I Think” of Gemini in June. And if you know anyone who is a Gemini, it is true – their brains literally have no “off-switch.” They go to sleep thinking and they wake up thinking, and the computer inside of their head is permanently “on.” My Moon is in Gemini, so I do have some idea – many of my dearest friends are Gemini and I find my life filled with them. I say them, because, Gemini is a “dual” sign, their symbol is the “twins” and the astrological symbol looks like the Roman numeral for the number “2” – so naturally they also display a dual-sided nature. You can be talking with one side of a Gemini, and then within moments, find yourself speaking with the other half – it can be quite confusing! So from my best friend Virginia, whom I have known since we were 8 years old, to my art teacher friend Carol, whom I have known since college, to my crazy performing friends Susu in California and Jeanne in Las Vegas, and to my photographer friends Tina, Jill, Michelle & Ian, to my assistant Chelsea, my cousin Howard and my brother-in-law Andy… the list goes on – may you all have wonderful birthdays!

Photographer Sarah Small travels each summer to the Twins Days Festival, which takes place in Twinsburg, Ohio (yes, that is the name) the 1st weekend of August. http://www.twinsdays.org

© Sarah Small

http://www.sarahsmall.com

And here is an old photo I found of my father, myself & my 2 twin cousins, Julie & Miranda. When we were younger, the three of us were known collectively as Mu, Lu & Ju!

Duality

So my theme for this month is “duos” “pairs” and things that come in “twos.”

But let’s consider this duality for a moment as it takes us back to that basic “Yin Yang” principle (remember the 2 egg remedies for skincare last month?). Therefore one half is just as important as the other, and together they make up the whole. It is interesting to note that the newly elected Conservative Prime Minister in the U.K. David Cameron, immediately approached the Liberal Democrats to form a bi-partisan government with a real goal of “working together” – what a concept, and something that has surely been lacking in government on both sides of the pond? Duality is something that can easily be seen with the sign of Gemini and both the good & bad sides of their personalities. As our 1st Air sign, these people are automatically connected with the mind, intellect & “thought”. On the good side, they are communicators, writers & teachers, who love to share all of the knowledge and facts they have acquired over the years. On the not-so-good side, Gemini’s are tricksters, liars and thieves – literally! Just the other day, my nearest and dearest friend (a Gemini) was telling me a story about one of his young nephews (another Gemini), who is maybe 9 or 10 years old at most who, after sneaking upstairs and taking $200 from someone’s pocketbook had apparently got caught when he then gave $100 of it to his sister and was asked where the hundred dollar bill had come from! I couldn’t help but laugh at the notion that here was a little trickster-in-training, showing his true colors early on, and notice that he went for the big bucks, never mind small change! Some other perhaps better-known and “shadier” Gemini characters are Donald Trump, Jack Kevorkian, Henry Kissinger, Rudy Giuliani, George Bush senior, his wife Barbara, Newt Gingrich and Eliot Spitzer. We can also add JFK in to the mix, as he too led quite a double life with all of his multiple mistresses including actress Marilyn Monroe, yet another Gemini!

Some other well-known Gemini actors & entertainers, singers & song-writers who have provided us with many words of entertainment over the years are Joan Rivers, Drew Carey, Hugh Laurie, Clint Eastwood, Angelina Jolie, Helen Hunt, Tony Curtis, Morgan Freeman, Errol Flynn, Dean Martin, John Wayne, Judy Garland, Johnny Depp, Nicole Kidman, Sir Laurence Olivier, Tom Jones, Bob Dylan, Prince, Miles Davis, Benny Goodman, Les Paul & Sir Paul McCartney. Sitting still is something a Gemini is NOT very good at so not surprisingly, Gemini is connected with the nervous system, as well as the lungs and many of them deal with respiratory issues. Michael J. Fox for example, another Gemini actor, has Parkinson’s, a disease of the nervous system. And check this out, I was watching some of the French Open tennis tournament while writing this month’s article, and when I researched a little further I discovered that Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin, Steffi Graf and Rafael Nadal are ALL Gemini! That’s a lot of forehands and backhands right there!

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And finally, to finish up this month’s article, I would be remiss if I did not also mention that it is Father’s Day this month.  So I’d like to wish all of you “father’s” out there, including my own, of course, a very Happy Father’s Day on June 20th. And here is one of my favorite photos of me with my father (taken a few years ago now!)

ChatterArtists June 2010

Continuing on with the theme of “twins” and “pairs” I thought it would be fun this month to feature photographers who work together as a duo. It was interesting just how many couples I do know that work together, some purely as a business partnership, while others are life partners and/or married as well. And to further demonstrate the duality, the mutability and the indecision of Gemini, we are showing 2 image selections per couple this month!

Katvan Studios

First up we have Moshe & Rivka Katvan, known collectively as Katvan Studios. These two met whilst attending the School of Visual Arts in New York City and have been partners in both life and photography ever since. On their website they describe themselves as the “Yin & Yang” of the studio, with each one’s unique skills combining to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Moshe is a Virgo, and as a natural “perfectionist” shoots all of the still life, and Rivka, a Taurus, is drawn to shoot beautiful fine art, and both being “earth” signs they also demonstrate their harmony when collaborating on the people shoots.. I will also be writing my next ChatterCorner article for the Surveillance section of PhotoServe on these two, so watch out for that next month.

As soon as I saw this image from Rivka called “The French Sisters” I simply fell in love with it, and even better, it perfectly suited our theme for this month!

© Katvan Studios

http://www.katvan.com

http://www.rivkakatvan.artspan.com

In contrast here’s a precise example of Moshe’s studio still life work. Another perfect fit for this month as Gemini’s color is yellow and they use pencils to write with!

© Katvan Studios

http://www.katvan.com

http://www.rivkakatvan.artspan.com

Montalbetti + Campbell

And then we have Montalbetti & Campbell, comprised of Denis Montalbetti & Gay Campbell. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, this couple has also spent several years based in Australia until recently returning once more to New York. Their work is incredibly distinctive, daring and detailed, often looking more like an elaborate painting and pure “works of art” rather than just a straightforward photograph. These two are indeed well matched, as evidenced not only by their professional collaboration, but also with Denis being a Gemini and Gay a Leo they have excellent chemistry. His “air” feeds her “fire” and together they make magic! They are represented by Michael Ginsburg Associates.

As soon as I saw this series, I was instantly transported back to my childhood and the much-loved “Flower Fairies” books, created by illustrator Cicely Mary Barker.

© Montalbetti + Campbell

http://www.montalbetticampbell.com

http://www.michaelginsburg.com

From “nice” and innocent we move to “naughty” and check out those heels, with a darker fantasy portrait of Australian pop duo “The Veronicas.” And yes, you guessed it – they are twin sisters as well!

© Montalbetti + Campbell

http://www.montalbetticampbell.com

http://www.michaelginsburg.com

Bailey Photography

Bailey Photography is another husband and wife team comprised of Robert & Robbie Bailey. From the website: “She’s Southern. He’s a Yankee. They collided in New York City. He rocks to the Clash. She whistles to John Denver. Thank God for Johnny Cash. He craves wilderness. She thrives in cities. Been to Burning Man five times. She prefers the Flatlands. He needs mountains. Together, they climbed the Himalayas…. He shoots like a poet. She’s a techie. Together, you get the best of both worlds.” I love the boldness of this couple and their sense of humor. With these two, we have Robert, an Aquarius and Robbie, a Taurus. His “air” has him craving those wide, open spaces, while her “earth” will make her the more practical and sensitive of the two.

This pair have also spent some time documenting the infamous “Polar Bear Club” and this was hands down one of my favorite portraits from that series.

© Bailey Photography

http://www.baileyphoto.com

This pair of portraits is from a hilarious new “poultry” series and also shows us their ability to shoot people both on location as well as with a blank backdrop.

© Bailey Photography

http://www.baileyphoto.com

Zann and Pinkerton Photography

Zann and Pinkerton Photography is a fabulous duo comprised of Arnie Zann and Margo Pinkerton and I adore them both! Arnie started his illustrious career some 40 years ago photographing for Time and Life and has been published in almost every major magazine in the world. Margo meanwhile picked up her 1st camera at the age of 8 and began her professional career as a location and stock photographer for both advertising and corporate clients. Margo and I have also worked together on a couple of events for ASMP|NC and the Miami Ad School. Based in Hillsborough, North Carolina, they are rarely home these days because if they’re not shooting for a client, then they are most likely traveling to some wonderful location and leading one of their fabulous “Barefoot Contessa” photography workshops. As they say themselves, “Photography is our life and our passion” and with Arnie a Libra and Margo an Aquarius (both “air” signs) they are in perfect harmony with one another.

Switching it up a little, the images we chose for these two demonstrate how they often shoot the same subject, but from different viewpoints.

© Arnie Zann of Zann and Pinkerton Photography

http://www.zannpinkertonphotography.com

http://www.BCphotoadventures.com

© Margo Pinkerton of Zann and Pinkerton Photography

http://www.zannpinkertonphotography.com

http://www.BCphotoadventures.com

Studio Chambers

Next up we have Don & Parlee Chambers, a husband and wife team whose “family business” also includes their son Dustin, and collectively they are known as Studio Chambers based in Atlanta, Georgia. Don, a Leo and creative “King” of the castle, shoots more of the people and lifestyle work, whilst Parlee, a Pisces, shoots the food & still life, and Dustin, a Taurus, is their in-house editor and videographer. The “fiery” Leo wants to have fun and is connected with inspiration and the creative arts, whilst the “water” of Pisces is associated with fantasy and the imagination, – so together these two are going to be uber-creative while Dustin’s “earth” will keep them grounded!

Absolutely love Don’s portrait of Alton Brown from the Food Network with his fish, and you know what they say about owners looking like their dogs…

© Don Chambers of Studio Chambers

http://www.studiochambers.com

Couldn’t resist using this beautiful food image of “French Fries” from Parlee, so now this partnership has given us “fish and chips!”

© Parlee Chambers of Studio Chambers

http://www.studiochambers.com

Johnson Sarkissian

And last but by no means least we have Johnson Sarkissian, comprised of Robert Johnson & Katherine Sarkissian, who were amongst some of Chatterbox’ first clients. We had a lot of fun working together back then and have remained close since. With some clients, it is not only about working together professionally, sometimes there is also the recognition of a kindred spirit between us and a mutual love that comes straight from the heart. Robert is a Leo (like me) and Leo is the sign that rules over the “heart” as well as the creative arts, while Katherine is the resourceful Capricorn who keeps them on course!

© Johnson Sarkissian

http://www.johnsonsarkissian.com

© Johnson Sarkissian

http://www.johnsonsarkissian.com

ChatterCorner June 2010

Jason Florio

Be sure to check out my 2nd article for PhotoServe’s Surveillance section. This month we featured photographer, friend & fellow Brit, Jason Florio who last year with his girlfriend and partner Helen Jones, walked around the entire country of The Gambia in West Africa. It’s a great story and a fun read.

© Jason Florio

http://www.floriophoto.com/

Click here to read the full article: http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/photoserve/surveillance/e3i056525c4efa8dd6fabe4942af93c82bf

To visit Helen’s blog about the trip please visit: http://adventuretravelblogs.com/700miles/2010/04/24/update-on-neil-and-phadley-the-donkeys-from-the-gambia-horse-and-donkey-trust-our-trusty-steeds-on-a-short-walk-in-the-gambian-bush/

ChatterNews June 2010

Louisa J. Curtis
From now until June 30th, 2010 Louisa has a discount!

APA – American Photographic Artists
Advertising Photographers of America (APA) adopts new name – American Photographic Artists – to better serve photographers, artists and media professionals. For more information please visit: http://www.apanational.com/


Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)

You may recall back in January’s bulletin on “structure” we showed a wonderful steel sculpture on the roof terrace of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Well, I have yet to visit this year’s installation, but it promises to be a treat and fits perfectly into this month’s theme.  I did see some of the video and large images that were displayed in Dumbo at the recent NY Photo festival, but I can’t wait to go and check it out in person. We have a pair of twin brothers (how perfect) Mike & Doug Starn, who together have built an enormous bamboo structure entitled, Big Bambu: You Can’t, You Don’t, and You Won’t Stop.

“The exhibition will be on display through October 31st, 2010 (weather permitting). For more information please visit: http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId={9C6923D2-D348-4761-BEB3-A943934068D2}&HomePageLink=special_c3a

From the website:
“Invited by The Metropolitan Museum of Art to create a site-specific installation for The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, the twin brothers Mike and Doug Starn (born in New Jersey in 1961) present their new work, Big Bambú: You Can’t, You Don’t, and You Won’t Stop. The monumental bamboo structure, ultimately measuring 100 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 50 feet high, takes the form of a cresting wave that bridges realms of sculpture, architecture, and performance.”


Photo courtesy of Peggy Roalf
Here is a short video with the artists on their project:

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

I’m also excited to be going to MoMA for the Cartier-Bresson exhibition entitled, “The Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century” before it closes on the 28th of this month. For more information please visit:http://moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/968

From the website:

“MoMA’s retrospective, the first in the United States in three decades, surveys Cartier-Bresson’s entire career, with a presentation of about three hundred photographs, mostly arranged thematically and supplemented with periodicals and books. The exhibition travels to The Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.”

© Henri Cartier-Bresson

International Center of Photography (ICP)

And one more exhibition not to be missed is the International Center of Photography’s exhibition of photos from the civil rights rights movement called: FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights.

From the website:

“FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights explores the historic role of visual culture in shaping, influencing, and transforming the fight for racial equality and justice in the United States from the late 1940s to the mid 1970s.” On display through September 12th, 2010. For more information please visit: http://www.icp.org/site/c.dnJGKJNsFqG/b.5937031/k.6A19/For_All_the_World_to_See.htm

© Ernest C. Withers

Robert Bacall

My good friend and photo agent Robert Bacall will be participating in “Tour de Cure” – a fund-raiser bike ride to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. There are sponsored rides all over the country, but Robert’s will be in Princeton, NJ on Sunday, June 6th, 2010. So click on the link for more information and to sponsor him!http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/NorthernNewJerseyArea?px=5989784&pg=personal&fr_id=6851

For more information on the event please visit:http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/NorthernNewJerseyArea?pg=entry&fr_id=6851 &http://tour.diabetes.org/site/PageServer?pagename=TC_signup&s_event_state=2423

Slideluck Potshow

Submissions deadline Tuesday, June 15th, 2010.

CPW and Slideluck Potshow Global are currently seeking submissions for our inaugural Slideluck Potshow at the Center for Photography at Woodstock on Saturday, July 17th, 2010. The theme is DON’T LOOK BACK.

For more information please visit: http://www.slideluckpotshow.com/

Keith Barraclough

My client, friend & photographer Keith Barraclough recently shot a wonderful new series in Central Park. Here is one of my favorite images (note the color of her dress and there are 2 dogs!). And, I would also like to extend a huge thank you to Keith as he carried my rather heavy computer to and from the Apple Store last week in the middle of a heatwave, when my hard drive went down. A true life-saver, so thanks pal! To see more of Keith’s work, please go to http://www.keithbarraclough.com

© Keith Barraclough

ChatterTip of the Month June 2010

Tips for Matters of the Mind

(left) © Dennis Williford/The PhotoCook http://www.denniswilliford.com

(right) © Adriana Mullen http://www.adrianamullenphotography.com/

Many of you have probably heard that certain foods are better than others for feeding the mind – for instance, growing up we were told that “fish” is good brain food. The sign of Gemini is certainly connected with thinking, as well as with the respiratory system, so here are some herbal remedies and healing foods for calming the mind and clearing the passages! And notice how many of these are the color of Gemini, which is “yellow!”

Lemon Balm – helps to keep one calm and focused, and has even been shown to calm an overactive thyroid. It also fights viruses, and creams made with lemon balm tend to speed healing.

Lime – rub a slice of fresh lime (or lemon) across the forehead and temples to cut through a headache – this really works!

St. John’s Wort – also known as Hypericum, is an herb that has long been used in Europe as a natural remedy for depression. Note the flower is “yellow!”

Feverfew – obviously this herb is used to reduce “fevers” but it is also helpful for headaches & arthritis.

Chamomile – is a wonderful herb that makes a great calming tea to soothe headache symptoms and help to relax you. Valerian is another but is used more as a sleep aid.

Banana – next time your buttons get pushed, eat a banana, which not only gives you a mild blood sugar boost, but also provides 30% of the day’s vitamin B6 which helps the brain to produce Serotonin, thus getting you through a crisis more peacefully.

Potato – eating a potato can apparently help prevent a headache by upping the Serotonin levels.

Pineapple – another “yellow” fruit that contains Bromelain, an ingredient that can ease the symptoms of Hay Fever & allergies.

Olive Oil – consuming a few tablespoons of olive oil daily boosts long-term memory and the vitamin Gotu Kola is said to aid intelligence and memory.

Mustard – for headaches, soak a cloth in mustard oil and apply to the forehead as required.

Coriander – steep some coriander seeds in boiling water for several minutes and then inhale the infused steam from under a towel to relieve sinus-related headaches.

Bach Flower Remedies – for those of you that don’t know about these, they are a wonderful system of 38 Flower Remedies that corrects emotional imbalances – negative emotions are replaced with positive. One of their most wonderful remedies is “Rescue Remedy.” Oh yeah, and the labels on their “rescue” products are “yellow!” Designed to help calm nerves and ease anxiety, my sister and I used a lot of this stuff last year when we were dealing with the stress of our losing our mother. http://www.bachflower.com/

ChatterRecipe of the Month June 2010

Sandwiches!

© Mira Zaki

http://www.mirazaki.com

Before I get into the recipes for this month, yes, there’s 2 of them, I wanted to ponder for a moment as to how many things we all eat that come as a duo – think about it! Rice & beans, bread & butter, bangers & mash, fish & chips, peanut butter & jelly, cheese & crackers, chips & dip, surf & turf, apple pie & ice cream, chocolate covered strawberries, the list goes on… But if you think about it, what Gemini doesn’t love a good sandwich, eh? And what better idea for a Gemini than to put something, in fact pretty much anything between 2 slices of bread, from a simple fried egg, to a hamburger patty or maybe smoked salmon & cucumber with the crusts cut off?

© Renée Comet

http://www.cometphoto.com

And here’s even more proof that everyone loves sandwiches. Lisa Cherkasky is a food stylist and friend of food photographer Renée Comet. This Turkey Slider image was styled by Lisa and shot by Renée.

© Renée Comet

http://www.cometphoto.com

And Lisa has a really cool blog devoted entirely to the sandwich called, “The Lunch Encounter!” Check it out! http://midnightsnack.wordpress.com

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich

The sandwich was supposedly named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (an 18th Century aristocrat) but he certainly did not invent it. All he did was order his valet to bring him some meat “tucked” between 2 pieces of bread, and the next thing you know, everyone was asking for “the same as Sandwich!” But bread has been eaten with meat or vegetables since Neolithic times. The Ancient Jewish sage “Hillel the Elder” was said to have placed meat from the Paschal lamb and bitter herbs between 2 slices of Matzoh (unleavened bread) at Passover, thus giving us the earliest known version of a “Lamb Pita” aka Shawarma (Arabic), Doner kebab (Turkish), or Gyro (Greek). During the Middle Ages, thick slabs of stale bread called “trenchers” substituted as plates and introduced us to the concept of open-faced sandwiches. The discarded food-soaked slices were then fed to dogs or beggars. Initially perceived as food that men shared while gaming & drinking at night, the sandwich slowly gained popularity amongst the upper classes and aristocracy as a late-night snack, while in Spain, sandwiches became a popular form of portable lunches amongst the working class due to the rise of a new industrial society. Wherever you grew up, chances are your culture had you eating sandwiches of one sort or another. So remember, a sandwich is simply comprised of one or more fillings between 2 slices of bread, so the combinations are literally infinite…  Here are 2 of my own favorite, tasty but simple sandwiches, one savory and the other one sweet.

My 1st sandwich is Bacon & Mushroom and takes me back to England and my dear friend Stuart. We were living together in a tiny little cottage in a tiny little village called Upper Somborne at the time. Our favorite weekend ritual was to make bacon & mushroom sandwiches along with a big jug of freshly-brewed coffee, followed by a long walk with our dog Maisie in the beautiful Hampshire countryside…. Of course I don’t live there any more, and sadly my friend Stuart is no longer with us, but I do still eat this sandwich!

Bacon & Mushroom Sandwich – Ingredients for 2

4 slices Bread (your choice but a good wholewheat works well for this)

6-8 slices Bacon

Mushrooms (wiped clean & sliced)

Mustard

Salt & Pepper

Cook the rashers of Bacon slowly in a skillet over not too high a heat. As it cooks, drain the fat into a small bowl and set aside. By draining off the fat, the Bacon will crisp up. When the Bacon is done, put aside onto some paper towel. Put the saved fat back into the skillet and cook the Mushrooms in it, don’t overcook them or they will become rubbery. While the Mushrooms are cooking, lightly toast your Bread, or not if it is really fresh and spread some Mustard on either one or both slices. Layer the slices of Bacon on one slice and then cover with some sautéed Mushrooms. Season with Salt & Pepper to taste before placing the other slice of bread on top, then press down gently before slicing the sandwich in half. Delicious!

My 2nd sandwich is Peanut Butter & Banana and one that I used to eat a lot, as in “a lot” when I was living in Paris. I was a vegetarian at that point and with all of the classes I was taking, my body needed better nutrition. Some of my American friends introduced me to this at first bizarre combination, but it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the mixture of flavors and get a satisfying and filling snack out of it. Remember, Gemini’s color is yellow, and they do seem to like yellow foods, don’t they?

Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwich – Ingredients for 2

4 slices Bread (your choice but I like sourdough or maybe rye?)

Peanut Butter

2 Bananas (not too ripe, peeled & sliced)

Honey

Cinnamon

Spread 2 of the slices Bread of with a generous amount of the Peanut Butter

Next layer on some slices of Banana and drizzle on some Honey to taste. Then sprinkle with some Cinnamon before covering with the 2nd slice of bread. Yummy!

ChatterEvents June 2010

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 – 5:30pm

“Past Sacrifice : Future” – Photography by Evan Abramson – Opening Reception

Exhibition on display through Thursday, June 24th, 2010

@ Jodi Arnold NYC

56 University Place @ Tenth Street

New York, NY

From the evite:

“Over a five-year period, Evan photographed Bolivia’s indigenous farmers, miners and first generation urban youth. In Past Sacrifice : Future, he examines the changing expressions of identity of indigenous Bolivians through their political, cultural and economic struggles with the forces of globalization.”

50% of the proceeds from photo sales will be donated to Proyecto Horizonte; Ushpa-Ushpa. For more information please visit: http://shareddiscovery.com/-56-university/

To view more of Evan’s work please visit: http://www.evanabramson.com/

How perfect that these next two events embrace mentoring and children – because Gemini is the eternal child, and as the “Peter Pan” of the zodiac, they never want to grow up. They have a natural affinity with children because they are kids themselves!

First up is photographer Stacey Haines whom I first met at an APA portfolio review and then subsequently consulted with following an event for ASMP/NC. A “big sister” mentor herself for 9 years, Stacey has also been exploring these inspirational relationships photographically.

Friday, June 4th, 2010 6-9pm

Bigs and Littles – A Photo Project by Stacey Haines

Opening Reception. Exhibition on display through July 31st

@ Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship

2007 Yanceyville Street, Suite Z: 3rd Floor

Greensboro, NC

For more information about the project please visit: http://www.bigsandlittlesproject.com

To see more of Stacey’s work please visit: http://www.staceyhaines.com/

And next we have Sari Goodfriend, who is a delight both as a person and as a photographer. Besides helping to put the Apple lecture speaker series together, she also co-teaches an after-school photography program for inner city high school students, and they have a summer show and bi-annual fundraiser this month.

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 6-8pm – Opening Reception

Thursday, June 10th, 2010 6-9pm – Open to Public

NYCSalt Student Photography Exhibition

@ Sputnik Gallery

547 West 27th Street, 5th Floor

New York, NY

From the website:

“Called NYCSalt , our mission is to empower, engage and inspire teenagers from Washington Heights and The Bronx through visual communication and leadership skills.”

There will be two nights in June where you can come and see the students’ fantastic photographs and support the cause at a Chelsea gallery. First night, Wednesday, June 9th is by invitation only- RSVP nycsalt@gmail.com.Thursday, June 10th is open to the public.

Check out their website and blog at http://www.nycsalt.org and http://www.nycsalt-blog.org

ASMP Events

ASMP is hosting a number of events this month, all across the country. Check them out!

Registration Counts Workshop

Saturday, June 5th, 2010 – with Jeff Sedlik @ Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, CA.

Thursday, June 19th, 2010 – with Jim Cavanaugh @ Dodd Professional in Cleveland, OH.

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 – with Jim Cavanaugh @ Portfolio Center in Atlanta, GA.

For more information and to register for this event please visit: http://asmp.org/asmp-seminar-registration-workshop

I Need a Workflow That Works for Me – dpBestflow Seminars

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 – with Jay Kinghord @ Sandbox Studio PDX n Portland, OR.

Thursday, June 17th, 2010 – with Judy Herrmann @ Dury’s Classroom in Nashville, TN.

For more information and to register for this event please visit: http://asmp.org/education/event/info?id=73

The Art and Commerce of Multimedia

Presented by Paula Lerner

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 – @ Nichols School in Buffalo, NY.

For more information and to register for this event please visit: http://asmp.org/education/event/info?id=56

To view the calendar of events hosted by ASMP please visit: http://asmp.org/calendar/2010-06

Monday, June 14th, 2010 – 6:30 – 9pm

APA|NY Hosts: Working With a Retoucher

Presented by Stephan Sagmiller of CYAN JACK

@ Calumet Photographic

22 West 22nd Street

New York, NY

Visit Stephan’s CYAN JACK site here: http://www.cyanjack.com

For more information please visit: http://www.apanational.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3294

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 – 7pm

NY Monthly Photo Salon

@ SoHo Studio

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.

Monday, June 21st, 2010 – 6:30 – 8pm

APA|NY Image Makers Lecture Series with Mark Moffet

@ SoHo Apple Theatre

103 prince Street

New York, NY

Cost: Free

From Mark’s website:

“Mark’s book Adventures Among Ants features his adventures around the world with marauder ants, army ants, weaver ants, slavery ants, leafcutter ants, and invasive ants, combined with detailed science about the parallels between ant societies and human bodies, minds, and societies.”

For more information about the project please visit: http://www.doctorbugs.com/Dr._Bugs_Web.html

For more information about this event please visit: http://www.apanational.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3294

Duality

So my theme for this month is “duos” “pairs” and things that come in “twos.”

But let’s consider this duality for a moment as it takes us back to that basic “Yin Yang” principle (remember the 2 egg remedies for skincare last month?). Therefore one half is just as important as the other, and together they make up the whole. It is interesting to note that the newly elected Conservative Prime Minister in the U.K. David Cameron, immediately approached the Liberal Democrats to form a bi-partisan government with a real goal of “working together” – what a concept, and something that has surely been lacking in government on both sides of the pond? Duality is something that can easily be seen with the sign of Gemini and both the good & bad sides of their personalities. As our 1st Air sign, these people are automatically connected with the mind, intellect & “thought”. On the good side, they are communicators, writers & teachers, who love to share all of the knowledge and facts they have acquired over the years. On the not-so-good side, Gemini’s are tricksters, liars and thieves – literally! Just the other day, my nearest and dearest friend (a Gemini) was telling me a story about one of his young nephews (another Gemini), who is maybe 9 or 10 years old at most who, after sneaking upstairs and taking $200 from someone’s pocketbook had apparently got caught when he then gave $100 of it to his sister and was asked where the hundred dollar bill had come from! I couldn’t help but laugh at the notion that here was a little trickster-in-training, showing his true colors early on, and notice that he went for the big bucks, never mind small change! Some other perhaps better-known and “shadier” Gemini characters are Donald Trump, Jack Kevorkian, Henry Kissinger, Rudy Giuliani, George Bush senior, his wife Barbara, Newt Gingrich and Eliot Spitzer. We can also add JFK in to the mix, as he too led quite a double life with all of his multiple mistresses including actress Marilyn Monroe, yet another Gemini!

Some other well-known Gemini actors & entertainers, singers & song-writers who have provided us with many words of entertainment over the years are Joan Rivers, Drew Carey, Hugh Laurie, Clint Eastwood, Angelina Jolie, Helen Hunt, Tony Curtis, Morgan Freeman, Errol Flynn, Dean Martin, John Wayne, Judy Garland, Johnny Depp, Nicole Kidman, Sir Laurence Olivier, Tom Jones, Bob Dylan, Prince, Miles Davis, Benny Goodman, Les Paul & Sir Paul McCartney. Sitting still is something a Gemini is NOT very good at so not surprisingly, Gemini is connected with the nervous system, as well as the lungs and many of them deal with respiratory issues. Michael J. Fox for example, another Gemini actor, has Parkinson’s, a disease of the nervous system. And check this out, I was watching some of the French Open tennis tournament while writing this month’s article, and when I researched a little further I discovered that Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin, Steffi Graf and Rafael Nadal are ALL Gemini! That’s a lot of forehands and backhands right there!

It is not unusual for any of the three Air signs to enjoy flying, and Gemini is no exception. So I couldn’t resist mentioning that my Gemini cousin Howard, who along with his Libra brother Tim have both been obsessed with airplanes since they were young. They have taken more photos of airplanes than you or I have had hot dinners, that’s for sure. And many of them are now images that could never be captured again since airport security is so strict these days. This image from Howard is of a Howard Hughes’ aircraft, aptly named “The Aviator” and is a Douglas DC6. After shooting on film for years, this was one of his first “digital” shots taken last year in Fairbanks, Alaska. Although this plane is over 50 years old, it is still in service and used to transport fuel & supplies to remote villages in Alaska – very cool!

© Howard Chaloner

And while we are “up in the air” my brother-in-law Andy is another one who is passionate about flying. A few years ago he took helicopter flying lessons and I remember my sister telling me how his face would literally light up when he flew and he became a different person! Interestingly, my sister and brother-in-law live near the renowned Helicopter training base at Middle Wallop in Hampshire, where Prince Harry just recently graduated and received his “wings.” He is also one of the few to be accepted to now train to fly the Apache combat helicopters and and hopes to return to Afghanistan (Prince Harry that is, not my brother-in-law!)

Now Libra is generally the sign associated with partnerships & marriage, but the dual nature of Gemini does lend them to working with another person and forming successful partnerships. For instance, Stan Laurel of Laurel & Hardy was a Gemini, as was Bob Hope, who teamed up with Bing Crosby. Gemini’s are not only comedians but they are wordmongers, so many of them are writers, such as Ian Fleming, who created the charismatic character of James Bond, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who brought us the infamous Sherlock Holmes. A few more writers you may be familiar with are Thomas Hardy, Salman Rushdie, Allen Ginsberg, Anne Frank, William Yeats and Federico Garcia Lorca! William Austin Burke, yet another Gemini, is attributed with several inventions, one of which was the “typographer” – a predecessor of the typewriter! He also invented the solar compass and served as Mount Vernon’s first postmaster – who knew? And check this out everyone, how funny is this? Would you believe that the 2010 Scripp’s National Spelling Bee competition takes place the 1st week of June, during the “wordy” sign of Gemini. And other than black, what color stripes does a bee have? Yellow, the color of Gemini! So how perfect is that?


http://www.spellingbee.com

So by now, you should have figured out that a Gemini has a wonderful way with words and possesses the “gift of the gab!” Think about it, before we all had newspapers, TV’s and computers, news was passed around by mouth and whatever had taken place was either told or sung as a story. Look at the word “History” and you can see it is made up of the words “his” and “story.” So is it History or HIS story? Either way, listen up now, because do I have a story for you! This incident literally just happened over the Memorial weekend, and one of the reasons I wanted to share it is because the news coverage we subsequently read online of what had taken place was in fact, quite inaccurate, which only goes to show that you can’t believe everything you hear or read!

So the headlines read something like this, “Man Falls From Chelsea Building, Impales Head On Fence” or another one, “Partier Impaled In Fall!” But here’s what really happened – In the wee, wee hours of late Friday night/early Saturday morning, my good friend, who had been up late working, was preparing himself to finally go to sleep. As he was lying there, he thought he heard some strange sounds out of his back window. He continued to listen, wondering to himself what sort of animal might be on his fire escape? The strange sounds continued. At that point my friend could have rolled over and gone to sleep, but something in him told him to investigate the noises further and his instincts kicked in. Having been a lifeguard out at Rockaway beach for many years he has saved a lot of souls along the way. And, it is for that reason that young Nicholas Blossom from Williamsburg, a 21-year-old drummer in a band called Alaska Alaska, is alive today. Nicholas had been partying in a neighboring building and was apparently intoxicated. Known to sometimes “act out” and “climb things” when he drank, he left his fellow partiers and went up onto the roof alone. An Aquarius daredevil, he went down the ladder from one building and then climbed up onto a ledge. However, as he made his way across the ledge he slipped and fell down behind the back of the buildings and landed in between the air conditioner and extractor fan ducts, impaling part of his head onto a metal fence. And I’m not making this up!

Image from the NY Post

So, as my friend continued to listen to these sounds, they turned from weird moans into muffled cries for help, and it became clear that someone had fallen and potentially injured themself. He had no idea who this person was or how badly they were hurt, but he knew he had to do something, so he called the Police and went downstairs to let them into the building. When they arrived he attempted to explain to the Police that they could gain access onto the roof through his building and then climb down the back fire escape, but this took some insistence on my friend’s part, as they decided instead on speaking first with the two deli’s on either side of my friend’s building to see if they could get up to the roof that way, which they could not. The fact that my friend has recently been allowing both his hair and beard to grow and is beginning to resemble a cross between Don King and Santa Claus may also have had something to do with their hesitance, but finally they listened and made their way up on to the roof, down the back fire escape and found the young man badly injured, wedged and helpless. This rescue was literally so intense that the firemen had to resort to one of those giant electric saws they use to cut away car doors and so on. Finally this kid was lifted out and taken to the Hospital where doctors successfully removed the piece of metal fence that was still stuck in his head!

Following this incident my friend relayed this entire episode to me and then we went online to see if it had been reported. What we discovered was seriously inaccurate reporting as to how this man had actually been found. One news report said neighbors had called police because of the rowdiness, but Blossom had abandoned his friends by then and they had no idea where he was. So if my friend had not heard him moaning, he would have been dead. We felt someone should know the truth, that it wasn’t just the bravery of the firemen and the police, or the skill of the EMT and the surgeons who saved this guy, it was the fact that my friend had followed his instincts until he found out who or what was making those noises, and it was his persistence that eventually and successfully led the rescue party to the injured partier. My friend then spent all day calling the various news desks to find someone to correct the reports and he even called a bar where this guy’s band had played to see if he could get Blossom’s contact information. It wasn’t about seeking a hero’s medal – we just felt strongly that Nicholas and his parents should know who had initially saved his life. And then today, Monday, my friend heard a noise on his roof and when he went up to see who it was, he found some guys looking at where this kid had fallen. Turns out that one of them was fellow band member Corey Mullee, who had just come from seeing his friend at the hospital. When he heard and corroborated my friend’s story as to what exactly had happened, he assured him that he would indeed tell Nicholas and his parents the real story. But in the meantime my friend had also called the hospital and left a message for the family, which had been successfully passed along, and so today he also received a beautiful and extremely thankful phone call from Emily Blossom, Nicholas’ mother. Oh yes, one more thing – my friend and the “hero” of this story is, you guessed it, a Gemini!

And finally, to finish up this month’s article, I would be remiss if I did not also mention that it is Father’s Day this month.  So I’d like to wish all of you “father’s” out there, including my own, of course, a very Happy Father’s Day on June 20th. And here is one of my favorite photos of me with my father (taken a few years ago now!)