ChatterLog February 2011


Aquarius, the Water Bearer

Greetings everyone and welcome to the February ChatterBulletin! We have moved from Capricorn, our sure-footed and mountain climbing goat, into the sign of Aquarius. From the sign that requires structure, discipline and rules, comes the sign that above everything else needs its freedom, and if necessary, will either break or reinvent the rules, so there! Aquarius, the Water Bearer, often mistaken for a “Water” sign, is in fact an “Air” sign, and their job is to pour the “Spiritual Waters of Heaven” down upon the Earth. Of all the 12 signs, Aquarius needs their space more than anyone or anything – is that not Air? And as the 3rd of the 3 Air signs in the zodiac, they really, really, really need their space to roam freely, because if you try to cage an Aquarius in, trust me, they will run faster than they can fly! But if you allow your bird sufficient freedom to fly, they will happily return, providing the cage door is always left open. My father was an Aquarius and he certainly exhibited this trait! I have many Aquarians in my life, so I have observed their inherent need for freedom and rule breaking for many years! Even now, my dear friend “Snipper” is lying somewhere on a beach in India, where she has traveled to for years now to escape the miserable English winters and celebrate her birthday– by hook or by crook, she finds a way to make her necessary annual escape to the sunshine happen, and she has set her life up to support her need for freedom – good for her! Happy Birthday to Snipper, Susie, Ros, Gina, Aurora, Margo and to all of my dear freedom-loving Aquarian friends – you know who you are! And a very special shout out for my dear “Auntie” and our late Mum’s sister, Sallie, who turns 80 this month, and to my surrogate Grandma, Gladys, who will be 88!

So our theme for this month is, no, not freedom, but “Individuality” and those who are unique! Aquarius dances to the beat of a different drummer – they are revolutionaries as well as rule-breakers. Along with the Aquarius’ need to socialize with many different groups they are often leaders of some sort, the quintessential “Captain of the Ship” as it were, whose ultimate job is to help mankind evolve in some way. Some familiar Aquarian “leaders” for example are media mogul Oprah Winfrey and basketball legend Michael Jordan. And a few famous (or perhaps) infamous political Aquarians you may recognize are Presidents Boris Yeltsin, Nicolas Sarkozy, Ronald Reagan, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln & Corazon Aquino, along with (get ready) Vice-Presidents Dick Cheney & Dan Quayle, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Florida Governor “Jeb” Bush and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with such notables as Hitler’s mistress Eva Braun, suffragist & women’s rights advocate Susan B. Anthony, union-leader James Hoffa and evolutionist Charles Darwin! Gypsy Rose Lee was an Aquarius, and Aquarians are the wandering gypsies of the zodiac, to be sure!

Charles Lindbergh, Aviator 1902 – 1974

You’d think I’d stop there, wouldn’t you? But seriously, the list of extraordinary Aquarians simply goes on and on and on, and for a very good reason. Consider again that Aquarius is an Air sign, so chances are they like to fly, right? Are you ready? Let’s start with aviator Charles Lindbergh, who made the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean in his plane “The Spirit of St. Louis” in 1927. And how about Chuck Yeager, the 1st human to fly faster than the speed of sound! A combat pilot in World War II, he was shot down over France in 1943 but managed to escape without being captured. After the war, he was put in charge of pilot training for “experimental” aircraft, and in 1947 became the 1st person the break the sound barrier flying a rocket powered Bell X-1 jet. Reaching a little further up into the sky, next up (literally) we have astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who was the 2nd human (that we know of) to walk on the Moon in July of 1969 (after Neil Armstrong.)

Pretty impressive so far – right? So while we’re on the subject of “intrepid exploration” we also have British explorer of the Antarctic and South Pole, Ernest Shackleton, who is perhaps best remembered for leading his crew to safety after the failed expedition of “The Endurance” in 1916, followed by journalist Henry Morton Stanley, of “Stanley & Livingstone” fame, who was assigned to Africa to find the missing explorer David Livingston. But my favorite and most perfect fit for this bulletin is not only a leader and a hero, but also likes to fly and is an Aquarius – and that is Captain Chelsey B. Sullenberger III – the “The Hero of the Hudson” better known as “Sully” and the former Air Force fighter pilot who safely and successfully landed a US Airways A320 Airbus in the Hudson River on January 15th of 2009. There were amazingly no fatalities, and as a true captain and pilot of his ship, he was the last man to leave. He was my hero already, but when I was writing this article and discovered he was an Aquarius as well, I was thrilled! And, one of our featured photographers this month, Brian Smale, just so happened to send us a brilliant photograph of him, which we are sharing with you here.

Captain Chelsey B. Sullenberger III © Brian Smale

Continuing on, Aquarius as we have already established, is an Air sign, so automatically we know that these people are very intelligent and many of them become writers, for example: Charles Dickens, Jules Verne, James Joyce, Lewis Carroll, W. Somerset Maugham, Langston Hughes, Norman Mailer, John Grisham, Richard Brautigan, Alice Walker, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton and Colette – along with poets Lord Byron and Robert Burns. And then we have some of the many actors and entertainers including Paul Newman, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Jack Lemmon, James Dean, John Travolta, Joe Pesci, Josh Brolin, Ashton Kutcher, Burt Reynolds, Tom Selleck, Robert Wagner, Alan Alda, Gene Hackman, Jerry Springer, Elijah Wood, Mia Farrow, Farrah Fawcett, Lana Turner, Eva & Zsa Zsa Gabor, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Seymour, Stockard Channing, Jennifer Anniston and Ellen Degeneres – and musicians/singers Bob Marley, Justin Timberlake, Alice Cooper, Sonny Bono, Yoko Ono, Neil Diamond, Carole King, Sheryl Crow, Eartha Kitt, and oh yes, composers John Williams, Franz Schubert and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!

People, I am not making this stuff up – there is a reason as to why all of the people I have listed are unique, there is a reason as to why they have chosen to follow a particular path or profession – and they are all Aquarians. So now, we must acknowledge that not only is February “Black History Month” but let’s also consider some of the extraordinary and unique African American Aquarians, starting with inventors such as astronomer Benjamin Banneker who created America’s 1st clock made entirely from wood, and George Crum who invented the potato chip, (two pretty essential items, wouldn’t you say?) And then there’s George Washington Carver, inventor of over 300 peanut products! Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb wasn’t black but he was an Aquarius, by the way! Continuing on with groundbreakers, how about Jackie Robinson, the 1st African-American baseball player to play in the major leagues! Moving into the medical field we have Vivien Thomas, the 1st African American without a doctorate degree to perform open-heart surgery on a white patient in the United States, followed by one of the young doctors he subsequently mentored, Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., who became the 1st black Chief Resident in Cardiac Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and who also performed the world’s 1st human implantation of the automatic implantable defibrillator. And how about Dr. Philip Emeagwali, a Nigerian-born engineer and computer scientist (who was coincidentally born on exactly the same day and year as me!) the son of a nurse’s aid, but better known now as “The Father of the Internet!” And perhaps the single most important of our African-American Aquarian “heroines” (no, it’s not Oprah!) has to be Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks, a black woman living in a segregated Montgomery, Alabama, who in 1955 refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on the bus. This single and brave action on her part subsequently resulted in a successful boycott that eventually led to desegregation in the south. These incredible people have all created some serious landmarks in our history, but their praises are not sung nearly loudly enough for the amazing accomplishments they have achieved on all of our behalves.

Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Activist 1913 – 2005

In closing, consider this story: My dear friend is black, and he told me the story of when he was in school some years ago now, and the teacher asked the class what they would like to be when they grew up – pretty standard question, right? So my when it came to his turn, my friend proudly responded, “President of the United States” upon which he was told most emphatically by his teacher, “Oh no, the best that you can hope for is a janitor!” This is the reality of what he grew up with, but I am happy to report that he has risen far above the level of a janitor, and is still climbing… Imagine if he had been told something different, instead of being deflated and discouraged because of his color? It all starts with a dream, so consider this, if his path had been different, he could have beaten Barack Obama to it as the 1st Black President of the United States (and if our paths were still meant to cross, I might have been 1st Lady!) So the moral of our story is, – dreams do come true – and be sure to check out our photographers in the ChatterArtists section this month, as we have some great examples of unique individuals, some of which are also Aquarians!

ChatterQuote February 2011

Langston Hughes, Writer 1902 – 1967

In keeping with our theme – this month’s quote comes from surprise, surprise, an Aquarius and writer Langston Hughes, born of African-American and Native American descent, and was best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance, writing about Harlem when it was considered to be “in vogue.” And like most Aquarians, he was concerned with “freedom.” Give an Aquarius their freedom and they can produce magic. Attempt to cage them in, and you’re in trouble, they’ll be gone in a flash and might not come back!

“An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.”

Langston Hughes

ChatterArtists February 2011

Continuing on with this month’s theme of individuality, it won’t come as a surprise that this month’s photographers are showing portraits of “unique” individuals!

David Partner

Starting us out this month is photographer and long-time friend, David Partner. We have known each other for a great many years that began as far back as our teens, but the reason I’m showing this particular portrait this month is because I thought it perfectly represented the idea of “unique individuals.” Here we have a portrait of Lois Maxwell, the Canadian actress who originated the role of “Miss Moneypenny” in the early James Bond movies, and wouldn’t you know it – she just so happened to be born on Valentine’s Day and was therefore an Aquarius herself! Perfect! This image was part of a retrospective exhibition of David’s photographs held in July of last year at the Rook Lane Chapel & Arts Trust, as part of the 10-year Anniversary of the Frome Festival in Somerset, England.

Lois Maxwell © David Partner

Chris Casaburi

Chris Casaburi is one of my favorite people and I have always been a fan of his work. But what he sent me for this month’s theme is more about the story behind the photograph and the man in it, rather than Chris’ specific photographic style. Meet John Dunford, a woodman, whom Chris had photographed some 15 or so years ago while he was traveling around the South of England. Some years later and now back in New York, Chris was contacted because John had died and the family for which he had worked on and off for 40 odd years was looking for photographs of him to have at his funeral. So Chris went back into his archives and found this particular portrait he had taken of John at the bottom of their garden. Chris said that he was sweet and hard-working man who reminded him of his own grandfather who had built the subways in New York City. The family was delighted, and reiterated their own fondness for John by saying: “He was one of life’s reliable people who just enjoyed helping others, without a thought for himself. He was a great character, and will be sorely missed. After a heart attack, he achieved his life long ambition of owning a sawmill, but he was not daunted by what he took on – just achieved his ambition. He leaves a great legacy of true loyalty and hard work. His face was etched with the way in which he spent his life – in the outdoors.”

John Dunford © Chris Casaburi

Kristofer Dan-Bergman

I have known Kristofer Dan-Bergman since my days at the Black Book and Watson & Spierman, and have always loved the fine art quality to his work. I knew he would have something interesting to send us, so here is an image we chose from a portrait series that is still a “work in progress” but certainly fits our theme, and we move from “John the woodman,” to a wooden backdrop for photographs of shall we say, unusual pairings. Kristofer says the series will become a gallery show this April/May. The 1st installation generated a movie, which was based on the images as they were, without any Photoshop. Now he has taken the series a step further by photo-shopping in people next to one another, who weren’t there in the original frame, thus creating another new story. We chose this particular pair as they illustrate the unexpected dual nature of the Aquarius, who can be quite conservative, and yet completely eccentric all at the same time.

© Kristofer Dan-Bergman

Brad Trent

It was really hard to choose just one image from Brad Trent because there were so many great candidates, and not only did he send us a lot of images, but he also gave us the caption and story behind each and every one! Nice! In the end, we choose this wonderful portrait of a man called Peter Lewyn Bernstein who was an American financial historian, economist and educator whose development and refinement of the efficient-market hypothesis made him one of the best known authorities in popularizing and presenting investment economics to the public. Sounds like someone who is concerned with the masses, wouldn’t you say? Not surprisingly, I also discovered that Bernstein was an Aquarius himself, making him another perfect fit for demonstrating the altruistic leadership ability of the Aquarian. Peter died less than a year later after Brad had taken this portrait of him in August of 2008.

Peter Lewyn Bernstein © Brad Trent

Ian Bradshaw

Next up is my friend and photographer Ian Bradshaw. Both of us are British, but ironically we met in the States and discovered that we grew up not far from one another in England – small world. Ian began his career as a newspaper photographer in London and over the years has photographed just about everyone from Presidents and Prime Ministers, to Royalty and Celebrity – you name it! Currently he is considered America’s leading education photographer and now brings his years of training and talent to the universities and colleges of this fair land. The portrait we selected is of Raymond Bard, PhD Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Portland, Oregon, who somewhat resembles the notion of a “mad professor” does he not?

Raymond Bard PhD Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Portland

© Ian Bradshaw

Brian Smale

And last but by no means least, when Seattle-based photographer Brian Smale emailed me about an assignment he recently shot for People Magazine – I was so excited, because it was a perfect fit for this month’s Aquarian theme – remember, Aquarius “dances to the beat of a different drummer!” So with that in mind, meet Dyson Kilodavis, a young boy who happily expresses his authentic and unique self by enjoying “traditional girl” things like jewelry, sparkles or anything pink!” and who was the inspiration for the book “My Princess Boy” written by his mother Cheryl. What began as a personal process and a book about acceptance for both children and parents became a movement of acceptance for every child who has ever felt left out or misunderstood just because they’re different. The mission on their website says it all – “To accept and celebrate the unique person within us all.”

Dyson Kilodavis © Brian Smale

ChatterNews February 2011

Chatterbox Enterprises – New Look!

For those of you who missed it,  last month Chatterbox launched a new website, so if you haven’t taken a look yet, do check it out! Also, please be sure to make a note of our new phone number – 646-688-2898

aCurator – Guest Curator Louisa J. Curtis

Last month I guest-curated for my good pal Julie Grahame‘s blog “aCurator” and the feature I sent her was on photographer Art Murphy and his fine art series “Devonian Fossils.” The work is exquisite, so to view these beautiful images please visit:

© Art Murphy

Schomburg Center For Black Research – Photography Reception

In case you weren’t aware or you’ve been living in a cave, February is Black History month and amongst many of the festivities on show at the Schomburg Center for Black Research for example, will be 23 photographers’ perspectives and the New Harlem Renaissance Photographers. For more information on the exhibitions and activities please visit:

Palm Springs Photo Festival – Sunday, March 27th – Friday, April 1st, 2011

Check out some of the deadlines for the Palm Springs Photo Festival coming in March:

No Fee Slide Show Contest Deadline is Friday, March 4th, 2011

Portfolio Review Registration Deadlines – Tuesday, March 1st & Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Registration for Palm Springs Photo Festival – $75

For more information please visit:

Lucie Foundation – Fresh Look Juried Portfolio Review Deadlines

From the website:

“Fresh Look – Juried Portfolio Review – A stimulating and interactive review of your photographic work. OPEN SUBMISSIONS FEE FREE FOR 10 DAYS! Submit your work from February 1st to February 10th with no submission fees. After February 10th, a $50.00 submission fee applies.

Lucie Foundation is pleased and excited to announce the third installment of Fresh Look Portfolio Review taking place during the Month of Photography Los Angeles, Friday & Saturday, April 29-30, 2011. Fresh Look pairs photographers with top photography experts in their respective fields for an in-depth conversation that provide professional feedback and critique in a casual, relaxed environment.”

For more information about image submissions please visit:

For more information about MOPLA please visit:

ChatterTip of the Month February 2011

Tips for Healthy Blood & Good Circulation

High Blood Pressure or Hypertension

Blood pressure is the force with which the blood presses against the arterials walls as it circulates throughout the body. When a person has High Blood Pressure, the force is greater than normal causing the arterial walls to narrow, which puts extra strain on the heart. A person’s blood pressure can easily increase with physical exercise, fear or stress, but these elevations are usually transient. Some common complaints associated with High Blood Pressure are obesity, diabetes, and pregnancy. So what helps keep that pressure down, besides all those pharmaceuticals they give you?

It’s not the first time we’ve talked about the healing properties of Garlic, but eating plenty of it in the diet can act as a tonic to the circulatory system and helps to keep the blood healthy. Notice the French, for instance, who eat a lot of it in their diet… Some lesser-known natural remedies are Hawthorn Berries, Cramp Bark, Lime Flowers and Yarrow. Massage with oils of Lavender, Marjoram, or Ylang Ylang to aid relaxation and reduce stress levels.

Low Blood Pressure or Hypotension

Low Blood Pressure is an abrupt fall in pressure, possibly due to a heart failure of some sort, or loss of fluid to the circulation process. Common instances when Low Blood Pressure might occur are standing up suddenly after sitting for a long time, as well as burns, gastroenteritis and dehydration.

Another of our old friends from nature’s medicine cabinet again is Ginger which aids in stimulating the circulation, as do Hawthorn Tops and Rosemary, while Broom is said to tone the arteries, thus helping to improve Low Blood Pressure. And Ginseng is also said to alleviate the symptoms, according to the Chinese. Massage with oils of Black Pepper,Lemon, Sage or Rosemary, which stimulate and warm.


Anemia is a deficiency of hemoglobin, the chemical that carries the oxygen in the red cells of our blood. The most common cause is a deficiency of the mineral iron, caused by excessive blood loss through trauma, surgery, childbirth, or it could be a vitamin B12 deficiency or simply a poor diet.

Drink Nettle tea daily, as it is rich in Iron, as are many dark leafy green vegetables, in particular Spinach, Watercress & Parsley. Drinking Beet and Carrot juice may also help the condition and other iron-rich foods that are not green are Oats, Egg Yolks and Pumpkin Seeds. Other herbal remedies are Alfafa, Dandelion Root, and Yellow Dock. Once again, Lavender oil is suggested for massage, as well as soothing Chamomile.

Atherosclerosis or High Cholesterol

In this instance, we have fatty patches building up on the artery walls, which eventually harden and partially block the artery, causing the formation of a blood clot. Not good!

Contributing factors to this condition can be smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes or simply heredity.

Once again we revisit one of those Mediterranean ingredients we have mentioned before, and this time it is Olive Oil, which helps to break down the fatty deposits in the blood. GarlicOnions and Yoghourt are all said to have a beneficial effect on the heart, (so now we have enough ingredients to make a salad dressing to go with our leafy greens proving that it’s not that hard to eat well at the same time as helping to protect your body!) Another suggested remedy is drinking Barley Water, as well as the herbs Rosemary, Hawthorn BerriesTops, and Lime Flowers again. Increase your intake of dietary fiber, and decrease your intake of salt and sugar. For massage, go with Juniper or Lemon oils to help break down the fatty deposits in the body.

Enlarged Spleen

The spleen is responsible for removing dead blood cells from the blood, and acts as a filter for red and white blood cells. All of the blood in the human body passes through the spleen approximately every 90 minutes. Abnormal enlargement of the spleen may occur in a number of diseases including – malaria, leukemia, glandular fever (Mononucleosis) and syphilis.

Once again, Garlic and Ginger are both known to help prevent and treat infections, as well as Liquorice, which helps to stimulate white blood cells and enhances recovery from an enlarged spleen. Echinacea is also widely used to treat infections and cleanse the blood.

ChatterRecipe of the Month February 2011

Sole Meuniere

I had a hard time deciding on a recipe for this month but in the end I decided to go with something that is not only simple and seasonal, but also something that reminds me of my Aquarius father, who dearly loved his food and wine and would have loved this recipe! I know Valentine’s Day is coming up and you were probably expecting something chocolaty, but as we had something sweet last month, I thought we should go savory this time! So you can cook this delicious dish for your loved one before you surprise them with desert. You may recall that this time last year we gave you a wonderful chocolate cake recipe, and I was delighted to subsequently receive an email from one of our readers (Jess Dudley from Wonderful Machine), telling me that “he” had made our recipe for his fiancé on Valentine’s Day – and even better, he also sent us a picture! Way to go Jess, she’s a lucky girl!

Anyway, back to our entrée course, which conveniently serves two, and is another classic from one of my favorites, Ina Garten, also known as “The Barefoot Contessa.”


½ cup all-purpose Flour

Salt & Black Pepper (freshly ground)

4 fresh Sole Fillets (3-4 oz each)

6 tablespoons Butter (unsalted)

1 teaspoon Lemon Zest (grated)

6 tablespoons Lemon Juice (freshly-squeezed, approx. 3 lemons)

1 tablespoon Parsley (finely chopped)

Capers (optional)


As this dish cooks quickly, Ina suggests preparing all of the ingredients before you start cooking. Zest the Lemons 1st, before cutting them in half to extract the juice, for example. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and have 2 heatproof dinner plates ready. Combine the Flour with 2 teaspoons of Salt and 1 teaspoon of Black Pepper in a large shallow plate or dish. Pat the fish dry with a paper towel and sprinkle one side with a little Salt. Heat 3 tablespoons of the Butter in a large 12” sauté pan over medium heat until it just starts to brown. Dredge 2 of the 4 Sole Fillets in the seasoned Flour on both sides, shake off the excess and place into the hot Butter (topside down, so what was the “skin” side of the fish will cook 2nd). Lower the heat to medium-low and cook for 2 minutes. Turn the fish over carefully with a metal spatula and cook for 2 more minutes on the other side. While the 2nd side is cooking, add ½ teaspoon of the Lemon Zest and 3 tablespoons of Lemon Juice to the pan. Carefully place the fish onto the heatproof dinner plates, pour the sauce from the pan over them and keep the cooked fillets warm in the oven while you repeat the process with the remaining 2 fillets, 1st dredging them in the seasoned Flour and then using up the remaining Butter and Lemon. When they’re done, add them to the other cooked fillets in the oven, sprinkle with chopped Parsley and some Salt & Black Pepper to taste and serve immediately. If some of you want a little more “bite”, add a few Capers to the sauce. Delicious!

ChatterEvents February 2011

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 – 9am-1pm

APANY Presents: Trends… A Hands-On Workshop

@ Calumet

22 West 22nd Street

New York, NY

Cost: $60 for APA Members; $100 Non-APA Members

From the website:

“A follow-up event to Karen D’Silva’s hugely popular panel discussion at Shoot NYC in October! Durinda Underwood and Villislava Petrova join D’Silva once again to help you learn how to understand trends and create images that resonate.

Ever wonder why clients like the images they do? And (more importantly) what will they like next? Learning how to analyze cultural ideas and social trends can be a driving force to your commercial photography business. The secret to creating images that resonate is simple, your images need to connect with people and the way they choose to live.”

For more information and to register please visit:

This Friday, February 11th & Saturday, February 12th, 2011 – 9am-4pm EST

Clarion Call 2011 – Professional Photography Telesummit – Hosted by Selina Maitreya

Dial in on Your Phone

Cost: Free, live event!

From the press release:

“Fourteen of the world’s greatest photography experts have joined commercial photography consultant, Selina Maitreya, for a “first ever” event to deliver the precise formula to help commercial photographers have incredible success in their businesses.

Each featured expert will share their knowledge, insights and industry secrets on how commercial photographers can enjoy business growth in any economy. Included are leading experts in the professional photography industry including Heather Morton, Rob Haggert, Louisa Curtis, Gail Mooney, Allen Murabayashi and other industry leaders.

Items of discussion will include: Defining your vision, iPads, print books – what’s working? How to build visibility with buyers, getting face time with clients. Is an agent is right for you? And using social media as a marketing tool.”

And, Louisa’s time slot will be 1:20pm – 2:20pm on Friday, February 11th!

For more information on the event please visit:

For more information about Selina please visit:

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 – 6:30pm

NY Photo Salon

@ SoHo Photo Gallery

15 White Street

New York, NY

Cost: $10 at the door

Presenting the work of: Guzman, Leon Saperstein, Al Vinjamur, Howard Schatz and Jay Maisel.

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

Thursday, February 17th – Thursday, February 24th, 2011

WPPI Las Vegas 2011: Convention & Tradeshow

@ MGM Grand

3799 South Las Vegas Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV

Cost: Full Registration-Member: $259; Full Registration-NonMember: $399

For more information and to register please visit:

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 – Doors open for check-in @ 6:15pm, reviews are from 7 – 9pm

ASMP NY Fine Art Portfolio Reviews 2011

@ Calumet

22 West 22nd Street

New York, NY


From the website:

“It’s time for ASMP New York’s popular and successful annual Fine Art Portfolio Review!


We have just started contacting reviewers but have already received confirmations from Elizabeth Avedon, Jen Bekman Gallery, CPW (Center for Photography at Woodstock), Front Room Gallery and Klompching Gallery.”

For more information and to RSVP please visit:

Friday, February 25th – Sunday, February 27th, 2011

ASMP: Strictly Business 3 Tour – hits Philadelphia this month!

@ Crowne Plaza Philadelphia

1800 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA

Cost: $175 ASMP Leader; $250 ASMP Member; $400 Non-Member; $350 Professional Association member; $200 Student

From the website:

“SB3 offers you a selection of topics to enhance your professionalism and build your business. From copyright registration to social media marketing, negotiating and sales, licensing and pricing, the business of video and much more — you can design the conference to fit your specific needs.”

For more information and to register please visit:

Friday, March 11th – Monday, April 18th, 2011

The Flash Bus Tour 2011 – Coming In March!

Cost: Event only: $99.95

Register Now:

Adorama is sponsoring a nationwide flash tour!

From the website:

“Demonstrating the speed of light while rolling across the country at the speed of a moving bus, the world’s two leading educators and innovators in the big world of small flash, David “The Strobist” Hobby and Joe “Numnuts” McNally team up for the FLASHBUS 2011 TOUR.

Hobby and McNally kick off this small flash fest on March 11th in Seattle, and then head down the West Coast and across the country teaching, demonstrating, lighting and debating about speed lights. Shoot manual? Check! Wanna try TTL? Gotcha covered! 29 cities, 13,000 miles, rolling, flashing, tweeting from San Diego to Boston, Atlanta to LA, Memphis to Denver, and lots of stops in between.

Two different styles of lighting and two different ways of teaching combine as Hobby and McNally join forces to explore and explain good light — good light done fast and well.”

For more information please visit: