ChatterLog November 2011

Health

Scorpio, The Scorpion (could have fooled me, what is that thing?)

Greetings everyone and welcome to the November bulletin and the secretive, seductive and scientific sign of Scorpio. Indeed there are many famous Scorpios who fall into the scientific pool, including Polish-French physicist-chemist Marie Curie (we’ll hear from her later), a Scorpio born November 7th, 1867 and American astronomer & astrophysicist Carl Sagan, born November 9th, 1934. And while we’re on the subject of astronomers, we find a number of Scorpio astrologers and occultists, such as the Irish-born Cheiro, born November 1st, 1866, known for his startlingly accurate predictions based on palmistry, astrology & numerology. Then there were astrologers John Thomas (known professionally as Charubel), born in Wales November 9th, 1826, French astrologer & psychologist Michel Gauquelin, born November 13th, 1928 and American Philip Sedgwick, born November 8th, 1950, who interestingly commenced his study of astrology while serving in the U.S. Navy. From his bio it says, “He studied copiously while deployed in two far eastern tours… This time opened the doors of realizing the value astrology offered and the many ways it could play out… A researcher by nature, Mr. Sedgwick investigated the astrological signatures of aviation disasters… Currently, he continues research relating to planetary cycles affecting commercial aviation and aerospace.” Notice that not only is he an astrologer, he is a “researcher” – another significant Scorpio trait. These people like to get to the bottom of things.

Nowadays, the word “occult” has acquired derogatory associations that have diminished the importance and relevance of these esoteric studies, including that of astrology, alchemy & magic. The word “occult” comes from the Latin word occultus meaning hidden or secret, and refers to the “knowledge of the hidden” when these studies were hidden from the layman, and became secret. In the medical sense it is used to refer to a structure or process that is hidden, such as “an occult bleed.” Not surprisingly the word secret is also associated with Scorpio – need I say more? Also interesting is that Scorpio is the sign of the surgeon, and a couple of those notables are James Syme, born November 7th, 1799, a leading Scottish surgeon back in the 1800’s, and South-African cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard, born November 8th, 1922, who performed the world’s first successful human-to-human heart transplant (I remember it, I was 13 years old).

Christiaan Neethling Barnard, 1922-2001

So what is this month’s theme, you must be asking yourself? Is it astrology or science? This month, I decided to go with Scorpio’s relationship to doctors, surgeons and “Health.” What does good health mean to you? For years my mother would say, “if you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.” And she was right. You can live in a beautiful home, have a ton of money in the bank, but if you have poor heath, none of that matters. Except in this country, you’d better have plenty of money in the bank if you do get sick. Being sick is big business over here. I remember when I first came to America I was astonished that there was no socialized heath program, available to everyone. Health Insurance was and still is prohibitively expensive to a large sector of the population, including myself. I grew up in England, and where it might not always have been perfect, we never had to worry about going to the doctor if we were sick. Here, the elderly and the infirm without sufficient funds to live on, literally have to choose between buying either their food or their medication.

Being a doctor back when I was growing up was quite different from today. Our G.P. (General Practitioner) was very eccentric and would rather talk about the cricket than do his job. Back then, doctors performed their rounds and made house calls as well as having surgeries for you to attend if you were well enough to leave your house. When my sister was born, the midwife had called the doctor because she and my mother thought the baby was coming. After a brief inspection, he decided the baby wasn’t coming quite yet, so he decided to go home for breakfast, or to watch the cricket, or perhaps both. And naturally, right after he had left, my sister arrived and they had to deliver her at home without him. Back then, it wasn’t as if you could call him up on his mobile phone so he could turn right around and come back. Knowing our doctor, he would have been pissed off at having to come back again anyway! Another time shortly after my parents had separated and my mother was living in a new place, I managed to contract Chicken Pox, as a teenager. Very nasty! I was covered in spots and itching like crazy. He came over to see me, muttered something briefly about not scratching the spots (right, like that advice worked, I still have the scars today to prove it!) and then he proceeded to climb onto the cottage roof because he had seen a couple of loose tiles. I could have been dying, but for him, the roof (and my mother’s safety) was clearly his priority that day.

Coincidentally, or not, when my parents had split up and my mother went back to work, she ended up working for doctors, and continued to do so until the day she retired. She began by working for a pair of very old-school doctors who ran their practice out of a private house in a neighboring town. As the years went by and they subsequently retired, the town built a fancy new medical center that housed even more doctors and my mother moved over there, where she stayed until she retired. She worked hard and saw many sad and funny moments. She always said the dirtiest jokes came from the drug reps that came to visit them. And it’s true. In any profession where you have to deal with very difficult or tragic situations, we often have to use humor to make it through. When it came to taking care of herself mind you, my mother drank and smoked and she enjoyed herself until it all caught up with her in her 70’s. She had been lucky in many ways, but once she did get sick, it was difficult to see her in so much pain and gradually declining. She hung on into her 80’s, but once she was in the Nursing Home and the penny finally dropped that she would never return to her own home, she pretty much made up her mind to go at that point, and she didn’t hang around for that much longer.

Walking conference with Dr. + 2 nurse/assists at Armour Academic Medical Center, IL

© Mark Segal

http://www.segalphoto.com/

My father had a few narrow escapes on the health front over the years, but perhaps his finest and most dramatic moment was when he went into anaphylactic shock a couple of summers ago. He was already in poor health by then, and in a wheelchair, but it hadn’t deterred him from attending the annual Ellingham Show where he liked to sponsor some of the events, in particular, the heavy horses. http://www.ellinghamshow.co.uk/ So there he was in the members’ tent, gratefully sipping on his first glass of lager, and he managed to ingest a bee, which promptly stung him. His tongue started to swell, and he fell out of the chair onto the ground and stopped breathing. As luck would have it, there was a doctor in the member’s tent, (you can’t make this stuff up, and I think he might even have been a heart surgeon, but whatever he was, he knew what he was doing) who promptly started performing CPR on my father and thumping his chest. My father spoke afterwards of how bruised he was, but the guy had saved his life so he couldn’t complain too much.

Now, as they were in a tent in the middle of a muddy field in the Hampshire countryside, it would have taken the ambulance a long time to reach him by road, so instead, they flew in a rescue helicopter from the Air Ambulance and whisked him off to hospital that way. He told me later that the helicopter was quite small and they loaded him in through the back end, much like being stuffed up a smartie tube, he said. For those of you that don’t know what smarties are, they’re the English equivalent to M&M’s and they come in cardboard tubes instead of bags! The tubes are quite small, so even in the height of my father’s medical emergency, he was well aware of his confinement in said rescue helicopter. http://www.hiow-airambulance.org.uk/ There’s lots of great information and photos on the Air Ambulance website, but when I found this next image from their 2010 “Bag a Bra” day I couldn’t resist showing it (what that has to do with air rescue, I’m not too sure but on closer reading, I discovered they were collecting discarded bras to be recycled and sent to Africa.) Now if they’d dressed the helicopter like that on the day they rescued my dad, I bet he’d have been well pleased and forgotten all about the smartie tube!

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance “Bag a Bra” Day

May 27th, 2010

And another funny anecdote to this story is that earlier this year, my sister attended a meeting to find out about volunteering at the local hospital, and the speaker that evening was from none other than the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. And not only did the gentleman recall my father’s case very clearly, he had also met him in the pub some weeks afterwards when he was dropping off the charity’s collection box. The Air Ambulance receives no funding from central government – it relies solely on voluntary donations. The publican knew of my father’s rescue (naturally!) so as my father was there that day, he introduced them to one another and once again, my father expressed his extreme gratitude for the Air Ambulance having helped to save his life. Knowing my father, he probably bought the guy a pint while he was at it!

And wishing all you Scorpios out there a very Happy Birthday!

ChatterQuote November 2011

Marie Curie, 1867 – 1934

This month, I’m sticking with the girls and bringing you a quote from a famous female Scorpio, Marie Sklodowska Curie, a Polish-French physicist-chemist, born November 7th, 1876. Her achievements include her pioneering research on radioactivity (a term coined by her), and the discovery of two new elements, polonium and radium. It was also under her personal direction that the world’s first studies were conducted into the treatment of neoplasms (“cancers”), using radioactive isotopes. She was the first female professor at the University of Paris, and the first person, let alone woman, to be honored with two Nobel Prizes, one in physics and the other in chemistry!

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”

Marie Curie

ChatterArtists November 2011

So with this month being associated with the sign of Scorpio, doctors, researchers and surgeons, we are bringing you photographers who shoot for Healthcare. This work can range from simple portraiture, to documenting actual procedures and treatments, to more “lifestyle” imagery for health insurance, or pharmaceuticals.

Mark Segal

First up is Chicago-based advertising, panoramic & aerial photographer and friend Mark Segal who I’ve known for many years. Mark has literally traveled the world shooting for a variety of advertising, corporate, editorial and healthcare clients, in addition he co-founded the stock library Panoramic Images with his brother Doug, and some of you may recall we featured his company SkyPan International in a previous bulletin. From his website, “He produces images that are vital, powerful and expressive.”

Blue Cross of Maryland Ad Campaign – shot in Miami

© Mark Segal

http://www.segalphoto.com/

Blake Discher

Blake Discher is a photographer from Detroit, Michigan and an ASMP National Board Member, and again, someone I ran into at this year’s Photo Plus Expo. So while I’m sitting at the table with him and photographer John Harrington, I mentioned we would be featuring healthcare this month, and he pipes up, “I shoot a lot of healthcare.” So I insisted he be included in this month’s bulletin. And then when I emailed him this week asking for some images, he writes back saying he’s in China! But that won’t stop us and thanks to the Internet we were still able to include him. The image we are showing you was taken for a rehabilitation facility in Southeast Michigan.

© Blake Discher

http://www.fireflystudios.com/

Mike Roemer

Next we have Mike Roemer, a commercial & editorial photographer based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, who came to me for some consulting a couple of years ago now. From his website,“When I’m not shooting on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, I enjoy the creative challenge of combining unusual angles, lighting and lens options to produce the perfect commercial image.” From trucks to casinos, Mike shoots a range of subjects for his corporate clients, and I knew he had done some healthcare, and in particular, I had always loved this one particular image of the newborn babies.

© Mike Roemer

http://www.roemerphoto.com/

Zave Smith

I ran into Philadelphia-based photographer Zave Smith while I was at Photo Plus Expo last month. In fact, we met the first time at a Photo Plus Expo many years ago now when I was at the Black Book and we used to rent out this old diner across the street for clients to come and hang out and have a greasy burger. Since then we stayed in touch over the years and I knew Zave shot a lot of lifestyle, so chances were, he also shot some healthcare as well. And sure enough, he does. Zave has a wonderful sense of humor and loves to bring a lot of energy and fun to his work. This particular image we are showing you was shot for his client Merck. Be sure to go to his website and also check out his B&W portraits of young cancer patients for an amazing organization called “Flashes of Hope”.

© Zave Smith

http://www.zavesmith.com/

Rick Davis

Timing is everything, and as luck would have it, Philadelphia-based photographer and videographer Rick Davis just so happened to send me something this week about a couple of commercial spots that he and his partner Erik Freeland and their company Springhouse Films worked on for Shore Medical Center in New Jersey. Rick says, “The commercial, entitled “Passion,” is a high production value shoot with great creative, A-team crew and talent, and a twenty piece mini symphony orchestra shoehorned into a spanking new operating room along with some very tasty FX work.” Sounds crazy, right? But the result is fantastic, so here’s the link to the 60-second spot http://vimeo.com/29789682 and we are also showing you a still image of said orchestra! Rick offers both still and motion photography to his clients, but has found himself keeping very busy since focusing on the world of video and film.

http://www.rickdavisphoto.com/

http://www.springhousefilms.com/

Rhea Anna

Rhea Anna is lovely young woman based out of Buffalo, New York, whose name I was already familiar with, but we had not met in person until last month when I reviewed her portfolio at the ASMP booth at Photo Plus Expo. I really enjoyed meeting her, as well as seeing her work. I asked if she shot for healthcare clients, which she does, so I am happy to be including her in this bulletin. When she was hired to shoot this particular job for Excellus, the AD told her rep that he was more than confident to put her up against Toronto-based shooters more notable for the comedic genre – and with good reason. The tag line for the image we selected was – How are you saving your company money? Followed by the suggestion that you can save a few dollars with Excellus Health Insurance, and therefore be able to afford larger office space for your employees!

© Rhea Anna

http://www.rheaanna.com/

ChatterCorner November 2011

Chris Buck

Paul Cooper isn’t Bill Gates

© Chris Buck

http://chrisbuck.com/

Be sure to check out my conversation with Canadian-born photographer Chris Buck, my latest article in PhotoServe’s Features section. The image we used for this article is from his “Isn’t” series, a collection of portraits of celebrity lookalikes, and this particular one is entitled “Paul Cooper isn’t Bill Gates.” And, the interesting part is that the real Bill Gates is a Scorpio, born October 28th, 1955. Doesn’t that tie in nicely with this month’s theme, eh? http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/photoserve/Louisa-J-Curtis-of–3814.shtml

ChatterNews November 2011

Staying on Point-Getting Ready for 2012-New Year, New Ideas

Stop Looking in the Rearview Mirror and Just Drive the Car!

On Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm, I will be moderating what should be a “rocking” panel @ Adorama. The line-up includes an art buyer, a creative director, a photo editor, a producer, an online curator, and at least two red-hot photographers – so check out the details and be sure to pre-register for this event as you will not be able to just show up and pay at the door.

http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=WS_Curtis-Panel-2011-11-29

Check out the details in the ChatterEvents section!

MergeLeft Reps, Inc. Releases iPad App

MergeLeft Reps, Inc., a photography agency based in New York has released a photography based app, a cooking app, Matt’s Pantry, with photographer Matthew Furman and chef Matthew Shields for the iPad. Each of the 100 recipes were photographed by Matthew Furman, a New York based photographer on the MergeLeft roster.  Unlike other cooking apps, every ingredient was photographed as well as process shots to make cooking the recipe easier.”

Matt’s Pantry is now available for $3.99 here on the itunes App Store.  Screen shots, a video and complete list of features can be seen at http://www.mattspantry.com.

For more information on Matt’s Pantry, Matthew Furman Photography or MergeLeft Reps, Inc. please contact: Tricia Scott – Owner, MergeLeft Reps, Inc. – tricia@mergeleftreps.com

Michelle Bogre

I ran into Michelle Bogre who was a fellow reviewer for the Palm Springs portfolio reviews at Photo Plus Expo this year and she recently published her fascinating new book entitled “Photography as Activism: Images for Social Change” – so be sure to check it out.http://www.focalpress.com/books/photography/photography_as_activism.aspx?terms=Activism.

You can see more of Michelle’s work here: http://michellebogre.com/

ChatterLab November 2011

My latest article for Agency Access’ Blog The Lab is all about your visual branding. The question I was asked for this one was, “What’s the best design to grab your viewer, and how do you best get it out there?” So to find out, and see some of my client examples, be sure to click on the link –http://lab.agencyaccess.com/blog/bid/47398/Branding-Style-and-Your-Website

© Jade Albert

http://www.jadealbert.com/

Also – Agency Access and more specifically, the folk behind The Lab are looking for more questions from photographers and illustrators. So if you have some topics you’d like to see articles written on, or have specific questions you’d like answered, please fill out their survey –http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B6B3BQ8

Feel free to pass this along and – one lucky artist will have the opportunity to win a free hour’s consultation.

Please contact Christine Andrews if you have any questions – candrews@agencyaccess.com

ChatterTip of the Month November 2011

Tips for your “Private Parts”

I’m sure many of you have heard of the term “Private Parts” used to describe one’s genitals, reproductive or sexual organs. The sign of Scorpio rules over those intimate, personal or private parts, which is no big surprise really, because Scorpios are very sexual people to begin with, and they are also very secretive. Thus we associate “privacy” or “secrecy” to that region of the body (unless you are a nudist, of course!) It is generally not thought of as normal in our society to walk around exposing these private parts of our anatomy to all and sundry – instead they are reserved for intimate relations usually performed in private.

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Prostate Problems – ranging from simple enlargement of the Prostate, to either chronic or acute inflammation known as Prostatitis, or worse still, Prostate Cancer. This is the 2nd most common form of Cancer found in men, so guys, get yours checked regularly. Here are some natural remedies for a healthy Prostate. Interestingly, in Chinese herbalism, Prostate Problems are thought to be the result of excess dampness [there they go, living in those damp places again!] and stagnant “qi” [the Scorpio swamp is definitely stagnant!] and the recommended herbs are Cinnamon Bark, Cork Tree Bark and Water Plantain [notice we said “water” plantain, not green plantain, not brown plantain, but “water” plantain!]. In traditional herbal medicine, they recommend eating Watercress leaves as often as possible to help alleviate an enlarged prostate. Sesame Seeds are said to aid in maintaining and enhancing one’s sexual vigor, and Pumpkin Seeds are a male sexual tonic also used in the treatment of Prostate Problems [notice that pumpkins are seasonal to this time of the year and the sign of Scorpio] Saw Palmetto is able to reduce the inflammation of the prostate, and suggested vitamins are Lecithin, Calcium & Magnesium, also an increased intake of Zinc can help prevent and treat Prostatitis.

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Thrush or Candida – commonly known as a “yeast infection” is caused by the yeast organism candida albicans, which lives naturally in the vagina, as well as in the mouth, bowels and to some extent the skin as well. It only becomes a problem when there is an overgrowth of it. Antibiotics, immune-suppressive drugs, or a compromised immune system and stress can all encourage excess growth resulting in what is known as Thrush. First of all, who on earth came up with the name Thrush? Other potentially aggravating factors are wearing excessively tight clothing, a high sugar intake, poor personal hygiene or using overly scented bath oils or soaps. The good news is guys that women seem to suffer more from Thrush than men! So no big surprise, but we return to our faithful friend and natural healer Apple Cider Vinegar, which can be made into a simple douche with warm water, and if you’re feeling really brave make a douche with 2 pints of warm already-boiled water and add just a tiny drop of Tea Tree Oil. Or, you can simply sit in a bowl of warm water with either a little Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice. This will correct the pH imbalance and help to maintain an acid environment. Live Yoghourt is another great treatment and encourages growth of healthy bacteria thus preventing fungal infection. It can be applied for both vaginal and oral thrush and should be eaten in the diet as well! You can also take the vitamin supplement Acidophilus to help restore healthy bacteria in the body. Antifungal herbs include Calendula, Cinnamon & Rosemary.

ChatterRecipe of the Month November 2011

Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup with Cheesy-Garlic Croutons

In case you hadn’t noticed, each month’s recipe is not only designed to be delicious, but it is also deliberately tied in with that month’s theme, and more specifically with the Astrological sign that rules over it. So for this month, I asked my teacher for some Scorpio food or ingredient suggestions, and as we talked, it all became very clear. Of course they would eat that, I thought to myself – makes perfect sense! So one perfect example for this month and the sign of Scorpio is Mushrooms. Mushrooms, especially Shiitake, are great blood and stomach cleansers as well as powerful detoxifiers and sources of nourishment. Symbolically, Shiitake mushrooms are known to draw up the rich medicine of the earth and deliver it to those who eat them. Their transformative powers are magnificent and it is those powers that so closely relate them to their ruler, the powerfully transformative sign of Scorpio. Scorpios like to live in damp, dark places, and so do mushrooms! Mushrooms possess healing and transformative qualities, as do Scorpios. Need I say more? So on to the recipe, which is Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup. I chose a soup because Scorpio as a Water sign is also related to liquids and we are heading into the season where we crave hearty soups and stews. And although the chef behind this recipe is a Libra, and not quite a Scorpio, he is associated with the South, and New Orleans, which is ruled by… yes, you guessed it, Scorpio. So this recipe comes courtesy of Emeril “Bam” Lagasse!

Ingredients

6 tablespoons Butter (unsalted)

1 cup Yellow Onions (chopped)

½ cup Celery (chopped)

¼ teaspoon Cayenne

1½ teaspoons Garlic (minced)

6oz Shiitake Mushrooms (wiped clean, stems trimmed & sliced)

6oz Oyster Mushrooms (wiped clean, stems trimmed & sliced)

8oz Cremini or Button Mushrooms (wiped clean, stems trimmed & sliced)

2 teaspoons Fresh Thyme Leaves

1 teaspoon Salt

½ teaspoon Black Pepper (freshly ground)

1/3 cup Brandy

6 cups Chicken Stock (substitute with Vegetable Stock if you are vegetarian)

1½ cups Heavy Cream

1 French Bread Baguette (about 8 inches long, cut into ½ inch thick slices)

3 cloves Garlic (peeled & crushed)

2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese (finely grated)

Recipe

In a large pot, melt the Butter over medium-high heat. Add the Onions, Celery, and Cayenne and cook, stirring, until soft, for about 4 minutes. Add the Garlic and cook for 30 more seconds. Then add the Mushrooms, Thyme, Salt, and Black Pepper, and continue to stir and cook for about 7 more minutes, until the Mushrooms give off their liquid and start to brown. Add the Brandy, bring to a boil and cook until glazed, about 2 minutes. Add the Stock and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for another 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and puree with either a hand-held immersion blender, or in batches in a food processor. Add in the Heavy Cream, return to a simmer, and cook gently for 5 more minutes. Remove from the heat and adjust seasoning, to taste. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Rub both sides of the French Bread slices with the crushed Garlic and place on a baking sheet. With a pastry brush, brush 1 side with the Olive Oil. Top with a fine sprinkling of the Parmesan Cheese and bake until the Cheese is bubbly, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and top each serving with 2 croutons. Yummy!

ChatterEvents November 2011

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 – 6:30pm

2nd Annual Slideluck Auction & Fundraiser

@ Sandbox Studio

121 Varick Street

New York, NY

Cost: $125 for Dinner, Drinks & Auction; $175 for Cocktail Reception with artists, Dinner & Auction

To view the auction, purchase tickets and for more information please visit: http://slideluck.auctionanything.com/Home.taf

Thursday, November 10th, 2011 – 6:30-10pm

NYC Salt Open House

@ 214 West 29th Street, Suite 1401

New York, NY

For more information please visit: http://www.nycsalt.org/

Also, Thursday, November 10th, 2011 – 7-11pm

AI+AP Book Launch & Annual Party

@ Angel Orensanz Foundation

172 Norfolk Street (off East Houston Street)

New York, NY

Cost: $50 per person, $25 for students and chosen website winners, Free for AI30 & AP27 selected book winners

For more information please visit: http://www.ai-ap.com/

To RSVP for this event please visit: http://www.ai-ap.com/rsvp/event/pubparty-2011/

Saturday, November 12th, 2011 & Sunday, November 13th, 2011 – 9am-5pm

APA NY Presents: Get More Work – Photo Assistant Basic Training

@ Attic Studios

11-05 44th Road

New York, NY

Pre-registration is encouraged!

Cost: Day 1- Free for Members, $40 for Non-Members; Day 2- $40 for Members, $80 for Non-Members

Separate registration for each day, required.

Two day event:

Day 1 – Assistant Panel followed by live equipment & software demonstrations

Day 2 – Hands-on workshops

From the evite:

“Sony Artisans of Imagery Matthew Jordan Smith and Brian Smith, are teaming up with APA Los Angeles Chapter Chair and photographer Astor Morgan to present Photo Assistant Basic Training, developed and offered for years by APA Los Angeles. (Brian Smith will be the Sony Artisan at the New York event.)

With panel discussions, equipment demonstrations from industry experts, and hands-on training, attendees will come away with the essential knowledge and confidence to build your own Pro Assistant reputation. Acquire a comprehensive understanding of professional assisting behavioral guidelines, including contemporary set-etiquette, and discover how this valuable training will get you more call-backs – more repeat clients, more work.”

For more information and to register please visit:http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1907636793

Also, Saturday, November 12th – 4-7pm

Justine Reyes: Home, Away From Home – Opening Reception

Exhibition on display through Sunday, January 8th, 2012

@ Homefront Gallery

26-23 Jackson Avenue

Long Island City, New York

From the press release:

“Home, Away from Home is a series of portraits of Reyes’ aging mother and uncle taken over the past six years at home and in hotel rooms while traveling abroad.  This body of work draws from the artist’s close relationship with her family to convey the experience of leaving and returning home and the fear of losing those closest to us.”

© Justine Reyes

http://www.justinereyes.com/

Also, Saturday, November 12th, 2011 – 5-8pm

Carbon, A Site Specific Installation by Charles Lindsay – Opening Reception

Exhibition on view until Thursday, December 29th

@ Center for Photography at Woodstock

59 Tinker Street

Woodstock, NY

From the website:

“The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) is very excited to announce its upcoming exhibition, CARBON, featuring the multimedia work of Charles Lindsay. Encompassing both CPW’s first floor galleries and the exterior porch, CARBON is an immersive installation which encourages the viewer to ponder fundamental questions about our place in the universe.”

For more information please visit: http://www.cpw.org/exhibitions/exhibitions.html

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

ArtWalk NY – Benefiting Coalition for the Homeless

Silent Auction 6:30pm & Live Auction 8:00pm

@ Skylight Studios

275 Hudson Street

New York, NY

From the evite:

“Co-chaired by Alec Baldwin, Richard Gere and Carey Lowell, the event features a live and silent auction with works from a remarkable group of artists, including Wade Guyton, Mary Heillman, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono, Roxy Paine, Richard Phillips, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol and many others… Featuring work by Shepard Fairey.”

For more information please visit: http://www.artwalkny.org/http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/

Also, Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 – 6:30pm

Adhesive NYC* Sticking Creatives Together

@ Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Avenue

Brooklyn, NY


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

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

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.

Thursday, November 17th, 2011 – 6:30-8:30pm

Release Party for Renee Comet’s Delicious by Design Book

@ AURAS Design

8435 Georgia Avenue

Silver Spring, Maryland

Some of you may recall Washington, DC-based food photographer Renee Comet whose sumptuous images have been featured in the bulletin before. She recently sent me this announcent for her new book “Delicious by Design” release party – bet there’ll be some good appetizers at that one!

From the evite:

“I’m excited to announce the release of the cookbook, Delicious by Design, a favorite recent project of mine. I hope you will join us at the launch party to celebrate!

Written and designed by Rob Sugar, principal and creative director of AURAS Design, Delicious by Design is a collection of 50 recipes with many full-page photographs. As Rob describes it, ‘These are not fancy recipes. They don’t use exotic ingredients or difficult techniques, but they are loaded with flavors that are both unexpected and pleasurable—and they are fun to make and serve.'”

For more information please visit: http://aurascookbook.com/

To see Renee’s work please visit: http://www.cometphoto.com/ & visit her blog:http://cometphoto.com/blog

Monday, November 21st, 2011 – 6:30-9pm

ASMP NY Image 11 Winners – Opening Reception

@ Calumet

22 West 22nd Street, 2nd Floor

New York, NY


From the website: “Image11 was a nationwide photo contest run by the New York chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers.”

For more information please visit: http://www.asmp.org/image11/

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 – 5:30-8pm

Staying on Point-Getting Ready for 2012-New Year, New Ideas

Stop Looking in the Rearview Mirror and Just Drive the Car!

Moderated by Louisa J. Curtis

@ The Adorama Building

42 West 18th Street, 5th floor

Between 5th & 6th Avenues

New York, NY

You must pre-register for this event!


From the website:

“As the year 2011 draws to a close, this round table panel (minus the table) assembled (not the table) and moderated by Louisa Curtis of Chatterbox Enterprises, is destined to be revealing as well as informative.

How does a photographer continue to “stay keen” and what sort of a plan should they be making for 2012? What do they need to do to stay on point and remain relevant in these changing times? What skills should they be sharpening and which should stay in the toolkit?”

The panel is comprised of top photography professionals representing different areas of the industry who will be sharing their various insights and wisdom with us. The diverse group includes:

Panel:
Julie Grahame – Editor-in-Chief – aCurator
Andrea Verdone – Photo Editor – Women’s Health Magazine
Steve Whittier – Creative Director – Y&R
Jess Dudley – Producer – Wonderful Machine
Rachel Rein – Senior Art Buyer – Hill Holiday
Chris Buck and/or Chris Crisman – Photographer
Stephen Mallon – Photographer & Videographer
*Members of the panel may be subject to change due to last-minute availability

For more information and to register please visit: http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=WS_Curtis-Panel-2011-11-29

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

ASMP NY Holiday Party & NY Cares Coat Drive

@ Chelsea Daylight Studios

236 West 26th Street, between 7th & 8th Avenues

New York, NY

Cost: Free for Members (Members are encouraged to bring a coat!); $20 for Non-Members (free if you bring a coat to donate!)

For more information about New York Cares please visit: http://www.newyorkcares.org/

More information coming soon at: http://www.asmpny.org/

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 – 7pm

ASPP NY Holiday Party

@ WIN-Initiative

77 Mercer Street

New York, NY

Cost: Free for Members; $35 for Non-Members

For more information please view the invitation here!