Opposites, Opposition & the Number 7 – ChatterLog October 2012

Greetings everyone and welcome to the October or “Fall” ChatterBulletin, and the sign of Libra. Some of you may have noticed there was no newsletter last month, and the reason for that is true to my Leo self, I put my back out (again) in August and as a result couldn’t comfortably sit at the computer to write. So I was forced to rest up and decided to give you a bumper newsletter for the “Fall” instead, and here we are! So what should our theme for this month be? Regarding the sign of Libra, we have previously talked about balance and last year it was manners, so what other characteristics does the Libra personality exhibit? I’m going with Opposites and Opposition, and here’s why:

You may recall in the August ChatterLog, I mentioned that the sign sitting opposite Leo is Aquarius, and in Astrology, one of the key things I have learned from my teacher is this – when considering any sign of the zodiac, we should always consider the sign sitting opposite. Why? Well, how’s this for starters? We have a Full Moon in Aries as I write this, and we’ve already entered into the sign of Libra as far as the Sun sign goes… so notice that Aries and Libra sit exactly opposite one another on the zodiacal wheel. And yes, when we head into the Sun sign of Scorpio next month, guess where the Full Moon will be? If you said Taurus, you’re correct. This is not merely a coincidence, this is a structure that was set up by the ancients, and it is no accident that each of the 12 signs sits opposite another sign – a specific sign. It is not random – it is by design. The sign sitting Opposite another sign is there for a jolly good reason!

Opposites Attract

Consider this as well: With Aries being our 1st sign of the zodiac, Libra, the 7th sign sits exactly 180 degrees across from Aries, thus giving us our 1st pair of Opposites. We’ve all heard of the expression that “opposites attract” and yet right there we have a bit of an oxymoron, right? We’re saying that 2 people who are at placed at opposite ends of the pole are in fact, attracted to one another? Why is that? Well, think of it this way, whatever one sign is good at, the sign sitting opposite is not, and so the one sign often makes up for the faults of the other. Let’s take our Libra who, for the most part is known for their good manners, social graces, and natural ability to communicate. Aries, on the other hand, are not known for their flowery speeches or natural etiquette; they’re too busy charging ahead with their pioneering and inspirational ideas to be bothered with a whole lot of social graces. And where Aries can be a bit “rough around the edges” our Libra will pick up where they left off by polishing and refining their ideas and communicating them most beautifully. Aries is the “rolling stone that gathers no moss” while Libra takes that rough rock and turns it into a jewel.

So then what does the more primitive Aries provide and teach our diplomatic Libra? One of Libra’s problems is their inability to actually make a decision. They are so concerned with making sure that everyone else’s needs are taken care of, they forget about what they want or need, and as a result waiver with their own decision-making. They would rather surrender than actually take a side! But not our Aries, they shoot first and ask questions later, so their decision-making comes without a lot of thought, whereas the Libra tends to overthink! If you look at each of the 6 pairs of signs in the zodiac, you will start to see how they do in fact both compliment and oppose one another. And you may even find yourself exhibiting some of the characteristics of the sign sitting opposite your own sign, and now you know why. Like Salt & Pepper, you can’t have one without the other!

Salt & Pepper © Louisa J. Curtis

I wrote a paper on the topic of Opposition as part of my studies in Astrology, and it was a fascinating study. Everything in nature has its Opposite – everything in nature is Polarized – Sun & Moon, Man & Woman, Day & Night, Light & Dark, Hot & Cold, Sweet & Sour – all these are complete opposites from one another, and yet they totally belong together. This also brings us back to the diplomatic Libra whose job it is to 0 the two poles, and bring them both together. They are able to take the conflict between the two opposing sides and open them both up to the possibility of communication and ultimately resolution. Libra is able to take confrontation and turn it into co-operation.

But back to our Aries and Libra – our first pair of Opposite Signs in the zodiac. We know that the Number One comes first, which is why Aries is the First Sign, the Number One, the one who starts it all off. But let’s consider the significance of the Number Seven for a moment. Just think about how many instances in our everyday lives do we find the Number Seven? Let’s start with the Seven Days of the Week, and the Seven Colors of the Rainbow, there are Seven Musical Notes, Seven Chakras of the Body, or how about the Seven Deadly Sins and a Seven-Year Itch? And that’s just for starters…

In closing, I would like to thank all of our readers and many contributors as this fall newsletter marks our 5-year anniversary. When I look back at the very first ChatterBulletins, they were very short and quite “bare” compared to what we do now. But without those early versions, we would never have evolved and grown to where we are now. Every single newsletter has been archived on the Blog, in its appropriate category, and I am very proud of all the content we have produced thus far.

And of course, we wish all you Libras a Very Happy Birthday!

Opposites, Opposition & the Number 7 – ChatterLog October 2012

Greetings everyone and welcome to the October or “Fall” ChatterBulletin, and the sign of Libra. Some of you may have noticed there was no newsletter last month, and the reason for that is true to my Leo self, I put my back out (again) in August and as a result couldn’t comfortably sit at the computer to write. So I was forced to rest up and decided to give you a bumper newsletter for the “Fall” instead, and here we are! So what should our theme for this month be? Regarding the sign of Libra, we have previously talked about balance and last year it was manners, so what other characteristics does the Libra personality exhibit? I’m going with Opposites and Opposition, and here’s why:

You may recall in the August ChatterLog, I mentioned that the sign sitting opposite Leo is Aquarius, and in Astrology, one of the key things I have learned from my teacher is this – when considering any sign of the zodiac, we should always consider the sign sitting opposite. Why? Well, how’s this for starters? We have a Full Moon in Aries as I write this, and we’ve already entered into the sign of Libra as far as the Sun sign goes… so notice that Aries and Libra sit exactly opposite one another on the zodiacal wheel. And yes, when we head into the Sun sign of Scorpio next month, guess where the Full Moon will be? If you said Taurus, you’re correct. This is not merely a coincidence, this is a structure that was set up by the ancients, and it is no accident that each of the 12 signs sits opposite another sign – a specific sign. It is not random – it is by design. The sign sitting Opposite another sign is there for a jolly good reason!

Opposites Attract

Consider this as well: With Aries being our 1st sign of the zodiac, Libra, the 7th sign sits exactly 180 degrees across from Aries, thus giving us our 1st pair of Opposites. We’ve all heard of the expression that “opposites attract” and yet right there we have a bit of an oxymoron, right? We’re saying that 2 people who are at placed at opposite ends of the pole are in fact, attracted to one another? Why is that? Well, think of it this way, whatever one sign is good at, the sign sitting opposite is not, and so the one sign often makes up for the faults of the other. Let’s take our Libra who, for the most part is known for their good manners, social graces, and natural ability to communicate. Aries, on the other hand, are not known for their flowery speeches or natural etiquette; they’re too busy charging ahead with their pioneering and inspirational ideas to be bothered with a whole lot of social graces. And where Aries can be a bit “rough around the edges” our Libra will pick up where they left off by polishing and refining their ideas and communicating them most beautifully. Aries is the “rolling stone that gathers no moss” while Libra takes that rough rock and turns it into a jewel.

So then what does the more primitive Aries provide and teach our diplomatic Libra? One of Libra’s problems is their inability to actually make a decision. They are so concerned with making sure that everyone else’s needs are taken care of, they forget about what they want or need, and as a result waiver with their own decision-making. They would rather surrender than actually take a side! But not our Aries, they shoot first and ask questions later, so their decision-making comes without a lot of thought, whereas the Libra tends to overthink! If you look at each of the 6 pairs of signs in the zodiac, you will start to see how they do in fact both compliment and oppose one another. And you may even find yourself exhibiting some of the characteristics of the sign sitting opposite your own sign, and now you know why. Like Salt & Pepper, you can’t have one without the other!

Salt & Pepper © Louisa J. Curtis

I wrote a paper on the topic of Opposition as part of my studies in Astrology, and it was a fascinating study. Everything in nature has its Opposite – everything in nature is Polarized – Sun & Moon, Man & Woman, Day & Night, Light & Dark, Hot & Cold, Sweet & Sour – all these are complete opposites from one another, and yet they totally belong together. This also brings us back to the diplomatic Libra whose job it is to 0 the two poles, and bring them both together. They are able to take the conflict between the two opposing sides and open them both up to the possibility of communication and ultimately resolution. Libra is able to take confrontation and turn it into co-operation.

But back to our Aries and Libra – our first pair of Opposite Signs in the zodiac. We know that the Number One comes first, which is why Aries is the First Sign, the Number One, the one who starts it all off. But let’s consider the significance of the Number Seven for a moment. Just think about how many instances in our everyday lives do we find the Number Seven? Let’s start with the Seven Days of the Week, and the Seven Colors of the Rainbow, there are Seven Musical Notes, Seven Chakras of the Body, or how about the Seven Deadly Sins and a Seven-Year Itch? And that’s just for starters…

In closing, I would like to thank all of our readers and many contributors as this fall newsletter marks our 5-year anniversary. When I look back at the very first ChatterBulletins, they were very short and quite “bare” compared to what we do now. But without those early versions, we would never have evolved and grown to where we are now. Every single newsletter has been archived on the Blog, in its appropriate category, and I am very proud of all the content we have produced thus far.

And of course, we wish all you Libras a Very Happy Birthday!

John Lennon – ChatterQuote October 2012

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.

John Lennon © Michael Putland

Image courtesy of my pal Julie Grahame from the Michael Putland archive!

This month, our quote comes from a famous and iconic singer, songwriter, musician and political activist and one of the founding members of the Beatles – John Lennon, a Libra, born October 9th, 1940 in Liverpool, England. And unless you’ve been living in a cave, then you also know that he was shot in New York and died on December 8th, 1980 at the tragically young age of 40 years old. Taken from us too soon, this man was an absolute genius, whose controversial and outspoken character was a threat to mainstream society because of what he believed in, dared to say out loud, and brought to the masses through his brilliant art, music and words.

And of all the words he gave us, it was difficult to choose just one quote… so I decided, in the interest of keeping the balance, I’ll give you two! So here’s the 2nd one, which was also a favorite that my mother and I often used, and she even gave me a pin with this saying on it!

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

Arnie Zann – ChatterArtist October 2012

This month our featured photographer is Arnie Zann, a Libra born on September 25th! As with many Libras, Arnie is naturally charming, a great communicator, and a class act with a resume to match! He started out his 45-plus year career shooting for LIFE and Time, and since then Arnie has traveled the globe creating stunning images for numerous corporate libraries, private museum collections, galleries, major magazines, and more… I first met Arnie and his wife Margo Pinkerton a while back in 2007 when I went down to North Carolina and participated on a panel for their local ASMP Chapter. Margo and I then combined forces and presented a program together at the Miami Ad School later that same year.

Provence & Her Charms

Between the two of them, they have nearly eight decades of combined experience, but they did not come together until later in their lives, having both had prior marriages and children. I, for one, am so happy that they did find one another and combine forces because they fit together so well. Zann and Pinkerton Photography became early Chatterbox clients and we worked together on editing and creating a new website. But with these two, it always felt more like a friendship than simply business or work associates, [and since that time, a lot has changed!]

Springtime on the Outer Bank
Summertime on the Maine Coast

For many photographers and the industry as a whole, business was hit hard when the recession hit in 2009. Many of us had to reinvent how we made our living because either our income changed completely, was de-valued in some way, or disappeared altogether. So by the time I featured both Arnie & Margo in my newsletter in June 2010 [when I was showcasing photographers who work in pairs or husband & wife duos], they were already heading in a new direction because they could no longer depend on their corporate clients and licensing their images as stock. For them, a lot of the fun had gone out of the business, because clients were adopting an “It’s good enough” attitude and no longer demanding perfection because of shrinking budgets and other restrictions.

Paris & la Fête de la Musique

Remember I said that Libras are great communicators; in fact all Air signs need to communicate and make great teachers, so this new direction they chose was perfect for this duo. With Arnie being a Libra and Margo an Aquarius, they are both Air signs; therefore they value the same things and share an innate ability to communicate. And not only are they interested in intellectual and artistic pursuits, as Air signs they also need their space and freedom. Combine their experience, their love and passion for photography, teaching and the need to travel, they did what made the most sense and expanded Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures, a business that started out in the early 80s as adventure trips featuring photography. Arnie and Margo had both been teaching and speaking at seminars for years, and yes, Margo is the Barefoot Contessa, so I guess that makes Arnie the Barefoot Count?

Paris & la Fête de la Musique

And one of the reasons for the success of this current venture is because they love what they do and are truly doing what they love! It has now grown into their full-time occupation, and they have a blast. Students who travel with Arnie and Margo will be guaranteed excellent sharing of their expertise and knowledge, fantastic locations, a lot of laughs and good food and wine! Libra is after all the natural host of the party, able to exhibit “grace under pressure”, while the Aquarius is the most social sign of the zodiac! These two are charming people who can make anyone feel comfortable – and that’s what Arnie certainly does, he makes you feel welcome.

Paris & la Fête de la Musique

When I was emailing them for images, I asked, “When do you leave town on your next trip?” and they responded with, “Leave town? We’ve been on the road since late July and will not return home until early-mid October! We are in Colorado for a week visiting one of Margo’s daughters. After that, we will be on the road, heading back to New England for New England Fall Foliage, stopping with Arnie’s kids near Chicago en route, then home via DC where Margo’s elder daughter works for the White House.” And that pretty much sums up their life! So be sure to visit both the website and blog. Louisa J. Curtis

Eyeist online photography reviews!

I’m excited to tell you all about Eyeist – a wonderful and yes “affordable” online photography review service for whom I am one of the reviewers! I’m honored to be a part of this exciting new venture founded by my pal Allegra Wilde, creative director and consultant, along with photographers and brothers Jesse and Micah Diamond. And a shout-out to Doug Dawirs for his fantastic contribution and support on the technical front. Each time I go on the website, I am excited by the potential and the reach this can and will have in the photographic community. Eyeist is open to anyone, hobbyists and professionals alike. It is both user-friendly and convenient because you, as photographers can have your work reviewed and even edited and sequenced no matter where you are in the world. And we, as reviewers can do the same. Be sure to go to the website for more information on the different types of reviews offered, and browse through the amazing list of reviewers. If you have a few minutes, you can watch a quick overview of the site here.

The Photo Review Benefit Auction is now online!

Auction takes place on Saturday, October 27th, 2012, at 4 p.m. at Freeman’s Auctioneers at 1808 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.

Preview will be held at Freeman’s on Thursday and Friday, October 25th & 26th, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Saturday, October 27th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., just prior to the auction.

Fran Forman: Fig. 17, 2008, archival pigment print, signed verso, 8.25"x9" ($350-$650) will be offered in The Photo Review Benefit Auction

The Photo Review Benefit Auction is now online.  You can preview the work and submit absentee bids. (More images will be added over the next week or two, so check back often.) The event will feature an international slate of photographers as well as a host of Philadelphia artists. Beginning and experienced collectors alike will have the opportunity to bid on work by such historic masters as Werner Bischof, Karl Blossfeldt, Édouard Boubat, Cornell Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward S. Curtis, Robert Doisneau, Godfrey Frankel, Hans Hajek-Halke, Gertrude Käsebier, Willy Kessels, Heinrich Kühn, Clarence John Laughlin, Russell Lee, Constantine Manos, Leonard Misonne, Barbara Morgan, Herb Ritts, Arthur Rothstein, Giorgio Sommer, and Jack Welpott.

For more information, please click here.

Visual Connections New York – October 24th, 2012

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 @ The Altman Building, 135 West 18th (between 6th & 7th)

Reminder: This annual image expo is NOT for photographers – it is for photo buyers and researchers!

From the website: It’s that time of year again! Visual Connections Image Expo is back in New York City on Wednesday, October 24th. We have more new agencies to introduce you to, a fantastic line-up of industry experts to answer your questions at the morning Q&A Session and round-table discussions throughout the day, complimentary lunch and, in the evening, wine and beer, prizes to be won, and the usual great buzz! This is a one-day only event, so be sure to register now and update your calendar. For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

ASPP Presents The New Copyright Economy – October 23rd, 2012

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 from 9am – 1pm @ Scandinavia House – 58 Park Avenue (between 37th & 38th)

PANELISTS:

Nancy Wolff (Partner, Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard)

Shawn G. Henry (ASMP President)

Lynn Oberlander (General Counsel, The New Yorker Magazine)

Jackie Lissy Brustein (VP Media Rights & Permissions, QA2/Bill Smith)

Copyright and publishing are in flux. Changes in the evolution of content creation, image licensing and distribution have the potential of crushing the industry as we understand it today. If you aren’t paying attention, you’ll be left behind.

To register for this event – please click here.