Monthly Archive for February, 2007

6am flights

3:30 am …is this getting harder or has it always been this way??     fresh nuked coffee….    where in hell is my phone charger??     i swear i had it right here….just last night…ok, clothes easy, laptop, cards, batts, cords too many damned cords, book, ok ok that’s it….yes??  gotta call cab…wind blowing cold out there…but warm mexico….phone ok……post from san miguel……ok gone…

san miguel de allende

i leave saturday for san miguel de allende, mexico…this is one of my "regular road trips"…one of the things i actually have on my "schedule"….i have two large classes organized by the national geographic expeditions group and will be teaching two different classes of one week each….

the good news is that i know everyone in town….the bad news is that everyone in town knows me..
but we always have so much fun in these groups…these are large classes….25 students usually…normally, i could not handle a class this large, but i have help…my usual amigo and co-teacher is raul touzon and this time also eniac martinez……raul was a student of mine way back in santa fe….you will meet raul soonest and see his work…eniac is a fine black & white photographer from mexico city….

some of these students are young professional photogs and some are folks from other professions who want to hone their skills or maybe just hang out in mexico….i can teach both groups and they always end up liking each other and also teaching each other….the age range in this class can go from 21-71…you never know….but one thing for sure….the final slide show will be terrific….i always think it won’t be so good on my first day with the class, and then it always is at the end…..

will try to blog from the road…now, for most people this would be easy, but i have almost zero computer skills….ask marie or laura or luis or any of the people around me who have tried to help….anyway, i will do my best to update during my two weeks in mexico….i think raul will have more to do than he thinks!!!!

   

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off for a family drive

marie is now ordering "take out"….why??  because i am not on a "road trip"….i am at home….hanging ….. ordering "take out", or rather my studio manager marie is…..we are working on this blog, planning a workshop, talking about relationships (this is mostly what we talk about!!)

and we are working on a potential new book…this is a secret now, but not for long!!   not really a secret, but i hate talk about something before it happens…bad luck…my old mantra is "until my mother has a copy on her coffee table, it does not exist"…..i have seen too many things go away just when i thought they were "in  the bag"….nothing is in the bag until it is in the bag…..so more on the book later…when is really really real….

plus, we are trying to figure out exactly how to modify, change, fix, update, manipulate, and flat out improve this blog!!  i mean, i am a print guy trying to move around in an online world…..no clues amigos, no clues…my assistants here keep telling me, "this is a blog not a magazine or a book"….so i am trying to learn…and i am trying to teach them a few things too…..that is why they are here because i pay very little money!!  so i listen to my young friends and they listen to me…..so perfectly symbiotic….

so, you will see some changes soon……a few little design things…..maybe three blogs instead of four…..stuff like that…..and, oh yes, adding a video page, a gallery, and an upcoming events page…

this is not the first time i have been an editor….when i was a kid i was editor of the family newspaper "the harvey herald", circulation 2……i was also the family photographer…….i will show some of those pictures at some  point…..

oh well, here is one now…..my ultimate ultimate "road trip" picture…..from my family album….13 years old…..sunday afternoon after church, ohio, 1957 ford wagon blue and white and  mom and dad, and my sister patricia (brother gary already in car)….my hand written caption "off for a family drive"……one frame……i never became a better photographer than this….

 

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