Monday, February 26, 2007
I'm on the lookout for frames. All sorts of frames. Old, new, with or without backs/glass/etc.
On Sunday I went to a woman's moving sale and the only thing I found was an empty, thin, wooden frame. I knew I wanted to pose in it. Or have other people pose in it. But had nothing specific in mind.
Last night, as I was getting ready to head out to Amit Gupta's House 2.0 potluck dinner (where I would only know him) I began scheming.
I need a photo project for the party, I thought. Something that'll break the ice, give me something to talk about, give me an excuse to interact with everyone.
I decided to bring the frame. Then I decided bunny ears would also be fun. Then, after that had been decided, I realized it was like Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Bing!
Off I went. It worked like a charm.
Noel Hidalgo, who I'd emailed, but never met until we arrived at the party at the same time (he is the one who told Bre about ChipIn and helped influence the birth of my camera fund!):
Some put up a tiny fight, but most were curious and interested in what was going on. "Did YOU do it?" they'd often ask whoever was standing next to them. "Yes" was generally the answer. :)
Several people asked if I had done it. Yes. One of the party-goers took some of me. It's important not to ask other people to do something that you wouldn't do yourself, don't you think?
The whe whole night, only one person refused to put on the ears. You shouldn't let that get to you. People might be uncomfortable for a number of reasons - don't push too hard...let them know that if they change their mind, you'd really love for them to take part in the project. Don't do what *I* did and respond by saying "You're dead to me".
Although I'm pretty sure he was kidding (and he let me take his photo), one guy said he wasn't sure he wanted to participate because of his plan to eventually run for president. That's a funny thing to say. Use it sometime when someone asks to take YOUR photo. Then smile and let 'em do it. ;)
Everyone is different. I think I'm pretty good at reading peoples' comfort levels and pushing them accordingly... "Yes" people will do what you say, do some extra stuff they think up on their own, and let you do a little experimentation.
Heath is a good example:
As I took pictures of one...victim...I heard from behind me "People need direction". I don't find that's true most of the time, but it is good to come up with a few things to say to get 'em in the mood.
I used my fauxtobooth idea. I said "I'm going to take four pictures of you. Pretend you're in a photobooth!" This usually loosens people up, as no one ever expects to look fantastic in a photobooth. In fact, they expect to look silly...make fools of themselves.
In this case, I didn't plan on creating fauxtobooths of the people, but just choosing my favorite shot to post. I did create one for Danielle, though...too cute not to include all the photos, don't you think?
So next time you go to a party where you won't know anyone, think up some fun photo project that will give you a role and get people interacting with you! You'll meet a lot more people, have an excuse to move around the room, and provide some fun memories for all!
See the full set of "Who framed..." photos here:
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
But at least I've gotten some amusement out of it...
I sent an email tonight with the word "crying" in it. Then I noticed there were links from the gmail ads to information about menstruation.
Here are the emails that followed. Each mentions the corresponding links.
"Apparently when you write about crying, google ads for articles about menstruation show up. I'd laugh if I was in a better mood."
"Now that I mentioned lauging, menstruation and Jerry Seinfeld show up. I could potentially do this all night."
"Now 'sarcastic shirts' shows up. Fuckers know when I'm typing sarcastically!"
"Apparently I have a potty mouth because now it's 'Personalized Potty Song'."
Then I gave up and wrote this blog entry.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
One of their special guests was a doll collector. One question he tried to answer was why so many of us think that dolls are creepy.
Well...today I went to FAO Schwarz and saw lots of dolls. Some very creepy. Some less so. You make the call...
Oh, and I'll admit...I totally used to collect dolls. I have a couple Pinocchios left and some super-old barbies, but they're in closets so that I don't have to see them stare at me.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Go to http://photogamer.com for the whole scoop and to follow along.
For today only, that’s Sunday, grab your camera, your kids, your friends, whatever and whoever you need and get shooting!
Today’s challenge is to take photos of the following:
1. small dog
3. phone (not a cell phone!)
4. stranger wearing a hat
5. something you made
- These photos must be taken on 2/18/07
- Post to the Flickr photogamer group and tag photos with item name and “photogamer” (for example, the photo of the dog will be tagged “small dog” and “photogamer”)
Yep, this is in alpha-mode. Not a-la-mode… that’s ice cream, silly.
We’ve got lots of ideas to make this the coolest thing you’ll ever do with your camera.
Feel free to send us emails to email@example.com
Later... I completed Challenge #1!
phone (not a cell phone!):
stranger wearing a hat:
something i made:
Friday, February 16, 2007
You should come see Peter Salett Saturday night!
He's living out in LA now, so there are less chances to check him out. C'mon, people! Take advantage!
Check out some of his music on his MySpace page!
Sat, Feb 17 @ 9pm
The Living Room
154 Ludlow, NYC
Wednesday night and it was a blast.
I've been seeing them perform for years & just
keep coming back for more.
In April, they're doing a tribute to Hall & Oates.
You should go! Get on the mailing list at
loserslounge.com and become their friend
on MySpace to keep up with the goings-on.
Here are a few photos from Wednesday...
Ira Elliott (of Nada Surf) and Lianne Smith performing We're Not the Jet Set:
Katia and Michael Cerveris (who can currently be seen in ing Lear at The Public) performing Some Velvet Morning:
Julian Maile performing Suddenly:
Nick Danger & Anney Fresh performing Don't Touch Me There:
Wilder Selzer & Victoria Liedtke performg The Phantom of the Opera:
See the entire set here!
Here are a few...
You can check out the set here.
As it turns out, musicians are some of my favorite folks to photograph. If you or someone you know needs a photographer, send 'em my way!!
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
You oughtta go to Joe's Pub and see the Loser's Lounge Tribute to Duets!
I was at rehearsal today, so had a preview of what Wednesday night's shows will bring. Lots of fun, entertainment, and amazing talent.
Here is info directly from Mr. Joe McGinty...
Note: The 9:30 PM show is sold out. The 11:30 show is the "fun" show anyway...
Loser's Lounge Presents:
Some Velvet Valentine 3:
Another Evening Of Classic Pop Duets
Wednesday February 14
Ticket link and info:
Featuring The Kustard Kings: Joe McGinty, David Terhune, Julian Maile, Jeremy Chatzky, Eddie Zweiback, with vocals by Connie Petruk and Tricia Scotti.
Guest singers: Sherryl Marshall, Natalie Weiss, Joanna Choy, Mike Fornatale, Mark Rozzo, Wilder Selzer, Victoria Liedtke, Jenni Muldaur, Teddy Thompson, The HoHos, Carlton Smith, Tracy Brathwaite, Julie Klausner, Dave Hill, Lianne Smith, Sam Bisbee (early), Ira Elliot (late), Jennifer Karr, Peter Salett, David Mosey, Wendy Ip, Daniel Rey, Mary Lee Kortes, Sean Altman, Anney Fresh, Nick Danger, Michael Cerveris, Katia, Jedediah Parish, Amy Miles, Ed Rogers, Amanda Thorpe, Debby Schwartz, Matty Karas, Chris Anderson, Robin Goldwasser, Erik Paparozzi, AJ Lambert, David Driver, Inna Dukach, Moby, Joe Hurley, Carla, Cecil & Keen.
Singing duets originally recorded by: Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Lee Hazlewood & Suzi Jane Hokum, Olivia Newton-John & Cliff Richards, Rhinoceros, Gram Parson & Emmylou Harris, Sarah Brightman & Michael Crawford, Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton, Tom Petty & Stevie Nicks, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Carly Simon & James Taylor, George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Sparks & Jane Weidlin, Alive & Kickin', Elvis Presley & Ann-Margaret, The Tubes, Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood, The Everly Brothers, Mouth & MacNeil, Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman, Freddie Mercury & Montseratt Caballe, Maurice Chevalier & Hermione Gingold
(and possibly a few more).
Check out Julie Klausner and her Amazing Dancing Cats singing "Honky Cat" at the Elton John Loser's Lounge:
It's all happening at Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette Street
Featuring: The next Loser's Lounge won't be 'til April, so come on out!
I had a great time...she spends the evening allowing audience members to pick cards from a tophat. Each card has the title of a story from her life. She tells whichever ones are chosen and ends each story with a song.
Very funny and entertaining...check it out if you ever get the chance.
Monday, February 12, 2007
For those of you behind the times (aww, just joshin'), Blip.tv provides hosting, advertising, and promotion of online video content. Last night's comedic lineup included episodes (webisodes?) of all sorts of funny programs. Check some of 'em out for yourself (in no particular order)!
2. Goodnight Burbank
6. weird america
7. For Parody Purposes Only
10. 39 Second Single
Although it wasn't included in last night's line-up, blip.tv also hosts my very favorite podcast - Make's Weekend Projects w/ Bre Pettis. ;-)
Here is Charles Hope in an interview after the event. (Did you know he is one of the sexiest geeks alive?!)
Sunday, February 11, 2007
They've told me to doodle every day. If needed, have some booze. Only use pen. Don't copy other stuff (or at least not exactly).
Not exactly sure where this exercise is supposed to take me, but it should be interesting to see what happens if I do it daily instead of, like, never.
To take the pressure off, for now I give myself about 2 minutes of time to complete something.
If you can tell from my doodles that I have some sort of mental disorder, just let me know so I can take care of it.
All future doodles will be kept here.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Newmindspace is two people - Lori Kufner and Kevin Bracken who organize all sorts of cool shit.
From their website:
"Newmindspace organizes free, fun, all-ages events like parties on subway cars, public pillow fights, giant games of capture the flag on city streets, massive bubble battles, public art installations and much more. Newmindspace is committed to reclaiming public space, inventing new ways of having fun, and creating community."
My first Newmindspace encounter was the Bubble Battle at Astor Place back in June.
People gathered around the cube and let out their inner child... Bubbles everywhere! And cameras too...these events attract lots of Flickr folk!
Most recently, Toronto had a snow day, filled with sledding, snow castles, and snowball fights.
Tons of fun to be had...make sure you don't miss any of their cool events!
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Here is Peter with a scene from Central Park.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Tuesday, February 13
StorySLAM: Love Hurts
Hosted by Dan Kennedy
At The Nuyorican
7:00pm Doors Open
8:00pm Stories Start on Stage
What happens: a theme is chosen made public. People who wish to tell stories using that theme put their names in a hat. Ten of those people get chosen. They must tell a story that:
- is five minutes or less
- stays on theme
- follows story structure...beginning, middle, end...they recommend starting in the action. (mostly, it's not for poetry or anything read from paper or stand-up comedy)
I love the Moth. Mainly because of host Dan Kennedy. He's hot. And funny. And he writes books and stuff. (See Loser Goes First: My Thirty-Something Years of Dumb Luck and Minor Humiliation)
Monday, February 5, 2007
Sunday, February 4, 2007
Fauxtobooth is a great tool for getting people (even strangers) to not only let you photograph them, but encourage them to let their hair down!
The blog will include examples, ideas, challenges, copycats, contests, and more. I hope everyone will participate!!
Here are a couple to get you thinkin'...
Saturday, February 3, 2007
Lookie here what I got!!
Thanks to lots of generous donations (thank you thank you thank you - I'm overwhelmed!!), in less than two weeks I bought my Canon Rebel XTi.
It's a sweet little thing - I'm completely in love. I know it's the beginning of something beautiful...
Now I'm saving for a battery grip, a proper lens, extra memory cards, and stuff like that there. :)
I'm sooooooooooooooooooooooo happy!!!