Thursday, December 15, 2005

Happy Holidays!

After days of sugared bliss, I finished my gingerbread masterpiece. As you can see, it isn't your standard gingerbread house. No, it is my pretzel hideaway in the frosted woods. The cabin itself is a sight to behold, if I do say so myself, but the picture is kind of crummy. I tore through two whole packs of Polaroid 89 in my Holgaroid before I had to settle with this one, shot #20. I rarely ever shoot inside with artificial light, so I really don't know what I'm doing, and just like I vowed last year, next year's Christmas card subject will be outside.

Wishing you all a warm and cozy holiday season...

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

When it rains...

One of my photos that will be on display at Universe City Jan. 6. Three Trees, Huntsville, Utah.

"When it rains, it pours" they say, and the last couple of weeks have been cats and dogs... in a good way. After months of across-the-ocean (and 3/4 of America) e-mails, important and not-so-important date gathering, image collecting, resizing, arguing with the printer, and a whole lotta prayin', the 2006 Toy Camera Calendar
is now available. Check it out. Buy a copy. Buy 10. Thanks to Damion Rice's and Ed Wenn's hard work, fabulous ideas, humor and good looks, the three of us were able to put this fun and frisky project together. Also, thanks to all you TC'ers who submitted photos and/or sayings for the calendar. We couldn't have done it without you!

Second, this weekend I'll be selling note cards and prints at the Annual Arts and Crafts Market at Albion Grill at Alta Ski Resort in Salt Lake City. The Grill is at the top of the road, last stop before you hit a wall o' snow. Take a drive up the canyon Sunday and come check it out. The sale runs from 12-4.

Third, I've been invited to join some local artists at a gallery here in Ogden called Universe City for its Basin and Range Exhibit, paying tribute to the Wasatch Mountains. I'll have several photographs on display beginning January 6 (my birthday!) and some writings too. I can't wait! Besides getting to show some of my work mere minutes from my home, I fully support the theory behind this exhibit. For years, Ogden's brainiac mayor, Matt Godfrey, has been pushing for a tram to run from downtown Ogden to the top of Mount Ogden, our majestic namesake peak, connecting the city to Snow Basin ski resort. He wants to run towers and cables up the front of our beautiful mountains, creating a fat eyesore, in hopes of bringing worldwide visitors to our city and mountains. It's Godfrey's big scheming dream to build a high adventure center in defunct downtown Ogden, and with the damn tram, he will connect that and the university and the ski resort and blah blah blah. It's just a corporate fiasco that residents of Ogden have been fighting against for over a decade. And don't even get me started on the high adventure shenanigan. Most of Ogden's inner city residents can't even afford to put food on the damn table, yet Godfrey says "all are welcome!" in his adventure mall, with its $70 an hour simulated sky diving room and $40 an hour climbing wall. Yeah. Great idea, Mayor. Oh, anyway... A-hem... The theory behind the Basin and Range exhibit is to hopefully convince more and more folks that the tram will destroy the beauty depicted in the works on display. Thanks to Caril Jennings at Universe City for the invite and the opportunity to show my work!

Fourth, ha! Just kidding. No more good news, other than Christmas is almost a week away and besides having to wrap, wrap, wrap, I'm ready to go. I love this season. Happy Holidays everyone!