I just received confirmation that my proposal has been accepted. I will be leading a workshop on Recording Your Story at the upcoming PrimeTimers World Wide Convention here in Columbus.
MEMOIRS: Recording Your Story
Do you want to share your experiences (and lessons learned) with the world, or perhaps just your family, the one of birth or of choice? Now is the time to start the process. During the session Brian Gryphon of Digital Gryphon Publishing will provide guidance on how to get started and what the process may involve. Modern technology offers options such as Print On Demand books & magazines, eBooks and blogs.
You might decide to prepare a complete book or publish smaller pieces on specific themes or topics. A blog is a form of on-line journal which is great for those who are computer-savy. Others may prefer to publish a collection as a book or a full-colour magazine; Brian will explore various options, including submitting your story to anthologies.
Some people prefer to assign themselves a specific deadline and work ‘full-time’ on the project while others are successful with shorter sessions on a regular schedule to allow their memories to gel. However you decide to share it, your history is our history.
Posted in LGBTITQQ2S, Poetry
Tagged blog, book, ebook, gay, glbt, history, memoir, queer, story, workshop
Scioto Morning #50526
Sun rise along the Scioto River in downtown Columbus, on Sunday, May 5th. This piece was created by merging three images to show the widest range of detail in both shadows and highlights. This is a process known as High Dynamic Range (HDR).
This image is available as a Greeting Card or as a Canvas, Metal or Acrylic Print as well as a framed or unframed Art Print on a variety of art papers.
Posted in Central OH, Designs I Like
Tagged art, canvas, card, Columbus, downtown, hdr, light, morning, ohio, print, river, scioto, sun, sunrise, urban
I’ve mentioned before that I have been supplementing my income by doing seasonal work with a national School Picture firm. As I wrote last fall, the job is formula-driven to control costs and ensure consistency. I knew that going in so have always referred to the assignments as “school picture taking” rather than “photography“.
The Fall pictures are used for Student IDs and School Yearbooks. The Spring picture sessions allow a bit more styling, although poses are still quite limited. This Spring I have managed to work with ‘Special Needs’ students quite often and enjoy them the most.
Some of it is simply enjoying a challenge. It is actually pretty easy to get most students to strike the approved poses and smile; even the ones that say they never smile. My special subjects range from wheel-chair bound to those who stand stock still to those who can not be still, at all. Posing sometimes works, other times not so much. Smiles range from subtle ‘Mona Lisa’ looks to huge grins that almost obliterate the rest of the face. Not giving away my secrets here, but I generally get a natural look. Even if that is not the ‘standard pose’.
But the real reason for this post (and the specific title) is the story of one young lady who would not look at me; she said NO! and would only stand facing the background with her back to me. The staff that worked with her told me to take the picture and they would buy one. I of course had to ask for at least some of the story.
I was told that when this student arrived at that school she would not leave her seat during the day and would not express herself in any way. By the time I took this portrait she walked in with the rest of her class, and clearly expressed herself; she was not having her picture taken. At that point I realized that sometimes what I considered ‘mere picture taking’ was, in fact, a true photographic portrait that captured something more.
Realizing that, and perhaps a touch of humility, is indeed a blessing.