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Chasing After Shadows

This week has seen much more social activity than last, but I’ve still been getting to bed early. Which explains why I’ve been wide awake between 4-5am most mornings. Eventually I’ve managed to drift off again but the movie projector in my brain has been working overtime, firing up vivid technicolor dreams. In one I was playing producer to Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations. I clearly remember looking up at him, way way up, as I would have to do in real life, except even more so. He seemed to be nine feet tall. But hey, he has that sort of personality.

Five good things for Friday:

  • Today I sold our Xbox plus accoutrements to a co-worker. Guess we’re just Wii-eople. My son is definitely a Nintendo brand boy and he didn’t seem to care at all for the Xbox, Kinect or not. This doesn’t mean I’ll be rushing to buy him a new Nintendo 3DS but it is tempting, knowing that Aardman Animation is making Shaun the Sheep shorts, specifically for it.
  • I missed the Third Thursday/opening party at the MIA last night, but one of my self-portraits is part of a new exhibit there. Facing the Lens: Portraits of Photographers. Officially opens today, Friday, January 21, 2011 and runs through August 28, 2011.
  • Our new Rome hasn’t fallen yet, but sometimes it seems close. “Few American cities have suffered as acutely as Rockford, Ill., where unemployment reached nearly 16 percent last summer. A photographic tour (with audio interviews) through its stores, factories and offices.” Alec Soth Portraits From a Job-Starved City.
  • Similarly, there are “dead” suburban malls dotting America’s landscapes. But this is an encouraging trend: New Lives for ‘Dead’ Suburban Malls
  • Local photographer, Emma Freeman, took some absolutely stunning photos of Nadine Dubois and her burlesque troupe. More photos on Emma’s site.

Last night I had the first photo session of my series for the upcoming Guttural Visions: Extreme Metal, A Visual Interpretation show. The opening reception will be Friday, March 4th, at the Black Dog in St. Paul’s Lowertown. Though it’s nearly February I am not yet panicking. Merely feeling very very motivated. Thankfully I have friends who are happy to loan me capes and cloaks and props and a roster of enthusiastic models who are willing to work with my schedule. If last night was any indication, this is going to be a whole lot of fun.

el diablo in the elevator

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