Daily blogging is harder than it looks. We've already missed a day...or two. I hope to make up for it with extra pix and some news from the conference.
The NYFA conference was, as usual, great. The morning talk by Jackie Battenfield was inspiring. Luckily, for those of you who missed it, she has a book coming soon on Da Capo press. According to her theory, I've just moved from the circle of exposed to connected by just typing this.
The hardest and very valuable part was talking about your own work for three minutes while the other seven members of your team gave you a write-up. I was glad that I was able to clearly convey the essence of my work but one person found me a bit preachy. Found out...I worship at the temple of Art.
The other artist participants always take you out of yourself. I particularly liked the work of Kathryne Hall--street art with tubes coming out of and around cars. I had a friendly seat mate too, Barbara Russell, a self-proclaimed digital doodle bug who on the spot sent me a snap of myself.
We had a friend drop by with some pie samples--Bunny's Bakery is the best! And on the same rainy day as the conference we had a major protest outside the studio. Evoked memories for us from 40 years ago. The difference we see now is that instead of FBI guys infiltrating or taking notes about the march, there were local police sharpshooters up on the roof. New York is certainly never dull.
Well, we thought it was time to start a blog, to follow our travels and maybe post a picture of the day. The "we" is Kurt Hoss and Susan Shaw. We make photographic artist's books and more. So I guess this will be an art and photography blog. We're planning a trip soon to Louisiana to photograph Cajun musicians, sugar cane harvest and birds along the gulf. It will be interesting to post along the way and see how that feels.
Today's photo is of some of the CDs we've been trying to archive. I think we've taken over half a million pictures in the past few years. Words of advice: Cds will deteriorate and remember that if you use a lot of different cameras that you may have duplicate numbering on different images.
I also hope this blog will be funny. I don't think either of us has gotten through the day without seeing something to laugh about.
Susan Shaw is an internationally exhibited painter and photographer. Private and public collections include the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Shaw is the recipient of two New York State Artist’s Fellowships and 2007/2009 residency fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center.
Kurt Hoss is a freelance photographer capturing the exuberance of
New York City for 35 years. A favorite project has been documenting life in south western Louisiana, culminating in two recent books, Going to Lafayette and Bosco Swamp.
Shaw and Hoss recently received an AVA gold award for video production, as producers of The Mermaid Parade.