Archive for books & writing
Do you know any photographers who need to (finally) put their portfolios online??? If so, send them some inspiration!
My husband, Peter, just released a new ebook via flatbooks.com called: A Guide To WordPress For Photographers. This book is perfect for any photographers or artists in your life who have been wanting to set-up a classy, easily navigable site that displays their work and enables search engines to “find” their photos for optimal exposure. WordPress is FREE open source software, so it won’t cost them a dime unless they want to add some fancy plug-ins.
Peter’s guide is concise, easy to understand, and focuses on building an image centric website. Below is a brief synopsis:
This in-depth guide to using WordPress provides all the information needed to setup a professional website for your photography or take your existing site to the next level. A cohesive and well-designed website is the single most important way to showcase and promote your photography online, and thanks to WordPress, building one doesn’t have to break the bank. While there are numerous WordPress resources on the web, none are written by a photographer for photographers. This book was specifically designed to maximize website usability for potential customers and help you avoid time consuming mistakes. Step-by-step guides will teach you everything about setting up WordPress, choosing a theme/design for your website, and adding content. Also included are advanced techniques for working with image galleries, importing image meta-data, optimizing image search, and a whole lot more!
You can buy it HERE.
Such an arresting image. A woman won’t leave her horse, Astro, as he slowly sinks in the mud. (Don’t worry, the horse survives!) Story and pics here. This photo immediately brought to mind two things: 1) that terrible scene in the Never-Ending Story where Atreyu loses Artax in the swamp of sadness and 2) a young adult short story by Margo Lanagan (fom her book Black Juice) called Singing My Sister Down (sent to me by my friend Kate) about a young girl sentenced to a slow, sinking death via tar flat. Powerful, resonant story about courage and forgiveness. Stayed with me for weeks.
“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.”
– T. H. White, The Once and Future King
Errol Le Cain’s illustrations from The Thorn Rose, aka Sleeping Beauty, by Brothers Grimm. (Another bedtime story discovery made at a friend’s who bought the books, in Japanese, to read to her little girls.) All these years I thought Le Cain’s work was that of Edmund Dulac. Such goreouusness.
A friend of mine’s reading Arthur of Albion to her children at bedtime and when I picked up the book to check it out, I was so taken with Pavel Tatarnikov’s magical illustrations that I sent myself an email with a reminder to buy the book! Love how Pavel’s illustrations have layers upon layers… castles are hidden in armor, swords are citadels, hills are cities, horses are clouds… everything magically shapeshifting in and out of each other. More here if you scroll about half way down the page. Pavel’s illustrated everything from King Arthur and Shakespeare to biblical stories and classic fairytales.
Watching this will be the most fascinating 6 minutes you’ll spend all week. The first minute is a brief introduction by Paul Stamets discussing his astounding book – Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Save The World – a mycological manual for rescuing ecosystems. The next five minutes consists of fantastical high-speed footage of mushrooms and fungi doing their thing.
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This review of Stamet’s book nicely highlights the most salient and mind-blowing ways that mushrooms can reverse environmental damage like: soil contaminated by heavy metals and industrial toxins, filtration for contaminated water, strengthening forest eco-sytems and controlling pest populations. Absolutely astounding!
Just goes to show that Mother Nature has already provided the magical tools needed to heal our world and make things right. Especially, when we consider the biologically healing properties of mushrooms as well as the *sacred* uses of (ergot or psilocybin) mushrooms as a gateway substance to better understanding higher consciousness and the nature of God. It’s no wonder ancient wisdom keepers from both East and West have revered the mighty mushroom for centuries.
P.S. There’s this TED TALK with Paul Stamets, but unfortunately, does not include the spectacular time lapse footage of mushrooms and fungi blooming, exploding, spreading and feeding.)
Here’s a book I’d read if I had a daughter…
Orenstein, who has written about girls for nearly two decades (Schoolgirls), finds today’s pink and princess-obsessed girl culture grating when it threatens to lure her own young daughter, Daisy. In her quest to determine whether princess mania is merely a passing phase or a more sinister marketing plot with long-term negative impact, Orenstein travels to Disneyland, American Girl Place, the American International Toy Fair; visits a children’s beauty pageant; attends a Miley Cyrus concert; tools around the Internet; and interviews parents, historians, psychologists, marketers, and others. While she uncovers some disturbing news (such as the American Psychological Association’s assertion that the “girlie-girl” culture’s emphasis on beauty and play-sexiness can increase girls’ susceptibility to depression, eating disorders, distorted body image, and risky sexual behavior), she also finds that locking one’s daughter away in a tower like a modern-day Rapunzel may not be necessary. Orenstein concludes that parents who think through their values early on and set reasonable limits, encourage dialogue and skepticism, and are canny about the consumer culture can combat the 24/7 “media machine” aimed at girls and hold off the focus on beauty, materialism, and the color pink somewhat. With insight and biting humor, the author explores her own conflicting feelings as a mother as she protects her offspring and probes the roots and tendrils of the girlie-girl movement. (Jan.)
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