Sure, lots of fun & family & travel etc. over the Holidays, but it's time to get back into it, isn't it?
First off, thanks for the Holiday Show & Tell, that was super fun. We'll do more soon- maybe Valentine's day?
Here, in photolucidaland, I'm trying to wrap up Critical Mass 08 and have now started sending comments out to all you Finalists. If you haven't received yours yet, you'll get them soon.
Laura's deep in the midst of planning our big Spring Reviews. Which reminds me, I haven't exactly kept up on the blog world, but I did notice that over the break there was a three part series of posts over at Conscientious about having your work reviewed. Definitely worth reading for those of you who are considering coming to our reviews or any of the others at FotoFest, Center, PCNW, SPE, etc.
A great interview with Amy Stein over at Michael Werner's Two Way Lens also.
Of course, the other big business around here is that we've been going through the book proposals for Critical Mass 08. It's a tough, but safe decision-making process for our Board as ultimately, they're all so good. I tell you what, that'll be next here for this blog, let's give a little attention to each of the six book award Finalists, one at a time, in reverse alphabetical order to shake things up a bit:
"Carver’s vision of ordinary blue collar people living lives of quiet desperation, seems to me to tap into a sense of contemporary isolation that reflects the anomie, uncertainties and vulnerabilities of existing in the contemporary world, and on a planet which contemplates an undecided environmental future."
"Like Carver’s stories and Hopper’s paintings, these images depict everyday struggle and ordinary tragedy. They touch upon areas of experience simmering just below the surface, and explore the notion that the lives of others, no matter how close we are to them, will always remain fundamentally unknowable to us. That, in essence, we all exist as unitary individuals."
"These characters are troubled, but not irretrievably lost; they carry a dignified endurance and a sense of bruised optimism. These people are survivors. They have a desire, as we all do, to be transported from darkness into light."