You may have been able to tell from my previous post about the photo assignment, that I was unsure of how the pictures would be received. I was not happy with everything I submitted, and neither was the editor. Actually, that’s a little harsh. She felt that many of the photos did not match up to the quality of my other photos that she had seen.
Given the choice of re-shooting or waiting until my inspiration matches their theme, I chose not to re-shoot. I had a hard time trying to figure out how and what to photograph, and I still don’t know what would work. Fortunately, the editor was very understanding and is still willing to accept pictures from me.
More importantly, this little adventure has gotten me out and shooting again. It’s been a long hiatus.
Today marks the 5th year that American troops have been in Iraq because of lies perpetuated by the bush administration. Salon.com has an article contrasting the speeches between two Senators entitled, “Today I weep for my country.” The editors note:
Exactly five years ago, on the afternoon of March 19, 2003, mere hours before bombs began falling in Baghdad, Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate condemning the use of military force in Iraq. As soon as Byrd was finished speaking, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., delivered a response defending the Bush administration’s decision to go to war.
It is worth a read. Meanwhile, back in February of that year, thousands of people all over the world had protests marches to stop the inevitable carnage. This slide presentation is from the New York City rally.
I was out all day yesterday working on a project for a colleague of mine’s web magazine. The project involved my traveling around the periphery of the entire island of Manhattan.
It was pretty invigorating and tense. Part of the tension came from myself and the perception that I have of people’s reaction to cameras (now, after being fed so much fear). But the biggest tension came from being unsure of myself. It has been a while since I have functioned in my old capacity of delivering photos on deadline. I knew I could produce photographs, the question was, could I produce good photographs.
I think I came up with some decent images and hope others will think so as well. I’ll announce when it is published.
Just a reminder that the clocks get changed on Sunday, the 9th here in the Americas. I didn’t know that the date for change is different in the European Union. The change date for the European Union is March 30th.
Interestingly, I discovered from the webexhibits.org link (above), that the official spelling and grammar is “Daylight Saving Time,” without an S on the word saving, but
many people feel the word savings (with an ‘s’) flows more mellifluously off the tongue. Daylight Savings Time is also in common usage, and can be found in dictionaries.
“‘Hillary Clinton’s campaign model,’ David Axelrod, Obama’s chief strategist told me this morning in Chicago, ‘is a very tired Washington model: ‘I’ll do these things for you.’ Barack’s model is ‘Let’s do these things together.’ This has been the premise of Barack’s politics all his life, going back to his days as a community organizer. He has really lived and breathed it, which is why it comes across so authentically.”