I got Max about 8 years ago, during a particularly tumultuous time. He was a hard to place adoptee from our county shelter: two and half years old, had already been adopted out and returned twice, and was FIV+. Didn't sound promising, but something about him pressed on my heart and he came home with me. For a few years, he refused to accept the fact that he was now an indoor cat, and would charge the door whenever someone opened it from outside. But otherwise he adapted well to life with us, and has turned out to be THE best cat ever. Don't even try to argue with me. He is constantly at my side when I'm home, whether it's at the desk, or doing yoga, or sitting here on the couch using the laptop. He's perched on the back of the couch right now with his paws and chin resting on my right shoulder.
He's had some troubling symptoms lately, and a visit to the vet in January ended with a "wait and see" approach. At that point he'd lost a couple of pounds. Three weeks ago, after some even more troubling symptoms, we went back to the vet, and he'd lost even more weight. At his max Max, he was 20 pounds. Now he's 13. So our vet is a realist, and isn't recommending a lot of expensive tests. Chances are it's related to the FIV+ status and no amount of money is going to change whatever course that snake of a disease decides to take. So I'm unsure of his future, but I'm enjoying these days with him.
Another photo I was completely unimpressed with right out of the camera but I'm glad I was able to make something of it. The time we spent in Varanasi was so magical and it is such a transformative experience to go there, but almost all of the photos I took there were disappointing at first (second, third, and fourth) glance. I'm having better luck with them now with some edits, twenty months later.
I'm continuing to re-work some photos from the past using these new techniques and trying to get faster at the editing and layers. What I love is how pleased I am with the new outcome of some of these photos that were so disappointing when I first saw them. The camera can capture exactly what I'm seeing, but not what I'm feeling when I'm threre. The fact that I can add back some of that feeling - - or even change it completely - through post-processing edits just thrills me. I could stay busy for weeks doing this.
Work has been challenging lately. Good, but challenging. Once home, I'm working out, catching a brief meal, and then relaxing. Lately, I've been doing that by practicing some new photography techniques. I'm using a bunch of cellphone apps to modify DSLR photos previously taken. The process and the results are surprising me. Here's last night's project - a bridge on Deer Isle (Maine) that I have taken about 100 photos of from the front on approach, but this is the only photo I ever took at this angle. And I didn't like the original, but as with the Taj photo below, the post-processing version is much more pleasing. I just can't decide which of these two I like better.
I'm also very excited that I'm about to sign up for a weekend workshop with the photographer who has inspired my attempts at these new techniques. The workshop will include creating negatives from digital images, and printing on hand-coated platinum/palladium paper. Looking forward to the experience and the results.
"Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion." - Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie, Scene 1
". . . The future becomes the present, the present becomes the past, and the past turns into everlasting regret if you don't plan for it!" - Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie, Scene 5
"I didn't go to the moon, I went much further - for time is the longest distance between two places." - Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie, Scene 7
" . . . Other people are not such wonderful people. They're one hundred times one thousand. You're one times one! They walk all over the earth. You just stay here. They're common as - weeds, but - you - well, you're - Blue Roses!" - Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie, Scene 7