Saturday, August 08, 2009

Standing up for what you believe in

I'm on Flickr under two separate accounts. On one of them, I had posted a photo of a polychromatic wood sculpture of Joan of Arc that I found on my travels. Recently it was given an award by someone, together with the information about the Flickr group that I could also post the image to. I joined the group, posted the image, and then read the group information. What I read runs counter to my ethics; I removed the image, quit the group, and posted about why I was refusing the "honour."

Yes, I want a large audience for my images, and want to spread info around about them. But I cannot use, and will not permit my images to be used, to support ideologies and beliefs to which I am ultimately opposed.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Someone to watch

Ranjit does beautiful things with a scanner and fresh farmers' market produce.
Some of my favorites:
eggs and radishes
greens and onions
tomato, mushrooms & greens

And he photographs, too:
Death Valley

Sunday, May 10, 2009

OK, have 4 skin designs up.

More work than I expected! Each skin for a different player/phone has a different template. Each template has a space for the skin and for the desktop artwork, and so requires placing and scaling of two images. And then each template must be uploaded separately!
I have done 16 skins (for iPod touches and iPhones: 4 different variations):
Blue Lagoon, Iceland: show what a worldly traveller you are
Stoney Creek Vineyard: for the oenophile in you
Golden Pear: one of my first still lifes
Venetian Still Life #2: Masks, music, romance.

More to come!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Being a professional is about making money

Tonight, I'll be working with various images and templates to arrange to sell some of my photos as skins to be applied to iPhones and music players (iPods and Zunes) at Stickstickbangbang.
Have just downloaded the 14 different templates I need for the different devices.
If nobody knows ya, how can you sell? Promotion is most of the biz.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

I told a number of people at work today that it's Ada Lovelace Day, to be greeted with blank looks and shrugs by many.

Today I took the women on my team to a restaurant called Le Petit Dejeuner.
I was going to take a photo of us out for lunch, and alas, forgot.

One user experience specialist, two technical communicators, and me. We work in a software company. There are seven women on our floor, and 35 men.
Most people are young enough that there is no overt sexism. For most people, there is probably no conscious sexism, either. There's just a terrible lack of women.

Really, there aren't that many more women than there were 20 years ago. This is unfortunate. Where do the problems lie? I hear from my good friend and technical hero Sandy that there weren't many more women in the engineering class she lectured within the last 10 years than when she was an engineering students.

We had one woman at work who left to pursue her PhD at MIT -- very smart woman. But I wanted to throw her in front of the streetcar when she self-deprecatingly said she'd probably never use her degree, and would likely end up "just a housewife." I'm not putting down housewives, but if you're going to get a PhD in math, why not use your brain for the betterment of many? Your children will become independent people in spite of (because of?) your brilliance in motherhood, and then what will you do for the next 25 years of your life?

I know some brilliant women in technology: Sandy. Lynn. Julia. Christine. Alice. Susan. Veronica. Yet somehow we seem not to be hitting a critical mass that is resulting in an equal balance of men and women in the work force.

I cannot but believe the questions we raise, the problems we choose to solve, and the directions we would take as corporate citizens, members of the public, and 51% of the population would change the world.

But I don't know how to get there. I hope we'll find our way.

I want to say positive things to the women in technology I know who are also photographers: there seem to be a lot of us. I raise a glass in celebration and point back to Georgia O'Keeffe, who knew her way around that technology, and used it to inspire her paintings.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Recent news

I sold a print of Golden Pear shortly before Christmas; I've been asked if some of my images can be considered for use in a calendar. If one (or more) is chosen, I'll let you know about the calendar and where it is available for sale (I'd get a photo credit, no money).