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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Gadgets & Tea

My wonderful hubby just gifted me some seriously wanted & needed gadgets: a new electric water kettle and a Canon G10. I list these items in order of importance.
I am a photo nut. But to do anything well I need a good cup of tea in the morning. So water kettle comes first. Our old Krups kettle broke beyond repair (after 8 years!) and I was not a happy camper. Boiling water in a pot is OK when I am on vacation, but annoying otherwise. The electric kettle is faster and if you forget about it, it just shuts off.
I know a traditional water kettle whistles, it alerts you, but it doesn't shut off. The fact that the whistle was invented for the traditional kettle tells you something about how long it takes. You need that reminder. While I understand the romantic appeal of the traditional kettle and its simplicity, I am devoted to 'electric kettl-ing'.
We now own a wonderful stainless steel one by Aussie company Breville. Best part? You can buy replacement parts! (Only criticsim: I wish the top cover was also stainless steel.)
If you are an avid tea drinker like me , it is a pure joy to own an electric kettle. I drink tea all day long. Early Grey (I always carry a bag of Twinning in my wallet) is my favorite, but I also drink all sorts of other tea. Andrea brought back some great tea from Sri Lanka for me. And in Europe one can find all sorts of good fruit and herbal tea at great prices and I literally schlep them back by the kgs.
Making and drinking tea is a wonderful ritual and automatically soothing for me. Tea makes the world better for me.

Anyway, the G10 is great too! What a beauty. Before I went to the Arctic Circle I purchased another digital snapshot camera. Owning all these great analog cameras and a 5D, I felt bad spending extra money on the G10, and so I bought a lesser snapshot camera. But you get what you pay for. And after one night in Kiruna, the cheap camera broke. Just before we were about to go dog sledding.
I was seriously peeved. And I have been pining for the G10 since then, especially after hearing how happy Emily was with hers.
It's a great camera and really not that expensive - considering. They have a good deal at www.newegg.com.
Anyway, good gadgets! Thank you.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Nymphoto Presents @ Sasha Wolf Gallery

Nymphoto Presents @ Sasha Wolf.

A group show exhibiting compelling collection of work by contemporary women photographers from across the globe. While diverse in content, these works convey the complexity of the female gaze – the woman behind the camera. The photographs ignite a spirit by addressing a diversity of issues, which inevitably calls into question: what is feminine.

The exhibit features work by:

Jennifer Boomer, Nina Büsing Corvallo, Rona Chang, Livia Corona, Katrina d'Autremont, Jen Davis, Lizzie Gorfaine, Candace Gottschalk, Victoria Hely-Hutchinson, Megan Maloy, Tiana Markova-Gold, Debora Mittelstaedt, Maria Passarotti, Alex Prager, Beatrix Reinhardt, Anna Skladmann, Jane Tam, Malou van Breevoort, Corinne Vionnet, Sophia Wallace, & Susan Worsham

Please join us for the artist reception May 28, 2009 6-8 p.m. at Sasha Wolf Gallery in New York.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Moi

Please head over to the Nymphoto Blog for Candace's Conversation with me.


Fauna I (Ghost) © Nina Büsing Corvallo

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Nymphoto etc

I am relieved to say that Nymphoto Books: Conversations Vol. 1 went to press a couple of hours ago (Hail Melanie & Girl Power!). This project (the book, the exhibits at Sasha Wolf Gallery & the related call of submissions) have been a great experience for me and (I hope for the rest of my cohorts at Nymphoto too).
Luckily I was clueless about how much work this would be. It has been absolutely all consuming and much time is spent simply on communication, which explains why this blog has become sporadic. At times this experience has been so intense that I was getting flashbacks to really good episodes of The West Wing. Just call me Lemon Lyman -- wait make that CJ ;)
Of course we are not ridding the world of nuclear neapons but neither do we have a staff nor a cafeteria.
Anyway. I am close to delirium and have another email to finish. But please stay tuned. Better blog posts to come.