My friend and former boss Ailsa McWhinnie, Founding Editor Emeritus of the English Black & White Photography magazine, recently found herself in that unfortunately familiar condition, the dreaded shooting slump. So she headed to France's Belgian frontier for the "Hell of the North"—the classic Paris-Roubaix bicycling race—with her Mamiya, meaning to face up to her reticence about shooting strangers.
Filmwasters.com included the story of her day in a recent video podcast (Ailsa's star turn starts at 1:20 and goes until 7:55 or so).
If you've ever been in such a slump yourself, you might sympathize.
...And speaking of friends and former bosses, Ed Buziak, the Founding Editor of the U.K.'s Darkroom User magazine (renamed Camera & Darkroom prior to its unfortunate demise) is selling off some treasures from his print collection. Ed's wife Trish, always a fine free spirit, has long been an invalid, and can now move only her hands, arms, and mouth. Ed has cared for her selflessly for many years—I have honestly never heard even the shadow of a complaint from the man—but they get not a penny of help from anywhere, and Ed needs to raise some funds for Trish's continued care.
He's currently got 25 or 26 prints listed and there will be 15 or 18 more posted in the next 24 hours, including a lovely Ted Orland portrait of photographer Sally Mann and some pictures by the photo writer Tony McLean, as well as some of Ed's own. All the prints are very reasonably, even cheaply, priced. Bought one myself, this morning (Ted Orland's "Even Ansel Adams has to Earn a Living").
Ed and Trish are an ever-optimistic, high-spirited, loving older couple who live their life together to the fullest. Let's see if we can help sell out this lot, in support of a better holiday for both of them!
Here's that link again. Pass it along.
P.S. Yours truly wrote many articles for both Ailsa and Ed, once upon a time.
UPDATE from Ed: "Mike—just briefly to say 'a very big thanks' to you and everyone who has visited my site and bought prints (15 so far). Also, remarkably, visitors have also been reading my many pages of photo techniques, darkroom dodges and nature notes...with over 15,000 page impressions recorded in the past 15 hours! That's certainly up from my normal 650 or so impressions in a normal 24-hour period. So thanks to everyone again...and I hoped you also enjoyed what I have written. P.S. My wife Trish was awake most of the night—I kept saying quietly to her, 'Another print has been purchased' and she was so excited she finally said before snoozing, 'Will you put the Christmas tree up in the morning.' All the best to you, Ed.
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