We're in the middle of the current "Baker's Dozen," featuring 13 (well, actually I cheat a little) readers' pictures on a certain theme. This theme, which was interrupted midstream by some personal issues I had, is "It Must Be Color," a difficult and, it turns out, contentious concept. I've published seven so far (including Chester Williams' "The Goodbye Kiss," which is, effectively, the 13th selection), and will publish the remaining four later this week.
This is probably overcompensating/overreacting, but the next Baker's Dozen will be very simple:
That's it. Yellow.
If you want to submit, send an 800-pixel-wide JPEG saved in sRGB to me at mcjohnston at mac dot com with the subject line "BDyellow." Just like that, exactly:
When it comes time to edit, I'll search my email stack for "BDyellow," and if your email doesn't have that subject line, I won't see it. So please make sure you use that exact subject line.
This new theme was suggested by Robert Heller, who said about his "It Must Be Color" submission above: "For the last several years, I've given myself the assignment to shoot the color yellow—not just lemons or daffodils, but in a more sophisticated, thoughtful way." If you were one of the more than fifteen people who submitted a "yellow" picture for "It Must Be Color," your entry will be considered for this new Baker's Dozen—you don't need to resubmit unless you want to, although you may. I'll be looking for variety and originality in building the set (in addition to sophistication and thoughtfulness).
If you want to play, maybe get into the mood by listening to Coldplay's "Yellow," the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine," The Innocence Mission's "Bright As Yellow," the Raconteurs' "Yellow Sun," Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi," Tangerine Dream's "Hunter Shot by a Yellow Rabbit," Dolly Parton doing "Tie a Yellow Ribbon," Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow," or, if you like jazz, Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington doing "Yellow Days." If you're in a dippy mood, you might even venture into my favorite song from when I was in fourth grade, Donovan's "Mellow Yellow" (but beware all the potent flower power in that one). Especially because he's a major photography collector, we should give a nod to Elton John for "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," too. Which means we also need to include Captain Beefheart's "Yellow Brick Road" of course...
...Okay, I should stop. :-]
(Thanks to Robert)
P.S. A new "Baker's Dozen" call means some real fun for me, because I really enjoy seeing your work. To paraphrase something Thomas Jefferson said of reading, I have a canine appetite for looking at pictures. Thanks very much if you sent me something for "It Must Be Color," and thanks again for your patience waiting for the other shoe to drop.
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David Aiken: "Another getting into the mood musical suggestion for jazz lovers: Eberhard Weber's 'Yellow Fields' from the album of the same name. I really like Robert Heller's photo."
Eolake: "Oh! 'Bright As Yellow' is one of my favorite songs of all time! The video is beautiful too. And amazingly they managed to make it without showing a speck of yellow, which I could not have managed."
Peggy C.: "Or, how about yellow movies? My favorite, the 1949 John Wayne movie, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon. Hmm, I think tonight will be movie night. Off to make some popcorn."