Regular readers might find this hard to believe, but...I'm moving again.
Remember Keuka Lake in Upstate New York, in the Finger Lakes region? I've sold my house in Wisconsin, which as you might remember was new to me only last Summer, and bought a small 1880 farmhouse a few hundred feet from Keuka's shores. The closings and the physical move take place late in July.
The situation is simple—I can relocate my work easily, and my girlfriend cannot. Neither one of us wanted to face another Winter traveling back and forth. (Delta Airlines stock ought to tick down a tad on this news.)
I'm going to call the new house "Eastlake," partly after the road it's on (East Lake Road), and partly in honor of Lady Eastlake, the first photography critic. (Hence yesterday's post.) A small portrait of her will adorn an unobtrusive spot near the front door.
Eastlake is beautiful, in a modest, rural, old-timey kind of way. It has a private boat launch but no lakefront, no dock, and no lake views. The reason for that is simple too—if the property were on the water, it would cost three times what I paid for it and would therefore not be mine. "Close enough but not too close" is a good thing in this case.
The move should be good for TOP in all kinds of ways. In the works are plans to have "print bins" on the porch with original work to view or buy, and, as soon as I can raise $30,000 or so (that might take a while, but I'll get there), plans are already drawn up for a separate gallery/museum building on the property that will be open to the public during the temperate months. The Finger Lakes are a legitimate tourist attraction as well as an outstanding destination for photographing, so Eastlake may host photography workshops.
Not the smallest consideration is that I get along very well with the area from a personal artistic/photographic/aesthetic perspective. I've known it was so ever since a wonderful photographing trip to Rochester several decades ago, when my brother Scott was working at the University of Rochester's Mt. Hope Family Center and I drove meanderingly up from D.C. to visit him. I might very well become much more of an active, working photographer again than I've been in recent years.
I'm personally excited to be nearer my girlfriend, of course, but I'm looking forward to many other aspects of the move as well. As I move I'm leaving my son (with his blessing and enthusiastic support—I wouldn't be doing this otherwise), a number of friends, and one brother and his family, but I'll be closer to my mother and stepfather, several East Coast friends, and our other brother and his family. And I'll be able to visit New York City more regularly to attend events and see museum and gallery shows and check out new photobooks.
I'm especially chomping at the bit to construct displays and exhibits in the postulated Eastlake Gallery. That will engage creativity, inventiveness, and resourcefulness, all of which I find immensely fun.
I'll post pictures for you once the place actually belongs to me.
So now you know why things haven't unfolded as I once said they would...life happened, and things changed for me, in a very big way. I'm going with the flow. On with the adventure! Life is grand.
(Thanks to Sherry, Linda and John, and S.)
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Chris Mielke: "I read almost every post, but very rarely comment. However the irony of this move is interesting enough to me. I live south of you across the Illinois border about 70 or so miles. You are moving some 70 or so miles from my In-Laws. I’m sure I will visit you there as much as I did all the years you lived north of me. Congrats!"
Mike replies: I hope to actually give people something to come see at the new place. It was almost embarrassing when people wanted to come here, because there's just nothing at all here to see. Hopefully I'll at least offer some fun distractions at the new place, once I get settled in.
Ed Hawco: "Actually, as a regular reader I don’t find this hard to believe at all. I think I can speak for many when I say we’ve seen it coming. Congratulations!"
Nicholas Condon (partial comment): "Hell, I moved to the other side of Chicago just last year to be closer to my girlfriend, and she was only an hour drive away from my previous place. "
Stephen Gilbert: "Jeez: I only recently recovered from the stress of the last move. :-) Congratulations and good luck."
Tom: "Now we know why Mike's kitchen was so neat and tidy. ;-) Best of luck."
Jerome: "Mike, I'm so happy to read about this. Of course it is ironic to move again, just after settling in—but the next move will be much smoother. And with such joyful things to look forward to, moving isn't a burden at all. Life is wonderful, isn't it!"
Olivier Anthony: "Now it all makes sense, and I can stop wondering why your kitchen was so impeccable on the picture you posted! Congratulations on the new adventure."
Marcelo Guarini: "WHAT?????"
David A. Goldfarb: "Moving twice in such a short period of time is crazy [yup —MJ], but it sounds like a great move. I love the Finger Lakes Region, and being close to Rochester, Eastman House, and everything up there (not to mention the girlfriend) can only be a good thing for TOP. Good luck!"
Yvonne: "As entertaining as your posts about disastrous travel in winter were, I'm happy that you will be spared those kinds of adventures in the future. Like others here, I can't say I'm surprised about your impending move, and I wish you much happiness for the future."