Friday, February 19, 2010

Gabriel Orozco

I really like how Gabriel uses photography in his notebooks. He uses a common ballpoint and writes in ideas, thoughts, and observations in an organized block, like comic book or architectural handwriting. He uses a 35mm camera and a point and shoot then has the rolls printed in 4x6. Here's an artist using photography as a medium sometimes and using it as a sketch book. Check out his house he designed (photographed by Iwan Baan)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Pleasures of the Text

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Originally uploaded by lexly87 aka Duc N. Ly

The Pleasures of the Text began as my curiosity of there the reader's mind goes when he/she is lost in a book. It is the same look that video games have? That concentrated gaze. When some one is lost in a book, it's hard to get their attention. It makes photographing them a bit easier as they are not aware of anything other then the book that engages them. In this high tech culture, the printed page is vanishing. I foundly remember the bookstores I frequent at lunch time which no longer exist today and marvel at the places that still survive. I regret not documenting these places before they disappeared. Some places still have high ceilings and floods of light into the skylight. Other places are dark and dingy and seem to represent that part of our brain.

Cherry Blossom at Papaya Thai

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Originally uploaded by lexly87 aka Duc N. Ly

I had the big camera out which gathered a crowd. Then took this one with a digital camera. It happened to be in front of Papaya Thai restaurant. The family talked to me for a bit during diner. They had a huge painting of Can Tho. I might go back to make a picture of it.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

flash fiction

Date: Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 11:57 AM
Subject: [writers-HdSwkTFR] New Meetup: Close Reading - Poetic Devices - Selections of Flash Fiction

Announcing a new Meetup for Reading Like a Writer: Book Club/Writing Workshop!

What: Close Reading - Poetic Devices - Selections of Flash Fiction

When: Sunday, March 14, 2010 6:00 PM

McMenamins Tavern & Pool
1716 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 227-0929

This month, we will be reading several pieces, each very short, and each very free. In this way, we will not bogged down with discussion of 'plot' or logistical confusions, so we can focus upon language, visuals, and emotions. We will compare and contrast each piece, and how effectively each uses poetic techniques to enhance its narrative.

I've attempted to be diverse in my selections:

Jack Anderson's "Calamitous Dreams", part of the "Traffic: new and selected prose poems" collection. (If the link doesn't work, you should be able to find it yourself through Google Books.)

T.S. Eliot's "Hysteria"

Ernest Hemingway's "A Very Short Story"

Raymond Carver's "Little Things"

I encourage everyone to print these out, read and re-read, and annotate.

Learn more here:

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