Pretty sure most of you read Joseph Heller’s book CATCH-22. Well today I had a Catch-28! Called Amazon and explained my name was spelled wrong in my Amazon book listing and the publisher’s name was wrong. They said no problem…please hold. I was on hold for four minutes and decided I should water my basil…which I did…still on hold. With that Peter Poremba, the CEO of Dynalite called and I abruptly told him, I’d call him back. Seven minutes into my hold, Al Stegmeyer from Upstrap called. I also blew him off. Their music was starting to drive me crazy so I decided to go brush my teeth. Still waiting… I gargled. We are now 12 minutes into the hold and I figured well… I’m in the bathroom…. Now 15 minutes into it, I decided to take a quick shower. I quickly, jumped out of the tub and wrapped a towel around me and my friend Sam Garcia called. Also blew him off and said I’d get back. Went outside, still waiting, I watered my tomatoes, and went back into the studio. With that JoAnne asked me where I had been? I simply said I’ve been on hold. Twenty four minutes later, the lovely lady told me there was nothing they could do about it and to call the Publisher and tell them to make the changes. She said it would probably take till July to implement them. The first line in my new book FILL THE FRAME is six months ago, I was 20 years old. That’s how fast life is…light speed plus. Time is like gold – more valuable than material things.
One of the greatest advantages of being a working photographer is the travel. I’ve been blessed and lucky to literally travel around the world more than once. When you travel, you meet people, and 90% of the time, the people you meet are unbelievably fabulous. In 1984, I had he privilege of being one of the pool photographers for the Olympics in Los Angeles. It allowed me to meet up with many of my old friends from SI and work with George Long, John Iacono, John Zimmerman, and the list goes on.
I’d buy the book, but I have to sell about 20 photos to pay for it!!
Take care and stay well,
I met an extremely bright and creative (at that time he was assisting) photographer by the name of Alan Levenson. Suffices to say, Alan when onto an unbelievable career in photography, and he’s now one of my favorite portrait photographers. His environmental/corporate portraits are great. Alan was kind enough the other day to purchase one of our new books, “Halloween.” I will attach his email to the bottom of this blog. Alan lived through the last part of the Golden Age of photography. His words are to the point and unfortunately, quite true. But who knows. In moving ahead in the digital world at light speed, we, as a group of photographers, may transcend time and in going forward, we may go backwards. Now, if that sounds like I’ve been drinking in the afternoon… I haven’t. As a matter of fact, to all the ships at sea, I’ve decided to put the alcohol down for six months to a year. Well… like Lloyd Bridges said in Airplane, “Looks like I picked a bad week to quit amphetamines.”
Thank God! No photos of me… that’s good. Ira, I had a great time too.
Thanks, Joe D.
I want to thank you for hosting a great day in Chinatown. Scoring a press pass and shooting inside the barricades was an incredible experience, and I had a blast.
You said at the start of the day to try to take 3 photos that we would not typically shoot. Here are 3 that I shot today that I have never come close to achieving before now. Thanks for the inspiration and the access.
My friend James O. Wilson Jr. recently sent me some beautiful photographs that he would like to share.
Hello Joe and JoAnne,
Hope you’re in good health and high sprits wherever you are. I love that your never static. True vagabonds, without the negative connotation of course. As you already know, I’m not a social media guy. I’m great at starting emails, but they almost never go past the draft stage. Which reminds me I better keep this short (smile). I was in Spain in September and October. And since December, here in UAE. I miss you guys and would love to return to Cuba in April, especially with the easing immigration policy, but my schedule won’t allow it this go around. I’m sure the trip will be one to remember. That’s all for now.
Looking forward to attending a workshop when I return.