Friday, February 19, 2010

Opposional Blogger Syndrome

A new version of the DSM came out last week and I've found a name for my affliction, Oppositional Blogger Syndrome.

The characteristics of this syndrome are repeated and sporadic bursts of blogging, with promises to never again let so much time lapse between posts.

There may also be promises of grand and excitingly creative daily posts (e.g. photo blogging).

No offense to anyone to who's reading this but let me be honest, I'm not doing this for you and that one other reader out there. I'm doing this for me because I desperately need to find a way to channel daily creativity. Some might say that's ridiculous considering I'm a professional photographer but shooting for a job is more about problem solving then creativity.

Maybe signing up for a daily online photo + journaling prompt is in order.

I'm thinking of doing this: The Poetic Eye, Point & Shoot Journaling: Daily Inspirations

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Katrinka Site--Tis Live!

The Amazing Shanda, of Pixel Soup Creative, just launched the new Katrinka site she designed. I love it.

Please check it out!

Friday, January 22, 2010

A Generation, past.

My Grandmother, Helen, my mom's mom, died yesterday.
I rarely saw her, was never close to her and therefore didn't know her well so to say I'm mourning would be dishonest. I do however feel sad for my mom, my Aunt Sheila and my Uncle Jess.
They lost their mom and that, regardless of your age, has got to be so hard.
Sometimes I think about my own death. Leaving this world will is something I fear becuase it means I'll be leaving my Xander alone in this world. Regardless of how old he'll be, a grown man I hope, it makes my heart hurt.

Helen, my Grandmother.

My Mom, Sheryl, and my Grandmother.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Xander's school does an annual MLK march but this year it was canceled because some whackjob called the middle school next door threatening to kill kids.
Recipe for canceled march = SWAT everywhere + buildings on lockdown +o ne stupid psycho with either a love of prank phone calls or a serious mental disorder, potentially both.
So the march was inside the school, which was a bummer.
I had planned to be the MWAC (mother with a camera) with the mad professional flare and skills but alas, I only made the 5'o'clock news.

1 Giddens MLK March_January 15 2010-2
Love, it's good!

2 Giddens MLK March_January 15, 2010
This boy is apparently haunted by vampires. Peace is all he wants you blood suckers!

no vampires detail

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Today was grey. You get that. Today was also a helicopter day.
We often have these in our neighborhood.
I have to figure out whether how I'm going to pick up Xander given SWAT is surrounding the school, which is right next to his.


My client Kate at my studio.
Canon 5d

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

YesToDay. A Delayed Project Start.

I'm pretty confident the readership on this here blog is non-existent and that's okay because I'm writing and posting images here for myself--if someone decides to watch, swell and consider this a big old welcome shrug.

So after many years of looking for a project I have one, a very simple project.
A photo a day.

I've titled my project YesToDay--tis a combo of Yesterday and Today (posting a 'yesterday' image is my slacker safety net) additionally, this title serves as motivation, a JustDoIt of sorts, Yes (I have to do this) ToDay.
Disclaimer: I'm a quality over quantity sort, but for 2010 producing quantity, no matter how crappy, is the goal, and just so you know, there will be crap.

Because we are now 13 days into 2010 I'm going to post what I have of 2010 here in this post.

01/01/2010.  Sleeping off last year.

01/02/2010. Ice cream as a we broach the topic of what's to come. "Xander, I think today is Saturday and the day after tomorrow is Monday. Do you know what happens on Monday? Vaca is over." It was really Sunday.

01/03/2010. The ManChild is a huge fan of puddles. He wears his helmut in case he falls into the puddle. iPhone.

01/03/2010. Plain and simple. The sun, a welcome sight.

01/04/2010.  What's the deal with street shoes? I decided I should at least aknowledge it, after passing it by for over 2 months. Turns out this shoe is currently occupied.

01/11/2010. This is a view from a playground around N. Lake Union (aka Vultan Land). The spire in the background holds a special place in my heart.
When I was in Jr. High, this place, I think it was then called The Temple, was a club of urban legends. The sort of legends that would make anyone put down Judy Blume's book Forever. Yes, they were scandelously juicy tales.