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    Confession of a squid

    I suppose I should introduce myself properly, but be warned I donít have the capacity for a mature easy going hi yaíall.

    I did the high school yearbook thing, went to Brooks, and disintegrated.
    I split into a hybrid art/journalist/documentary type and went against the grain of the school and in many ways did not learn my craft. Then with a headful of myself I went straight to New York and fell into a frozen bay. Three different New Yorks, one LA, and one Seattle apt./portfolio/assist screw up later and I GreyHounded myself home again with nothing to show
    for it but mental health?

    I then decided to become an alcoholic painter, and basically
    dropped out. By the time I woke up and thought Iíd better get back in there,
    studioís were computerized and expensive beyond my means. I was too old
    to fit into the scene of upstarts, and too broke to compete with the big guys.
    I know, excuses, excuses.

    And so on, and so on. I shoot tons of stuff, but it lacks originality. The
    best thing I ever did was in Calcutta. But most of my things in the states
    are ho hum landscapes, somewhat improved by shifting away from Ansel
    and more toward Robert. I did pyro for two years, and went back to D76
    for the whites. I prefer 5x7 over 8x10, so I can enlarge and actually see
    the reason I carried the thing. No shows have ever panned out, thousands went into thin air shooting stock, and the only reason I think I keep doing
    this darn thing, truck is loaded with 4x5, 5x7, 6x9 for tomorrows cross country skiing foray into yet another stupid snow and rock picture, is that
    itís all Iíve got. The bottom line for me, is that I simply donít try
    smart enough. Hard work is foolish without channeling good ideas into
    works that stand out, and maybe, just maybe, Iíll actually apply myself
    one of these days.

    There. Now you know what a 51 year old teenager sounds like. Oh, and
    another thing. That avatar is Hans Arp. Iím looking like that a little more
    everyday.

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    Nice intro...and welcome

    I'm looking a bit like Hans as well..
    Matt's Photo Site
    "I invent nothing, I rediscover". Auguste Rodin

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    welcome, start up a gallery here so we can see your work.

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    Hi Alden, welcome from a 49 yo teenager!
    Steve

    "You don't need eyes to see, you need vision" - Maxi Jazz

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    A belated welcome to a late intro; too much of what you say cuts quite close to home here, but never mind I started a new career (about the fourth I think) at 55, so you have plenty of time yet.
    Regards Dave.

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    welcome

    i thought you looked like hans arp, but i wasn't sure

    don't forget to have a little fun !

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    Welcome Alden. I can say that being a member of APUG has helped motivate me a lot, has taught me a lot (especially about vision), and I'm finally becoming focused in my craft. I hope and believe it can have the same effect on you, if you want it.
    I'm only 36 and wasted two careers so far. Nothing like starting (over) late, but it can be done.

    - Thomas
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    Sounds like you're gonna fit in just fine. Welcome!

    Joe
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    "Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive" - Howard Thurman

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    welcome and thank you for such an excellent introduction.

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    Hi Alden, I too see a lot of myself in your intro. I went back to University last year at 46 y/o, I'm the oldest in the class but hey....
    Look forward to seeing your photographs.

    best wishes
    Tony
    regards,

    Tony

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