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Magnolia, Texas
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photography (well,duh!),margaritas on the rocks, cooking with reckless abandon,
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hammock tester, part-time flamingo-watcher
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"So I am turning over a new leaf but the page is stuck". Diane Arbus

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Its been a YEAR??

by Valerie on 01-05-2011 at 03:52 PM
Dang! My last post was a year ago... time flies, huh?

Well, as mentioned in the last post, I decided to keep track of hours spent in my darkroom. I added up the tic marks on the wall for a grand total of ... 101 hours. Sure doesn't seem like much. I have to remind myself that this represents darkroom hours only, not time spent shooting or teaching. And there was only one month that no dkrm work at all was done--certainly an improvement over anything in the past when I would

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Darkroom time

by Valerie on 01-26-2010 at 05:47 PM
I read somewhere that one must spend in excess of something like 25,000(?) hours doing something to become truly skilled at it. It has me thinking about how much time I spend at my photography. Not enough, I know that much.

So, in lieu of a New Year's resolution, all year I'm going to keep rough track of my darkroom time (not including shooting time). As of today, I've spent 15 hours in that glorious space. Not too bad, really.

As for what I'm working on, its the Fofofest

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Strange vibes in the air.

by Valerie on 09-27-2009 at 10:50 AM
Well its been a long while since I've blogged. Actually forgot about this until someone recently mentioned it. So here's what's up: I'll be attending the Fotofest Meeting Place in March. No portfolio yet. How's that for insane? I am working on it (when I have time). Many negs, even more ideas. But not one single finished piece. It will get done-- it always does. The question is how high my stress level will go to get there. I am personally confident about what I'm working on and constantly

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Students' views

by Valerie on 02-16-2009 at 08:53 PM
So I'm sitting here grading student essays and sipping wine. The assignment is one I give every semester: visit a gallery or museum with a photo-based exhibit and write your thoughts. It is always wonderful to read how a few are turned on to art/photography.... most of these students have never stepped foot in a gallery or museum before this. I want them to see photos "in person", not via book or internet.

But this semester..... how amazing... gratifying... to read these

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Ike aftermath

by Valerie on 09-17-2008 at 05:09 PM
THe hurricane dealt us a direct hit. Massive destruction. The images from the coast just break my heart. Here, with power supplied by the generator, we are only inconvenienced. Cleanup will take a long time, but we've had no damage to the house or cars and, more importantly, to ourselves.

I've taken lots of digipicts, but will venture out with a real camera soon: the lovebugs that gather along the sap rings of the just-sawn tree trunks, the tomato hornworms that ravaged my tomato

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