In case you missed the announcement in my July newsletter, I am starting a new project called Project Postcard. Project Postcard is a collaboration with artists from around the Pacific Northwest.  Every month one EMP newsletter subscriber will be chosen at random to receive a postcard that features a photograph from my personal work on the front and a sketch or drawing from a PNW artist on the back. Each postcard will be featured on my blog, along with a short interview with the artist.

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The first postcard, with an absolutely beautiful sketch by Seattle artist Isobelle Ouzman, goes out in a little over a week, on Friday, August 5th.  I’ll have more about Isobelle on the blog next week, but for now-if you aren’t familiar with her work stop what you are doing right now and go check out her website.  She is amazing, and I am beyond excited to show you all the postcard.

To celebrate the start of this project the phenomenal print company, Artifact Uprising, is giving away one $50 gift certificate to an EMP newsletter subscriber.  I’m sure it comes as no surprise that Artifact Uprising’s maxim, Inspired by the disappearing beauty of the tangible, resonates deeply with me.  Forays into film, letterpress, printed photographs, and now a digital newsletter with a snail mail twist…I am all about the tangible.  Artifact Uprising’s products are stunning, and I have been thrilled with every single thing I have ordered from them.  And yep, the postcards for this project are printed by Artifact Uprising.

I will randomly select the winners of both the Artifact Uprising gift certificate and Isobelle’s and my August postcard from the EMP newsletter subscriber list on Thursday August 4th at 8pm PST.  All subscribers are eligible, no matter if you live here in the Pacific Northwest or in the farthest reaches of Antarctica.  Sign up today!

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Well, the days are long and cool, so it must be June in Seattle.  I took these photos of my youngest during that bizarre stretch of hot days we had a few weeks ago, when even blowing the fans full force wasn’t making the house any cooler.  Playing with the fans was only a brief distraction from the stifling heat in our old, most-windows-don’t-open house, so I confess to being grateful for the return of our regular Juneuary days.

It’s been pretty quiet around the blog these past few months, partly because I felt at loose ends without a project to move me through the winter months, and partly because I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, with photography suspended before my eyes in a sea of misty grey.  After what feels like eons, ideas are finally starting to materialize.  The first one being my new monthly newsletter.  I’ve spent a lot of time pondering how exactly to put together a newsletter that would be interesting, a little bit different, and above all else, not not spammy.  I think I’ve figured it out, but because the newsletter is not yet fully developed I’m keeping the details under wrap for just a bit longer.  I am almost there however, and trust me, it’s going to be awesome.

To celebrate my upcoming newsletter launch, I’ve teamed up with the lovely people at Mpix to give away two $25 Mpix gift certificates. My first giveaway (!), and I can’t think of a better one to start with.  Mpix is one of my very favorite places to get prints of my photographs, and a company that I’ve been sending friends and clients to for years because the quality is fantastic and the customer service is outstanding.  I know that despite your best intentions you’ve got pictures from months or (more likely) years past languishing on your phone or computer.  This is the perfect chance to turn those pixels into something tangible, whether it be prints, books, magnets, or one of the other many options available at Mpix.  For the chance to be one of two winners, simply sign up for my newsletter by Thursday, June 30th at 8:00pm PST, at which time I will randomly select the winners from my subscriber list.

Update: The winners have been emailed. Thanks for playing!

P.S.
Check out the July issue of Seattle Magazine!

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A few weeks ago the two books that I made from my 2015 365 {film} project arrived on my doorstep, bringing the project officially to a close. I debated about whether or not to write anything here about the project at it’s end, as I don’t have anything profound to say. It was fun, it was hard, I’m glad I did it. Those are my thoughts in a nutshell, and I’m inclined to leave it at that. On the other hand, it feels like there would be something missing if I were say nothing about the photographs that occupied a large chunk of this space for a whole year. And so, I will expand a bit on my nutshell thoughts:

A year of taking pictures without being able to cheat my way through my camera settings by looking at the screen on the back of my DSLR, means that now I can make an educated guess about the shutter speed/ISO/aperture for any given situation. That feels pretty awesome.

This 365 was far from perfect. There were a handful of days here online where I swapped out the picture I took on a certain day with a better one I’d taken on a different day.  I just couldn’t bear to put anything really really dreadful out on the internet for all to see. Even worse, I’m missing a day (which, once again, here in this space I replaced with a photo from a different day). One busy, crazy day, where I had every intention of taking that film picture, but somewhere midday the project completely slipped my mind, and I didn’t think about it again until ten o’clock at night. At which point I thought about dragging out my tripod just so I’d have something, but then decided that the bazillion digital photographs I’d taken before the sun had set were just going to have to take it’s place. And I’m okay with that. Well, I’m 99.9% okay with that. Regardless, the books are completely honest, dreadful photos, skipped day, and all.

In the beginning I got asked two questions a lot. The first was: Are you going to start using film for client work? I definitely considered it. However, by the time summer came around I realized that for me it’s better to stick to digital with client work.

The other question I got was: When are you going to set up a darkroom in your house so you can develop your own film? I laughed at that question and my replies were all variations on no way, never ever. You know where this is going, right? I want my own darkroom, and it’s officially on The Someday List.

It probably goes without saying that it was hard to take a picture every. single. day, especially towards the end. There were plenty of days where my 365 was sheer drudgery, and sometimes the photos from those kinds of days reflect that. But often I did end up with photos that I adored, and would not have captured without the drive of the 365.  Pictures of my family and friends, pictures of Seattle, pictures of little bits and bobs of every day life that I wouldn’t normally stop to photograph. It wasn’t until the books were printed that I was able to see how often there was an unconscious thread of parallel colors from day to day, like in the photos above with the blue shirt and blue ice cream cup. The thread came and went, but occurred often enough to be more than coincidental.

Last of all, the photo books from this project were printed by Blurb. I prefer hardcover books with image wrap covers and Proline Uncoated paper. Blurb often has sales of 30% off or more, so I always get my books all ready, and then wait for a sale before printing them. My biggest personal project of 2016 is getting more books printed. Right now I’m working on our 2015 family book, and am going to try to do 2012 and 2010 also.  Seeing as how it’s somehow April already, I’d better get cracking.

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Unicycling in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade?  Check.  Dancing at the St. Patrick’s Day festival?  Check.  Leprechaun visit?  Check.  Festive attire?  Check.  Possibly going overboard on St. Patrick’s Day?  Nope, not possible.

As with many holidays in our house, my children receive a new book every St. Patrick’s Day. This year’s books:
Ballywhinney Girl by Eve Bunting
The Haunting of Kildoran Abbey by Eve Bunting
The Game by Diana Wynn Jones

Love this brown bread recipe from David Lebovitz: Ballymaloe Irish Brown Bread.  It’s on my to-do list for today, along with some Guinness Brownies.  Those I have not made before, but I always have great success with Elise’s recipes, and am sure this one will be no exception.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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I’m kind of addicted to taking pictures of my kids reading.  Especially during that magical time when they’ve only recently learned to read on their own.  Not the slow and methodical sounding out of each word, but that time when it just all suddenly clicks, seemingly overnight, and reading becomes as natural as breathing.

Why the British Tell Children Stories Better:  Yep.

Cadbury’s Crème Egg Café: As if all the British books of my youth didn’t already have me longing to visit London.

Golden Snitch Valentines: There were no Harry Potter valentines to be found in all of Seattle (or at least Fred Meyer and Target), so Niamh is making these for her class.

Hand Transplant, DNA, and a Broken Heart:  The Moth has an episode this week with love-themed stories, but in my opinion none of them beat this story from a few months ago.

Pacific Northwest Truffles via Woodland Keep: Wild Nettle Ginger?  Dark Chocolate Cedar?  Yes, please.

Pok Pok Som: Getting a small Pok Pok fix in Seattle, at Metropolitan Market.  Many thanks to my friend Mia for this discovery.

Chef’s Guide to Pike Place Market: No Crumpet Shop!  A glaring omission in my opinion.  But otherwise, quite a few cool sounding places I’ve never visited.

The Improbable Rise of Mississippi Roast: Intriguing.  It’s on my list to try soon.