May rolled in to me on the shores of Cape May this year. We got there Friday the 29th, and greeted midnight Saturday amidst old movies on TCM and Justin Timberlake memes on Facebook. It's gonna be May, all right.
The night before we left, I had a production shoot on the "Late Night With Johnny P" show. As always, the show is recorded in front of a live audience at the beautiful CTV Staten Island studios. Great guests, including actor and comedian Sean Kanan, comedian F.U.D.G.E., the magic of Timothy Paul (who was also really very funny by the way), and kicking some rock and roll ass, Killer Joe and the Late Night Band. It was a great show, and as always, I
enjoyed shooting for the show. Now I just need to work sharing the photos on my website into my schedule. By schedule, I mean by using my very poor time-management skills. I will get them out there, but first I have to finish editing the photos and send them to Johnny.
I also met Manny Anzalota, AKA "Mr. Ferrarii: Taxi Driver to the Stars", on the set. A couple of years ago, he unknowingly picked up Tom Hanks hailing a cab to Brooklyn. That's a long story you should read on his Facebook page :) Another night, Brandon Stanton of "Humans of New York" fame was in Manny's taxi, and Brandon featured Manny in one of his photo stories. I do believe that is how I became friends with Manny; I read his story on HONY and requested him as a friend. I love reading the passenger stories! Boy, do I have some for him if I ever hail a cab and he pulls up to the curb.
Then there's the Kickstarter campaign John and I are planning. I have been working on this for months, and talking abut it even longer. Again, poor time-management skills. However, it's not to say I get nothing done; I just have so many things to do that I don't always know what to touch first. The dishes, the screaming conure, the GoPro monitoring the robins' nest and hatchlings under the deck, my coffee, the laundry, the plants, watching tutorials, just whatever. You'll never catch me being completely lazy during the daylight hours. Maybe later at night. I have a lot of TV to catch up with that I know will never happen, though I'm betting I could watch lots of things on the treadmill at the gym. That is, if I ever manage my time well enough to get out the door and to the gym.
By the way, many of you might be wondering what happened to that paint-and-sip franchise in which we were getting involved. It was not just talk, by any stretch. This was a serious venture that took up a lot of my time. We did a lot of research, spoke to a lot of people, and saw a lot of real estate. My business partner and I decided a couple of months ago that the risks outweighed the benefits, in a nutshell ("Help! I'm stuck in a nutshell! How did I get into this nutshell?"), and have since moved on.
Speaking of the Kickstarter, if you're wondering what it's all about, it's not only about creating new art, but it's about sharing a lifetime of photos with the people in them. If you have visited my website, you know that there are links to my photography on the page. I have always been in love with the camera, and I have recently left the healthcare industry to focus on my passion for photography. I could go back, but I won't.
John and I want to start a photography business, and we are looking for some start-up capital to help with expenses. This Kickstarter originally began as a way of creating some oversized wall art that was gallery-ready, but it has become something much more than that.
In 1999, while everyone else was partying as it were, I was attending college and taking classes in Visual Communications. During this time, I purchased a small digital camera. This led to a bigger digital camera, which led to a better digital camera. Seventeen years later, even I cannot even begin to imagine how many digital photo files I possess.
A lot of the photos I took went unseen by the folks in them for several reasons. The main reason, I suppose, is that editing and sharing with everyone would have been overwhelming and cost-prohibitive. There were no big cloud storage units in the sky; even a few years ago, there was a limit as to how much you could store without paying a fortune. It is much less expensive now, and as you can imagine, I have hundreds of thousands of photos that have never been seen by the folks in them.
I also have an external hard-drive with FIVE YEARS WORTH OF IRREPLACEABLE MOMENTS AND EVENTS. Having this hard drive repaired is of the utmost importance, and when it is repaired, I would love to share the photos on it. There are photos of so many loved ones who are no longer with us; I would love to return their memories to their friends and family as well.
Our Kickstarter backers will get great rewards for helping us out, including access to the photos that would otherwise be lost to lack of funding. You see, sorting out a lifetime worth of photos to share with the people in them is a tremendous undertaking, and the time that will be involved cannot be measured. If we can raise enough money to cover all of our expenses, we will be able to produce the projects that are promised in the campaign.
Of course, there are hundreds of analog photos along with an untold number of negatives, and I know for a fact that I have only a fraction printed of what's on those negatives. If I had the resources, I could restore all of those photos as well.
I'll be posting a link to the first draft of the Kickstarter campaign; for those who would like to give me any constructive criticism, there is a box on the landing page where you may leave a comment. When I'm ready to let you preview it, I'll post the link.
If you've ever seen me with my camera, I likely have photos you want to see, so keep an eye on my blog for updates!