Still sitting in my robe, all day looking at and reading Fárová's amazing Sudek monograph as well as once more studying Volume II of Le Morte D'Arthur, “The sweetness of love is short-lived, but the pain endures,” for obvious reasons pertaining to the text for what is becoming a project of genuinely colossal dimensions, in more than one way.
139 negatives, of various sizes, from 11x14 - 35 mm, are awaiting respective prints. The cold and rainy seasons are here (good time to be in the darkroom for long hours) and B&H just delivered 500 sheets of paper to my darkroom at the Lake — time to get out of town for a few weeks and print.
Little Did I Know is now a 20x24 inch, elephant folio, work-in-progress which I anticipate will grow to a couple hundred pages (good luck carrying it). It's going to be a unique object that I doubt could ever be published commercially.
Sounds good to me. Publishing is annoying . Let someone else do it, if someone ever thinks such an act would be well advised. I just want to make more work.
20:43, 14 November 2012, San Francisco
Last day of summer. Two ideas died today. What a tragic embarrassment in Georgia. More updates: Little Did I Know.
21:52, 21 September 2011, San Francisco
Sitting on the porch looking at the Lake, marveling at light of a full moon playing across the water. A full moon on the day I begin my 56th year, enjoying the fruits of a harvest now long in the past. So many crops coming in at the same time this late summer evening, I enjoy harvests. However, after visiting a vineyard today, with camera (they, as currently demonstrated, kept giving me wine, bottles of it), I've also managed to upload the updates I mentioned yesterday. At least I've uploaded as many as I'm going to get to tonight.
22:09, 11 September 2011, Lakeport
They're picking the grapes now. So I apologize for not getting back to those of you who sent emails, especially those who sent emails asking about print and book sales. But, beyond recovering from surgery last year, fully integrating my new darkroom, and spending much of my time writing, my general goal has been to hang around local wineries making portraits of the workers and having fun participating in the "Crush".
However, there are still a couple books remaining, but only a few, and prints are, in fact, available. I have a Paypal account, so if you're interested in making any purchases, I'm now, more or less, back in the World and pledge to keep up with everything in a timely manner.
I have been printing and photographing, so I'm also including an update on the photographs page of this site.
Unfortunately, I am still without any sort of 11x14 scanner. And the majority of negatives I've lately printed have been of that format. So I'm, as of yet, unable to include any of those images.
Okay, enough for now. Time to head up the hill to The Moore Family Winery.
Saturday 10 September: 13:55, Lakeport, California
For those of you who've emailed asking, Saloonatics is nearly sold out. The publisher and I both still have some copies, but I don't expect them to last long. And for those same folks who have been asking and emailing, I haven't gotten back to you because I'm basically off the planet, have been and will continue to be until after I recover from some nasty little surgery I'm having on my battered spine.
But as soon as I'm at least partially recovered, I'll get all the books that have been requested in the mail and on their way.
Beyond that, thanks again to all of you who contributed to the release party being such a success. I hope you all had fun.
Friday 8 October, 22:24, Lakeport, California
"It's Alive!" Okay, finally, the book has arrived, and the Release Party has been scheduled, Click Here. The first weekend in August at Live Worms, in North Beach is where all the silliness will take place.
I'm going to have around 150-200 of the original prints on the walls at the gallery. As it turns out, it's sad but still wonderful that photographs of so many of those we've lost from the Saloon over the years will be part of the exhibition.
So come drink wine (red only!), listen to live music Saturday afternoon, and check out the book and pictures, if you have the time or inclination.
Thursday 15 July, 00:25
So, the most recent projection is that Saloonatics will be published/released around the holidays. Stay tuned for the next delay.
Tomorrow is Tower of Power — One more time.
Thursday 24 September, 11:03
The book Saloonatics is moving along, at about the pace all such printing projects move. Late summer/early fall is now what they're telling me.
Mostly, however, I'm whiling away at Little Did I Know and just trying to keep caught up with film processing and proofing, which isn't easy.
But I've printed a few negatives and scanned the prints, even though I don't have a specific place to put them at the moment. So I'm just including them on the Photo page.
Tuesday 16 June, 8:19 p.m.
A few more pictures from and for Little Did I Know. However, most likely, they will seem out of place and incongruous. That's because the text that will accompany them, and on which they will rely, isn't ready to be posted yet (not that I actually intend to ever post the full text, perhaps it's me who isn't ready). But I thought I'd go ahead and post the photos anyway, just for fun, and for Aunt Retha
And, not that anyone reads anymore, but I've also updated (edited) the text of Little Did I Know and posted such, at least the first snippet. There's a lot more that's already been edited, but I have my doubts that anyone reads what's already up, so why contribute to the existential clutter?
Saturday 22 November, 12:27 a.m.
Okay, I'm back — got home late last night, and, as of today, the contract has been signed to publish Saloonatics. However, I don't know much more than that at this point, other than that the projected date for the finished book is Summer 2009.
I'll let you know more as I learn more about the details from the publisher, like content, length, and so forth.
Also, I have, literally, hundreds of pictures (an entire drawer full of film) for Little Did I Know from this summer which I only just finished processing. I haven't even proofed all of them yet. But I'm working like a senseless drone on the stuff, so I hope to be able to begin posting new work in the next few days.
Other than that, summer is definitely over and it's time to get to work.
Monday 8 September 11:59 p.m.
So — I'm slowly getting pieces of Little Did I Know up on the site. However, my earlier plans have been revised. I'm writing so much, each day, that it isn't realistic to post the text as I go. There just isn't enough time to get it site-ready. But I'm getting more of the photographs printed and posted; however, without the accompanying text, some of the photos might not make sense or have any context, but, trust me, it'll all,eventually make sense, maybe even to me.
But the new work is, and I'm pleased about this, becoming something of a comprehensive scrapbook, one that will include photographs by photographers other than myself.
Anyway, back to work for me.
Tuesday 3 June, 10:51 p.m.
Okay, back to work after a temporary wrong turn, "Got a one-way ticket, goin' the wrong way."
And today, it's into the darkroom to work on photos for Little Did I Know.
If I have time this evening I'll post what I print today.
Monday 19 May, 1:58 p.m.
Also, to pick up where I left off yesterday, I seem to be happily ending up with quite a few snapshots that people send me through email and this website, so I thought, just for fun, I'd create a page for some of them. I'm going to title the group and page Apocryphia, although, obviously, this material won't be all that hidden.
And the reason I'm doing this is twofold. 1.) some of you may find yourselves in one or even several of them. 2.) Being the remarkably generous man I am, I want to provide, for my friends, an effective modality and soporific with which to combat insomnia. (for now, however, I'm just going to post thumbs. I'll put up larger versions the 1st . . . the first chance I get)
So I figure a few moments spent looking at my photo album/scrapbook on any one of those sleepless nights that all of us at least occasionally experience will put you directly to sleep — it's the least I can do.
Plus, I genuinely appreciate receiving the pictures. And those that are of me making a photograph with one of my monster cameras are always interesting in that I'm continually surprised by just how much attention one of those big machines mounted on a tripod draws.
Also, a warm farewell to Lil as she heads back to Australia this evening. The City, myself, T, John, the music, the CJO, Union Square (with its free internet access), the weather, and the 21st floor, among many others, wish you well — until you return, via Sydney?, London?, or Dublin?.
Wednesday 30 April, 12:44 p.m.
Okay, the first page or so of Little Did I Know is now posted, along with a couple of photos.
However, there are already quite a few more pictures: printed, negatives ready to print, and negatives waiting to be processed that it may take me a while longer to get on the site, especially since this week is already pretty well filled up with other things (like finding out if I have to have my hand operated on, for one; damn it's slow typing these days).
Also, this is an experiment — I'm posting the text as it's being written.
Well, maybe not as it's being written, exactly, but, more importantly, without any editing, or at least very, very little, yet.
Typically, I wait until that moment of completion before I go back and do any serious monkey-ing around.
So I'm flying without a net here, because a couple of you, a couple whose opinions I really trust and value (hell, they're professors, their opinions should be worth something) nearly demanded I do so. But I think it's going to be fun and interesting. I might as well take advantage of this new tool — websites — and see what might come of a new way of working.
Tuesday 29 April 2008, 12:53 a.m.
Too much film to process, too many phone calls: I'll get the new posts up as soon as possible. And, I know, it's April, not March. But these days it's an achievement for me to even figure out what day of the week it is — and the weekend is here again, it seems just like yesterday.
Friday 25 April 2008, 3:13 a.m.
So, I've made a decision — by semi-popular demand, I'm going to start posting portions of the new, major opus-type, super-seminal work I've recently begun. Several of you have, first of all, complained that there haven't been any updates for quite some time (for reasons better left unspoken), and, additionally, after reading the first couple pages of Little Did I Know, and this is the semi-popular demand part, you same generous souls have encouraged me to use the new work as the source of future updates; therefore, I acquiesce — particularly given that you correctly reminded me of the value multiple readers can contribute to the writing process.
However, what I'll be posting will be, essentially, incomplete snippets of what will eventually be the final draft. Some elements of the work will be temporarily omitted for what seem to me, compelling reasons.
Nonetheless, given all the fun, pleasure, and peace that has been so much a part of the last week or so: the hand (and because some of you asked on Sunday, here's part of what the piece of paper before me says, "Right hand, comminuted, index, proximal, phalangeal fracture; and right hand, transverse, index, metacarpal fracture." I'll stop there before I loose my self-control and conference call the police and my attorney), joyous revelations, and then yesterday's funeral, this seems an appropriate time to revel in an escape and a new beginning (can you say that? new beginning?).
So, after I process film, beginning in about ten minutes (I just got back home, time to get started), I'll post the first installment of the new book. The photographs that accompany the text, however, given that the next few days are already booked with other pursuits, won't be ready until sometime next week.
Also, I met Stephen Phillips the other day while photographing down at the port and, depending on your perspective, he was either kind or cruel enough to post three pictures on his website that, in spy-surveillance style, documented the event, such as it was. If you want to check them out, go here: http://www.pbase.com/joyoflight/image/96068962
Thursday 24 March (April), 2008, 6:22 p.m.
Well, there a few new items that I've recently managed to get posted: a photograph of Blues Power that Ron had me make, possibly for the cover of their new CD, which I'm thrilled is finally in the works; also,yet another photo of my buddy David on the Saloonatics page; and some new/old photographs on one of the Trinidad, and other stories pages.
Other than that, it would appear that I'm going to have some extra time from now on to devote to bonefog, so check back whenever you're terminally bored.
Thursday 6 March 2008, 3:23 a.m.
New Saloonatics scans, the 11x14s I promised, are on the Saloonatics thumbs page. Some of them date back two or three years, but, as I mentioned, the bed on my scanner is too small to accommodate anything larger than 8x10, so I'm using the tools at Rayco to get some things done.
Rayco, on 3rd Street, is a great photographer's resource and gallery, check 'em out.
Also, I've been receiving numerous complaints about the S.F. Chronicle article. They range from some people upset with the fact that they weren't included, their photographs, I mean, to others offended by the fact that more photographs of women weren't included.
Well, just to clear things up, I had NOTHING to do with designing the article. My sole contributions were the interview by Sam Whiting and delivering to them a box of more than one hundred prints, from which THEIR photo editor chose.
I never saw the article until I went and bought a newspaper the day it came out.
And, as I think most of those who know me and my work clearly understand, there are probably as many photographs of women in the collective body as there are men.
Plus, many of the photos of women are among those I most like myself -- had I had anything to say about it, the photo spread would have probably been about equal, women to men.
So, I'm sorry to those of you who were somehow offended; however, I had no control over the final choices and design. Actually, I didn't have any control at any point during the process.
Tuesday 19 February 2008, 5:09 p.m.
Road Noise is coming together, the text that is. I'm still behind on the photographs, but plan to catch up soon.
New Saloonatics stories should be up within the next week, and new Saloonatics scans, of 11x14s which are too big for my scanner, should be posted by next week as well — Oh, and Trinidad 11x14 scans will come with them also.
Wednesday 6 February 2008, 2:33 a.m.
Well, I'm starving to death at almost 3:00 in the morning, however, I've managed to post another significant section of Road Noise, so I suppose I can go get something to eat now. Thankfully, I live in a town that functions 24 hours a day, so the choices are considerable.
But this new section of Road Noise includes a trip to Laredo, Texas and one of the stinkiest, slimiest bars I've ever been in. It would make the Saloon seem like the Ritz Carlton. Although, I've never actually been to the bar at the Ritz, here in San Francisco, but Julie tells me it's wonderful, and that we should spend some time there, especially since it's just kitty-corner from my apartment.
The section on Laredo, however, does include a nice accounting of the prostitutes there at the truck stop, as well as my comical interactions with them.
Unfortunately, I was unable to manage the time tonight so that I could post the photographs that accompany the text — but soon.
And the text my have some farts in it yet. I'll go over it more thoroughly in a couple of days.
Now, however, I need some gruel and then some sleep.
Also, I learned today that three of my Saloonatics photographs are going to be included in the new Third Edition of Robert Hirsch's book Photographic Possibilities. It will be some time, of course, before the book actually comes off of the presses, but, for me, it's something more to look forward to.
3:16 a.m., Saturday, January, 19
2008 — okay, time to have some fun, or I suppose I should say "more fun".
And thanks to all of you who sent messages, through one form of communication or another, regarding the 23 December '07, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Saloonatics article. Now it's time for me to get the book published, which, at its best, is an arduous, lengthy process. But I don't really have anything else to do (except expose a few thousand more sheets of films and write a couple million more words), so I'll try to make it fun.
Also, since so many of you complimented what you saw of it here and asked about seeing more, I'll start putting more Road Noise text and photos up beginning later this week. However, there are 653 pages of manuscript, so it will take a while, about as long as it will take a long, long time to ever, if I do ever, get the whole thing posted.
Wednesday 16 January 2008