Wednesday, December 31, 2008

(Year in) Review

Took Uncle Al to see Australia today. He really wanted to see it since they premiered it across the street from our hotel in Sydney. I wanted to see it too until I kept reading all the bad reviews it was getting. I went hesitatingly but since Uncle Al bought me the Canon g10 for Christmas I figured it was the least I could do and I'm so glad that I did. I can't think of a better way to spend my last afternoon of 2008. I expected a corny love story; all pink-orange sunsets, dramatic music and the big kiss, and there was some of that, but what I didn't expect was a truly political movie. Good on ya' Baz for tackling Australia's history of racism, colonialism, and oppression. Also for giving us strong female representation, not just Nicole, but many of the supporting characters both Black and white.
This was indeed an epic story about love. Romantic love for sure but more importantly love of family, love of country and love of self. So I'm very happy that me and Uncle Al finally made it to Australia this year both to the country and the movie. Happy New Year!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Espada de Dos Filos, Latina Voices: California – New York

The Usual Suspects is currently on view at the Ruiz gallery at Arte Americas in Fresno, CA.

This exhibition will feature contemporary Latina artists from California and New York. Approximately 20 artists, 10 from each state, have been selected to participate in this unique show that culminates our 2008 exhibition schedule. Espada de Dos Filos will examine, reveal and highlight the voices of contemporary Latina artists.

Arte Americas, 1630 Van Ness, Fresno, CA

Exhibition runs December 16, 2008 – February 14, 2009

Friday, December 12, 2008

Wish List

So its that time of year again, to make a list and check it twice. Here are some of my favorite things for the photographer or photo enthusiast in your life.
I love this Lomo Fisheye camera. Lomo has a range of fun toy cameras out like this one and even remakes of old classics like the Diana.
Also for all you young collectors out there Juliana Beasley has a holiday print sale going on. This is a great opportunity to snag one of her photographs for an affordable price. Rona Chang is also offering prints for sale. Get'em while the getting's good!
I've already got my signed copy of Amy Stein's new book Domesticated because i predict they will sell out soon. Aperture is also offering 50% off gift subscriptions so get one for a friend, I've got mine already, thanks Mike :)
Happy Holidays!