Posted by: David Vernon | May 1, 2009

Friday Wraps

Scenes from a Garden

Happy May Day everyone. So far May looks no different then April – but I have faith. I took a little walk around our property down here in rural Delavan-land today – it’s definitely a beautiful time of year as evidenced by the mad-flowering going on. Onto some Friday wrapiness…

¶ The fine and lovely British folks at Moo have finally gone and done it. If you’ve not heard of Moo before (and really how is that possible?) they are makers of unique cards and the like. They started with a pleasantly odd-sized business card – and have branched out from there. I’m still entirely enamoured of the business card however but here’s the think. They’re British. They live in like the United Kingdom. So while they can get my order in like seconds it seems to take two weeks for the British Postal Service to walk the cards over here to Illinois. But now – NOW! – they have an American operation – in Rhode Island – and BAM! shipping prices are reduced and shipping time is reduced! I love it.

¶ For those of you – like me – that harbor the fantasy of someday doing the mega huge, mega-awesome, mega-slick photoshoot – well envy Mr. Ben Baker and check out this interview and behind-the-scenes look at a shoot he did for Fortune Magazine. I’m not sitting by the phone waiting for the call – but I am sitting by the phone  and debating what kind of pizza to eat – right after Fortune Magazine calls me next year

¶ The Peoria Art Guild has a show right now featuring the photography of Peorian Elijah Sansom. Called “Community Connections”, it’s a look at something a little unique for the PAG and Peoria – specifically it’s a documentarian’s peek into life in the African-American community. Sansom has been photographing daily life and special events now for a long time – and (as the joke went at the opening) he did have film in the camera. The show – in the main gallery – runs through June 13. He’s joined by the wonderful sculptor Sandra McKenzie Schmitt.

¶ Hey – if you’re an Art Guild member, the “Members” show is coming up in about seven weeks. This means its time to start thinking about what work you want to submit. Any Guild member is eligible to put a piece in the show. Check out the details right on the Art Guild’s main page. You can also get information about this year’s 8×8 show. Last year’s exhibition was very successful and this year’s should be every bit as good. There’s links to prospectus’ for both shows at the link above.

¶ I look for the hidden message almost everyday now. Here’s today decoded iteration from gifted American photographer Sally Mann. If I keep hearing this – I might get the message eventually.

In fact here’s a little quote I came across earlier this week – from another Peoria photographer about to embark on a photographic mission. Good luck to Ron Orman who’s head to the wondrous Rocky Mountain School of Photography for the eleven-week Summer Intensive Workshop. The quote: 

“I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.” – Christopher McCandless – Into The Wild

So many reminders. Such a big jump sometimes.


  1. Gotta love those bleeding hearts.

  2. OMG!! I can’t tell you how excited I am about the Moo cards. My business cards are the full sized cards from them and I have been lazy about ordering new ones (I only have one left!) and then behold! Now I can afford more and it wont take so long to get them! Woot!

    Oh – and if you haven’t read, “Into the Wild”, you should. It is a really interested (and in my opinion extreme) way of nonconformity and the idea of being a “free spirit”. I think Chris McCandless read too much Jack London. But certainly everyone could use a fraction of that spirit.

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