the personal fables

Current Mood: Calm

Once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain, when you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what the storm is all about.” —Haruki Murakami




the personal fables

photo shopping

A: So yeah I keep having to rework photos that I get, or else they’re totally unusable like they have a giant watermark across them or they’re too small or something & it’s really annoying

N: what’s with the watermark, they’re basically wasting your time or saying, don’t use my image at all

A: people overestimate the number of times you will ask them for the same thing, like, if I am working on something, I can’t email you 4 times asking for the same image, hi-res, with no watermark, I’m just going to use a different image that somebody else gave me

N: I know sometimes people use my images and they make changes to the image by cropping it or whatever but I’ve been on the editor’s side of it and it makes sense like they have their reasons

A: exactly. It doesn’t really matter what the photographer likes best, it’s what the editor wants that matters and being cooperative is important. Nobody should be mad about it, we’re already a stressed out bunch of volunteers and bichazzness is not welcome

N: especially now that everything is a camera.

A: rite? Remember that tv commercial we saw for the mobile device that “takes the best low-light party pics” and then they’re like, oh yeah it’s also a phone, like how do people type on those things, forget about spelling. Apparently we’re not even concerned if it’s an effective tool for communication. Everyone talks with their pictures now, so everyone’s essentially a photographer

N: so funny about images being altered for the press, like everyone’s so aware of photoshopping nowadays like it’s some taboo

A: like if someone buys a dress I designed, and decides to put rhinestones all over it, I’m not mad.  Actually I’d be relieved that I don’t have to hire a freaking bedazzler dude to put them on there for you.

N: yeah I know it saves the effort

A: Yup, I gonna bedazzle your photos if I think they need it, except not bedazzle but rather, the cooler thing of putting it into a story that makes sense.

N: nobody knows how to make stories with pictures like us

A: Right, lot of them don’t even get it when it’s presented to them, cause they’re head is wrapped up in their part of it- understandably sometimes

N: Yeah the photographer sees what they did or else what they meant to do but can’t always edit their own work because they’re behind it

A: Well I’m looking for the ones who can do it so I don’t have to.  But be stylish about it and timely both in delivery and timely like the style is relevant to the current time. And having their own studio helps.  These are attributes I’d appreciate in my future colleagues.

N: Sounds good

A: that’s all ye need to know

the personal fables


The Guy in the Glass Poem

By Dale Winbrow

When you get what you want in your struggle for self,
And the world makes you king for a day,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that man has to say.
For it isn’t a man’s father, mother or wife,
Whose judgement upon him must pass,
The fellow whose verdict counts most in life,
Is the man staring back from the glass.
He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear to the end,
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test,
If the man in the glass is your friend.
You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But the final reward will be heartache and tears,
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.