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I think I am at my weirdest in the morning and in the kitchen. Today I stood on a stool and turned in a circle while my bagel was toasting and imagined that I was 7 feet tall in my kitchen for about 5 minutes. I have the slowest toaster oven on the planet. Then I cut and ate a mango. I am beginning to understand the subtleties of mangoes after this, my 5th mango in the span of a lifetime. There seems to be a thin line between the three stages of mango, green, ripe, and rotten on the inside. What I may never understand is the amorphous and chaotic center-of-the-mango that you just can't plan for. Where the fuck is it? Why can't it just stay in the center of the mango like you would expect? What does it do? It seems to exist for the sole purpose of making mangoes more dangerous to chop up. Why is there an e in mangoes?

I went to an informational meeting by these folks, The American Society of Media Photographers, about being a photographer's assistant. I think it would be an awesome job for me but I have no sense of how realistic it would be for me to find work as one. At the meeting I won the door prize for one free day of studio rental at a place called Orbit Studios. This is evidently a fancy schmancy nice deal. I looked at their website and even their smaller studio is 400 dollars a day, the larger ones going for 600 or more. I am going to post here and on Facebook looking for friends of mine who are photographers who want to share the space with me for the day free of charge and are willing to help me a bit since I have never used a studio for taking pictures and I think it would really help to have some studio shots in my portfolio whenever I actually have a portfolio.

I have been stupid sick for like two weeks and I'm tired of it.

The chickens are ready for winter to be done and so am I.


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Feb. 23rd, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
So fucking tired of being sick, coming up on the end of month 3. BALLS.

I actually hate mangos for that very reason, and I tell everyone I am allergic to them.

I mean, I *am* allergic to mangos.
Feb. 23rd, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the win! Are you looking for subjects to photograph as well? If so, Caitlin and I would volunteer.

Remember, even when there are few jobs available in a chosen profession, doesn't mean you won't find work. If you're good--and you are--and pleasant to work with--and you are--you can be successful. So don't let limited job availability keep you from following your dream. I will never know if I would have been a great interior designer today or not because I didn't have the confidence in myself to pursue it once I heard it was a tough field to crack into. I've always regretted that.
Feb. 23rd, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
I agree, I LOVE Elise's long picture posts. I will happily grab a sip of something and spend 15 minutes pouring over a photo entry.

And, Annon- you should still consider interior design! A tough field to crack simply means that you have to be awesome at what you do and driven at the same time. If you're willing to work hard, you really can make anything happen.
Feb. 23rd, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
I would but I am 43 now and 22 years into another career, not to mention deep underwater in a mortgage that I can't get out from under, and trying to get a BA that will take forever to earn. Can't follow dreams unless I win the lottery or something else fabulous happens to free me up!! But to all you young-uns who don't have dependents yet, you shouldn't let anything hold you back.
Feb. 23rd, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
Sorry, that was me.
Feb. 24th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
Once I discovered frozen mangoes, I have ditched the fresh ones. You never, ever have to deal with peeling or chopping or unripe or overripe. They're always perfect!

That is such a nice door prize. Have fun with it!
Feb. 24th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
Want me to connect you with our photographer friend Dan for conversation and tips on how he uses his studio time?
He's the guy who does most of Walking Shadow's production photos. He's also laid up following knee surgery, so he might be keen for some chatting.
Feb. 25th, 2011 06:36 am (UTC)

They are such a sexy fruit. And once you figure out the 'right' way to cut them, they aren't so difficult to deal with. There's a way to figure out where the big pit is by looking at the stem and the line on the opposite end. Then cut parallel to that line about one cm to each side of that line. Once you have the halves on either side of the big pit, slice the fruit into cubes inside the outer skin with perpendicular cuts. Turn the skin inside out - presto! Delicious mango cubes!

Notboyfriend and I always go hunting for mangoes wherever we are.
Feb. 26th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
I third your & the chickens' vote to finish off this winter-bitch like NOW already.

Just sayin'....
Apr. 13th, 2011 07:13 am (UTC)
Love your site man keep up the good work

Apr. 13th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
Couldnt agree more with that, very attractive article

Apr. 21st, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Hmm. One of Mike's friends is a photog's assistant and he works (or interns, but I'm sure he gets paid for it) at an ad agency. I can say with confidence that his photos are no where near as good as yours. If you searched job postings and/or contacted ad agencies/studios/PR firms, etc., I bet you could find something.
Nov. 2nd, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
Love your site man keep up the good work

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