Had a good talk with Dr. Gary this week. Again getting down to the essence of the work and get out there photographing, experimenting with the camera. Went out with my old 35mm Nikkormat and +HP5. Going out to-day again. Need to venture past the entrance to HWY 138.  Symbolic of crossing the threshold. Had a good talk about the passion of the image making process. Asked Dr. Gary if for five million dollars he would put down the camera and never have anything to do with image making process again? Said he’s going to anxiously mull it over. Still having course anxiety, feels like information overload, trying to get it all done in the time allowed and not succeeding.

Had a good 1-2-1 with Jesse. Good conversation, but 20 minutes way too short. Much to my dismay session was not recorded. Spoke about some interesting things and would have liked to revisit the recording. Discussed CRJ and contemporary photographers in context of “new to me” as apposed to new to the scene in present day. Suggested I look at the work of Bromberg and Channarin. Who took a piece of photo paper crumpled and exposed it them developed it into an image.

Course is very anxious ridden for me right now on a creative level as well as on a personal level. Creatively, still struggling with making it all into a co-hesive whole, putting the pieces back together after tearing them apart. Much like a puzzle dropped onto the floor, then having to put it back to-gether again if I can use that as an analogy.

Caloric restriction report: Up to Saturday 8/11

Caloric restriction going very well. Lost three pounds. So I am down 12 lbs since I began around 7/09. Walked 5 miles average this week. Bench Pressed 2X this week. No food cravings, average around 1500cal per day sometimes a little more sometimes less. Very happy with progress, Been 5 weeks so far little more than than 2 lbs per week which is what is recommended.

Charts courtesy of:  www.myfitnesspal.com



Had an early morning seminar with Dr. Stella and a few of my co-horts. As usual it was very stimulating seeing the work of others and being able to present my own work in progress. I mentioned that I am attempting to get in touch with Ed Rusha. Dr. Stella said she met him in Santa Monica when she was there at the 18th Street Art Centre as an Artist in Residence.  https://18thstreet.org/about/ He was DJ’ing a gig. So that may be a nice story to tell him.


Ed Ruscha’s – Every Building on Sunset Strip.- 1966                                                                                                    I was very stimulated by this piece, and figured something like it may be very valuable to me for my own project: “Pearblossom Highway (HWY 138) Start to Finish.”  It’s still a working title so I am going to incubate on it for a while. Conceptually it will be a physical and metaphorical journey into the California Desert and out the other side. Hopefully more productive, opened minded, and a little self discovery won’t be out of order either,  My 1500 calorie/day fast is a spiritual preparation for the journey. This is week two

Had a response from Dr. Gary about my CRJ, commented on light text with dark background, not ideal from computer screen. I changed it to light background with darker txt. Looks good. waiting for comment on critical content.

Fast going well. Have a weigh in tomorrow and see how it’s going.  Will set up a report of the process.  Had a good “office” with Dr. Gary this week. Honed in on some of my images for HWY 138. Quite surprised that he was so knowledgeable and perceptive to the information on the image such as the DSC code and the Zoom position.

DSC= DSC Digital Sony Code. The top railway track is the Zoom position. Very strange indeed as this is a very early ‘LEICA’ camera,  the Digilux Zoom made in 1998. Also it was made for Leica by FUJI, using sony parts.

I heard somewhere once that SONY is the ruler of the roost, and in this case it seems to be so, especially if the code, maybe even the chip is a SONY product.

Dr Gary used a strange word. He described the image as “Stinging” in other words it pricked his attention. I found the word odd, but liked it as opposed to the regular old:  “Good, nice  or I N T E R E S T I N G….” (the worst in the bunch) so Stinging was a way of describing it that I particularly liked. I may even appropriate  the use of it my self.

Fast is going well. On week two. Down from 232 to 230 lbs this week.

Graph courtesy of Myfitnesspal.com
Graph courtesy of Myfitnesspal.com

Down 5lbs total since starting two week ago.