Clearing Things Up!

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Now there has been some drama regarding my use of the “m4p p0sitivity” tag, and my reactions to being called out were based on my assumption that tumblr was functioning the way it should (oops).

To start with, the reason I was using the tag was because before I got my diagnosis, I was afraid I was a m4p. I had never heard of POCD, and as a csa survivor my own had led me to constantly be afraid I was secretly my abuser. It was only through browsing the m4p p0sitivity tag that I learned about POCD, and realized almost instantly made way more sense and fit me. My reason for using the tag was with the desire to reach others with POCD that were like me.

I hadn’t accounted for tumblrs functionality, or lack thereof. I now know my blocklist for my primary does not work. That means every m4p I had blocked (which was mostly all of the recently active ones) was able to view my post in the tags. If I had known this would be the case, I wouldn’t have used them in the first place.

The second problem I had was that blogs I have blocked by my primary do not appear in my notes, even for the side. Thanks tumblr. This means I hadn’t realized the actual amount of m4p activity some of my posts had recieved. I really thought there were one or two low profile m4ps that had maybe liked a post or two and I had missed it.

Anyways, now that I know that tumblr is not functioning as it should be, I have removed the tags for the time being, including retroactively. Hopefully this will fix the issue in the meantime, as my actions are pretty limited on mobile.

TL;DR Mobile means all of the m4ps that I have blocked can interact with my sides, but it hides any notes from them. Some confusion ensued and I’ve removed any risky tags for now.

THOUGHTS ON FILM – An aspect I enjoy about 35mm film photography is the character of the medium, itself, such as grain and the manner in which film reacts to light, which is different than the way digital sensors process light. These add to the sum of the final product and become as important as subject matter, composition and exposure. 

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Emanu El synagogue, Houston, Dec. 6, 2015

Linkwood, Houston, Dec. 11, 2015

“2iPM009,” from the series Pinturas Móviles, by Magdalena Fernández, 2009. “Contingent Beauty” exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Nov. 19, 2015.

(This is a similar image to one I previously posted, only this one was made on 35mm film, rather than digital, and from a slightly tighter focal length.)

Le Sacre, by Guillermo Kuitca, 1992

Contingent Beauty exhibition, Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Nov. 28, 2015

Regina Scalzilli Silveira with her intervention piece, “Irruption” (2005), at the opening of Continent Beauty exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Nov. 19, 2015 

Students learn to press olives into oil for the lighting of the Chanukah menorah. Beth Yeshurun Day School, Houston, Dec. 1, 2015

Woven Water: Submarine Landscape, by María Fernanda Cardoso, 1994. Contingent Beauty exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Nov. 28, 2015


FILM FRIDAY – This is a selection of images created by middle school students from Houston’s Robert M. Beren Academy. I had the opportunity to teach a three-part film photography workshop with the students at the end of this school year. 

Part one involved about 10 minutes of 35mm-film-camera instruction, followed by about 30 minutes of shooting time. For the second session, we learned to process the black-and-white film (HP5+) in class. Finally, the students had a chance to experiment with film scanning, editing via Lightroom and Photoshop, then printing some of their images on Hahnemuele’s beautiful 4X6-inch and new 5X7-inch photo cards. 

The students worked in pairs and were assigned a shot list, challenging them to create images based on symmetry, rule of thirds, leading lines, contrast, repeating patterns, story and a few other parameters.

The entire group was new to the medium of film, and most had only limited experience with digital. The cameras they used for the worksop were all vintage and fully manual (the earliest model being a Contax II rangefinder and the newest being a Nikon FM), and only some had working light meters, if at all. I was impressed with how well most of the students correctly calculated exposure. 

The highlight was how excited the students were throughout the experience. Beren is a Modern Orthodox Jewish day school, known for its academics and Judaics curricula. The school was slated to invest in its digital photography program for next year, but now is planning to launch a new, full-blown film photography unit, instead. 

I’m a self-taught photographer, who only learned film a year ago. I’ve found that it’s great fun to engage kids through this medium, and it’s wonderful to see them connect with it and keep film alive in the process.

Photography has done so much for my life. It’s nice to share that with others–especially kids. 

Granddaughter and grandmother, Dec. 20, 2015