Read: Newport Journal

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So my wife had a show. In other words the world stopped, tilted on its axis, wobbled, and then began to make corrections. It was only the most important show in the history of humankind. She’s been working on a series about a mysterious figure in a cape. The series dates back at least twenty-five years. Shot all over the world. Morocco, New Mexico, India, Sicily and California. She printed about a dozen images, mostly the 16×20’s ish size, and then had a number of smaller prints that weren’t mounted or fixed to the wall. People could actually pick them up, sequence them, which was interesting to see. She also had an iPad on a tripod with a wider edit. It was intriguing to see HOW people consumed.

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She asked me to make a few pictures, and yes I caught some flak from people for using my little Fuji. She works for Canon. I could have used my 5DIII, which is the best digital camera I’ve ever had, but I’m WAY too lazy to carry that thing. The location isn’t the best lighting conditions, so it was a challenge shooting in the space. I went straight to 3200 ASA, ISO or whatever you want to call it. Snap, snap, snap-snap-snap. Only it’s silent, so I added the sound myself.
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What was truly amazing, and proof of how popular my wife is, is how many people drove down….on a Sunday….from Los Angeles. For those of you not familiar with these parts just let me say this isn’t a trivial decision or task. EVERYTHING about life in Los Angeles hinges on traffic. How bad do you want it? How are you on patience? How much time do you really have? You would think “Oh, it’s a Sunday, how bad can it be?” BAD. Sunday guarantees nothing. In fact, in the summer the weekends are perhaps the worst traffic days, nothing shocking there. But people came. They also came UP from Laguna, another tall order on a beautiful Sunday when you know the beach is the place to be. To those of came from afar, much appreciated. Great seeing all of you. Also, I failed to mention that there was ANOTHER important person in attendance. The sister. Flew down from the Bay Area for the day to support her big sis. Way to go sister!
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When these things go down it’s a reminder of how nice it is to share work with friends, but it’s also nice just seeing people who live so close yet are so difficult to gather. So many of us spend so much time on planes, in cars, etc. Sometimes the most difficult thing to do is go see your neighbors. Shows like this are reason enough to reengage.
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My wife asks more questions than any human being ever. Ever. So when it was over it wasn’t really over. Not for me. I woke up this morning to an eye staring at me, and an endless series of questions right behind. This was the first show in many years, but I have a sinking suspicion it won’t be the last. Congrats Suge.

25 Comments on “Read: Newport Journal”

  1. There really is not much more to add to this post other than you are the greatest…you make me think, make me laugh, you continue to surprise me and always make me feel loved…. there really is not much more in life than that…Thanks Suge!!

  2. I am not surprised that so many people made the effort to come to Amy’s show opening. Even in LA/OC. Especially in LA/OC. This show is as much about Amy’s work (and it looks really wonderful, Amy) — but also about the wonderfully generous Amy.

    Congrats on the show. Was there in spirit, if not in person.
    All best
    Eileen

  3. Congratulations Amy! Flemming and I were very much wishing we could have been there. If we’d been in LA I would have totally made him drive while I pretended to DJ.

    Hope we’ll be in the vicinity next time 🙂

  4. Great article ! Amy is amazing and even though I didn’t officially meet you but by this article and your support I can tell
    You are just as amazing! Her photos are beautiful. It was a great turn out and was so good to get together with old friends. We’ve all known Amy for over 20 years. She’s taken photos of me Years ago and I cherish them. Amy is beautiful and talented and I’m so happy for her. Congrats Amy

  5. Dan, You are still one of the funniest writers I know. Love your observations and point of view.

    Amy, I wish I could have seen your work. There. In that space. That Dan captured so well.

  6. What a great ‘catch-up’! Thanks. Beautifully photographed (by both of you), Beautifully spoken (by both of you), it felt like I was there. Sorry I missed it. Came back from Antigua last night at midnight, and already up and about 🙂 Please try me again for the next show, and I believe there will be another. Keep it going Amy!!!

  7. ohhhhh WONDERFUL Amy …. sending so much love & fuzzy gorilla hugs from the CONGO to you both XX

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