Friday, December 30, 2005

Camera as Paintbrush

At the end of the summer, I wrote a blog entitled, Playing with Light. At the time, I took images of moving cars. I mentioned that I would return to this work where I used the camera as if it were a paintbrush.

My partner, Harry, put up some Christmas lights, and I took the opportunity to work with this colourful material.

Browse my Camera as Paintbrush Series website where you can find 12 of over 40 images from this body of work.

Other Lights

There are a number of people who have brought light into my life during the past year, and I am delighted to share with you their Web presence. Anne Charlotte Riley is a creative SEO (Search Engine Optimization) specialist, editor, and writer. Browse her site to see the success she is having in refining and improving a wide range of websites. She works with the brilliant Web designer Kathryn Presner of Zoonini Web Services.

I have known Fred Herscovitch for over 30 years. Fred is a talented artist and writer who resides in Toronto, and when he comes to Montreal for a visit, we usually have an interesting get-together to discuss our work and to catch up. His wife Mara is also an accomplished artist. I recently had the chance to view some of her exquisite paintings on leather. I hope to see her work online one day.

Dr. Evelin Gerda Lindner is an amazing woman who heads Human Diginity and Humiliation Studies, anchored at Columbia University. She has just been named recipient of the 2006 SBAP Award for Applied Psychology for her unique research and independent project management skills, as well as for her international presence as a well-known, committed, and multidisciplinary advocate for humanity in a global society. Her work on the effects of humiliation on individuals and communities has made a significant contribution to the study of peace.

Dr. C. M. Yogi is the principal of Hindu Vidya Peeth-Nepal, founder of the Shanti Sewa Ashram, and patron of Youth Society for Peace. He offers youth programs that nurture humane respect for all life, human and non-human. I am impressed with the quality of consciousness that he instills.

I met Zsolt Szigetvari and John Connolly this year. They are founders of a new human-edited Web directory called Zenome. Not only can editors and referrers develop a knowledge base in the directory, they can also transfer their commissions or Zenome Points to a charity. It is this synergetic business application that appeals to me and demonstrates their insight into doing good in the world.

When I mentioned my Guide in Humane Awareness to Dr. Paul P.T. Wong of the International Network on Personal Meaning, he kindly and immediately offered to publish the eBook. Browse the INPM site to find research and resources related to advancing health, spirituality, peace and human fulfillment through research, education and applied psychology with a focus on the universal human quest for meaning and purpose.

I wish my readers a prosperous, healthy and happy new year. Shabbat Shalom!


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