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I love that your work so often inspires lengthy dialogs. Isn't that what art is supposed to do? Congratulations on a good piece.
I'm happy with my piece. I think it's a really good start, and a good opportunity to get to the heart of something.
I love the fact your work inspired that whole conversation. Not terribly helpful when people are yelling at each other and at you, I know, but still, a good conversation about democracy itself? Worth it.
I bit my tongue and remained quiet, I simply shared the article, because I always appreciate your work. The dialogue (I'm being kind, I know) around it I also followed, yet continued to stay silent, while silently authoring my own dog in this fight. It will appear soon. You keep up the good work and I hope you didn't take the ugliness that was thrown at you personally. The Ur Doin It Wrong Culture needs to die. Conversations, on the other hand, that's a good thing.
excited to read your dog.
In all of this, nobody's said a bad thing about my photos, which makes me happy. Hopefully I do good work and it inspires people to talk about things and we all get to know one another a little better.
excited to read your dog
I totally love this sentence for how nonsensical it sounds until you read the preceding comment.
Not a direct response, but part of this blog piece
responds to the Slate article.
I hadn't seen that one. It's very good. & a good insider view for the outsider
Cool! Yeah, I thought it was nice. I'm kind of an inside-outsider :P.
2014-02-18 06:35 pm (UTC)
The Erin photo is gorgeous
I may have gone to school with her, actually.
There's probably some overlap in membership, but there's also the SLA - Special Libraries (Librarians?) Association. My cousin is in it and possibly is on the board. She's the librarian for the American Philatelic Society. I should put you two in touch.
She's also a runner.
I am not a librarian, but I work in a library.
I wear glasses throughout my shift because otherwise I really can't read fine print. I wear my hair up in a bun because I'm too lazy to do my hair properly and I have a lot of it. I wear scarves and cardigans constantly because as a theater practitioner, I tend to be in places with high ceilings (cold) but at work I'm in a basement (hot). I'm white, female, and sometimes my hair has gray streaks.
So I look like the stereotype of librarians, but I'm not a librarian. But I work in a library.
People of a generation older than me look at me and love to barrage me with complex research questions requiring knowledge of databases, journals, special collections and I don't even know what else. I always say, "let me get you a better source of help," and then run and get my supervisor.
My supervisor is 10-15 years younger than me, with a partially shaved head, tattoo sleeves, piercings, and he wears tight t-shirts and skinny jeans. He looks like he should be tending bar at a rock club in a basement in the Italian Market or Fishtown. He has a masters in Library Science and loves helping people with research questions.
Inevitably, the person looks at him, goes into shock, looks at me, then back at him, then back at me again, then back at him. Then, before they can blink, he's halfway through solving their problem.
and they're grateful, and they walk away happy.
So, yeah, watching perceptions change is fun.
Also, I love, love, love the contrast and composition of colors in this photo of Erin Berman.
I love your pictures and I love Ingrid's article about it.
In particular her "If you think you can do better, don’t complain. Don’t bitch. Don’t Tweet. Go do better. Go make something better. Go create something you wished you would have seen. There’s room for all of us here."
Also: I love librarians.
2014-02-25 06:54 pm (UTC)
Librarians are some of my favorite people, ever
I know a whole bunch of them. I have an associate's degree as a library technician, and worked for a few years in our county library system, which (at the time) was the third largest in the country.
Librarians are AWESOME.
And your photos are so very gorgeous. The only thing I probably would have done differently would be cropping out that one guy's half-open fly.
(Lee & I actually talked about this the other day, and how frustrating it is when people get angry at you for doing something utterly awesome differently from how they would have done it... when they wouldn't, or couldn't, have done it themselves.)
2014-03-05 05:23 pm (UTC)
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