Monday, November 9, 2009

NY Times Lens blog



I've lived long enough to know I don't have a clue what's coming next. I've always been amazed that some people can make five-year plans. Hell, I can hardly make a five-minute plan! Tonight is a perfect example.

Yes, I'd known since late September that Jim Estrin of the NY Times Lens blog was interested in my self portraits project, "Falling Into Place." We'd been in email contact, but it wasn't until he came up to me at the Burn gallery exhibit at David Alan Harvey's loft in Brooklyn on Friday, October 9, and said he wanted to interview me for a blog entry, that I knew he was serious about showcasing my work. Two weeks ago we'd had a good hour-long interview by Skype, and a few hours ago we completed the process with a fact-checking phone call. But I must admit I was surprised when he answered my question about when the post might run by saying, "At 12:01 am tonight."

If I were to say this is a dream come true, I'd be lying. I could NEVER have dreamed my work would be featured on the NY Times Lens blog! This is unimaginable. But there it is. I can't ignore the fact that it is up and running. And Jim's words touch me deeply. He is such a gentle soul, a truly compassionate man. The link is:

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/09/showcase-74/

There are so many people who are behind this miracle, foremost being David Alan Harvey who mentored me on this project from the start. Without his encouragement, skilled edits, and belief in the worth of this project, I would have given it up long ago. And all the photographers I've met on DAH's original blog, Road Trips, on his "Photography Magazine of the Year" Burn magazine, and earlier on PBase.com...all of whom have helped me hone my skills and find my way in this new-to-me world of photography. Even the iconic photographers Mary Ellen Mark, Eugene Richards and James Nachtwey have supported me in this work. God, I am so lucky.

So now it is 1:30 a.m. on Monday morning. I wonder if sleep will find me tonight. Right now I'm still vibrating. I always say that life is an adventure. Well, my friends, tonight I know that it is. Oh yes, it most certainly is.

12 Comments:

Anonymous audrey bardou said...

Congratulations!!! I'm very happy for you....

Night-night,
XO!

November 9, 2009 at 2:15 AM  
Blogger Ari Baiense said...

Hello Patricia!

I am very glad to see the results of your efforts, and wishing to see the book ready soon!
You are an amazing person and hopefully we will meet someday.

All the best!
Ari

November 9, 2009 at 2:55 AM  
Anonymous db said...

brilliant patricia.. very happy for your achievement.. well deserved..
much love

November 9, 2009 at 3:19 AM  
Blogger contact said...

Congratulations, Patricia! Next step will be in hardcover... ;)

Abele

November 9, 2009 at 4:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats… you rock, Patricia (or should i say, you techno?)
this is a much deserved recognition.
now let’s wait for that book.
am i the first one to place an order from Portugal?
and how about an exhibition?

Carlos Filipe

November 9, 2009 at 5:04 AM  
Blogger mk said...

Still moves me. Nice work and congrats on your "Lens" appearance.

Cheers,
Mike

November 9, 2009 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger anna maria said...

the work touches me every time i see it. congratulations on the lens blog...but mostly i'm just happy that so many more people will be able to see your intrepid self portraits.

wishing you the best,
anna maria

November 9, 2009 at 7:46 AM  
Anonymous Laurel Beyer said...

Congratulations! I am so glad that so many thousands of people will read and see what an amazing, strong and vibrant woman you are and will be inspired by you - as I am.

Go well, my friend
Laurel

November 9, 2009 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger wendy said...

so happy for you,
for your vision
and
inspiration....
go
Patricia
go......
xox

November 9, 2009 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger wendy said...

so happy for you,
for your vision
and
inspiration....
go
Patricia
go......
xox

November 9, 2009 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger vasofoto said...

So happy for you Patrica, it is well deserved as it is one of the most honest series of pictures I have seen.

Kudos come back to NY soon!

-Vasilios

November 9, 2009 at 4:02 PM  
Anonymous db said...

pat - your email is bouncing back my reply - so here it is
"hi pat..

ahh - it's more than a pleasure to see you getting out there and winning praise.. i really hope it leads to a publishers door for you.
i'm certain david has some good news for you.. it seems so from the blog ..

tor capa is very well thanks.. he's much better.. now it will be mine and beates turn to have it.
tor starts nursery next week and so we are actually quite relieved that swine flu is out of the way.. is he was going to get it, much better he had it now than after.

much love and please - let us know how things with any publishers go..
xx"
catch you on skype soon i hope..
d

November 11, 2009 at 3:55 AM  

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