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RE: F295 symposium long synopsis

	About 4 years ago we were in St. Louis and the one restaurant that
advertised bison steaks was out the night we went!?!?  I am lusting after
them.  Wanna Fed Ex me some frozen?  Just kidding!

-----Original Message-----
From: Christina Z. Anderson [mailto:zphoto@montana.net] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 6:41 PM
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: Re: F295 symposium long synopsis

Ahhh, I wish I knew wines--I just know what tastes good but not why. And I 
really prefer the dry red.  This one made my mouth pucker.  Thanks for 
giving me the correct name so I will check the local wine shop and see if it

is there!  As well as that other name, below (which is probably out of my 
price range...)
Oh, and let me tell you about the homemade cannoli (sp) and the stuffed 
banana peppers and stuffed eggplant and pasta....YUM.  We have adequate 
Italian food here in BZ but not great. but our fresh bison steaks are 
awfully tasty :)

Christina Z. Anderson
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "BOB KISS" <bobkiss@caribsurf.com>
To: <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 4:23 PM
Subject: RE: F295 symposium long synopsis

> Thanks for the synopsis!  Wish I could have been there!
> The wine you had, if it is, indeed, from Montepulciano, may have
> been a Vino Nobili (de Montepulciano).  It is an extremely deep red/garnet
> color and very full bodied.  It is know as the poor cousin of Brunello di
> Montalcino, considered by some the King of Italian wines.  But I have 
> always
> enjoyed Vino Nobili with spicier or richer Italian food when in 
> Tuscany...a
> gutsy wine!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Christina Z. Anderson [mailto:zphoto@montana.net]
> Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 5:42 PM
> To: Alt List
> Subject: F295 symposium long synopsis
> Dear All,
> Back from the F295 symposium in Pittsburgh
> (http://www.f295.org/symposium2009/  and I have to say I was very 
> impressed.
> First of all, I was unaware that F295 has about 2000 (!) members.  That's
> triple this list serve....Second, Tom Persinger runs a tight ship--aside
> from a technical glitch or two (when does that not happen) the speakers
> spoke on schedule and all were excellent lecturers--not always the case at
> symposiums, conferences, seminars.  Being an excellent artist does not
> always correlate with being an excellent speaker....but these speakers 
> were.
> There were 9 of them as you can see on the website.
> Third, it is so energizing to be in a group of like-minded, somewhat
> anachronistic people as we are.  When you get right down to it, there 
> aren't
> many of us and so many times it is a VERY small world, with so and so
> knowing so and so invariably.
> I mean, how many of us out there wax poetic about pinhole or alt process?
> Not many.  How many of us go out to dinner and set up a pinhole camera to
> take pix of the meal out?  Apparently Nancy Breslin is doing this every
> restaurant meal she eats for a year.  How many people think to plop a wet
> plate collodion teeny plate in a Holga like Gayle Stevens does?  They were
> adorable.  How many people think to take the Lumenprint/Jerry Burchfield
> process/POP photograms and apply it to the salt print, exposing salt 
> prints
> outside for hours upon hours to get gorgeous, velvety prints like James
> Hajicek and his partner Carol Panero-Smith? They were really beautiful in
> person--their work as well as themselves. And Joe Babcock with his pinhole
> suitcase camera took the group portrait, very fitting.
> We got to see Robb Kendricks' Cowboy project, and when I saw it in 
> National
> Geographic I had no idea the extent of his project on the North American
> Cowboy--and the fact that he has a full custom trailer that he tows behind
> his vehicle that has a stainless steel darkroom in it.  I think that is 
> what
> I especially enjoyed is each speaker's (and most conference-goers') 
> intense
> commitment to her/his process of choice.
> Which reminds me that in the bestseller book on Outliers it says to become
> an expert at something takes something like 10,000 hr---don't know the
> particulars of how that figure was derived but I can believe it.....
> We got to hear Dan Estabrook talk about his work--I've always loved it, 
> and
> had just showed the video on him to my alt students, but his lecture was 
> way
> better than his video (BTW a DVD I really like as well is What Remains 
> about
> Sally Mann--doing her large wet plates. She went way up in my estimation
> after seeing that DVD).
> It was so neat to see people in person I only had read about/seen work in
> books--Martha Casanave was in my gum class and I have always loved her
> evocative pinholes.  Finally got to meet Jill Enfield in person as well as
> Jesseca Ferguson.  Elizabeth Opalenik gave a really great lecture about
> mordancage and her journey with the process all these years.  Jerry
> Spagnoli, Mark Osterman and France Scully-Osterman...Mark who had just had
> the pleasure of meeting Judy Siegel at none other than the TruthBeauty
> show...like I say it is a small world. Michelle Bates showed her great 
> body
> of Holga work, and she has this little teeny weeny rolliflex digicam that
> she hangs from her neck that must be about...1x1x2"??? Martha Madigan 
> shared
> her work so extensively and from the heart, it is just so much better to
> hear an artist talk about their work over the whole of it like she did and
> Mark did because you get a much clearer picture of the whole person and 
> not
> just an image or two. Oh, I could continue on and on but you get the
> picture.
> I loved the city of Pittsburgh--very photogenic.  Wish I would have
> scheduled a day for photographing :(
> And the food is EXCELLENT there and quite reasonably priced!  Zarra's
> Italian restaurant was so good I had to drag a group back there the next
> night.  Driest red wine there I have ever had (Moltepiciano??? might be 
> the
> name).
> The Carnegie-Mellon University is also a great site for a conference, and 
> a
> mile or so from the hotel so it forced us to exercise twice a day.  Lots 
> of
> great little places to eat surrounding the hotel so a car wasn't 
> necessary,
> especially since the hotel shuttled us all over if we needed it.
> Pittsburgh Filmmakers where we all did our workshops was glorious, even 
> with
> a vegan chef in a little cafe in-house there who makes great hummus wraps
> and couscous. It's always scary to enter a facility to teach gum because 
> you
> just never know how the rooms are set up, especially when you need a
> computer lab, classroom space  AND darkroom/dimroom with running water, 
> but
> this place had all and then even an assigned assistant each day!!  I'm not
> used to that kind of luxury.
> Our world, and such as this list is, is such a fascinating slice of
> culture/society...
> Tom apparently is taking next year off but I think it is a must-do in
> 2011...it'd be like an APIS of the northeast if APIS is too far for some 
> to
> travel.
> If I had any criticism it would be that I forgot to take an umbrella and 
> had
> to buy one for one of the days. And I should have brought better walking
> shoes.
> Chris
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