ACT-SO? Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. Its a program within the NAACP where young people are mentored by pro’s in a field to help them grow and develop their talents. Its about grooming the next generation to go forth and do great things.
Saturday was fun, different for me. It all started 10 days ago when Lois Gaston of the Pasadena chapter of the NAACP contacted Lisa Barrios, the Vice President of the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (MAFA) for help in locating photographers to judge a coming competition. Lisa referred her to me and before you know it I had rounded up other photographers to help me with the judging.
Its a NASA fun event. You know the folks that track a bajillion sattelites in orbit around us taking pictures of us night and day. They have a fun promotion, game if you will for Earth Day today. Take a selfie, post it with the hashtag #GlobalSelfie and they’ll in turn use all of the images into a giant mosaic of earth.
The subject doesn’t matter, mountains, rivers, oceans, forest…just include you with a sign naming your location. The sign can be downloaded in numerous languages HERE. Your snap then can be uploaded to twitter, instagram or google+ with the hashtag and its on it will get captured for the mosaic.
A rather large group of Los Angeles news photographers and a few hand picked others will be showing their fine art photographs of Southern California at a reception they will host Saturday 4/19 starting at 7PM. There will be light refreshments and wine served at the reception.
Among the photographers there will be Stephen Coleman, a KABC 7 cameraman who has been documenting Los Angeles for years and has many drop dead gorgeous images.
Deets: Paint n Play Art Studio and Gallery, 418 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016 626-258-4848 MAP HERE
About 8 years ago Dave Bullock and a group of photographers created the Skid Row Photography Club. It was put together to help the folks document where they are and that corner of the city. They’ve relied on donated cameras for the members. Now they are crowd sourcing via crowdwise a fund raiser to buy some cameras, tripods and memory cards. All to help the folks on Skid Row find the encouragement to move forward and off the row. You can read more about them on boing boing from a few years back HERE.
Donate what you can, doesn’t have to be much, any little bit you can spare will help. Do it HERE.
Yikes, I don’ know how I slept through this one, maybe it was Auto Show Frenzy of the last few weeks. Regardless. The Snap To Grid show at LACDA has got to be my absolute favorite show. Why? Its a take all comers show that gives you a wonderful snapshot of where we are as artists and what we are doing right now with digital photography and digital art. The stuff is amazing.
If you are interested in showing at this show all you have to do is fill out an registration form (you won’t be rejected) pay your $35 admission and upload your images. Simple as that. You register HERE. You upload HERE. The deadline is today to do so.
Some important information:
Show Dates: December 12, 2013-January 4, 2014
Deadline for entries: December 2, 2013
Opening Reception: December 12, 7-9pm, 7-9pm
L.A. Center for Digital Art, 104 East Fourth Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
Authors and Artists, I have them both for you here in the SGV.
First up is a person I feel tickled to know, actor, writer, blogger and photographer Petrea Burchard. She released her novel, Camelot & Vine this spring. She’ll be at two, count ’em two book signings today. Petrea will be at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena from 11AM-1PM today. Then she will move to Websters Fine Stationers in Altadena around 2PM for a few hours.
After that I think you would enjoy Old Town Monrovia, especially the area in front of Paint n Play 2 Art Studio and Gallery. Several artists will be there from 6PM-10PM for an evening art walk. Among the artists there will be author and photographer Steve McCarthy. Steve has written a few books that he will have there and sign for you. First is “Road Trippin'” and the other is his first novel, “Old Farts Spy Club”.
I can’t stress enough the importance of keeping your shopping dollars in the hands of the small businesses in the community. These small businesses keep their money in the community and help keep us strong and vibrant. Whether it be my little corner of L.A or yours we all benefit from getting to know them, shop with them and make them strong as they give so much back to our communities.
The next three weeks are going to be prime, PRIME viewing of comet Ison. Its crossed earth orbit and is racing to the sun for its closest approach on Thanksgiving Day. With proper eye protection it may even be possible to see it as it circles around the sun that day.
I got the tip off it would happen last week that Bing would feature the West Covina’s Rotary Field of Valor on their home page today. Its the work of photographer Bobby L Brett and its really a nice collection of images celebrating Veterans Day. Even nicer that something and someone local got the front page of a search engine site.
Thanksgiving Day about 11am Ison will make its closest approach to the sun and may be visible, with the aid of special filters when it is close to the sun. It should be visible most of the day that day. Wow. Am like a kid in a candy store over this one.
Now that prime viewing charts have been established it looks like a sunset view isn’t gonna happen with this comet. Dawn and pre-dawn look to be the best during that peak viewing period. I had thought about going up the 15 to Stoddard Wells for viewing if it was going to be sunset. Scratch that and now looking at points east, say Joshua Tree pre-dawn excursion and set up to capture the comet in its glory as the sun slowly illuminates the horizon? Might as well start planning now before everyone else gets the bright idea to leave the city for best views without the encumberance of light pollution. Who’s in for leaving LA early enough to be in the desert for that with me? I’m thinking the weekend of 12/7-8 as it won’t have the mad hordes of Thanksgiving Traffic and be right in the middle of the best viewing period?
I was a fun day and the time there was over before I knew it. Posts a plenty will come from the event. We started at the Grand Central Market and worked our way down Broadway with a jog through the fashion district and back to where we started. The Safari was led by Mack Reed and Yael Swerdlow two journalists with a passion for their game, Snapcious and for the city. Continue reading Snapcious DTLA iPhone Safari was a ton of fun→
I wrote about Snapcious when it launched earlier this year. Its a fun game you play on your cell phone taking pictures then posting it to Snapcious for the other players to rate and comment on. Snapcious even lets you cross post to FB, twitter, flickr, pinterest and a host of other social media. You can download the app here for your iphone. Enough of the nuts and bolts…the meet up details.
Snapcious is hosting a meet up Saturday 9/28/2013. Any Snapcious player is welcome to attend. It will be fun to meet with other like minded folks and geek out with the app documenting downtown L.A. After the event is over a bunch of us will likely end up lunching somewhere in the area. To attend the event you just need to sign up for it at Meetup. Wear your comfy shoes.
NOTE we are meeting at the Hill Street entrance to the Grand Central Market.
DEETS:Saturday, September 28, 2013 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM Grand Central Market, 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA MAP HERE
We all run around with our phones snapping pics and sharing the world as we see it. Until now you either tossed onto social media like twitter or photo sharing sites like flickr and shared it with a few friends and that was it. West Hollywood based F.8. Interactive just changed what you do with your pics via Snapcious.
Snapcious takes your image sharing to the next degree. It gives you missions to fulfill with your trusty phone cam and post onto the game. From there other Snapcious review and rate your pics and the winners in many categories are announced each day. Each time you post a pic you get points. You also collect points for suggesting missions, rating images and making comments on what you see.
The game is the brainchild of long time blogging.la contributor Mack Reed and a few others at F.8 Interactive. Since its launch on iTunes a few weeks back it has picked up followers across the globe. You can download it from iTunes HERE and join the fun. Complete guide on points and how to play HERE. Best of all…its a FREE app.
Unlike some of the other social media pic sharing places like, um say Instagram, you own the pics forever and don’t sign away any rights in the TOS. Thats a biggy for me as you never know which images I will wind up using for sale that I want to keep control of.
I am pretty amazed by the number of YouTube videos or flickr sets of the shuttle Endeavour’s tour of L.A. today. Did you post any pics or videos today of the Endeavour? If so please share the links to them in the comments section.