Part One: Massive Attack
Part Three is HERE
A few reflections on the gone-by year
2010 was the year of contrasts for me. It was the year of big disappointments: the US economy kept falling down; Obama and the democrats did not deliver what they promised to deliver; my favorite place for our annual recharge, the Gulf of Mexico was poisoned beyond belief… On other hand, the year was full of delightful moments: I met remarkable people; visited wonderful exhibitions; discovered fantastic pieces of music and literature; no one in our family got seriously ill (this would be catastrophic under the current US healthcare system); our house didn’t burn… So, things are kept in balance, sort of. :-)
I want to thank all folks who purchased my photographs in 2010. It warms my heart to know that you liked my work so much that you were willing to part with your hard earned dollars, Euros, pesos… This not only makes me happy, but also keeps this blog rolling. :-)
To all who kept in touch, shared your thoughts on Nostalgia, publicly or privately, thank you. To those of you who wanted to share, but didn't, maybe you will overcome your fear or laziness in the upcoming year. To those who fell off the Nostalgia track for whatever reason, peace be with you.
A word of gratitude to “My Friend’s Place”, who hosted my photographs on the walls during the whole year. Sometimes customers tell the owner how much they like the pictures and Terry (the Owner) or Laszlo (the Waiter) point their fingers at me, sitting in the corner: “Here’s the author”. Folks come by to my table and I have to stop chewing my sandwich to shake folks’ hands and talk to them. I feel a bit awkward, but happy at the same time. :-)
A special thanks to the Lumiere gallery, Tony Casadonte (the Director) and Bob Yellowlee (the Owner) for such wonderful work they did at the gallery during 2010: exhibitions, lectures, movies, meetings and Q&A sessions with master photographers… And what a cozy atmosphere they created at the gallery. Every time I get there, I just don’t want to leave. Often I’d grab a book from their extensive library on photography and drown myself into a soft leather sofa with a cup of coffee or a glass of juice. :-)