Saturday, April 18, 2009

It's a Blog!

This month three years and sixty blog posts ago, jeremyandhiscamera ( started. Here is a rundown of the three most significant changes that took place during its terrible twos:

1a. Tragically, the laptop that nurtured and mothered this blog to life, receiving the digital semen from my Canon Digital Rebel, as it were, is now on life support. Having drowned in a bath of drinking water, it now rests comfortably and humanely against the radiator. In the words of every college sports fan to their favorite superstar upper-classman, "One More Year... One More Year..."

1b. On another down beat, my camera has also suffered a few bits of wear and tear, which I have neglected to fix. Every photo now comes with dust and scratches; one especially annoying black streak in the corner that I feel compelled to remove from all publicly released photos.

2. More excitingly, my camera has taken a trans-Atlantic flight to the old country, spending the last seven months away from the Los Angeles sun. Stop overs in various continental locations have provided some of the best and most enjoyable photographic experiences yet.

3. A minor format and design change at the brink of the new year brought with it more photos in less space, and a little bit of photographic/design sex appeal, now that the blog is coming of age.

There will be more of the same and, hopefully, some new things in the coming year. There will, inevitably, be a shift in location this fall (possibly) to even colder and gloomier conditions. Most importantly, the name of the blog is officially changing to Jeremy and his Camera. Please enjoy.

*the painting marking this anniversary is from Wayne Thiebaud—a beloved painter of beloved food.

Friday, April 3, 2009

A Dollar Short

It's very late, but I'm posting a favorite films of 2008. There are only five because, frankly, I did not see a lot of movies I loved.

1. Gomorrah
2. Wall-E
3. The Dark Knight
4. The Class
5. Man On Wire

Some decent movies that I wouldn't want to rank or include in a "top" list: I've Loved You So Long, The Changeling, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Vicky Christina Barcelona, The Edge of Heaven.

Here are some movies I wish I would have seen: Ballast, Young@Heart, Waltz With Bashir, Taxi to the Dark Side.

Here's a list of notable films I didn't see that are meant to be good: Milk, Rachel Getting Married, In Bruges, The Reader, Revolutionary Road, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Doubt, The Wrestler, Frozen River.