Friends, the news is all good!
The color slide collection of photographs lodged at Seattle Public Library has, (with the exception of a stray sheet of twenty panels lost in the shuffle here at my desk, and now in the post), been scanned and uploaded to the server there.
I have downloaded most of them, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. I remain gratitude to each of you, the project backers, and to SPL's John LaMont, whose arrival on the scene came in the nick of time to keep the trolley on the wires, solve the problems and complete the exchange.
Each exchange with John, in the months since he took over in Seattle, has left me feeling better than before. I confess my mood had shaded to pessimistic; I was discouraged to the point of thinking we might have to start over. It would meant more delay in the fun (for me) writing the narrative that, once properly done, and collated with the photos, would confer meaning on the whole in excess of the sum of its two parts.
Along with the writing, there is work yet to be done. Thanks (again) to John Lamont’s efforts, it goes forward, I am in the process of ordering and distributing the photograph rewards. Each one of a couple dozen must be selected and ordered separately. If you are expecting a print, but haven't stated a preference, I will select what I hope will be a the shot that suits you. Your input is still invited, if you haven't been notified that your print is waiting.
I’m pleased to offer additional 8x8 and 8x10 prints at the cost of printing and mailing to qualified backers. Others may obtain prints for $30 each, prepaid. Chapter Six of the book, "Three Sheets in the Wind" is shaping up. It will be the next update here, and available to backers only. If you like what you’ve read so far, you should find the rest even better (or I'm losing it). If not, your critique is invited. I have a thick skin; feel free to write the truth or try, anyway. That's what I do.
Stay cool and warm,
YES! Just the finishing touches to polish, and the link to the next chapter of "Three Sheets in the Wind will appear in your inbox. In the meantime, as I pledged, here's update 16 for the other project, "Tales of Mary Jane: the Children of Prohibition" (for those who don't already have it, under the title, "The Ideal gets Real".
It will help you understand, at least in part, what has held things up here. In the meantime, here's a shot from last month's visit to the Market to compared with the one I shot of the same spot almost fifty years ago.