Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Golden Camera Trophy >> 6th Annual One Eyeland Photography Awards 2017

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 6th Annual One Eyeland Photography Awards 2017


US$ 5000 - Professional Photographer of the Year
US$ 2000 - Amateur Photographer of the Year

The Golden Camera trophy now also awarded to the Best Photographer of every Country. 

DEADLINE: 30th November, 2017

One Eyeland Awards

Friday, November 24, 2017

From front cover to back, photographer Valerie Jardin’s new photo book is a winner!

If you’ve ever been curious about giving ‘Street Photography’ a try or just wanted a great book of urban candid lifestyle photos, look no further, I have the book for you.
 “Street Photography: Creative Vision Behind The Lens” by Valerie Jardin was recently released and is for sale available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobel and all well-stocked bricks and mortar book stores.

I first read of photographer Valerie Jardin several years ago when it was mentioned either by her or the author, that she had sold her DSLRs, gave up her commercial photography business and decided to explore her new passion of ‘Street photography.’  She pared down her heavy, conspicuous DSLR’s down to a  Fuji rangefinder camera and invested in a pair of good walking shoes. Having a lot of enthusiasm for photographing people in natural unposed settings going about their day, she started gaining a large following for her work which later led to teaching and writing books. She sells her e-books on her website, but not this print book.

“Street Photography” is her first print book and it’s set to be the bible of the street photography genre. Every page tells a story that you can almost place yourself in as you stealthy roam fabulous cities and see what others might not in going about their day. She takes you thru all the steps and form building confidence to location suggestions and camera options and fills in a lot of blanks which other books I've read in the past have lacked.

I think it could serve more than just the  street photography enthusiast. This is one of those books that will remain a book shelf favorite to let your mind wander thru the pages spurning your own creativity for whatever flavor your soul leads you to photograph. Published by Routledge, a company known for high quality paper and reproduction in their books, the photos are of generous size and the type is perfect and readable.
Valerie has used just about all flavors of Fuji cameras and this line is known for producing amazing people photos and rich black and white’s you’d struggle to get looking this good by digital conversion in post processing software.

I especially  enjoyed the  chapter, “Stories in a Single Frame.” So many photographers, new and seasoned pro’s need to learn this. I licensed my own work to publications for decades and we had to sum up an event in one photo. Many photographers often go thru a spell of shooting way too much and failing to get the one shot that ‘sums it up’ and tells the story. It takes practice and this book is a great place to start.

There is nothing left unturned in this book. Weighing in at 230 pages with Two Parts and many chapters  covering:

Part One: The Fundamentals of Street Photography

Getting Started
Different Ways To Approach Street Photography
Elements That Make A Street Photograph
Part Two: Photo Walks
Stories in a Single Frame
 Stories in A Series

Women rarely get the credit they deserve, especially in the arts. I am hoping Valerie Jardin’s book can start to turn the tide on this and show that women are as visually gifted as the best male street photographers.

For more on Valerie Jardin and her Workshops

“Street Photography: Creative Vision Behind The Lens” by Valerie Jardin was recently released and is for sale available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobel and all well-stocked bricks and mortar book stores.

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*I requested a copy of this book for review because I knew it would not disappoint!*

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Chicago Artists Coalition >> #ILGive on #GivingTuesday to CAC for a Bigger Impact!


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The Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) is committed to building a diverse community of artistic leaders who define the place of art and artists in our city's culture and economy. We serve artists who are willing to take risks, experiment, and make art that speaks to the issues and questions of our time. Each year, we ask for your support so we can continue to assist ambitious and innovative thinkers who are critical to the vitality of Chicago, its institutions, and its neighborhoods.
One week from today on Tuesday, November 28 is #GivingTuesday, the global day of philanthropy. Through the generosity of the Coleman Foundation, any donation of at least $25 made online to the Chicago Artists Coalition for #ILGive on #GivingTuesday will be matched up to $10,000! CAC will receive a:
  • $25 match if your donation is between $25-$99
  • $100 match if your donation is between $100-$499
  • $500 match if your donation is $500 and above
Thank you being part of our community all year, and we hope you'll make a donation to CAC next Tuesday. Every dollar makes a difference in our ability to champion emerging artists and support contemporary art and creative production in Chicago. So mark your calendar for 11/28 and increase your impact by donating to CAC on #GivingTuesday!

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Chicago Resident Invents New Appliance to Revolutionize Taco Tuesday!


Take Taco Tuesday To The Next Level With Nuni™
Revolutionizing the way tortillas are heated

We’ve all been there. Tuesday finally rolls around and you have the margaritas mixed – it’s time for the tortillas. Tired of flipping tortillas at the stove or comal? Join the Nuni revolution and never flip tortillas again! Be a taco hero with an innovative product that heats up six tortillas at once so hungry mouths don’t have to wait for the one -at-a-time pan method. Say goodbye to soggy tortillas from the microwave and warm up an authentic feast any day of the week with Nuni!

According to the Tortilla Industry Association, tortillas have been outselling white bread since 2010 and this market continues to expand exponentially. Necessity is the mother of invention and Nuni is the market innovator for tortilla warming! It is almost 2018 and cars can actually drive themselves so we definitely do not need to be heating tortillas one at a time the old-fashioned way!

Catching up with his mother over a home cooked meal, founder Elliot Benitez noticed a trend occurring at the dining table. His mother was repeatedly leaving the table and missing conversation in order to keep up with their demand for hot tortillas during family meals. Realizing that this was how his mother had been warming tortillas at home since he was a young boy, Benitez set out to invent a product that would make taco night even easier – Nuni!

Put away the pan and plug in Nuni to turn everyday into Taco Tuesday:

  • 6-Slot Capacity: Place 1 to 6 of your favorite corn, flour or even wheat tortillas into the unit. Choose desired shade setting from light to dark.
  • Lift Handle To Start: Automatic shut-off deactivates the unit after each toasting cycle.
  • Rotate To Release: Once the toasting cycle is complete simply rotate the tortillas from the unit.

A perfect gift for the holidays, make it easy to enjoy delicious, hot tortillas at home with Nuni! Learn more about Nuni online at

Why Matthew supports Landmarks Illinois

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The full collection of 400 props and costumes from the making of both Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) will be sold at auction by Prop Store, one of the world’s leading film and television memorabilia companies, in association with Paramount Pictures. The auction will be held at Prop Store’s facility in Valencia, LA County, USA. Bidders can also participate via telephone or online. The auction is a no-reserve sale meaning all final bidding prices are determined solely by bidding activity.

Sets of Three Enterprise Uniforms and a Pair of Klingon Guard Uniforms will go to the highest bidder in the December 2nd Auction. These lots, originals used in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness, are expected to fetch an estimated $2,500-$3,500 and $3,000-$5,000, respectively. Captain Kirk’s Enterprise Captain’s Command Uniform and Mr. Spock’s Enterprise Sciences Uniform are expected to be some of the highest selling, with a sale price of $5,000-$10,000 and $8,000-$12,000 respectively. Each costume is complete with a Starfleet insignia badge, and Mr. Spock’s costume also includes a Starfleet phaser, communicator and belt. Also included in the auction are other key character costumes including Lt. Uhura, Dr. ‘Bones’ McCoy, Lt. Commander Scotty and Lt. Sulu, as well as fan-favorite props such as Starfleet phasers and tricorders. All items sold include a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.

A lavish printed catalog is also available for purchase. A selection of key content from the auction will be on display in an auction preview exhibition at Prop Store’s offices from Monday 27th November to Friday 1st December.

Star Trek is the 2009 reboot of the beloved science-fiction franchise that recast the main characters of the original Star Trek television series. The film was critically acclaimed and grossed over $385 million in worldwide box office; it was also the first Star Trek film to win an Academy Award, for Best Makeup. The follow-up film, Star Trek Into Darkness, grossed over $467 million worldwide and is the highest-grossing Star Trek film to date.

The auction begins at 11:00am PST on Saturday 2nd December 2017. Lots can be viewed and bidders can register to participate at:

Monday, November 20, 2017

New Book! >> Barbra Streisand: On the Couch, Shares Deep Insight Into One Of America's Most Beloved Icons

  The widely popular On the Couch series by Alma Bond, Ph.D. has given us an opportunity to discover the lives of Marilyn Monroe, Hillary Clinton, and Jackie O through the eyes of renowned New York psychoanalyst, Dr. Darcy Dale. The fictionalized biographies provided a unique and revealing perspective of their lives.
Now, readers are invited to learn about screen and recording icon Barbra Streisand. In Barbra Streisand: On the Couch, Bond captures the details found in other biographies dedicated to the life of Barbra in a way that provides deep insight into her personality and character.
Dr. Darcy Dale―renowned, pioneering New York City psychiatrist whose expertise has been sought by such larger-than-life women as Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Hillary Clinton―is confronted by Barbra, dismayed after thirty years of minimally successful therapy. Over the course of a year, Dr. Dale conducts an intimate psychoanalysis, breaking through ego defense mechanisms, and repressions to go deep into the heart and mind of one of America's last remaining superstars. Barbra's many dimensions come alive as we hear her story in her own words. She fluctuates between self-inflation and insecurity. She cracks wise. She becomes angry. She weeps. For better or worse, Dr. Dale sees Barbra in all of her raw, most human, aspects, giving readers unprecedented access to her pain and joy.
Barbra is funny, a bit abrasive, but very intelligent. Bond provides interesting insights into what Barbra could have been thinking during pinnacle times in her life, and her state of mind from a psychoanalyst's point of view. While this book is technically fiction, the facts themselves are all true. Only the thoughts and feelings attributed to Barbra are fictitious, along with the story of her "analysis." Dr. Bond's extensive research into the life of Barbra Streisand, along with her professional knowledge of psychology and her beautiful style of writing, give fans of Barbra's work and her persona fresh insight into a complicated woman - making this biography an enthralling and entertaining read!
"It's easy to want to get to know the essential Barbra and want to hear her story,” says Dr. Bond. "After reading pretty much everything ever written on Barbra, and then having written a book in which my alter ego, also a psychoanalyst, carries on numerous fictionalized sessions with her over the space of a year, I think I have a very good idea what and how Barbra thinks. To say that Barbra Streisand is an amazing woman is an understatement.”
Alma H. Bond received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, and became a highly successful psychoanalyst in private practice for 37 years in New York City. She "retired" to become a full-time writer. She has written 23 books and her popular On the Couch series has received excellent reviews. Jackie O: On the Couch, the first in the Couch series, received a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.  Bond also wrote the play, "Maria,” about the life of Maria Callas. The play was produced off-off Broadway, toured the South, and was produced in London.
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Barbra Streisand: On the Couch
By Alma H. Bond, Ph.D.
Publisher: Bancroft Press; October 1, 2017
ISBN-10: 1610882113
ISBN-13: 978-1610882118

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Art Collector's Magnificent Home for Sale in Lincoln Park (Chicago, IL.)

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    Dear Friends,

    We would like to announce the opportunity for purchase of a majestic 7600 square foot home nestled in an exquisite neighborhood in Lincoln Park, minutes from downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan.  Our collectors are some of the most discerning in the world.  This home is sanctuary not only to hundreds of works of art but to a couple who have lovingly nurtured and maintained this peaceful and meditative space. It is rare to find a home that is a work of art in itself, a place of refuge and harmony.  

    This is a work of art built w/few constraints or inhibitions, liberally taking advantage of grand spaces, the finest imported materials & the unbridled ingenuity of its designers.Every inch is imagined, designed & constructed w/care, passion & forethought.

    I recall the first time I entered through the doors.  It was as if the time/space continuum stood still. The art enveloped the space and gave the rooms a special air to breathe. For those looking for a safe haven from the distractions of everyday life, please contact our collector directly.  Details are below.

    With kind regards,

    * Set on a gated & tranquil 38x132 lot w/side drive
    * 5 bedrooms and 4 baths/2 half baths.  
    * extraordinary custom home-constructed w/unparalleled craftsmanship & detail by a prominent builder for himself
    * w/ultra-premium, commercial-grade infrastructure & systems
    * extravagant indoor & outdoor entertaining spaces, and an array of stunning finishes. 
    * grand entry hall w/elliptical stair 
    * front oval salon w/golden domed lit ceiling
    * chef's kitchen/great room w/walls of glass
    * sumptuous master wing w/spa bath
    * enormous barrel-vaulted penthouse room
    * 6 outdoor spaces including: 
    * outdoor movie/entertaining/yoga pavilion
    * roof terrace w/huge hot tub

    Sellers building in Aspen to move soon and eager to find a new loving caretaker of this fine property.  If buyer comes without a broker, seller will pass along the brokerage fee savings.

    Price:  $3,600,000

    (773) 491-3405

    (773) 251-0563

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