Taking a break from editing the infinite pile of photos, I was distracted by looking up leather boots. Seriously, I want to make my own, but after stumbling across www.gipsydharma.com and their amazing boots, I am giving it a second thought.
Now..to save up for it.
So, I decided to check out where I stood on Google Search for the term "atchafalaya Basin" after adding most of the images I have on Zenfolio to my Fine Art America page, to see if I can get more views/traffic for my photography. Seems to have worked so far, as I have gone up in the ranking. I searched it last week, and found that my work pretty much covered page 6. As of today's check, I am up to page 4!
Sadly, it seems as though it's more tuned to my fineartamerica page than my zenfolio page, but I am hoping that after submitting the sitemap to both google and Bing, that this provides some more traffic and impressions. Time will tell, and I will soon see some results, hopefully!
I have been working through an extensive list of galleries that are in the Chelsea art district in NYC as well, as I am under the impression that the Agora Art Gallery is termed "vanity gallery" which can go either good or bad on my resume, depending on the gallery I am applying to. I have found several that I will be applying to, as soon as I finalize my portfolio.
If you'd care to see how my portfolio looks at this point, as I don't have it available in the general section, feel free to visit the Tentative Portfolio page.
As always, if you're looking for a unique animal photograph, feel free to contact me, and I will see if it there is one nearby that I may be able to photograph.
~Featured Photograph~ Green Leaf, 8"x10" base size image, a preview of one of the images from my tentative portfolio.
So, I received an email on Friday, regarding Agora Gallery, located in the Chelsea Art District, NYC, which, after mentioning they found my work on Zenfolio, a wonderful lady by the name of Alexandra Cespedes answered a few questions I had after thoroughly reading through the email and the website. This gallery seems to be one which searches for new talent, and does offer a large amount of services, at a hefty fee of ~3850.00 for the first year (base level) of representation.
So, I decided to do some research on the gallery itself....Oh boy... This has been an absolute nitemare as far as this goes. There are so many bad posts and information on them, claiming various problems/claims to it being a "Vanity Gallery" and so forth. So, I dig a bit more, and find that they have Better Business Bureau accreditation since 2010 (a great deal of the complaints seem to be pre 2010, for reference) with an A+ rating, and zero complaints against it. I am at a bit of a loss, as while there's all this information stating over and over again about how they don't follow through with their agreements (one instance) and people claiming they don't do the amount of legwork they advertise doing and so forth, I then find a cool article on CBS listing Agora Gallery as one of the top six NYC Best Contemporary Gallery, dated... 25 August 2012! So with all the bad that's been floating around, here's a spec of the diamond in the rough.
So what's to believe at this point?
I am considering looking at a list of all the NYC galleries and seeing what ones, if any are accepting portfolio submissions, as, well it can't hurt. What's the worst, I'll get a handful of rejection letters? Can't say I didn't try at that point, and it's certainly not going to make me give up.
Cheers, till next time!
So, Isaac blew through the baton rouge area late Wednesday night/Thursday morning and the weather settled down, even showing blue skies for quite some time. Late Thursday night though thunderstorms brewed up, with some very bright lightning and deep rumbling thunder. The curfew for Baton Rouge was lifted, and thing seem to be going back to normal.
A friend of mine who is in the US Military reserves, oddly enough, was mobilized yesterday. Not during the storm, or the impending bad weather, but after everything seemed to have passed. However, there's all the flooding, and levee issues that are now coming up with the constant deluge of rain.
Laplace is completely flooded from the reports, with several people stranded in their homes, and there are planned levee breaches to try and aleviate some of the stress on it. Tangipahoa Parish issued an imminent failure emergency alert warning in regards to the dam, stating that there was a 50-50 chance of the dam breaking. This came with approximately 90 minutes for 50-60,000 people to evacuate. Water is also still trapped between two flood walls in Plaquemine Parish, as well as approximately half the state is without power, according to Entergy's last estimates.
At this point, it appears as though there have been four deaths related to Hurricane Isaac, with the most recent one being a tow truck driver in Picayune, Mississippi, when a tree fell on his truck.
Most current arcticles:
To lighten the mood:
As well as some wonderful photography taken last year through the Atchafalaya Basin before any major flooding or damage:
No update from last night as the weather hadn't changed from the entire day. I got a few shots of the high winds pushing the trees around but the weather really hadn't gotten any worse. Overnite, the winds continued, and the clouds seemed to darken a bit just before sunset. This morning brought more wind, and the first bit of rain. Up to this point, the power here has gone out a couple times, but has been back on within a minute, and the rains continue.
We went to the local fire station and got sandbags for some of the first floor tenants, so they could sand bag in front of their door and around the air conditioners, as they are so close to the ground, and the area floods normally when we get heavy rains. About 70 or so later, and we finished that up. Two teams of two each with a vehicle made this much simpler. Poor little Kia Sportage that my friend owns got maxed right out for weight (probably around 750lbs or so in the trunk) but like a good little soldier it transported everything we needed without requiring multiple trips (well multiple trips in the respect of only fitting small amounts of bags in), other than we did two trips as we determined we didn't have enough bags to set up the bags the way we wanted. A good friend of mine is US Military reserve, and he was enjoying setting up the bags to military standards.. We are already planning on making a foxhole/bunker with the sandbags once the storm has passed over.
So, without further adieu, here is the new slideshow, with the images now in chronological order so you can see the changes in the weather since the warnings have been issued.