Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Overview Effect

This is a short film that was produced by Planetary Collective.  It features interviews with astronauts about their experiences in space related to the home planet and the effect of that vision on their lives.

It is an important viewpoint that needs to be shared and what's more, it is very beautiful.

Beyond that it is an opportunity to see the world from that Global Perspective, the important perspective.  The one that brings us home to the realities of life and our planet.   We have much work to do my friends...


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Dreams and Realities for iPad by James Emler

After considerable testing I am proud to announce that, Dreams and Realities by James Emler is now available as an epub file for iPad and iBooks.  It looks beautiful…

Here's the link…

I'd sure love to hear what you think of it.

I'm now starting on my free Artist Book which I hope will be available soon as well.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Call for Entries - Blue Iris Editions

Sorry everyone, the email link below was not working properly.   It has been fixed, my apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused…

As many of you know, we have been working on a business plan for an artists representation and publishing company for some time.  We released the first Artist Book on Valentine's Day and the response has been very gratifying.  I'd like to thank everyone for their support and to those people who purchased the book "Dreams and Realities", a very special thank you.

Our intention is to approach publishing in several formats.   The first will be artists books featuring projects that have been underway for a while and are nearing completion.   Dreams and Realities gives an overview of three different projects by James Emler.   Our next book will be "Reflexions" by Robert Title.

We are offering them in both pdf for desktop, as well as epub versions for the iPad devices.  The epub version is in its final testing stages and will be available soon.

In addition to these we will introduce a new series of limited edition project folios containing 10 to 20 prints that are signed and numbered, produced to museum standards, and packaged in an archival enclosure for long term protection.   Our feeling is that over the next few years, prints will become less  available and more valuable.  We also believe that collecting a series of prints  dealing with a single project or subject will be an investment that will gain greater value over time

We will be looking for artists who are interested in participating in these strategies over the next few months when we have more established marketing channels.   If you think you might be interested in this please drop me an email so we can keep you in the loop.

In the meantime, we will be expanding our websites and focussing on developing our marketing vehicles, so keep you eyes open for Blue Iris Editions.  It's going to be a fun experience!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Hot Off The Virtual Press!

This has been quite a month for me.  I've been working on a book for a while now and have finally finished it.  We did 3 separate edits, lots of testing and more to go but I can wait no longer!   I have to release this now!

The book is titled "Dreams and Realities" and is 111 pages in length.  It contains three separate essays.  

The first essay, The Nude, contains a series of beautiful colour photographs that were originally shot on film.  These handcrafted pictures illustrate a range of processes that I formulated using different film emulsions and chemical processes.
The second essay, A Search for Silence, consists of a set of toned landscapes spanning a range of different mediums from film (4x5 to 35 mm) to digital.   These beautiful, timeless, etherial photographs originated as an essay based on the last of the available Kodak 4x5 Infrared film, record the journey from film to digital, large format to small, all within a very personal context.
The third essay, In Transit, explores one aspect of city life, the need to get to work and those who must do so on the city buses.  In a gritty black and white, these pictures explore a unique vision of Vancouver, its residents, and the feelings of being alone in a densely populated society.
The storyboard layout of the entire book is below, for a larger version click the image and another window will be provided.
The book is priced at $6.95 and is a 51mb pdf.   For those of you who are iPad people, the epub version is still in testing but should be available after the 25th.  
Be sure to read the book in two page mode as there are many two page bleeds in it.  Also, if you are using Mac Preview, if you maximize it to full screen mode, Preview will put a white line between pages.  To correct this you can go back to window mode and stretch it out to the full width of your screen.   The pictures are beautiful and I sincerely hope you enjoy it. 
You can link directly to the store here.   You can use Visa, MC, AE, or Paypal.   If you have any trouble with it you can email me directly and I will either fix it or give you a full refund.
I would appreciate any comments you may have.   Thanks so much!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Utopian Dreams

Wouldn't it be wonderful to live in a country where each individual citizen is recognized as being the most important asset the country possesses?  Where every single individual is cherished for their uniqueness, their potential, and for being an exquisite manifestation of life?   Where the economy is not based on growth but on sustainability and sustainability is regarded as being in harmony with the planet?   Where laws are crafted on fairness, where health, food, shelter and access to information are considered to be rights.   Where greed, gluttony and bullying are recognized as symptoms of frustration, unhappiness, fear or disease?  Where people are encouraged to be individuals, to have their own thoughts, to express their ideas and dreams?  Where children have rights?   Where teachers are given the tools and the recognition they need to do the job they hope to do?  Where students are seen for their potential regardless of their shortcomings.   Where emphasis is placed on caring and ensuring that every person has hope for their lives  and their children's lives?  Where a person's perceptions are seen as their realities?  Where feedback is considered to have value?   Where integrity and generosity are seen as great virtues?

There's a dream!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Waiting For The Rain

If you don't live on the west coast you probably don't know that this is a very dry winter.  Heather and I moved to a bigger house this summer after being assured by our landlords that they have never had a water problem.   The well went dry shortly after we moved in and we have had to buy water for the last four months.  We have a rain collection system and a cistern for water storage but if there's no rain, there's not much to collect.

I must admit that, when I lived in the city, I seldom thought about water and was always grateful for a sunny day.   Things have changed now, I just looked at the CBC weather page that predicts rain for the next few days with a sense of hope and relief.  If they are predicting 5 days with rain and showers, it might be enough to replenish the cistern and relieve us of having to spend another $200 on a truckload if we can get it.  

No matter how you look at it, water is not an option.  As it is, we can't drink our water, it is polluted by various materials, so we have to buy it from the market in the village.   It was an experience discovering this, we all showed various symptoms that I won't go into but as soon as we changed, it was an almost immediate relief.   The water from the cistern, we use for washing, toilets etc and I am amazed at just how much we use.  Each time I flush the toilet, I find myself thinking about how much water we have left.   We keep our showers has short as possible and are very careful about how we use the water we have but we still go through it surprisingly fast.

I can't imagine what it must be like for people who live in developing countries with water shortages.

So now I think about water a lot.  I worry that we are destroying the water that we are using to extract natural gas.  I've seen videos of people whose water resources have been destroyed by fracking, by spills, by the corporate carelessness that seems so ubiquitous these days.  Man, do we need good government!