I was just at a Starbuck's buying an Egg Nog Latte, when a homeless woman came in and asked the clerk, "Do you have anything for just a dollar?"
I'm not struggling like her obviously, but as my father used to say, "It's not what you make but what you spend." And having my own business, Fezziwig Press, costs money and my little company isn't making enough money right now.
So I'm doing an Amanda Fucking Palmer thing. If I don't ask, you don't know to give.
Fezziwig Press and I have been struggling financially for the last year or so. Namely, I'm not quite breaking even, still a few hundred dollars in the red each month, even with my part time counseling gig and all. I'm making some sales with image rights, book sales, music sales, etc, but not like I did five to ten years ago. So I'm putting out the artistic begging bowl. And I'm giving shit away.
The Transpersonal Papers (1861-2010) was released in 2011. Cost a boat load to produce but I only sold seven ebook copies. (Thank you to the seven, by the way.) So I'm offering it today, to you all, for free.
If you like The Transpersonal Papers, or the StuBlog, or my work, I ask that you give a little money to my Paypal account. My log-in is my email address, stujenks at gmail dot com, spelled like you normally would type it. Donate to my Paypal, or buy some books, or send money to P.O.Box 161, Tucson, AZ 85702. Whatever you like. No expectations, but if I don't ask, you don't know. And of course, if you don't give, that's perfectly all right too. We're all tight these days, don't I know. Or you just might not like my stuff that much. It's all good, as the kids say. Except for my ever-shrinking savings account.
I hope you enjoy the photographs and the stories in this book. Perhaps someday I'll have enough money to print it as a large coffee table book, like it was originally envisioned. Perhaps not, but you can have it right now for free. Enjoy.
The reception is December 1st, 2012 at ArtsEye/Photographic Works, from 6 to 9 p.m. (The address is below in the digital flyer.) I'll be signing books at the reception as well. Books and prints, framed and unframed, will be for sale for the duration of the show. I'm looking forward to seeing all who can come. This is a very important show for me and for Stephen. I'm very excited, as I'm sure is Stephen. The show will be up until Valentine's Day, 2013. Love, light and luck, Stu.
Been a long time coming for The Transpersonal Papers (1861-2010).
Three editors, two proofreaders, two designers, four printers, and hours, days, weeks, months, years, lifetimes, (I know I'm overstating), of writing, traveling, shooting, editing, remembering, hiking, and more writing, shooting, and editing, but I'm not complaining. No, no, no.
And apologies for not having the dough right now, to print The Transpersonal Papers as a coffee-table book as I had originally planned. ($10,000, it would have cost. Maybe someday.) But you now can buy it, for $14.95, as an Ebook on the Apple IPad, and I expect it to be available within a couple days on the Nook and the Kindle as well.
I just looked at it on my new IPad. The photos, text and design look grand.
And as an extra surprise, Bozo In Love is now up on IBooks too, ($9.95), as well as the rest of my catalog: Flame Spirals, Hoop Dancing, and Dementia Blues, on IBooks, Nook and Kindle.
Just in time for Christmas.
And don't worry. All but The Transpersonal Papers can still be bought as a book book through Fezziwig Press. I have plenty. Just go to www.fezziwigpressonline.com, for the hardbounds and paperbacks, but go to ITunes, today, (and Kindle and Nook, soon) for the ebooks.
Heavy sigh from my third story apartment balcony. I look out onto the Tucson city lights in the valley below. Cold, dry air embraces me. I inhale deeply. Exhale.
A very good night in the desert.
Think I'll make a cup of coffee with egg nog and play some Angry Birds on my new IPad.
"The Tehachapi Loop At Night, California" (c) 2011 Stu Jenks
This negative was exposed for around three hours on a moonless night, using my old Rollei, loaded with Efke Infrared film. The infrared was just what I had in the camera at the time, but it may have made the hills in the distance glow more than they would have, if I had been shooting with my usual Ilford Delta film. The f-stop was 5.6, if you care.
I was parked, that night, atop a hill overlooking this wonderful engineering feat in the southern Sierra Nevadas. I slept during most of the exposure, awakened on occasion to the grinding of steel on steel or to the high squeeks of wheel bearings or to the low rumble of a many-tonned locomotive passing by below me. I smiled each time I awoke.
My guess is you are seeing the lights of around a dozen trains in this photograph, maybe more. And as I've said before on the StuBlog, if you are ever on California 58 east of Bakersfield, you need to stop and experience The T-Loop.
Lastly, the sepia tone was added in Photoshop, the negative was scanned at Photographic Works in Tucson, and the map below was lifted from trainweb.org.
"Grandview Infrared: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona" (c) 2010 Stu Jenks
[Taken, last Wednesday, using Efke IR820 Infrared film, with my 50-plus-year-old Rollei. Negative developed & negative drum-scanned by Photographic Works. Sepia toned with my CS2. In loving memory of my father Stuart Jenks, Sr. and Tucson musician Rainer Ptacek.]