It’s November 1st and here on Paros the weather is decidedly cold and chilly this morning. The winter is beginning to set in. 99% of the tourists have left and the few that remain wander around the empty streets, looking in the windows of closed shops, shuttered tavernas…the island has been returned to those who live here. Thank the gods!
Here are the bullet points…
— I am going to Naxos this weekend for a mountain bike race, my third on that island. 27km around a mountain and through the town of Sangri, high above the port. The weather predictions are good–high pressure, 14-18C, sunny, breezy. Perfect for biking. We have had some rain which will keep the dust down and reduce the amount of loose, gravely ruts. I’ll go and have fun.
— I am grateful and happy to have joined up with the Photography Club of Paros. They are a good bunch of photography-loving folks with excellent eyes who love to take pictures. I will begin a long-term darkroom project with them tonight. For most of them, it will be a first in this digital-automatic age. Each week, a member gets a 35mm camera (Pentax K1000/f.2 50mm lens) and roll of 35mm film (Ilford Pan 400) and shoots the roll. Then we (me and the group member) go into the darkroom, develop the film, print, etc…all in a week. So far there are about 10 people signed up, but that number, I predict, will jump to 20 quickly. The project will go until the end of April and then they will look at the assembled portfolio and hang a small show. For more reasons than I can count, this is a superb thing/event/group/happening with which to be involved.
— My own work is moving along. The year-long Canon G-11 project is ticking away. I am ready to print a new portfolio of abstract pieces. I have to re-shoot or otherwise re-evaluate a b/w still life idea. I am unhappy with several of the pieces due to their DoF, i.e. focus.
— My gym membership is paying off. I have been going 2-4 times a week for either Hip/Abs classes or just to burn off calories on the treadmill. After only a few weeks I can once again fit into my 34″ green Levis. I will go this morning and push some more limits. That, plus the biking, is keeping me fit and sane.
— The world? Well…we all read the news and while it isn’t all bad, it isn’t great. Leaks in the dam…death and disease, as Polly Jo would have said.
My life is Greece is expanding and growing every day. I am eternally thankful to the wise woman who advised me over 5 years ago that if were to stay here on Paros, I would need to build a life around me. And so I have. Biking and exercise, photography and fellowship, the arts and humanities, connections in the community. Thank you Liz!