More art.

Learning. Always learning.

That’s probably what this image is about. It’s really just my old layering technique from a couple of years ago. But, better. Better because I’ve had years to play with it. Just like all of us, using certain tools, I hope to improve. Experience matters.

Who knows?

My learning isn’t limited to photographs and art.

Today, I learned that one of my other venues for sharing pictures is moving to Instagram. I realize that once upon a time, Instagram was  fairly powerful as a portfolio platform. Picture  and assignment bookers could see a lot of work quickly. But, with changing software Instagram is harder to use for searches. I’ve noticed that my likes have been cut in a half lately. I never had that many, but still.

A few months ago, I started posting to NGS Your Shot. I’ve been fairly successful there. Not any more.

As you may or may not know, National Geographic sold themselves to Fox a couple of years ago. They, like so many others, were having financial problems. Fox brought a measure of stability to them, without messing around with the product too much.

A couple of months ago Disney bought Fox. We knew the other shoe might drop.

It did.

They terminated 70 staffers. They are closing the US version of NG Traveler. And, they are shifting NG Your shot to Instagram on October 31.  Oh, and the yellow bordered magazine that you know as National Geographic Magazine is safe, “for now.”

My reaction? I lost a client in NG Traveller. And, when I saw the letter on my feed of NG Your Shot announcing the move to Instagram, I terminated my postings today. Why wait until tomorrow to do things that you can do today? In the near term, they will instruct us how to download our shared files. Even though I already have those files in my archives, I’ll download them from the soon to be defunct site. You know why.

That leaves me with only a few online platforms, and is partially the reason Storyteller continues to exist. Well, you too. But, I do have some small measure of control on WordPress. As far as other platforms go, if I want to broaden my picture sharing, I might just give up and post directly to Facebook and Twitter. knowing full well that the images might get poached. In many ways, it doesn’t matter anymore. Privacy is now a myth. And, as Bob Dylan once said about music, pictures ain’t worth nothin’.

The picture. It started with a red poolside umbrella and progressed from there. There are two additional layers tucked into the frame of the overall image. I did my usual playing around and there you have it. I do have to figure out what to do with this stuff. These pictures ARE worth something.

What a world.



Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

4 thoughts on “More

  1. Well, pictures are worth so much that in real noone could afford to buy, not even the richest person in the world. That’s why rich want to get richer because they don’t know that the silver coin, the piece of paper or the virtual numbers on their account in real is nothing. But of course, we are living in a weird world … believing in what isn’t real and denying what is.

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    1. Interesting observation. You may be right, but in the digital world in which we currently live, nobody wants to pay for anything. Note the use of the word, “currently.” It doesn’t always have to be this way.

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  2. I don’t have any personal experience with layering, but I do absolutely love the effect.

    It’s really an education for me to hear how you’re required to continually shift and refocus marketing efforts as creative platforms and previously satisfactory sites close or change. I hear the same from author friends and really wonder sometimes where this will lead. I do wonder how one is to protect their personal product in this era. I was part of a university research team and there were concerns for safeguarding intellectual property, but in many ways that was nothing compared to digital artwork. I’m always alarmed that people think another’s work should be free, and worse, knowing it isn’t, just taking it. Sorry…I’m back on my soap box. I’ll get down–for now! 🙂

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    1. I don’t know where we all come out. I suppose when Bob Dylan said “music ain’t worth nothin,” he was right about all art. You can protect your work to a point, and there is a bill in the do nothing congress called The Case Act that will make it easier to recover damages if you can prove infringement. That might help because many infringers know that a copyright case takes years to resolve. But, most infringers just don’t know who and what they are hurting. You can stand on your soapbox all that you’d like. The more people who talk about it, the better. Also… delivery methods are killing us. Streaming pays musicians next to nothing. Some of my agents package work into subscriptions for next to nothing. Those models have to change.


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