Summer Night Sticks To My Skin

Everything you’ll ever know.

After yesterday’s rant I calmed down. I brought my thoughts back to what really matters. Reflection and review brought me to a quiet place. We all need a quiet place. Especially now, when external forces are attacking us from everywhere. As Bob Dylan once wrote, “You won’t get out of here unscathed.” And, they won’t.

That’s only self defense. What matters is my insides and how they relate to my outsides. Same thing for you.


For today, and just for today, I’m balanced. As we used to say, I’m mellow.

My thoughts on this quiet day, the first day of October in the month of goblins and ghouls?

I learned something a long time ago. A little over 27 years ago. Just do what I can and let the rest go. I can’t help with the rest anyway. I don’t have the power, the reach and contacts to do some of the things that need doing.

What’s my next best step?

My photo business is almost non-existent. Even though I split my time between two careers, I kept the picture making very viable. Along came CoVid 19. Nobody wants a picture because what are they going to do with them? It’s likely that their business are suffering.

Then, this week. Three deep archive sales. I’ve told you about them. I may have said that I started thinking after one art director told me why he reached out. Unique and better work. That’s what he was after. I can’t help thinking that picture buyers are getting tired of reaching Instagram for new and viable photographers.

Besides, Google released a new and better way to search for images. There’s a little backend work but after you’ve completed that, art users can find you easily.

I have another website. I built it as a portfolio site. Guess what? They’ve added new software the for a couple of kinds of sales. You can put up light boxes and let your client see and select the work that fills their needs.

Or, you can use a store front and sell fine art directly to the client. They select the art, pay for it and off it goes to the printer who ships it to them. It won’t be signed, but you can work around that and have the finished print sent back to you.

You can do both methods of selling your work.

It’s going to be a lot of work and many long nights, but I’m going to make my website be the heart of my “new” business. It is also something I can build during pandemic times when nobody is hiring photographers to make pictures of anything.

Wish me luck.

The picture. It’s the all seeing dog’s fault. Once we went outside, she headed straight to my car. She stood her ground. She was looking up at the car.

Okay, I thought. She’s always right. Normally, on a drive, she curls up and sleeps in the backseat. Not this time, she sat on the front seat. She wanted the window open. She got her way. She was being a dog.

She watched as we drove. Finally, she started barking. This is the place.

That was fine with me. We took a walk in a place we didn’t know. If you look at the gate, you might notice that is secured. You need card key to get in. Somebody jammed that up with a piece of cardboard, so in we went.


Before we went exploring, I made a bunch of pictures at the gate because the light was streaming through the trees.

I couldn’t resist.

I have to admit I did a lot of work on the picture in post production. I made a lot of versions of it. I saw some muted work somewhere, so I tried that. Nah.

I settled on an early version of this picture and fine tuned it.

That’s what you see in front of you.

Stay safe. Stay mighty. As cities start letting people do things again wear your mask.

One more thing. I have a young friend. I’ve known her since she was 17. She’s in her late thirties now. Her doctors predicted that she wouldn’t live until she was 30 because she had cancer. She survived. Of course cancer treatment weakens your body.

She caught the virus. She survived that too, but it left with inflammation of her heart, kings and belly. She’s been in the hospital twice for that.

I have a really bad feeling. I don’t get them often, but when I do they are usually right.

Have a good thought for her. Do whatever you do. Please.



8 responses to “Summer Night Sticks To My Skin”

  1. marina kanavaki Avatar

    I am sending all good thoughts for your friend. May she recover swiftly and completely.
    My best wishes for your site and to the all seeing dog [all seeing and all knowing huh?!]!!!! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      That you. I haven’t heard anything today. There is always the underlying question of my site. It has a solid blog base, but how do I get y’all over there?


      1. marina kanavaki Avatar

        Maybe add (I couldn’t see one) a subscribe button on a side column or somewhere visible, so that we get an email notification whenever you post. Till then maybe reblog your site’s posts here?

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        The only blog structure that allows for that is WordPress. That’s why it is so popular. I can ask Format — the people who built the framework of my website — if it is possible. What I may do is just send emails to those of you who are actually around. I have a lot of ghost followers. They come about three times a year. They subscribe and I never see them again. The short of it means I have a fairly small base of communicators. I may repost here for a while because I still own this blog. But, sometime early next year when my payment comes due, I’ll let it expire.


  2. Catwoods Avatar

    Many hopes that your friend will recover, and quickly.
    The photo is exquisite!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you for both. I haven’t heard anything today, I suppose no news is good news.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Cara Lockhart Smith Avatar

    Your photographs, apart from a few, aren’t appearing in my reader, is there something I am doing wrong? It has happened with someone else’s images as well, though most seem to be OK. Anyway, I’ll go chasing your work elsewhere, maybe, and enjoy your photographs in Facebook…. Keep well, Ray, and our fingers are crossed over here, too…though we’ve got another four years or so of our particular buffoon….


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I have no clue. I’m tired of battling WordPress so I guess you can follow me via email until I leave WP which is mid-November when we yearly subscription is due.


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