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My photo is on the cover of today's Philadelphia Weekly! (It's a good story too, about art and blight and community and ownership)

http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/news-and-opinion/cover-story/Divine-Lorraine-254435611.html
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When people who don't want to be photographed are around me, they treat me like I'm a vampire who swears that they've kicked the habit. Sure, they WANT to believe me when I say I won't take their picture but they're afraid I'll lose control and won't be able to resist.
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I mostly gave up dodging cameras when digital cameras came about.  At least if you make it plain you don't want your picture taken people gave up after a couple of attempts with film.  With digital they just keep trying.  They often simply think it is a joke if someone doesn't want their photo taken, and get upset that you are violating their right to have your photo taken.

[Not that this is the case with a professional such as yourself, but as +Natalie Kelly says, there are too many people with cameras who don't respect one's wishes that one has an instinctive aversion to the presence of the camera, if not the photographer.]
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This post is about Kickstarter, but let's start off with the pneumonia.

Last year, I got walking pneumonia. It's a type of pneumonia that's all the fun of regular pneumonia, but without the fever. In some ways, that makes it far sneakier, because I wandered around thinking that I just had an awful cold. An awful cold that wouldn't go away. For weeks, then months. An awful cold that just kept getting worse and worse.

Then one day I woke up struggling to breathe. I felt like someone had stacked books on my chest. I forced air into my chest with every breath, and you could hear the rattling around of the battle going on inside my body.

I called my doctor and she said that I should go to the emergency room, but I told her that I didn't have health insurance. (I do now, so everyone can relax). She prescribed some meds and told me that if they didn't work Right Away, I had to go to the hospital.

I had been out of work for a month before I got on meds, then it was weeks to recover, and another full month before I was myself again. I didn't get all my lung capacity back for about three months.

The pnemonia came out of nowhere and hit me hard. I couldn't have planned for pneumonia. I didn't know it was coming. I've seen health delays trip up lots of creators working on projects. If they don't get sick, maybe they have to care for a sick person, or their basement floods. It's a common story you hear when Kickstarters delay.

I'm currently working on planning my own Kickstarter called In Their Own Worlds. I know, when I launch, I'm going to plan in a "health buffer" of at least two months. Maybe I won't have to use it, maybe I'll be super healthy and I'll be able to work on my project steadily.

But just in case, it will be there.

http://jrblackwell.com/2011/12/04/itow/
In Their Own Worlds is a project where I'm placing authors in the fictional worlds they've created. In Their Own Worlds is about the line between fiction and reality, and placing the people who cre...
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How I've been following a food reviewer around the city: http://jrblackwell.com/2014/03/31/recent-adventures-in-photographing-food/
I follow food writer Brian Freedman like a shadow. He's like the silver surfer, and I'm like Galactus. Where he goes to eat in secret, I follow him with my camera days later, after the review has b...
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I don't doubt that! It must be nice that your models are so accommodating and don't need to be fed either. :D 
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Help me choose what images I should submit to an upcoming contest!

I'm entering a contest called "Impressions of Philadelphia" where the images need to be landscapes, architecture, and objects with artistic composition.

I get to submit 5 images. I've narrowed down my favorites to 25. Do you have a favorite image from this collection, or a top five? What would be your winner?

http://jrblackwell.smugmug.com/Art/Black-and-White-Landscapes/i-MwKjz2z
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Hmm, it currently looks like the favorites are 3 4 7 9 20 21 25. I might need to make a poll on the blog to narrow it down even further!
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Learning Photoshop techniques is like being the apprentice to a wizard with questionable ethics: The wizard hands you an ancient tome and says:
"If you read this, you will be able to bring rain to the village so that the crops this year will be bountiful."
"Oh great, thank you!  This will-"
"-You will also be able to feast on souls to increase your power."
"Can I maybe just read the part about bringing the rains?"
"It's the same part."
"Dang. Well then, I guess I just won't do the feasting thing then."
"Sure, just try to resist using that knowledge, ever knowing that you could be increasing your magic power. I'm sure you'll be able to do that. It's not like you ever go back for seconds, spend too much on entertainment or skip a workout or anything."
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Why aren't you running this? When can I come over? I will bring pistachios!
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Dude: Oh my God, Jared is your husband?
Me: Yep!
Dude: Oh, uh, well, please don't take this the wrong way, but I always thought he was gay.
Me: Well, we are queer. Both of us are, actually.
Dude: it's just. . . He dresses so well!
Me: Well, you weren't completely off, as we are both queer.
Dude : what does he wear at home?
Other dude: I bet it's a bow tie.
Me: He does wear bow ties.
Dude: So you're really married.
Me: Yes.
Dude: I thought you were best friends.
Me: We are. (Queer, married, best friends)

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Jared is your initial reaction to anyone short the urge to pick them up and carry them?
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I have a poll over at my blog!

I'm entering a photography competition that features Philadelphia landmarks and landscapes. I’ve narrowed down the photos I plan to enter to my ten favorites. The only trouble is, I can’t enter ten photos in the competition! I need to narrow it down even further.

This is where you come in! Which photo is your favorite? Just go with your gut reaction. You don’t have to think what would other people like, or what you think might win – don’t worry about that – just click the link and vote for the one YOU like best.

http://jrblackwell.com/2014/04/02/a-few-of-your-favorite-things/
Below I have a series of photos I'm considering entering in a competition. The competition is for photography that features Philadelphia landmarks and landscapes. I have a lot of these photos in my...
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That was too difficult! 
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Currently working on: attempting to get five people to come with me to a motel in the middle of the woods so that I can tape one of their eyes shut, put beauty makeup on another, and give a third one an axe. The rest will just, you know, hold lights.
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I'd be game. 
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The times that +Jared Axelrod and I get to work together are the best times: http://jrblackwell.com/2014/03/28/globe-dye-works/
One of the great pleasures of being a freelancer for Philadelphia Weekly is that now and then, I get to collaborate with my husband as a photographer/writer duo. For his latest column for Made New ...
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I read the article yesterday and I have to say seeing these pictures made the article so much better.
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Kicking-Ass. Also? Some name taking.
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I am a writer and photographer. Also, kind of a badass.
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I am a writer and photographer. I write fiction, games and other amusements. My photography is pretty sweet.
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This one time I wrote this essay about cake and it ended up in a holy book. True story.
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