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ML Hart
I write as witness to what I imagine. I make images to ask questions. I tell stories with cameras and words.
I write as witness to what I imagine. I make images to ask questions. I tell stories with cameras and words.

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Hi all,
Do you know anyone looking for a long term rental in the Atlántida area? (1 to 3 years) The owner is a friend and neighbor, and we have mutual friends in the same area, as well.

This house is not yet available, but will be for the beginning of October. This could be an ideal location to rent for a year while looking for a property to buy.

The house is very cozy, nice location, quiet, charming with excellent upgrades and muebles. Located in Villa Argentina Norte, is on a fully fenced 556m2 lot.

The house is 54m2, has two bedrooms, one bathroom (shower only), living/dining space, and kitchen. Shelving, beds, bureau, table, chairs, 40 l. James water heater, Fagor refrigerator, James washing machine, Wamsler woodstove (that easily heats the whole house), curtains, alarm, and antenna, are all included. The yard has many plants and trees, including a lemon and an apple tree. You can walk to the nearest beach access or to Tienda Inglesa supermarket in about 20 minutes.

Rent = US$550 per month. Contact the owner , Chris Poggensee (speaks German, Spanish, and some English) at: 098 115 455

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Editors' Pick from LensCulture - my on-site portrait of conductor Peyton Hibbitt (second in this group of 10):

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Insightful essay on the true nature of photography. I think it's brilliant. Of course I do - it echoes how I work. Whether I'm shooting or interviewing, I listen, engage. People WANT to talk about what's important to them - their lives, their work.
With some of my more interview-savvy subjects (i.e., they;d been burned, misquoted, betrayed by journalists) it took a while for them to figure out I wasn't asking questions like others. I didn't have my head down, scribbling notes. I make eye contact. I read body language. I listen.
More of an investment of time and harder to extract the parts from the taped interview I want to use. But people talk to me. Hell, sometimes they confess to me. Astonishing stories. Indelible life experience.

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I love shooting doors and windows. Maybe all photographers do...
X-Rite ColorTALK with Jay Maisel
"When color moves me, that’s when I shoot."
#photography   #color  

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What's next? A determination that someone taking one of my images and posting it on their website without any contact, without permission, without attribution, without compensation is to be considered "fair use"?

Or do we watermark the hell out of images... or stop posting them altogether?

I'm not seeing a good end to this.

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Great article - I mean, how can you resist a line like "restraint and subtlety were the boring hallmarks of bands who weren’t Queen"??

I'm going to Montevideo next week to get a 90-day extension on my entry visa/passport stamp. I know the procedure has been discussed here before, but I'm wondering if anyone's done this lately - any new things I should know about before diving in?

I understand the office is at the corner of Missiones and Cerritos, and it should be pretty routine, even for someone whose comprehension of spoken Spanish is not yet at a good level!

Thanks for any advice.

Opening a bank account at BROU... the continuing saga.

I'm working with an escribana on this project. Last month, I'd gathered everything she told me to have and we went to the branch at Punta Carretas Shopping. (Why there? because the folks are a bit less demanding than at other branches, she says.)

We were there in the morning and talked with a young lady in a non-management position (I'm guessing, but not far off) who was a bit vague in looking at my documents. She also said we needed proof of income, which the escribana had forgotten to tell me about. (Note that this one is less formal than the proof of income letters required for the residency application... this one would be okay as a summarization from someone official - like my CPA tax goddess who's done my taxes for15 or 16 years.)

She did suggest that when we returned, we should come in the afternoon when the manager was there, especially as he speaks English.

So, I drafted something up for my tax lady and she emailed it back to me. Not original signature, notarized, apostilled, any of that. Today, the manager said it was sufficiente for him, but the Powers That Be (not the exact phrase he used...) may require that. So this could go to Round 3.

Much discussion about how to show income received in Uruguay. The current plan is withdrawing cash in the amount of my income deposits from BanRed (because the service fee is reimbursed by my bank, so the transaction costs me nothing) then depositing those amounts into the BROU account, once I get it. This would be every month.

The tricky parts are... limitations on how much I can extract from a cajera on any one day... and the habit of the cajera to spit out in multiples of $100 rather than something that matches my direct deposit amounts. But with good records, receipts and regular transactions, I think this will work.

I looked into direct deposit to BROU - no luck on any of my various small income amounts. They won't deposit to a non-US bank. So I checked into transferring money from my bank to BROU... ha! Chase will do it, for a $40 fee EACH time. Xoom (online) will do it too, for a percentage fee based on how much you're transferring - for me, it would run around $11 or $12 each transaction, every month. Those numbers are USD.

I told the escribana that if I had to pay those fees, I couldn't afford to live here and would pack up and move to Ecuador. Bank manager agreed that the fees were high.

The reason for this detail is that there MAY be a solution. The bank manager is going to check to see if I can transfer into their branch in NYC at no charge. Fingers crossed, eh?

All the other documents were good - we just have to wait and see if the main office (?) accepts the income letter the way it is. But looks like I'm on the way.

For information, here are the documents I had to provide:

application to open BROU account (including name, address, cédula number of a person in Uruguay who knows me and knows where I live - my Spanish teacher was kind enough to fill that section out)

signed privacy statement, basically authorizing BROU to look at all my info and share it with the IRS

IRS W-9 in Spanish ... yes, just like the W-9 you give a US employer to authorize withholding of taxes from your paycheck - that's not what it's for, here, apparently

letter of reference from my US bank

summary of income (what it is, where it comes from, how much, when it started, how long it goes on) - this was the one my tax lady did

income tax return, latest version - they just want to see that you pay your taxes - the concept of not preparing that until several months after the end of the year in question was something the escribana struggled with! I'm guessing it's different here

proof of residency in the US - I gave them a utility bill, which seemed to work... never mind that I don't live there anymore :-/


driver's license

Stay tuned....

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Heartbreaking news about the loss of 150 lives and the impact that has on their families.
The opera world is reeling, as 2 of those lost were singers. In today's business, frequent flying is unavailable, and this possibility just isn't talked about much.
In shock, in mourning ... May transitions be peaceful.
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