The webmaster almost completed the form to make the orders, and pay attention, he is super busy with work in these days!
I still have to sit down and decide the pictures for the plain calendars, but not today. Today is different, I cannot be lazy or sad, this afternoon I’m going to help my father in the supermarket where he’ll be working for Banco Alimentare (Italian Food Bank, click here to know more) A lot of area of Italy are under rain or snow but most of my friends are out there working for others, I have weird friends… instead of blaming awful weather condition they leave home or stay home supporting those who could leave
Back to more trivial information.
I wanted to open the selling on Dec 1st, for the first Sunday of Advent, let’s see if by Tuesday we can build up something.
Here is a overview on the 11 out of 16 “traditional” calendars
Blue Butterfly 2014 Here it comes,from last year, updated layout for one of the most liked by people from both Italy and USA
Butterflies 2014 This one is new, except for the butterfly on the left bottom corner those are all butterflies picture I took last day spent in NYC, that means I took most of these pictures coughing and with slightly high temperature. I guess you don’t need to be wonder woman to find Beauty? The calendar was born from a direct request from my mother
Venice 2014 Another new one! Pictures taken in Venice in January 2013, seagull included. I wonder how does Venice look like in Spring time…
Mt Etna 2014 (ab) The new one showing the best place on earth (forgive me, I grew up shaped by its beauty). This one is born due to a direct request from the webmaster. He wanted a way to take a look at our volcano daily, even if he he has to work and live far away from its beauty.
Vendicari 2014 A new calendar showing pictures of birds taken last summer in Vendicari, another pearl of Sicily.
Pozzillo Lake 2014 Updated layout for a calendar born last year. Pozzillo lake, Sicily.
Mt. Etna 2014 (sb) The second one showing our volcano. Updated layout, calendar from last year. In the center you can see how Etna peak changed in a few months, actually now it looks different again… an “alive” mountain, no wonder that when it’s active at night you have the feeling that a giant is sleeping and deep breathing outside. A good giant.
Red Rose 2014 Updated layout for a last year calendar. A simple, little but still captivating beauty.
Soap Bubbles 2014 Updated layout for an old calendar. Last year I brought one of this in NYC. My little present for a friend living Ohio. I loved how she asked me “how is possible that a soap bubble has edges?” and asked all the possible question to the webmaster to figure out what relies behind these colors. I love also how most people says “they look like far away planets”. Who knows, maybe they are! Sometimes it’s nice to let imagination free, I’m sure beauty can be found there too.
Sea 2014 Updated layout. I confess, this has been my calendar for year 2013 People have different reaction in front of this image. Some like the image, most find it a little “distressing”. I’m not surprised, the beauty of the sea is a bit alike the beauty of a volcano/mountain. It reminds you of how finite and weak you can be but yet it’s captivating and if you approach with respect, who knows, you might discover the taste of the infinite…
Seagull 2014 Updated layout. Dumb joke “time flies!” It is “just” a seagull flying toward me and the webmaster in a late fall time rainy day… a day a bit like today
And tomorrow? And tomorrow I’ll show what had been created for friends of friends working for AVSI in the next weeks! They will sell the calendars and all the gain will go to AVSI.
As I said, I’m the opposite of a “social animal”, but I am surrounded by weird creatures, and they are spread a bit all over the world. Their weirdness lays in the fact that they are definitely not perfect beings, more or less aware of their imperfection, they keep doing their best.
Well, see you, outside web life is calling
but it doesn’t mean I won’t be trying to show the beauty I’m about to see…and even if I won’t be able to show it, be sure, it is happening. Right now
In case you wonder why mixing the introduction of other calendars with important information: It’s simple, that’s how things are over her, overlapping of different actions all moved by the desire of finding Beauty, whatever shapes it takes
Here we are, the work on the traditional and plain calendar is almost over. On Friday was born another calendar: “Seagulls 2014″, with this I reached a total of 16 traditional calendars for the year 2014. 16?! Where did I find time to create 16 calendars? I fear to know the answer…oops!
Sure is that I thought that might be nice to introduce them step by step… so let’s start with the first group, the 5 ones for kids (and not only).
Kids #1: Seagulls 2014
A seagull calendar thought for kids but probably it will go with the possibility to insert a seagull instead of a kid picture.
Kids#2: rabbit 2014
(or is it an hare?) The first kids calendar ever sold. Updated to 2014 months layout
-Kids #3: Treasure Map 2014
Created for the webmaster an year ago. Updated to 2014 months layout. Changed a few pictures with some from the last trip to Ingrottato Lavico del Simento and Gurne dell’Alcantara
Kids #4: Grasshopper 2014
Kids #5: Cats 2014
My hopes is that this work for kids or for any cat lover/owner
Can something happening every year since 2008 be called a tradition? I am going to
The tradition is: creating calendars 12×18 inches starting from my pictures The “tradition”, as some might know already, was born just to make a present to the webmaster, parents and funny bro. With the passing of time it turned into Christmas presents for some friends . 2 years ago, two of these friends (an Italian and an American) said “You should sell this stuff”… and both spent their own money to print the calendars because I had no idea how to send them the calendar.
As you might know, last year I decided to listen to my friends and I started selling calendars. I didn’t become rich, but I confess, it had been amazing seeing people, among which even a friend who is a photographer, appreciating my work so much to spend some money on those.
Last year I created 7 calendars
This year I wanted to do more, therefore I started in August to think about what to sell
So far I ended up with 15 traditional calendars
(click on the image to see it a bit bigger)
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On the night between Thu 14th and Friday 15th I decided to create what I’m going to call plain calendars, 1 picture and the months:
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In the following days I’m going to see and decide which pictures are available for the plain calendars
According to tradition, these calendars can be customized - highlighting special days like birthdays, - removing/changing holidays - in some of the traditional calendars (especially those intended for kids) it is possible to insert a personal picture
but I’m going to give more details in the following days
Also I’m considering two new things…or should I say products? 0.O One is completely new, the other one is just a second option for the first 16 calendars showed here.
All started in late 2007, when I decided I wanted to try to create calendars with my own pictures
Now I can say: it’s definitely an evolving activity.
I started to create the calendar for just me, mother and the webmaster. I’ll never forget it took me some days to aligns the days the very first time. Yes, because till that day I didn’t even tried to draw a line with a graphic program, so i just opened it and tried tools (I admit, not an healthy thing to do)
Step by step everything changed, not sure if evolved in a good way, but definitely every year there was something new or improved, or I discovered tricks to make the work easier.
This year I have started to create the 2014 calendars in late August
I want to take my time to think, to make correction and above all to have things ready by early December. I wanted to give time to friends or just random customer, time to decide which calendars they want, which changes and when getting it.
In the last weeks - I have changed the months layout with the hope that in the printed version everything is clearly visible. -I have created 1 or 2 calendars and I have started to update the last year ones I want to keep.
Well, during this process started a little argument with the webmaster, he, as many other said “I cannot easily find months sequence”.
I got furious for the situation.
I kept thinking (and saying)
You are people that can understand advanced maths/physics and philosophy and you get confused with the order of 12 months? Plus, I felt “betrayed” because he was complaining of exactly the same calendar last year he, and others, considered fine.
So I decided I wanted to quit, I was about to delete all the calendars from my computer and quit with this “waste of time”.
At the end I hadn’t the courage to delete the folder, but surely, I stopped working on calendars and pictures.
It was an nth-failure and I had no will to react this time. It’s easier to quit, no?
Then on Sunday we went to take pictures. Actually I didn’t even want to go to take pictures, but I kept silent because if I say “i don’t want to take picture” people around me get worried. But… - I rarely go out -it is rare the webmaster suggest to go somewhere - weather was surprisingly nice
So I went with my typical approach of “Hey Boss, I am sure I’ll get nothing, prove me wrong!”.
Of course, I harvested several photographic-fruits
SomeOne is probably still laughing. Laughing out loud.
On Monday, the webmaster, made me change mind about taking part on a photographic contest.
I said the true “There is almost no chance I win” and he said “C’mon, not taking part is the best way to lose”.
So I provoked him “I hadn’t chosen pictures to send, and time is almost over”.
He proposed to help and we spent a good two hours trying to figure out what to send… and here I am, taking part on this contest.
Still thinking I won’t win but absolutely surprised the webmaster took everything this seriously.
So… well… ok… let’s be humble and try to solve the months order
I finally re-opened a calendar file and in 2 minutes I got this
last year version
looked like this
I’m not saying it’s perfect but I hope it’s better.
Funny is that as soon as I thought “let’s drown wind waves with months”, everything almost took form alone.
Well, now I’m curious what will happen in a few years.
About 30 minutes ago I have started to work on the 7th and last calendar, but for some reason I came up with this unplanned result
I have to figure out if I want to put it in the group of the calendars I want to sell or create another sea calendar for the people.
Not that I want a personalized unique calendar for me but I reckon that the union of such a B&W image and the colors of the days (even just the white and reds without any other specific event highlighted) can be really disturbing, unless both the picture and the colored days means something for you…I don’t know.
I think that it’s something that only a crazy mind like mine, that links to that picture a lot of little but relevant moments of her life, can like such a calendar.
And now a calendar for the “pulzella” (Merins’ daughter): It is focused on “panorama” because a fe days ago, while we were having a conversation via sms she told me she loves panorama shots. The cat is an extra picture she has chosen from my website.
This one is for my friend Merins…. this time the calendar was more focused on what she loves doing (singing) and her singer friends and group of singer (Ethno Voice). Some of the pictures (the 3 group pictures + the picture under March: the man with the guitar) are not mine, the others are picture I took on Jan 8th 2011.
And finally the calendar for my bedroom:
Under (or above) each month there is a picture taken on that month of any of the past years. In the central line I had put soap bubbles shots for decoration and because I do love those shots Let’s see who can say which is the “planned” pictures composition and the reason of this pictures-matching
I will have this calendars printed tomorrow afternoon.
Something tells me that the work is not over, but what is left are probably calendars that I have to send via mail due to distance issues…:)
On 19th December officially started “my” Christmas vacation. This means that on 19th December afternoon I have started doing what I had been desiring to do for at least 4 weeks: just stay with my pictures and imagination! since it’s the end of the year I opted to go ahead with the calendars project.
On Monday I created a soap-bubble theme calendar for my mother.
This one will hang on a wall in our apartment corridor for the next 12 months.
On Tuesday I created a nature-events theme calendar for the webmaster: For the first time he will hang his calendar in a room in north Italy. Big changes in our life are going to happen in a couple of week, I want to give him something that would make him feel at home even for just a second per day.
On late Tuesday a good man I met on the web asked me a calendar for his granddaughter. He asked me a calendar full of cats
Here it is. Except for the cat on the left bottom corner, that is the grandpa’s cat picture taken with a cellphone the rest all all cats picture I have taken from late Summer 2006 to October 2011. I tried to use lighter colors since it will go as a present for a 7 year old girl. I hope she’ll enjoy it. This was actually the most difficult calendar since I have no idea of what a little girl might like (but this is another story…)
Now the last big dilemma is left: WHAT ABOUT MINE CALENDAR?
I know that these calendar are not exactly the most useful thing in the world, but people receiving one of these as present seem to enjoy his/her calendar for the whole year. Plus: I really love making them because it’s another way to enjoy the process that start with a just-white page and ends with a colorful page.