Saturday, February 27, 2010

Top of the Morning

I got a fun little point and shoot and made this photo while checking the surf one morning last week.  I'm pretty happy with the quality of this little guy (Canon Powershot SD1200)!  Hasselblad's are non-condusive to quick shots of friends or little nieces and nephews, so I thought I should have a point and shoot for those times in life too :)

I shot some film last week for my new project - met up with some fisherman in Oceanside after work on Thursday.   I'm excited to see what the film looks like. 

Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 12, 2010



I've been thinking about this water project all week.  I went out and shot a few images, although I'm not sure if they're relevant just yet.  While organizing my computer files, I checked the archives to see if there are images from past projects that might fit my idea, and I found the photo above from my project NeoNature, circa 2004.  Hard to believe it's been SIX YEARS since I worked on that project.

Here are a few facts from charity: water that you might not have been aware of:
  • Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
  • Of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation, 90% are children under 5 years old.
  • Our planet is 70% water.  97.5% of that is saltwater.  This means only 2.5% is available for the 6 billion people on the planet today.  
I'm really excited about this project, but feel like I have so much to learn. Please feel free to send me links and ideas; I'd love to hear from you.

Have a great weekend!

PS: I read online that Dlo is how you say water in Haitian Creole (one of the two official languages of Haiti). I'm going to try to learn how to say water in every language.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ryan Tatar :: Annenburg :: This Thursday

© 2010 Ryan Tatar

My talented friend Ryan Tatar of Shakas and Singlefins will be showing some work at the Annenburg Space for Photography in LA this Thurdsday, along with a few other "surfing lensfolk" as he so aptly put it.  Check it out if you're in the area!  Click here for the low-down.

© 2010 Ryan Tatar

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Last night, I had an eye opening experience unlike any that I can remember. I saw the movie Flow.  Have you seen it?

It's a documentary that investigates the world water crisis: our dwindling supply, the pollution, politics & evil business behind it.  When I see movies like Flow, there is a devil's advocate who lives inside me that tries to poke holes in whatever the movie is saying.  This time was different.  I couldn't poke any holes in the argument presented to me.  I was shocked, appalled and nearly in tears watching this movie.  The people who control water terrify and disgust's so scary to think of what is coming.

You really have to check out this movie.

I felt so helpless as I watched Flow.  But, as I racked my brain for ways I could help from here, without uprooting my whole life, I realized I can help. With my camera.

This has been brewing in my mind for less than 24 hours, so who knows what will happen...but I feel deep inside me that this is big and I have to do it.   I don't know where this will go, or exactly what I'm doing yet.  But, I'm thinking that I'll make a new body of work, about water in all its forms and uses to raise awareness about this critical issue.   I don't think I need to travel far away to do this.  The image above was taken right here in Cali, and it makes you think about water, doesn't it? How about this one:

I hope I'm just really late to the party and every single one of you is saying, "Liz! I am very well aware of all of this!  Did you know [fact about water and how it's being fixed]?  You mean you DON'T already donate to charity:water?"   But, based on the few conversations I had about this today, I fear that's not the case.

Imagine that one day water will be like oil - it will have the power and human/political/environmental devastation that oil does.  Only worse, because every single one of us needs it to live. Without it, we'd be dead in a matter of days.  We can't make hybrids to solve this problem.
Thanks for listening.  Images coming soon : )

Over and out,

PS  If you have a chance, take a look at this petition and sign it if you agree.   This petition is asking that Article 31 be added to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (ratified by the UN).  Article 31 states:

Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstance.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

more from costa rica

costa rica was incredible, for so many reasons. for starters - being with greg, and just greg for a whole week! and not being on a schedule!  but also the jungle, sounds, fruit, seafood, amount of life EVERYWHERE, the surf, the sun, animals, towns....sigh.  it's weird thinking about it from here - it seems like a dream.

i was warned against petty thieves, both by friends and the interweb, so all i brought was a point and shoot and my holga. although i do wish i had my hasselblad and a tripod, i know if i brought them it would have been a photo trip, and not a honeymoon.

enjoy :)

nice view

if they had looked left, they would have seen this:


costa rica + palm springs

both places are very hot and very awesome.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Updated Blog Address Info

Aloha friends,

Google makes it incredibly challenging to get support and/or reverse stupid mistakes like deleting the administrator account of your blog.  Word to the wise - don't delete the account! Or if you do, make sure you have proper transferred admin rights.

Anyway, after driving myself nuts all day yesterday trying to resolve this, I decided to make this a learning opportunity and figure out a better solution.  So, the solution is this:

See how nice that it is? And if you go there, it takes you right back to here.  You can still get here from the old address too -

I feel silly that I ever tried to do it the other way, but I just hadn't thought it through.  This has been a great lesson to me in patience and taking the time to do things right.   So, I ask you, if you ever did go follow, come back to this site.  Please make your bookmarked address if you are kind enough to bookmark me..

Sorry for all the confusion and thanks so much for bearing with me while I transition to my new name.  I *think* this is the last time I'll have to bring up my blog address...

Monday, February 1, 2010

help me please! blogger guru, are you out there?

***Note: I'm leaving this up in case someone else has my problem. I was not able to resolve this through Google or Blogger. I went through my domain manager to resolve this problem.  If you're experiencing the same thing, please see the Things I Have Tried section below***

I wasn't as thorough this morning as I usually am, and it has cost me my blog! Can you help?

Problem: The admin account for has been deleted.  The blog is showing up as removed! Grrrrr.

Pertinent information: I have another google account which has author rights on  When I am signed into this account, I can see on my dashboard, and all the previous posts (thank goodness!).  However, if I go into the permissions tab, I can only remove myself as an author - not take over admin rights.  If I try to post something new on the blog, I see it in my "Edit Posts" list, but it doesn't show up on the blog (blog is still showing up as removed).

Questions for you:  How can I grant my author account admin rights without the admin account?  Another solution - how can I get Google to release the so I can take it over with my new account?

Things I have tried: 
  • Clicking the "Can't access your account"? link on the google sign in page.  No dice.  
  • I have also tried filling out the "Can't access your blogger account?" form, which asks for current email info, usage history, etc, but they keep saying they are unable to verify my identity based on my responses! I don't know what else to say...I'm answering everything to the best of my ability.
  • I have also posted to the Blogger Help forums, with no responses. 
  • Two blogs were affected by this, so I deleted myself as an author for one of the blogs, thinking that perhaps having an existing author account was tying up the URL.  Deleting the account did not  free up the URL.

What do I do?

I know there are other solutions like coming up with a new blogger URL, but I JUST emailed my whole contact book telling them my new blog and web addresses!  I'd love to stay with if I can.

If someone can fix this problem, I will seriously give you an 8x8 print of your choice. I am desperate to have this resolved, and fast!