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The Street, by Caroline Leaf (Academy Award nominee for Best Animation, 1976)

The Street by Caroline Leaf, National Film Board of Canada

I first saw this amazing piece of animation over 30 years ago, and it's stayed with me ever since. I was finally able to track it down thanks to someone at IMDb compiling a list of every animated short nominated for an Academy Award. It's based on a short story by famed Canadian author Mordecai Richler, and the animator, Caroline Leaf, painted it directly on glass, smearing and moving the paint around for every frame. It's an impressive combination of storytelling, art, and sound, told through narration as well as dialog and wordless sequences. Do yourself a favor -- unplug yourself for ten minutes, sit back and watch this lovely story, which plays beautifully in full-screen. Note: it's animation, not a cartoon.


While I was out

I married the love of my life, Patrick Kellogg/mudcub, on June 14 of this year, at the NYC Office of the City Clerk.

We were so thrilled to have many of our friends in attendance there and at our celebration/reception the next day. Especially our longtime friends (and personal heroes) Jeff/hammerride (on the right) and Ed/tycho_anomaly, who have been together 26 years, got married themselves just last weekend (congratulations, guys!), and who were our witnesses and ringbearers.

We wrote our own vows and exchanged them in front of friends and family on both coasts. We celebrated with bubble ray guns, tacos, cupcakes, bicycles, fried chicken, games, songs, pies, succulents, Japanese photobooths, poems, cowboys, roller coasters, and giftbags for all. We had the wedding, ceremony, and parties we wanted -- informal and fun!

photo by BJ/caestus

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I haven't been posting a lot to LJ myself of late, but I love that people are still sharing their lives and talents here. I could have chosen even more the kdotdammit and sirpupnyc, if you're a lover of fine photography you should be following them, too. And I would have included even more from other friends, but as policy I don't rerun any photos that are posted as Friends Only.

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