A Letter From Winston:

Dear Admirers,

My photography staff has been irksomely distracted of late.

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I suppose I shouldn’t complain too strenuously as they seem to have finally clued in to the disgraceful lack of proper guarding posts from which to keep tabs on the neighboring riff raff. But what with the obsessing over engineering drawings, hand-digging trenches for the roadbed gravel to support the stone underdecking, dry stacking 90-pound Allan blocks, and so on, they have simply let my modeling career slip sideways.

Sometimes I think this world is going straight to the people.

Well, I’m a forgive-and-forget kind of poodle, and they seem to be back in the  saddle, so let’s just say no more. I’m anxious to return to the craft.

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And I do love my job.

One of the best parts of a shoot is the thrill of seeing that camera come out. Man, the adrenaline just flows!

It’s SO exciting to have to make those snap calls on how to set myself up for maximum lens interception to ensure a flattering result. For me, even small details that others might overlook, such as how to accessorize to set the mood, bring joy to my journey.

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For instance, take this dazzling yet relentless execution of perfect right angles, re-angles,  di-angles, and so.

One glance, and my inner knowing spoke to me: the scene just screamed for a rancid, broken-down, mud-infused tennis ball to soften the emotional focus.

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Sometimes, all that’s called for is a subtle touch. In fact, some of my best work has been done by mere shadows and the dust of my footprints in the snow.

(If you’re interested, there’s more of my portfolio here, here, here, here, and here. Riveting stuff, really, even if I did let them ghostwrite a few.)

No matter the motif, the thing is to Stay. With. The. Task.

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I believe that more Model Artists fail to get that critical last 10% by giving up on the potential of a shot, one shot too soon.

You just can never tell when the money shot will magically appear.

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Take the above, for instance. What if I had said, “No… no… I’m simply too exhausted to continue.”?! The world would have been denied the perfect intersection of grand luck and great execution.

No, my friends, do not give up before the Muse picks up her Kong and goes home.

However, there’s no denying it: super modeling is not only very physically demanding, it’s also intellectually taxing, what with sorting through all the decisions regarding best angles, lighting, poses, accessories etc.

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Better sign off now and tap a power nap. I need ALL the blood back in my head so I’m fresh for tomorrow’s shoot.

Love, Winston


Nori Sushi Nanaimo Restaurant Review

April 17, 2016
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At first, I was just taken with the delicate (and delicious!) flash-fried lotus root chips, and how much I was looking forward to the slightly salty “pop!” each one of those red and black flying fish roe would make in my mouth. Why, I wondered, did James use two different colored roe?

Then I looked again and saw the dragon, with its mouth open wide and its lotus-root wings furled out at the base of its long neck.

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March 4, 2016
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Some parade (and life) moments can take your breath away when you least expect it, for reasons you didn’t see coming.

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February 14, 2016
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Note to prospective traveling grannies: 30 hours of travel, plus a 13.5 hour time difference, plus the chaotic pace of Bangalore, multiplied by highly active two- and five-year old sleep needs = a serious need for a Jet Lag Plan.

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Rick and Kathy Play Games

January 17, 2016
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P.S. There’s another fun rickandkathy.com made up game coming your way shortly! Stay tuned for WWF_WTF (Words With Friends_Written by Two Friends).

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“Brooklyn” Movie Review

December 19, 2015
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“Brooklyn” is an oasis of beautiful visual craft and story telling I had forgotten was even possible in a movie. Based on the novel “Brooklyn” by Irish novelist, Colm Tóibín, it’s a quiet movie of immense moments, of the ordinary human experience of leaving home, the loss of “normal,” and finding your way forward through discovering that you can’t go back.

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At Christmas, Give is Good

November 29, 2015
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Times change, and now the Sears catalog of our youth is called Amazon Holiday Central. For my inner holiday kid looking to replicate the first Saturday morning after the catalog arrives, belly down on the carpet, it’s one of the best gift stores online.

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