12.23.10

Seattle Talks, Show & Book Release Party

Posted in NW Arts, Photography at 3:14 pm by Michelle

I’ve had quite the run of speaking in Seattle this fall, and things are still happening. Since I love talking about my passions, I’m having a great time!

Back in September, I gave my shortest, and perhaps scariest, talk, at Ignite Seattle at the huge King Cat Theater. The scoop there is all the talks are exactly 5 minutes, with 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. I’ve given talks from 20min to 2 week-long workshops, so filling time isn’t a problem, but distilling the world of plastic cameras down to 5 min for a geeky audience was something different, and speaking to 700 people my largest crowd to date. In the end, it was lots of fun and the whole night of watching the other talks fun and educational. My talk should be available online soon.

Michelle Bates speaking at Ignite Seattle, Sep 2010 - iPhone snap by Noah Iliinsky

Michelle Bates speaking at Ignite Seattle, Sep 2010 - iPhone snap by Noah Iliinsky

In November, I had the great pleasure of doing a talk about my book at the venerable Elliott Bay Book Co, in its beautiful new home on Capitol Hill. For a month around the talk, I made a window display of the book, a variety of cameras and some of my photos. On November 13th, I filled up the speakers room with friends and fans of low-tech cameras and gave them a beginner’s tour of the world of plastic cameras. Dan McComb filmed it and an edited version will be available shortly for a taste of what my events are like (preview 8 min version here if you’re curious) .

Michelle setting up the window display at Elliott Bay

Michelle setting up the window display at Elliott Bay

Window Display at Elliott Bay Book Co in Seattle for Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity

Window Display at Elliott Bay Book Co in Seattle for Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity

After the talk and book signing, we moved over to Photographic Center Northwest for a celebration. This event coincided with the PCNW Faculty Exhibition – Picture Us. I had 8 photos from my trip to Thailand and Nepal up for that show, which was a nice opportunity for people to see the work printed and framed.

Faculty Exhibition at Photo Center NW - Michelle Bates photos

Faculty Exhibition opening at Photo Center NW - Michelle Bates photos

Faculty Exhibition at Photo Center NW - Michelle Bates photos

Faculty Exhibition at Photo Center NW - Michelle Bates photos

The following Friday PCNW hosted an evening of talks by faculty members, so I put together a totally different presentation showing the history of my fine-art and other photography, much of which is not done with Holgas. I showed work from other series (all up on my website portfolio section) – and some of my performance photography, which I think relates to the rest in my “quirky sensibility” – so called by a photo editor years ago. I also enjoyed seeing imagery and hearing about their work by Beb C. Reynol, John Blalock, Keeara Rhodes, and Erin Shafkind.

In January I’ll be Author of the Month at Ada’s Technical Books on the north end of Capitoll Hill (across from the Harvard Exit), picking a selection of books to be featured, and giving yet another talk on Sunday, January 23rd at 4:00pm. This one will be geared a bit more to the geeks, but is a great opportunity to enjoy the images even if you don’t like techy-talk. It’s a great new bookstore too – worth stopping in!

Whew!
~Michelle

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