Monday, December 10, 2012

Prizes Prizes Prizes


Write a limerick and win a prize! The theme must be New Year's Resolutions. No extra points for mentioning me or this blog. In fact, that is very likely to lose points for you. Limericks can be left here or on my Facebook page, or Google+ page.

I'll be giving away a these three items. First prize gets first choice. Deadline is Thursday at midnight, Eastern Standard Time, Winning limericks chosen and posted Friday. Good luck!

Fine print- Only for people in the U.S., unless an International entrant would like to pay for shipping, then go ahead and enter. I'm not made of money you know!

Of course, you could also buy them if you felt like it. Hint hint.  

 WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN---

First place and first choice of prize goes to Angie-

This new years I think that I've landed
On diets and leaving carbs stranded.
But after some time
I'll probably find
That my husband has caught me bread-handed.

Second prize has been awarded to Linda from the Bent Objects Facebook page-

There's not much I can pledge for next year
Since I don't know if we'll all be here
If I think like a Mayan
I'll only be tryin'
to stifle my December fear

And third prize goes to One Faller- 

Resolutions: they come and they go
In winter, they're easy to sow
In spring it's much harder
When filling the larder
To remember things said in the snow


Contact me at BentObjects at G mail with your addresses and choices (we'll work it out).




Sunday, November 25, 2012

Surfers Are Braver Than I Am.

(The lighting here reminds me of Annie Leibovitz of the 1980's.)


While I'm on the subject, a shark came within 10 feet of us as we swam in the Gulf of Mexico this summer, and I might have lost a few years of my life.


Also, please take a look at my books ( this one, and this one ) and  calendar. Thanks! 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mirror Mirror



I'm not always trying to be funny here. I was asked to make an image to pair with a poem for a poetry magazine, and this was one of my ideas. I decided to go with something else, but I think it's still a good image, so I decided to share it here with you.

As I was trying to decide what to call it, I went on Google and searched for "mirror poem". What came up was a really good poem by the well known author Sylvia Plath.  
It really doesn't have much to do with my photo, but I decided to share that with you also. 


Mirror

I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.

What ever you see I swallow immediately

Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.

I am not cruel, only truthful---

The eye of a little god, four-cornered.

Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.

It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long

I think it is a part of my heart. But it flickers.

Faces and darkness separate us over and over.

Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me,

Searching my reaches for what she really is.

Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.

I see her back, and reflect it faithfully.

She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.

I am important to her. She comes and goes.

Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.

In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman

Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.

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Sylvia Plath, by the way, just happens to be who I was thinking of when I made the following image a while back-

Sylvia Muffin Put Her Head in the Oven


I asked myself if I should repost this image when the mirror photo and the posting of the Sylvia Plath poem would probably make me look sensitive and intelligent.  I killed the whole poetry vibe, didn't I? 
 Oh well.

Speaking of dumb ways to die, here's a good video about that.




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Now please please please go and buy the Bent Objects calendar
Or my books.  People have told me they like them.

Until next time,
T

Sunday, September 23, 2012

PressPausePlay (the entire film about today's creative culture)


PressPausePlay from House of Radon on Vimeo.

This film is about the present state of music, art, books, film making, etc. Well, it blew my mind a little. I've been thinking of this same stuff- the democratization of creativity and the advantages and disadvantages of it... and yet it tells where we are right now much better than I could ever hope to. I was so excited to share it with you, it was hard at times to concentrate on watching it. 

Yes, these are scary times for people in the arts, but these are pivotal times, groundbreaking times, and wonderful times also.

Brilliant.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Exhibition


Big enough file for a background.

Thanks to Whitley Peanuts for the large variety of peanuts and cashews they sent me.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Afghanisnail

This is from a few years ago, but still just as topical today (unfortunately). 
In honor of the U.S.'s longest war ever. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

There Are Some Advantages to Growing Older


See? I have other ideas and can photograph things other than Bent Objects. 
Baby needs a new pair of shoes, so I maybe do a little work for you between projects. 

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Dove, from Feb. 2007.


Found this while going through some files. I think I like it better now than I did then.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Mummy's Curse? He's only 1 ply.





Valeria was kind enough to send me several tiny books to use, of which one appears here.
Thanks Valeria! Visit her site is here- boxturtlepress.com/
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Did you know there is now a Bent Objects calendar for sale?
Look to the right on the sidebar! 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Cheesy Kiss (after Rodin)



Rodin's The Kiss --> Here 

Just a reminder that as I post this, tomorrow (June 21) will be 
Strangely Orange Snack Appreciation Day (S.O.S.A.D).

Several years ago, I started celebrating my own absurd holiday when I eat orange snacks 
and any other orange food I can find. I'd like to encourage you to join in. 

Feel free to post any pics of your celebrations at 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Vik Muniz

Vik Muniz is a great artist, and this is his talk at a TED conference several years ago. I always thought it was such a wonderful talk, and I now wonder why it has taken me so long to share it with you.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Gary Goes Skating


Remind me to post this again as the Winter Olympics near so it's not so random.




Edit- I just heard from my friend Steve that the Gary in the video was convicted on Pedophilia charges. Didn't know that. I still like the song, but Gary, you're a jerk. The title and the video are just throw-ins though, my original motivation for the photo was the outfits of skaters. I would be happy with the image standing alone, but people like my titles, so I'll just keep it as is.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Making peanuts and asking for dollars ;)


So, I've been working on this story about a peanut person. The thought had crossed my mind to try some kind of Kickstarter.com thing where people donate money for this project, but frankly that would be a b.s. proposition, because I started this project, and I'm damn well going to finish it, no matter if people donate or not. Now, if we don't find a publisher, I'll be taking donations then, so I can do it myself. 

All that being said, I just put a donate button on the sidebar.
And just so you know, I remember my friends.  :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

He always had to do things differently.


A photo from a project that I'm working on. Should I be posting it here? No. 
It's hopefully going to be in a book. Is it posted here anyway? Well, I have nothing
else to post, so yes.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Springtime in Indiana

"Where are you headed? he asked.  
"Wherever the wind carries us", they replied.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

We Stopped Dreaming



I'm just a person living in a small state in the middle of America who isn't an expert on anything but what I do here at Bent Objects, but I think this video may sum up our culture at the moment. I feel that we have stopped dreaming big, and have switched over to a sort of "management mode." Where we get excited about the latest way to watch movies and play video games, exploring virtual worlds via software because we have given up on exploring real ones.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

First image of a new story project.


Only lots and lots of images to go.

Of course, it will be a long while until it's finished. In the meantime, won't you check out my latest?

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Nutty Politicians






With the Republican primary season still very interesting,
 I thought we would take a look at what's happening 
out on the campaign trail.










Mr. and Mrs. Newt visit a school where the students work as janitors in the evenings.














Rick meets some of his followers.












Mitt arrives at a rally.











Ron is wandering around somewhere.












Which one will the elephant choose?









No one can say that it hasn't been entertaining. 






























Until next time.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

An older one, and an announcement!

Yesterday's Flowers

Also, what I really wanted to post about (boast about?), is that a Bent Objects calendar is finally being produced. I remember very well the first time someone left a comment asking about the possibility of one, and I'm now happy to say that 2013 is the year of the Bent Objects Calendar! Will there be another one? Who knows, so please purchase this one while you have the chance.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Final Winner, and thanks to everyone for playing.

Yesterday's winner was probably the most difficult to name. Several people tried flattery, which almost worked, a few others mentioned the word "poo", so of course I chuckled even more at those. So, really strong efforts, but I finally chose Willow's 4 stanza go at it. Below is the first bit, which caught me by surprise for some reason. Congrats Willow.


“Be careful,” I said, 
“sh*t happens. It’s true”
But you wouldn’t listen.
Now it sucks to be you.


If you entered a contest, you need to scroll down and check the post. They've been edited to name the winners. Thanks again to everyone who gave it a try. Don't let this loss turn you bitter towards the world, or me. 


Next- Nolan Clayton made this computer monitor background and shared it with me,
so I'm sharing it with you. 
Thanks Nolan!

If there's a better way for me to share this with you here, please let me know.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Last Contest for a book.



Here's the last contest for a copy of Bent Object of My Affection
which is good for me because I find picking the winners difficult! 

Since all of these images I've been posting lately have been about Valentine's in some way, how about a "Roses are red, violets are blue" poem. No other rules, other than it has to be in that rhyming rhythm.
Good luck!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Chocolate Eating Day

(Special note- this will be one of the images in the Bent Objects Calendar later this year)

Today's contest should be fun. Leave a sappy love note to your special someone (real or fictional) below. I'll pick the winner and send you a copy of Bent Object of My Affection

I'd also like to announce a special win for Kirok, who has consistently entered great comments for so many of the contests. Please contact me, Kirok. 

I enjoy reading all the comments, but picking winners is hard. I'll be relieved when this is over.

Edit- Contest is closed, and I have chosen, after much serious deliberation, Cornbread to be the winner.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The "I hate Valentine's Day" post

Sylvia Muffin Left Her Head in the Oven

Today's contest to win a copy of Bent Object of My Affection (sorry this was posted later in the morning,

 I slept in), has the theme of "I hate Valentine's Day.  In 50 words or less, how much do you dislike this
holiday? Or maybe describe your worst Valentine's Day ever, true or not.  No other rules. My favorite will win a book. Good luck!

There were 10 or so Tom Swiftys from yesterday which could have won. I picked Marcia's (the one about coconuts).  Please get in touch.

Also- if you have entered a contest, check that post and see if you won!
edit- contest closed. I picked Stacey Halstead as winner. Congrats, Stacey!


Also, this.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

His Dream Job

The photograph within this photo was created by the GREAT Man Ray. His model here is Lee Miller, a wonderful photographer herself. They were sometimes partners in surrealism.

Today's contest is to do with this image OR something to do with the them or Love at First Site.

The trick? Today your comment has to be in the form of what is known as a Tom Swifty.

Go here and learn what it is, post yours in the comment section

 and my favorite will be awarded a free copy of Bent Object of My Affection

Contest is closed. Thanks for playing.

Wow, there were around 10 that were worthy, but I picked Marcia for the win.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Dedicated to the late Whitney Houston

This image is a few years old, but it's what I thought of when I heard of her passing.


Crushed Nuts


Would you like to win a copy of Bent Object of My Affection?
Leave a haiku with the theme "Love Hurts" in the comment section. 
Doesn't necessarily have to do with the image. 
Good luck.
(edit- remember haiku is 5 syllables, 7, then 5)


Contest is closed.
I picked Rick Goldstein as winner. Contact me Rick.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Perfect Pair (today's contest theme)


Limericks! 
Leave a limerick having to do with today's image somehow, and have
a chance to win a copy of Bent Object of My Affection!
Or you can always buy a copy here.
A copy will be given away every day until Valentine's.

Contest is closed! 
Many fine limericks, but I give the win to Ash Collins on this one.
Thanks for all your efforts!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Bachelor's Nightstand, during the other 23 hours 55 minutes of the day.


Would you like to win a copy of my second book Bent Object of My Affection 
Leave a haiku in the comment section about the above image.  
Make it a real haiku though (5 syllables, 7, then 5 again).

I'll be giving a copy away each day until Valentine's Day in contests
having to do with different Bent Objects images. 
But maybe you want to buy your own copy? 
(I've heard it makes a pretty good gift)

Contest is closed! Thanks for all who entered!
I gave the win to Caty, an artist for making me chuckle the most.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Book Give-away!

My agent (yes, I'm that kind of big-time person) Sorche Fairbank will be giving away a copy of my latest book Bent Object of My Affection every day until valentines at her Twitter account!

  Go here today and reply tweet to her with your 140 character story about today's image.

If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right


From the new book. You could order a copy and I wouldn't be at all upset! Think of it as a gift book for someone you like! Much longer staying power than either chocolates or roses.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Working on a new one!

But until then, here's a really old one- SouperHero.

This one was photographed in my kitchen using a flashlight directed from either side, and a mounted-from-under-the-cabinet-radio-player light above him to light his top and the background. Very high-tech.

Friday, January 27, 2012

I'm just writing this to get it out of my system.

I think you could call this my love letter to the internet.

A few times in the last year I've tweeted my opinion that we are living in the most creative time in human history.  I strongly believe this, and can get quite excited by the awesome possibilities of sharing work via the internet. I just had to write something here explaining what I meant, and to state the facts as I see them (It's quite possible that no one else cares, plus a lot of this is obvious, and I find it more than a little embarrassing that I can get worked up about this enough to write it all down, but it's my blog, and it's no secret about how nerdy I am, so...).

I'll start with photography and it's growth in popularity in recent years.  When I was in school studying it, I carried a camera with me an awful lot. How geeky did I have to be to do that? Very. Carrying a clunky 35mm camera around your neck at all times isn't very cool, or comfortable. But nowadays, how many people do not have a camera with them at all times thanks to their phones? And in those days, unless you were a student, or a member of some sort of club of photographers, who could you share your work with? What was the motivation for the average person to photograph anything but family, or to remember your vacation by? Who would you show it to? Now with Flickr and groups like it, it's so very easy to become part of a community to share your work, so you are motivated to make more. That's really what this is all about, I think, the ability to share. And how many people have discovered the joys of photography thanks to the ease of uploading an image to share immediately via Twitter? Lots, I would say. So many people are on the look out for something funny or beautiful to share.  Same goes for movies. Creating videos to post on Vimeo and Youtube is possible for anyone to do at a very low cost. Barriers have been removed.

Think about the art of writing for a minute. Think about creative, or biographical, or whatever kind of writing. Before blogging, how many people wrote any more than it took to fill the space of postcard? If it wasn't their profession, I'd say very few.  Now, it seems like everyone has had a blog at one time or another. And now "micro-blogging" is in style thanks to Twitter.  Not as many words you say? Right, but it's a different skill that people are learning. Very concise wording.  Do people want to post boring tweets? Of course not. People spend quite a few minutes of their day trying to write interesting, humorous, or informative Tweets and Facebook updates. Small bits of creativity for sure, but add them up on a weekly basis, and it's quite a bit. 

I think of all the craftspersons who have learned from each other on-line. Popular knitting blogs for instance have taken that old past-time of grandma's and made it mainstream.  Before Etsy and the like, where would a person sell the scarves and hats that they made besides the occasional craft fair?  I mean, a family only needs so many scarves, and then the knitting needles were put away. Communities on the web not only serve as a place to share work and ideas, but that also serve as shops to sell your product worldwide, creating a reason to make more, and to try new, crazy ideas. Kind of incredible.

My work exists because of the internet. If it weren't for people on the internet urging me on when I started, I wouldn't really have known I was "onto" anything when I began Bent Objects. Showings at galleries were few and very far between, and I sold practically nothing for months at a time.  Creating and posting work onto the internet is almost immediately satisfying and informative. Feedback is quick, and inspires me to make more. Going back to the days of making things to only display in a gallery would be depressing and slow down any evolution of my work immensely.  People inspire each other with work on the web in even real time at this point, thanks to things like "hangouts" on Google+.  (And as far as getting inspired by other peoples work? 10 years ago, you could buy a magazine and see work that was months old, look at a book with work that was years old, or go to your local museum and see the same work that they've shown for decades. Not exactly cutting edge stuff.) 

Now, here's when someone says- "Sure, there's a lot out there now, but most of what is created today is crap," and... I would agree. I've even said that, but there's still a lot of it that isn't. First of all, everyone starts out by making crap. But more importantly, with only a half-hearted try, a person can find many amazing things every day on the web, and thanks to the ease of sharing with others, more and more people are having a go at it.  How can this not be the most exciting time for artists, writers, musicians, or whoever wants to try something new? If you have something good to share, people will take notice! And if they don't? Try harder, or try something else.

Paris in the 1920's and 30's is looked back on through a gauzy lens. So many artists and writers, from Picasso to Hemingway were there making some of their best works, meeting up in cafés during the day, in bars at night, an exciting brew of our creative heroes inspiring each other to great heights. Last year's wonderful film, "Midnight In Paris," visits that era with great flair.  One funny thing is that the characters in the film in that classic era don't know that they are living in a special moment in time (of course) they are longing for one a few decades earlier. It's just what people do, I guess. My contention is that these days we live in right now will be looked back on with longing, especially with various governments trying to push through laws to control the internet. If that happens, these will be the good old days, so don't take them for granted. Look around and enjoy. I think this is an incredible time to make things, and I hope it stays around for a while.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

I've been building a house.


This will be part of a story I'm making. Not that I have any takers for it yet. I'll just have to try and make it so good that they can't help themselves, I guess. That's my goal anyhow. It's good to have goals.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Crab Meat



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In an effort to raise funds for a new project, he can be yours for $75 sold(more for international mail). 
One of a kind, by me.  People who tell sad stories to get a better deal are welcome to look for the occasional one I leave behind on holiday.  Good luck! :)