The Minnesota Smooch! shoots have now ended. It’s time to both look to the future as well as the past. In addition to preparing to get the project ‘out of town’ in 2010, I am busy working my way through all the historical images collected for the project over the last four years. The goal is to prepare all archive images for upload to the website. What a trip down memory lane! The photo here, called Chris luvs Captain Howdy, is drawn from the very first public Smooch! shoot, held in the community room of the downtown Saint Paul apartment building I was living in at the time. The date was April 29, 2006. I had put up a few posters in the building’s mail room. I had no idea if anyone would show up. I was surprised. Not only did 17 people walk in to have their photos taken, among them were six dogs and even a cat.
Captain Howdy seemed, at most, tolerant of Chris. But only just so. Turns out that Chris had borrowed the dog from a friend in the building, just so he could have something to smooch and participate in the shoot. If my memory is correct, Chris was an aspiring model and any photos he could get of himself were useful for his budding career. I asked him if we could take the harness off the dog but he declined. If we did, he said, he wouldn’t have anything to hold on to and the dog would run away. Here, Captain Howdy looks longingly at the door while Chris tries in vain to plant one on his cheek. There was a small group of onlookers in the room as I was taking this photo. The camera flashed. The image captured. We all laughed. Captain Howdy was finally free to go, much to his great relief. Even at its very beginning, The Smooch! Project brought humor and smiles to participants and viewers alike, as long as you don’t count Captain Howdy.
It is very hard to sort through the historical photos for several reasons. For one thing, I didn’t know what I was doing. Digital photography was a new art form for me. My equipment was substandard, especially when compared with what I am currently using. I offered very little art direction to participants, since I was exploring and I did not yet know what I was looking for. Happy accidents, like Chris luvs Captain Howdy, kept me at it. They provided encouragement. They showed me what worked and what didn’t. Since then, I have learned much. My success rate at capturing quality photos suitable for The Smooch! Project Archive has increased to nearly 100 percent. Images like this one helped me shape the project into what it is today. Even so, it is difficult to look at these historical photos without the critical eye they helped me gain. It can be painful! Artists often destroy their early work, as it does not reflect their current standards. I struggle with the urge to delete as well. My wise friends counsel patience, forgiveness, and tolerance. Good advice I plan to heed through the editing process.
. . . which are too numerous to mention in detail. I’ll list of few of the irons we’ve got in the fire:
- I am continuing my effort to interest Ellen Degeneres in The Smooch! Project. Slow going but perseverance may pay off!
- I will begin offering public presentations about The Smooch! Project very soon. If you have suggestions on possible speaking opps, I would welcome hearing from you.
- I am setting up an internship program for students with Photoshop skills to bring archive to its highest level of quality. Let your photo student friends know about this opp to help polish a collection of images destined to become a historical legacy.
- We are building a budget and seeking business partnerships interested in supporting the effort to reach the goal: 10,000 photographs from around the U.S., and perhaps from other parts of the world as well.
Exciting days ahead. Stay tuned!
Annie, the beautiful Golden Retriever shown above, doesn’t like peanut butter. Or, more likely, she didn’t like me. I could clearly see she would have much rather been anywhere else then sitting on top a small table with big lights pointing at her. Peanut butter is an indispensable tool used to create an enticing target on an accommodating pet owner’s face. Usually their dog will happily lick away while I madly snap photograph after photograph. I presented Annie with a small cup of the delectable stuff, expecting her immediate approval. Surprisingly, she disdainfully sniffed it, turned her head away and refused to look at me. (Dogs usually do that when they are mad or irritated.) Momentarily stumped, David and I decided that cheese might be a better choice. Luckily, the shoot was at the Wilde Roast Cafe and the kitchen staff was very accommodating. But Annie was ho-hum about this tasty snack too, unless she had it safely between her teeth. As you can see in David luvs Annie (who also luvs cheese), Annie deigned to look my way as long as David held a piece of cheese in front of my lens. In this shot, our team timing was off and I accidentally captured the cheese in the shot as well. Bingo! A happy accident. I now had another humor image to add to The Smooch! Project Archive.
But there is another story here, a much darker tale. David had mentioned something while we worked together that made me think a little internet research was due. Turns out this beautiful dog is the much-publicized Orphan Annie, found in December 2008 lying on a snowbank along a Western Minnesota road. She had been callously shot twice and left for dead. With the help of the members of the non-profit RAGOM (Retrieve A Golden Of Minnesota) and lots of surgeries at the U of MN Veterinary Hospital, Annie now thrives in David’s care. She has undoubtedly seen far too much of the inside of a veterinary hospital in her short life. Many dogs (including Annie, I believe) feel they are at the vet’s during a Smooch! shoot. Most dogs lose their anxieties when food is presented. Not Annie. She was clearly not going to be her happy self until she was off that little table and on her way out the door. I told David that Annie was a lucky dog to have ended up with him. He paused, looked quietly at her and said, “I’m the lucky one.” I feel lucky too, to have a photo of Annie and David in The Smooch! Project Archive. What a beautiful representation of the well-known adage, ‘Love Heals.’ Thank you, David, for sharing Orphan Annie with The Smooch! Project.
Far too much to state here. It’s almost Thanksgiving. Time for everyone to wind down for a bit. Look for lots of details in my next post. Good holidays, everyone!
November 2009 may be recalled in the history of The Smooch! Project as the month of endings as well as new beginnings. For example, the Smooch! Ellen gallery has now been removed from public view on the project website (No worries! There are several ideas being reviewed as to their future display.) My Flat Ellen cutout is officially retired. The silly thing sits on my desk, propped up against the wall behind my laptop, peeking over the top of it as I type these words. The photo I chose to include in this post is significant in relationship to Smooch! Ellen. Terry luvs Eric, from the Smooch! Archive category Together: Old Marrieds (21+ years) was collected during the last shoot that included Flat Ellen. It was near the end of the shoot. Like most people who decide to participate in The Smooch! Project, Terry and Eric stumbled over the shoot as they were exploring the Midtown Global Market, where we were located. Obviously, I succeeded in talking them into participating in the project. Terry also decided to smooch my silly Ellen cutout. As we discussed the Smooch! Ellen effort, Terry made an interesting comment. “You mean I might be the last person to smooch Ellen?” she asked, laughing. Since no one else did so after Terry and Eric left, this turned out to be true.
I am now working behind the scenes to interest the Ellen team in supporting The Smooch! Project in some way. Some significant progress has been made but it is important for me to continually remind myself that nothing is ever certain. Even though I and several of my close comrades have great optimism about this effort, there is nothing confirmed to report here. Be certain: Once we have a final answer, it will be posted here and elsewhere. Stay tuned!
As another example of endings and beginnings, the last Minnesota Smooch! shoot is coming up on Saturday, Nov 21. Check the calendar at the right for the details. As I’ve stated several times over the last few months, the entire archive is filled with the beautiful faces of my friends, neighbors, and fellow Twin Citians. We are blessed with an overabundance of Minnesotans in the archive! The time has come to focus our entire attention on getting the project ‘out of town’ to collect beautiful images elsewhere. (More to come on this in later posts.) If you have a hankering to be included in The Smooch! Project and have not done so already, next Saturday will be your final opportunity. I hope to see you and your loved ones there!
The wild toboggan ride to collect images of silly people smooching a goofy cutout of Ellen Degeneres is almost over: Three solid weeks of M-F, 7am-3pm Smooch! Ellen shoots plus a few weekend shoots through the month of October have been completed. The cutout of Ellen is officially retired. There is still work to be done to prepare the latest collection of photos. The last set of official Smooch! Ellen certificates (each one displaying one of the Ellen photos, the names of the participants and including a personal handwritten message to the star, if provided) are being prepared for shipment to Warner Bros. Studios this week. A final tally will be included in the next post to this blog.
The final full week of Smooch! Ellen shoots were held at a new North Minneapolis coffee shop called 42nd Avenue Station. Of the three Twin Cities locations for week long Smooch! Ellen shoots, the one at this small cafe was the most well attended. Sixty people were photographed and a total of 34 Smooch! Ellen pics were gathered, including the one shown above: Crazy Looking Connie luvs Ellen. Connie Beckers normally does not look crazy. Actually, a longtime North Minneapolis artist activist and the Executive Director of the Northside Arts Collective, she was the driving force behind the astonishing number of people who agreed to do a wacky thing: Smooch a cardboard cutout of a television on camera. Remarkable. You’ll find out more about Connie soon, as she is going to be the next featured Smooch! Hero in the email to go out in a week. If you are not yet on the mailing list, be sure to sign up so you can keep up with all things Smooch!
By the end of this week, the fourth and final shipment of official Smooch! Ellen certificates will be on their way to the television star. Not a peep from anyone in California at the moment but we are FAR from done knocking on that door. Plans are afoot. Stay tuned for further developments.
We are winding down the effort to collect any more photographs within our beautiful state of Minnesota. As you’ll note in the statistics to the right, we have photographed almost 2,500 people — all of them Minnesotans! Our focus now turns toward getting the project ‘out of town.’ Two more public shoots remain, both on Saturdays in November. If you live here in Minnesota, wish to become a part of a historic art effort and haven’t yet participated, you and your loved ones have only two more opportunities.
A huge THANK YOU! to all the people who have participated so far. Literally, you have made The Smooch! Project what it is today. Including the latest tally, the archive now includes more than 1,000 images. Still a long way to go in the effort to collect 10,000 images but we have made an incredible start. Your continuing support has been very much appreciated.
We’re on a roll! Week two of the Smooch! Ellen photo shoots, held at Maria’s Cafe in South Minneapolis, was a resounding success — despite the fact that I ACCIDENTALLY DELETED (Argghhh!) the photos of my fabulous friends, Jerry and Viva Beck. Luckily, this gracious couple was kind enough to return for a re-take shoot so I could include them in the Smooch! Ellen effort, as evidenced in the photo above: Jerry & Viva luv Ellen. Not only are they FAMOUS much-loved celebrities, they are stalwart and supportive FRIENDS, which counts for so much more in my book. Viva and Jerry been entertaining people with their television antics for more than 18 years via their weekly cable television variety show, Viva & Jerry’s Country Music Videos. Online, get a sample of their work by visiting the Minneapolis Television Network website MTN.blip.tv. Be sure to watch them locally on MCN (Metro Cable Network, Channel 6) at 6pm Friday and 11pm Saturday. These two do not know it yet but they are now official Smooch! Project Heroes as a result of all their efforts on behalf of the project. This means you’ll be hearing more about them very soon.
Other than accidentally erasing the first set of Viva & Jerry pics, the second week of Smooch! Ellen shoots went very well. There were 56 participants. I am working to complete 28 new official Smooch! Ellen Photo Shoot Certificates to ship off to Warner Bros. Studios. The set should ship this coming Wed. morning. When Ellen gets them, she’ll have received 74 of them total, representing 105 stalwart fans (plus a dog who loves peanut butter). For your viewing pleasure, the latest pics have been uploaded to theSmooch! Ellen gallery on the project website.
While at Maria’s Cafe, 11 new photos for The Smooch! Project Archive were also collected. They’ve been uploaded to the project website, where the archive now holds 489 beautiful photos. Click this link to go to the spot within the archive where the latest archive images begin.
Last Saturday, The Smooch! Project was busy collecting photos at Midtown Global Market. I have not yet had an opp to review, edit, or draw stats from this group, but I can tell you there are several beautiful new Smooch! Archive photos in addition to a whole new set of Smooch! Ellen pics. Her fans are everywhere! More details to come on this collection of images soon.
One humorous story to share about this shoot. I was unloading the equipment at the market. It was 7:30am and it was still dark. I had parked in the Midtown Global Market loading dock, near the dumpster and by some bushes. I was reaching into the side passenger door to get some gear. When I shut the door, I found a raccoon at my feet, less than 12-inches away, quietly looking up at me with expectant beady eyes. Yikes! I had 50 pounds of equipment hanging from my shoulders. No way I was going to suddenly leap backwards, even if the wish had occurred to me. Instead, I did a silly thing that I always do when I get suddenly frightened. I say in loud accusatory tone, “You scared me!” Yes, weird, I know, but it is a reflexive response and it will likely be a long, long time before I am mindfully skilled enough to change it. Anyway, that’s what I said and the raccoon (which was thankfully not one of those great big ones, just the size of a large cat) simply blinked at me in disappointment, wiggled its sharp little nose and crawled back under the car on its way (hopefully) back to where it came from. It was not frightened by me or my reaction. I got the impression the animal was wondering if I had a gift of food to offer. Market grocery vendors unload their produce at the dock and I imagine some of them probably toss food to any raccoon bold enough to step into view. The dumpster, I am sure, also holds plenty of food attractive to these animals. As I clearly did not have what it was looking for, I was no longer of interest. Totally fine by me!
This morning, the next week-long Smooch! Ellen shoot was installed in the new 42nd Avenue Station, a coffee and deli operated by two “locals” born and raised in North Minneapolis. Eat in or take out, you’ll find delectable soups, sandwiches, desserts, gourmet coffees, tea and smoothies. Park on the street or in the lot behind the restaurant. Check the calendar at the right for address details. The first day went very well. I expect to collect many new photos for both the Smooch! Ellen collection, as well as the classic Smooch! Archive.
Got a pet you’d like to smooch? All well-behaved pets and their humans are welcome at the Wilde Roast Cafe this coming Saturday, Oct 24. The shoot will run from 11am to 7pm. Address details can be found in the calendar at the right. Hope to see you there!
Wow! We just completed the first week in the four-week run of back-to-back Smooch! Ellen photo shoots. (For more info on what the Smooch! Ellen photo shoots are and why I am doing them, please see the Sept.30 entry below.) It was completely hilarious. Fifty people walked into the shoot at Day by Day Cafe and happily demonstrated their affection for Ellen. Among them was young superstar (in my humble opinion) mom Leah with three (count ‘em!) two-year-old sons, shown above. The title of this photo is Leah (with Cole, Tanner and Parker) luvs Ellen. Leah was also accompanied by her sister-in-law Katie, who brought her own daughter, 16-month-old Myah.
This group of six people were majorly-committed Ellen fans. They told me they had driven in from Wisconsin just to participate in the Smooch! Ellenphoto shoot. Even the kids were pumped. One of them spied my silly flat Ellen cutout lying on a table, grabbed it, threw it on the carpeted floor and then threw himself on top of it to smooch its face over and over. Within seconds, all three triplets were on the floor on top of the cutout, smooching away. It took some effort to get it away from them.
This particular shoot was challenging for obvious reasons. But the situation was compounded by the fact that another young mother shortly arrived with HER twin two-year-olds. It was Wednesday. I was halfway through the week-long shoot. Until that moment, I had not yet photographed any children and here, suddenly, there were six toddlers in the room! We completed the shoots for Leah & Katie and the moms dutifully completed the paperwork I gave them. After a moment of confusion, I made a disconcerting discovery. Turns out the paperwork I had printed for the children was actually another copy of the doc used for the adults. Arghh! A frustrating moment for all involved: tired kids, tired moms, discombobulated photographer. I regret that my admin error added to the confusion — lesson learned! But we got past that speedbump and managed to capture some extraordinary photos of the two moms with their beautiful children. I think Ellen will be very pleased when she sees them.
I will be spending the weekend selecting the final Smooch! Ellen photos from each shoot. While at Day by Day Cafe, I collected 32 of them! I’ll be creating the official Smooch! Ellen Photo Shoot Certificates, which includes the photo, name and personal message to Ellen from each fan. These will be shipped off to Ellen at Warner Brothers studio on Sunday, for arrival on Tuesday afternoon.
This weekend, I also hope to get The Smooch Project website altered to include the growing collection of Smooch! Ellen photos too. I am not as geeky as I should be to easily take on that task but I’ll give it my best shot! Wish me luck and more to come on that.
Everyone who has not yet participated is welcome to come to the week long Smooch! Ellen shoot being held at Maria’s Cafe in South Minneapolis. A popular Columbian cafe located in the Ancient Trader’s Market, this restaurant offers a remarkable fusion of North and South American cuisines. Come for breakfast (most folks rave about the corn pancakes) or lunch. Parking on the street or in the market lot next to the restaurant. The Smooch! Ellen shoot will run from 7am to 3pm Monday through Friday. Please note: On Monday, there will be a two-hour delay as we set up and on Friday, the shoot will end one hour early to break it down again. Hope to see your smiling faces there!
You are also invited for a Saturday Smooch! shoot being held at the locally famous Midtown Global Market, the Twin Cities’ premier internationally-themed public market with more than 50 independent locally-owned businesses offering an amazing array of ethnic foods and goods. It’s an awesome place. If you’ve been there before, you know what I’m talking about. If you have never visited this market, you are in for an incredibly vibrant experience. See the calendar at the right for location info. Free parking is available for up to 3 hours in the Midtown Exchange parking ramp on the East sign of the building (10th Avenue, north of Lake Street). Bring your ticket in for validation with purchase. The Smooch! shoot will run from 11am to 7pm on Saturday, Oct. 17. A note to Ellen fans: Yes, my flat Ellen cutout will be in attendance at this shoot and you’ll be welcome to demonstrate your affection towards this famous talk show host and comedienne that day.
What fun I am having, holding a Smooch! Ellen photo shoot at Day by Day Cafe. A new Smooch! friend, Josie, heard about it via the St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper and pedaled right over. She became the very first participant at this Saint Paul shoot. Way to go, Josie!
This hilarious effort to attract the attention of Ellen Degeneres has already garnered some great additional media coverage so far. Minnesota Public Radio Arts Writer, Marianne Combs, wrote a beautiful story about the project and the Smooch! Ellen effort for the MPR State of the Arts blog. Kathy Berdan, Arts & Entertainment Editor from The St. Paul Pioneer Pressis also considering running a longer story later this week, which would be very welcome.
If you live in St. Paul and are an Ellen fan, please be sure to stop by. Tell all your friends. Bring lots of people. The more photos I collect, the better! If you’re new to this project, please see the September 30 blog entry below to find out more. Several more opportunities to participate are coming up. Be sure to check the calendar at the right to find the Smooch! Ellen shoot most convenient to you.
Just lined up a couple of pet-friendly Smooch! shoots at the beautiful Wilde Roast Cafe. See the calendar for details. And, yes, in case you are wondering, my funny flat Ellen cutout will be in attendance as well, ready and waiting for her smoochy fans.
There are two topics — past and future — to share with readers of this post, both of which are beautifully combined in the above photo, Laura Lou luvs Ellen.
A few weeks ago, I held a Smooch! shoot at the Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention. Wow. The Smooch! Project really stuck out (no pun intended) in that crowd of decorated and pierced bodies! I was happy to have my trusty multi-shoot volunteer Elena working with me, as I had felt rather intimidated. Frankly, The Smooch! Project was likely the only thing offered at this convention that didn’t hurt! But we found lots of smoochers there — 49 of them, in fact. I also unexpectedly encountered some of the kindest, most generous strangers that I have ever the pleasure of meeting during a shoot. As Elena reminded me, one of the great lessons behind the The Smooch! Project is tolerance: learning how much we share with others, not how much we differ. It was a great lesson for me, as well as a great shoot. I am well pleased with the images I captured. Be sure to take a look. Here’s the link to the spot in the archive where the images from the tattoo convention begin.
For the month of October, The Smooch! Project will be embarking on new terrain. The long term goal is to bring the project to communities throughout the U.S., if not the world. Achieving that will require some seriously committed sponsors. I came up with a hilarious over-the-top effort to attract the attention of someone who I think would be interested in The Smooch! Project and would make a GREAT sponsor: Talk show host and comedienne Ellen Degeneres.
To attract Ellen’s attention to the project, I have decided to offer a month’s worth of multi-day Smooch! Ellen photo shoots at various locations throughout the Twin Cities area. I tested the idea during the tattoo convention and found more than two dozen Ellen fans who decided to participate and support this effort. For four weeks, from 7am to 3pm, Monday through Friday, Ellen (and Smooch! Project) fans are invited to participate! The calendar is posted on this blog. Like all Smooch! shoots, everyone is welcome. There is no fee. No reservations needed. Photographs are collected on a first come, first served basis.
As the images are collected, they will be posted on the website (to be re-designed to accommodate — soon!). In addition, there will be official certificates made that display each Smooch! Ellen shot and will include the names of the people in the photo, and a personal handwritten message from the fan. These certificates will be shipped to the popular talk show host at the end of each week.
How hilarious is that?! The more people I manage to photograph smooching this silly cardboard cutout illustration of Ellen, the better! Everyone is welcome. Bring your loved ones. Tell your friends. But please don’t bring your pets, as all the Smooch! Ellen shoots will be held in restaurants. Check the calendar on this blog to find out where YOU can show up to participate. Thanks for your support!
It began innocently enough. I had noticed a photograph in a local newspaper of a woman craning her neck upward, lips pursed, as an interested llama sniffed at her face. I am always on the lookout for unique Smooch! photo opps. The possibility of adding a llama to my collection was intriguing. I called Kathy, the sheepherder farmer who owned Chiquita, the llama, to describe my project and ask if she would be interested in participating. The following weekend, I made the two hour drive to her farm to meet her and her llama for a possible photo session.
There is no photo to document what happened. This is probably a good thing. I learned a lot about llamas, both during my visit there and in my online research following. Turns out that llamas are not very demonstrative creatures. They don’t like to be touched. They are easily irritated. They are jealous and territorial. Their huge liquid eyes seem to watch the world with a cool distaste. I don’t know why Kathy was so surprised at what happened. After all, she had owned Chiquita for more than four years, keeping her for her wool and to protect the sheep. Llamas guard their flocks, warding off intruding dogs and unsuspecting humans. They take their jobs very seriously.
Later, Kathy theorized that Chiquita had taken one good look at me, with my black camera bag over my shoulder, and decided I was a sheep shearer about to mess with her sheep. The llama strode out into the field among her charges and would not come when called. Kathy asked me to hide in the barn, out of sight, while she marched out into the distance to entice Chiquita to return. I watched through a dusty window. The scene was set: Thirty yards away, the farmer, four or five sheep, the llama. After a few unsuccessful efforts to reach Chiquita, I saw Kathy bend over a sheep and stroke it. Chiquita deliberately strode towards them. Ah, I thought, the llama is jealous of the attention being given to the sheep. Good plan, Kathy! Well, I was wrong. When Kathy stood and faced the llama, Chiquita spit directly into her face.
They call it spitting. I had read about this but never before witnessed it. After some discussion with a friend, we decided spitting was far, far too mild a term. Spewing seemed much more appropriate. I saw Chiquita spew the contents of her first stomach into Kathy’s face. I was more than 90 feet away and it seemed much more like a short powerful burst from a garden hose. I saw the llama lean forward, the clear spray hit Kathy’s face. The rebounding splash sparkled brightly in the sunlight. It seemed like a lot of fluid. Standing in the safety of the barn among the chickens, I can still easily replay the audio content of the scene: I softly said, “Oh, my!” Kathy shouted, “What’s the matter with you?!” The chickens chuckled, “Cluck. Cluck. Cluck.”
Kathy marched back to the barn, sans Chiquita, wiping her face off with any part of her shirt that seemed reasonably dry. There were bits of grass stuck to her face and shirt, in her hair. I left right away, as her primary interest was taking a shower. I offered to come back if she wished, if she thought there would be a different outcome. A second invite never came. I was not surprised.
There is no photo to display with this post, Smooch! or otherwise. But in my later research, I did come across a hilarious video (at least to me) of an American man encountering a llama in an Amsterdam zoo. His experience was much, much worse than what I saw that day on a Minnesota farm. For those of you possessing strong stomachs and a quirky sense of humor, you’re invited to view the YouTube video entitled The Llama Was One Unhappy Mama.
. . . and I’m really OK with that! As a photographer of literally thousands of other people, I am simply not accustomed to being positioned in front of the camera instead of behind it. When the opportunity arose to appear on the local television weekly show, Twin Cities Live, I happily accepted the invitation to speak about my work on The Smooch! Project. If you would like to see the July 13, 2009 interview, just click here. I watched it later that day and was shocked. Who WAS that person sitting there on the couch? Jeepers, did I REALLY look like that? After viewing it a few times, the strangeness wore off and I could watch the interview with more balance. I concluded that I did pretty well, considering that this was my first appearance on live television. But a nagging visual sense of deja vu remained. I had seen this person alien to me before: that triangular mound of seated flesh, those baggy eyes, wrinkles, and multiple chins. But where did that memory come from? Then, suddenly, I KNEW and the remaining angst I had been feeling disappeared in the ensuing mirth. I was happy to discover that comparing my personal appearance to that of an alien Star Wars animated movie character removed the last of my body self-consciousness — at least as it related to this interview! After all, the Buddha taught, all is transitory, including these bodies of ours, which in a very real sense are as impermanent as that of a flickering character seen on a movie screen. What a relief! Don’t know what Jabba the Hutt looks like? Just clickhere to see!
On the July 4 weekend, we held a Smooch! shoot at a very unique convention annually held here in the Twin Cities. CONvergence is a quirky “celebration of the funny side of science fiction and fantasy. We had loads of fun and captured several unique images, including Kristina luvs Kate, a new archive image found in the category The Best of Friends. In all, 58 new images for the archive were captured that day. A good haul for The Smooch! Project. My next task tonight is to get them all uploaded to the website archive. Interested in seeing them? To go to the archive page the first image appears on, just click here.
The Smooch! Project is powerful because, at first glance ,it is simply joyful and fun. But layered underneath is a deep discipline demonstrating that love touches us all, that we are all deserving — no matter what. And THAT is a transformative truth.