I haven't missed an APIS since I started going in
99. It is worth going for meeting the people there. I have met many
alt friends/associates through that venue. I couldn't even list all their
names, listees from here. Richard and Melody are wonderfully
Where else can you go and hear heated
arguments about carbon or platinum? Who else gives a rip about this kind
of stuff? Altees are an odd lot when you get right down to it, so you get
to feel normal for once in this group!
Please wear your cyanotype leaf lab coat when
you present at the 5 in 5--5 prints in 5 minutes.
Where else can you sit at a dinner table with two
kings--Sandy and Terry? That was probably the oddest meal I had
there. I've got some pix to prove it.
One fun happening was meeting William Crawford of
Keepers of Light fame who I thought was sure either crusty or dead by then and
he was alive and young. With a great sense of humor.
Santa Fe, of course, sweetens the deal. There
are great galleries in that city. A ticket to Albuquerque is not expensive and
for some reason, renting a car in Albuquerque is cheaper than dirt in the
summer. The hour drive to Santa Fe is quite easy.
The hotels in Santa Fe, however, are not cheap. Try
Sage Inn, close to downtown.
Be sure when exploring the area with your view
camera or whatnot that you bring sunscreen, lots of water, and do not back up
and step off an edge in the mountains as Art Chakalis did and ruined the next 6
months of his life with surgeries to his leg...we photographers get too carried
away at the beauty of the place. OH, and take a friend into these extreme places
like he didn't or you'll have to walk out on a broken leg like he did--for two
Unfortunately I say all this and yet I cannot attend this year because
the dates of APIS are so late in July this time that it conflicts with a
MOPA workshop I am doing. What's even more distressing than missing my
first APIS since 99 is that I applied for a GRANT to go to APIS and GOT it (I am
a LOUSY grant writer and never get them), and now have to return the
PS You just HAVE to go to that little French cafe
off the square and get their Torte Milanaise for breakfast washed down with a
cafe au lait. Can't remember the name of the place.
PPS does this convince you enough?? Good food, good
wine, good friends, good info
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, May 07, 2009 6:50
Subject: to APIS or not to APIS
I never have attended an APIS conference. Imagine a situation
where you are sitting down with a fervent alternative processes practitioner
and wanted to convince them to go to Santa Fe in late July for APIS. What
would you tell them?