A couple of housekeeping items:
We only publish one issue of the Kenwood Press in July, on July 1st. There is no July 15th issue. That means that if you have anything you need published before August, you need to get it to us by June 25 so we can put it in the July paper. Think about things that are happening toward the end of next month, and send the information to us now.
Our summer photo contest, “Pictures with the Press,” is happening, with a deadline for submission of Sept. 5. The only important thing to remember is that the Kenwood Press must be somewhere in the photo. Think outside the box. You don’t have to be holding the paper; just make sure it shows. New in the last two years, we are accepting “doctored” photos, so feel free to Photoshop them. We want to see how creative you can be, and with all the cool new technologies out there, we figure, why not? It’ll be our own version of “fake news.”
Speaking of photos… We are living in an age of photo-saturation, with every event, no matter how trivial, memorialized on screen. How many pictures do you have in your phone, and how often do you go back and look at them? We should all get in the habit of deleting excess photos. Otherwise we end up buying expensive new phones and more cloud storage for all those pictures we’re never going to look at again. After all, when we look back through the years, we really just want to see people. All that gorgeous scenery you hiked through last summer? All those famous landmarks and ancient ruins? All those magazine-worthy food shots? Nobody cares… We just want to see people… that rad hairdo Aunt Sally had in 1982... what little Timmy looked like after he got into mom’s makeup bag... and our dogs… and cats. But that’s it.
Before digital photography, there was film, and film was expensive and had to be developed, so you had to wait for days to see if you even got a good picture. We were much more deliberate about what we photographed. Perhaps the most deliberate of all were those formal family portraits. I have one from age five or six – we’re all dressed up in our finest. I’m sporting a toothless grin and my feet are doing something weird with both ankles turned down. My older brother is wearing his brand new glasses and his ears are sticking straight out. Mom has my younger brother in her lap, holding onto his leg as if he’s otherwise going to fly away. And Dad has a look on his face like he’s thinking, “How much longer do I have to stand here and try to look calm?” It’s a real treasure! I’m sure you all have your own awkward family photos.
The most awkward of all, of course, are passport photos. There you are, stiff and unsmiling. But after all, when does anyone ever look at your passport photo? Only after you’ve spent hours on an airplane and are completely rumpled and sleep-deprived, so it makes sense to channel American Gothic for that particular photo shoot.
And on that note, have a happy summer and go out and take some Pictures with the Press!