Kyle Cassidy's Image Stream

Photographs from photographer Kyle Cassidy, mostly people, with a mix of whimsy and menace.

Remembering Jay Lake

I met Jay Lake on livejournal. He started blogging in 2004 and you can go back and start reading it there. LJ is a much more personal blogging platform than Facebook or Twitter and I felt that I really got to know Jay through his frequent entries. He was a very popular blogger and in 2008 when he was first diagnosed with cancer he made the decision to bring all of us along with him in a series of extraordinarily honest journal entries that continued right up to his death last week. I hope someone collects these into a book, and knowing Jay, I can’t imagine that he hasn’t already thought of it.

Clickenzee to remember.
His openness about his fight was one of the most remarkable things about Jay, the fact that he let us know that he was not ok with dying, that he was afraid was all a part of his invitation, his request even, that we come along with him. He took us all on an extremely difficult journey in a way that I don’t know anybody has ever done before. He never vanished from the story he was telling, he told it as long as he was physically able and we are all the richer for having been able to witness it. I photographed the cover of his amazing book The Specific Gravity of Grief in which he writes eloquently about a fictional author dying of cancer and brings into it his own experience. He wanted people to know how much it hurt, and he also showed me a jar which contained a Dorito shaped wedge of his lung that doctors had just cut out. He wanted me to photograph him getting up out of the bed, because it hurt an awful lot to do that and he wanted people to know that it hurt and to be able to see it on his face. He didn’t internalize his suffering to shield us, because he wanted us to know what was happening. There were a number of remarkable things about Jay Lake, one was this gift, if you can call it that, of wanting to share this journey, and the other was his gregariousness. He was surrounded by people who loved and cared for him, and people upon whom he depended and who depended on him. What I learned from Jay is that there are ways to deal with the inevitable. He held his funeral in advance so that he could attend it, he took time out to visit with people and, as much as possible, make the spectacle of his death into a party, but all that time he never pretended it was a party he was okay with throwing, he threw it because the other option was to sit quietly at home and wait for night instead of dancing with friends as the sun set.
My photograph of Jay for Where I Write: Fantasy & Science Fiction Authors in Their Creative Spaces. Clickenzee to Embiggen
Lynette Fromme is escorted from the Federal Building in Sacramento, Tuesday, November 26, 1975, & taken to jail.

Lynette Fromme is escorted from the Federal Building in Sacramento, Tuesday, November 26, 1975, & taken to jail.

Painter and WWII veteran George Kolodzey talking about the meaning behind the tattoo he got during the war.

Painter and WWII veteran George Kolodzey talking about the meaning behind the tattoo he got during the war.

3 light setup on @trillianstars #StudioLights

3 light setup on @trillianstars #StudioLights

Dude, she’s on to you.

Dude, she’s on to you.

When you only see the world at your own size, you miss nearly everything. When you cook, and you drop, say, a dry lentil, and it falls behind the microwave, a few days later some moisture condenses back there and … your forgotten lentil sprouts and a hard working forager finds it on an exploratory mission and it makes her very happy. She picks it up and heads back across a landscape of nearly microscopic fragments of salt crystals, dust, and hair on that surface you think you just scrubbed clean and she gives her treasure to her sisters who don’t thank her, they just store it away and she goes back through whatever perilous paths she’s traversed looking for one more thing that you’ve dropped. And she’ll keep doing this, over and over, until an accidental giant crushes her with a careless footstep.

When you only see the world at your own size, you miss nearly everything. When you cook, and you drop, say, a dry lentil, and it falls behind the microwave, a few days later some moisture condenses back there and … your forgotten lentil sprouts and a hard working forager finds it on an exploratory mission and it makes her very happy. She picks it up and heads back across a landscape of nearly microscopic fragments of salt crystals, dust, and hair on that surface you think you just scrubbed clean and she gives her treasure to her sisters who don’t thank her, they just store it away and she goes back through whatever perilous paths she’s traversed looking for one more thing that you’ve dropped. And she’ll keep doing this, over and over, until an accidental giant crushes her with a careless footstep.

Mad skills in the art of photobombing.

Mad skills in the art of photobombing.

The untold tragedy of ebooks.

The untold tragedy of ebooks.

I’ll be in Vegas with the American Library Association in June. 

ala-con:

What are you looking forward to at Annual? "I’m especially excited to learn new techniques at the YALSA program The Art of the Author Visit: Connecting Teens with their Favorite Authors.” - Lalitha NatarajSee the highlights and register!
Thanks, librarianwardrobe & kylecassidy!
I’ll be in Vegas with the American Library Association in June.

ala-con:

What are you looking forward to at Annual

"I’m especially excited to learn new techniques at the YALSA program The Art of the Author Visit: Connecting Teens with their Favorite Authors.” - Lalitha Nataraj

See the highlights and register!

Thanks, librarianwardrobe & kylecassidy!

(Source: americanlibraryassoc)

Disney listens to fan complaints & swiftly solves issues of gender diversity in Star Wars.

Disney listens to fan complaints & swiftly solves issues of gender diversity in Star Wars.