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Part 2 of my 150km hike in Spain… this time, with Hugh Howey!

I was pretty intimidated to meet this guy!

I knew he was coming on the trip and, of course, I had heard about him previously since I’m kind of a sci-fi and fantasy geek. I had never read his books though! Hugh is most famous for “Wool” the sequel book from his the Silo series. My wife had read them and was begging me for years to do the same. My daughter, Isabella, was also reading the entire Silo series. And then, when Kevin Kelly told me Hugh Howey was going on this trip, I decided it was the perfect time to read them!

See Part 1 of the Story here with Kevin Kelly. As a bit of background, I was on this Camino hike organized by Kevin Kelly and Craig Mod. There were ten of us on the hike that stretched about 150 kilometers from Portugal to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

So yeah, I was quite intimidated by Hugh Howey before I met him. I have this idea that authors are like these demigod intellectuals who have the motivational superpower to write an actual novel. I can hardly motivate myself to do a single blog post.

I was also intimidated because I met another sci-fi author I really admire, Neal Stephenson, and he made me cry! And not cry in a good way! But that’s a longer story that ends well, because now we are friends. But I was kinda thinking, “Oh god – I hope Hugh Howey doesn’t make me cry.”

And then, after I met him, I could immediately tell he was my kinda guy, the whole notion of being intimidated felt utterly ridiculous! He was one of the warmest and most gentle people I’ve ever met. I noticed his easy way and silky-smooth mannerisms with everyone he encountered.

Here’s a 360 video I took with Hugh one day during the hike where I asked him about World Building, which is the process fiction writers go through to create the fundamentals of the situation in which the story takes place. Unfortunately, this video takes place on a busy neighborhood road. Most of the trail was actually in forested areas on dirt paths. If you haven’t seen a 360 video before, you can grab the screen and look in whatever direction you want.

I can’t figure out exactly why Hugh and I got along so well. I mean, I get along with pretty much everyone, maybe because my mom and dad raised me to be an amiable and affable guy. Who knows? Hehe. Anyway, every now and then you meet a dude you REALLY hit it off with. And I don’t mean like those guys that are instant friends like in gay internet porn, but more like in the Bert and Ernie way.

Hugh has quite an interesting story that is not completely dissimilar to mine. He struggled with his craft forever until he finally found surprising success in an unexpected way. You’ll see in the video above more about how his books struck a nerve with people and he ended up backing into an enormously successful series of books. Now, at 43, he has stopped all writing, bought a yacht, and is sailing around the world by himself! He’s a modern day Nietzsche’s Übermensch!

I noticed how when we talked he would describe all this really manly stuff about building things. He even went into detail about how he built his own outdoor shower on his yacht. Like, he got really detailed. I was thinking, now this is a real manly dude that knows how to use all the tools and stuff. I can barely change a lightbulb, so I’m always impressed by these arts that have completely passed me by, mostly because of my extreme laziness. But then I started thinking about all the detail in his book “Wool,” especially, the craftiness of his female protagonist. And then it all started to make more sense! I’m not saying that Hugh is a female in a man’s body that’s really handy with tools, but maybe there’s a little element of that. He certainly knows how to write cool female characters, and it’s no surprise that a huge portion of his readership is females. He’s in touch with that stuff, you know? Very empathetic.

Also, I found out that most of his books (he has a lot!) have been optioned for TV shows. That’s exciting! One of them, Beacon 23, I think is going to be the first one out of the gate. I hope they don’t mess it up… It’s always a disappointment when an interesting sci-fi book turns into a dull movie or TV series. That happens a lot, for some reason. And that sucks for me, being a giant sci-fi fan. Why are there so many bad sci-fi movies and TV shows and so MANY good sci-fi novels? It doesn’t make sense! I suppose the real reason is that our imaginations are better than most cinematographers + directors + actors + scriptwriters can create.

And hey, Hugh and I have a mutual love of two shows: Rick & Morty and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. One night at the hotel, we drank a bunch of beers, stayed up extra late in Hugh’s room, and watched the latest episode of Sunny. We were laughing like two extremely immature people, which, of course, we are.

Let’s get a little dark.

On one of our morning walks, Hugh told me about how, as a young man in his 20’s, he decided to commit suicide at 40. Whoa. And he was totally serious. This ended up with him cranking out a ton of creative work in his thirties because he was running out of time. It was an incredible strategy to Do Something Meaningful before you die. I think almost everyone gets to this stage, especially when they are quite old and they only have a few years left. But, often, it’s sometimes too late then to create a lot of stuff because people are older and have less energy. Hugh was in his prime then, in his thirties. And, thank goodness he didn’t go through with the suicide, because he’s even more in his prime now in his 40’s!

I made another 360 video with Hugh about this suicide-thing. That’s being edited together right now so subscribe to my Youtube channel. That will complete that story.

So, you know, this was a deep conversation, obviously. And that led to other deep conversations. Naturally, this is another thing we have in common as neither of us can stand small talk. This has always angered my wife, who wonders why I can’t stand by the BBQ and talk to people about small matters of zero import. If I get stuck in dull conversations, I usually just go into the bathroom and read reddit or play on my Switch.

Let’s get to my Dog Trial of the Camino. The long hike is a spiritual journey and everyone has little challenges that crop up, unexpected. One of mine was the Dog Trial of the Camino, a challenge created by Hugh. Let me explain.

Along the way, I was reading another book by Paulo Coelho, whom you may know as the author of one of my favorite books, “The Alchemist” Anyway, Paulo also walked the Camino and he wrote a book called “The Pilgrimage” all about it. It seemed perfect for this trip! The book turned out to be pretty average and I would not necessarily recommend it. But, I did enjoy reading it because I was in the same setting and doing the same hike as Paulo. Anyway, the book has one thing in there that kind of happened to me: Paulo’s Trial of the Dog.

Okay, where am I going with this, and how does it relate to another well-known author, Hugh Howey?

In the book, Paulo is attacked by a dog that is possessed by a demon spirit or some shit. I didn’t really understand. Paulo goes off on these mystical flights of fancy. I think he had (honestly) just read Carlos Castaneda’s “The Teachings of Don Juan” (I do recommend those, but man, what a wild ride – they only make sense if you have experimented with psychedelics) and he was really trying to horseshoe in some similarly apocryphal fantastical stories into his Pilgrimage book. ANYHOO, this dog continued to make surprise appearances in the book in a menacing manner until the protagonist finally dealt with the situation.

One day, Hugh and I were talking about our dogs when we were younger. Let me tell you: when two dudes are talking about dogs they had when they were younger, the shit is gonna get real.

And this was only like day two of our hike! Guys don’t talk about previous dogs until many many years into a relationship. It’s kind of like asking a girl if she’s into extreme bondage on your first date right after the salad arrives. I mean, you can ask her that, and, depending on her answer, you may be skipping the next dish.

In this analogy, Hugh was the one asking me if I was into extreme bondage.

This is because he brought up the “dog topic” first. After he told me about his life-suicide plans, our conversation jumped this way and that. He mentioned his previous girlfriend, who was obviously not a fan of his upcoming death-plans. Relationships have enough tension anyway without the added complexity of a ticking time bomb. Anyway, Hugh and his girlfriend had a dog. Hugh is a very affectionate guy and a helpless romantic. These are often the best dog people.

Hugh named his dog Jolie.

He told me about how he would cuddle with Jolie. It was a perfect little cuddle puddle with two soft puzzle pieces that fit together like held hands. He would slowly pet Jolie and, slightly above a whisper, tell her how much he loved her. Then Hugh would tell her how much he would miss her when she was gone. He would say these things over and over again. His girlfriend found this quite sad and didn’t think it was appropriate to speak of such things.

A few years later, the dog suddenly had some serious trouble. Hugh and his girlfriend jumped in the car to rush to the vet. The dog was slowly dying in Hugh’s arms. He was doing everything he could, but everything was not enough as Jolie passed away.

After a little time passed, Hugh said his girlfriend eventually said she understood why he said those things to Jolie. She wished she had said the same things.

I was not really able to respond for quite a bit, as one might understand.

What happened to his girlfriend, many of you are wondering? Actually, I don’t know because this was a story about the dog. But I know she’s not his girlfriend anymore. Anyway, none of that matters as this is a dog story.

Now, Hugh and I are walking along in a brooding forest in a dark mood. There is a good amount of silence, and, of course, I’m thinking about my own sad dog story. Her name was Maty.

So I brought her up. But I brought her up in the right sort of manner, not in a, “Hey you think YOUR dog story was sad, wait till you hear this one!” Some people compare stories like that, and there is a subtle way to share stories where there is no competition. Most guys that tell stories to one another are dickheads and they are trying to kinda make themselves sound better by outdoing others. But this wasn’t like that if you know what I mean.

Yeah, so I tell Hugh that my wife and I had Maty before we had kids. And then we had Ethan and Isabella, so they were able to grow up with Maty. Maty loved everyone in the family so much. She was adorable. Black and white and soft and silly. Cuddles, lays on your feet so she knows when you get up, made our little kids giggle, all that good stuff. By the time my son Ethan was about 9 years old and Isabella was about 3, our dog Maty was approaching 12 and started having trouble.

She lived a full, spunky life but suddenly, she was having great difficulty breathing. We took her to the vet. I was in there while they were scanning her, trying to figure out the problem. There was a fluid buildup in her heart, and it was growing so big, she could not breathe anymore. There was nothing they could do and Maty passed away. I’d like to think her heart was so big because she loved us so much.

So then, I continued telling Hugh, I figured that I should bury Maty in our backyard. We lived in Austin in a somewhat remote area of the hill country. Our backyard was full of tall trees and shaped in a downward sloping hill that ended in a creek. There were many roots visible above the ground as rain would slowly wash the dirt away down into the creek.

I had Maty in a little cardboard box in one hand and a shovel in the other. I carried her down there with my wife and little kids. I was telling Hugh, after a strange pause, that I had never dug a grave before. And then I couldn’t say anything else and I started to cry. Hugh gave me a sweet hug.

And with that, Hugh Howey did indeed make me cry, but in the best way possible.

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Photo day in Saint Petersburg

This is New Zealand

I saw this cool video on Facebook and wanted to share it. I’m excited because I’m about to get my New Zealand passport! 🙂

THIS IS New Zealand!

Dear Planet Earth,THIS is New Zealand……… and EVERYONE IS WELCOME HERE!!!!!! Proud to call myself a Kiwi. – Robett Hollis

Posted by Robett Hollis on Sunday, July 1, 2018

Daily Photo – Photo day in Saint Petersburg

Right after the photo walk in Moscow, Curtis, Olya, and I jumped on an overnight train to arrive in St. Petersburg for a day of photography and fun. Along the way, we stopped at several cool little coffee shops. This was the gal that was working there… I told her I thought she looked pretty cool and asked if I could take a photo. She said, “Yes, of course” in this long slithery Russian accent that made us all melt.

Photo day in Saint Petersburg

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-05 14:47:42
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

Lost at Burning Man

Burning Man Photo Organization

Welcome to Passport Sunday, that one day of the week where I post a special video for Passport Members. Today’s is all about how I organize my 5,000+ photos from this crazy event! Passport members, when logged in, see a “bonus” section of these blog posts on Sunday in addition to getting access to about 100 other behind-the-scenes videos. Thanks again for your support! 🙂

Photo Organisation

Want to see how I organize all of my photos in Lightroom from Burning Man? Wow, it is always an evolving process. I’m not saying this is the most efficient system in the world, but it certainly works great for me. Maybe this will give you some ideas on how to organize your photos!

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Lost at Burning Man

There is a big auction soon in San Francisco to raise money for Burning Man artists. I might end up going out there for the big event. I believe I have four pieces going into the auction, and I guess we’ll see how they do. I don’t currently offer any of my BM work in our Fine Art series at www.TreyRatcliff.com – so this would be a good way to snag one of them, There’s more information about the event at the Artumnal Website.

Lost at Burning Man

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2013-08-27 08:31:39
  • CameraNEX-6
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

Another Perfect Sunset in Aruba

Carl Cox is coming to New Zealand!

Hey if any of you know Carl personally, send him a note and tell him to come hang out with me here in New Zealand before or after his big show! It would be fun to go take photos with him… I first discovered him at Burning Man.

Daily Photo – Another Perfect Sunset in Aruba

How pretty is this scene from our balcony? I don’t know if we were there a lucky week, but this was the view of the sunset every single night. It was so magical!

This is also kind of an extra-fun part of the evening for me for several reasons. One is, of course, I get to take photos. The second is that I know after it gets dark, we’re looking at an epic dinner coming at us! We were staying here at the Ritz-Carlton in Aruba and eating in the hotel every evening, so we knew an epic meal was on the way. I constantly ate way too much and was gaining about one pound per resort at this time. It was both amazing and depressing.

Another Perfect Sunset in Aruba

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-19 06:20:05
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture16
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2.3

Graffiti in Berlin

A Discussion about Google+

We started a panel discussion of “Early Google+ influencers remember the network’s early glory days, and what led to its eventual demise” over on this new site called “Cake.” It was started by my friend Chris MacAskill and it’s an interesting place to hold public discussions by a panel. It’s a great discussion and I hope you enjoy reading it!

Daily Photo – Grafitti in Berlin

One afternoon and evening, we ended up in this abandoned spy-listening station in Berlin that was used during the cold war. Now it’s this spooky place that has become a haven for graffiti artists. Every floor has extremely elaborate art all over the place. We came here about halfway through our European tour, and I remember I was SO TIRED and EXHAUSTED. This whole place had such a weird energy too it. I felt so unusual the entire time.

Grafitti in Berlin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-05-23 20:30:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time20
  • Aperture11
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

A Fully Clothed Dip in the Pool

Stuck In Customs Rant

I have just gone through an 8+ day epic journey to get a simple piece of $1,000 computer equipment through New Zealand customs. It’s just crazy… I’ll go on a little rant here about how useless and archaic the entire process is.

First, let me offer New Zealand Customs a Very Simple Solution. I ordered something off Amazon. Amazon is very smart. If NZ Customs worked with Amazon, Amazon could simply add the Import Fee at checkout, and then the money would go right to the appropriate account. I know this would be very easy for Amazon to code, and it would be much more efficient. Also, NZ would not have to employ so many people who do unneeded jobs that slow everything down.

The problem was my package was being shipped to “Trey Ratcliff” but my Official New Zealand Importer’s Code says, “Raymond Ratcliff.” I told them I’m the same person, but they refused to send me the package until the invoice was updated. I was like, come on guys, just send it to me, how many Ratcliffs are in New Zealand. I also sent them a copy of my passport that shows I am Raymond Franklin Ratcliff III, and Trey is a common name for the III. They wouldn’t budge.

So they started contacting the shipper to see if they could get it changed. That was a dry hole.

Then I called Amazon and spent HOURS on the phone with them and all their supervisors. I finally had to go into my settings and change my name on Amazon to Raymond Ratcliff, but that did not update the P.O. So they suggested that I send back the computer equipment, have it refunded, then I re-order with my new Amazon Account. I was like… you gotta be kidding me.

And if you think I’m complaining about the Customs process, you should have heard the Amazon people. They were ripping all Customs processes a new one.

The thing is, that the entire purpose of the New Zealand Customs is supposed to HELP New Zealand, but, in fact, it ends up hindering New Zealand. Me NOT getting this computer equipment is slowing down business. I have an international business I run out of Queenstown, and if I can’t easily get the tools of the trade, then it’s ultimately bad for New Zealand. Plus, it frustrates tens of thousands of people per day and employs a bunch of people whose entire job it is to collect money in an antiquated manner.

There’s a larger economic policy that all import and export duties are ultimately bad for both the consumer and the worker. But I won’t get into all that “Free to Choose” Milton Friedman stuff.

I feel bad for these poor people that work in Customs that are stuck in a system not of their own making. The whole thing needs to be torn apart and brought into 2018.

Daily Photo – A Fully Clothed Dip in the Pool

This was my personal pool at my room in Koh Samui at the Ritz-Carlton there. Pretty fancy, eh? Well it got to be so hot in the daytime, and I was often just drenched in sweat, so I would come back and jump in the pool with all my clothes on. Man, it felt good, and it was a pretty effective way of washing my clothes. I would get undressed in the water, then lay out my clothes on the deck to dry off. That only took about an hour before they were bone dry again. Note this is something that only a guy would do.

A Fully Clothed Dip in the Pool

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-21 12:14:23
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/8
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length18.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Pants in Porto

Update on the Arcanum regarding the G+ shut down

If you don’t know what The Arcanum is, then this is a good chance to check it out!
Well, it looks like Google+ is going the way of the dodo bird and will disappear from the face of this mortal coil. I’m not too surprised, as the trends were definitely pointing in that direction! I remember the days when, personally, I used to max out at 500 comments per photo I posted. Now I’m lucky to get THREE. Personally, I moved most of my action and interaction over to Facebook a while ago.

But what does this mean for The Arcanum, which depends HEAVILY on the interaction provided by the amazing Group infrastructure here on Google+? Well, immediately it means nothing. In short, between now and when G+ “sunsets” in the middle of 2019, we can continue to use it. In the meantime, we have a migration plan.

The migration plan is tied to possible futures for The Arcanum. In one instance, we are looking at some investment opportunities from outside parties that like the idea of taking it to the next level. I know we all love this idea of our Master & Apprentice matching system for creatives. I always think about it as “Uber for Creative Brains” – I think traditional education, particularly for creatives, is especially lousy and based on an outdated institutionalized education system better suited for training lawyers than open-ended creative pursuits.

Another plan is a possible merger with a larger platform that provides complimentary services. We’re not at liberty to talk about that now, but there are some interesting possibilities.

Either plan will have us create a proprietary group messaging system that is ideal for The Arcanum. It would also be more mobile friendly. Remember, we’re just using Google+ as a fancy “Group Chat” and this kind of functionality is pretty easy to replicate in technological terms.

Now, in the meantime, since The Arcanum is definitely not a dictatorship (quite the opposite from its bottom-up design), we encourage all Masters to take their Apprentices onto whatever platform they desire! Facebook Groups is a pretty good option, as I have a private group (that anyone can join) over at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BecomingAnArtist. They don’t quite have all the same features as Communities, but they are not terrible. Some G+ people HATE HATE HATE Facebook, though, so this will probably be more of an individual decision. These private groups can also work great for a group of Apprentices in a cohort to share their photos, get feedback, and do all the fun “Level-Up” quests in The Arcanum.

I’ll also give a little “biz-update” here. Things are clicking along. We are barely (BARELY) profitable, which is a good thing! It’s nowhere close to paying back the hundreds of thousands of $$ that Peter, Rene, and I personally invested in the platform. But staying a little bit profitable means that it’s not hemorrhaging cash, which is a death knell for any young business. I think, also, because of this, it will make it easier to raise money either from angel investors or startup funds. Also, I know the Masters really appreciate the extra income they get every month. If we get a chance to amp this up by many orders of magnitude, the profits for all parties should go up an order of magnitude as well. This is exciting for all of us on the financial side. But it’s also endearing on the personal side because we know how we’re spreading creativity around the world via the tried and true classical traditions of the Master & Apprentice relationship. All the Masters inside The Arcanum already know how many lives they have touched and changed.

I was recently reminded of how powerful The Arcanum is in people’s lives last week when I was in Porto, Portugal. I made a friend there named Jose Santos. He’s about 55 or so, and he’s been in The Arcanum for two years under his Master, Trace Aiken. We were having wine and watching the sunset across the river and taking photos. He was speaking so fondly of Trace. I totally agreed, mentioning that I could watch his critiques on video in The Arcanum video archives forever. Trace has definitely had a positive impact on Jose’s creative life, and that is a noble thing! And then, believe it or not, a few days later I was connecting in Tokyo on the way home to New Zealand. I had 10 hours, so I jumped on the subway to go to a remote part outside the city I had never visited. I wandered for an hour, found a cute little Japanese cafe, and went inside, setting down my camera on my table. The couple beside me saw the camera and could see I was a travel photographer. We talked, and after about 10 minutes they asked if I had ever heard of The Arcanum and a Master named Glenn Guy? I said, are you kidding me? Not only was I one of the founders of The Arcanum, but I met Glenn around the same time randomly while taking star photos in Milford Sound. A totally true story… I took a photo of them and sent it to good man Glenn!

Anyway, this little anecdote just reminds me that We Got Something Good A’Goin’ On Here, and it’s all the more reason to keep it alive. In short, don’t worry about G+ shutting down in the middle of next year, as we can continue to use it until then (9+ months left). In the meantime, we’re working on making an even better way for all of you communicate, share, and create.

Daily Photo – Pants in Porto

On my very first trip to Porto two years ago, I only got to spend one day here. It was great fun, though! This is one of the first things I saw… It’s not an amazing photo or anything, but it does show off the incredible color range and texture that the Hasselblad medium format brings out.

Pants in Porto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-25 15:14:38
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Hans Zimmer in Concert!

You’re invited to a free event!

Hey everyone, I’m doing a free event in Glenorchy, New Zealand next week on Saturday the 20th at 7 PM. Come one, come all! Actually, don’t come all as there is only room for 120 people. I’ll be doing an Art Talk + Q&A. The event itself is free, but if you want to do a wine tasting beforehand, that is another option. Here is info and links below:

Trey’s Art Talk
Sat 20 Oct, 7:00pm–8:00pm
Where: Camp Glenorchy, 35 Oban Street
Register Here
Free, but should register to ensure a seat. F&B available for purchase.

Wine Tasting
Sat 20 Oct, 5:00pm–6:30pm
Check out the FB event

Watch Hans on Netflix!

I’ll go ahead and assume you have a Netflix account. Anyway, go do a search for Hans Zimmer Live and get ready for an amazing show! Best watched Super Loud and with a beverage of your choice!

Daily Photo – Hans Zimmer in Concert!

I was lucky enough to see my friend Hans perform twice in Europe. Once was in Hungary and the other time was in Germany. Both concerts had a lot of similarities, but I was surprised how much Hans ad-libbed a lot of the stuff he was saying between each song. He was especially popular in his hometown of Germany where the fans went absolutely nuts.

I ended up with about 50 (or so) good photos of the two concerts and made a special book just for him and his crew.

Hans Zimmer in Concert!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-06-09 21:36:36
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Three Girls Sit in an Impossible Library

China Daily Article

While I was in Shanghai, I was interviewed by the biggest newspaper in China, the China Daily. Here is a link to the article.

There are a few factual errors in there, but that’s okay… I don’t think anyone there will mind too much, nor will they see this, since I am pretty sure my blog is still banned in China. That is too bad because I actually have lots of nice things to say about the place and lots of pretty photos of China! Oh well.

Daily Photo – Three Girls Sit in an Impossible Library

How amazing is this library? I made a special point to go here while in Tianjin, China. It’s almost an hour outside the city, but it’s totally worth it. There are some secrets about this library I won’t tell you, but you would thank me if you actually knew the secrets! Anyway, it was full of lots of young girls who were taking way more selfies than reading books.

Three Girls Sit in an Impossible Library

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-06-13 14:42:14
  • CameraPixel 2 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO149
  • Focal Length4.5 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Fine Art Prints for Passport Sunday!

The Final Touches

Thanks again to Curtis and the rest of the team for getting the new site finished at www.TreyRatcliff.com! I think it’s looking pretty spiffy. The blog here is very casual… I talk in a very normal, laid back way… hey that’s how I really am! But for our Fine Art site, I wanted to make it a bit classier, you know. I mean, I’m a classy guy and all. Well, kinda.

Anyway, if you’re a Passport Member, you’ll see a video today where I talk all about how we price prints, how we sell to collectors and this sort of thing. Enjoy!

Happy Collectors

Here’s photos of a few of my prints hanging in homes around the world.

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Behind the Fine Art

I’ve never really made a video like this. I’m a bit sheepish about this sort of thing, because I don’t like talking about money and this sort of thing. In a lot of ways, I think it can sully things. But, well, business is sort of a way of life. Anyway, in this video you get to hear a lot of details about how we price and sell fine art. Enjoy!

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