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Miss O and I have finally moved all the “PANU” (Post ANU) objects up off the floor of the old photography studio, and I have attached two sets of stall bars to the walls; we now have a fully-equipped Monkey Gym, and a photography/videography space.

This is what the dual purpose area looks like:

Wide shot main space

Wide shot main space

The seamless background can be pulled right across the space along the back wall, and out to the viewer almost the full depth of the floor; this makes shooting stills and videos very simple.

The second set of stall bars (these must be over 40 years old; they were built for the old Fitness Centre at the ANU, which (if you can believe this) use to be in our old space at the ANU—above the basketball court and nothing between the machines and a 35′ drop to the parquet floor except a single hand rail!). Here’s their new home:

Office converted

Office converted

And now some images of the rearranged office, from where Stretching Mindfully will be written (I should say, rewritten; all images and the MS is complete; we will have to shoot some new video).

space rearranged

space rearranged

And the view to the wall that’s to our right as we look at this image:

Some needed cables and 12GB of external drives

Some needed cables and 12GB of external drives

And a detail of “Contemplation Corner”, for when I get stuck; that’s Rudi laughing!

Contemplation corner

Contemplation corner

And for the technically minded: here is what I am using to automatically have two copies of everything I am using (here I am talking of all video footage; all images; all illustrations, and all text). It is called a RAID array; the extra ‘array’ is redundant, but that is common usage, and I do not want to appear any more pedantic that I already do!

RAID and WIP (Work in Progress) Thunderbolt drives

RAID and WIP (Work in Progress) Thunderbolt drives

A lovely setup: 3TB of mirrored space (so, two copies of everything, and the RAID monitors its own states and warns if one is likely to fail) and the other small drive is a very fast work disk. All are connected via Thunderbolt, so extremely fast. One of the frustrations of working with external drives is that they all have different power supplies, and there are many different ways that they connect to your system, too (USB 2 and 3, FireWire 400 and 800, and now Thunderbolt); the result is a Gorgon’s nest of cables…

Hopefully, this two-disk arrangement will take me through to the end of the next project. And last for today, an attempt to make an ‘old time’ black and while image, from last night:

Old fashioned BW image, rear extend-drape combo

Old fashioned BW image, rear extend-drape combo

Notice it’s grainy, nowhere near as sharp as modern images, but all the critical info is there? This couch position (for the afficionados) is a rear-extend–drape. Nice work.

Last, my old friend Greg Morling: this is a red filter treatment in Aperture:

BW, Greg Morling

BW, Greg Morling

Be well, and see you soon, kl