Description of the Site (contents, concept, technical development)
My stories are funny, ironic, depressing tales of the toils of a contemporary life staring characters yanked from my life, mashed together in the computer finally forming a visual/text narrative. Each work starts with the exploration of a new piece of technology. I feel clumsy using new technologies (digital photography and HTML programming) but have turned that clumsiness around to provide fresh directions for my storytelling.

As Italo Calvino puts it in the epilogue to his marvelous Invisible Cities: "The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live everyday, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you no longer see it. The second" - Calvino explains - "is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space."

3rd Person - a Computer Life in Which She Poses started with my learning to use an electronic video still camera and evolved into learning HTML. I went to Red Rock Canyon, near Las Vegas, with my friend Jane and I started photographing the landscape as we hiked up a canyon. At one point, I noticed Jane standing on a ledge above me. Spontaneously, I laid down in the rocks and played dead and instructed her take pictures of me. Twenty-five teenagers from a religious organization hiked by. We both giggled. I sat up, downloaded the pictures into my MAC Powerbook and we hiked on.

These digital photographs started the project. But, 3rd Person - a Computer Life in Which She Poses emerged after a year of more digital photography and other methods for contructing computer based images, design of the basic story structure / architecture, and lots of HTML programming.