The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men…..

As readers of my blog will know, I went to Ohio last weekend to visit my friend Dave Levingston and to work with some models there. I photographed six figure models there on a total of 28 rolls of film. I had planned to begin developing that film today, but I must report that any film developing will have to wait.

That’s because I was hit by a car crossing the street Friday morning. (Yes, I am 100% serious about this.) The collars of my shirt and jacket were soaked red with the blood coming from my head. An ambulance came, the paramedics gave me a quick once over, then they restrained me on a stretcher and lifted me up into the ambulance. The neck restraint was the worst as I felt like it was almost choking me.

The next stop was the emergency room of a local hospital, where they gave me (I suppose) the full treatment – squeezed and poked all over, needles stuck into me, EKG, x-rays, CAT scan, etc.

While I do feel very thankful indeed that I am still alive and kicking after what happened to me (I was, after all, hit by a car), the injuries that I sustained do make it impossible for me to develop film (and to do other important things) at the present time and perhaps for the near future. Sorry about this, but sometimes life just has a habit of getting in the way.

Or, as John Steinbeck famously wrote, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.“ (Steinbeck, by the way, got the line from a poem by the Scottish poet Robbie Burns: “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley/ An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain for promised joy.“ I certainly know the part about pain)
Oh, and by the way, if you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be hit by a car, take it from me – you don’t want to know!

Moving on, the photos I’m posting here were made last summer at a weekend figure nude workshop at Woodstock, New York. I’ve written before that I began photographing nudes at the Woodstock workshops, and while I am well beyond the need to take workshops, I still try to go once a year to get some feedback on my work, meet other photographers and potential models, etc. Getting out of the city for a weekend is nice, too. I also hope that maybe my prints will prove to be an inspiration to those people just starting out, just as others were inspiring to me when I was starting out.

This year, if anyone is interested, nude figure workshops will be lead by George Holz, Connie Imboden and Eikoh Hosoe. More information is available at the website of the Center for Photography at Woodstock: . (And no, I do not benefit personally from anyone signing up.)

About Dave Rudin

Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.
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6 Responses to The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men…..

  1. Mandyk says:

    OMG Dave, I am so sorry to hear this..I certainly hope you are okay and you recover prayers are with you..Mandy

  2. Anonymous says:

    I wish you a speedy recovery Dave. My friend’s (now ex) girlfriend was recently hit by a car and similarly put pay to her plans in an instant. Certainly makes you think just how fragile we are.Thanks for publishing such fine photos and comment.All the bestPeter B

  3. Dave, I’m sorry to hear about your accident. I hope you recover soon. This sort of thing sure makes you think about how vulnerable we are. And priorities in life. Iris

  4. Sorry to learn of the accident, Dave. Hope you will move rapidly toward full recovery. Just proves once again that NYC traffic can be nasty.Stephen

  5. Gary M Photo says:

    Dave, so sorry to read about the accident. I hope the fact that you’re “up and blogging” means that your injuries aren’t too serious and that you’ll be back in action very soon. Take care!

  6. Nemesis says:

    DR,Owwwwwieeeeeee! I’m glad it’s not worse than it is. *hugs you* Greg’s offering to come up and develop film for you — if he had the time and means to get there and back of course. Otherwise he’s dead serious.We’re glad you’re alright. BTW, the photo he got 2d place in the student art show … it’s in his portfolio on MM. Please keep us updated, let us know how you are.Always,Nemi and Greg

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