Getting Ready for ‘09

I’ve made a lot of progress in putting together my art nude calendar for 2009. That’s because it’s already done. Finished. Complete. The only thing left for me is to receive my copy so I can look it over and give my approval. Once that’s done, I’ll announce that it’s available for sale to the public. If I feel that any changes need to made, I’ll do that and wait to get a copy of that revised edition.

Either way, it should be ready to go public much earlier than my calendar was last year, which was December 31 – somewhat late in the calendar game these days. While last year’s calendar was composed of art nude images made outdoors, this year’s calendar is of images made indoors. The photos I’m posting here today are part of the new calendar.

However, since my 2008 calendar of outdoor images was ready for sale so late last year, I may choose to update it to 2009, offering anybody interested a choice between indoor and outdoor imagery.

In other news, I’ve also been spending time working on my new website. Most of the work has been done, with the bulk of the remaining work being to fill the photo galleries with images. So far, I’ve spent more time on the art nude galleries than those with my travel photos, but before I go live with the new site I’d like the two sides of imagery to be roughly even.


I watched the vice-presidential debate earlier this evening. There were no major surprises. Some people expected to see Sarah Palin fall on her face (figuratively speaking), but I’d read that she did a lot of debating in Alaska so I wasn’t surprised to see her stay on her feet. While I thought she came across the best talking about her family and stuff like that, I felt that Biden looked much better and more relaxed when discussing the issues.

I’m voting for Obama next month (thought I supported Hillary in the primary) and I agree much more with Obama’s policies than those of McCain, but aside from that, I got this impression: that when Biden spoke about most issues, he did so from knowledge and experience; when Palin spoke about these things, I felt that she was just reading from a script or a teleprompter, without having a real underlying knowledge of what she was saying. In short: Sarah Palin is not qualified to take over as President of the United States.

I was also tired of constantly hearing her referring to herself and John McCain as “mavericks.” I think it’s one thing to have others call you that, but when you keep on calling yourself that it sounds very disingenuous.

The other question about the governor of Alaska is: which is the real Sarah Palin – the one who was on TV tonight or the one who did not do well in interviews these last couple of weeks?

As for Biden, he avoided being long-winded or belittleing Palin (he didn’t correct her when she got the name of our top general in Afghanistan wrong), and I think he projected having greater concern for the middle class and its problems than Palin did.

If you’re interested in keeping up with what the polls are saying, here’s a website you can view to keep current with the tallies:

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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3 Responses to Getting Ready for ‘09

  1. Anonymous says:

    A debate? Hmmm.. “you can ask the questions you wish and I will answer the questions I wish”. (a bit of paraphrasing) I cringe when I see those who would lead this country being less than sophisticated. I remember my reaction to the news conference back during the Irag debacle with Pres. Bush and Britain’s Tony Blair. Why do we in this country accept mediocre, unread people to be our “leaders”? Shouldn’t we show we have the best people for these positions if we consider ourselves to be the world’s leader? I can dream, can’t I?

  2. Dave Rudin says:

    I agree with you, Anonymous.Palin is beginning to remind me more and more of George W: someone who gets by on personality and can only speak lucidly when something’s been written ahead of time, but cannot answer questions when the answers have not been scripted ahead of time.

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