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Special Request from Chris

Hello to all of you on the Lightsmith mailing list. Please indulge me this one time with a special request on behalf of my alter ego and a different kind of Lightsmithery. I am creating a new list for people interested in receiving email from me about my various photo projects and gallery exhibitions.

I have been a photographer since high school and for almost 20 years in my earlier life I operated a small chain of photofinishing stores in Minnesota. Having had the luxuries of a well-equipped personal darkroom and an endless supply of film and processing, I have accumulated many images to sort, scan and catalog. Or ignore. And, given the simplicity of digital technology I continue to accumulate plenty of captured data.

In hindsight, I had another project to complete (ME), so photography as a personal expression waned for the last 20 years. Now I find myself expanding the attention I give to photography, this time with a lot more play and creativity. I also appreciate the digital techniques now available that can give new life to old images, and to generate what I’m calling photo-based visual art.

Last August I was invited to become one of ten member artists of The AZ Gallery, a non-profit cooperative in the Lowertown arts district of Saint Paul. I display new work regularly and I also staff the gallery on several shifts each month. AZ is a hub of the downtown arts community, and you will find the gallery a popular destination during art crawls and other special arts events in the city.

However, back to my request. Beyond this initial contact I will not send personal email to you using the Lightsmith list. If it is okay for me to include you on my photography list please reply to this mailing and type photo. Also, please add your name since the Lightsmith list is composed only of addresses and I do not have names associated in many cases.

Note: Some of you I know well as friends and Lightsmith participants, and you may find yourself automatically on the list, but a response would still be welcomed in case I miss anyone. If you are reading this on our website, please send me a note at .

Here are two sites I invite you to explore:

My personal site, recently established with much uploading yet to come:


And, the AZ Gallery site with artist and show information:


Also, please “like” my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lafontaine.pro

Thank you for your consideration!






About Chris

Chris LaFontaine is a consciousness geek who shares his perspectives on life with minimal prompting. He may profess through writing, media, photography or music. Leave a comment below or

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