a note of explanation about these recent images: just before new year's my trusty canon xsi suddenly started displaying a 999 error, which apparently just means "something's gone very wrong." so I gave it a little good-luck kiss, shipped it off to canon for repair, and curled up in despair. the next day I resolved to try some opportunity-out-of-crisis experimenting in the Luminous Playhouse. hence the b&w images (shot that way in-camera, my little canon A650), and the low-fi images taken with my new harinezumi digital toy camera. I've been having fun (and good ol' canon emailed me that they received my camera and are repairing it for free). apologies again for my slowness in commenting; I'll be back soon!