that is how many pages i have transcribed from the interviews i did this summer…and i am not done yet……

ps: what do you think about the blog name change? is that allowed?

if my 5 faithful fans hate it, I will change it back, but I love the idea….it comes from the fact that I am an awkward american and still can not get the greeting right in this country (england)……


me….stiff american, I automatically stick out my hand when i meet someone new…well until I came to London where I quickly realized that people kiss on the cheek here…but it is not as easy as that…..some people do, and some people don’t…..and those who do, it can vary between 1 and 3 kisses…..because of all the cultures here (the swiss kiss three times).

so as you can imagine every time I meet someone now, I agonize for a good 10 seconds…. kiss, no kiss, if kiss how many kisses, which side should I start with, make sure I don’t knock heads, or miss and kiss their mouth (that it the worst), and then there is the stigma about people who air kiss, so if you do kiss cheeks you have to try and make contact….and this is usually all with someone who you don’t even know their name yet……

so I think the name fits the experiences I have had this past year, bumbling though photography, very well….

what do you think?


About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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  1. try being english and living her! same dilemna – no kiss, 3 kiss or 2. or 1. I can never guage it either and I’m from here


  2. just discovered your blog. love it.


  3. I say just lick everyone on the cheek. It will at least be memorable. I wish your internet was working.


  4. oh, and i like the name. it’s like a metaphor. no. wait, it is a metaphor. so don’t change it. if you don’t want to.


  5. I say you start with the right side. I think the trick is that you have to be the one to make the move. You have to be the chooser!

    I miss you and can’t wait to see you soon. San Francisco hasn’t been the same without you.


  6. Oh and PS I love the new name but shouldn’t it be firm handshake with smile?


  7. finally got a chance to check out your blog paige…had no idea you had so much stuff up here. I need to get my act in gear and update my own now..although don’t have that much to put on it!

    regarding the kissing…you did very well here in london I must say…I say, if in doubt go straight for the lips!

    miss having you around. I hope our paths will cross again soon. T xxx


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