I announced this on Knotty Silk Scarf a week ago.
My wonderful wife, Bev, passed away from a very aggressive form of cancer a couple of weeks ago. Yes, this is the Bev for whom Bev's Knotty Club is named. She was my partner in the development and operation of Knotty Silk Scarf and Silenced Ladies. Without her, I would have never experienced the thrill of tying up and photographing beautiful women.
About a year ago, Bev had a major operation to remove the cancer. Six months ago, we thought she might have beaten it. That is when we had our last shoot. But the cancer came back with a vengeance. I was with her when she died peacefully. I was/am both terribly sad and relieved. She had suffered so much the last four months. She was the bravest person I have ever known.
I kept getting questions as to when Silenced Ladies would be updated. This is why it wasn't. I did mange to keep Knotty Silk Scarf updated during this period. What will happen to these sites? Nothing for now. I will update them. Will we have new shoots? I have no idea. Bev was often the driving force making new shoots happen. I do still have some new material to post...when I get around to it.
On a political note...Have you ever noticed that all the energy in cancer advertising goes towards breast cancer? Protect the boobs at all costs. I have nothing against fighting breast cancer, but what about ALL THE OTHER TYPES OF CANCER. My Bev DID NOT die from breast cancer. A significant percentage (a majority?) of women, who die from cancer, do not die from breast cancer. Last week, football players from the NFL were all wearing pink gloves and shoes to promote fighting breast cancer. It just made me mad. Why not raise awareness of all the other cancers also???
I get it...boobs are sexy. Promote fighting breast cancer and you get money for all types of cancer...maybe, maybe not. It is an advertising executives dream job. Save the boobs. Still, not a mention of other types of women's cancer at all...ever? And heaven knows, no one ever talks about male cancers.
You hear all the success stories about fighting cancer. Got news for you...cancer wins more than you think. It will probably touch your life at some point. There are many forms of cancer for which there are no tests for. Once you know you have it, it is too late.
Sorry for the rant...