I think a sketch or b/w photo (or one of your stripped out photos, b/w with just a bit of colour) above the black strip, instead of the quote, would probably work well. I do take many readers’ points about the lack of images and agree with Beth that at first sight this in no way indicates the nature or range of your interests (what about putting ‘photo-blog’ on the tab at the top instead of Visual Soma, for example?). Also agree with rr that the subscribe buttons are big and ugly. If you made those smaller, you could fit an extra line or two of personal info above, perhaps?…