11-24-15 The World Through A Dirty Window Without My Glasses

Can look like this…


“They are playing a game. They are playing at not playing a game. If I show them I see they are, I shall break the rules and they will punish me. I must play their game, of not seeing I see the game”

R. D. Laing




15-11-17 That’s How The Light Gets In

A Guest Post from Leonard Cohen…after the Hudson



The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government —
signs for all to see.

I can’t run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
a thundercloud
and they’re going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring …

You can add up the parts
but you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.

15-11-15 Easy From Now On

“Quarter moon in a ten cent town
It’s time for me to lay my heartaches down
Saturday night gonna make myself a name
Take a month of Sundays to try and explain”

Susanna Clark, Carlene Routh


15-11-12 Catching Up

I have not been blogging nearly as frequently as I used to – once a day for 3+ years and now perhaps twice a week, but it isn’t because I’ve thrown in the towel. Life situations change and our responses change with them.

When I started the QH my life was in the midst of a multitude of crises and blogging about the Hudson River, the extraordinary yet prosaic, polluted and beautiful, historic and forgotten, river was a way that I could exert some control over the rain of crap that was falling down on me and all my loved ones.

Things change. Like the little kid said in the old joke…”I know there is a pony in here somewhere.”

Less scatalogically as the Pistol Annies sang:

My life is like a lemon drop
I’m suckin’ on the bitter to get to the sweet part”

I don’t know if we ever actually get there but as my favorite quote goes:

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett

All this is to say that we are all currently healthy, Abigail is having a great time in college, Katherine’s work is tremendously fulfilling, and while I am “under-incomed” I am working and finding time to do my photographic work.


I am pleased to say that this image sold for $450 at the Friends for Friends Auction and that in total the auction raised over $165,000 for children’s healthcare in Asia.

The holiday season is upon us. If you are looking for a gift there are still a few copies of The Quotidian Hudson and of One Quick Blink available. I also have a variety of prints for sale which can be found on my website: http://www.robertsjohnsonphotography.com

To everyone, thank you all for following the QH over the years.

Meeting and getting to know some of you, whether in RL or virtually, has been a great treat.

Travel Theme: Frame

“If I spit, they will take my spit and frame it as great art.”


This week Ailsa’s theme over at “Where’s my backpack?” is frame.

I was looking back at some photos from the summer and found this one which I am working on for a different purpose but seemed most appropriate for this one as well.

Although which is the frame, I wonder…


15-10-27 Need A Printer!

Perhaps not exactly what WP is meant for but, hey, social networks work! (I hope)

We are looking to buy a good family home office printer, one that will print decent work prints (8.5×11 is fine, legal or tabloid is a lagniappe). Must have a decent scanner, be wireless (of course) and able to print excellent text and ok graphics. There are too damn many seemingly perfectly decent choices out there so wondering if anyone has something they love. If so, let me know.