The Quotidian Hudson is going on vacation. Back on 4/6 – although who knows I may post between now and then. I leave you with some studio fun from this evening.
I spent all day working in Lightroom on the pictures I shot yesterday in celebration of Spring.
In the process I “found” fourteen 2-line poems. I “created” them by taking the playlist of the 14 songs I had on auto repeat and for the first group of seven, taking the first line of each song in order played and then, for the second group, taking the first line of song 1, the second of song 2, the third of song 3 etc…
Scarily some of them are actually not just nonsensical.
So, to accompany your journey through my photographic day yesterday, here we go.
From my apartment
I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping/Baby we’ve been together for a long, long time
I had me a boy, turned him into a man/You get a shiver in the dark
George Washington Bridge
I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping/You get home from work and then we just turn out the lights
Oh, then I let him go./A band is blowing Dixie double four time
Do you remember I searched you out/Will you dance, Charlie boy, will you dance?
We’ve been doin’ this longer than you’ve been alive/They call me the breeze
I stood still is what I did/Will you dance, Charlie boy, will you dance?
Bottles of whisky and bottles of beer/Ain’t no change in me
Outside another yellow moon/Hey babe, what’s in your eyes?
I hear Mariachi static on my radio/got no time for the corner boys, down in the street makin’ all that noise,
It was a teenage wedding/Oh what an ordinary day
But when Pierre found work/In America
Advanced Lighting w/Robert Meyer @ICP
Let me know how many of the songs you can identify…
Between the snow and the icy roads I didn’t get back from the wedding until almost 2am. The driving was more tiring then the working.
I had planned a day of shooting but everything except my eyes and brain felt wiped so thought I would work on some images for presentation at my Friday workshop.
The first image of Derrick is the original. The second is with no change except white balance. The others show further work done. I have two favorites which will go unremarked upon. Feel free to let me know if any resonate with you!
Friday usually means The Weekly Photo Challenge here at QH but not tonight. The #ICPEDUBOOKS signing ended just a few hours ago. I had a great deal of fun. The signing went very well. I have randomly grabbed a few shots – except for exposure adjustments they are just the way they came out of the camera.
I have way too many people to thank so let me just say that Winona Barton-Ballentine who taught this course and wrangled 12 very different folks into producing some seriously bad ass books, rocks.
It was great to see Susan Amy Rosenfeld, Jeff Antkowiak, Louise Pedno at the event and the support I received from Melanie Neilson, Kathy Gunst and Andra Watkins is very appreciated. A special shout out to Katherine and Abigail for putting up with me for the past four years…
Ever the promotional genius…notice the way I am showing the back cover of the book. (Thanks to Louise Pedno for the picture)
Join me and my talented colleagues this Friday, December 12, for our first book signing event. The event at the International Center of Photography will feature limited edition signed and numbered copies published by ICP.EDU Books. Editions range from 20-50 as the artist desired. (I personally went with 33). The event takes place at the ICP Museum Bookstore, 1133 6th Avenue, between 6p-7:30p.
Thank you for all the wonderful notes of support and encouragement around the book release.
I have spent the last 4 months going through my Hudson River archives to pick the 43 images for this release. I can truly say that this edition is a synthesis of the past 4 years of my work but the major emphasis is on images from 2011. Setting that boundary on myself meant that a number of my favorite images are not included. But it allowed me the freedom to go back and look at 2011 somewhat dispassionately and without the personal drama of that year. A number of “new” images populate the book, images I, inexplicably to me, passed over the first, second, third, and fourth time I approached this work. Other images, once favorites but since discarded, came back to the front and insisted on being included. Others have been on top from the beginning and stayed there.
Today’s image taken on 12/9/11 didn’t come close to making the final cut but I like it nonetheless because it is reminder that the Hudson is a working river.
Kristin Holcomb led her “Breakfast in Red Hook” Borough Walk through ICP this past Saturday. We were out for over five hours. If you walk with me you can see a few highlights from the first part of the day…
Friday night the title of the ICP Borough Walk, led by Angel Franco, was Manhattan Under The Stars. Sadly there were not many stars but midtown, especially Times Square, was jumping. One way or another, no matter the year, there is always something dreamy (or dream-like) going on in Times Square and the surrounding area.
Take a little stroll with me?
Did I mention that Comic-Con was on?