“I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do – that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.”
It snowed on much of the eastern part of the United States yesterday. To hear people freaking out you would think this has never happened before. One long ago example…New York City schools closed in 1982 on April 7th when close to 10″ of snow fell. Still it was an odd way to celebrate “pay your rent” day (taxes were due yesterday.)
On April 16, 2012 I wrote the following…”It was a beautiful summer day. True it is only April but I don’t know what else you could call a sunny day with temps in the mid/high 80’s.”
On April 6th, 2014 it was close to 70 degrees. Many people were doing naughty things…
A silly factoid. It is palindrome week in the US. What do I mean? Check the date heading on my post.
It seems like weeks since we have had snow in the northeast. The weather folks are predicting that somewhere between 1 inch and 12 inches will fall from Sunday into Monday (way to cover yourselves, guys…)
Since you may have forgotten what a snow storm looks like I thought I might remind you.
Since I know that no one can read everything in a day I thought I would remind you that Andra Watkin’s novel
was released today
You can read more about it at Andra’s place (Andra Watkins)
A very well-known image. Possibly Ansel Adam’s most famous. Everyone knows what the final image looks like. Or do we? As the linked article from artnet.com demonstrates we do not.
It hasn’t snowed in New York for several days now. Although they are predicting a possible storm next week. Nonetheless I have not seen this harbinger of spring since 12/17/13 when I took this picture.
La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) directed by Paolo Sorrentino is an extraordinarily wonderful 2013 film from Italy. Excellent cast and exquisite cinematography. We saw it last night. Highly recommended.
The Fabulous Ice Age is a new American film by Keri Pickett seemingly about the history of ice shows in the USA. It is much more than that. It shows us much about who we (the United States) were through much of the 20th Century and how our cultural influence and thus our power spread over the globe. It is streaming for free on Netflix and you should check it out. (Full disclosure – Way back at the start of her career Keri took our wedding photos. We could not have made a better choice. As is the way of these things we lost touch until this film came to NYC)
When winter first begins to bite
and stones crack in the frosty night,
when pools are black and trees are bare,
’tis evil in the Wild to fare.
“Go to the winter woods: listen there, look, watch, and “the dead months” will give you a subtler secret than any you have yet found in the forest.”
– Fiona Macleod, Where the Forest Murmurs
It is still winter!
“It occurs to me now that I have never seen the ice-storm put upon canvas, and have not heard that any painter has tried to do it. I wonder why that is. Is it that paint cannot counterfeit the intense blaze of a sun-flooded jewel?”
We are one messy town today. Snow, followed by ice, followed by ice/rain mix followed by 35 degrees. I am on my third pair of socks and second pair of boots.
Not many farmers or shoppers at the Union Square Greenmarket today.
But the ice-covered branches looked extraordinary…(and Twain is right, very hard to capture)
Parts of the subway broke down – the 1, 2, 3. This made the C train big fun for everyone. (The 7 stopped as well but that was a problem for the L and M riders)
Earlier in the week they were predicting another storm on Saturday but they seem to have backed off of that. We shall see.
6:45 AM before the snow.
We ended up with about a foot of snow, with winds of 25 mph and temps dropping to 7 above zero, or spring as we called it when I lived in St. Paul. Just a few fun images of 8th Avenue and 32nd Street.
I spent almost all day inside working on the computer or at B&H and ICP for lighting seminars.
I came out from this:
And walked into this