Since we spring forward this weekend, I thought I would take one more look at winter. I’m sure this has happened other times during the winter but I never saw it before. Two days ago I was walking through Bryant Park and passed by the fountain. It was a cold day.
A really cold day.
My friend Andra who is walking The Natchez Trace is having not great weather but at least she doesn’t have to deal with 18 degree weather. On her blog this morning, she was kind enough to answer i question I sent her. Check out her blog and check out her book!
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)
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!
And neither is the photograph.
“The very idea of “managing” a forest in the first place is oxymoronic, because a forest is an ecosystem that is by definition self-managing.”
“When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college – that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?” ~Howard Ikemoto
Yes, we do.
I would think, since my background and terminal degree is in theater that I would know that there is a date fixed; a date when the curtain goes up and the work is shown to others. Once upon a time, I was very good at that. x weeks to concept; x weeks to cast and design; x weeks to rehearse and build; x days to polish and tech; then boom: Opening Night! I could look at the work. I could think “Damn! What the hell was I thinking! Idiot!”: but it was in front of the audience, it was their work now to love or hate or more likely be indifferent to but…I was done. Time to move on.
Unless you are on assignment or have a contract in hand, the non-performing arts, photography in my case, are not like that. You can continue to work with the negative or digital file into eternity and no one is the wiser. You can chew on the image, and chew and chew, deepen the shadow, burn, dodge, highlight, up the saturation, crop…throw it all out and start again and it doesn’t matter. You will never get it “right”. In the words of one of my theater professors at Pomona it always end up: “It’s not the vision I had.”
I took this image on January 26, 2011.
At one point it became this:
and today, this:
If you live in many parts of the USA, you are cold today. I admit, it is very cold. I am shocked, however, at how many people seem surprised that there are times in the winter that the weather gets very cold. I always thought that was what winter was known for.
A few visions from the summer to remind you that this too shall pass.
“Constantly in the darkness
Where’s that at?
If you want me I’ll be in the bar”
2014. A new year. All is right with the world. Everything is coming up roses…
Hope that you all had a great new year’s eve and day whether partying with 600 of your closest friends, a small intimate gathering, or just a quiet evening avoiding all the celebrants.
We had an extraordinary twilight to kick off 2014.
Just in time for the Winter Solstice, Ailsa chose Winter as her theme.
Simultaneously New York City choose spring as its theme. 66 degrees today. They say it will drop by Christmas Eve. We shall see.
I took a walk along the river today., Here are a few scenes that I saw on my way to the Hudson.
New York City 12/22/13. A little winter slide show to celebrate Ailsa’s theme.
A few other views of winter:
travel theme: winter | myguiltypleasures
Winter is … | Beyond the Brush
It’s almost WINTER! | NWNL Blog
Winter One-derland | Jaspa’s Journal
Winter im Allgäu | Foto Challenge
Travel Theme: Winter | Tvor Travels
Travel Theme: Winter | Free But Fun!
Travel theme – Winter | A Number of Things
Travel Theme: Winter | Things I See and Know
It snowed in the city this morning.
I have been rushing about and unable to get to the river or do much shooting for myself at all but mis-scheduled today so that I had an appointment at 7 AM and then a clear schedule until 1 PM after which I am booked until close to midnight. Should have taken a nap, but instead I went through Riverside Park down to the river. I figured I would see how the 800 handled the weather (wonderfully) and I put on my fixed 50 so I could take some “in-scene” portraits of folks out in the weather.
Okay, that may not have worked out…
Here we are just 4 days away from Winter Solstice; actually 99 hours and 36 minutes when I took this shot; and what do I see? A harbinger of spring, perhaps?