16-07-03 The Things I Wonder About

Is this how the world would look if I took off my glasses AND was color blind?


Looking towards New Jersey over the lower Hudson (Tribeca)


16-01-03 Turn And Face The Strange

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

Lao Tzu

Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.
Nikos Kazantzakis


16-01-01 Early Morning New Year’s Day

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” – T.S. Eliot

I truly do not understand quite why we fetishize the New Year the way we do but it is a tradition of very long standing among seemingly most human cultures, so there you are.

A few images from early this morning…RSJohnson_16010100422


and a final image from’15 looking over the Hudson from Morningside Heights…


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.

15-09-24 The “Real” New York City – A Lazy Late Afternoon On The Hudson

Continuing with my “real New York” idea, I will be giving you a bit of today’s life on the greenway in Manhattan that runs along the Hudson.
When I got home from work today, I was cranky and exhausted…too many days in a row getting up at 4/5 AM and driving way too far (not whining – I love the life I have chosen here at the beginning of my last third but tired is as tired is) and needed to get some images to clients. After handling that I sat back and said: “I need the river. I miss the river. I don’t go there as often as I should. Go, you idiot!”
So I headed into Riverside Park and then down to the 79th Street Boat Basin. Got there, turned around walked back up the river to my home, about 4 miles in all. I feel so much better. I know the river is my anti-anxiety place, my mood elevator place, as Castaneda would have said…it is my “power place”, but for some reason I have been neglecting it and thus neglecting myself…

A few images from my walk. I hope you enjoy them.






15-07-18 Weekly Photo Challenge 1/2 and 1/2

The challenge is Half and Half, preferably not the tasty dairy beverage. “This week, share an image that has two clear halves, literally or figuratively.”

Of course for those of us of a certain mindset the first image that comes to mind is the old Star Trek episode, “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield.


Here is my first view of this challenge. Perhaps a bit more subtle.



Other 1/2s from around the blog world.