10-03-16 WPC – Nostalgia – Times Square Edition

“Now you’re telling me
You’re not nostalgic
Then give me another word for it
You who are so good with words
And at keeping things vague”
Joan Baez

The Theme: Nostalgia

First attempt: 16-10-02 WPC- Nostalgia_Hippie Edition

Moving into the mid 70’s now. A double exposure I took last month as a thought or possible draft for “Trans_Lucent.”
I don’t think it is right for that, but I do think it is right for this.

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16-01-25 Begging Your Indulgence

I spent the last week as TA for a great class taught by the very talented Winona Barton-Ballentine (check her work out!) called In Design For Photographers at ICP. I worked on a little booklet there which I am somewhat pleased with (I have more to do, but it is heading where I want to go.)

I had hoped to put it onto QH so you could see it. In that cause, I have been attempting to figure out how to embed a PDF into a post so you don’t have to click on a link to see it. I have not yet been able to make that work. I know it is possible in WP.org but I am not sure it is possible in WP.com. So, the indulgence I am begging is twofold.

1: If you are a WP maven can you guide me through how to do this?

2: Will you please click on the link and take a look? (FYI: One page may be NSFW depending on your work environment)

8 Pages 1 v4_signed This is the link.

Thank you.

11-17-14 Ballad Of A Thin Man

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I have been listening to a lot of Bob Dylan in the car recently. iTunes shuffles and up it comes, mine is not to question why. The gentleman does have a way with words and is definitely underrated as a musician.  One line of his particularly sticks with me these days and today I decided to write about it after a little unintentional push from Andra Watkins (have I suggested recently that you should buy her book, To Live Forever An Afterlife Journey Of Meriwether Lewis? No, well you should. It is excellent. You can find out how to get an autographed copy if you click here.)

Anyway, her husband, the redoubtable MTM is an avid bicyclist. Unfortunately, as of a few days ago, he is also an avid patient after a young woman, wearing headphones, walked into the bike path and in avoiding her MTM broke his collarbone.

Okay, that is too bad, dude, but what the heck does that have to do with Dylan?

Well – once upon a time, Dylan wrote a song, the one I stole my headline from. It is a great song. The most familiar lyric is:

“Because something is happening here
But you don’t know what it is
Do you, Mister Jones ?”

However, today we are talking about earbuds and headphones and all the ways we cut ourselves off from the world around us. Once this was regarded as a bad thing as can be seen in the last two lines of the last verse…

“Well, you walk into the room
Like a camel and then you frown
You put your eyes in your pocket
And your nose on the ground
There ought to be a law
Against you comin’ around
You should be made
To wear earphones.”

He says it like wearing earphones is a bad thing, a punishment.

Imagine that.

9-12-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity – City Style

This weeks photo challenge is Humanity. Lots of ways to go there.  Going to start quietly and see what comes up during the week.

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Other views of humanity:

http://maraeastern.com/2014/09/12/weekly-photo-challenge-humanity/

http://jgtravels.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/weekly-photo-challenge-humanity/

http://gwhphotos.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/wp-weekly-photo-challenge-humanity/

http://lolako.com/liberated-from-laundry-humanity-and-my-take-on-this-weeks-photo-challenge/

http://drdinoz.com/2014/09/13/art-lovers/

http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/keeping-the-feelings-in/

http://theurgetowander.com/2014/09/13/lessons-in-humanity/

http://jaapkroon.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/weekly-photo-challenge-humanity/

http://bopaula.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/weekly-photo-challenge-humanity/

http://debooworks.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/motion/

http://content.interlude.fm/player/dylan/desktop.html

8-24-14 Hawking – No Drama Sunday

“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”
 T.H. White –  The Once and Future King

When I was a child my second favorite book, after The Lord Of The Rings, was The Once and Future King. I loved it all but for some reasons the hawking scenes made the deepest impression. This may be why, when I saw the hawk mousing yesterday, I spent 40 minutes just watching and occasionally shooting him/her as other people stopped, took a snap and moved on. These are four of my favorites from yesterday.

 

First course done

Scouting for course 2

Scouting for course 2

2nd course is in sight

2nd course is in sight

 

Caught - let's enjoy the moment.

Caught – let’s enjoy the moment.

 

 

10-30-13 Travel Theme: Stone

There are two kinds of stones, as everyone knows, one of which rolls.

Amelia Earhart

Ailsa’s theme this week is stone.  I figure that this gives me a good reason to go back to the river which I haven’t featured in what feels like weeks. First off, I want to boldly go where photographers are not supposed to go according to every portfolio review, critique or class I have ever sat in.

Boro Walk

Please control your horror. It is true. These rocks are dry. This is from around 108th Street or about 4 miles north of New York harbor. The engine is the one I have been watching for almost three years now.

This next shot is about 2 miles south of Henderson Lake in Adirondack Park. The feet are mine.

Journey's End_Source of the Hudson

Finally, what is a Travel Theme post without a Dominica shot. This is the beach at Secret Bay.

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And now check out these other stones:

http://pathsunwritten.com/2013/10/25/travel-theme-stone/

http://lanterfanteren.blogspot.be/2013/10/whispering-stones.html

http://smallbluegreenfotos.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/travel-theme-stone/

http://windagainstcurrent.com/2013/10/25/travel-theme-stones/

http://elizabethkrallphotos.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/rock-on/

http://stephenkellycreative.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/ailsas-travel-theme-stone/

http://mariadesuede.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/trois-lieux-trois-departements-tout-en-pierres-wheres-my-backpack-stone/

http://the-sia-brat.com/2013/10/29/travel-theme-stone/

http://hemadamani.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/travel-theme-stone/

2-27-13 Travel Theme: Bridges Redux

“Well, you walk into the room
Like a camel and then you frown
You put your eyes in your pocket
And your nose on the ground
There ought to be a law
Against you comin’ around
You should be made
To wear earphones.”

Bob Dylan

For whatever reason I have been listening obsessively to Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited and Leonard Cohen‘s Live From London over the past few weeks.  As I thought about Ailsa’s Bridge Theme, it occurred to me that the music I am listening to is a 44 year bridge of time. If you prefer, they are a bridge to 91 years of writing and performance time.

Here are two more of New York’s Bridges.

I believe this is The Manhattan Bridge but it could be The Brooklyn.

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“They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
For trying to change the system from within
I’m coming now, I’m coming to reward them
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin
I’m guided by a signal in the heavens
I’m guided by this birthmark on my skin
I’m guided by the beauty of our weapons
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin”

Leonard Cohen

Spuyten Duyvil Bridge (open)

Spuyten Duyvil Bridge (open)

For a different view…http://windagainstcurrent.com/2013/02/25/travel-theme-bridges/

7-10-12 When I Paint My Masterpiece

Oh, the hours I’ve spent inside the Coliseum
Dodging lions and wastin’ time
Oh, those mighty kings of the jungle, I could hardly stand to see ’em
Yes, it sure has been a long, hard climb
Train wheels runnin’ through the back of my memory
When I ran on the hilltop following a pack of wild geese
Someday, everything is gonna be smooth like a rhapsody
When I paint my masterpiece

Bob Dylan

As part of the continuing celebration of Katherine’s birth we went to see The National Theatre of Scotland at Lincoln Center today. Alan Cumming performing his almost one man Macbeth last night. I don’t think it is the definitive performance of the play but then I don’t think it is really Macbeth. What is it? I think it is a brilliant gloss and adaptation of the Shakespeare play but Cumming and his collaborators have put a frame on the show that makes it a different story – the story of a madman who has lost his family?, killed his family? or…

In any event a spectacular evening of theater.

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2/24/11

Stay Cool

7-30-11 Weak At The Knees

While them that defend what they cannot see
With a killer’s pride, security
It blows the minds most bitterly
For them that think death’s honesty
Won’t fall upon them naturally
Life sometimes
Must get lonely.

My eyes collide head-on with stuffed graveyards
False gods, I scuff
At pettiness which plays so rough
Walk upside-down inside handcuffs
Kick my legs to crash it off
Say okay, I have had enough
What else can you show me ?

And if my thought-dreams could been seen
They’d probably put my head in a guillotine
But it’s alright, Ma, it’s life, and life only.

Bob Dylan

Spent much of the day throwing bread

and canning the first tomatoes of the season.

  Headed out to meet Katherine at the Dog Run Cafe…

then to the river and a little shooting before going to Brooklyn for dinner with friends.

It was a truly beautiful day

People were sunning themselves and sitting on all the sewage overflow runs and just exploring the banks

While I was there my phone rang with Abigail’s ringtone.  I knew that could not be good since the camp doesn’t let them use their phones unless they are in their bunks.

Sure enough, she has dislocated  her left patella and will be in a brace and on crutches for at least two and possibly up to six weeks. Did I mention the camp has a lot of hills? Argh!