16-02-03 Empty Room

Someone suggested to me that I should do a series of images around the theme of “Empty Rooms”. Coincidentally that same day I read an interview with Sam Shepard, who I consider to be the greatest living American playwright who said in answer to the question “Where do you work now?”

“More and more by myself. Absolutely by myself. If there’s even a dog in the room, I get a little nervous.”

So he needs an empty room to write in these days. Of course, no room is ever really empty. If nothing else they always seem to have air in them.

Someone else suggested it was time for me to do more self portraits. So I thought I might combine the two ideas…

Here is an early attempt.




5-28-14 Travel Theme: Metal

A  DJ played Sabbath’s Paranoid early one AM, which lead Ailsa to choose Metal as this week’s theme. We grab our inspiration wherever it (or we) arise!

Coincidentally, just a few nights before we had a heavy metal experience of our own.  However, our metal machine music happened at 2 AM.

Taking it to the streets indeed…




Some other metallic views:














2-21-14 You Do What You Must

Drove to Boston this afternoon. Horrible traffic. Arrived at my parent’s house to discover their wireless is not working. They didn’t know this. I will try to get this fixed tomorrow but in the meantime I can’t upload any of the photographs I intended.

Luckily I did take a picture of the cause of the traffic.


10-17-13 The Department of Design and Construction

Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus.

David Hockney

The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.

Charles Dickens

Last week before I went to 5Pointz (see posting here) I was at the New York City Department of Design and Construction. Why? I mean, QH, you are neither a designer or a constructioner (sic).

True but there I was nonetheless with other members of the Taoist Tai Chi Society helping two of our Tri-state instructors give classes to the employees as part of their Wellness curriculum. .

As befits the department of Design and Construction, I find it to be a truly beautiful building. In the past it housed The Adams Chewing Gum Company, makers of Chiclets, Dentyne and Certs.  Here are a few shots of the building.




9-25-13 Walking Through The Lines And Patterns Of St John The Divine

As the title suggests, I originally visited St John The Divine with the thought of shooting something for Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Through or the Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines To Patterns but I ended up going in different directions for those challenges.

For those of you who may not know of St Johns you truly should visit it when you are in New York. To tickle your interest I will give you one small bite of information about the Cathedral.  The cornerstone was laid 121 years ago in 1892. It is still under construction.

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4-11-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: (Once More With Feeling) Yellow

Nature rarer uses yellow
Than another hue;
Saves she all of that for sunsets,–
Prodigal of blue,Spending scarlet like a woman,
Yellow she affords
Only scantly and selectly,
Like a lover’s words.
As you know by now the “Weekly Photo Challenge was Color.  My two previous attempts are here and there.  Today I thought we would try yellow.  As Ms. Dickinson says, a few are from nature but most of these are not.
As always let’s check out some of the other viewpoints on the Challenge:
  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour | A Real Mummy Diary
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | For the Archives
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Photo & Tour
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge; Color : TEFL Bloggers
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Project Remnant Redo
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color & NF Blo-Ma 44: Lilac Magnolia | From My Horizon
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color (Purple) | A Nature Mom
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | small house/BIG GARDEN
  9. It’s Still Easter: a Theology of Color [photo sermon] | the long way home | Prodigal Paul
  10. Photo(s) of the Day | Wings to Fly
  11. The Colours of Puerto Vallarta – weekly photo challenge Color | The ever rambling thoughts of Suzan McEvoy
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color In The Kathmandu Valley | The Human Rights Warrior
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Ripples of Truth
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colorful Confessions | studio Nem
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color III – Blue « The Neophyte Photographer
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour | IsobelandCat’s Blog
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Giving Thought | Giving Sight
  18. Colores Locales | Writing Between the Lines
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: With Flying Colors! | Diamond Mike Watson
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Foto de Moto
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour | k-hem
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color Guard | Love in the Spaces
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Hayley Vornholt
  24. Weekly Challenge: Color « Gleaning the Nuggets
  25. The Beauty of the Iris – Color and Overlooked | Journeying with Joy
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge : Color | Selaksa Kata
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | PragueByKaty
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | One Girl’s Journey to 30
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Gasm Travels
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour (Blue) | Postcards from Scotland
  31. Study in Green (with lyrebirds) | Ellen Gregory
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge : Color | Color Odyssey
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Creativity Untamed
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour | Milners Blog
  35. mask | yi-ching lin photography
  36. A World Awash With Color | Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | SimplySage
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | I did it … for Johnny
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | weird & cool stuff seen while out & about
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | En snögummas tankar om livet
  40. wholeyjeans
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Colors of Cameroon | The Human Rights Warrior
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge – Colour | 12 Books in 12 Months
  43. Good Morning Spring, I’ve Missed You | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Scribbling Gizmos
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | An Evil Nymph’s Blog
  46. Color My World – Weekly Photo Challenge: COLOR | picturethismyway
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: the (real) color red in Jerusalem | Deena’s home online
  48. The Color Purple | Butterfly Mind
  49. Last year’s tulips | Kari Neumeyer ~ Rhymes with Safari
  50. Alive for a day | IAMontheRun
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour | Picturing England
  52. Weekly Photo Post: Color at Washington Park Arboretum. | Robin’s Light Writing
  53. Color you say? color it is! | teddiedoucette4u
  54. The Sky Is Not Always Blue | Through the Peacock’s Eyes
  55. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Code For Confession
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | atreegrowsinbklyn
  57. Toronto’s Graffiti Alley |
  58. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Coretan Hidup Seorang Ryan
  59. weekly photo challenge: colour « I used to be indecisive…
  60. Weekly Photo Challenge : Colour | restlessjo
  61. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour (Purple) | Postcards from Scotland
  62. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colors | Ang tahanan ko’y mundo
  63. splash | yi-ching lin photography
  64. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Geophilia
  65. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | My Tropical Home
  66. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colorful Market | Uwana
  67. Ah…Pink! « Catherine Louise Gurganus
  68. Go Green.. | ayimas
  69. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Dawn Whitehand: Visual Artist
  70. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color IV – Red « The Neophyte Photographer
  71. Colourful Houses In Aveiro,Portugal | Natalie Elizabeth Beech
  72. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | GoldenJade Photography

4-30-12 The City Of Eternal Hope

APRIL is the cruellest month,

breeding  Lilacs out of the dead land,

mixing  Memory and desire,

stirring  Dull roots with spring rain.

T.S. Eliot

One of the great things about New York, for me, is the refusal of many people to accept reality. For a city of folk who are supposed to be cynical, wise ass, cosmopolitan, sophisticated, and in general world-weary, most of us are strivers.  Give us a freakin’ lemon and we will do our damnedest to make lemonade, preferably with the booze of your choice added.

What? That? The scaffolding? Fuhgeddaboudit! Hell, we have an outdoor license, right? People will be begging to eat here. Outdoors, party lights, and out of the sun? Perfect!



8-8-11 Gravity – It’s Not Just a Good Idea, It’s The Law

That was the headline on one of my favorite postcards. I just sent it to Abigail at camp a few days ago.

I am not sure I could concentrate on the rest of my job with that hanging above my head. Somehow I don’t think a hard hat is really going to be of use if an accident happens.