17-01-03 Trans_Lucent Dreams

“Everybody is wrong about everything, just about all the time.” – Chuck Klosterman
“I am not one of those who in expressing opinions confine themselves to facts.” – Mark Twain

I am always extremely impressed with those definitive people who can say with confidence on January 1st that: “this was my best/favorite work of the past year.”

I seem to always feel: “Well, yes, that is true today but how about next month? Or next week? Or tomorrow? I will have changed by then. So, I expect my opinion will as well.”

Pretty wishy-washy, I guess.

Anyhow, a few of my favorite images made in 2016 from my project “Trans_Lucent”  as of 1/3/17 at 9:00 am…

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1-1-17 – No Beginning; No Ending;

“No Matter/Try Again/Fail Again/Fail Better”

Samuel Beckett

“Failures and disappointments make time go by so fast that you fail to notice your real life, and the past when I was so free seems to belong to someone else, not myself.”

Anton Chekhov

via Francine Prose (Mister Monkey)

Robert S Johnson’s “List of Favorite Quotations”

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Cate Blanchett in “Situationism”…Video #2 of Manifesto at The Park Avenue Armory

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“Maybe you’ll get a replacement
There’s plenty like me to be found”

Bernie Taupin – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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11:34pm 12/31/16…24 minutes until we randomly pretend life will change somehow.

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99 years of war
left no room for victors.
There are no more war ministers
nor any jet fighters.
Today I’m making my rounds
see the world lying in ruins.
I found a balloon,
think of you and let it fly (away).

Nena

16-03-25 Weekly Photo Challenge Half Light

In memory of my uncle, Edward Devine Johnson (1926-2016)

There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons –
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes –

Heavenly Hurt, it gives us –
We can find no scar,
But internal difference –
Where the Meanings, are –

None may teach it – Any –
‘Tis the seal Despair –
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the Air –

When it comes, the Landscape listens –
Shadows – hold their breath –
When it goes, ’tis like the Distance
On the look of Death –

Emily Dickinson

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Half Light

1-19-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Family (A Very Different View)

Yesterday I went with a non-literal view of family. (here)

Today I will be a bit more traditional. I showed a version of this portrait back on December 25th but have done a slightly different take on it here. Many people mean family to me but this is one of the two ranking members.

The word means many things to many people. Here are a few other takes:

http://memorycatcher.me/2014/01/19/weekly-photo-challenge-family/

http://fstopfantasy.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/weekly-photo-challenge-family-modern-family/

http://maulzxxx.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/indonesian-weekly-photo-challenge-family-keluarga/

http://albumizzawa.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/weekly-photo-challenge-family/

http://thebohemianrockstarpresents.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/weekly-photo-challenge-family/

http://zainabdullah.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/weekly-photo-challenge-family/

http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/connection-to-the-past/

http://photographybyac.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/weekly-photo-challenge-family/

http://emiliu74.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/photo-of-the-day-21/

http://mikehardistyhdr.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/weekly-photo-challenge-family/

http://blog.kjphotographer.com/2014/01/19/family/

1-18-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

Family. I was going to make a Duck Dynasty joke here but, never mind. This “before they were famous gif” sums up my feelings. (found on Perez Hilton after seeing on Real Time with Bill Maher last night).Duck Dynasty

Anyway, my favorite road sign in the entire world (RT 6, Cape Cod) sums it up, I think. (Yes I did a little work in Lightroom.)

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Other views of families may be seen here:

http://963thaidays.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/weekly-photo-challenge-family/

http://hannahshomeoftangentramblings.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/weekly-photo-challenge-family/

http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/laughter/

http://jenyjenny.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/weekly-photo-challenge-family-2/

http://agent909.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/weekly-photo-challenge-family/

http://schelleycassidy.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/weekly-photo-challenge-family/

http://spnphoto.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/weekly-photo-challenge-family/

http://autopict.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/weekly-photo-challenge-family/

http://www.thelifenomadik.com/swimming-pigs/

http://roastbeefandrakija.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/weekly-photo-challenge-family/

1-24-13 Weekly Photo Challenge Beyond #3 (Going Beyond)

Why going Beyond? (check out other entries at the link). Three times in one week is a bit much, no?

However, these are two of my favorite pictures. I think they contrast nicely and both remind me of wonderful times and isn’t that one of the primary reasons people shoot?

England - after Stonehenge

England – after Stonehenge

Tulum

Tulum

Here are a few other entries:

  1. Beyond « Giving Thought | Giving Sight
  2. artisanal « yi-ching lin photography
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | Fog « David Williams Photography
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « To Mother Earth, with Love
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | Adventures in Michigan’s Up North
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « aNadventures
  7. Escaping Negativity; Ibiza « Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « smittenwithhim
  9. Weekend Photo Challenge: Beyond (beauty beyond love) | the long way home
  10. Soft Sky (Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond) « It made me… click!
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « A Nature Mom
  12. Beyond This… | this man’s journey
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Rebecca Barray
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Found Round & About
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | An Evil Nymph’s Blog
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Creative Exfoliation
  17. Driving the back roads | Beyond the Brush
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge : Beyond « Memories are made of this
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Gasm Travels
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « illuminating the invisible
  21. Weekly photo challenge: Beyond (2) – Vélez « Every picture tells one
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | pitaloka89
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Fitness, Food and Photography
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Tranquil Dreams
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | Janaline’s world journey
  26. cherry blossoms « yi-ching lin photography
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge – Beyond « buddhafulkat
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Evolver Photography
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | the ever-budding bear
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge – Beyond « A Beginner
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | Andy in Oman
  32. Más lejos – #postaday / Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | The Daily Post « Dario Alvarez, Fotógrafo 2.0
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | 12 Books in 12 Months
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Convexum
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Talker Huge
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond –
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: BEYOND (Beyond what we see) « A drifter off to see the world
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond (the lollipop) | Carltonaut
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Rainbow Bakery
  40. Beyond!!! | Beyond Beauty Tips
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Endless Frame Photography
  42. kebab « yi-ching lin photography
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Mundo Retorcido
  44. Going beyond | Mama’s Empty Nest
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Shutter bug
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond « Zain’s Pix & Text
  47. Beyond the historic castle walls of Aljezur | Piglet in Portuga

12-24-12 Tradition

We have a long-standing tradition in our family of the Christmas Eve Party.  Every now and again we have been unable to have one for one reason or another but it is important to the three of us and come hell, last year, or hell and high water, this year, we do our best to throw a party and have a family (in the modern sense of the term)  celebration. We have people who have been coming to Christmas Eve parties since we first moved to NYC from CA. all those years ago.  I always have my camera. It is a snap shot sort of night but here a few pics to give you a sense of our world.

Pre-show: Cookie making

Pre-show: Cookie making

Abigail and Eva Best friends since they were 9 months old

Abigail and Eva Best friends since they were 9 months old

Early arrivals

Early arrivals

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Future Lawyer

Future Lawyer

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Dessert is here!

Dessert is here!

Dinner time

Dinner time

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Stick 'em up

Stick ’em up

Time to start the party...

Time to start the party…

One of my favorite holiday songs: Dar Williams “The Christians and The Pagans”

http://www.myspace.com/video/darwilliams/dar-williams-quot-the-christians-and-the-pagans-live-quot/40709290