12-13-16 Patterns

From the moment of my birth
To the instant of my death,
There are patterns I must follow
Just as I must breathe each breath.
Like a rat in a maze
The path before me lies,
And the pattern never alters
Until the rat dies.

Paul Simon

“If your friend says of some picture, “Yes, but what does it mean?” ask him, what his carpet means or the circular patterns on his shoes”

Stephen Potter


16-3-26 WPC-Half Light

I have been playing around with the Nik software. This image is processed using Analog Efex Pro 2.


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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.

4-17-12 Blossom

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun. Care for those around you. Look past your differences. Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices no more easily made. And give, give in any way you can, of whatever you posses. To give is to love. To withhold is to wither. Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.”

Kent Nerburn