17-01-09 Just A Dream

That’s me in the corner
That’s me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don’t know if I can do it
Oh no, I’ve said too much
I haven’t said enough

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
Try, cry, why try
That was just a dream
Just a dream
Just a dream, dream

Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe

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17-01-02 Melting In The Dark

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Why is MacArthur Park running through my head “like a striped pair of pants”? No idea…

Perhaps because, much like a certain orange haired favorite of the Russians, it is bombastic and makes no sense?

Well, yeah, but it is a truly enjoyable song so that can’t be it…

Enjoy…

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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16-10-02 WPC- Nostalgia_Hippie Edition

This week’s challenge is nostalgia.  In my experience, once you are past about age 8 the choices are limitless. I was photographing some third grade students the other day and one said to another: “Remember when we were little kids we used to…”

I went to Yonkers last week to revisit the Glenwood Power Station. The construction/destruction of this most beautiful ruin seems to have slowed or stopped. The visit was nostalgic as it is one of the first places outside of NYC proper I visited when I first started The Quotidian Hudson. Along with the Little Red Lighthouse it truly has my heart.

After visiting it I was walking the Yonkers waterfront and came across the subject of today’s photo.  It brought back 1968 with a vengeance…

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16-07-22 People Have The Power

We went Wednesday night to Lincoln Center Out Of Doors. (A great free summer series in NYC during late July and early August.)

The opening act was a terrific all female Mariachi band, Mariachi Flor De Toloache.

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The headliner was an artist, writer, singer, rock n’ roller, uniquely associated with NYC and Robert Mapplethorpe. Patti Smith came out and blew the roof off (metaphorically.) She is still powerful, still political, now rocking a kind of Cousin It look at times.  She had the crowd up and dancing from the get-go.

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16-05-05 Going Up The Country

I bring the youth of America home from sophomore year of college tomorrow.

I put this playlist together to cover the three hour drive to the school…
They get to choose the ride home list.

Whipping Post (Live) The Allman Brothers Band
Cowgirl In the Sand (Live)Neil Young
Desolation Row Bob Dylan
Sultans of Swing (Live) Dire Straits
Matty Groves Fairport Convention
Madame George Van Morrison
Ball and Chain (Live) Big Brother & The Holding Company
Mortal City Dar Williams
Three O’Clock Blues B.B. King & Eric Clapton
Amen Leonard Cohen
Sugaree (Live) Grateful Dead
Layla Derek & The Dominos
When the Music’s Over The Doors
Blackstar David Bowie
Purple Rain Prince & The Revolution
New York City Serenade Bruce Springsteen

These particular versions (many live) actually give me 30 minutes extra in case of traffic jams.

Sunrise over Queens, New York.

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15-03-21 Seven Pictures -Fourteen Poems

I spent all day working in Lightroom on the pictures I shot yesterday in celebration of Spring.

In the process I “found” fourteen  2-line poems. I “created” them by taking the playlist of the 14 songs I had on auto repeat and for the first group of seven, taking the first line of each song in order played and then, for the second group, taking the first line of song 1, the second of song 2, the third of song 3 etc…

Scarily some of them are actually not just nonsensical.

So, to accompany your journey through my photographic day yesterday, here we go.

From my apartment

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I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping/Baby we’ve been together for a long, long time

 I had me a boy, turned him into a man/You get a shiver in the dark

George Washington Bridge

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I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping/You get home from work and then we just turn out the lights

Oh, then I let him go./A band is blowing Dixie double four time

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Do you remember I searched you out/Will you dance, Charlie boy, will you dance?

We’ve been doin’ this longer than you’ve been alive/They call me the breeze

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I stood still is what I did/Will you dance, Charlie boy, will you dance?

Bottles of whisky and bottles of beer/Ain’t no change in me

MOMA

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Outside another yellow moon/Hey babe, what’s in your eyes?

I hear Mariachi static on my radio/got no time for the corner boys, down in the street makin’ all that noise,

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It was a teenage wedding/Oh what an ordinary day

But when Pierre found work/In America

Advanced Lighting w/Robert Meyer @ICP

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Let me know how many of the songs you can identify…

12-16-14 Morgan O’kane

I had a few minutes to play (I hate killing time, rather have playtime) between appointments this morning so thought I would see what was up in Union Square, other than the “pop-up” Christmas market.

Heard some excellent banjo music coming from the north end of the square and headed that way. I found Morgan O’kane siting near the subway entrance playing.

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I stood and listened for awhile and then did something I simply don’t do on the street. I bought one of his CDs. When I got home, I popped it into the CD player and have been listening to it, over real speakers for the past hour.

Check him out if you have the chance.

8-9-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture 2

I went to see the Old 97s (set photos here) and The Devil Makes Three (set photos there) at Lincoln Center Out Of Doors today. During the Old 97s set I took this shot that I think hits the texture mark. A note on technique. I turned the photo black and while and added a little sepia tone in Lightroom.

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Some other textures to contemplate:

http://spiritinpolitics.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/weekly-photo-challenge-woodland-texture/

http://maryjmelange.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/textural-shades-of-gray/

http://arrestingimagery.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/weekly-photo-challenge-texture/

http://oliteahouse.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/texture/

http://thelandslidephotography.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/the-hits-keep-coming/

http://bambangpriantono.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/weekly-photo-challenge-texture-tekstur/

http://punctalucis.com/2014/08/08/textured-abstracts/

http://btacoma.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/weekly-photo-challenge-texture/

http://lorikart.com/2014/08/09/bark-textures/

http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/texture-and-tenacity/