15-06-27 Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

“The Muse visits during the process of creation, not before. Don’t wait for her. Start alone.”

Roger Ebert

Too many variants on a theme to even get started. Muse. A random chance selection (thank you John Cage).


Other muse views for youse. Including how to name a band!












4-25-14 Travel Theme: Contrast

Ailsa’s theme this week is contrast.

“I call to the airplanes,” cried the bridge. “I flash to the ships of the air. But you are still master of the river. Quick, let your light shine again. Each to his own place, little brother!”

The Little Red Lighthouse and The Great Grey Bridge” by Hildegarde Swift


“When the prophet, a complacent fat man,
Arrived at the mountain-top
He cried: “Woe to my knowledge!
I intended to see good white lands
And bad black lands—
But the scene is grey.”

Stephen Crane

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I remember taking a bath
and wondering why Coney Island
was so mean in the winter,
and how long it would take
to walk there in the Spring’

Puma Perl


And I’ve seen you at the corners and cafes it seems

Red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme


So, what do you think? Did I fulfill the assignment?

As always a few other views of the subject:

Red and Black…(a New Interpretation) | ilargia64

Weekly Travel theme: Contrast « Lagottocattleya

Travel Theme: Contrast | Northwest Frame of Mind

Contrasts | authenticallyannamarie

Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Contrast | Stephen Kelly Creative

“Rustle of autumn” | Have you ever…

Street of Liverpool | Le Drake Noir

Travel Theme: Contrast | Geophilia

Down through the ages | Beyond the Brush

Travel theme: Contrast | baD.I.N.K.adink

Weekly Travel Theme: Contrast | The Land Slide Photography

Travel Theme: Contrast | MythRider

Travel Theme: Contrast | The Backpack Monologues

Travel Theme: Contrast | To Mother Earth, with Love

Travel Theme: Contrast | A New Day

Have a seat | Beyond the Brush Photography

Travel Theme: Contrast | All The Worlds A Stage

Travel Theme: Contrast | I did it … for Johnny


Contrast Down Under | Becoming Aussie

Travel Theme: Contrast | K2inCanada’s Blog

Travel Theme: Contrast | Canadiantravelbugs’s Blog

Travel theme: Contrast | Stefano Scheda

Travel Theme: Contrast | weird & cool stuff seen while out & about

Conspicuous Contrast | The Urge To Wander


3-28-13 Wrong Location – Wrong Lens – Who Cares – Great Concert

“I guess you had to be there, she said, you had to be
She handed me a yellowed photograph
And then said, See
This was my greatest love, my one and only love
And this is me
Back when we were beautiful, see

I don’t feel very different, she said, I know it’s strange
I guess I’ve gotten used to these little aches and pains
But I still love to dance, you know we used to dance
The night away
Back when we were beautiful, beautiful, yes

I hate it when they say
I’m aging gracefully
I fight it every day
I guess they never see
I don’t like this at all
What’s happening to me
To me

But I really love my grandkids, she said, they’re sweet to hold
They would have loved their grandpa
Those awful jokes he told
You know sometimes for a laugh, the two of us would act
Like we were old
Back when we were beautiful, beautiful, yes

But I guess you had to be there…”
Matraca Berg

They wouldn’t let me bring my zoom lens with me to the Richard Thompson and Emmylou HarrisRodney Crowell concert at the Beacon Theater last night so these shot are strictly for documentary purposes…It was a great concert. I don’t know who thought of the idea of this double bill but it certainly worked.

Just a few of the high points: Richard singing 1952 Vincent Black Lightning with just his acoustic guitar; Richard joining Emmylou and Rodney and their band on “Ain’t Living Long Like This”; Emmylou and Rodney singing the Matraca Berg song above; and Emmylou doing “Boulder To Birmingham” with Rodney singing harmony.




3-13-13 Lucky Or Unlucky?

In the dream I am running
Down a street of molasses
In the dream my feet gain no ground

Richard Thompson

I took this shot on 5/15/11 and have been working on it – on and off- ever since. I still feel that in no variant have I quite found what is the vision inside my  mind.The quote above will make sense, I think, after you see the progression. (Apropos of nothing Thompson’s new album is excellent and David Bowie’s new one is spectacular).

Straight from the camera.

Straight from the camera.

Original edit pass

Original edit pass

6 months after the shot was taken

6 months after the shot was taken

one version this week week

one version this week

Second version this week

Second version this week

Willie go round in circles…

11-02-11 Twilight

I think I am focusing on sunset so much this week because we are about to “fall back” into “standard” time which means sunset will be before 5pm. In New York sunset tomorrow, 11/3, will be at 5:50pm.  Sunday 11/6, 4:47pm and in my mind that will mean winter is well and truly here.

Sunset Song: Richard Thompson

10-15-11 “I love this town!”*

Today was a real NYC day.

Started off as a volunteer photographer for New York Cares Day, a day that benefits the public schools.  New York Cares is the largest volunteer organization in NYC, they run programs for over 1200 groups ranging from schools, to non-profits to city agencies. I spent about three hours shooting at PS 75M…

and then moved on to the river.  I spent several hours on the bike path in a very brisk wind just walking and talking with people and watching the river change.

Came home for a few hours and hung with Gracie (up from Philly) and Katherine and Abigail. Then my friend David and I headed off downtown for the Richard Thompson concert at Town Hall.  As we hit Times Square we walked straight into an Occupy Wall Street demonstration.

Taken with iPhone

Warning Political Diversion ahead…

It hard for me to estimate how many people were participating, given a Saturday night in Times Square with the thousands of tourists, but it was at least 750-1000.  The demonstrators worked very hard at communication with those folks who were passing through.  Despite what certain politicians (Herman Cain: “Don’t blame Wall Street,” Cain said. “Don’t blame the big banks. If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself.” – to me this sounds the same as telling a robbery victim, hell don’t blame the gang of thieves, blame yourself) – and members of the media would have you believe the OWS folks were all ages, clean, rambunctious, but respectful.  They make some excellent points about the massive economic inequality – oh hell call it what it is class warfare from above – in our country.  To my ears, these folks have a lot more in common with the original Boston Tea Party folks then that group which calls itself the Tea Party.  The difference? Not “No Taxation” but “NO Taxation WITHOUT Representation.

I don’t know who Eric Cantor and his gang represent – well I do – it is those people (as defined by the Supreme Court) known as Multi-national Corporations – but it isn’t anyone I know in any part of the country.

In Less Than A Minute Alan Grayson Explains Occupy Wall Street To The 1 Percent

End of rant…

Richard Thompson is a stunning guitar player, raconteur and performer. With just his guitar and voice he made more sound than many bands and it was cleaner and much crisper. He manages to play both the lead and the harmonics all by himself.  If you enjoy folk rock, a certain type of Celtic blues,  and rock, and want to see a true virtuoso on guitar,  do go see him if you have the chance.

Lousy picture taken with iPhone

*Winston Zeddemore” – Ghostbusters

9-20-11 Follow The Windsong

Oh play me a blue song and fade down the light
I’m sad as a proud man can be sad tonight
Just let me dream on, oh just let me sway
While the sweet violins and the saxophones play

Richard Thompson