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”

rsjohnson_1612313214-edit

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

rsjohnson_1612313343

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

Bernie Taupin – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

rsjohnson_1612313353

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

rsjohnson_1612313285

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

Advertisements

02-16-16 Weekly Photo Challenge – Life Imitates Art “The Millennial Godot”

I call these images

The Millennial Godot…

The original:

“”Let’s go. Yes, let’s go. (They do not move).”

The Millennial:

“Let’s go. Yes, let’s go. (They leave).”

RSJohnson_1602139423

Of course…they return…
RSJohnson_1602139437

Special thanks to Glòria Juan Villegas for the excellent performance in my little updated event.

6-25-14 Working Through The Experiment (Amy Arbus Edition)

“Science, my boy, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.”
Jules Verne (Journey to the Center of the Earth)

Last night I finished my second class with Amy Arbus at the International Center of Photography. If you are not familiar with her work, you should be. She is a first class, top of the line, portrait maker and shooter of people. If you are a long time reader of QH you know I have been shooting primarily landscape for the past four years.

The first class I took, The Fleeting Moment, was, in my opinion, a mistake ridden mess (on my part).

As Samuel Beckett said…”No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

So I had to take the next class she offered (either The Narrative Portrait or The Extended Portrait – the name seemed very changeable) because I had learned so much about what not to do that I thought I might be ready to begin to start to maybe take a decent people shot.

My aesthetic and Amy’s do not agree. She loves clean and uncluttered. The frame may be full of things but clearly and precisely.  To me real life is about clutter and weird lines and the inconvenient fire extinguisher. Another good thing. Being challenged by intelligent and thoughtful people is always a positive experience.

A brief diversion, Anna, our TA, and the other students in both classes were excellent collaborators, critics and colleagues as well. This does not always happen in Continuing Ed classes.

At the very start of the class I got lucky. In casting about for a subject I asked Abigail and her friend, Lilah, if they would be my subject. They were both graduating high school (different ones), getting ready to say goodbye and moving into a new life stage. To my surprise they both said yes. In the work, we all enjoyed the process enough that we are discussing carrying it through the summer, right up until drop off day at their colleges. Over the next few weeks I will be occasionally showing some of the work that resulted from our collaboration.

I shot them together and separately. These images are from our first joint shooting day, May 9, in Riverside Park overlooking the Hudson River.

RSJohnson_1405090074

RSJohnson_1405090157

RSJohnson_1405090182

RSJohnson_1405090189

1-4-14 Begin The Weekly Photo Challenge

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.

Lewis Carroll

all these calculations yes explanations yes the whole story from beginning to end yes completely false yes

Beginning is the first photo challenge of the new year. So, without further ado, let us begin.

There is nothing special about this photo except that it was the first picture I took on 1/1/11 when The Quotidian Hudson started. I now find it to be a totally random shot but we all have to start somewhere.

Beginings-1

Other beginnings:

http://geophiliac.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/weekly-photo-challenge-beginning/

http://picturethepretty.com/2014/01/04/weekly-photo-challenge-beginning/

http://jampang.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/weekly-photo-challenge-beginning/

http://breathofgreenair.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/sacred-beginnings/

http://colderweather.me/2014/01/03/weekly-photo-challenge-beginning/

http://lenzexperiments.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/weekly-photo-challenge-beginning/

http://bakaizuu.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/weekly-photo-challenge-beginning/

http://meindachboden.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/photoworld-3-1-14/

http://retirenicaragua.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/weekly-photo-challenge-a-brand-new-ending/

http://thesearemywickedwords.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/weekly-photo-challenge-beginning/

12-9-13 We’ll Hang Ourselves Tomorrow

    Given the existence as uttered forth in the public works of Puncher and Wattmann of a personal God quaquaquaqua with white beard quaquaquaqua outside time without extension who from the heights of divine apathia divine athambia divine aphasia loves us dearly with some exceptions for reasons unknown but time will tell and suffers like the divine Miranda with those who for reasons unknown but time will tell are plunged in torment plunged in fire whose fire flames if that continues and who can doubt it will fire the firmament that is to say blast hell to heaven so blue still and calm so calm with a calm which even though intermittent is better than nothing…
    The first 155 words of Lucky’s monologue, Act 1 Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett

Sunday, Katherine and I went to the Cloisters to see/hear Janet Cardiff‘s “The Forty Part Motet” in the Fuentidueña Chapel (sadly closed – if it comes to your town, do go).

12-9-13 Blog0013

40 Part Motet

Then we were off to The Cort Theater to see Waiting for Godot with Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Billy Crudup and Shuler  Hensley.  You may recall I talked about our seeing No Man’s Land by Pinter with the same cast on my birthday last month.  Godot, to my mind is probably the most important (and best written) play of the 20th century and this is an excellent production as directed by Sean Mathias.  The play is undoubtedly suffused with slapstick but I did think the company played that up at the expense of some of the textual meaning and depth. Many people think it depressing but I find it an oddly hopeful play. I strongly, highly, and completely recommend you go if you are in the NYC area. If the two British Sirs are not enough, I think Mr Crudup delivers the best Lucky monologue I have ever seen.

Of course, Sunday was also the anniversary of John Lennon‘s assassination. As it happens, about 10 days ago I was in Central Park and went through Strawberry Fields. I was very impressed with this homeless musician. He was damn good. I always kick a dollar to street musicians when I shoot them but he was good enough that I gave him $5.  Was he really homeless? I don’t know but he wouldn’t give me his name.

12-9-13 Blog1311220067I was also “impressed” with all these people at Strawberry Fields, celebrating John Lennon’s life while ignoring the only musician there and one who seemed to be in need at that.

12-9-13 Blog1311220068

    “Given the existence … of a personal God … with white beard … outside time without extension who from the heights … loves us dearly with some exceptions for reasons unknown but time will tell and suffers like the divine Miranda with those who for reasons unknown … are plunged in torment … whose fire flames … will fire the firmament … blast hell to heaven so blue still and calm so calm with a calm which even though intermittent is better than nothing…”

6-17-13 I Took A Wrong Turn

“Getting lost is the only place worth going to.”

Tiziano Scarpa

I was looking for a specific Hudson picture today, one I feel is very important to include in this first body of work. For some reason my hand opened the “wrong” file and I found myself back in Venice.  Katherine, Abigail and I had a great two weeks there many a year ago. Lived in a rented flat. Went wandering at all hours of the day and night. We had a Samuel Beckett character living at the end of the street. He would monologue for several hours at a time and had built an apartment out of boxes.

I loved Venice but I particularly loved it at night.Canal at Night

DSC02379_edited

Nighttime on the canal

3-24-13 (Really 3-23-13) {Travel Theme: Time #2} [Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense]

Okay…if at first, second, third, fourth, you don’t succeed – in the words of Samuel Beckett “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again, Fail again”

Actually this attempted post is filling both themes don’t you think?  It is taking a massive amount of time and here I am in yesterday’s future still trying .

It is the evening of the day
I sit and watch the children play
Smiling faces I can see
But not for me
I sit and watch
As tears go by
My riches can’t buy everything
I want to hear the children sing
All I hear is the sound
Of rain falling on the ground
I sit and watch
As tears go by
It is the evening of the day
I sit and watch the children play
Doin’ things I used to do
They think are new
I sit and watch
As tears go by
M Jagger/K Richards
x
Time - Future Tense-1
x
Time - Future Tense-2
x
I took these shots at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery in Wellfleet MA in 2009. It is located on the corner of Rt 6 and Cahoon Hallow Road just across from PJ’s Family Restaurant, should you ever be in the area.
Hey, this (or some variant) is where we all end up the future. We all run out of time.
x
x
I know that many of the folks I pinged back from  Ailsa’s (Check out other views here) Travel Theme received the pings as did many from the Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense…but I am pinging again so you can see them!
x
  1. The Past is Prologue | Four Deer Oak
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | Pictures for Froghopper
  3. 今週のお題は「未来時制」@The Daily Post | Summerfield84’s Blog
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge : Future Tense | ~Castle of Words~
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | The Sacred Cave
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | High Street Photo x100
  7. Ramblings of Jen : 5 Blogging Tips with My Own Decisions | Ramblings of Jen
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge – Future Tense | My thought exactly…!
  9. Transitory | Empire of Lights
  10. Weekly Photo Challenges x2 Future & Time | Canadiantravelbugs’s Blog
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | Postcards from Scotland
  12. Weekly Phoneography (Photo) Challenge: FUTURE TENSE | Smart n Trendy MOM
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | Jinan Daily Photo
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | Notes from Africa
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | Of Glass & Paper
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | Olivia May Photography
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense (Photo Course) aka “Photographers: frame and shoot – 2nd sequel (16)” | What’s (in) the picture?
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | Pics from Cell Phone Blog
  19. weekly photo challenge: future tense | bob’s wife
  20. born to die | BUBONICBOON
  21. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Future tense « Jag gör världen vackrare
  22. Defiance (Weekly Photo Challenge – Future Tense) – The numpty with a camera and a laptop
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | northumbrian : light
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense – New Life | Momdeavor
  25. A Kitchen Wish | Colline’s Blog
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense « Life&Ink
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | onesmallpot
  28. Future tense: Spring or winter?! | Melanie Ryding – Ryding2Health BLOG
  29. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: FUTURE TENSE | Francine In Retirement
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | blueberriejournal
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense (Balinese Offer) | artandkitchen
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense … Sailor’s Delight | Eyes to Heart
  33. What’s in the Future? – A WordPress Photo Challenge! | Life in the Foothills
  34. Weekly Photo Post: Future Tense | The Evolution of X
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense – Smile | The Neophyte Photographer
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | En snögummas tankar om livet
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense « Sasieology
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | Figments of a DuTchess
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | Basically Beyond Basic
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Photo | 2013 Weekly Photo Challenge Blog
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | A Hedonistic Wander
  42. Next Page: Siam, Here I Come! « Fly for Icarus
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | Across the Bored
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | ☆ MagicAperture
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge :: Future Tense | Cheryl Andrews
  46. Looking Forward | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge~Future Tense | Mlissabeth’s Musings
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | IsobelandCat’s Blog
  49. Just Beyond #wordpress #weeklyphotochallenge #photography #poetry | Moondustwriter’s Blog
  50. bonding again | yi-ching lin photography
  51. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | Sandra Conner … By The Book
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge – Future Ride | Canoe Communications
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense (Winter) | What’s (in) the picture?
  54. Top Posts — WordPress.com
  55. Weekly Photo Challenge: Theme of the Week is Future Tense | My Daily Prompt Blog
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | Photography Journal Blog
  57. 3-23-13 [Travel Theme: Time #2] {Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense} | The Quotidian Hudson
  58. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future tense | Eat, travel, photograph
  59. Weekly Iphonography Challenge – Future Tense / Letsbewild – Reflections | Travels and Trifles
  60. weekly photo challenge : future tense | bodhisattvaintraining
  61. Future Tense | IMAGES & WORDS
  62. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | Efrata Denny Saputra Yunus
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | Ruth E Hendricks Photography
  64. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense II | My DogaBlog
  65. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | Lonely Travelog
  66. I’m on my way home! | East of Málaga …. and more!
  67. Weekly Photo Challenge : Future Tense | Simply Me
  68. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | rarasaur
  69. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense, Really Awully So! | Colonialist’s Blog
  70. Future tense… | jaycee68
  71. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | Just James
  72. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | a hectic life
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | Its In The Picture – 365
  74. Japanese Ema in Tokyo Tower | Summerfield84’s English blog
  75. Carved into the Future | breathofgreenair
  76. Weekly Phoneography Challenge: Future Tense | Pilot Fish
  77. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | Last Train to QVille
  78. For Oona « Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches
  79. Garden promise | Kerry Dwyer
  80. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | Thoughts, Dreams, and Emotions…
  81. forever | yi-ching lin photography
  82. My five best wishes – Scanography | The blog formerly known as Ink.
  83. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense | fojap

11-28-11 And Now For Something Completely Different

After he joined the ranks of the RIFed he had no idea of what to do except look for another job. If that was all he did, he knew he would go quite mad even with the consulting work.

He cast about for various things and then finally decided to commit to going to the same place every day for one year, unless there was  a reasonable excuse not to, such as being in another country, and no matter what to publish a picture and a blog post everyday. He started on February 1st by posting all 31 days of January – an orgy of self expression – and damned if he did not stick to his pledge.

Some days the pictures he shot were very uninspired and pedestrian and some days he dared to think they were excellent – most days landed somewhere in between.  What did become very clear was that by the simple performance of this daily routine his photography skills were improving and he was virtually “meeting” people from all over the world (while perhaps neglecting some friends closer by).

So, now it is November 28th, 33 days to go until the completion of the work (for work it is) and I find myself resisting. I don’t want to go to the river. I don’t want to post. I want to stop.

I can give all sorts of reasons for this. Good, solid seeming, reasons.  But…

This is idiotic. This is me sabotaging me.  I know how I will feel if I don’t finish this meditation. I am like the marathoner who has gone 24 miles and has hit the wall.

Yup, things are tough around here at the moment. We are all tired of pushing this damned rock up this freaking – why am I bowdlerizing myself? – up this fucking hill but there is a light at the end of the tunnel (Mixing metaphors – he must be serious).

I can see the summit and I know that on the other side is another hill but it will be a different hill and perhaps one that is easier to climb and with smaller rocks to push.

As Samuel Beckett said: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Double click pix to enlarge

9-28-11 Epic Collapse(s)

Nope, I am not talking about Rick Perry.

I am not talking about the stock market.

I am not even talking about the debut of The Chew.

3 words: Red Sox; Braves.  Once upon a time both teams were from Boston…

Between these two teams they lost a 19.5 game lead as of 8/25 and managed to not make even these diluted playoffs.

Whoops…

My Boston/New England relatives are NOT happy tonight…

For the first time in a long while I did not make it to the river today.  Other, more important issues, required my complete attention.  The picture above is one that I have shot over and over again. This is, so far, the best iteration.

As I am sure I have quoted before…”Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. – Samuel Beckett

Centerfield-John Fogerty

And to all those who celebrate: Happy Rosh Hashanah