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…





16-05-31 Rock Me On The Water

“Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thought that is forever flowing through one’s head.”

Mark Twain


Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

“…takes a cigarette/puts it in your mouth” – Bowie

nope wrong song…

So you live day to day,
And you dream about tomorrow, oh
And the hours go by like minutes
And the shadows come to stay
So you take a little something
To make them go away
I could have done so many things, baby
If I could only stop my mind
From wonderin’ what I left behind
And from worrying ’bout this wasted time


The challenge is time

My answer?

Well, an answer, I believe, is found in this snowy portrait…


16-02-03 Empty Room

Someone suggested to me that I should do a series of images around the theme of “Empty Rooms”. Coincidentally that same day I read an interview with Sam Shepard, who I consider to be the greatest living American playwright who said in answer to the question “Where do you work now?”

“More and more by myself. Absolutely by myself. If there’s even a dog in the room, I get a little nervous.”

So he needs an empty room to write in these days. Of course, no room is ever really empty. If nothing else they always seem to have air in them.

Someone else suggested it was time for me to do more self portraits. So I thought I might combine the two ideas…

Here is an early attempt.




15-01-26 Weekly Photo Challenge – Express Yourself – Self Portrait Blizzard Version

A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he is being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he’s wearing or how he looks.
Richard Avedon

The Weekly Challenge is Express Yourself

My first take was 15-01-23

My second take was that

Today is “and the other”…


Other’s expressions:











3-7-14 A New Perspective On The Weekly Photo Challenge

The challenge this week, as you might have guessed, is perspective. This is an interesting challenge because there are so many ways into it.  Here are just a few from Merriam-Webster:

1 a : the technique or process of representing on a plane or curved surface the spatial relation of objects as they might appear to the eye; specifically : representation in a drawing or painting of parallel lines as converging in order to give the illusion of depth and distance
b : a picture in perspective
2 a : the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed <places the issues in proper perspective>; also : point of view
b : the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance <trying to maintain my perspective>
3 a : a visible scene; especially : one giving a distinctive impression of distance : vista
b : a mental view or prospect <to gain a broader perspective on the international scene — Current Biography>
4: the appearance to the eye of objects in respect to their relative distance and positions

Many different ways to go here. I think I will be returning to this all week, although I may have a different perspective on that tomorrow.

Perspective #1


The view (perspective) here is tight and close. Can you tell what it is? (without looking down that is.)


If we pull back and change our perspective

Perspective #2


I took these shots for the Amy Arbus class assignment “timeless”. I thought that bread making was pretty much a timeless activity. I also thought that it was probably pretty damn near impossible to shoot self portraits of bread making and come out with a good loaf of bread, good photographs, and a clean camera. I was right. The bread dough was so overworked I had to dispose of it. The camera survived, and I think I may have come out with a few good photographs. Perhaps I will show them someday.

Here are some other perspectives on perspective:













2-12-14 Weekly Photo Challenge (Again With The Selfie?)

Challenge: selfie.

I had no intention of posting another one of these (attempt #1)(attempt #2) but I got such a positive response in the Fleeting Moment Portrait class – that is the one taught by Amy Arbus – last night that I figured, why not. I don’t actually think this is a “selfie”. It is a self-portrait which, to my mind is a very different thing but Abigail assures me it is a “selfie” and I figure a 17-year-old should know.


Other selfs:












3-6-13 Phoneography Two

Phoneography (link).

As discussed yesterday, WordPress has declared March to be phoneography month so  I figured in for a penny, in for a pound.  I took these shots with my iPhone on the 1 train and worked in Snapseed.

An old fashioned Kindle/Nook

An old fashioned Kindle/Nook

I don’t often do self-portraits but when the train is being held in the tunnel for an interminable amount of time and your book is not grabbing you; you play.

self #1

self #1

self #3

self #3