WARREN CONNECTICUT – Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It’s not commercial and is a lovely long weekend for family and friends. This year Alexander and Laura (and Baby V) celebrated it with Laura’s family so Maria, Francesca and I joined some friends who are just down the road a bit in here in Warren. I contributed the turkey to the festivities, never one of my favorite dishes, as well as some braised mushrooms and gravy. Here’s a Thanksgiving gallery.
Dusting of snow
Food Glorious Food
A rare misfire
On this day last year: A nice look up.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Party given by my friend Mike Harrell taken with my Leica Monochrom and 35mm Summilux lens.
On this day one year ago: Living room.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Another evening out – this time at a benefit for Words Without Borders, a not-for-profit that Maria serves on the board of. Taken with my little Sony.
Words Without Borders
Words Without Borders
On this day last year: Sandy prep.
NEW YORK NEW YORK = Another weekend not in Connecticut. This was for a good reason though: Andrew Solomon’s birthday party. Many interesting images with my Sony RX100 II – here’s one of the best:
Andrew’s Birthday Party
On this day one year ago: Peter Cooper.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – We stayed in New York this weekend to attend a party in honor of Donna Tartt and the publication of her new novel, The Goldfinch. Here are pictures from the party.
On this day last year: More fall non-collor.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – My college classmates here in New York annually celebrate everyone in the class’s birthday (on a arbitrary date). I’m part of a subgroup that brings better than OK wines. This year one of our colleagues brought four bottles of ’83 Lafitte. I brought a couple of magnums of ’97 Chablis “Les Clos”. One of our number served as our host at the Brook, a midtown club. Here’s a silver cup on our table given annually, judging from the inscriptions, for some achievement or other. I generally avoid in-focus people at affairs like this lest they be judged harshly for hanging out in such a stuffy-looking environment. This with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm Luxochron lens.
At the Brook
On this day last year: Picture of a picture.
Very large picture
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I shot a bunch of different cameras today. My iPhone, shooting an anniversary present: a silver Tiffany bowl from the early 1930s; the engraver misspelled Maria as “Marcia”; this would be hard to explain to Maria so I sent it back to be re-engraved; it won’t be ready for our actual anniversary on September 29. Tough luck. My Leica Monochrom with my Luxochrom lens on the street; I’m consistently getting my strongest images from this combination. My Sony RX100 II: the setup for an anniversary party (given by us for us) at the Knickerbocker Club. Same camera: an image of me and two friends at the party taken by one of our guests. I didn’t shoot at the party because I really did have to connect with everyone there and photography gets in the way. It’s the difference between being and observer and a participant. I’m usually happy to be an observer (delighted, actually, being an observer feeds my inner introvert) but tonight I need to participate.
Not taken by me
On this day last year: Park-like area in Warren.
Park – Black and White
BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS – I spend a lot of time in Boston. Both of today’s and last year’s images are in Boston, not a coincidence because I’m in Boston for client meetings every year in mid-September. Shot with my Sony RX100 II at a Red Sox game at Fenway. A demonstration of how ubiquitous security cameras are, and of the Sony’s ability to throw backgrounds out of focus (a rare talent for a small sensor camera).
On this day last year: Valves in Beantown.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I attended a bris today of the child of a friend and colleague. Here’s the cake from the reception taken with my iPhone.
On this day one year ago: Early summer light.
BARRYTOWN NEW YORK – We drove over here this morning (Barrytown is a few miles north of Rhinebeck and a few miles west of Red Hook) for the wedding of two friends, Bill Clegg & Van Scott. As usual at these things my shortcomings as a wedding photographer were manifest, but I did get a few images of Francesca (our daughter) and Bill. Here you go:
On this day one year ago:
NEW YORK NEW YORK – A foodie day. A friend and I sponsor an annual Edwardian dinner so here we are after a great deal of wine. Still standing at least. Leica Monochrom and 35mm lens.
Halal dog? Same camera.
On this day last year: Joe Kanon.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – We had ten for dinner tonight. I catered it myself. The trick in this number is to minimize last-minute preparation, for example by planning on side dishes that are served at room temperature, spring veggies with a bagna cauda sauce (substituting finely chopped chorizo for the anchovies), green pea puree and a warm potato salad. The entree, a butterflied leg of lamb marinated in yogurt, was an easy last minute roast, so the only last minute cooking activity was carving the lamb. Here we are at the table taken with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm Summillux lens.
On this day last year: chrome column.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – This evening we went to a celebration at the Knickerbocker Club for Words Without Boarders, a not-for-profit that Maria is involved with. Taken with my Leica Monochrom and 35mm Summicron v. 4 lens (the Bokeh King).
On this day last year: the Chrysler Building, a favorite haunt of mine.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’ve taken a break from shooting with my new old lens. Here we are at a small Holiday dinner with some old friends, shot with my Leica Monchrom and 50 Summilux Asph. lens.
So what exactly in on the card?
On this day last year: Messing around with my iPhone.
One helluva paint job
SOUTH KENT CONNECTICUT – A holiday party with some friends in a neighboring town. Taken with my Leica Monochrom and 35mm Summilux Asph. lens.
Aggie and Maria
Yesterday’s photo (demonstrating that I actually managed to take a picture on December 15, 2012, keeping my record alive):
On this day last year: Barking Dog.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Our local Presbyterian church in New York, Brick Church, celebrates the beginning of Advent every year with a ceremony on the Church steps lighting the trees all up and down Park Avenue, and singing carols. We’re members of Brick but not currently that active because of our weekends in Connecticut. When our children were younger we were very active – I joked at that time that at one time or another I held every non-paying job at the Church. A lovely community. Anyway I took my Leica Monochrom and Noctilux lens to this year’s carol sing.
On this day one year ago: Still life with iPhone.
Still Life with iPhone