NEW YORK NEW YORK – This is my fourth anniversary. I’ve posted a picture every day since October 16, 2009. I’ve reproduced below my October 16, 2009 picture, a Jean DuBuffet sculpture, that was my first post. This is my 1461th consecutive daily post. (I’ve written a dozen or so posts more than 1461 because on one of our Africa trips I wrote more than one post a day.)
I’m planning on continuing until they bury me. There’s no point to this work other than the blog itself. I get occasional revenue from it as magazines ask for publication rights to images – this just about covers the cost of my hosting service. I have no plans for commercializing it.
For today we’re still at Schloss Elmau with perhaps one of the best pictures of our stay here. It’s a joint portrait of Maria and me.
On this day one year ago: Second Avenue Subway.
Second Avenue Subway
The first picture in my now four-year photo a day effort, from October 16, 2009:
Jean DuBuffet “Four Trees” One Chase Manhattan Plaza
SCHLOSS ELMAU GERMANY – A couple of observations. Some days are better than others. This was not a better day. Despite the alpine scenery my photographs were meh.
Every day before I leave home base I take a picture to make sure that the camera has a memory card, a charged battery and settings that are not off in outer space. When I shot film every roll began with a picture of my shoes. Today the random image from our room at the schloss was the best of a poor lot so I’m posting it. Don’t blame my Leica Monochrom for the results.
On this day one year ago: Red Rooster Drive-In.
Red Rooster Drive In
PORTLAND OREGON – Back to New York on an early morning flight from Portland. I had a window seat (I usually prefer isle) so I shot pictures out the window with my Monochrom and 50mm APO Summicron Asph. This usually doesn’t work but today it did because of interesting morning light on the ground and interesting late afternoon light above the clouds.
HUMLEBÆK DENMARK – We went to Louisiana today (the modern art museum, not the state). I find this place irresistible. It’s sited on a commanding hill overlooking the Øresund Sound, which separate Denmark and Sweden. There was an exhibit of Yoko Ono’s work that I ignored, preferring to be outside on a perfect day. This is a mini gallery of work from the day (the first in an office in Copenhagen, the balance at Louisiana), all taken with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm Summicron lens. I’ve edited this overly long post to include some iPhone images from our dinner at Noma, ranked this year as the second best restaurant in the world (I’ll post reactions to it in due course).
On this day last year: On Broadway around Rock Center taken with my Leica M9 and Noctilux lens.
Walk on the West Side
COPENHAGEN – Another dullish day. I went to Tivoli but found it less charming than I remembered, a bit tawdry actually. I’m sure that there’s a lot to photograph here but I’m not finding it. In my wanderings to and from I ended up taking a solo person and a colonnade, topics that I’ve covered endlessly for as long as I’ve been shooting (starting with my grand tour of Europe in the 1970s and most recently here yesterday and in Paris two days ago). I was in Tivoli then then so maybe the association triggered these images in the style of À la recherche du temps perdu. With my Leica Monocrom and 50mm Summicron Asph., three frames stitched in the case of the solo man.
Seen this before
On this day one year ago: Subway stairs shot with my Noctilux and ND filter.
WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA – A worse than usual travel day. The Federal Government seems to have started a job action in pursuit of the “sequester”. This has left air traffic controllers short-handed leading in our case to a three and one half hour delay for a two and one half hour flight from West Palm to LaGuardia. Here’s the inside of the bus from the car rental lot with my iPhone:
Car rental bus
On this day last year: Rock Center.
BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS – This was a travel day to Boston. I had an hour or two to walk around with my Leica Monochrom in dull, flat, uninteresting light. Not much came of it. Here we are at the entrance to Chinatown, Boston-style, taken with my Leica Monochrom and 21 mm Super Elmar lens.
On this day one year ago: Flatiron Building. Actually the Flatiron Building’s shadow.
TOBAGO CAYS – We chartered a fast boat for the the day to take us down to Tobago Cays where we snorkeled and had a picnic lunch. The trip back and forth was exceptionally rough. Altogether a fund day. Images with my Leica S.
Life on board
On This day one year ago: Lava lamp.
Lava Lamp and Jim Dow
ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – A long travel day from New York to Mustique, our favorite island paradise. If you’ve been following these pages you know that my work on air travel days generally sucks. This, taken with my iPhone, is not as bad as usual. I’m down to three cameras at this point (probably a lifetime low): my Leica S, my Leica Monochrom and my iPhone. This simplifies travel but it means that I really depend on the iPhone because it’s my only “pocketable” camera.
On this day last year: Magical light transforms Naples Florida.
Magic light trumps banal subject
SANTA MONICA CALIFORNIA – We started the day in Manhattan and ended it in Santa Monica. Maria is here on business and I’m tagging along to explore Santa Monica and Naples and to drive up to Camera West in Rancho Mirage to trade my extensive Phase One and Alpa technical camera gear for a Leica S medium format camera. The technical camera actually brings out the worst in me – my shooting gets cramped and stilted (to my eye) once I put the camera on a tripod. More on this in future posts. For today I shot this fellow artist on the Santa Monica pier (a refuge for harmless sleaze) with my Leica Monochrome and a 35mm Leica Summilux wide angle lens.
Here’s a no-no. A pet. Basil, our splendid Norwich Terrier. I’ve sworn never to post pictures of pets or cute kids, so this is bad behavior on my part. Taken with my iPhone and processed a bit.
On this day last year: a travel day at Midway Airport.
BETWEEN NEW YORK and BARBADOS – More insides of airplanes. I seem to spend a lot of my life supporting the air transportation system. We are on our way to Barbados, where we will connect to a small plane for Mustique. Here’s Maria in repose (a rare sight) captured with my iPhone.
Maria in repose
On this day last year: Weird science from Paula Hays.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Here I am on a US Air shuttle on my way to Boston. Guess what? Rain delayed departure. We’re held on the tarmac because of the very low ceiling. Lucky that I’m on the first flight of the day – the incoming aircraft for later flights aren’t going to be able to land. So here’s the weather out the cabin window with my iPhone. I don’t usually recommend shoot out of airplane windows (the results are usually miserable) but this might be my only chance to photograph today. The second image shows the same storm from 30,000 feet. Point of view matters.
Rain delayed departure
Olympian view of rain
On this day last year: birthday party.
PAGET BERMUDA – We’re staying at the Coral Beach Club, which we were given an introduction to by a friend’s aunt way back when we were first married. We’re actually here with our children to celebrate our anniversary (today) and Maria’s birthday (yesterday). Still chugging along with my Monochrom. The weather was cloudy today – remember what I said about the reliability of the weather in Bermuda? Anyway, some images, first of the church of the oldest Protestant congregation in the Western Hemisphere:
The oldest church
An interior of the same church (done with the Monochrom and my 18mm Super Elmar):
Oldest church interior
The barista gets athletic:
The athletic barista
On this day last year: Food.
Chicken Eggplant Swiss Chard
PAGET BERMUDA – Still here. The great thing about Bermuda is that it’s close for us: two hours flying time from New York. The not great thing is that it’s too far North (the same latitude as North Carolina) to have reliable weather. Anyway, here are a few more images with the Monochrom.
On this day last year: Maria has a birthday.
Maria has a birthday
PAGET BERMUDA – I’ve done something weird. Here we are on this island paradise and the only camera in my bag is my Leica Monochrom. That’s the one the shoots only in black and white. Here in pastel mecca. But for better or worse I’m here with the Monochrome and four lenses, a terrific light travel kit.
I’ll start with a sunset and then move on to a mini gallery of images from today without comment.
On this day last year: Morgan Library.
AMTRAC TRAIN SOMEWHERE IN CONNECTICUT – I took the train back to New York and had a chance to catch up on editing photos and writing posts. Here’s from my seat on the train with my Fuji Xpro-1 and an 18mm Fuji lens:
More film scans from Italy, all taken with my Leica M3 and 50mm Summilux lens on XP-5 film.
On this day last year: Home sick.