Saturday March 29, 2014

Saturday March 29, 2014 5.00/5 (100.00%) 5 votes

AMSTERDAM THE NETHERLANDS – We’ve met up with ten friends from all over Europe who share a common bond: the are (or are married to someone who is) celebrating a major birthday right about now. With a lot of help from Maria we’ve organized ourselves to come here for three of four days to visit the Rijsmuseum , which has been closed for eleven years for renovations, and generally to have fun. Obama was here last week; thank God we weren’t because security rendered this city immobile; his photograph speaking in front of The Night Watch, the most prominent picture in the Rijsmuseum’s collection, was widely published in the US.

Anyway, enough idle chit-chat. The new surroundings have energized me so I’m suffering a bit from shutterrhea. The landscape images today are from the first few hours after my arrival, in the lovely light that inspired Vermeer. The final two images are of our group of friends in the library of the Rijsmuseum.

Day 1,626 of one photo a day for the rest of my life.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Rijsmuseum Library

Rijsmuseum Library

Rijsmuseum Library

Rijsmuseum Library

On this day two years ago (day 896): Dinner at the Four Seasons Restaurant, Mies van der Rohe and Phillip Johnson’s iconic masterpiece.

Dinner at the Four Seasons

Dinner at the Four Seasons

Tuesday August 20, 2013

Tuesday August 20, 2013 5.00/5 (100.00%) 2 votes

PARIS – A day of tourism. All shot with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm Summichron Asph. lens. I’ve edited post to add three more images to an already overburdened day, three images taken with my iPhone as Bob and I sampled a very, very good burger at Paris New York, an excellent burger joint (really) in Strasbourg-St Denis (a changing neighborhood in Paris that’s still mid-cycle).

Street sign I

Street sign I

Street sign II

Street sign II

The Tiepolo didn't quite fit

The Tiepolo didn’t quite fit

View from on high

View from on high

La Madeleine

La Madeleine

Paris New York

Paris New York

Paris New York

Paris New York

Paris New York

Paris New York

On this day last year: Test. Testing focus on my then “new” Leica M4 (film!):

Test

Test

Wednesday November 7, 2012

Wednesday November 7, 2012 4.25/5 (85.00%) 4 votes

NEW YORK NEW YORK – You read a lot about the weather on this blog. Woody’s weather channel. what a bore. But the weather really affects me. At the core I’m an landscape photographer; in New York we happen to have an urban landscape; the weather dramatically affects how it looks. Today we had a serious snow storm. The snow turned to slush by the time it reached the ground and photographed as a medium gray sludge. Not to my liking so I pointed my camera out the windows of our apartment to give you a gallery of water tanks, obscured by the snow, on surrounding buildings. All taken with my Leica Monochrom and a135mm APO-Telyt lens.

Snow

Snow

Snow on water tanks

Snow on water tanks

Early Winter Storm

Early Winter Storm

Blizzard

Blizzard

On this dat=y one year ago: Dandy. Taken with my long-g0ne Ricoh GRD.

Dandy

Dandy

Wednesday April 25, 2012

Wednesday April 25, 2012 5.00/5 (100.00%) 1 vote

NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’ve been thinking about what it is to photograph landscape (whether urban or otherwise). Let me describe the experience. There comes a moment when you physically experience some remarkable aspect of the light. For me the world seems to grow quiet and I work without thinking, intuitively. Time seems suspended. I reach this state of mind on those rare occasions when the light is very special and combines with the scenery in front of me to create a heightened sense of reality. It’s good to have a camera in hand when this happens. I’m not wildly successful seeking these moments out with a tripod.

there was one of those moments this morning in the space between the Seagrams Building and the Racquet and Tennis Club.

Racquet and Tennis Club

Racquet and Tennis Club

Rafael Barrios sculpture “Acrobatic”.

Rafael Barrios

Rafael Barrios

More of the same:

Acrobatic

Acrobatic

Seagrams Building lobby:

Lobby

Lobby

On this day last year: Forsythia in the shape of Italy.

Forsythia

Forsythia

Saturday February 18, 2012

Saturday February 18, 2012 5.00/5 (100.00%) 1 vote

GASPARILLA ISLAND FLORIDA – The beach club at the Gasparilla Inn provided a demonstration today by a professional sand castle builder. That’s right. A guy who makes a living on the beach making castles (or whatever) out of sand. Makes the rest of us feel like we’re kind of doing it the hard way. Given that it’s Presidents Day weekend (for those of you outside the US we used to celebrate Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays separately, which happen around now, whenever they fell; more recently Presidents Day is celebrated for both of them on a Monday in February, making a three day weekend), a Presidential theme is appropriate.

Our sand castle architect chose an image of a Purple Heart because it incorporates a silhouette of Washington. The Purple Heart is a democratic decoration: it’s given to all who are wounded or killed in action. I received one during my Marine Corps service in Vietnam. It is the only decoration received by most Marines, soldiers and sailors who are killed in action. At the start of the Gulf War I started wearing a Purple Heart lapel pin (which I continue to wear today). I can’t articulate why. It’s with some difficulty that I write these sentences. Anyway, here is the Purple Heart rendered in sand, captured with my Sony Nex-7 and a 24mm Leica Summilux lens.

Purple Heart

Purple Heart

On this day two years ago: Vietnam Memorial. I’ve looked back two years here (rather than my usual one) because on February 18, 2010 I photographed my shadow on the Vietnam Memorial (shooting infrared) in DC. The juxtaposition is a coincidence and I understand that it borders on the maudlin.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Saturday October 1, 2011

Saturday October 1, 2011 5.00/5 (100.00%) 1 vote

NEW YOK NEW YORK – This is rehearsal day for Laura and Alexander’s wedding. Thankfully I’m not serving in any official role as a photographer for the event. Wedding photograph is grueling business – I have tremendous admiration for the team that is shooting the wedding. I managed a few shots with my Panasonic GH2 at the rehearsal at St. Ignatius.

Alexander and his best man, Karim:

Alexander and Karim

Alexander and Karim

The families watch

The families watch

Maria practices her reading

Maria practices her reading

Alexander and Laura sit patiently

Alexander and Laura sit patiently

On this day one year ago: The Guggenheim.

Guggenheim Museum New York

Sunday July 31, 2011

Sunday July 31, 2011 5.00/5 (100.00%) 1 vote

LAMU KENYA – We took a long walk in Lamu today, ending up at Anidan orphanage on the edge of the town. Anidan defied our expectations. It’s full of happy kids of all ages, 240 of them. It draws its population from the entire region. Children are orphans or abandoned or badly abused. It was started by a wealthy Spanish family that has a house in Lamu Interestingly the house is operated as a hotel, Red Pepper House, when the family is not in residence. Red Pepper House is our first choice for hotels in Lamu.

I took the Alpa with me on the walk. It’s poorly suited to photographing children – it works best on landscape and architecture – so I didn’t get any pictures of the kids that I’m proud of.

Lamu seaside

Lamu seaside

Lamu seaside

Lamu seaside

Dhows

Dhows

Anidan Orphanage

Anidan Orphanage

On this day one year ago: Maria Campbell.

Maria Campbell

Maia Campbell