Sunday August 1, 2010

SÃO PAULO BRAZIL – We checked into a hotel near the airport for six hours while we waited for our ongoing flight to Porto Seguro, as small coastal city 450 miles or so south of Salvador, Bahia. It is said to be the first place the the Portuguese set foot in the new world. Here’s a link: Porto Seguro. Here is a picture from the pool of the Hotel we spent our six hours in.

Ceasers Business Hotel

Leica M9 and 28mm Summicron lens.

Saturday July 31, 2010 (click to comment)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – We’re in New York today (unusual for us for a summer weekend), getting ready to fly to Brazil tonight. My wife, Maria Campbell, needed an up-to-date photo for an interview so that’s my photo for the day. Here are a couple of links with information about Maria:
NY Times article and Interview. Here’s a link the a Huffington Post article about her that used the photograph: Maria Campbell in Huffington Post

Maria Campbell

Nikon D700 with 85mm f1.4 lens.

Friday July 30, 2010 (click to comment)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – This detail caught my eye on a building on East 55th Street: a shield-shaped sign on a townhouse referring to “She who must be obeyed. With a little digging around I found that this is the US headquarters of a company called D. L. Taffner, the producer of a television show called “Rumpole of the Bailey.” Rumpole’s wife on the show is referred to as “She Who Must Be Obeyed.” According to the New York Times: “Eleanor is Eleanor Taffner, the wife of Donald L. Taffner Sr., the founder of D. L. Taffner, a television production and distribution company. That sign has been out there since 1983, said Mr. Taffner, who is retired. . . . ‘Truck drivers point up to it and just love it,’ he added.”

Anyway – here’s the image:

124 East 55th Street - DLT Entertainment

Leica M9 and 90mm Elmarit lens. Three frames stitched.

Wednesday July 28, 2010 (click to comment)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – I met our daughter at a rooftop lounge in Hell’s Kitchen – at 11th Avenue and 48th Street – for sunset. This area of Manhattan, which is primarily where people come to buy cars or have them serviced, is changing rapidly. So this is Hell’s Kitchen in the foreground and the midtown skyline in the background. Very basic urban landscape, but in terrific light.

Hell's Kitchen and Midtown skyline

Leica M= and 50mm Summilux lens. Three images stitched, and then cropped to square format.

Tuesday July 27, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Club at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 60th Street. The club was organized in the late 19th century by JP Morgan for his steel baron clients who were generally not welcome at the Union Club, the bastion of New York society at the time. From Wikipedia: “JP Morgan served as its first president. Other original members included William K. Vanderbilt and James Roosevelt. Its 1912 clubhouse, designed by Stanford White, stands at 1-11 East 60th Street, on the northeast corner of 5th Avenue. The land on which the Clubhouse stands – 100 feet fronting on Fifth Avenue and 200 feet on 60th Street – was acquired from the Duchess of Marlborough who signed the purchase agreement in the United States Consulate in London. Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt, who represented the Governors, signed for the Club.”

The Metropolitan Club

Leica M9 with 90mm Elmarit lens.