Brian is a master Jazz (and about any other genre you can imagine) guitarist, composer, arranger and music educator, and about the nicest guy you could ever hope to meet. During this session he was plugged into my old, magical 1965 Fender Deluxe Reverb amp. It’s never sounded so good!!!
:: Video Still Frame Grabs from Simone’s and The St. Valentinez’s Recent Studio Sessions ::
The image above is a “screen grab” close up, from video I shot of Nathan Chan playing the cello on “Eternal”. I’m editing the video now. Stay tuned!
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The road winds slowly north to Anchor Bay.
Cells say “No Service”. Redwoods and moss breathe
salty sea cooled mist as Inner oceans
grow calm and clear. This balance is ancient.
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Local School Parade in Puno, Peru. 12,565 ft above sea level
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Another High Altitude adventure. A city wide parade / festival in the narrow side streets of Puno.
Getting to Puno is a long, gorgeous drive up the entire Urubamba River Valley, heading away from Macchu Picchu, and through some of the most desolate and beautiful countryside, mountains and passes I’ve ever seen. The end of the long series of valleys is the pass at 4,338 meters above sea level so 14,2224.5 ft. That’s at street level, where I stood while making the image of the mountains at sunset, and the peaks soar up from and all around there. There’s nothing around. It’s chilly and breezy. The light is clean and pure so colors are saturated and deep in hue. It’s literally dizzying.
I got pretty sick in Puno, which is on the shores of Lake Titicaca. It would have been a good idea for me to sit and acclimate for a day and then venture out but the street parade caught me by surprise. I heard it from my hotel window which overlooked the street below. So my images are really true “shaky cam”. I felt lousy but couldn’t resist giving it a whirl. The local people are warm and friendly and the colors, everywhere, are intense.
Photographer as witness or participant? There are two variations here. The family and I are related in time and place and interacting. There’s nothing magic captured or created because we’re creating the image together. That’s a conscious move I sometimes have to make. When to fade into the surroundings and disappear and when to come forward and how. On the other hand, the school girls in parade are lost and focused on their routines and I went pretty much unnoticed. Even though it was bright daylight (so didn’t require a slow shutter speed), I chose to “drag” the shutter so the effect would feel energetic, busy and sort of chaotic like the parade. I thought the comparison between the stoic and proud family and the busy dancers was interesting. They were shot about a minute apart.
I hope to post more images from this trip soon!
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Glacial Erratic Boulders at First Light, Cathedral Range, Yosemite 10328 ft.
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Glacial Erratic Boulders and Rocks, at First Light in The Cathedral Range, Yosemite National Park.
The high plateau below the Cathedral Range Peaks is filled with erratic boulders left when the glaciers receded eons ago. Each jewell like lake is in it’s own tiny moraine and sometimes the moraines seem to stack up above one another. Ireland Lake is just to the east of Evelyn Lake and there are at least four or five more tiny lakes within a day’s hike. Each little habitat has it’s own, unique character; and this one near Evelyn Lake seems to be defined by gazillions of erractics.
About 35 years ago I came here and spent a long night listening to the frogs that live in one of the tiny lakes nearby. I’ve never seen or heard so many frogs and I’ve never laughed so hard in my life. It must have been mating season or something like that. We’d make a lame attempt at a croaking frog sound and then an entire chorus of frogs would kick in. The conversation was deafening! Then they’d go quiet and we’d start over. This year we saw hundreds of tiny tadpoles so I bet in a
in this magical high plain will really be rockin again pretty soon (no pun intended).
Anyway, as you can see, the opportunity for compositional studies is endless. I’ve got to come back soon. Once the sun broke the horizon I was running just trying to photograph all the designs I was seeing in my mind’s eye. My style is deeply rooted in drawing with graphite on paper and later in Zone System Black & White techniques made famous by Ansel Adams, Minor White and a host of other geniuses so I tend to lean strongly towards “seeing” in Black & White. Although I miss film, hand processing and printing large format film in the darkroom, I have to admit it’s a gas experimenting with image and tonal options in the “digital darkroom”. I used to consume massive amounts of coffee to keep me going during long, late night darkroom sessions; and, that’s a tradition I’ve kept alive!There’s still a lot more to come.
Last weekend’s Battle – Hymn’s gig
Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir and Volti teamed up with Leah Stein Dance Company of Philadelphia this past weekend to perform David Lang’s Balle Hymns. The following are still grabs from the video I shot, pro-bono, for a video being produced to document the performance. My daughter sings with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir,
and has since she was four, so I had the honor of helping out on the video and shot “B-Roll” for the gig. That means my imagery will be used as artsy cut aways and cut ins and hopefully add flavor to the imagery. It was difficult to shoot, at times, due to tears getting in the way of focusing. That’s how moving the performance was.