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!!!
:: Today in 1814 // recycled “Content” ::
Old and New “Content”. This Typewriter Shot is called content, as are the snippets of Napoleonic history below, on the next page. They’re both recycled, and both French. I created the image of my Dad’s old French typewriter with a, then current, 5 1/4in floppy disk wrapping the platen in the early 80s as a comment on technology, as well as a fun play on shapes, textures and color. It was extremely valuable to my brand at the time. Most viewers never saw the 5 1/4in floppy. When they didn’t, it let me know how much attention they did or didn’t put into the act of viewing / really seeing. At the time, my portfolio was in 8X10 transparency format and I always presented my work in person, so I got an immediate read on how potential clients related to my Art. I used it as a litmus paper test when showing my portfolio. The Typewriter Shot brought in more work than I’d ever dreamed possible. It was relevant, and valuable, at the time and is now just a fun old shot. What’s relevant and what’s not when most folks don’t take much time to stop and look, much less think, or remember? For those of us who do, today is an historic day if we take the time to recollect. We’re at a pivotal moment in our nation’s evolution and we can learn a lot by reviewing which leaders throughout history have been able to change events for the common good, how they enabled change and how much it cost them at the time. It’s a short list. So I’ve recycled some content to share. Both my image and Napoleon’s philosophy are now well indexed content, but where Napoleon’s tactics are timeless , relevant and therefore extremely valuable, The Typewriter Shot holds perhaps only nostalgic value.
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Elise Go and Will Randolph V goofing off in the Studio
:: More Studio fun. Elise and Will produce enough energy to rock any size house ::
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Francesca Simone in the Studio
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Choeur D’Enfants du Benin – Benin, Africa
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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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“High Plains Black Sea Coral”. Sunset at Evelyn Lake, Cathedral Range, Yosemite 10328 ft. My second pilgrimage in a month to this holy place.
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Leaving Evelyn Lake, Cathedral Range, Yosemite 10328 ft. Just before an afternoon thunderstorm.
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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.