The jumper and the sea

August 30, 2010 § 2 Comments

Off the ferry dock at Chebeague Island, Maine.

Olympus E-PL1 and Lens Baby Composer

Winged victory

August 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

Copied from an old picture history of World War I. These two have followed me around for years in various storage boxes. Victory is a complex thing. Desirable, certainly, but fragile and sometimes necessary to defend from its own success.

Nikon F, 55mm macro lens, Tri-X, Ilford Gallerie paper

Abstraction to live by?

August 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

There are paintings everywhere. Some are on canvas, some are on asphalt. The paintings here also tell us something about how to conduct our lives: stay in this lane, keep to the right, don’t block the entryway, etc.  When they’re on asphalt, the messages are clear. But what about when they’re on canvas? Do we want guidance from abstract paintings on canvas? In the beginning, artists thought that abstraction would open a new world of spiritual meaning. Mondrian was out to change the world. Do we still think like that? Or is abstraction now decoration? In fact, is there any art today from which we routinely take guidance? What do you think?

Panasonic ZS3; Wethersfield and Essex, Connecticut

Muncho the Clown

August 26, 2010 § 1 Comment

At the Kayuta Restaurant in upstate New York, there is an enormous, wall-size mural of “Muncho the Clown” on the side of the building. I was interested in some of the more abstract passages of Muncho’s face. Great chocolate milkshakes there, by the way.

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Panasonic ZS3

Polaroids

August 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

Portsmouth salt piles

August 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

Huge piles of salt are stockpiled on the waterfront in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for use on icy roads in the winter. Today, these piles are covered with pieces of plastic, but when I photographed them sometime in the 1980s, they were still open to the air and had wonderful textures.

Rolleiflex 2.8F, probably Tri X and Ilford Gallerie paper

Instant assemblage

August 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

Found on the street, arranged, photographed, returned to the street.

Panasonic ZS3

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