Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tender is the Day

Tonality .

For me its everything.

Just the other day I was talking on the phone with a person I've never met.

He was helping me get in touch with a fellow neighbor who used to live in the house that he now owns., I guess its a small town thing where people still freely give up information to anyone asking. " oh yeah Joe ! he moved on down to Spencertown. Let me go grab his new number " .
There was an amazing grace to his voice. One of genuine kindness and caring, almost tender.

I imagined him as the quintessential grandpa, someone's husband of 40 years, a good man.

One to almost emulate in the cadence of life.

The effect of that day is still fresh in my head. Its reaffirming to know that the human spirit is alive and contagious. So much so that its prompted me to put together this group of photographs of my wife and daughter.

Cape Cod 1997

The Michael Lardizabal's , 1999

Halloween , NY 1997

43 Albany Avenue, NY 1997

Upstate NY, 1997

Nestle, Chatham NY  2000

Amanda , West Stockbridge, Ma. 1999

Cape Cod  2000

Claudia , New York  1999

  Maine  1997

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Florence 2006

I'm editing a group of panoramic work that most likely will be in my upcoming book amongst other new material .

One of the things I didn't plan or intend on doing while over there was to make panoramics .

After all , Florence and Venice are so densely packed that my original thought was to work the crowds as tapestry in a flat plane but I ended up wanting to take in more.By the end of the first week the marriage of the crowds and architecture were more honest to me .

The test prints so far seem to work in a 65 inch print length., maybe even bigger.

This group was all done w/ a Fuji 6x9 Pro medium format camera. Also known as the Texas Leica to its users.

I think Atget would have approved of the camera.

In my next entry I'll upload some of my studies of Bruneleschi's Duomo which I truly feel is God's house.

My wife and I have this habit where we like to leave nickels and pennies in some nook or cranny of a special place so that we can one day go back and see if they've been claimed or are still there awaiting our return.
Oddly enough...we couldn't find a spot within this area of Florence...but if you find yourself at the Boboli Gardens and Fort Belvedere we left a few there. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Monday, February 08, 2010

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Henry Hudson's River

I first saw the mighty Hudson River in 1993. 
Back then I was still living out West in California and although I had visited New York several times-
my view of the Hudson consisted mostly from the air while flying over Albany.
That Fall I was photographing the  historic manors of the Hudson River Valley .
My first stop was Clermont.
If memory serves me right, this is where I first found myself connected and mystified by the Hudson. 

This is the mighty river that captivated  numerous explorers, the lifetime obsession of Frederic Church,subject of
countless stories and poems....

It never fails to take my breath away.

Looking South, Clermont view  2010

Livingston's Tree , upriver, Clermont view  2010

Vine Flower ,  Clermont grounds, NY  2010

Old fence, railroad tracks, Clermont  2010