I decided to post a couple of experimental shots. Imperfect shots with little to no retouching. It is necessary to step outside ones comfort zone from time to time and just “wing it” with a shot that you may expect to throw away. That was certainly the case with both of these images. Like much of my work they came to me without me looking for them. I guess that’s sort of the “spiritual” nature of my photography in that I typically do not have a plan. I just go – camera in hand – and what happens, happens. I have never felt real comfortable with reflections (and yes I’ve posted some in the past – but not many). So reflections for me are more experimental in that they typically do not draw my attention. But as I suggested earlier its important to see what the “spirit” will reveal to you and your creative endeavors and that means sometimes it will reveal things to you that are outside your comfort zone – like reflections.

In the image on the Left I had taken my trash out early evening last fall and saw the postal carrier delivering mail to the cluster of mail boxes for my apartment complex. I decided to wait in my garage and then go pick up the mail. As I was waiting and milling about the garage I ended up leaning on the rear of car. I’ve seen this view “a thousand” times before but never thought anything about it. But as I stood there this time and began to think about it with my limited/hyper focused view it seemed a diptych of sorts and then it started to become interested as I started looking at the details. I went and got my camera and took a few shots. I still find it surprisingly interesting with the look out at the trees at the end of my driveway compared to the abstract reflection of the garage door opener and light off the rear window of the car. I thought about a square crop but it didn’t work as well for me. I liked the “weight” of the black at the bottom of the image in contrast to the lighter outdoor scene above. The only editing was a few minor tweaks to the lighting.

The second image was taken inside a car park in downtown Akron near the university. The office of the car park was dark and as I was driving toward the exit I found the view you see above. I like the angles, the deep dark shadows compared to the outside being reflected on the office glass. Like the first image I did very little editing. I tweaked the color saturation only minimally. The biggest change was the crop. I did a re-alignment and used a 16×9 crop to cut out the very bottom of the image that just seemed wasted space. I thought about taking out the very top part of the image also to let the window frame better frame the image but like the “garage” photo on the left I liked the “weight” which I feel helps add to the context of the place the photo was taken in. So for better-or-worse I left it alone. Maybe in the future I’ll think differently but I didn’t want to mess too much with it right now.

Hope you enjoyed reading a little about my thought processes for these two images.

****as is often the case when I post multiple images. If you click on one it will bring up a larger version that you can view….

experiments

Many who have been following me over the years know that occasionally I create album covers for imagined bands and music. Well it’s been a while. This image was inspired while listening to some thoroughly baked modern jazz.

The band members in my imagined recording are Sol Mucky, Chick Scully, Michael Missin & Charlie Winter collectively knows as MSMW. The album: MOTHER SAYS MORE JAZZ WAFFLES which I think is a totally boss title. LOL. I imagine the following track list:

  1. Mama Shakes
  2. Lovin’ On The El Train
  3. Groove My Polyester
  4. Jazz Waffles, No Syrup
  5. 3″ Platform Souls
  6. Phantasm And Ectoplasm
  7. Rocket Ride To The Honey Jar

If you can imagine hearing the music above and like it, let me know. If not maybe you’ll like this….. 🙂

Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood – LITTLE WALTER RIDES AGAIN from their collaborative venture OUT LOUDER.

imagined album cover

Okay. I need to geek out again. I am so pumped about this coming Thursday 18/2/2021. I’ve been waiting for this day ever since Perseverance was launched 30/7/2020. In fact I’m so excited about this day that I took a vacation day from work to follow online the entry, descent and landing of NASA’s latest rover, Perseverance. This is not science fiction! This is REAL science. Here’s a video and animation of what we might expect on the 18th as humanity adds another vehicle to the Martian Used Vehicle lot. I wonder if Martians will someday gather up all these rovers and scavenge them for spare parts or set up a lot to sell them? LOL

One thing that makes Perseverance different is that landing technology and also a first – on the belly of perseverance is a helicopter that will be able to fly advance recognizance for the rover as well as perform it’s own science activities (imaging the planet).

Feel free to join me viewing the 7 minutes of terror online at https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/timeline/landing/watch-online/

And a little more than a month after the anniversary of David Bowies death – his music is more relevant than ever….. because we are looking to see if there is evidence of past life on Mars. 🙂

Mars…. the exploration continues

There is always hope and beauty – no matter how water-logged and dark our lives may seem at times. 

WATER LOGGED 1
WATER LOGGED 2

Music – The Violet Burning “As I Am” from the album Strength.

AS WE ARE

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, 1927

how should we then live in these troubled times?

I love this triptych of images. For me they inspire some very complex feelings. The original photographs of deadwood and rocks in water were just “throwaways” until I decided to go very dark and just leave some of the highlights viewable. Then they started to take shape and almost feel like living entities.

I wanted to post some music for these three images but nothing came to mind. After spending 2 hours looking for something I gave up. So to all my wonderful viewers; do these images make you think of any particular piece of music? If so – feel free to post it in the comments. Thanks.

Thing 1, 2 & 3

THE HOMELESS SHOPPING CART

Another image that expresses the failure of consumer capitalism: Bankrupt, abandoned, capitalism has failed to elevate humanity in “the land of opportunity” but has consumed a humanity that surrounds itself with objects they will only discard. Humanity is addicted to purchasing power but has failed to value the purchase.

homelessness

The latest video from the Veritasium Channel. One of my favorite YouTube channels. For the geek in me. LOL.

And after the video do a search on Google Maps for “Potash Utah” and you can see the most recent image and colors. So very cool. Can you find other cool potash pond locations around the world? feel free to post a screenshot in your comment. 🙂

science is soooo cool!