|Razor Blade in the Rain|
Looking through my iPhone image archives I discovered that there were several images that were made while I was looking down. In some cases - such as the posted image - I was lost in thought while walking.
I came across this scenario in the Niederdorf. It caught my eye for several reasons but the one that made me make the image was that something just didn't seem quite right with the razor blade itself. After taking the shot I picked it up so as to remove it from harm's way and realized that it was, in fact, a piece of jewelry. You couldn't cut yourself with it if you tried.
image of a 1000 wires connected to a pole at an intersection in Kamla Nagar to make my point but the 100+ images that I had on my iPhone were lost when the phone was stolen from my left front pocket while riding the subway from Connaught Place to Chandni Chowk. Schade.
This image is from a recent photo shoot with Timothy Jaromir. Without either one of us consulting the other we both chose this image as one that we felt conveyed what he was trying to say about the recent changes & direction in his music. The shoot was a lot of fun. Timo is a great guy and a great songwriter. You can check out his web site here.
John Wolf, and asked him if he'd like to say something regarding the above image. Here's what he wrote:
The Traces We Leave
Knowing my love of metaphor in photographs, my friend Howard sent me the picture above and asked my opinion. I immediately thought of a series on impermanence that I recently completed, and how well his image would fit that group. But what intrigues me even more than the deteriorating leaf, with all its rich symbolism, is the trace it has left behind. For in that impression, stamped now on the window sill, is clear proof of the leaf's pure form, just as it was in all the perfection and greenness of summer. Of course, that too must pass, but for now, at least, it lingers on, outliving its shriveling source.
Forensic scientists have a maxim that says, "every contact leaves a trace." Finding that trace is the heart of their work. Today forensic science has become so advanced that even absent any visible residue, such as smooth metal wiped clean of fingerprints, techniques involving heat and humidity can reveal evidence sufficient to build a solid case. They now know, for example, that immediately upon contact, finger and metal begin a process of chemical union, as on a microscopic level the print actually becomes an indelible feature of the metal. Although hidden from the naked eye, to the scientist it's as obvious as the alleged face of Christ on the Shroud of Turin.
We humans leave traces too. The Hindu word samskars and Buddhists term kunzhi namshe identify the traces we embed in our consciousness. These terms describe a strange repository of subtle, lingering impressions born of every action we perform with intention—physical, verbal, or mental—and even the slightest aversion or desire. Traces of everything we do, Eastern sages teach, etch themselves forever into the mind-stream, coloring our present and driving our future. Yes, even our thoughts; perhaps more so our thoughts.
In their book Thought-Forms, Theosophists Annie Basant and Charles Leadbeater describe thoughts as material things made of subtle physical matter. Each of us, they write, travels through space enclosed in a cage built of our habitual patterns of thought. Until we raise our consciousness and master thought and feeling, they say, we see nothing as it really is, but only vague residuals of our own thinking, which color and distort experience like badly made glass.
Do I read too much into photographs? I wonder sometimes. But the best images, in my view, contain all the richness and suggestiveness of good poetry. Contemplating them and their transcendent power is one of the real pleasures of art. Howard's beautiful leaf-koan has made me consider what I am leaving behind. We may think the Hindus, Buddhists, and Theosophists cited above are nuts. But who can argue with the practice of living our lives as though our every action matters. I prefer to believe that everything we do lingers on, like a fragrance, not only enveloping us, but offering their traces—of hate or love, sorrow or joy, indifference or compassion—to everyone they touch.
heard things for Mr. Diamond aren't so good these days. Its funny how the mind works. These guys are probably just having a nice little chat but, in light of recent events, one can't help but wonder what they're really talking about.
Galleria on several occasions. With it's arched glass roof and the pristine decor it's just the perfect balance of how to describe space in my opinion. If you ever get there and, you enjoy good coffee, make sure you stop at the Gucci Cafe and try one of their single source espressos. It really is the icing on the cake.
cafe for me to finish.
Maag Areal for a Cuban music event. I thought it made for a good subject to test Snapseed from Nik Software. I have to say that it has some very positive features that might just get me to use it instead of Hipstamatic.
This year's photo book for Tuesday Night LIVE - 2011 has gone to press as I write this. It was a very musical year and it was a great time covering this event for Cafe Henrici. You can see the results here. The singer on the cover is Douglas Jay Boyd of Austin, TX, performing with The Sweetness. If you ever get the chance to check them out don't hesitate. Update: Here's a recent link to two of their in studio performances.
video. We'd talked about doing a studio session and finally had the opportunity to make it happen. My original concept was a take-off on the painting American Gothic by Grant Wood. This image isn't really anything like it but having a bit of an idea to start with always helps get the creative juices flowing.
I'm a bit late to the show with this post. I didn't know about Dave's passing until early this morning and I'm still in a state of shock.
Its been about 10 years since I last saw Dave. I would photograph his gigs and hang out at this house quite a bit over a period of about 2 years. Through him I was able to photograph for the company B-Band which included several LA session heavy weights such as, Larry Carlton, Carl Verheyen & Tim Pierce, to name a few. He was always gracious and generous and will be truly missed.
You can see Dave on YouTube and read about him here.
Golden Temple in Amritsar. It was my birthday and this trip was my present [thanks to a special offer from Lufthansa]. This is the first trip to India that I didn't bring a camera - just an iPhone. This image was taken using Hipstamatic, one of the better apps.
This was a great time. Met some of the crew that I'd worked with on previous events. Got out of Italy just in time to miss a 24 hour train strike.
This was shot a while ago as a test. Its a composite of several images 4 different images. This is an area where photography is more about illustration [or painting] than the more conventional "get it in one shot" type of photography.
Shooting in the American Southwest - Sedona, the Grand Canyon & Bryce Canyon - was my training ground when I first got serious about photography. I can't help but be intrigued by the contrast of the landscape here in Switzerland. From arid & sunny to moist and foggy - quite a difference.
Tuesday Nights Live 2010 celebrates many of the performers who have played at Cafe Henrici over the course of the first year of them hosting music. When I look at the diversity of music, both local and international, it's quite amazing. But that's due, in no small part, to the wonderful touch that Tito & Olivia have in creating this unique venue. Not only is the music world class but the coffee & food are as well. Steve Ellington has been shooting video with the stills being shot by yours truly. You can see more photos here.
Did a lot of traveling at the end of the year. This image came at the end of a 10-day trip to France in December while covering an event. For me it represents one of those magical moments when the lighting is just right, the subject is just right and the focus & exposure are just right.