Friday, August 1, 2014

Royal Blue With Monkeys

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It's almost midnight here in Kansas City as I write this, way too late to explain the photo. We went to the Kansas City Royals - Minnesota Twins baseball game at Kauffman Stadium last night. KC won 6 - 3. I may add to this post in the morning.                          

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Rainbow In Curved Air

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The Arch sometimes reminds me of Terry Riley's seminal work of contemporary music with the name in the caption. Space is curved anyway. You have to think of the colors of this rainbow in a different way. It's not hard when you stand beneath it. No question but that it's an alien presence.

I may have a post tomorrow from tonight's Kansas City Royal's baseball game or maybe another from this Arch series. It depends on time. Doesn't it always?          

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Few Days At The Arch

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I have not published any photos of the Arch in some time. It is an overwhelming object, but just an object. At times I've thought the possibilities were exhausted but I went there Sunday with my little Olympus E M5 to see what there was to see.

These pictures are not new ideas. Back in 2005, when my photography addiction was starting, I made a series about the Arch with a Canon 20D. They were shot on cloudless days with spot exposure set for the streaks of sunlight that ran across the metal, making the background go dark. Same idea here.

There will be two, maybe three days of this. Going to Kansas City tomorrow, taking in a Royals baseball game at beautiful Kauffman Stadium. Then out to Marshall County, Kansas, where Mrs. C grew up and her mother still lives. Pure prairie league.                       

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

X ≠ X

Flawed Logic

Some bridge material, found in the basement men's room of a local church. Someone needs an introductory logic course. Well, I know what they meant, but . . .                          

Monday, July 28, 2014


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A bridge for Triangle Man? This is Dan Graham's Triangle Bridge Over Water at Laumeier. Click the link or look at the placard below. I like this one a lot but it was too tight to shoot from inside.

These last few days' posts teach a lesson. You can't look at serious art and just say to yourself that's cool or what a pile of junk.  You have to stop, maybe sit for awhile, and think. What associations does the object bring to you? Why does it look like this, in this particular setting? What could it possibly mean? It takes a bit of creativity and an open mind to appreciate what's going on. Repeated exposure helps.

Low on material again. I shot at the Arch yesterday for the first time in ages. Maybe I'll run a few days' worth. Then over to Kansas City Thursday and out into the prairies of Kansas to see Mrs. C's family. It has a lot to offer visually.   

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Madeleine Monday

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I'm trying to finish the family photos from Andy and Claire's wedding so I can get the album done. Edited this one over the weekend.                       

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Ghost Town

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There are trails through the hilly woods at Laumeier with surprises around many turns. This one stopped me for a while. Where is everyone? Why are so many windows and doors missing? Was there a sudden environmental disaster? 

Contemporary sculpture raises lots of problems of interpretation. According to the sculptor, Tea Mäkipää (yeah, me neither), The Dogs of USA from Not Without My Dog isn't about human spaces and habitations. It's about dogs, sort of. See the placard in the last picture. You would never guess if you hadn't read it. If nothing else, it is an argument for complete subjectivity.     

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Saturday, July 26, 2014


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There is no information on Laumeier's website about this enormous tire, partly buried in the earth. The standing cutout of what looks like a businessman is Jonathan Borofsky's  Man with Briefcase at #2968443 (some explanation here). It looks like the tire would like to rise up and roll over the figure, which reminds me of R. Crumb's Whiteman and, for some reason, an iconic photo of James Joyce (I think it's the hat). These could be interpreted innumerable ways. Have at it.                 

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