Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Here's another detail of the same work. You can guess about the meaning if you know the Greek myth of Icarus (or click this link). Classic legend or not, do you ever have a day when you feel like this? I do.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
There were lots of good images. Above, the riders fly through the Logan Square neighborhood where U "R" Us resides.
Below: U "R" Us and special friend Claire prepare to ride.
Wrapped in the flag - of the City of Chicago.
Student photographers - with a Hasselblad!
A well-helmeted little boy finds that the base of the Picasso makes a great slide.
There is a series of Chicago pictures on Flickr here. And check out U "R" Us' post on the event, including some video.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Home this afternoon but we'll have a bit more from Chicago until I get some fresh local stuff.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
So many other good pictures on Friday I don't know when I will get them all sorted and edited. Two more are on my Flickr pages now - link below and to the right.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Really busy but Mrs. C and I did hit the Cartier-Bresson show at the Art Institute of Chicago. OH WOW. Cartier-Bresson is the god of street photography. The show is only around for about two more weeks. Any photographer who finds him or herself in the Chicago area must go.
I did not know he did a good deal of portrait work. He preferred to shoot in his subjects' homes. One client asked how long the session would last. Longer than dentistry and shorter than psychoanalysis, the artist replied.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Today is a travel day but not very far. Posts may be brief and comments limited while I go to a professional conference in Chicago and hang out with one of the heirs to the St. Louis Daily Photo Blog fortune, U "R" Us. By the way, I highly recommend his post last Sunday on Chicago Flair about his recent experiences at Burning Man.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
The great pun is that the hare balloon is the Energizer Bunny. The battery company's HQ is here. They claim it is by far the biggest hot air balloon in the US, taller that the Statue of Liberty. The sky held only a breath of wind at launch time. The newspaper said that the breeze was so light that the race did not leave the boundaries of Forest Park.
That's no fun, but there are lots more good balloon pictures for the rest of the week.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
There's a comedy-reality show called Late Night Republic hosted by Jake Sassville. Jake and crew are traveling around the country doing a promo they call The Great [your city] TV Race. It came through The Lou yesterday. People raced around the Old Post Office Plaza on televisions strapped tightly to small dollies. Fun!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Last night was the traditional balloon glow. These are some of the better shots.
Friday, September 17, 2010
This is a detail from Igor Mitoraj's Icarus, on display in the Old Post Office Plaza downtown. Readers may remember Mitoraj as the creator of Eros Bendato in Citygarden, seen several times on this blog. Icarus' face reminds me of Mr. Bill on Saturday Night Live years ago: oooh nooooo! What does the rest of the sculpture look like? All in good time.
Lots to shoot this weekend. The Great Forest Park Balloon Race is on Saturday with the walk-through balloon glow tonight. The PR people for some late night cable TV comedy show I never heard of invited me to shoot a publicity stunt they are staging tomorrow. Teams of two or more people in pajamas (late night TV, get it?) will race around downtown on wheeled televisions. It's not any crazier than the Tea Party rally.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
HEY, THIS COULD BE A LOT OF FUN: I've been offered my first official media pass to cover an event! Verizon Wireless sponsors an annual contest called How Sweet The Sound to select the best church choir in America. They are having a regional competition in St. Louis for the first time on October 5. I was invited to cover it for STL DPB with full credentials, including time backstage with the singers and the oppotunity to photograph the show close up. Could be days and days of material. Woo hoo!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I got to stop doing these multi-photo posts with little essays. I mean, when am I going to put my laundry away or possibly even open a book? So tomorrow will be a simple Arch picture, but with some Darjeeling thrown on it.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The annual St. Louis Art Fair in adjacent Clayton is one of the bigger ones around the U.S. We go every year if we're in town. It's interesting but sometimes a little disappointing. The exhibitors need a high degree of craft to be accepted. However, we often find a sameness to the work, a lack of originality. There were two notable exceptions this year.
Marlene Rose is a glass artist from Florida. The process by which she creates these objects is complex and exacting. The face of Buddha appears over and over. We bought the work shown above, not a foot tall even with the base. It is sending a pacific glow through our home. Pictures of some of her other pieces I photographed are here.
Monday, September 13, 2010
`Come, we shall have some fun now!' thought Alice. `I'm glad they've begun asking riddles.--I believe I can guess that,' she added aloud.
`Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?' said the March Hare.
`Exactly so,' said Alice.
`Then you should say what you mean,' the March Hare went on.
`I do,' Alice hastily replied; `at least--at least I mean what I say--that's the same thing, you know.'
`Not the same thing a bit!' said the Hatter. `You might just as well say that "I see what I eat" is the same thing as "I eat what I see"!'
`You might just as well say,' added the March Hare, `that "I like what I get" is the same thing as "I get what I like"!'
`You might just as well say,' added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, `that "I breathe when I sleep" is the same thing as "I sleep when I breathe"!'
`It IS the same thing with you,' said the Hatter, and here the conversation dropped, and the party sat silent for a minute, while Alice thought over all she could remember about ravens and writing-desks, which wasn't much.- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Chapter VII, A Mad Tea PartyLet's put it on the table. I'm a liberal. Liberalliberalliberalliberal boogey boogey boogey. So there.
I attended the Tea Party rally under the Arch yesterday, just to see first hand. I wore Tea Party camo, blue jeans, white shirt, red tee. I talked to people - never about politics, just about the beautiful weather and photography - and everyone was unfailingly nice to me. Everyone was happy to let me photograph them. I left saddened but in a contemplative mood.
It's no surprise that I thought what I saw and heard was horrifyingly, dangerously wrong. Those in attendance would think the same about my opinions. Opposition to health care reform boggles me: you have the freedom to be refused coverage, you have the right to be denied treatment, you have the choice to die for lack of insurance. Do Tea Party members burn their Medicare cards? The people I saw (yes, tending toward older and almost entirely white) looked like everyday working folks. A few years ago a book was published called What's The Matter With Kansas?, about the irony of solid middle America often voting for the policies of the Republican Party that benefit the wealthy and powerful at the great expense of the average worker. Honestly, I don't understand.
In The Second Coming, Yeats claimed that "the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. " The statement might encourage me to dig in and fight for what I believe in. Which, of course, is what the people at the rally were doing. Oliver Cromwell, of all people, said, “I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.” Yesterday's experience reminded me how little we listen to those with whom we differ and how small the chance that many will try.
More pictures from the rally are on Flickr here.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
The Hispanic Festival, which I visited yesterday, is lots of fun. The dancers in the top picture, doing a Latin tableau of many-armed Shiva, are from Honduras. The young men below are from all over Latin America. And I don't quite know what the bottom picture is about. Other than Spider Man, I got no idea who the characters are. This guy just walked into the shot, which can be delightful or annoying. It turned out to be the former. He gave me his email address and asked me to send him a copy of the photo, which I will.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
There were a number of comments about the sumo post a few days ago. I've edited the image of the 400- pounder (more than 180 kg) spreading his legs straight out to the side and touching his chest to the floor. You can see it here.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! There's a Tea Party rally under the arch tomorrow! I'm cleaning my lenses.