A friend of the family was a career artist. She was an enigmatic spark that got me into Gang of Four and the Au Pairs when I was 'just a sprout'. I already knew both bands from an incredible rock film called URGH! A Music War, first viewed in 1983. Maurine had well worn cassette copies from vinyl for both bands. I've always appreciated her for introducing me to these hard British new wave bands. She was a painter and she died from cancer. There is so much artwork left behind, and one day, I will construct an internet gallery to share these wonderful works with the world.
This photograph hit me as 'successful' while thumbing through the 4x6 stack for the print giveaway effort. At first I thought it another similar picture taken in a different place. The photo above was from my first visit to the cabin where Maurine spent many of her last years. With weight of emotion behind the lens, the photograph can transmit that love or awe. So it made it's way into a frame instead of an envelope. This photograph was two photographs before Chair.
Yesterday there was a forest fire nearby. A friend popped by to 'go chase it.' We didn't find it, but remarkably, an outstanding debt was repaid. And I took these pictures. The thick smoke in the air made for an unusual light. I was in 'writer' mode and not photographer and was glad for the external gear shift.
This image will be a test for Silver EFEX later today. I am in really bad shape since shooting in raw+jpg in that my little Macbook's hard drive is completely full. I've resorted to working off RAW files directly from the media card (dumb). I am shopping for a firewire enclosure for and external hard drive from newegg. Yet lately have been more interested in print research, instax, black and white photography and lens filters. (1, 2, 3)
And I remember the cop with his slicked-back hair
When he told me to get outta here
And I remember the judge with his gold-plated mouth
He said "go live in the North, you're gonna die down south"
You gonna die down south.
Well I’m goin' back, goin' home again
I'm goin' back, to my own again
I'm goin' back, yeah, to my hometown
The one that put me out, the one that laid me down
Terry Allen • There Ought To Be a Law Against Sunny Southern California • Smokin' the Dummy/Bloodlines
this track has a powerful groove, similar to Waylon's version "Ain't Living Long Like This" by Rodney Crowell
I know I promised some music, but it's not going to happen soon. I solved the interconnect problems, though I'm unsure about the preamp hookup. The 'next bend' seems to change everything. There's so many variables in a music performance itself, not to mention that I don't really know how I am going to sync up the audio and video, nor if the recording app will be worth the $10 over Voice Recorder. For what I'm doing, I doubt it. Plus, I've maxed out the hard drives I have, and consistently bring the 3G to it's knees. Those early youtube performances were fun because they were easy. Crap camera, crap audio, rough takes. Fun. Then I got inspired by the work of Pomplamoose, and shopped for a dlsr that could do quality video, too (way back in July). I wanted to try "Thomas Crown Affair" spit screens for some mandolin overdubs. Here it is months later. . . But I kept traveling and taking photographs instead. "Hipstamatic blah blah 110 blah Polaroid blah blah instant film blah 4x5 blah kodak sucks blah blah." Here's to hoping.
Will the wind ever remember the names it has blown in the past?
What a great day it turned out to be! Did I finish what I was supposed to? No. The day's photographs:
I've decided to enlarge the Hipstamatic images to 600 pixels (from 436) after what happened today.
I. Can't. Believe. This. Shot! There was a girl jogging across the bridge towards Wedderburn. I was trying to shoot the low sun over the Rogue as I drove across the bridge. That didn't work. I pulled over and set up the 'sun hits pole' shot, and wanted to move on; It wasn't gonna be that good. Then I noticed a car coming, so I couldn't pull out. I opted to wait for the moment when the car passed in front of me. Since I was focused on the shot, I could not have known this effect would happen, nor the paint on the truck would match the lens flare angle. Truly, truly lucky.
I really must get the i4. You don't have to know about Jacques Henri (Charles Auguste) Lartigue. You don't have to care. But even though it's a darned camera phone image, I feel honored to capture this echo unintentionally. Cheers!
Rène Croquet’s #6 Theophile Schneider racer. 7/12/1913, Amiens, France.
Well, there it is: my first mundane use of Silver EFEX pro to save a wretched 'John S' shot. I kept the 'Pistil' border as is.