Monochrome Mondays

Well well…here we go with another Monday. A Monday that is dark, windy and cold, which follows a few days of snow, rain and ice here in New York City.  Though I actually took this photograph last month, it is a nice reminder of how beautiful the city can look when the snow starts to fall, transforming (temporarily) the dirt and the grime into something that shimmers instead once the snow starts to touch the ground. Monochrome somehow also seems to suit a snow covered scene especially well. This one comes from Rainey Park in Queens, and the buildings beyond the water are actually on Roosevelt Island, a very unique place in all of New York. Have a great Monday everyone!

Rainey Park Queens snowfall
Rainey Park Queens snowfall

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Monochrome Mondays

Several years ago now when I started taking photos with my first SLR camera I quickly realized that ships and harbor scenes would be regular themes in my work. Actually, I guess you could say transportation in general at this point, but I seem to have a particular affinity for ship photos. There is just something about the movement of ships across a busy harbor that I find intriguing. Small pleasure boats, ferries, cargo and passenger ships all darting around, all with a different agenda. New York Harbor of course has the added bonus of several islands scattered throughout that add to the panorama-Liberty, Ellis, Governor’s and Staten Island. When you actually get out on the harbor it is a thrill to see the unique views from whatever type of craft you are on. Such was the case with this photo, which I took while leaving the harbor on a cruise ship a few years ago. I get very excited in those types of situations (as my wife can attest to!) and though it was late November and chilly, that bright sun bathing the harbor in shadow made for some great shots like this one.

New York Harbor
New York Harbor

Truth

Preservation Hall, Welllfleet, Massachusetts
Preservation Hall, Welllfleet, Massachusetts

Truth has neither fear nor doubt, 

Truth has patience to wait.

I have been thinking about truth a lot recently. Actually I guess I have been thinking about the lack of truth, the bending of truth, and the fear of truth lately. Or maybe I am thinking about alternate facts, I’m not entirely sure. Yes that last one comes from the headlines, but it speaks volumes about where we are now and how the truth is seemingly less important than ever. Which should frighten us all.

I remember taking an Economics course in college and the professor saying once that no two economists will ever exactly agree on anything. Having at one stage of my life watched those Sunday morning news programs and seen economists debating, that adage is accurate! But it seems that in some circles now we have allowed the truth to suffer and deteriorate.

We have moved to a place where some no longer believe what were once solid principles. Science and History have increasingly come under attack with revisionism. In that light,  maybe the Cubs didn’t actually win the World Series last year. Maybe Thriller isn’t the top selling album of all time. Maybe the dodo bird isn’t extinct. Of course those are what we might call indisputable truths, but then again, I never thought I would believe some people saying today that the earth doesn’t actually revolve around the sun, or that the Holocaust never happened either. Yet some people believe that. Continue reading “Truth”

Monochrome Mondays

For me one aspect I particularly love about photography is the fact it can make its subject timeless. It freezes the object of the photograph in place, forever preserving it in time. Locked in place as it was the day the photo was taken. Sometimes though, the subject matter is itself timeless and my action of taking a photo becomes a way for me to prove the scene has remained unchanged over time for myself. Such was the case with last weeks photo in Monochrome Mondays of one of my favorite spots in Ireland. Similarly, a fabulously rickety old bridge in Wellfleet, Massachusetts known as Uncle Tim’s Bridge has stood unchanged since my first encounter with it over 20 years ago. Long may more things stay that way in this chaotic world!

Uncle Tim's Bridge, Wellfleet Massachusetts
Uncle Tim’s Bridge, Wellfleet Massachusetts

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Monochrome Mondays

Like most people I have always had a strong dislike for Mondays. That dislike is lessened each week when I realize that it is time to present you all with another Monochrome Mondays. This week is no exception! I took this shot last summer in Ireland. One of my favorite spots in all of Donegal are the dramatic sea cliffs of Slieve League. Its sheer height dominates the landscape for miles around, and once you get up to the cliffs themselves the steep, rocky cliffs stand strong against the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Year in, year out. Timeless.  Do stop by every Monday for a new monochrome photo of the week!

Slieve League, Donegal Ireland
Slieve League, Donegal Ireland

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Photo Shuffle-Little Sparrow

I pressed play on my Ipod and this is what I heard…Little Sparrow, By Leyla McCalla *

Hello readers, and welcome to my first music post of the new year! I have been working on ideas for some new posts to share soon.  In the meantime though I figured it would be good to start off with a Photo Shuffle to get myself back to writing  again after a Holiday break.  So lets  get back to some more music!

I am particularly thrilled at the choice my Ipod came up with today. One of the albums I bought recently (got to love those Holiday gift cards!) is the stunning new album by singer and multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla. Like many, I first became aware of her a few years back when she was a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Some of you may remember me writing about another member of that group, Rhiannon Giddens in this post last year. Since leaving the group she has released two solo albums-Vari-Colored Songs (a tribute to Langston Hughes) and most recently, the sublime A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey. Continue reading “Photo Shuffle-Little Sparrow”

Monochrome Mondays

Well here we are again-another Monday, another Monochrome Photo to share with you all. On Saturday here in New York City we got a little dusting of snow. I decided to walk to a nearby park while the snow was falling to get a few shots, including this one. The park is on the waterfront and at one point lies the remains of what must have been an old pier deteriorating away. I like how the shot came out with a slight ‘blur’ effect which was down to having to work quickly to get the shot with snow blowing in my face. Though it may look like it has been altered, this photo is 100% as I took it, with no editing. Join me again next week for another Monochrome Mondays and stay tuned for some of my regular music and photography posts. And do please follow me at the sites listed below and I will return the favor!

Snowy Debris
Snowy Debris

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