Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 90 - "Self Portrait"



March 31, 2010 - "Self Portrait"

Oops! I caught myself again!

(We really do have to stop meeting like this!)

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 89 - "Electric Java Junky"



March 30, 2010 - "Electric Java Junky"

I love coffee.

I love mud.

I love Mud Coffee.

I love the Mud Truck.

I love coffee from the Mud Truck.

I love my Mud Coffee Cup.

(Life is delicious!)

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Monday, March 29, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 88 - "Success"



March 29, 2010 - "Success"

What a wonderful day!

A day full of "Success"!

The Full Moon shines upon me (even if I can't see Her through the rain)...

... and I smile!

S-U-C-C-E-S-S!!!

It's in the air!

Life IS good!

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 87 - "Quiet Night"



March 28, 2010 - "Quiet Night"

It's a quiet night in our household.

Calm.

Quiet.

Just the hum of the heater... and the clicking of laptop keys keeping us company.

(It's quite nice, actually!)

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 86 - "Forgotten"



March 27, 2010 - "Forgotten"

I came across this little guy left in a pile of garbage beside a dumpster.

I wonder what his story is?

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Friday, March 26, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 85 - "Fur-ball"



March 26, 2010 - "Fur-ball"

It's late, and I'm tired.

Ziggy is tired too!

He's curled up in a little fur-ball on the floor next to the heating vent.

(I wish I could do that!)

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 84 - "Fire Child"



March 25, 2010 - "Fire Child"

Sitting in the Sycamore Drive-in... wolfing down burgers and fries and root beer.

Break out the camera and snap some photos of my daughter, sitting across from me.

Isn't she beautiful!?!

Life is good!

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 83 - "Remover of Obstacles"



March 24, 2010 - "Remover of Obstacles"

Long day. Late night. Lots accomplished.

Dreams are becoming a reality.

Goals are closer than I ever imagined.

Obstacles are being overcome.

Life...

is...

good!

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 82 - "R&R"



March 23, 2010 - "R&R"

A very "full" night. Spent four hours crunching numbers and doing planning for the business I'm starting. Went to Camera Club for the second of the monthly meetings. Didn't have time to squeeze dinner in before that... so we ran from the meeting to the diner for a late meal.

Exiting the diner, I noticed the light catching the worn out remains of the Railroad Crossing sign painted on White Street. Grabbed my camera... zoomed... focused... snapped... smiled.

Life is good!

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Monday, March 22, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 81 - "Air"



March 22, 2010 - "Air"

I've got Air on my mind today.

Air moving me...

Air filling me...

Air flowing through the body of my flute...

Air... I am.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 80 - "My shoes are finally off!"



March 21, 2010 - "My shoes are finally off!"

It has been a loooong day!

A good day... but a long one.

And as much as I love my Chucks... I'm glad to finally be able to take them off and kick my feet up!

Ahhhhhh! That's better!

Life is good!

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 79 - "Re-Born"



March 20, 2010 - "Re-Born"

The first day of Spring...

A day of new beginnings...

A day of rebirth.

So I locked Holly in the hotel bathroom and made her pose from some shots.

Life is good!

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Friday, March 19, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 78 - "Hotel"



March 19, 2010 - "Hotel"

This weekend we're in the Springfield, MA area for our daughter's dance competitions.

It's going to be a very busy weekend!

But for now, we get to relax in what has turned out to be one of the nicest hotel rooms we've ever stayed in.

Life is good!

(By-the-way... in case you're wondering, this shot is a telephoto close-up of the metal beams of the glass canopy at the hotel's entrance)

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 77 - "Spring!"



March 18, 2010 - "Spring!"

What a perfectly wonderful day!

The Sun is shining strong upon me... and I feel so "alive"!

Life IS good!

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 76 - "Sláinte!"



March 17, 2010 - "Sláinte!"

The perfect pint settles...

at the close of another perfect day!

(Life IS good!)

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 75 - "Beauty"



March 16, 2010 - "Beauty"

I just can't keep my eyes (or my lips) off of my wife's neck today!

And that's all you need to know!

(Life is good!)

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Monday, March 15, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 74 - "The Collection Grows"



March 15, 2010 - "The Collection Grows"

A new deck for the Tarot collection. "The Gilded Tarot" by Ciro Marchetti. A very modern deck... using digital techniques to re-imagine the classic imagery.

Nice.

And thus my collection grows. I have no idea how many decks I'm up to now... probably around 40 or so. I only know that I'm not even close to it ending!

(By-the-way... Life is good!)

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 73 - "My new toy (camera)"



March 14, 2010 - "My new toy (camera)"

I bought myself a new toy at the MoMA yesterday.

"Toy" being the key word there. A "Diana Mini" 35mm plastic camera. Part of a genre of cameras known as "Toy Cameras"... famous for their plastic fixed lenses... cheap plastic bodies that leak light... and the almost "haunting" quality of the images they take.

Toy cameras like the Diana Mini... Diana F+... Holga CFN 120... The Oktomat... the Kiev 4 M... and the famous Lomo LC-A - are all integral parts of a photographic movement known as "Lomography". Born in the 1990s, the Lomography Movement follows "Ten Golden Rules", which are as follows...

1) Take your camera everywhere you go.
2) Use it any time - day or night
3) Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it.
4)Try the shot "from the hip".
5) Approach the objects of your lomographic desire as close as possible
6) Don't think!
7) Be fast.
8) You don't have to know beforehand what you captured on film
9) Afterwards either.
10) Don't worry about any rules!

I've wanted one of these cameras for a while... yet I kept putting it off. Well... gazing at one in the store at the Museum of Modern Art yesterday - something in me said "Why not today?".

Why not today?

And so I have a new toy to play with!

(Life is good!)

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 72 - "Underground Movements"



Mar. 13, 2010 - "Underground Movements"

New York City...

42nd Street/Grand Central Terminal Subway Stop...

Underground.

Rain pounds the streets and people above...

But we're safe here.

Safe in our own world of music and movements.

The 5-Train passes... and a moment is captured.

The 6-Train arrives... and the doors open with a two-tone electronic call...

... to carry me away into the dark tunnel of the New York underground.

And I smile...

... for I am truly "home".

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Friday, March 12, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 71 - "Shiny (things distract me)"



Mar. 12, 2010 - "Shiny (things distract me)"

Had to destroy a bunch of product today at work, due to the salmonella recalls. Spices that come in shiny bags...

Shiny bags that catch my eye...

... distracting me...

... just begging to be photographed.

How can I say "no" to that!?!

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 70 - "Goat and Lamb"



Mar. 11, 2010 - "Goat and Lamb"

An AMAZING dinner!

Goat... Lamb... Rice... Chicken... Papadam... and a nice cold Taj Mahal to wash it down.

A wonderful dinner with the people who mean the most to me.

Life is damn good!

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 69 - "Sacred Flames"



Mar. 10, 2010 - "Sacred Flames"

The beauty of four coming together as one light.

It's as simple as that!

(Life is good!)

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 68 - "Note to self..."



Mar. 09, 2010 - "Note to self..."

The first page of my Moleskine... written many months ago.

Just a reminder... to me... from me.

(Life is good!)

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Monday, March 8, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 67 - "Caged... again"



Mar. 08, 2010 - "Caged... again"

I'm feeling very caged again today.

I have a feeling that big changes are coming.

Then again, we are on the verge of Spring!

(Life is good!)

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 66 - "Puzzling"



Mar. 07, 2010 - "Puzzling"

My son decided to start working on a puzzle today. Lots and lots of pieces... and only a tiny image of what it's supposed to look like in the end.

I guess that's sort of like life itself, eh?

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 65 - "BLOONS!!!"



Mar. 06, 2010 - "BLOONS!!!"

I'm having fun today!

Had a wonderful dinner to celebrate Holly's mom's birthday. The people at the table next to us were also celebrating a birthday. Grabbed the camera and zoomed in on the balloons they had tied to a chair.

I decided to have a bit of fun with the image... "just because". Did some cropping... boosted saturation... made adjustments to exposure and highlights - but that's it.

Just a little fun... not too much!

Life is good! :-)

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Friday, March 5, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 64 - "Juke"



Mar. 05, 2010 - "Juke"

Tough day. Stressful day. Wonderful day.

Long, very stressful day at work today. Couldn't wait to get out of there.

Went to see "The Laramie Project" at the Brookfield Theater for the Arts tonight. Two words: "Simply amazing!"

After the play, found ourselves at The Holiday... of course. Coffee... burgers... fries... conversation.

Thoughts about the play... and the issues and emotions of it all.

Thoughts about work... and the issues and emotions of it all.

Thoughts about life... and the issues and emotions of it all.

Realize that it's almost midnight and I haven't snapped a photo yet today. Reach into my bag... grab my camera... glance over at the juke box... focus... snap... capture.

Return to thoughts and conversations.

It has been a wonderful day!

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 63 - "The Thin Ice of Modern Life?"



Mar. 04, 2010 - "The Thin Ice of Modern Life?"

On may way back home from putting my son on the school bus this morning, I notice a paper-thin layer of ice stretching across the rainwater filling one of our planters by the front door. Leaves poke through... light shimmers... ripples move underneath as a cold breeze blows.

Absolutely beautiful to me!

I hear birds singing for the first time in months. Spring is coming... and soon this planter will be overflowing with greenery.

But not yet.

For now the ice has it's day... hiding the soil... holding the new life within. But it is a thin ice... and the "Call to Life" will always prevail!

Life IS good!

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 62 - "Don't Stop ('Til You Get Enough)"



Mar. 03, 2010 - "Don't Stop ('Til You Get Enough)"

Sitting in the car... waiting for Holly... rocking out to Michael Jackson's "Off The Wall" album... grab the camera... snap a photo while dancing in the front seat.

Life is good!

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 61 - "NOVA 40"



Mar. 02, 2010 - "NOVA 40"

I've had this pair of headphones since I was a baby. Seriously. It was the only way my parents could get me to sleep sometimes. I have a photo of my father holding me in his lap... I'm wrapped in a blanket and wearing these headphones... and we're both passed out.

Obviously I still have the headphones...

I still have what's left of the blanket too.

Over the years not much has changed. I don't fall asleep in my dad's lap anymore... but I do still tend to listen to music while drifting off to sleep. These days it's done with an iPod and a wonderful pair of Bose in-ear headphones. The music has changed too. I have no idea what my parents had me listening to as a baby... probably the Bee-Gees or ABBA, considering my loathing of both now - these days however it tends to be an interesting mix... from Beethoven to Charlie Parker to Iron Maiden.

As for the NOVA 40s... well... they still work great, 34 years later. Every once-in-a-while I use them... just for nostalgia's sake... and drift off into a world of memories.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 60 - "The Eye"



Mar. 01, 2010 - "The Eye"

Struggling to find something to shoot today.

Nothing...

Nothing...

Nothing...

Nothing...

(Grab my empty glass and stick my lens into it.)

Interesting!

Snap.

Done.

Life is good!

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