Monday, May 31, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 151 - "Memorial Day"



May 31, 2010 - "Memorial Day"

Memorial Day.

Just a quick snapshot while at the parade.

Thinking of all who have given so much.

Remembering.

Honoring.

In Memory and Honor of my stepfather: Sgt. John Waterhouse - U.S. Army - 296th Combat Engineers - WWII - D-Day - Normandy.

With love...

... always.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 150 - "Twisted"



May 30, 2010 - "Twisted"

Sunday morning spent at the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market...

Came across this tree... bark stripped away... trunk twisted.

Snapped a quick photo before turning my attention to my lemon Italian Ice.

Life is good.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 149 - "With This Ring..."



May 29, 2010 - "With This Ring..."

A quick shot of Holly's hands as she fidgets with her necklace.

(Life is good)

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Friday, May 28, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 148 - "Diana"



May 28, 2010 - "Diana"

My Patron Goddess...

shimmering candlelight...

the Moon shining brightly above.

Life is good!

Blessed Be!

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 147 - "The Spot"



May 27, 2010 - "The Spot"

This is "The Spot".

The exact spot in the hallway at Danbury High School where I first met my future wife, Holly.

I had seen her before... many times while on my way to classes... but I didn't know who she was.

I couldn't take it anymore... I had to meet her. So one day while on my way to art class I stopped her in the hallway at this exact spot... and told her that I just needed to know who she was.

She was wearing a brown jacket... her hair was long, and beautiful and tied back with a brown leather hair band. She had these eyes... and this smile... and...

and that was that!

The beginning.

And that was almost 17 years ago!

Next month we'll celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary.

Life IS good!

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 146 - "Nightlawn"



May 26, 2010 - "Nightlawn"

It's very late.

Headlights break through the darkness to fall upon the lawn.

My camera captures the moment.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 145 - "A Box of Fortune"



May 25, 2010 - "A Box of Fortune"

Long day...

Long night...

Quick stop for some take-out...

Box of Fortune Cookies sitting off to the side...

The possibilities are endless!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 144 - "Kind of Blue"



May 24, 2010 - "Kind of Blue"

Sunlight...

Parking lot...

Grocery cart...

Camera...

Blue-goodness.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 143 - "Tramonto"



May 23, 2010 - "Tramonto"

Dance recital weekend is over...

Post-recital dinner has been enjoyed...

Time to drive home - but first, stop for some much-needed coffee.

Driving by Candlewood Lake, I can't help but be drawn in by the sunset. I quickly make Holly pull off to the side of the road... grab my camera... launch out of the car... and try to snap some shots before the light is gone.

Focus... Snap... Pray that the shot worked without a tripod.

And just like that, the light was gone.

(Life is good!)

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 142 - "Self Portrait (My Mojo)"



May 22, 2010 - "Self Portrait (My Mojo)"

What is it, exactly?

The metal film canister rings from the first 10 rolls of 35mm film I ever shot. (These rings seal the top and bottom of a roll of film... and must be removed in order to access the film for developing)

The first ten rolls of Kodak T-MAX professional Black & White film to move through my Canon F-1.

And a mid-90s NYC Subway Token... used in place of a coin to remove the tripod mount from my camera.

All dangling from a chain at my side... a constant companion for almost two decades now.

My creative Mojo.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 141 - "Blue Colony"



May 21, 2010 - "Blue Colony"

It's late... almost midnight. Haven't had dinner yet. Stop off at the Blue Colony Diner for a Buffalo Burger and some much-needed coffee.

Time to regenerate... then go home and pass out.

Life is good.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 140 - "Silly Bandz"



May 20, 2010 - "Silly Bandz"

My daughter has become addicted to Silly Bandz. They cover the table as we enjoy another amazing dinner outside at Two Steps.

Life is good!

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 139 - "Quick Stop"



May 19, 2010 - "Quick Stop"

Heading home after a wonderful dinner at Augie's.

Have to make a quick stop first though... need more wine!

Life is good!

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 138 - "School Concert"



May 18, 2010 - "School Concert"

Just a quick shot tonight... and more of a snapshot, really.

My son had his Third Grade Concert tonight... and did a wonderful job!

Life is good!

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Monday, May 17, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 137 - "Heading Home"



May 17, 2010 - "Heading Home"

Our vacation is coming to a close... time to head home.

The Allman Brothers Band plays on the radio as we sip our WaWa coffee and head across the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

Life is good!

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 136 - "Fly-Over"



May 16, 2010 - "Fly-Over"

Dover International Speedway - Dover, Delaware

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "Autism Speaks 400"

Pre-Race... National Anthem being sung by country singer Joe Nichols... F-16 Fly-over... "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines"... and we sit back for 400 laps of awesomeness!

Life is good!

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 135 - "Eastern State Penitentiary"



May 15, 2010 - "Eastern State Penitentiary"

Made a last-minute decision to swing up to Philadelphia today. Headed straight for a place I've wanted to visit for years: Eastern State Penitentiary.

ESP opened in 1821 and was the first true penitentiary in the United States. It was a radial-design prison... with all of the cell-blocks radiating from a central hub and tower, like spokes on a wheel. The prison focused on complete solitary confinement. Cells are very, very small... with tiny doors which forced inmates to crouch in order to enter. Each room had only a very tiny window in the ceiling, directing a small amount of light onto the floor. Inmates could not see out of their cell at all... and were forced to remain silent.

Some cells had private outdoor recreation areas. These were small kennel-like areas... with high stone walls and concrete floors. Again, the inmate could see the sky... but nothing else. They were allowed only 30-minutes in the recreation area per day.

The prison closed in 1971... and quickly fell into disrepair. Paint peeled... plaster fell... mattresses and blankets deteriorated... roofs sagged... stray cats claimed the buildings as their own.

And then there were the ghosts... but that's another story!

Today the prison is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours are conducted daily... and art exhibits now fill cells that once housed tortured inmates.

I wandered the halls... the sound of my boots echoing in the cold darkness. I couldn't help but think of how horrible it must have been to have to be stuck here.

I snapped around 200 photos inside and around the prison... yet this one was my favorite. This was taken at the entrance of a cell-block that is closed-off to visitors... and has remained untouched since the prison closed in 1971. No one has walked down this hall in almost 40 years... yet looking down the corridor you just can't help but feel that there still is "something" there... in each of those cells.

It truly is an eerie feeling!

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Friday, May 14, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 134 - "King Richard"



May 14, 2010 - "King Richard"

We're standing at the front of the live broadcast of SPEED Channel's "Trackside Live" at Dover International Speedway.

In front of us sits the greatest driver in stock car racing history... Richard Petty.

Seven NASCAR Cup Series Championships (tied with Dale Earnhardt for the most of any driver)

A ton of stock car racing records:

200 NASCAR Cup Series victories

Finished in the Top-5 in 555 NASCAR Cup Series races

Finished in the Top-10 in 712 NASCAR Cup Series races

Started from the Pole Position 123 times.

HAIL, KING RICHARD! LONG LIVE THE KING!

(Life is good!)

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 133 - "Spiral"



May 13, 2010 - "Spiral"

First day of vacation. Trying to get ready to hit the road tomorrow. Mind is sort of like scrambled eggs today.

Late in the day... haven't taken a photo yet. I notice the metal spiral on our paper towel dispenser... lit from the window behind.

Grab... Focus... Snap... Got it.

Back to the busy-ness of vacation.

(Life is good!)

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 132 - "Coffee Haze"



May 12, 2010 - "Coffee Haze"

Coffee clearing the haze of the day.

Life is good!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 131 - "Elphaba Landing"



May 11, 2010 - "Elphaba Landing"

Standing in a parking lot at night... looking at the neon lights of a restaurant reflecting off of our car. The beauty of it catches my eye.

Camera... Zoom... Focus... Click... Capture...

Life is good!

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Monday, May 10, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 130 - "Reading List"



May 10, 2010 - "Reading List"

I sit and stare at the pile of books before me...

I guess I've fallen a bit behind on my reading list lately!

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 129 - "Sketches of the Future"



May 09, 2010 - "Sketches of the Future"

A wonderful day spent out and about in celebration of Mother's Day.

During our travels we stopped off at a coffee house for a bit. My daughter took the opportunity to do some fashion sketches.

A wonderful day...

... and Life is good!

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 128 - "At the Edge"



May 08, 2010 - "At the Edge"

"Sometimes I feel the weight of the world... and it's so heavy and it's dragging me down"

That's a line from one of my favorite songs - "Weight of the World" by Pigeon John

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Friday, May 7, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 127 - "Headache"



May 07, 2010 - "Headache"

After feeling better for most of the day, my headache came back.

Light hurts...

Sound hurts...

Movement hurts.

Needed to get a photo in before I end up passing out...

Grabbed the doll head I found in the street in the East Village last year...

Went outside...

Hung the head in a tree.

Yep. That about sums it up.

My head hurts...

Life is still good!

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 126 - "Last of the Red Hot Lovers"



May 06, 2010 - "Last of the Red Hot Lovers"

Went to see Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" at The Brookfield Theater for the Arts tonight. Great show... great cast... great production.

Managed to get a few shots of the set before the show...

Then had a couple glasses of wine (do you still call them "glasses" when they're actually "plastic cups"?)...

Sat back... and enjoyed the show.

Life is good!

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 125 - "Bones"



May 05, 2010 - "Bones"

Today was sort of a "non-day" for me. I woke up with a major migraine... the worst I've had in at least a year. Brought my son to the school bus... came home... went right back to bed. Ended up spending the entire day in a dark room with the white noise of two fans running constantly. I didn't emerge until after 8pm.

Groggy...

Numb...

Sore...

Needed to get a photo in before I passed out again. I saw my son's hoodie jacket thrown on the edge of the couch. The white of the skeleton bones pattern caught my eye.

Focus... Snap... Capture... Finished.

Back to bed.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 124 - "Barred"



May 04, 2010 - "Barred"

Light pours through the living room window...

... penetrating the mini-blinds...

... to fall upon me...

... and scatter about the room.

I stand there absorbing it...

... gazing through the mini-blind bars...

... that help keep my world separate from the outside.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

The Mercurial's coverage of my "365 Project" for April

Here's a link to the April Retrospective of my "365 Project" on The Mercurial.

And while you're there... be sure to look around the site! There's some great articles on there!

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"365 Project" - Day 123 - "Sleeping Alone"



May 03, 2010 - "Sleeping Alone"

My wife Holly had to fly out to Chicago today for a business meeting.

I have the bed all to myself tonight.

I find the thought of this both "exhilarating" and "scary". I'm sure I'll end up staying awake as late as I possibly can, to avoid the half-empty bed. Perhaps I'll watch JAWS tonight. Perhaps I'll quiet my brain with my iPod until I drift off. Perhaps not.

Either way... tonight I sleep alone.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

"365 Project"/New York Times' "Moment In Time" Project - Day 122 - "A Moment of Calm"



May 02, 2010 - "A Moment of Calm"

This photo is my entry for the "Moment in Time" photo project being hosted by The New York Times.

Today at 15:00 U.T.C (which was 11:00 AM E.S.T. in the United States) photographers all around the world were taking a photo as a shared project to capture a universal "Moment in Time" for a photo mosaic.

For me, I happened to be in the Holiday Diner here in Danbury... having breakfast with my wife and my son. We arrived at the diner around 10:30 or so... and the place was absolutely packed. By the time "The Moment" came around, however - the rush seemed to be over... and most of the tables were empty of people and being cleaned by the waitstaff. There was a brief moment of calm before the next rush started around 11:30.

I managed to snap around two dozen photos in the 60-second period that was "The Moment"... but this was by far my favorite... and the one that seemed to capture the scene the best.

The photo has already been submitted... and now the day can continue.

Life is good!

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

"365 Project" - Day 121 - "Leather"



May 01, 2010 - "Leather"

It's hot today. Temps in the 80s.

For the first time in a long time I can leave the house without my leather.

My leather... one of the great loves of my life.

My leather... heavy and beautiful.

My leather... thrown on the bed... looking sad in the sunlight.

(Perhaps it knows that it won't be needed much over the next five or six months.)

I snap a few photos... then head out into the sunlight...

Feeling naked.

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