Tuesday, May 31, 2011

365 Project - Day 151 - "Kurt"

May 31, 2011 - "Kurt"

Time is running out for today... and I still haven't found my image. Oh, I've taken quite a few... almost 100 shots... but I just haven't found my image for the day.

So I'm sitting on the couch... looking around... and Kurt's shadow on the wall catches my eye.

And there it is.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

365 Project - Day 150 - "Shadow with Birds"

May 30, 2011 - Shadows and Birds"

Couldn't take being cooped-up in the house anymore. Grabbed a few cameras... and headed out to capture "something".

Took my Polaroid 250 packfilm camera to St. Greg's Church. Had three exposure's of Fujifilm FP-3000B Professional left... but lost two due to a sticky shutter. This is the only shot I managed to fire-off and capture.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

365 Project - Day 149 - "Late-night Crafting"

May 29, 2011 - "Late-night Crafting"

I have the most awesome daughter!

Honor Student.





Late-night crafter.


Life is good!

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

365 Project - Day 148 - "Hot Night... Cold Treat"

May 28, 2011 - "Hot Night... Cold Treat"

It's a hot night. Time for a cold treat!

(Don't worry... it's fat-free and sugar-free!)

Life is good!

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Friday, May 27, 2011

365 Project - Day 147 - "Flags for the Fallen"

May 27, 2011 - "Flags for the Fallen"

A field of flags... 6,028 of them, to be exact.

One for each soldier who has fallen while in Iraq or Afghanistan. Part of a tribute put together by Immanuel Lutheran Church here in Danbury, for the Memorial Day Weekend.

Here's an article about the flags - via the Danbury News-Times: FIELD OF FLAGS BRINGS MEMORIAL TO DANBURY

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

365 Project - Day 146 - "Late-night Pizza"

May 26, 2011 - "Late-night Pizza"

My daughter's choral concert just ended.

It's late... and we're all hungry.

Too late to cook... so we head out for one of the very few things I'm still allowed to eat: salad and an original tomato pie (no cheese) from Pepe's.

There... that's better!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

365 Project - Day 145 - "Birthday Planning"

May 25, 2011 - "Birthday Planning"

My daughter is planning the details of her upcoming 13th birthday.

How does time manage to fly by so quickly?

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

365 Project - Day 144 - "What I Thought I Knew..."

May 24, 2011 - "What I Thought I Knew..."

I thought I knew...

... me.

I thought I did.

I was sure that I did.

I was sure...

... but I'm not anymore.

I'm not... anymore.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

365 Project - Day 143 - "The Hermit's Lantern"

May 23, 2011 - "The Hermit's Lantern"

I'm searching for answers...

... within and without...

... and I think I've caught a glimpse of the Hermit's lantern, glowing in the darkness.

We'll see.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

365 Project - Day 142 - "Squirrel (aka "How I Feel")"

May 22, 2011 - "Squirrel (aka "How I Feel")"

Still not feeling well.

Squeezing chest pain still happening.

Nervousness and anxiety over the upcoming liver biopsy.

Feeling exhausted... run-down... frustrated... annoyed... and angry.

Feeling like road-kill... but not quite "dead".

Time for changes.

Big, BIG changes.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

365 Project - Day 141 - "10"

May 21, 2011 - "10"

My son turns "10" today!



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Friday, May 20, 2011

365 Project - Day 140 - "Thunderbolt"

May 20, 2011 - "Thunderbolt"

Today we're at Six Flags New England for "Music in the Parks" - in which my daughter is competing with her school's chorus.

The chorus did a phenomenal job... coming in third, with a "Superior" rating.

And we spent the rest of the day in the park, having a great time!

This shot is of the "Thunderbolt"... a wooden coaster built in 1941 and standing seven stories tall.

I love wooden coasters...

... the creaking of their tracks...

... the clanking of their pull chains...

... the criss-cross patterns of their framework.

It's all beautiful to me!


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Thursday, May 19, 2011

365 Project - Day 139 - "Playing Chess"

May 19, 2011 - "Playing Chess"

Sometimes I feel as if I'm playing an involuntary game of chess.

Several weeks ago after a routine blood test my doctor told me I needed to go to a gastroenterologist because my liver levels were elevated. So I did.

The new doctor ordered more detailed blood-work... and an ultrasound. The test results came in, and the doctor told me I needed to come in ASAP.

So today I went back... and was told that my liver levels are four-times higher than the maximum level they'd feel would be "safe". He's ordering more blood-work and a liver biopsy to asses any damage.

On top of all of that I've been having squeezing chest pains in my heart since late last week, which get worse when I exert myself. This prevented me from participating in the AIDS Walk NY this past Sunday... which is something I'd been looking forward to for a year now. After a block or two of walking around the city the squeezing would be intense and I'd have to rest. I was useless... and thought I was going to end up in the hospital.

Today - immediately after being told about the liver issues and the need for a biopsy, my primary doctor told me I needed to be in the hospital for my heart... but I refused, because I'm already having a shitty day and don't want to deal with the ER on top of everything else. So I agreed to come in to see him early next week... and promised to go to the hospital if the pain gets worse in the meantime.

So I went to Molten Java to sip on some coffee and have an internal conversation and struggle with myself. I feel like I'm stuck in a chess game... having to move my King every turn... trying to avoid the inevitable...

... and it sucks.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

365 Project - Day 138 - "Rainy Night Reflections"

May 18, 2011 - "Rainy Night Reflections"

It's raining.

No. Strike that.

It's pouring.

On our way home after a wonderful dinner, we pull off at the corner of West Street and Division Street so I can capture the reflection-glow of the giant colorful handprint lights on the side of the Danbury Family & Children's Aid building... reflecting in the puddles of the parking lot.

Dancing watery light glow colors of the night.



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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

365 Project - Day 137 - "Green"

May 17, 2011 - "Green"

Green grows the poinsettia in my window.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

365 Project - Day 136 - "The Find"

May 16, 2011 - "The Find"

The cuff of the awesome shirt I found at Village Style in the East Village yesterday.

I was having a real downer of a day... but finding this shirt... and an awesome brown suede dress jacket seemed to make it all better!


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Sunday, May 15, 2011

365 Project - Day 135 - "Andy"

May 15, 2011 - "Andy"

When you're an artist in New York, at some point you end up looking up to Andy.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

365 Project - Day 134 - "Chelsea Walls"

May 14, 2011 - "Chelsea Walls"

I'm living at the Chelsea for the night...

... and I'm exhausted.

My head hurts...

I'm having chest pains...

I'm sweating like a pig.

I just want to curl up into a ball and sleep and dream...

... but the sounds coming from The Chelsea Room keep me awake.

(The thump, thump, thumping of a techno nightmare.)

The music stops at 4AM...

... only to give-way to the pounding of rain upon the air conditioner.

A long... noisy... empty night.

And to me... it is simply beautiful!

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P.S. - The photo is of the pipes and electrical lines running along the wall in the hallway outside my room.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

365 Project - Day 133 - "Wired"

May 13, 2011 - "Wired"




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Thursday, May 12, 2011

365 Project - Day 132 - "Red Neon"

May 12, 2011 - "Red Neon"

Went to the Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance benefit at Bethel Cinema tonight.

Hors d'oeuvres...



RC Cola...

And a viewing of "The Art of the Steal" - the wonderful documentary about the controversy surrounding the moving of the Barnes Foundation's art collection.

On the way back to the car I come across this red neon glow lighting up the night... and I had to capture it.


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Check out the Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance at www.hvculturalarts.org

Check out Bethel Cinema at - www.bethelcinema.com

Check out The Barnes Foundation at - www.barnesfoundation.org

Check out the Friends of The Barnes (who are fighting to honor Albert Barnes will and prevent the moving of the art) at - www.barnesfriends.org

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

365 Project - Day 131 - "Fork"

May 11, 2011 - "Fork"

I'm bored.

Sitting in a diner...

Sipping coffee...

Looking for an image...




Something. The fork sitting on the paper placemat in front of me.

And there it is.

(I'm still bored)

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

365 Project - Day 130 - "Self Portrait w/ Polaroid"

May 10, 2011 - "Self Portrait w/ Polaroid"

Turning my ProPack on my Self.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

365 Project - Day 129 - "Lady in Red"

May 09, 2011 - "Lady in Red"

Driving on Route 7 on Mother's Day... Fleetwood Mack's "Rhiannon" playing on the car stereo, as we sing along. Suddenly we pass a store called "Rhiannon's"... and - deeming it to be fate, we quickly turn around and stop in to what turns out to be a very awesome vintage clothing shop.

And it is there that Holly finds this awesome 1970s red dress... which I insist she gets.

So today she is modeling it for me.

Yep... Life IS Good!

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

365 Project - Day 128 - "Holes"

May 08, 2011 - "Holes"

Some stories are full of holes...

... including this one.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

365 Project - Day 127 - "Equalizer"

May 07, 2011 - "Equalizer"

I bought an equalizer for a buck at a tag sale today.

It has all-sorts of sliders and switches and knobs and buttons and lights on it.

I don't plan on using it for anything sound-related though. Actually... I don't even think it works. I just love things with lots of sliders and switches and knobs and buttons and lights on them. I'll probably use this - along with a bunch of other old electronics I have - for some sort of art-project-creation-type-thingy.

Whatever I create with it... I'll make sure it goes up to "11".


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Friday, May 6, 2011

365 Project - Day 126 - "Jim"

May 06, 2011 - "Jim"

I'm revisiting my past today...

... re-reading "The Lords and The New Creatures" by Jim Morrison...

... remembering...

... rethinking...

... realizing...

and smiling.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

365 Project - Day 125 - "Chiaroscuro"

May 05, 2011 - "Chiaroscuro"

A perfect moment for something profound...

... but nothing...

... nothing comes.

Just light...

... and dark...

... empty...

... and full.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

"365 Project" - Day 124 - "Seeing Red"

May 04, 2011 - "Seeing Red"

I'm looking out my living room window on a rainy afternoon...

Looking for a different perspective...


Things look the same to me. The same as always.

So I grab my pair of red-lens sunglasses...

... and look again.

I'm seeing red.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

365 Project - Day 123 - "Shadows and Highlights"

May 03, 2011 - "Shadows and Highlights"

I'm finding myself lost in the shadows today...

... and looking up at the highlights.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

365 Project - Day 122 - "Pink"

May 02, 2011 - "Pink"

I joke about liking pink. Whenever someone asks me what color I want something to be, I respond "pink". I've learned that this can be a dangerous thing, however. Recently I've ended up with pink pens, pink post-it notes and pink potholders as a result.

Thus the photo... which is the result of me being bored at work, and playing around with said pink post-its.

The truth, however, is that pink is my least-favorite color for things.

Oh well!

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

365 Project - Day 121 - "Skin"

May 01, 2011 - "Skin"

I love my wife's neck.


Not much more to say...

... I'm just going to stare for a while.


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