Wednesday, February 29, 2012

366 Project -Day 60 - "Snowdrops"

February 29, 2012 - "Snowdrops"

It's a snowy day here in my little corner of the world...

So, what could be better than a photo of the Snowdrops growing in my yard... surrounded by snow?


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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

366 Project - Day 59 - "New Leica"

February 28, 2012 - "New Leica"

A bit of a crappy iPhone/Hipstamatic shot of my newest camera... a Leica V-LUX 3 digital.


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Monday, February 27, 2012

366 Project - Day 58 - "Self Portrait: Frustrated"

52 Weeks Project - Week 9

February 27, 2012 - "Self Portrait: Frustrated"

My MacBook Pro has decided it's very angry with me... and refuses to boot up. So I'm stuck using a very crappy old iBook which is barely holding it together, and doesn't allow me to work with the RAW files from my digital cameras - but at least I'm able to get online.

So - I'm frustrated... and am using my iPhone to capture today's shot.

What will tomorrow bring? We'll see.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

366 Project - Day 57 - "Burlesque"

February 26, 2012 - "Burlesque"

It's very, very, very early on a Sunday morning...

(or is it "very, very, very late on a Saturday night"?)

and I'm at "Theatre 80" on St. Mark's in the East Village... surrounded by absolutely beautiful women (including my friend Kat Mon Dieu), for "The !BadAss! Black & White Party" burlesque show, celebrating Bettie Page and Marilyn Monroe.

Beautiful women... beautiful performances...

including this one by the wonderful Stormy Leather as Marilyn Monroe.

Bettie Page...

Marilyn Monroe...



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Saturday, February 25, 2012

366 Project - Day 56 - "Reflections"

February 25, 2012 - "Reflections"

Standing in my room at the St. Mark's Hotel in the East Village...

Just me...

... my camera...

... and Robert Smith.


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Friday, February 24, 2012

366 Project - Day 55 - "My Dog Leica"

February 24, 2012 - "My Dog Leica"

It's a lazy Friday evening. I don't feel like doing much of anything... other than watching some TV while stretching out on the couch.

My dog, Leica, is being lazy too. Curled up on the couch... with her head sticking out from the pillows.

Yep... a lazy Friday evening.


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Thursday, February 23, 2012

366 Project - Day 54 - "Electric Fruit"

February 23, 2012 - "Electric Fruit"

I'm doing a photo shoot with some of the fresh organic strawberries we had delivered at work today.

Then I ate them.

They were tasty!


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

366 Project - Day 53 - "And this is what happens..."

February 22, 2012 - "And this is what happens..."

New dog.

Old cat.

New dog and old cat meet.

New dog freezes.

Old cat freaks out.

Old cat triples in size... and attacks new dog.

New dog chases old cat.

Human tries to separate new dog and old cat.

Old cat sinks teeth into hand of human... piercing right through from one side to the other.

Human manages to get old cat locked into bedroom.

Old cat is fine.

New dog is fine.

Human has blood squirting from hand.

Human's daughter sees blood, which is forming a small puddle in the bathroom sink.

Daughter starts crying hysterically.

Human thinks "Wow... my blood is VERY red!"... and proceeds to take a photo of the droplets on the paper towel.

All goes back to normal.

Human's hand is bandaged and VERY sore.

The end.


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

366 Project - Day 52 - "Watching Jeopardy"

February 21, 2012 - "Watching Jeopardy"

Sitting on the couch...


Watching "Jeopardy!".

The glow of the TV reflects in my bottle of water...

... and I capture it.


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Monday, February 20, 2012

366 Project - Day 51 - "Looking at Things Differently"

February 20, 2012 - "Looking at Things Differently"

Today I'm looking at things differently.

All things.

Including bananas.


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Sunday, February 19, 2012

366 Project - Day 50 - "Self Portrait with Son"

February 19, 2012 - "Self Portrait with Son"

My son and I were making silly faces for my camera while waiting for our food at Super Duper Weenie today. This shot was caught just a moment after looking at one of those silly shots... and was my favorite of the bunch.


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Saturday, February 18, 2012

366 Project - Day 49 - "Self Portrait in Giallorossi"

52 Weeks Project - Week 7

February 18, 2012 - "Self Portrait in Giallorossi"

Representing the Giallorossi with pride!



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Friday, February 17, 2012

366 Project - Day 48 - "High Fidelity"

February 17, 2012 - "High Fidelity"

It's "Movie Night" at our house...

A few good friends...

Lots of snacks...

A couple of bottles of wine...

Lots of conversation and laughter...

"High Fidelity" on the big screen...


So what better to sum it all up than an abstract close-up photo of the equalizer on my vintage Lasonic TRC-931 Ghettoblaster Boombox!?!


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Thursday, February 16, 2012

366 Project - Day 47 - "Red and Pink Night"

February 16, 2012 - "Red and Pink Night"

Remnants of Valentine's Day in a shop window on a rainy night.

That's it. Nothing else.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

366 Project - Day 46 - "Simplicity"

February 15, 2012 - "Simplicity"

I'm not feeling too well today. Second day of battling a migraine. So it's another quick and simple shot today: A stack of ceramic pasta bowls.

And that's that.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

366 Project - Day 45 - "ZERO"

February 14, 2012 - "ZERO"

I'm feeling kind of "zero" today...

... so what better subject than my vintage "ZERO" oscillating fan?

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Monday, February 13, 2012

366 Project - Day 44 - "Studying the Masters"

February 13, 2012 - "Studying the Masters"

I don't really feel like shooting today. I just don't have the "oomph".

So, instead, I'm studying some of the masters. Admiring their work... their talent... their beauty.


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Sunday, February 12, 2012

366 Project - Day 43 - "Joker"

February 12, 2012 - "Joker"

I'm exploring an long-abandoned, soon-to-be-demolished house... and I find myself wondering what stories these walls could tell.

Dirty dishes fill the sink.

Cobwebs stretch from the wall to the handle of a cup left on the countertop.

Old photos and sporting event tickets lie scattered here and there.

Windows are shattered.

Darkness fills the basement... and the stairway to the second floor.

And playing cards rest among dirt and debris in just about every room...

... including this Joker card... on the floor of a bedroom which is now open to the elements.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

366 Project - Day 42 - "Leica M3"

February 11, 2012 - "Leica M3"

I'm in love... with my Leica M3.

I can't stop looking at it...

I can't stop touching it...

I sleep with it by my side, so it's the first thing I see when I wake up.

I'm in love... with my Leica M3...

... and I'm not ashamed to admit it!


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Friday, February 10, 2012

366 Project - Day 41 - "Fungo"

February 10, 2012 - "Fungo"

We received a delivery of fresh, organic King Trumpet Mushrooms at work today.

So I had to take the opportunity to make them pose for me.

Then I chopped them up and sautéed them in olive oil with some fresh garlic, capers and olives - for a VERY tasty lunch!


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Thursday, February 9, 2012

366 Project - Day 40 - "Nothing"

February 09, 2012 - "Nothing"

I'm looking all over the place for a photo... but nothing is catching my eye.


So here it is... a photo of the only "nothing" that I found.

(the vents on the back of a computer monitor)

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

366 Project - Day 39 - "Captured Air"

February 08, 2012 - "Captured Air"

Air bubbles caught in my post-workout water bottle...

I'm thirsty...

... and tired.


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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

366 Project - Day 38 - "Recovery"

February 07, 2012 - "Recovery"

I seem to have over-done it during my workout last night. During the final two reps of my final set on one strength machine, I felt an uncomfortable pull in my left leg. It didn't seem to be a big deal at all... even as I continued on other machines. Then I hit the treadmill... and about 10 minutes in to my routine it started to act-up. I had to decrease the incline to zero... and decrease the speed several points, in order to find a comfortable pace. Afterwards I felt sore... but not bad. I rested... and all seemed to be OK.

Until this morning... when I tried to get up out of bed, and things just felt wrong.

So - it was a day of rest for me. Rest and hot showers and painkillers... and thankfully it all seems to have helped, and I'm feeling pretty good again.

(Oh... and don't worry... I didn't take nearly as many pills as I have in my hand in this photo!)

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Monday, February 6, 2012

366 Project - Day 37 - "Polaroid 250"

February 06, 2012 - "Polaroid 250"

One of my vintage Polaroid 250 professional instant cameras. It is a camera I love and still use regularly.

This is the same model of camera Patti Smith has been using for years... and, just this past weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing her exhibit "Camera Solo" at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

366 Project - Day 36 - "A.S. ROMA"

February 05, 2012 - "A.S. ROMA"

An absolutely HUGE day for sports... in our house.

Yes... it's Super Bowl Sunday... and we'll be cheering on the New York Giants for that one. But that's just "American Football"... and, in all honesty - I was far more excited about the "Real Football" games that have happened today.

Manchester United took on Chelsea in the Barclay's Premier League...

A.C. Milan took on Napoli in the Italian Serie A...

and... most important of all (to me, anyway) - my favorite team in all of sports - A.S. Roma - took on my least favorite team - Inter Milan...

... and Roma DESTROYED Inter... with a final score of 4-0!!!

It has been an amazing day of sports... and the Super Bowl hasn't even started yet!

So here's a macro shot of my A.S. Roma coffee mug...

... you'll have to excuse me though, I've got to go scream at the TV for a couple of hours!


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And to celebrate, here's a pic of my current stash of this wonderful "crema da spalmare alle nocciole"!

We go through a TON of this stuff in our house (about one big jar every week or two).

The big jar on the left is the "American" variety. The smaller jars are my private stash, imported directly from Italy. And "yes", there IS a difference! The quality of ingredients in the Italian one is far superior... the taste is richer and more "hazelnutty"... and the texture is completely different. Plus you can re-use the Italian jars as milk/juice glasses.

This stuff is pure Italian goodness in a jar!

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

366 Project - Day 35 - "Self Portrait with Idol (Robert Mapplethorpe)"

February 04, 2012 - "Self Portrait with Idol (Robert Mapplethorpe)"

Today I'm in Hartford at the Wadsworth Atheneum to see "Camera Solo", an exhibit of Polaroid photographs by Patti Smith.

The exhibit was absolutely wonderful...

... and as an added bonus, in the gallery leading up to the Patti Smith exhibit, several photos by and of my photographic idol - Robert Mapplethorpe... including this huge black on red portrait of him by Andy Warhol.

As I stood, looking up at one of my idols, I noticed my own reflection in the glass.

Frame. Focus. Snap. Capture. Smile.


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Friday, February 3, 2012

366 Project - Day 34 - "Sprinkles"

February 03, 2012 - "Sprinkles"

A bowl of sprinkles... stripped of their color.

Still just as tasty!

Still just as sweet!


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Thursday, February 2, 2012

366 Project - Day 33 - "Fiji"

February 02, 2012 - "Fiji"

Early morning...

The store isn't open yet. Most of the lights are out... except for the fridges and freezers.

The glow is beautiful... especially through this rack of bottles of Fiji water. It's almost dreamy!

So I spend the rest of the day dreaming of far-off places...

... and umbrella drinks.


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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

366 Project - Day 32 - "Laundry"

February 01, 2012 - "Laundry"

The laundry has been washed and dried... and waits in baskets to be separated and folded...

... but I'm way too tired to deal with that tonight.

So instead I think I'll curl up on the couch and watch "Hackers".

Yep. That's much better!


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