Tuesday, April 30, 2013

365 Project - Day 120 - "Virgin Mary"


April 30, 2013 - "Virgin Mary"

A close-up of the Virgin Mary statue in front of my church.

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Monday, April 29, 2013

365 Project - Day 119 - "il Tricolore"


April 29, 2013 - "il Tricolore"

The Italian flag, hanging on my front porch.

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Sunday, April 28, 2013

365 Project - Day 118 - "Me (Cyanotype)"


April 28, 2013 - "Me (Cyanotype)"

Another week... another self portrait. This time with just a hint of a smile thrown in for good measure.

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *


Saturday, April 27, 2013

365 Project - Day 117 - "Cotton Candy"


April 27, 2013 - "Cotton Candy"

First carnival cotton candy of the year!

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Friday, April 26, 2013

365 Project - Day 116 - "Ready for Work"


April 26, 2013 - "Ready for Work"

Sitting at the desk... I'm ready for work.

Let me say that again: I'M READY FOR WORK.

That's an important statement... because prior to this week it has been a long time since I've been ready for work. It has been a long time since I was able to be ready for work. It has been a long time since I've been ready for much of anything, period.

But things have changed.

I feel better than I have felt in months... if not years!

I feel like "me" again...

... and I'm ready for work.

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Thursday, April 25, 2013

365 Project - Day 115 - "Retail Shadows"


April 25, 2013 - "Retail Shadows"

Shadows cast by a shopping cart in the parking lot of a grocery store.

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

365 Project - Day 114 - "Looking Up (Homework)"


April 24, 2013 - "Looking Up (Homework)"

This image is part of a homework assignment for my photography class. The assignment: Take a photo of the view from any window at night.

Well... I don't like the view from my windows... so I decided to stage a scene to make it more interesting. This is the view from my kitchen window... with my wife as a model, looking up at the sky.

I don't know if I'm going to use this image for the assignment or not... but there it is anyway.

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

365 Project - Day 113 - "My Self"


April 23, 2013 - "My Self"

I'm spending the day re-examining my Self.

Re-evaluating...

Re-prioritizing...

Re-valuing my Self.

*   *   *


Monday, April 22, 2013

365 Project - Day 112 - "Soccer Practice"


April 22, 2013 - "Soccer Practice"

Water bottles wait on the fence as dozens of kids, including my son, have their first soccer practice of the season.

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Sunday, April 21, 2013

365 Project - Day 111 - "Abstract Afternoon"


April 21, 2013 - "Abstract Afternoon"

It's an "abstract" sort-of-day... so here's a water bottle abstract shot.

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Saturday, April 20, 2013

365 Project - Day 110 - "Game Face"


April 20, 2013 - "Game Face"

My son, Brandon - putting on his game face as he gets completely absorbed in a Pokemon game on his Nintendo 3DS.

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Friday, April 19, 2013

365 Project - Day 109 - "Wiping Away the Week"


April 19, 2013 - "Wiping Away the Week"

It has been an exhausting, yet wonderful week! Time to wipe away the grit and grime and head into the weekend!

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Thursday, April 18, 2013

365 Project - Day 108 - "Alone"


April 18, 2013 - "Alone"

My wife, Holly - at Sophie's bar in the East Village on NYC. I told her to look "alone and lonely"...

*   *   *

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

365 Project - Day 107 - "First Day of Class"


April 17, 2013 - "First Day of Class"

Today is my first day of class at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in Manhattan. I'm only taking one class for now... but still, it's a big day for me and I'm excited!

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

365 Project - Day 106 - "Getting Ready"


April 16, 2013 - "Getting Ready"

Going through the tackle boxes... getting ready for the first fishing trip of the year on Friday.

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Monday, April 15, 2013

365 Project - Day 105 - "Collage Supplies"


April 15, 2013 - "Collage Supplies"

I think it's time for me to start making collage art again!

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Sunday, April 14, 2013

365 Project - Day 104 - "Flea Market Bottles"


April 14, 2013 - "Flea Market Bottles"

Went to the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market this morning after Church. Found a nice large wooden Last Rites Crucifix with candles and Holy Water bottle still inside for only $5.00. Didn't find much else... but came across this wonderful collection of glass bottles which begged to be photographed.

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Saturday, April 13, 2013

365 Project - Day 103 - "The Pull"


April 13, 2013 - "The Pull"

We're at the Salvation Army Thrift Store... and my daughter refuses to take a photo with me... so I drag her in front of a large mirror... and snap a few shots as she tries to pull herself away, laughing the whole time.

So here's our "Father and Daughter" shot - of sorts!

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Friday, April 12, 2013

365 Project - Day 102 - "Relaxing"


April 12, 2013 - "Relaxing"

A quick shot of my wife Holly and my dog Leica relaxing on the couch after a long day.

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Thursday, April 11, 2013

365 Project - Day 101 - "Into the Unknown"


April 11, 2013 - "Into the Unknown"

I'm spiraling into the unknown...

... and I'm kind of liking it!

*   *   *

I've Pissed...

*   *   *


I’ve pissed in the Chelsea in the shadow of Smith and Mapplethorpe

I’ve pissed in Grant Park in the dark Chicago night

I’ve pissed in the White House while Reagan was out for the day

I’ve pissed while LCD Soundsystem played the hits.

I’ve pissed while looking out over the entire city.

I’ve pissed while hiding beneath the front stoop, as a blonde took photos.

I’ve pissed in Grand Central, as a bum offered to help for a dollar.

I’ve pissed like a bum in Tompkins Square Park.

I’ve pissed in the proverbial tub of life during a rather low moment.

I’ve pissed in the sink, during a rather wonderful high.

I’ve pissed in the Buddhist temple where I did not find Nirvana.

I’ve pissed next to a Monet… and after gliding my fingers across the drips of a Pollock.

I’ve pissed all over the place – marking where I’ve been.

I’ve pissed a lot… and shall continue pissing for years to come…

… after all, I haven’t pissed at Graceland… yet.

*   *   *

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Thankful...

*   *   *

Today I am thankful for...

... Spring.

... warmth.

... open windows.

... birds chirping.


Today I am thankful for...

... cups of coffee.

... good books.

... my laptop.

... my screen-porch.


Today I am thankful for...

... playing catch with my son.

... watching him pretend he is a wizard/ninja/warrior in the driveway.

... knowing that he's here.


Today I am thankful for...

... God.

... having found a Church I love.

... having found a sense of community.

... having found my way "home".


Today I am thankful for...

... hard-boiled eggs.

... PB&J sandwiches.

... having cheese to cut.


Today I am thankful for...

... the ability to start over.

... the ability to start again.

... the ability to start anew.


Today I am thankful for...

... dreams...

... possibilities...

... and blank spaces waiting to be filled.

*   *   *

365 Project - Day 100 - "Writer's Block"


April 10, 2013 - "Writer's Block"

What the hell has happened to me?

I spent the better part of this morning poring over old blog entries and other writings - some from as far back as my MySpace days. Blogs... Essays... Poetry... Observations. It (writing) used to be an almost daily - and at the very least a weekly - thing for me.

But not anymore.

What the hell has happened to me?

Even when I do sit down and try to write... nothing comes... or something comes that just isn't quite on the level it used to be.

And I'm noticing the lull in other areas too - mainly my photography. I just don't have the creative drive I used to have.

Where did that drive go?

Where did "I" go?

All of these thoughts are making for one hell of a depressing day... and the gray weather doesn't help one bit!

*   *   *




"I _____"


I AM - an Artist-Writer-Thinker-Human.
I WILL - create change.
I WON'T - be broken.
I DON'T - have the answers.
I THINK - therefore I could Be.
I SHOULD - therefore I won't. (Don't do it because you "should"... do it because you want to.)
I COULD - because I "know"
I WOULD - but it is easier to come up with excuses for why I "can't".
I LOOK - for the beautiful... and find it in "unexpected" places.
I HEAR - everything.
I HURT - but others can't/don't/won't see it.
I LOVE - being.
I HATE - that I have felt hatred.
I FEAR - not being able to Dream.
I HOPE TO - experience.
I CRAVE - passion.
I NEED - rejuvenation.
I FEEL - as if I've been in a vacuum-sealed pouch... but still able to see the outside.
I REGRET - allowing myself to feel that way.
I CARE - far more than you think I do.
I AM ALWAYS TRYING TO - create the mask which hides how I care/feel/hurt/etc.
I LISTEN TO - the music within... and do my best to free it.
I HIDE - under my mask-blanket... on the floor... in the dark... with only my thoughts.
I SING - my heart-song.
I WRITE - to free myself of my thoughts.
I PLAY - to live.
I MISS - the creative drive I once had.
I LEARN - in order to explore all possible paths... to re-evaluate my route... double-check my bearings... and make sure that the journey I take is the proper one for me - now.
I'LL ALWAYS - love.
I WILL BE - faithful.
I SAY - many things I shouldn't... many things I do not mean...
I DON'T THINK - just to annoy you.
I LOVE TO - gather with friends and share in a wonderful moment in time.
I WORRY - when I shouldn't. And such worrying holds me back.
I CAN'T STAND - still. Sometimes I feel like a shark that will suffocate if it stops moving.
I LOST - a sense of my Self for a while.
I DANCE - because the music moves me.
I BELIEVE - in the power of feelings (that - good or bad - we attract that which we focus on).
I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT - Dreaming.
I KNOW - I can.
I HOPE - I will.
I FELL - for Holly the moment I saw her. And that isn't just some cheesy story-book line!
I ALWAYS - give an honest answer/thought/opinion - to those who ask it of me.
I WISH - I could leave this heap of old swords by the side of the road, and walk on... without having to worry about them cutting me all of the time.
I CRY - when I am overwhelmed by the beauty of the moment.
I HAVE - everything I truly need... within me.
I SEE - the possibilities.
I WANT - to smile knowingly and contentedly.

*   *   *

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

365 Project - Day 99 - "Front Porch Reading"


April 09, 2013 - "Front Porch Reading"

It's a beautiful Spring day in our neck-of-the-woods! The first we've really had this year.

The sun is shining... the windows are open... the ceiling fans are on...

... and I'm sitting out on the screen-porch with a cup of coffee... a book... and my dog.

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Monday, April 8, 2013

365 Project - Day 98 - "Warm Night - Cold Beer"


April 08, 2013 - "Warm Night - Cold Beer"

It's warm out tonight. Very warm. "Grilling weather" warm. "Cold beer" warm.

Yep. Time to grill some burgers for the first time in 2013... and down a nice cold 'Gansett or two!

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Sunday, April 7, 2013

365 Project - Day 97 - "Self Portrait (Yankees)"


April 07, 2013 - "Self Portrait (Yankees)"

I'm not a big baseball fan. I love soccer... I love the NFL... I love NASCAR... and occasionally I like hockey (especially if I'm actually at the game) - but baseball has always been kind of boring to me.

But things seem to be changing. A couple of years ago we were given tickets to a Yankees game with absolutely amazing seats behind home plate. It was a blast!... and was where I got my first ever Yankees cap (seen here). I still wasn't a convert though. Watching games on TV just seemed boring to me.

This year is different though. Perhaps it's because of the influence of family members who are die-hard Yankees fans - but I actually find myself watching the games and enjoying doing so.

What is the world coming to!?!

Well... at least I still freakin' hate basketball!

*   *   *

Saturday, April 6, 2013

365 Project - Day 96 - "Growing Things"


April 06, 2013 - "Growing Things"

The first shoots of growing things in our yard = SPRING!!!

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Friday, April 5, 2013

365 Project - Day 95 - "Lourdes Rosary"


April 05, 2013 - "Lourdes Rosary"

A quick shot of the beautiful Lourdes Water Rosary my brother Peter and his wonderful family gave me as a Confirmation gift.

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Thursday, April 4, 2013

365 Project - Day 94 - "Me (Baby Memories)"


April 04, 2013 - "Me (Baby Memories)"

Relics of my baby- and toddler-hood:

My Winnie-the-Pooh blanket...

The only remaining scrap of my blue baby blanket...

And my overly-loved Snoopy.

Memories... Sweet memories!

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

365 Project - Day 93 - "Self Portrait (Lazy Day)"


April 03, 2013 - "Self Portrait (Lazy Day)"

Not feeling too well today. Exhausted... Stiff and Sore... Scratchy Throat.

So it's a lazy day. I don't even plan on getting out of my pajamas!

*   *   *

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

365 Project - Day 92 - "Tulip"


April 02, 2013 - "Tulip"

Another "quick shot" sort-of-day.

(lifeisgood!)

*   *   *

Monday, April 1, 2013

365 Project - Day 91 - "Stacked Cups"


April 01, 2013 - "Stacked Cups"

I'm not really feeling up to shooting today - so it's just a quick shot sort-of-day: Looking in to stack of plastic cups.

And that's that.

*   *   *