Saturday, October 29, 2011


Masks from various Pacific Island cultures. Bowers MuseumSpirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands.

Walking Terra Cotta

I spent the better part of my day at the Bowers Museum viewing the Chinese exhibits, which includes some of the Terra Cotta Warriors on loan from the Chinese government.

Wandering through the exhibit and down the halls, this gentleman, in make-up and costume, was playing the part of a living Terra Cotta Warrior. Non-verbal and moving around like a man made of clay, he added a different dimension to the exhibit. I'm still pondering if it was a good thing or not. Entertaining, perhaps, but certainly something to give the kids nightmares; a true to life golem.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Skies Are Afire In Yosemite

Earlier this month I had posted my photo series of Yosemite in autumn and alluded that that would be the conclusion of those postings. Well, today I picked up a roll of Lomo Redcale from my local developer/camera shop and found that I had forgotten that I loaded that roll into the Retina 117 while I was in Yosemite. 

After seeing this image, I had to share it. Loads of contrast and fiery skies. I really enjoy this film. Now the folks at Lomography need to make a blue shift [with lots of purples and violets] or perhaps it's time to break out some of those oft forgotten lens filters and misuse them a bit.

Monday, October 24, 2011

100 Strangers: 3 of 100

I met Melanie [left] and Annie [right], daughter and mother, while strolling through the Fullerton Arboretum — CSUF campus, Fullerton, CA.

Annie is from the Seattle, Washington area and traveled to Southern California to visit her daughter. Melanie lives near the arboretum.

Annie had been an avid gardener, but currently doesn’t have a garden to tend. When traveling, she really likes to see what type of plants grow in different regions and thinks the cactus garden we were standing in, is really amazing. Melanie said that she and her mom really enjoy nature and having the arboretum within driving distance was a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors without leaving the city.


A note about the 100 Strangers project. I have no idea if other participants would consider two people in one shot to be two down in the count to 100, but I will not be doing so. I'm in no hurry to get to number 100 and would rather count one photograph, no matter how many people are packed into the photograph, as one entry in the series.

If you would like to know more about the 100 Strangers project, go here.

Annie and Melanie, much thanks to the two of you and your patience. I really enjoyed talking to you both. I hope the rest of your day at the arboretum was grand.

This image was shot using a Walz 28, 35mm rangefinder camera using Ilford XP2 Super 400 film.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hummingbird with Sprockets

If you look closely, you'll notice about five layers of elements were used in the composition of this image. I'm pretty sure that there really were about seven separate processes, but who needs to count such stuff when the only thing that matters is the final result.

The bird and background foliage were shot in the same location on the same day, on separate frames. Additional elements came from the archives.

I mentioned earlier this week that my Lumix GH1 had gone a bit mad on me. Well, after some further assessment, it is confirmed, the old GH1 is in need of some major repair work or just needs to be replaced. All a matter of what to invest in; an updated machine that will last me a few more years than what I currently have or the cheaper route and invest in something that may not last another year. The unfortunate truth is that my GH1 has presented several concerning issues over the past month or two; this last problem being the greater of concerns.

While I'm trying to sort out a few details regarding equipment, I'll be sharing more images from the archives.

Thank you for tuning in, your viewership is appreciated.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Toy Bites Camera

It was just after this point that the Lumix's sensor became self aware and ceased to function for its operator. It has decided to look at the world through different eyes; a world of flickering, contrasty colors with shutters half open.
Could it have been the new pinhole lens? I'm sure it was just an unfortunate coincidence; bad timing to play with the new toy. Whatever the case, a brick is a brick. Damn.

Otherwise, the Wanderlust Pinwide is a fun little piece of engineering with an amazing range. The frog whirligig, left, is only about an inch and a half high [4cm] away from the lens. Look at that focal range; aperture is about f128? So says the manufacturer. This shot was taken at ISO 400 at 1/8 sec., handheld.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hurtling toward bygone days

"In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people, by the relief office I seen my people; As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking, is this land made for you and me?"

             – Woody Guthrie
                     (lyrics from his song, This Land Is Your Land, 1940)

                       Educate yourself: Unrest during The Great Depresion

"A little rebellion now and then is a good thing. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government. God forbid that we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion."

             – Thomas Jefferson
                     (comment made upon reflection of the then current Shays' Rebellion, 1787)

                        Educate yourself: Occupy Wall Street

"This is a beautiful country."
             – John Brown 
                     (final words as he was being led to the gallows: 1859)

                        Educate yourself: History is a weapon

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Quest Star A

100 Strangers: 2 of 100


I met Ivan while he was waiting to participate in a re-enactment at Rancho Domingez. Not only does Ivan make a great 19th century lawyer, but he says that he also makes for a really good pirate and in doing so over the years, he's a little hard of hearing from canon fire. Ivan is a re-enactment actor. If he does anything else for a living, he was keeping it a secret. When I approached him about taking his picture, it took me a few minutes to get him 'out of character' to get his real name. 

My original intention was to take his picture, get his contact information and send it all off to a friend who I thought would be interested in taking Ivan's portrait — see links below, Ken Merfeld. I'm not sure if Ken ever contacted Ivan, but I have this image of him and I think Ivan looks magnificent in his top hat, stiff collar, ascot and that grand beard.

An omission about my shot of Ivan. I photographed Ivan before I photographed Felix, so 2 of 100 is a little lie; he's more like a beta version of the 'strangers' undertaking. However, this is a shot of a stranger and I want to include Ivan in the series.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Under The Bohdi Tree

Collage: pressed leaves, paper, acrylic paint [7" x 9.5"]

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Saturday, October 8, 2011

100 Strangers: 1 of 100


I met Felix yesterday at a local coffee haunt. He is a friend of an old friend.
One of the first things Felix and I found out about each other is that we share a common birthday, which is the day before we met. Felix has a few years on me, but evidently, we wasn't holding that against me.

Felix is semi-retired, but still works as a chauffeur; driving both town cars and limousines. He said that he started out his driving career with buses; he drove a bus in New York City for a few years and thought that was enough to get him to move out of the city and find a quieter life.

Felix is number one in a series I plan on undertaking; 100 strangers. I came across the 100 Strangers project on another blog and thought that it is a worthy challenge. There is a 100 Strangers website and most participants are posting to their flickr accounts. I, however, plan to post my right here in my journal.

If you'd like to know more about this project and the challenge, you can go here.