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Figurative to Literal


It’s not often in one’s life that the figurative melds into the literal in a matter of seconds. It happened to me on Saturday.

We were in Brooklyn visiting Corie, cruising around DUMBO. The path had to lead by Water Street because that is where Jaques Torres’ chocolate shop is located and it was Mother’s Day and even if it weren’t - that is where Jaques Torres’ chocolate shop is located. We were about to go inside when I looked across the street at the old warehouse building and I saw a great photograph to snap.

As with many old, 19th century warehouses, this one had those great iron shutters that protected the opening in each story where goods were once hauled up via block and tackle for storage. Old, dark, rusted iron against the weathered brick. To top it off, a pigeon sat quietly at the peak of the topmost iron shutter, artfully punctuating the composition. “Wait a sec”, I told Nancy and Corie, “I want to shoot a few pictures” and proceeded across the street.

As I walked across the composition formed itself in my mind. I had the nice wide-angle lens on the camera. I’d stand at the very base of the wall and shoot up, getting the deep perspective of the windows framed by all the brick with the eye coming to rest on the solitary pigeon. No one was walking on that side of the street - I could take my time and compose.

I set the aperture. I focused. I composed the shot. Then everything went into slow motion. Not just any slow motion - think Peckinpah’s Wild Bunch - think Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde. The next three seconds took thirty…


I've gotten the photoblog developed enough that I consider it open for business. There still is a bunch of sawing and hammering to do, but like most projects, if I wait until it is "done" no one will ever see it.

I've called it Limited Exposure. I hope to post photos several times a week, but have realized that daily posting would probably mean two things - (1) lesser stuff will end up posted and, (2) who am I kidding - I barely get to the regular blog once a week.

Now that I don't have to spend inordinate amounts of time fiddling with the new site I'll try to get to a few things that I started for here.

Photoblog On The Way

The sparse posting recently is the result of some travel to New Mexico which resulted in several hundred photos that had to be culled, sorted, and digitally developed. I'm down to 50 or so.

In turn, that inspired me to finally get to work on a true photoblog. More time spent twiddling with Movable Type (the engine that drives this site) and their new licensing (translate "pay us money") plans. Being that MT's new version 3.0 is really more of a 2.7 (I'm running version 2.661), I decided to twiddle away even more time investigating alternatives.

I loaded and started playing with WordPress 1.2. Great potential here but far from robust enough for what I needed. Even though it's free, call me when version 2.0 or 3.0 is ready.

Then I looked at pMachine. Another nice prospect but I was lured away by their new product, Expression Engine. For $10 you can set up a month-long demo site that they host so you can twiddle to your heart's content. And twiddle I did. In fact, I've not done much else (other than personal hygiene, ingestion, and the installation of a kitchen counter at Petunia's apartment) for the past several days.

The result looks pretty good to me. I'll pay the full license fee just as soon as my webhost sets up the new subdomain. Then I'll do some sanding and polishing and will announce the birth in the next week or so.


Stay tuned.

Santa Fe Images #2

Weeds against an adobe wall

The church at San Ildefonso Pueblo

Late day rainbow, Santa Fe

Evening light, Santa Fe


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