A Few Words On Some Photos
Accordion Man In Shadow B&W: There is always a musician or two playing at the Farmers Market. On any Saturday you might here some funky blues, Latin rhythms, folk, mariachi, or some lone player strumming a guitar. Some are quite good and some, well some lean more to the just so-so side of competence. I’m not much into accordion music but this guy plays some mean blues and really kicks ass.
Blue Umbrella: One of the many joyful benefits of living in Santa Fe are all the summer happenings. One of my favorites are the free concerts put on by St. John's College (bless you St. John's). Jazz. Blues. International. Classical. It’s always a delightful mix of genres. The music starts in the late afternoon and it’s sunny and warm. These gentlemen had just unfurled this blue umbrella and I got this shot.
Bourbon Street: What can you say about Bourbon Street? This was a nice snapshot of the street at night during Jazz Fest. It was crowded and noisy with music and the sounds of partying. It wasn’t until I began to play with it that it suddenly sprang to life. Now that’s a party! And that’s kinda the way it felt.
Chair & Wall B&W: I was out for a walk along the railroad tracks behind my house. It’s a walk I’d taken many times. This day, as I came up to the adobe apartments that butted up against the railroad right-of-way there was this one chair sitting there. It seemed to lend an air of loneliness to the picture.
Her Day of the Dead Face B&W: Another celebrant wearing her Day of the Dead face. If memory serves, it was well into party time when I took this shot. Not crazy party time.....at least not very crazy party time. One of the best things were the variety of faces painted up for the occasion.
Even In Shadow B&W: Here again, the play of light and shadow is the center point of the photograph. The light flows around the figure with a smooth rhythm adding drama to the high-contrast picture. We can almost see her face in the shadow, almost. We see the line of her sunglasses. We see those wisps of a hair falling across her face. Light on her right shoulder. Light teasing the top of her left breast. Yes, indeed. Even in shadow.
Glowing Leaves: I hadn’t set out to shoot the tree and those leaves. I was interested in the dramatic quality of the sky. When I began to work on the photo, the leaves caught my eye. I hadn’t even seen them before.
Hot Pregnant Burlesque: This is a friend of mine. Yes, that’s correct. Pregnant and doing a burlesque show. A very pregnant bump and grind while twirling her tassels. Quite a sight. That almost ready to be born baby is now, as I write this, almost three. I love free spirited people. Gives me hope for the human race.
Latte's Gone B&W: It was Sunday brunch time and the restaurant was packed. It was leaning heavily toward the chaotic side what with crying babies, rushing servers and bussers doing their best to keep up with the flow. It was the kind of scene that anyone who has ever worked in a restaurant is very familiar with. I seat opened up at the counter and I took it. After I sat down, the person next to me finished, paid his bill and left. That’s when I took the picture. It looks so serene. If only you could hear the noise.
Playing For Tips B&W: Santa Fe is blessed with many musicians. When the weather turns toward Spring and beyond, the Farmers Market might have three or four good performers playing around the area. This gentleman plays the banjo, guitar and accordion. Many times he teams up with a stand-up bass player and they jam doing country/western tunes. And they’re good.
Silhouette In Red: This is another one of those “lucky” accidents. I had spent an undue amount of time trying to get the original photo to work and was getting nowhere. I left it on the screen and got up and made myself some coffee. When I got back, I just started playing with the picture to unwind a bit. Suddenly this appeared. Sometimes it’s just dumb luck.
Skeleton & Pumpkin B&W: One of the festive celebrations here in New Mexico is Day of the Dead. There are people with painted skull faces. There are skeletons in abundance. There are parties populated with black clothes and white faces. The Day of the Dead comes to use by way of Mexico. It’s ancestry lies with the gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and to help support them on their spiritual journey. It’s also party time. That’s the celebratory part. You go, Mr. Skull.
Strummin' For Tips B&W: It’s a hard way to make a living, playing on the street for tips. Trying to make it as a musician, or any other kind of artist, takes a lot of fortitude and an unbounded belief in your talent and ability to succeed. And then, of course, there’s Lady Luck. Right place. Right time. Right connection. Many pop stars have proven that with the Lady by your side and the three “rights” lined up just so, you don’t even have to have all that much talent to make a good go of it.
The Bass Man Plays B&W: I love photographing performers of any kind. I especially enjoy photographing musicians. The genre doesn’t much matter, although rock and jazz musicians are my favorites. It’s the dance they do with each other that fascinates me. And when it’s all working, what you get is magic. Music, it would seem, is part of our nature. We respond to it naturally. We tap our feet. We hum along. We close our eyes and let it take us to places in our imagination we didn’t even know existed.
The Ladies Camera Club B&W: Santa Fe is a tourist town. These ladies were part of a camera club from somewhere in the mid-west. I noticed them as I walked around the Farmer’s Market. Yes, I take a lot of pictures there. I’m there almost every Saturday. It’s a marvelous place to take pictures of people. Anyway, I followed them around as they shot away at this and that. At one point they lined up just right and I pressed the button.
This Side of the Wall of Dusky Dreams: There are dreams and then there are Dreams. Dreams that catch our attention. Dreams that draw us in like Alice through the looking glass. Some are crystal clear. Some murky as muddy water. What dreams await on the other side of that wall?... or is this the other side of the wall?
You Tell Me: It’s fun to take a picture of someone and just begin to play with it. Most of the time what you end up with isn’t worth saving. Fun nevertheless and that’s important, but not something you want to keep. And then there are those times when the result begins to resemble something that’s worth working on. When I had almost finished working on this, a friend came over and asked what I was going call it. I looked up and said, “You Tell Me.” All he said was, “Great Name.” So be it.
Under The Overpass B&W: Sometimes it’s not the “thing” itself that draws my eye. Sometimes it’s that magical combination of light, shadow, structure and, of course, timing. With this image, I’ve taken the idea of light and shadow playing around the forms and accented the differences by taking out many of the mid-tones. The sharpened contrast draws the eye into the picture with an abrupt pull.
Zotomorph: A wonderful example of what you can do with the software. This started out as a not so exciting picture of a neighbor’s tree. Sometimes I have much too much time on my hands and this was one of those times. As I began to play around with different tools for changing shapes and flow patterns, this form began to emerge from the chaos. I played around with it but then it began to shape itself without much conscious thought from me. I can only wonder from which dark corner of my mind this came from.