Irregular Posts; wrOng.

Yes, it is just wrOng that one should take a knife and fork to a pizza. Well, let me explain…. But first, I must also ask if it is wrOng to drink Bordeaux with pepperoni and mushroom pizza? O K, ok. With the refrigerator looking very empty, we opted for a pepperoni and mushroom, large, from around the Greek pizza shop corner. They do their crust thin, and with the oowwygooey pepperoni and melted cheese, that can get rather “droopy”. One can NOT have ones pepperoni and mushroom and meltycheesey sliding off that thin crust!! OK so we decide to do a DiBlasi. What is that you ask?? For shame you should have to ask that. In all the world, pizza is a knife and fork food. In all the world, except for the USofA. Well Chicago might not be the USofA since they do thick crust/deep dish “pizza”. Anyway, this evenings crust was especially thin and would be very droopy. I went to the drawer and retrieved the knives and forks. I poured the Bordeaux to accompany (as we do not usually store Italian wines). It just felt sowroNG cutting into that covered dough with a knife. I had to think European and use both the knife in my right hand and the fork (upside down) in the left. Cut as to include some of all of the toppings, push it onto the fork, and gently lift to the mouth. It was just sogoOD, so deliciously foreign. When the crust on the plate has attained some thickness and stability, ones goes USofA with the hands. So as nOT...

Irregular Posts; WhatNewsWhatNews?

“Hey what’s happening?” “It’s cold. Winter is here and it is cold. Sometimes it is also snow.” Normally we head to the North Country for some cross country skiing. But this year that doesn’t seem to get done as our schedules don’t match the snow pattern. “OK. So what are going to do then?” “We travel next week but this Saturday evening, we’ll head for the Alpers Fine Art Gallery in Andover for an artists’ reception.“ I have two pieces hanging in this show; “The Power of the Power of the Spirit”. One is my favorite, “Raven” that was taken in Juneau Alaska 15 years ago. It was a film image that I scanned to digital, hence a “figital”. The hanging piece was printed on Japanese rice paper this past August. The other is a digital collage “Pond in the Wood”. I collected the photographic components in three different locations and assembled them into a story reflecting the show title. Lately I have been doing some work that is not just about the image. It is also about the feeling of the place. The image is treated to reflect or express that feeling. In December, we came out of the Museum of Fine Art. It was cold foggy, damp and cold. A single old-style street light turned on and a little fog rose off the globe. The dim flat grey sky was darkening, getting flatter and darkening. The scene felt “old, square frame, 1920s, cold and grey”. I framed the scene and waited for a guy to walk into it. He was bundled against the cold damp, striding quickly...

Irregular Post; January 2014, The Power of The Power of The Spirit

  Two of my pieces, Raven and Pond in the Wood are off to the Alpers Fine Art Gallery in Andover, MA.  The exhibit is entitled The Power of The Power of The Spirit. Pond in the Wood isn’t real.  It is a digital collage; a creation using three separate images.  The clumps of birches are repeated and worked to create a wood and a reflecting pond.  The central spirit scene is a “figment” of the wood work.  The old man came to me from Ecuador.  I was shooting on a corner near the market in the town of Otavallo.   He came around the corner of the street where I was standing.  He stopped, looked at me, and then at the camera.  I showed him an image or two.  We talked for a while in Spanish, and then he walked slowly away and down the street.  The bird was on a tree in Serengeti, Tanzania.  The man and the bird had to be mirrored in the pond to complete the story-picture. Raven was taken in Juneau, Alaska in 1997.  It was a film image that was scanned to a digital format. That makes it a figital.  Ravens are powerful spirit birds of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.  This Raven is printed on Japanese rice paper.  Of the 50 thousand images I have made, this is my favorite. “travel light and wear a smile.”  Jack...