Thursday, May 26, 2016

I misteri

I misteri or the mysteries is a religious event that is a re enactment of when the Madonna searched and finally found the empty grave of the Christ. The most famous of these is held on Good Friday into Holy Saturday in Trapani, Sicily. It's an all night event with different guilds acting separate parts. It's a very moving event that has become too touristy these days. It's hard to have any event with an infinite of smart phones all pointing into the air. This was once religion as  high drama but today it is just huge a photo op. These shots were made in the Carrol Gardens section of Brooklyn in 1976. They were shot with Tri-X and Leicas. The negatives were scanned. Obviously they precede smart phones.




Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Bed Stuy before gentrification

These shots date from the middle seventies and were shot with the Nikon Ftn and the Nikkor 35mm F 2.8 lens. One on Ektachrome that I processed on Unicolor chemicals and one on Tri_X pan that I processed on D-76 full strength. This is Prospect Avenue at the corner of Washington Avenue. Today it's hipster heaven. 



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Little school house

This old one room schoolhouse is on Rte 206 in northern New Jersey. Up to a few years ago it was run by the local county and volunteers kept it open on weekends so that one could visit. It was passed on to the Federal Government and it has become totally inacce4ssible to the public. It does make for nice pictures, however.




Monday, May 23, 2016

Folk dancers

These folk dancers Gruppo Folkolorisico Isole Egadi took part of the festivities for the main feast in Castellammare del Golfo a few years ago. This is La festa del ventuno d'agosto or the feast of the 21st of August in honorMadonna del soccorso, the patron saint of the town. It's a fun feast that lasts for many days leading to the grand procession and fireworks display on the 21st of August.



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Saturday, May 21, 2016

The pines if Siena

These are the unique pines that are seen all over Italy. Respighi based it's tone poem, The pines of Rome on these types of pines. They are called pini marini or maritime pines and have that characteristic tree like shape. They are not conical like the other pines. Needless to say, they ornament the Italian countryside with their grace and dignity. These images were made just outside the walls of the old city of Siena in Tuscany. I used the Nikon Coolpix 7000, a point and shoot camera.