Saturday, November 30, 2013


Social disassociation is equivalent to being alone in a crowd;  where one makes the appearance. It is what was called "making the scene," but with minimal human interaction. This is nothing new as we can see from these old photos and it's even more prevalent today as each person is totally engrossed with their smart phones. I find it odd that in a group of people walking or sitting around most are on their smart phones communicating with others not present. What little human contact there is is now being more diluted so that this process becomes even more pronounced. Anomie? Perhaps that's what it's meant by this term. No personal contact...well it's just too much of a commitment these days. No entanglements, keep it simple, no one gets emotionally damaged this way.

La Gare D'Orsay

Paris is naturally a very important cultural center. This is highlighted by the transformation of this rail road station opened for the Exposition of 1900 into a world class museum. It is both architecturally sound and artistically very valuable. A must see place in Paris.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Two shots that I love

Haitian painter in Brooklyn, NY

Mother Theresa receiving Communion in Newark, NJ

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Have a beautiful weekend

Happy Thanksgiving

I have innumerable things to be thankful for. Among them,  I count all your visits to my site  as a very important one. Please keep visiting. I am in the process of scanning many slides from a "few" years ago that I believe you will find rewarding.

Archival shots from way back

Shot in Kyoto. Japan with the Canon FT and the 50mm F 1.4 FL lens on Tr-X. The occasion was the Gyon Festival.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


The camera can capture and freeze all sorts of moments. Here I captured solitude and even some sadness. As these photod were taken in the seventies, I always wonder what happened to the subjects.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Man walking in Brooklyn / Shot that I love

There something fascinating about this photo shot long ago. It was captured with the Canon FT and the 50mm F 1.5 FL lens. The film on this sunny day was Panatomic-X that had a speed of 32. Now done can shoot at 32.000 but it really doesn't matter. I developed the film with Agfa Rodinal at a dilution of 1:75 for maximum acutance. I miss my darkroom.

I cordai / Shot that I love

I love this shot of cordai or rope makers in Siracusa, Sicily. They were in the orecchio di Dionigio or the ear of Dyonigius. I love the lighting and the composition. Shot with a Canon FT and a Canon 69mm F 1.4 FL lens on good old Tri-X.

Things never change / Shot that I love

I love this shot from 1973 taken with the Leica M-4 and the 50 mm Summicron F2, of these workers in Quebec Ville looking at the woman who is walking by. Naturally, the film was Tri-X.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Cortili di Trapani [terza parte]

This is the third installment featuring the courtyards of Trapani. I will go over my files and post other worthy photos of this lovely city if I com upon them.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Cannot stay away

This place, my beloved Castellammare del Golfo, where I was born always beckons me. It tugs at my emotions; it creates ineffable angst and sadness when I am away. My photos offer what little consolations they can and only a return trip can alleviate my pain.
I want to share a few photos with you so that you may better understand my predicament.