Friday, May 26, 2017

Amazing child

I found this amazing child of Greek origins in a crab restaurant in Baltimore's harbor. She actually worked helping her parents in many ways and exuded such a precocious nature that she amazed me. I took some images that I wand to share in my blog. She must be quite a toung lady now.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

My neighborhood park

Although this is not le Jardin de Luxembourg In Paris or  la Villa Boroghese in Rome, this very large neighborhood park plays an important role for the ecology of the area. Not to mention it's a great place to walk the dog. These images were made recently in late afternoon light.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A modest villa

This villa in Castellammare del Golfo in Sicily reminds me of the ones the Romans built for their pleasures. The view alone is amazing. It is ownded by a dear friend of mine.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Why I go or one of the main reasons

For that last 5 years  or so we have made our annual trip to Paris and there I make my pilgrimage at the Musèe D'Orsay. This was a railroad station that a famous Italian architect transformed into a spectacular exibition space. But the real reason I visit is to see this amazing Monet. I adore this painting so I quietly watch and take in it's beauty and power. Afterwards I leave  totally satisfied. My wife took this image and she captured serious contentment. The feeling is ineffable.
BTW, this image can be found as wallpaper on Macs. Once you see the original using it as wallpaper is a sacrilege. I just love Paris....what can I say.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Paris, a love affair

In the so called summer of love, I met the woman of my dreams  with whom I'm still madly in love. Unfortunately she had a ticket to fly. After she departed on Icelandic Airlines, I felt my world going to pieces. I got a passport on the same day at Rockefeller Center. got a ticket also on Ielandic to Luxenbourg and went after her. This is before any of the modern communication devices, smartphones or any sort of instant messaging and it was when  there still existed so called overseas operators to place calls to Europe etc. I sent a telegram to the American Express office in London because I knew she would be there and hoped for the best. Well because of synchronicity she  got the message and met my plane at Luxembourg. We went to Paris the next day after changing at Metz and arrived at the Gare de L'est. At this point my love affair with this sublime city began. Wel we have been back many times. The first photo may be from 1969  while the other is from April of this year. I can only say that it was much quieter then. But I must say Parigi ti amo, I love you.
This year marked the 50th anniversaryb of that glorious event so we booked on Iceland Air and we went in April so we would see the famous chestnuts in blossom, as the song goes.

Have a wonderful week

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Have a wonderful Sunday

The croissants are to die for but the coffee touted as being Italian is undrinkable. When you are in Italy you really should kneel in front of the espresso. It's that good. I would order cacao or tea. But Paris still has it's charms. I love France.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Musee D'orsay, Paris

This is an amazing museum in Paris where I really enjoyed this sculpture.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Monet's Garden

This is a photo I took on my recent visit to France. It is a view over a pond at Monet's Garden near Paris.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Lovely roses

It's that time of the year when roses bloom. Enjoy.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The wonder of black and white

As I have stated on many occasions, some images call for black and white and  when medium format is used the results can be wonderful. Once again, the camera was a Rolleiflex loaded with Tri-X Pan professional 120 film.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

From an old afternoon at the park

Before smart phoens and virtual communities, people actually interacted with each other. There were also places where everyone mingled and participated eiter ac actors or as an audience. This was called making the scene and Central  Park was one of the places to be. These images date from the early seventies and are black and white conversions of color slides whose hues had become weak.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Interesting community

Broad Channel is located in a strip of land connecting Queens to the rockaways. This area is part of  New York City but you would never imagine it to be. It is a rather isolated place with many very local traditions. It is, nevertheless, fascinating.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Archival black and white

I posted this before but I'm posting it again so that others may see it. I love this od photo shot on Pacific Street in Brooklyn way back in the summer of 1970. I used a Canon FT with a 50mm f 1.5 Caon FL lens. Naturally, the film was TRI-X.

Have a lovely week

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Vesuvio Bakery

This Italian bread bakery is an institution in Manhattan's little Italy. Food is very important to Italians and good bread is naturally a necessity. I enjoy going to the different bakeries that provide different types of regional Italian breads. Each bakery makes uniquely tasting breads.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Small town USA

These are Kodachrome scans taken a few years ago in Strasbourg Pennsylvania. This is a very lovely place where time appears to have stood still. One of it's main attractions is the Pennsylvania rail Road Museum that is absolutely fascinating.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Il Palazzo Ducale

A wonderful old palace that has been converted into an exhibition hall and cultural center in the center of Genova.

Piazza de Ferrari

This is the center of Genova a truly wonderful city that I love.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Backyard flowers

Luckily I do not have to go far if a need a picture or two to post. My backyard will usually do.

Monday, May 1, 2017


With a camera one can capture all sorts of situations. Here we see images that convey a sense of solitude. These are old archival images shot in Sicily on the early seventies using TRI-X Pan and a Canon FT with the Canon 50mm F 1.4 FL lens.