Month: April 2006

Power Lines

Power Lines

We were down in Waterbury, Connecticut, a small city an hour south of us, standing in the parking lot after dinner out and I noticed the sky and clouds were changing color rapidly. I got my camera out, switched lenses and took some shots and as I was scanning I caught this pole with transformers and wires. The sky/cloud shots were terrible. This was the keeper. Go figure.

Ticket Counter, Grand Central Station

Ticket Counter, Grand Central StationI had just exited the subway on my way to another train north toward home when I noticed that the main room at Grand Central Station looked darker than usual, almost sepia and that sepia light was reflecting on the marble countertop. This reminded me that my parents and their parents probably stood at this very counter and bought tickets. Then I snapped out of it, put the camera down on the counter and took a shot, then raced to my train.

My Father’s Camera

My Father's Camera

My father served in the US Army during World War II and was stationed in Europe. This little Zeiss Ikon was the camera he used to record his everyday life over there and I have a box of prints that give me a glimpse of that life. My father is gone now but this camera and those prints act like a wormhole on that significant time in the history of his world and of our world.

This photograph was inspired by carlosluis, one of my favorite flickr photographers.

Rachel Papo – Serial Number 3817131

Rachel Papo’s collection of photographs of female Israeli soldiers: Serial Number 3817131 is fascinating and I’m working hard to come up with a way to describe it.

Here’s a cute Israeli girl with braces talking on her cell phone with a rather large rifle slung over her shoulder. The complexity of the back story for these images is fantastic: mandatory military service in Israel, the legendary tough Israeli army, the modern world of cell phones and popular culture, coupled with beautiful women, all captured in a way that could be fashion photography but it’s not. It’s complex and that makes it all the more interesting.