Graffito

Graffito

It’s a graffito, but it’s not a ‘tag’ or some other act of mischief.  It ‘s part of some advertising painted on the wall of a near West side building in Chicago.  As a useless side-note – it’s a shame that common usage of the English language has eliminated a lot of the subtlety available to us.  Think back to the last time you heard ‘datum’ instead of a ‘piece of data’.  It may not be a big deal.  Language changes.  BTW (now there’s a whole other discussion) did you ever wonder why a young lady of particular characteristics is referred to as a ‘bimbo’  rather than a ‘bimba’?  The original usage of the word referred to a young man of similar characteristics.  Oh well, change is inevitable.

February 28, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Reviewing the Troops

Reviewing the Troops

I realize that this is a pretty skinny image, (you really need to click on it to expand to a larger size) but I think that the overall effect comes over.  The NWTA (Northwest Territory Alliance)[link] is a group of people who re-enact the American Revolutionary War era and activities.  In my earlier days, I was quite involved with the organization and, in fact was one of the people who signed the documents that formed the Association (kind of like signing the Declaration of Independence without the earth-shattering effect).  I wasn’t a ‘John Hancock’ but rather one of those little names buried near the bottom.  After a while, I became inactive as a re-enacter. However, every five years, the NWTA holds a ‘Grand Encampment’ and as one of the founders, I’m always invited.  Part of the activites include reviewing the troops at closing colors on Saturday.  All the units fall in and parade before the commanding officers and dignitaries (as well as the public).  Of course, as a founder, I get to be a dignitary (it only happens every five years, so my swelled head returns to normal eventually).  This image shows the troops lining up in preparation for the closing ceremonies.  I’m only sorry that I neglected to include a bit more on the right end of the image where the musick (18th century spelling) and the unit flags were assembling  to march by and lead the rest of the troops.

I’ve attended several Grand Encampments and it’s always a bit sad to notice the decreasing number of founders at each one.  Sometimes, individuals have other commitments but unfortunately, there just fewer of us left each time.  At this Encampment (2009) I was there all by myself.  I couldn’t help but think of the old punchline ‘One’s sick and the other won’t march alone’.

By the way, the image really does look neat in a 40 inch long print.

February 27, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Original Equipment

Original Equipment

Obviously not.  I’m sure that the 1884 architects would have done a much better job of integrating the antennae.  Perhaps they had little knowledge of geosynchronous orbits.

February 26, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Homage to Malevich 1

Homage to Malevich 1

Kazimir Malevich was a late nineteenth – early twentieth century painter and founder of the Soviet Suprematist school.  While I’m no expert on the group, some of their designs had shapes of color which, while layered, were all optically at the exact same distance.  Photographing building sections with a long focal length gives a similar illusion.  Even though the buildings are stacked, they lose the appearance of distance.  I’ve taken a number of these with different variations and will surely be posting more in the future.

February 25, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Hinged

Hinged

When I worked in black and white in a ‘real’ darkroom, I liked to selectively tone parts of a print.  This image has the same effect without the work.  It didn’t even need Photoshop to mask out colors.  Another example of a mostly monochromatic image.

February 24, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Green Door

Green Door

Green Door was a hit single in the late fifties.  This green door is on Michigan Ave. in Chicago.

February 23, 2011 | 2 Comments 

All Passes . . .

All Passes

The Fine Arts Building is on South Michigan Avenue in Chicago.  From the time I was five years old until I was a Sophomore in High School, I went almost every week there for piano lessons.  Every time I entered the building, I saw the inscription above the inner doorway – “All Passes – Art Alone Endures”  I’m sure that the constant repetition of the phrase has had an effect deep down in me.

February 22, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

More Street Photography

More Street

I really enjoy these images – maybe I’m just weird.  Looking around while walking, I come across so many fascinating shapes and designs.  This one was near the state Capital in Springfield, IL.

February 21, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Fungus

fungus

I came across this collection while taking a walk during March a few years ago.  I’m not sure if it’s really fungus or some other plant form but I like the sound of ‘fungus’.

February 20, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

Alma Mater

Alma Mater

The ‘Alma Mater’ statue on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was made in 1929 by the sculptor Lorado Taft who was a graduate of the University.  It is one of the symbols of the University (and served as a camera platform for one of my images [link] ).  The character of Alma Mater is flanked by two other characters representing ‘labor’ and ‘learning’.  This is a close-up of the statue (one of ‘labor’s’ feet).

February 19, 2011 | Leave a Comment 

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