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This World Exceeds Stillness   Leave a comment

Friday with Friends & Molino Basin to Prison CampBug Springs Trail Landscape — Black & White Image by kenne

Silent knowledge —

the spirit is enlightened of itself.

Contemplate the void:

this world exceeds stillness.

— from Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems, by Gary Snyder

Sabino Canyon Picnic Site   Leave a comment

Romero PoolsSabino Canyon Picnic Site with View of Thimble Peak (February 2017) — Image by kenne

Thimble Peak (Elevation 5,323 ft.) is a landmark in the Santa Catalina Mountains on the ridge that divides Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon.

— kenne

The Picture   Leave a comment

girl-eating-b-w-blog“The Picture” (December 10, 2016) — Image by kenne

The picture was there in my mind,
it always had been.
To capture it I must first find it —
suddenly, the scene was set
repeating what was now scripted.

— kenne

Windswept Grasslands   Leave a comment

Bug Springs 2012Windswept Grasslands in the Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

Taking inspiration from the likes of Lewis Carroll, Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg.

Branches reach into the dark sky

over windswept grasslands,

directing our eyes and ears

to the relationship between

the living and the dead.

— kenne

Black & White Street Photo Essay   Leave a comment

Black & White Street Photo Essay by kenne

The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality,
and eventually in one’s own.

— Susan Sontag

Seeing Through Their Eyes, Not With Them   Leave a comment



Truman Capote — Image by Karl Bissinger


For years I have belonged to a monthly book club, “Society of the 5th Cave.”  In November of 2008, the book selection was Portraits and Observations – The Essays of Truman Capote. Capote’s prose has superb style, as illustrated in this early morning walk in New Orleans:

“…I stopped still in the middle of a block, for I’d caught out of the corner of my eye a tunnel-passage, an overgrown courtyard. A crazy-looking white hound stood stiffly in the green fern light shinning at the tunnel’s end, and compulsively I went toward it. Inside there was a fountain; water spilled delicately from a monkey-statue’s bronze mouth and made on pool pebbles desolated bell-like sounds. He was hanging from a willow, a bandit-faced man with kinky platinum hair; he hung so limply, like the willow itself. There was terror in that silent suffocated garden. Closed windows looked on blindly; sail tracks glittered silver on elephant ears, nothing moved except his shadow.”

I love it, “…nothing moved except his shadow.”

However, the posting is not so much about Truman Capote as it’s about the photographer, Karl Bissinger, who died November 25, 2008. Bissinger photographed many artists, actors, and writers in the 1950’s, among them, Truman Capote.

Gore Vidal has written on the Bissinger image below (from left: ballerina Tanaquil LeClercq, novelist Donald Windham, artist Buffie Johnson, Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal and Karl Bissinger): 

“So study this picture, and see what optimistic people looked like as they began what they thought would be lifelong careers, and in some cases indeed lasted as we lost more and more of a country that is no country without Karl Bissinger to make art of it.”




Image by Karl Bissinger (Source — NY Times)

(First posted, November 28, 2008)

Desert Ranch   Leave a comment

Peloncillo MountainsDesert Ranch — Black & White Computer Art

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

— Edmund Burke

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