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Watching Time Go By   2 comments

Rainbow“Watching Time Go By” (Nicaragua, 2007) — Image by kenne

Muddy rut-carved roads
in the Nicaraguan mountains
we reach a village in a 4X4
where women and children
wait out the day, men having
left before daylight in
backs of pickup trucks.

A young woman stands
in the open doorway

I try not to see her as
an object 
to be photographed
for my travel photo journal,
instead 
to capture a story
to be told by the viewer.

— kenne

 

 

hiking friends — black and white in shades of gray   Leave a comment

Box Springs TrailImage by kenne

friends hiking Box Camp
naturalists lead the way
for fellow hikers 
      always stay on the marked trail
            black and white in shades of gray

-- kenne

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

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

December Street Photos   Leave a comment

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street-photos-bw-2-blogImages by kenne

In photography, there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.

— Alfred Stieglitz

What’s The Good Of It?   Leave a comment

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WHAT’S THE GOOD OF IT

He had short patience for scientific study:
All they want to know is why frogs croak.
It’s a philosophical opposition,
his believing in things as only themselves
and the intrusiveness of explanations.
I can’t begin to tell you how much he hated ballet.
What’s the good of it?
He liked The Flintstones and wrestling.
Frogs croak.
Otherwise he liked things that could be
lifted and stacked and put into place.
He thought best with his hands.
He built clocks, cradles, worked a lathe.
He took the world’s measure.
He was good and he was of it.

— Lee Upton

Seeing Through Their Eyes, Not With Them   Leave a comment

 

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Truman Capote — Image by Karl Bissinger

ART IN BLACK AND WHITE –SEEING THROUGH THEIR EYES, NOT WITH THEM

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.”

kenne

 

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Image by Karl Bissinger (Source — NY Times)

(First posted, November 28, 2008)

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