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Capturing The Moment — Saddle Bronc Riding   3 comments

 Saddle Bronc Riding At Tucson Rodeo — Images by kenne (Click on any image to see slideshow.)

A Lush Desert Path   3 comments

Desert Museum-9824 B-W blogDesert Path — Image by kenne

“Water, water, water….
There is no shortage
of water in the desert
but exactly the right amount ,
a perfect ratio of water to rock,
water to sand,
insuring that wide free open,
generous spacing among plants and animals,
homes and towns and cities,
which makes the arid West
so different from any other part of the nation.
There is no lack of water here
unless you try to establish a city
where no city should be.”

― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

“The Americans” — Images With An Impact   5 comments

RF.A.004.jpg“Funeral — St. Helena, South Carolina” (1955), from Robert Frank’s book The Americans — Source: The New York Times

Rodeo — New York City, 1954 (from The Americans) -- Robert Frank

Rodeo — New York City, 1954 (from The Americans) — Robert Frank

I love photography, therefore I read about photography and photographers. One photographer that many feel changed the world of photography is Robert Frank. The book that had this kind of impact on photography was The Americans. Published in 1959, the book of photos taken from trips across America in the mid-fifties.

Not highly thought of in the beginning, because they were not the  idyllic images Americans were used to seeing in popular magazines — Popular Photography magazine derided Mr. Frank’s black-and-white pictures of isolated individuals, teenage couples and groups at funerals for their “meaningless blur, grain, muddy exposures, drunken horizons and general sloppiness” (NY Times), but in the sixties his photos began to influence other photographers to take socially conscious material.

Over fifty years later the images in The Americans remain very topical. “I’m very proud of this book because I followed my intuition,” Frank said in an interview for a New York Times article (December 12, 2008) on a comprehensive publication, “Looking In: Robert Frank’s ‘The Americans,’ ” that was to go with a major exhibition in Washington at the National Gallery of Art in January, 2009.

“It’s tempting to draw associations between Mr. Frank’s trips and Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road,” another cultural artifact from the period, which came out two years before “The Americans.” Kerouac wrote the introduction to “The Americans,” but the two men did not meet until after Mr. Frank’s journey.

Still, Mr. Frank’s picture of a man at the wheel taken from the passenger seat of the car, “U.S. 91, Leaving Blackfoot, Idaho,” might well double for a portrait of the characters in “On the Road.” He was quick, however, to dismiss that association, remembering the men simply as “hitchhikers I picked up,” adding, “We were going to Butte, I think.” (Snapshots from the American Road, by Philip Gefter, NY Times)

kenne

Source: juicycanvas.com

Source: juicycanvas.com

Capturing The Moment – I Envy The Fall   Leave a comment

Leaf B-W blogLeaf of No Color — Image by kenne

Leaves fall from the tree

Drafting slowly to the ground,

I envy the fall.

— kenne

What Path WIll You Take? I Wander.   2 comments

Butterfly Trail July 2013“What Path WIll You Take? I Wander.” Image by kenne

What path will you take?

I wander.

What path did you take?

I wonder?

Was it over yonder?

Maybe,

Just maybe

It was over there.

Who knows?

You wander —

Here,

There,

Everywhere.

kenne

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