My Most Most Recent Images



"Rejoice O Young Man

In Thy Youth"




The music you are hearing in the background is "Adagio for strings" by Samuel Barber. It is an incredibly beautiful, poignant music which washes over you in it's waves of spiralling sequential notes rising ever slightly higher.

A long graceful beginning, ever quietly and gradually building to an overwhelming climax via pinnacle of notes. Each sequence folding and weaving in a delicate balance of emotions. The violins resonating an exquisite parity of life and destiny, wandering in and out with the cello as a it fights for equivalence and tension at once. As in a spiral, the music increases in it's upward stream of emotions. To me it speaks of a lonely tortured soul. A soul who has withstood rivers of emotional pain, a pain which intensifies and washes over him in waves of despair....until he can no longer go on. Then vacuous silence, one feels it is at an end.........then the initial melody, played ever more so gently and graceful breaks the silence...... as if life refuses to succumb and release from it's mortal state.......but there is no reprieve..........the soul, anguished beyond redemption, a tortured spirit who cannot continue to bear it's excruciating sorrow and emptiness.......all strength gone, ever slowly releasing it's hold to life ......then final absolution as silence and emptiness falls......inexorably...... peace.......

                                                         J Alan 





June 25, 2007


What is the constitution of things

that primary forms

as the sea, the mountains

the living earth

give us visual delight

even the most humble of things

be it rust, forsaken of items

by shape, texture, and tone

gives pleasure.

The eye is the master of artist

J Alan



I took this picture in Holyoke near the canals in this abandoned industrial building.

One can find beauty in all things.




June 16, 2007


"Ski Slope"

I remember how cold and windy it was on the ski slope that day. The wind was really whipping up the snow. It was difficult to be out there for any length of time due to the cold and wind.

I took these 2 shots earlier this year but didn't do much with them until recently as they were very difficult negatives to print due to extreme contrast. I wasn't satisfied with my earlier printing efforts. Over the weekend I seemed to have created prints which turned out OK.


"Out for a walk"

I noticed this family walking down Poet's walk in New York and observed how they were so observent and marveling at being there. They spoke in a foreign language which sounded eastern european. The younger girl was dressed very stylish or is it "chik" as the saying goes. They were a good looking family.

Most of the people that day in Central Park were speaking in other languages.




"Jennifer Lopez"

June 10, 2007



"In the Band"

June 10, 2007



"Ricky Martin"

June 10, 2007



"Future GlobeTrotters"

June 10, 2007


In New York, 5th Ave, during the PR Parade.





"Oil on Water"

Walking by the harbor down by Point Judith, RI where all the commercial fishing boats were docked.



"Lilly Pads"




"Witch Doctor"

June 7, 2007






"5th Ave"

I noticed this gentleman dressed so stylish standing in front of this men's clothing store looking down 5th Ave. in NY.

He almost seemed like a model for the store out there on the street.



"A moment in Time"

In China Town.





"Children for Peace"




"Apocalypse Painter"

I took this picture of an artist who was painting in a black robe this weekend. You can see the easel, his bag and paints around his feet. The background is a cloudy sky and moon. I used curves in Photoshop to give it a surreal impression. "As the painting on the canvas unfolds, the sky and world is being transformed by the painting".



"The Painter "



"Soap Bubbles in the Air"






"New Card"









May 20, 2007

Seemed like I waited forever for this shot. I arrived at the lighthouse early afternoon and saw that the atmospheric conditions were favorable for a spectacular sunset. I used my large format camera and it can be a little unwieldly so it took a bit of doing to get it set up down near the water line by the rocks and boulders.

Sure enough, after many hours of waiting the sky turned a beautiful crimson color. Hmm..........Crimson Sky..........sounds like a good name for something. I think I heard it somewhere..... a movie or a book? Anyways, it's got a ring to it. Maybe I should name the picture "Crimson Sky" instead of "Lighthouse".

Lighthouse sounds pretty mundane..........




"Sand & Light"

May 20, 2007

I showed this picture to someone yesterday and they really liked it.

Said it was one of my best images and explained what it meant in a meta physical sense...........Hmm......I'm not so sure.







"The wave"

May 18, 2007

I have to believe that Northampton must have the most street musicians per square foot than any other place I've visited.

As I was taking the picture she noticed me taking the shot and waved. Sometimes you never know how people react to their picture being taken. I believe being very straitforward, acting deliberate and confident usually works well. If you act confident and natural, people don't seem to mind you taking their picture. A simple nod and a smile after taking the picture usually works pretty well. Of course it doesn't always work out that way. I remember taking some pictures in downtown Springfield of some guys on the street and one of the guys seemed taken back and started to say something to his posse. It didn't sound too friendly..............they started to come over to me. Oh boy, I said to myself, the guy had a hostile look on his face but when he came closer, I just nodded and gave him the thumbs up and he seemed OK afterwards. Most of the time, if I see an image or a picture in my mind, I'll shoot and worry about the consequences after taking the shot.





May 18, 2007

I took his picture as I was walking by and then looked down to see the papers next to him. I stopped to read them and saw they were his writings. It was very good, combination of poetry and his philosophy. He was heading across country on foot to Portland Oregon. His words spoke about his fears and view of Life. I remembered one passage, " Please Lord protect me in my journey" and oftentimes his fear of meeting his fellow man on the road. His faith gave him the strength to make the journey. We chatted for a while and I learned he was from Maine and recently went through some personal bad times. He was headed west to visit his family. I wished him luck on his 3,000 mile trip. It must take a tremendous amount of courage to make such a journey.








May 12, 2007







"Lady in Green Hat"

May 06, 2007









May 05, 2007






May 2, 2007

After work walking downtown Springfield, from a bridge looking down into a gravel parking lot.