Winter 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

" Winter Field and Trees "

On the drive up to the cabin.....

 

 

 

 

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I sit…..alone, in the great room,

in the darkness………in the Master’s chair.
The room is dark…….a candle…..flickering….shadows  dance….on crimson walls.
The room……large………empty… and silent.
I sit alone……..in the darkness………..pensive.


I did not wish………to be disturbed.
I was rich……………but I was poor……
I despised…………….but cared much….
I had my honor…..but paid……….dear price….
I laugh…..I cry…..and see…
the tracks ….of my years…..


How should……..one live…….
Only the simple....naive….the unreflctive……have…
the answer………
I did not know………….how to live….
Do not ask the stones………..for they know not…
Do not ask…..wise men………for they are too wise….
to answer….


To learn to live……..ask not the question
The answer is not……….in the question
But in the answer…..


Still………..I know not………
how to live…..
I sit in the darkness…………..pondering such things….

 

 

JAlan

 

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The Wind of Morning
Blows it’s Chilly Breath Across
My Path. Far From Home
Where Unceasing Cold Rain Falls
Upon the Lonely Branches

 

JAlan

 

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"Trees"

The Snow Falls lightly
On Small Figures Bent and Worn
The Morning Sun Brings
With Promise of Tranquility
But They Too Shall Pass Away

 

JAlan

 

 

 

 

 

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Hit play on picture

 

To Where Do You Go?
From the Heavenly Skies
My Heart Grows Sorrow
As Your Beauty Radiates
My Sleeves Will Dry in MoonLight

 

JAlan

 

 

 

 

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" Portrait "

The Artist painting is Debra A. Dunphy www.dunphyartstudio.com

 

 

 

 

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" Girl in Courtyard "

 

 

 

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" Peppers "

 

 

 

 

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" Morning Flight "

 

 

 

 

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" While sitting in Parlor Pondering....."

 

 

 

 

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" The sink "

Sunday morning March 14th.

Something came over me to shoot one of the bathroom sinks in the house......

and here it is!

 

 

 

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" Love "

 

My Desire forever fueled

To my self too cruel

I alone cry my outcast state

To look upon myself

and curse my fate

 

That then I scorn

To trouble my deaf heart

Through tempest and ravaged night

To then face it all

With all my might

 

Where there fore

To cry and truly feel

the pain and so much more

of myself past subside

Truly accept and abide

 

To thyself forever hold true......

Love of what one feels

and along the way

Embrace what come may

In secret your soul lease hath.....

 

Nor through death shall you forsaketh.

 

Jalan

 

 

 

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" Snow, Field & Barn"

 

 

 

 

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" The wedding Kiss "

As I was walking around the reservoir I noticed the wedding couple under the tree..

Another shot I never really showed on the web site before.

It seems like I have so many pictures I still go through. Oftentimes, right after I shoot something, I may not feel they are good enough to show,

then as time goes by, I relook through my older files and say............for some reason, they look better now.....

 

 

 

 

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" Kids Swimming"

 

Taken a few years back up by Queechee Falls/gorge in VT.

A very hot summer day and under this railroad bridge, the kids would dive off of a swinging rope into the deep pool below, then come up to dry off in the brilliant sun light penetrating under the bridge.

Shot with my old Contax RTS 35mm.

I realized I never really showed it well on my site...

One of my favorites.

Reminds me of a Maxfield Parrish painting......................

 

 

 

 

 

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" Coney Island "

Taken on the board walk at Coney. Sometime in 2008 on a beautiful summer day.

 

 

 

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"New Zealand Sound"

Taken some time back when I was in New Zealand South Island near Milford Sound.

A very, very remote area...

 

 

 

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"By the Doorway"

 

I live alone

without a sound

Under the windows

Concrete by the Doorway

 

I cling to a whisper

A match and a candle

A little warmth to be found

As I make it through another day...

 

At best to come my way

Living in a hallway

In quiet desperation I cry

As you heartlessly continue to pray.......

 

Take all this away

The Twilight fast approaching

As the lights slowly decay

Someone please come my way

 

JAlan

Winter 2010 - Main Street.

 

 

 

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" The Artist "

 

 

 

 

 

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"Evening"

New Mexico

 

While going through some of my image files from a trip out to the Southwest.

 

 

 

 

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"Light on Water"

 

 

 

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" Sad"

Taken some time back

OMP model -

She was a very good model to work with and really portrayed the emotions in the shots.

 

 

 

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" Through the Window"

 

 

 

 

 

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"On the Street"

 

 

 

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"Stepanie - Broken Mirror"

 

Sometime back last year - OMP model.

In the Studio building

 

 

 

 

 

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"Me"

 

The family and I were walking around Northampton on a Saturday in Feb. about 10 days after my surgery.

Felt good to just slowly walk around with a camera again.

My sister Lisa took my camera and took this shot of me.

Pretty good pic Sis. (Can't say much for the subject/character though........)

 

 

 

 

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" The Race "

Guess who Won...

Feb. 2010

 

 

 

 

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Man on Street

February 2010

 

 

 

 

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"I want to change the world but don't know what to do"

Hit Play

 

 

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" Crypt"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"On the Street"

2-7-10

 

 

 

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""Going Home"

 

 

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 "We know that behind every image revealed there is another image more faithful to reality, and in the back of that image there is another, and yet another behind the last one, and so on, up to the true image of that absolute, mysterious reality that no one will ever see"


Michelangelo Antonion

 

Above statement by Michelangelo Antonion, a great film maker..........

 

Which got me thinking..................and ultimtely writing my thoughts below.


Someone asked me the other day about what makes a great Street Photography and I responded with this:

I believe a good street photography is when someone, as the observer, someone not engaged, passive, patient, somehow puts together on film  (or sensor) a recording in a fraction of a second the emotion of a subject, and the beauty of the form. These moments happen in a fleeting moment. Just sit (stand) and watch the flow of life around you sometime, without a camera, just watch. You will see so much spontaneous, emotional moments that happen and ask yourself, is that a good photograph.


Since that response I thought and pondered about this some more and thought about some ”frames of reference” to which I came to some conclusions in my earlier learnings as a photographer. In the past, there has been  sources of inspiration and guidance from time proven methods of capturing life, to which I’ve gravitated towards, namely paintings by the masters through the years.
Below is a painting by Diego Velazquez
called the ” Las Meninas” (The Maids of Honor).

 


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Painted in 1656, it depicts almost a snapshot of court life in the 17th Century, with even the background depicted as being slightly out of focus. The artist stepping back from the easel in the painting is the author of this work as well, a bit of Spatiotemporal paradox.

Velazquez is looking at the scene he is painting, a scene that is on this side of the scene he is painting, in the same real space from which we are gazing at the picture.The “meninas” are the maids of honor surrounding the infant Margarita, heir apparent to the throne. On the left kneels Maria Augustina De Sarmiento, while on Margarita’s right is Isabel Velasco, Curtsying next to the dwarfs Mari Barbalo and Nicolas Pertusato, who is prodding the big mastiff with the foot.In the background is  Marcello Ulloa, servant of the maids, is conversing with Diego Azcona, while the palace chamberlain Jose Valazquez appears in the rear doorway that opnes up to the space at the back. Paintings hang on the walls, including Reubens and Jordaen’s Apollo and Marsyas., while a mirror reflects the image of the  king and queen of Spain, Phillip IV and Mariana of Austria.

This reflection in the mirror of the King and Queen  is probably the subject of Valazquez’s painting. The canvas back is to us and it’s content is hidden  but the mirror reveals them, capturing the reality that would escape a normal framing. All of the central characters are interacting among them at the centre, in the foreground.

You can see many relationships here, inside the frame and among the characters, outside the frame, behind and in front. This masterwork by Velázquez is a complex “shot” in which the frame is transcended. The beauty of the painting is not in the proportions, symmetry, balance, pleasing combination of colours or subjective impact it produces in the observer. We think it is fascinating due to its complexity and full use of the expressive possibilities of the frame for suggesting us relations, connections, sybbols, randomness, time and space. This painting stimulates the intellect, not the senses.
 There are simple rules for framing based on proportions, distances and so on. You know though that rules are set to be broke. I think Art is about always breaking the rules and pushing the frontier of expression and communications.
Think on Music, for instance. There are periods involved in the construction of a set of rules, and its generalization, and subsequent long periods in which its dissolution is exploited artistically.  Look at the visual Arts. In Painting, the impressionism was the liberation from photographic realism, fauvism was the liberation from realism of colours, symbolism and surrealism the liberation from the conventional meaning of things, cubism the liberation from realism of forms, and abstraction was the liberation from them all.

The immediacy and affordability of Photography makes it even more suitable than Painting for an unconstrained artistic evolution and free experimentation.


However, Photography, surprisingly, is yet narrowly linked to realism, to documentation. The frame can capture relations occurring inside it. But that is not the end of the story.  The world surrounding the frame can be brought into the frame, and we can know things about it just looking at the frame. There is a simple example of it: think on a person looking to the photographer in a portrait. When we see the picture we feel the portrayed person is looking at us, outside the photograph. In this way, the photograph is linked to the real world.

It is not an isolated artistic object any more. The same occurs with that part of the world below the frame, over it, at the right, and the left or behind the scene. Temporal associations can be included in a photograph as well. We can connect the moment in which the photograph is taken with some event of the past or of the future. It is usual to see the consequences of past events in the present scene in many photographs. It is difficult to use those possibilities at full with an artistic intention though.  However, photographs with this kind of suggestive power are more attractive for the mind.I think the best photographs also have this quality.Below is a picture which I believe reflects some of the characteristics which make a good street photograph or a “snapshot” of life.


I’m not saying it’s a great photograph (below) but I believe it captures a scene in somewhat the same way as the master painters captured and portrayed their art.

 


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Shot in NYC - JAlan


We can see what appears to be a  policeman and  another man  inside the building to the left of the frame, that appear to be looking toward the photographed scene, but we are not sure. Is there another activity going on inside or directly outside the frame of this photograph, beyond the revolving doors to which we are not aware? A young man way in the back of the crowd is looking inside the glass building, perhaps, looking at the same scene as the policeman and man inside the building?
 We don’t know if there is a connection between these characters, or what they looking at and is it connected to the main part of the scene in front. We can intuit seeds of future actions in this photograph, but we cannot be sure about them. Something is happening with the character with his back to us, showing something to the audience who is captivated. A fellow with a lizard, who is facing away towards the figure with the back turned to the viewer,  but is pointing towards presumabley  the photographer (me) for some reason (why?), we wouldn’t  know this for sure if the other central character to the left wasn’t  giving the evil look,  staring directly at the photographer.  One can surmise there is agitation of the two central characters,…. but towards what, where, towards whom, it is not absolutely clear.  He is of course holding a fairly large lizard as well. The behaviour or relations between the characters could change due to those events, but we have only one shot. We cannot know for sure if this image shows an equilibrium or not, and we remain intrigued……….

 

JAlan

 

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" Cassandra "

 

 

 

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" SubWay"

 

 

 

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" Commander Mitchell "

 

 

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" Steel Wire "

January 2010

Chicopee

 

 

 

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" In the Car "

Springfield - Last Year

Going through negatives.....

 

 

 

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"Twilight"

 

in New Zealand

 

As I was going nowhere………
Somewhere past the mountains
I saw the devils grin bared
To which in mind appeared

My Mind light and weary
Parked to ponder deeply
Night dark and dreary
I must like the company
Of no one by my side…..


Finding shelter from the storm…
Trying to keep warm and hide….
I guess I’m allright…
As I sink into twilight……

 

Awake……….once again…
Clouds parting…fusion on the ground
Still I wonder……….
As I embrace the dawn….

by JAlan

 

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" Down the Street"

 

 

 

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" Ice"

January 2010"

 

 

 

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"The Drummer"

 

1-23-10 Northampton

 

 

 

 

" Forward To Yesterday "

 

 

The clock ticking, by the door
Passing, the pictures on the wall
Reminds me…… of a time….
As I glance you in the hall
Like the sand that you find
Of an hourglass..in a fall
Showing, slowing…., I recall
The fragments of my mind
The moments in a dream
As islands in a stream
The world whirling by
I remember…
Suddenly I reel and realize
A solitary man that finds
The autumn colors have turned
To the color of his mind
I walk into the room…
Remembering your face
Silence….like the hollow
My thoughts whirling in space
A moment…. I dwell
Something that I sense
As a cold empty cell
The pain circling… in my place
Like the clown in the ring
Laughter, slapping, brings
As he twirls and unwinds
As the sadness in my mind

by JAlan

 

 

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"The Tree"

 

 

 

 

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"Tony and Keith"

 

 

 

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"Girl with Flag"

Taken sometime back in Northampton.

I had misplaced the negatives and recently found them.

 

 

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"Lady in Snow"

 

 

 

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"Through the Glass"

 

 

 

 

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"Snow Light"