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truth in surrealism

As I get my notes organized to write about the Magritte early works I saw at the Art Institute last week, here’s a favorite later work of his that hangs in the regular galleries where photography is allowed.  “The Banquet” … Continue reading

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party animals

I am at a house painting party. Here are two of my hosts. (The next day:  This was the first post with multiple images in it I have ever posted from my phone.  After some consideration, and in honor of … Continue reading

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going to visit some art

Where have I been all day?  I went to to the home of Anish Kapoor’s iconic public sculpture “Cloud Gate”, to visit it and some other fine pieces of art.  The Bean was precisely as usual: epic in scale, colossally … Continue reading

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a very small camera in the shape in the shape of a cube

Polaroid is making a very small camera in the shape of a cube. It is called the Polaroid Cube, and it is oddly attractive. It is 35 mm in every dimension, is controlled by one big button on the top, … Continue reading

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heart of willow

We had a closer call here than we knew at the time.  Yesterday afternoon we had one of those brief and terrible storms, the kind that send your phone vibrating off the edge of the desk with three urgent weather … Continue reading

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self-referential snack foods

These cookies are a little bit too self consciously artistic, and possibly actually cannibalistic.  A friend of a friend reports that “the ones with the cookie dough filling” are “gross”, “too sweet” and “taste fake”.  And considering that these are … Continue reading

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buckeye week

The one buckeye tree in the neighborhood, this one week in September, when the buckeyes are ripe: this is the true end of summer and the official beginning of fall. If you’ve never pulled a ripe buckeye out of its … Continue reading

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cartoon photographers for photokina

Laid up today with a nasty later summer cold, and Photokina opens tomorrow in Cologne, Germany.  So I was able to while away my congested and headachy morning reading all the new camera announcements on the Internet. I saved thousands … Continue reading

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bokeh. whatever that is, we’ve got it. i think.

When I returned to more or less serious (kinda sorta) photography last year after a six year hiatus, I expected that I would find that things had changed.  Up until I gave up taking pictures– temporarily, it turned out– I … Continue reading

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a third eye walks into a room …

I used to have a third eye, in the form of an 85mm f/2 prime lens that was pretty much a fixture on my old Pentax K1000 film camera.  85mm is what they call a “mild telephoto” on film, a … Continue reading

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