Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mainely Me, albeit just in this photograph in Acadia National Park.

The coast of Maine is beautiful and unique, and it is on my annual list of things to do (or to travel to), just like Death Valley in California. Obviously, the two couldn't be more different, but both are spectacular, stunningly beautiful, and very much soul-cleansing!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

I love the colors of Italy, and the term 'earth colors' could not be more appropriate. For millennia, the buildings of the Roman Empire (and of the entire globe for that matter) have worn the earth's wide palette of natural colors: Ochre, umber, sienna, and also red hues that come mostly from iron oxide.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

Rome lives for the tourists -reluctantly. Fashion can be a beautiful interpretation of Roman and early Christian society of over 2000 years ago, but other throwbacks are less successful. The cell phone chat was not surprisingly conducted in a non-Roman dialect, but the Russian tourists flocking to the Colosseum wouldn't really know or care......

Saturday, April 9, 2011

God and Wifi at the Oakdell Motel, Waterford, Connecticut.

Street Vendor of silly toys when-thrown-flatten-to-a-pancake-like-blob-but-quickly-return-to-their-original-anime-shape,  Rome. If it's late enough in the evening you can also buy the colosseum 3D-etched in glass for just 2 euros, Mickey Mouse figurines dancing to discotheque beat, and many other must-have objects.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Fountains in Rome are numerous, beautiful, humorous, elegant, controversial, or sometimes outright creepy. The water is always good, though! Cheers.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Rome, Via del Babuino. While Milan is certainly the fashion capital in Italy, you can find impeccable fabric, design and style in Rome as well, in the stores and on the streets. Walk, look, and enjoy. I like to dress and travel casual anywhere in the world, but when in Rome or Milan, I will wear a suit every day. Well, almost every day......

Ellen Carey, photographer, and Jason Landry, photographer and owner of the Panopticon Gallery, Boston.
The polaroid was taken outside Ellen's and my studio in Hartford to test my vintage Polaroid Land Camera.  This is a scan of the 'negative', and it is altered from long washing that caused swelling and wrinkling in some areas, an effect I like very much.

Rimini, Italy, on the beach.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Rome after nightfall. In the Piazza del Quirinale, Castor and Pollux cast their large shadows at the center of the square. The sculptures, Roman copies of Greek originals depict the Dioscuri Castor and Pollux, sons of Leda by Tyndareus and Zeus, respectively. Pollux was immortal, but Castor was not. When Castor died, Pollux asked Zeus to let him share his own immortality with his twin to keep them together, and they were transformed into the Gemini constellation. Thus, I found it appropriate to depict Castor against a starry sky.

Castor and Pollux

Castor and Pollux, the Dioscuri, the twin sons of Zeus by Leda; great, the former in horsemanship, and the latter in boxing; famed for their mutual affection, so that when the former was slain the latter begged to be allowed to die with him, whereupon it was agreed they should spend a day inHades time about; were raised eventually to become stars in the sky, the Gemini, twin signs in the zodiac, rising and setting together; this name is also given to the electric phenomenon called St. Elmo's Fire (q.v.).