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John Joseph Fasulo (1949-2014)

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“EVEN DEATH IS NOT TO BE FEARED BY ONE WHO HAS LIVED WISELY.”

  -Buddha-

Five days ago one of the most talented and wonderful photographers I’ve been blessed to know and call a friend passed.  My heart goes out to his wife, Cecile, and daughter, Maya, and for those that called him friend.

John Joseph Fasulo (1949-2014) 

Beacon, NY

Born June 14, 1949 in Cold Spring, NY to the late Anneliese Fasulo (nee Cenker), and John Vincent Fasulo, John Fasulo, loving husband to Cecile Fasulo and beloved father to Maya Fasulo, died May 14, 2014 in Croton, NY.

A lifelong resident of Beacon, NY, John attended South Avenue School and following his graduation from Beacon High School, John attended Goddard College in Vermont. He went on to serve in the United States Coast Guard and was stationed for some time in Rockland, Maine. After the Coast Guard, John studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

John’s principal career was as a broadcast TV cameraman. He spent 25 years in both the field and studio for major TV studios including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, WOR and FOX News. John is also known for his role as a producer and videographer of the Hudson Valley Documentary series “On the River”. John had a real passion for photography and often cited David Plowden as an early influence. His extensive portfolio of black-and-white photography evokes a style reminiscent of Plowden’s. John’s photographs have been published in numerous periodicals and magazines, including National Geographic, Trains, Railroad Illustrated Magazine, Modell Eisenbahn, various rail industry publications, and in past issues of Chronogram, and Hudson Valley Magazine. His photographs have been exhibited in many places including The National Railway Museum in Germany, the Center for Railroad Photography and Art, The National Railroad Museum in Steamtown, PA, and Railroadheritage.org.

He cared deeply about his City of Beacon, and contributed his efforts to the Beacon Sloop Club, the Beacon Historical Society, the Incline Railway Society, and the Hudson River Ice Boat Club. John was a lover of all things railroad, which he picked up from his grandfather “Pop” who worked as a machinist on the New York Central Railroad. He was an avid sailor and skier, and passionate about Beacon history, Mount Beacon, the Hudson River, and of course photography.

John is survived by his daughter Maya Fasulo (12 years old), his wife Cecile Fasulo, and countless friends and family, in the Beacon community and beyond.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 17th from 2pm-3pm at the DiDonato Funeral Home in Marlboro, NY. A funeral service will follow at the DiDonato Funeral Home at 3pm on Saturday.

A celebration of John’s life and his passion for photography will be planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers it was John’s wish that donations would benefit the college education of his daughter Maya. A fund has been established for this purpose (linked below).

www.gofundme.com/98ewyc

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My Monk wears New Balance:

MY BUDDHIST MONK WEARS NEW BALANCE RUNNING SHOES

I can’t really claim him as my monk guessing I have to share him.

Chuang Yen Monastery, Carmel NY

While visiting the Chuang Yen Monastery yesterday, as we were leaving the Great Buddha Hall, we visited with a wonderful monk, Ven. Ji Xing, who greeted us with a smile that would have filled each square inch of that hall.

Great Buddha Hall, Vairocana Buddha is called the supreme Buddha and represents the wisdom of shunyata, “emptiness. He is white, representing all colors and his symbol is the Dharma wheel. He is associated with the first skandha, form. Meditation on Vairocana vanquishes ignorance

He spoke of the importance of the earth and our place grounded, close to the earth, “All things come from the earth!  Does the earth get mad when you toss down trash? No” he said.  “The earth is forgiving.”

Buddha has a sense of humor…..I hope.

He pointed a sharp finger to my chest. “Do you get mad when I point at you?”

“No, I said.”

“That is good.” he smiled and laughed.

“When someone is pointing one finger at you in a menacing way. They point three fingers back at themselves.”

“Ha, ha, ha, ha, you get one finger they get three. Ha, ha, ha, ha. There is no reason to get

mad.”

The teachings continued until he had to leave for other pressing monk-like duties.  I’m gong to miss my monk in the running shoes.


Leica M-3 series nine: A return to black and white film

” GOOD COMPOSITION IS LIKE A SUSPENSION BRIDGE – EACH LINE ADDS STRENGTH AND TAKES NONE AWAY. “

-Robert Henri-

Bear Mountain Bridge, New York. Photographed with a Leica M-3: 50mm Summicron; Tri-X


Leica M-3 series five: A return to black and white film

” ALL DOORS OPEN TO COURTESY.”

-Thomas Fuller-

I can’t be certain of the attraction to this cabin door on Hook Road.  Maybe it’s because I can make up my own stories about life in it.  I’ve photographed many time over the last three years but this is the first and final, but with film.

The cabin on Hook Road. Hopewell Junction, New York. Photographed with a Leica M-3: 90mm Elmarit; Tri-X


Don’t taunt the Gator:

“DON’T TAUNT THE ALLIGATOR UNTIL YOU’VE CROSSED THE CREEK.”

-Dan Rather-

Beacon, NY near the roundhouse.

 

 


The Manor House

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No slavery can be abolished without a double emancipation, and the master will benefit by freedom more than the freed-man.

-Thomas Huxley-

 


Second Hopewell Junction Autumn:

Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.

-Robert Browning- 

But I do feel a little teeny right now that I’m just about ready to start, and winter is entering. Half past autumn has arrived.

-Gordon Parks-


Documentary Photography:

A frozen moment in time by a photographer who has the hope that a single image will convey something of importance to the viewer.  It’s anything and everything…a comment on reality…a deeply felt moment…a snapshot…a private view of the family…an image for publication. 

Old Mill, Beacon, NY

 Driveby culture and the endless search for wow!

Seth Godin’s Blog


Eyes of Fovea:

"Eyes of Fovea" exhibit in Beacon,NY

Eyes of Fovea

Fovea: A small depression in the retina, constituting the point where vision is most clear.

Under the direction of exhibit curator and Fovea board director, Sabine Meyer and founding member and director Stephanie Heimann-Markham, volunteers worked into the weekend to prepare for the opening of “Eyes of Fovea”.

The current exhibition is an opportunity for the gallery to display the work of those individuals who have been an important part of supporting Fovea in their mission, To Educate Through Visual Journalism as they near their third-year anniversary in Beacon, NY.

The exhibit is a wonderful reflection of photographers that truly understand documentary photography is not bound by subject or style.  It’s only mission is to inform the viewer.

Thoughts from a photographer:

Visual inspiration came early from the works of painters Georgia O’Keeffe, Picasso and Van Gogh.  The idea of creating something beautiful that originated in one’s mind and flowed through the body from hand to canvas was fascinating.

I found the process was laborious and painful.  My mind expected perfection and an exact reproduction of the subject that could not be produced…the camera was a perfect tool.

The impact through photojournalism and documentary photography offers the ability to empower the world’s persecuted and forgotten.  It offers a window to the viewer and changes lives for those who are accepting to change.

The camera is both a mask and shield for the photographer;  a tool to create beauty and document better human understanding; replacing fear with knowledge.


The Rag was a Flag:

A moth-eaten rag on a worm-eaten pole
It does not look likely to stir a man’s soul,
‘Tis the deeds that were done ‘neath the moth-eaten rag,
When the pole was a staff, and the rag was a flag.

-Sir Edward B. Hamley, 1824-1893-

Cold Springs, NY

 


You don’t have to be tall…

“YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE TALL TO SEE THE MOON!.”

-African Proverb-

Hopewell Junction, New York