Walk Along Brandy Creek:

The dirt is soft and I can only hear the crinkle of the dry pine needles and small branches that cover the drive.  I back in as I have for the past thirty years as close to the same spot as memory makes it possible.

The sky is gray; the air ice cold from clouds on the verge of producing rain.  Nearing the creek the emerald green moss is thick on the trees and covers the ground like a warm down comforter.  The pounding Brandy Creek water against the granite boulders reminds me that it’s still December.

Frost covers autumn leaves like white lace giving them a second opportunity for nature’s beauty.

The frozen creek bank offers comfort during an uncomfortable time. The images are the same, but yet different, always changing. Sometime it’s best to use the words of those who know there meaning better than I.

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”

 -Albert Einstein-

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“Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting points and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up.”

 -Albert Einstein-

There’s No Juice:

I was delighted the other day when two of my many passions merged in the form of a story about Architect, Frank Gehry’s soon to be christened Lou Ruvo Brain Institute designed in Las Vegas.

There is no doubt that a well crafted story and design of a world-class building have much in common.  Both need a solid foundation; a blueprint to guide the builder or reader and the necessary tools to compete the task.

Now you might find this a bit of a stretch but I grew up walking past one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s last designs and his last church design on my way to school every day.

Wright designed the Pilgrim Congressional Church in 1958 before he died in 1959 in for the time was as far west of the town of Redding you could get before running into dirt.

There was nothing but black oak; manzanita brush and poison oak as far as you cared to itch. The church was designed as a tent.   It was said to represent temporary, migratory and transient lives.

This guy knew his stuff as there was little reason to migrate back to this area but then he was known as a visionary and a designer far beyond his time.

“Tell the people of the little church that I will help them out. If I like the ‘feel’ of a job, I take it.” said Wright when he took the job.

Not unlike an Architect, a journalist must design their work with quality content as their purpose.  Without a sound foundation that will inform, challenge and educate the reader; it’s just an empty shell.  Gehry said it perfectly in the Las Vegas Sun article.

 “I was knocked off my feet,” Gehry says. “When you look just at the computer rendering, there’s no juice. You have this fantasy in your head, but the drawings and renderings don’t have the feeling. But when you walk in, it’s like a miracle. It is breathtaking. I knew what it would look like, but when you’re there, and you see all the natural light, it all comes into focus.”

lights, Camera, ACTION!

“Never reach into the garbage can before you check to see what’s in it!”

-Gary Engell, Crown Camera, Redding CA-






So you’re asking yourself “What does that have to do with photography in New York City?”

I’m not sure that it really does, except I’ve been thinking about words of wisdom lately and their source.

I was walking around the city this side of midnight and it was an awesome sight of folks just having fun taking pictures.  Every type of film, digital and professional camera available on the world market was in Times Square and there was a smiling face clicking each shutter release.

Ok, there was the guy and two models dressed as French maids who didn’t seem to be smiling that wide, but his assistant standing off to the side seemed to have a pretty hefty grin (note, always watch your assistant).

“Some days, better than others.”

-also, Engell-

I use this almost daily.

 Are you the person in charge?

“Some days, better than others.”

How is the job search going?

“Some days better than others”

How did the shoot in the city go?

“Some days, better…..well, you see where I’m going with this.”

 Maybe photography is just about having fun and not the new lights, camera or best action.