Ta-Ta For Now. Things will be quiet on the blog for the next few weeks while I am busy crossing a great big item off the top of my Bucket List.
I chose the above image for this post (even though it was made in Santa Barbara) because it has water and reflections and OMG I’M GOING TO VENICE!!! For the next ten days I will be part of a Light Fantastic Photo Tour to Carnivale.
But I also chose this image because to me it speaks of stillness and the hint of deep water in the distance. I want to remind myself to slow down, look around, and experience Venice as deeply as I can on this trip. I hope to capture the mystery and magic of Carnivale, but I also hope to wander, get lost, and really see. I admit I have some preconceived notions of the romance of decay, and Venice in the winter light. I may or may not find what I anticipate, but I hope I’ll really see what I do find.
I know I’ll have images to share and stories to tell when I get back. I look forward to that.
Until then . . . ciao!
Over the past several months I have had the opportunity to meet and talk to so many talented people. I’m not a particularly extroverted person, but I am curious about what people do and interested in their stories. My work with Albany.Patch.com has given me entree into home studios where my neighbors do all manner of creative and artistic things. I love the challenge of trying to represent what they do in ten images or less. Captions help. So does a deadline.
But what do you do when the images must speak for themselves? This weekend it was my pleasure to spend some time with my friend Emily Lord. She is a singer-songwriter who is also mother to two beautiful young children. She balances many roles — wife, mother, friend, volunteer, artist — and all with grace.
But for a little while on Sunday it was about her music. I love her voice and the thoughtful songs she writes. You can learn more about Emily here.
We found a lovely meadow and a tree-lined road and I photographed as Emily played and sang. My hope is that these images reveal the gifted woman I know, beautiful inside and out.
Todd and I had a wonderful experience on Saturday. Turns out El Cerrito record label Arhoolie Records was celebrating its 50th anniversary by bringing all kinds of fantastic musicians together for three days of concerts. The Treme Brass Band came all the way from New Orleans and the Second-line tradition came with them. They started playing in Civic Center Park in Berkeley and when everyone was warmed up and ready to dance, they paraded down the streets with all of us in the second line. Too. Much. Fun. Here are some highlights.
Singing St. James Infirmary, with feeling.
There’s that handsome guy again.
Mardi Gras umbrellas in the street.
Now that was fun.
It was my birthday this weekend and Todd and I decided to have an adventure close to home and in another world. East Brother Island sits just east of the San Rafael Bridge, where San Pablo Bay meets the San Francisco Bay. On this small, rocky piece of real estate sits a lovely Victorian house with a functioning light on top. It has a storied history, but now the house is operated as a bed and breakfast, so it’s a lighthouse you can sleep in. Very, very cool.
We had a run of beautiful days last week with glorious sunrises and sunsets and I was looking forward to photographing them from the island. But the clouds came in and it poured Saturday night. The skies were dramatic in a different way. This image is not a black and white conversion. It’s a color photograph, but the color is grey. The clouds were just starting to lift on Sunday morning so we could see the skyline of San Francisco in the distance.
The house was full of interesting nautical details.
With rain pelting down and the mournful sound of the foghorn outside, I was more than content to sit in the parlor with my First Mate.
I took this image with my friend Sabrina in mind. It was very easy to obey this sign, because that water looked darned cold.
Local folks, I really recommend a visit to the East Brother Light Station. It’s a little gem.
Peter and Dina are most gracious innkeepers. Peter shared the history of the place with us and demonstrated the old foghorn (which we were very, very happy is no longer used regularly) and Dina prepared a gourmet dinner for us followed by an equally delicious breakfast the next morning. What a wonderful getaway!
You can see more images here.