January 16, 2022

On Broadway

Jewish Lights Over Broadway Tour Group
Not my photo
. This came in a recent email from the Museum of Neon Arts. Somebody shot this at the conclusion of the Jewish Lights Over Broadway Tour. I'm the one in the white sweatshirt wearing a pink cap. Left of me (on my right) is Edmon Rodman who led the tour. I think we lost three or four from the group at the mid-point of the tour, the Grand Central Market.

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January 12, 2022

Four More On Ilford Delta 3200 Film

All of these were shot on Ilford Delta 3200 film.
Desert Hot Springs Fireworks (1)
Fireworks in Desert Hot Springs on July 2, 2021
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342 N. Palm Canyon Drive (1)
342 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs
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History Of Suspended Time by Gonzalo Lebrija (6)
"History Of Suspended Time" by Gonzalo Lebrija
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Our Lady of Solitude Church (2)
Our Lady of Solitude Church in Palm Springs
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December 26, 2021

A Kodachrome and Three Agfa Scalas

Beacon Hill Viewed From Longfellow Bridge
A view towards Beacon Hill
shot from the tower on the Longfellow Bridge that is on the downstream Cambridge side. Agfa Scala film, probably around 2001.

Longfellow Bridge & Back Bay
View from the same spot across the bridge at the matching tower on the upstream side
with the two Hancocks and the Prudential in the Back Bay as background.

Echo of the Waves
"Echo of the Waves" by Susumu Shingu
at the New England Aquarium in Boston. Kodachrome, 1991. Checking Google Streetview, this sculpture is no longer standing there. This page in the Smithsonian's Art Inventory Catalog makes no mention of its removal. I can find no information about its removal.

Cereus peruvianus (1)
My Cereus peruvianus cactus
forming a flower bud while living on my windowsill in Boston. Agfa scala film, around 20 years ago.

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December 22, 2021

Jurupa Mammoth Vandalized

The well known sculpture of a mammoth in Jurupa Valley along route 60 has been vandalized with about 10 gallons of paint. It stands on the grounds of the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center where they call it "Eddie The Mammoth." The Press-Enterprise misspelled it as "Eddy," but I won't ask if it's really supposed to be male or female. I had assumed the sculpture was by Ricardo Braceda, but Googling turns up no identity for the artist who created it. The Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center site has lots of photos of the mammoth, but no information on the artist.
Eddy The Mammoth

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Jewish Lights Over Broadway

The Museum of Neon Arts seems to be able to schedule a tour (or two) during each COVID low point. This past Sunday they offered "Jewish Lights Over Broadway." The route was simple. We met at the Eastern Building which is almost at 9th and Broadway. From there we walked up to 4th and Broadway (the Bradbury Building), turned around and came back down on the opposite side of Broadway. Along the way the tour leader shared his incredibly detailed knowledge on the history of the buildings, the neon, and the people who built it all, many of whom were/are Jewish. I'd be willing to do this tour any time of the year, although if you tried it in the summer you'd have to wait until well after 9 o'clock to insure solid darkness to appreciate all the neon. But at this particular time of year it appealed to me even more because it looked like a social event during the holiday season that was NOT likely to include traditional Christmasy stuff. And Hanukkah has passed, so I wouldn't even have to hear a dreidel song.

Eastern Columbia Lofts (7480)
The entrance to the Eastern Columbia Lofts
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Villa Moreliana (7509)
At the Grand Central Market
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United Artists Theatre (7486)

Orpheum Theatre (7552)
The neon wasn't turned on, but it was still up there
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Neon Display at Grand Central Market (7515)
Also at the Grand Central Market
. The MONA had some connection to the creation of this display.

Globe Theatre (7530)

Broadway Bar (7546)

Apple Tower Theatre (7534)

The complete set of photos is here.

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December 21, 2021

Three Kodachromes and a Digital

Autumn Color on the Esplanade
On the Charles River Esplanade
, Kodachrome, 2001. IIRC, I shot this on 9/11/2001. I worked in downtown Boston as a federal employee. We were sent home early, it was a beautiful day, and I wasn't sure the subway would be entirely safe, so I walked home, getting this photo on the way.

Saguaro (4)
Kodachrome, 1988
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Ford "Toy" Convertible
Kodachrome, 2002
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"Shoshone" (5690)
"Shoshone," by Mark Di Suvero
at the base of FourFortyFour South Flower in Los Angeles. That's the Bonaventure hotel in the near background. This is a digital shot that I took two days ago.

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November 11, 2021

Four More Photos

Palm Tree Silhouettes (1)
Ektachrome, 1991
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Then Shall The Earth Yield Her Increase And God Even Our Own God Shall Bless Us
Part of a frieze on the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City
. Kodachrome, 1991.

Copa (7137)
Part of the neon sign at Copa in Palm Springs
. Digital, shot just six days ago.

Forever Marilyn (7152)
"Forever Marilyn,"
also digital from just a few days ago.

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October 12, 2021

Velaslavasay Panorama

I'm pretty surprised that I never heard the slightest peep about this weird and interesting place until I saw this LA Times story. Here's the website for The Velaslavasay Panorama in Los Angeles. It's a cousin to Boston's Cyclorama which was built to display one panorama.

Velaslavasay Panorama's Instagram account.

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September 24, 2021

Four More In Palm Springs, Again

All of these were shot with my infrared Canon G12 using an infrared filter.
Downtown Loop (1)

History of Suspended Time (1168)
"History of Suspended Time"
displayed across the street from Palm Springs Art Museum.

The Rowan (1178)
How the scene now looks from the front of the museum
. Museum Way is barricaded with those ever so lovely A-frames and cones. Further up Museum Way you'll see "Forever Marilyn." "History of Suspended Time" is to the right, partially blocked by the palm. The Rowan Hotel hulking in the background there.

LuV Biden (1)

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September 23, 2021

3D Printing Chicken With Frickin' Lasers

The cutting edge in the food extrusion industry right now is crafting real chicken breast meat into some kind of shape using lasers that can also cook 'it.'

The laser-cooked chicken retained twice as much moisture as conventionally cooked chicken, and it shrank half as much while still retaining similar flavors. But different types of lasers produced different results. The blue laser proved ideal for cooking the chicken internally, beneath the surface, while the infrared lasers were better at surface-level browning and broiling. As for the chicken in plastic packaging, the blue laser did achieve slight browning, but the near-infrared laser was more efficient at browning the chicken through the packaging. The team was even able to brown the surface of the packaged chicken in a pattern reminiscent of grill marks.

I'm looking forward to the art project that scales this up to a size suitable to appear on the playa at Burning Man.

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September 14, 2021

Met Gala Meets John Waters

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September 13, 2021

Four More From Galleta Meadows

These were shot on Kodak Tri-X film.
Giant Sloth at Galleta Meadows (2)

Sand Dragon's Tail at Galleta Meadows (3)

Sand Dragon at Galleta Meadows (7)

Camelops at Galleta Meadows (7)

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September 2, 2021

Exoskeletons of Two Sorts

Cicada Molt in Infrared (0998)
A cicada molt in infrared
shot digitally with my Canon G12.

The following three photos were shot in Galleta Meadows around Borrego Springs using Lomography Berlin Kino film and a red filter.
Gompotherium at Galleta Meadows (1)
Gompotherium
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Grasshopper at Galleta Meadows (1)
Grasshopper
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Scorpion at Galleta Meadows (1)
Scorpion
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August 22, 2021

Two Pairs Of Unclear Origin

These first two were shot in October 1992, a month in which I visited Washington DC, so there's a good chance I saw them in a museum there. Both are Kodachrome.
Statuette (1).

Slender Sculpture (1)

These next two were shot on Ektachrome in May 1995, in which month I was in California for California AIDS Ride 2, but neither look like California. More likely the Boston area...or Washington DC...or possibly any urban center in New England.
City Market
I'm pretty sure Boston was not using trash receptacles like these in 1995
, but Cambridge? Somerville? Springfield?

1961 Chevy Impala (1)
That's a 1961 Chevrolet Impala
.

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July 29, 2021

Sheep Geometry

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July 15, 2021

Four in Downtown Los Angeles

These were all shot on Rollei Retro 80S film.
Triforium (2)
LA City Hall and the Triforium
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LA Boutique

Gateway to Los Angeles (1)
US 101 passing under Los Angeles Street where you can see Gateway to Los Angeles displayed
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Los Angeles Times (1)
Part of the LA Times building
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July 11, 2021

Two in PS, Two in DHS

These were all shot on Ilford Delta 100 film.
Plinth for "Forever Marilyn"
The plinth for Forever Marilyn
on Museum Way.

History Of Suspended Time by Gonzalo Lebrija (3)
History Of Suspended Time by Gonzalo Lebrija
at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Improperly DIsplayed American Flag at DHS Spa
The north side of the DHS Spa sign in disrepair
with an improperly displayed heavily damaged American flag. Looks like something run by a slumlord, doesn't it?

Water Leak at Miracle Springs Resort
A water leak in front of Miracle Springs Resort
. I reported this to the resort and to Mission Springs Water District. The water district told me it was the resort's property and responsibility. I never heard back from the resort.

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July 9, 2021

Four On Ilford Delta 100 Film

All shot with Ilford Delta 100 film.
Reclining Figure by Henry Moore
Reclining Figure by Henry Moore
at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Public Art (2)
Public art at Cholla and Pierson in Desert Hot Springs
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Public Art (5)

Shadow On A Wall
Desert Hot Springs
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June 30, 2021

One Ektachrome and Three Kodachromes

Mirror Knife Edge by Henry Moore at the National Gallery of Art – East Building
Mirror Knife Edge by Henry Moore at the National Gallery of Art – East Building
, Kodachrome, 1992.

Pumpkin Patch (1)
Kodachrome, 1991
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Hibiscus Flower (1)
Kodachrome, 1992
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Mist On A Lake
Once again, another of those ubiquitous small bodies of water surrounded by woods in New England
, Ektachrome.

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June 27, 2021

Let It Snow Film

I shot these at the California Botanic Garden on March 5 of this year, using Film Photography Project's Let It Snow film.
Rising Peace by Kevin Box
Rising Peace by Kevin Box
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Gathering 2: Moral Compass by Brandon Lomax
Gathering 2: Moral Compass by Brandon Lomax
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Improv by Gary Lett
Improv by Gary Lett
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California Botanic Garden (26)

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