1 Star Gallery Presents

The Losers Collection -= Photos selected for exhibition but not purchased.  Essentially every contest I’ve entered is now part of the Losers Collection.  All have been professionally framed .  Frame dimensions are listed with each photo.

$175 each includes shipping.  Discount for more than one purchased.  Interest or Questions 






Stocking Stuffers

This year my S.O. came up with a cheap way to do stocking stuffers - simply put a list of 5 books to recommend to the other person.  I went overboard and put 10 - didn’t cost me anything to add 5 more.  These are NOT guaranteed to be crowd pleasers - just books that I think have merit. Here are my recommendations:

1 The Leftovers Hardcover by Tom Perrotta 

2  Ilf and Petrov’s American Road Trip: The 1935 Travelogue of Two Soviet Writers 

3 The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring Illustrated Edition by Richard Preston 

4 In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin Hardcover by Eric Larson 

5  Last Exit to Brooklyn (An Evergreen book) by Hubert Selby Jr.

6 God in the Wilderness: Rediscovering the Spirituality of the Great Outdoors with the Adventure Rabbi Paperback by Jamie S. Korngold

7 The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey by Che Guevara

8 This Land, How Cowboys, Capitalism, and Corruption are Ruining the American West. Christoper Ketcham

9 Desert Solitaire -  Edward Abbey

10 Young Men and Fire Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean



Quarter Century in My Hand

This is what a quarter century of photography looks like.  4Tb to be specific.  Dad taught me photography when I was about 13 but I really wasn’t serious about this pursuit until his passing in 1996.  Since then I’ve made it my passion.  In the last three years I’ve done more film photography than digital but I still do both.  So here ya’ go 4 TB of mediocre photography!




Northwinds Art Center

I forgot to mention that another one of my photos is hanging at the Northwinds Art Center in Port Townsend, WA.


The web site had two videos and the one I looked at did not have my entry in it and it appeared to be a video of the entire exhibition.  I saw the 2nd video which is of the Juror making comments about how he goes about jurying such an exhibit.  It was there so I was relieved to see that it was actually in the exhibit.  


Christmas Spirit

Vicki took last nite to decorate the house for Xmas.  She pulled out all the stops - The Santas have not been seen on display for at least a decade!  The framed fibre art is really interesting - Vicki’s sister made it when she was a kid and gave it to Vicki.  The framing was expensive but it came out great.  She is NOT planning on giving it back to Julie!  The last picture is sort of what the rest of the house looks like so you shouldn’t get the idea that we live in a pristine palace !!:)


Another Gallery Selection

This image was selected to show at the SAGE Gallery in Sheridan Wyoming next month.  I submitted a total of four images - not sure this was my strongest image but it’s the one that they selected so.. time to print and frame it.  I usually get it nicely framed because so far none of my entries have sold so they just come back to me, hence the reason to have a nicely framed photo.







Lost Chance Module Array

This is part of a series of art projects by M12 Studio.  Here’s what they say about in on their website:

Last Chance Module Array. Last Chance, Colorado. (Modules No. 4, 5). With Onix Architects, Groningen, the Netherlands. 2015-2016.

The Last Chance Module Array is part of M12’s Prairie Module series. The array is made up of two cubes that have been extruded to create a visual field containing a multiplicity of crosshatched forms. Despite its formal simplicity, the Last Chance Module Array contains many points of conceptual entry, from farm and ranch architecture to rural planning grids. The forms are reminiscent of rural timber frame structures and pole barns—their timbers having been finished with a Japanese wood burning technique known as Shou Sugi Ban, wherein cedar is burned to make the material more durable. The overall arrangement resembles a ghost-like structure, akin to what artist Robert Smithson referred to as a “ruin in reverse.” Alone in the landscape, it appears newly built or, just as easily, to have always been there, disintegrating over decades.



It turns out that to get to this art you go by High Plains Raceway on Colorado 36.  This is a destination I go to frequently.  Going out east gives me another chance to photography the prairie.

I plan on going out here more as there are so many different looks possible - I ended going on a totally cloudless day which is NOT what I would have preferred.  Might also be worth seeing if I can get friends to pose out there.  Below is an example of someone else’s take on LCMA


David Byrne Syndrome

I’ve created a new medical syndrome called “Once in a Lifetime” syndrome.  I came upon this because a relative called to say that their mate had entered into a confusional state and wanted to know what to do. The description was that the person kept asking the same question over and over again , having forgotten the answer as soon as it was given to them.  This would in all likelihood turn out to be TGA- transient global amnesia which is a real medical diagnosis.  A self limited condition  where all parts of the brain work except for that module that makes new memories.  As my relative was explaining what they were seeing all I could think of was David Byrne’s “Once in a Lifetime” Lyrics.

“Once In A Lifetime”


And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack

And you may find yourself in another part of the world

And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile

And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife

And you may ask yourself, “Well… how did I get here?”


Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down

Letting the days go by, water flowing underground

Into the blue again after the money’s gone

Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground


And you may ask yourself, “How do I work this?”

And you may ask yourself, “Where is that large automobile?”

And you may tell yourself, “This is not my beautiful house”

And you may tell yourself, “This is not my beautiful wife”


Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down

Letting the days go by, water flowing underground

Into the blue again after the money’s gone

Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground


Same as it ever was, same as it ever was

Same as it ever was, same as it ever was

Same as it ever was, same as it ever was

Same as it ever was, same as it ever was


Water dissolving and water removing

There is water at the bottom of the ocean

Under the water, carry the water

Remove the water at the bottom of the ocean


Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down

Letting the days go by, water flowing underground

Into the blue again, into the silent water

Under the rocks and stones, there is water underground

Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down

Letting the days go by, water flowing underground

Into the blue again after the money’s gone

Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground


And you may ask yourself, “What is that beautiful house?”

And you may ask yourself, “Where does that highway go to?”

And you may ask yourself, “Am I right? Am I wrong?”

And you may say to yourself, “My God! What have I done?”


Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down

Letting the days go by, water flowing underground

Into the blue again, into the silent water

Under the rocks and stones, there is water underground

Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down

Letting the days go by, water flowing underground

Into the blue again after the money’s gone

Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground


Same as it ever was, same as it ever was

Same as it ever was and look where my hand was

Time isn’t holding up, time isn’t after us

Same as it ever was, same as it ever was

Same as it ever was, same as it ever was

Same as it ever was, same as it ever was

Letting the days go by, same as it ever was


Here a twister comes, here comes the twister

Same as it ever was, same as it ever was

Same as it ever was, same as it ever was

Once in a lifetime, let the water hold me down

Letting the days go by



If you prefer the Donald Trump version here it is:


Bad Film and Camera - Bad Combination

I have a couple of compact cameras and decided I’d like to sell one or several.  As I was testing the Nikon 35Ti it became clear that the funky analog display was not working as it should - the aperture can be set but not displayed properly.  So I can’t really sell the camera except at a deep discount.  I wanted to verify that everything else worked so I picked out some C41 film that I wouldn’t be unhappy if it got ruined.  Thus the bad camera + bad film Thanksgiving 2020 experiment.

Of course this is no way to run a proper experiment but hey it’s MY experiment.  The film’s name escapes me but basically they take normal C41 film and wind it on the spool backwards so that there is a red tint to all the exposures.  Not really all that pleasing ( not sure why I bought it in the first place).  So I took the film into black and white , tweaked it a bit in Affinity Photo ( Photoshop alternative) and got usable photos.

The last image was shot thru a window and the autofocus focused not he window not the scene.  The out of focus rendering is pleasing to my eye so it stays.


Provoke

Provoke was a short lived photo magazine printed in Japan in 1968 - there were only three issues but it set off a spark in Japan.  The three volumes have been re-released - I got mine from this photo bookstore in Tokyo.  The predominant style is ‘are, Bure, bokeh’  which is grainy, blurry and out of focus. The masters of optics and camera manufacture in Japan at the time must have wondered why they were killing themselves to make high quality lenses if this was the type of photography that was gonna be displayed.  I don’t know but would wonder if this new style of photography led to the popularization of the cheap point and shoot cameras?



Fake or Not?

Several years ago I ran across this photo of a tornado touching down near Simla, Colorado.  I really was motivated to get a copy as I was born in Simla and love storm/weather photography.  Turns out this was shot by James Smart, an Australian who came to the Western US to try his hand at storm photography.  I purchased a print and it hangs very prominently in our living room.  Over the years I’ve had this nagging thought that it might be fake.   I didn’t realize that it was one of the National Geographic’s Photo of the year for 2015.  This suggests that it probably not fake as these days entries and winners especially come in for extra scrutiny looking for fakes, stolen images, etc.  So now I’m back to thinking it’s the genuine article !

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