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Tagging a wall with Rustoleum clear coat…

“Like many photojournalists, I’ve been shooting with my iPhone for  a while. Using a mobile phone allows me to be somewhat invisible  as a professional photographer; people see me as just  another person in the crowd. Invisibility is particularly  useful in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo,  where a potpourri of armed groups and governments have used  conflict minerals as the latest way to help fund the warfare,  atrocities and repression that have afflicted the area for more than a  century.”

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My going “digital” was like Dylan going electric.

The journey from analouge to digital also required me to embrace color and trash many rolls of film. My darkroom soon thereafter was disassembled and put in storage. But I missed the process… the stuff… Trading it in for the instant gratification of Digital Photograhy was unenriching. And, I resented any post-production adjustments in Photoshop. I hate the computer, but I don’t miss the chemicals.

I decided that I need to make images but not in a darkroom or with the aid  of a comuter. Images that aren’tinstant. Watercolor painting came to mind. I tried it before but hated it. Now I love it. I still need to prepare paper, splash around water, wait for things to dry. I got stuff: brushes, pigments, trays, tape, baords to paint on, jars et cetera.! Now I have an artform that takes time. Thats what its all about to me. The process! So, yes, watercolor can and did  replace a darkroom and its environmentally friendly.

About this image

I always liked when my photos were “painterly,” but do not aspire towards photorealsim in my paintings. This image was done quickly (1/2 hour with the aid of a hairdryer) for the purpose of this blog. Its an upshot of Michael Phelps reaching the wall first in the last Olympic games. Breast stroke I think. I enjoyed the process. (Conversly I hated getting the image on to the computer for this blog).

Where’s by brush?

I have been needing inspiration for photography as of lately so I decided to seek it from songwriters: DURITZ, ADAM/BRYSON, DAVID/MALLEY, MATTHEW/BOWMAN, STEVE

Step out the front door like a ghost 
Into the fog where no one notices 
The contrast of white on white. 
And in between the moon and you 
The angels get a better view 
Of the crumbling difference between wrong and right. 
I walk in the air between the rain 
Through myself and back again 
Maria says she’s dying 
Through the door I hear her crying 
Round here we always stand up straight 

Round here something radiates Maria came from Nashville with a suitcase in her hand 
She said she’d like to meet a boy who looks like Elvis 
And she walks along the edge of where the ocean meets the land 
Just like she’s walking on a wire 
In the circus 
She parks her car outside of my house 
And Takes her clothes off 
Says she’s close to understanding Jesus 
She knows she’s more than just a little misunderstood 
She has trouble acting normal 
Well I have trouble acting normal 
Yet still I got nothing…


Vivian Maier: eccentric amateur street photographer or maverick?
Vivian Maier – Her Discovered Work  Created in dedication to the photographer Vivian Maier, a street photographer from the 1950s – 1990s. Vivian’s work was discovered at an auction here in Chicago where she resided most of her life. Her discovered work includes over 100,000 mostly medium format negatives, thousands of prints, and countless undeveloped rolls of film. More @
The profundities and oddities of Vivian Maier’s life and work have been a great inspiration for those of us who have come to know her through her photographs. One of the most difficult challenges that an artist faces involves how to accommodate life’s basic needs while finding the time and means for the pursuit of making art. The brilliance of Maier’s problem-solving abilities comes to light through her choice of occupation. Working as a nanny allowed her to solve not only life’s hierarchy of needs: food, clothing and shelter; it also provided a foundation for her to fulfill her personal need to take photographs. Vivian Maier’s way of life speaks to what all artists and individuals strive to achieve in one form or another: coming to terms with their personal sense of beauty through pursuit of one’s own purpose. More @
Piecing together Vivian Maier’s life can easily evoke Churchill’s famous quote about the vast land of Tsars and commissars that lay to the east. A person who fit the stereotypical European sensibilities of an independent liberated woman, accent and all, yet born in New York City. Someone who was intensely guarded and private, Vivian could be counted on to feistily preach her own very liberal worldview to anyone who cared to listen, or didn’t. Decidedly unmaterialistic, Vivian would come to amass a group of storage lockers stuffed to the brim with found items, art books, newspaper clippings, home films, as well as political tchotchkes and knick-knacks. The story of this nanny who has now wowed the world with her photography, and who incidentally recorded some of the most interesting marvels and peculiarities of Urban America in the second half of the twentieth century is seemingly beyond belief. More @

Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an American amateur street photographer who was born in New York but grew up in France, and after returning to the U.S., worked for about forty years as a nanny in Chicago. During those years she took about 100,000 photographs, primarily of people and cityscapes most often in Chicago, although she traveled and photographed worldwide. Her photographs remained unknown and mostly undeveloped until they were discovered by a local historian, John Maloof, in 2007. Following Maier’s death her work began to receive critical acclaim.

Her photographs have appeared in newspapers in Italy, Argentina, and England, and have been exhibited alongside other artists’ work in Denmark and Norway; her first solo exhibition ran at the Chicago Cultural Center from January 8 until April 3, 2011.  Vivian Maier’s first private gallery exhibition, “Vivian Maier, Photographer” took place in the spring of 2011 at Russell Bowman Art Advisory in Chicago from April 15 through June 18, 2011. All works from this exhibition came from the Jeffrey Goldstein collection also known as Vivian Maier Prints Inc.

The “Vivian Maier, Photographer” exhibition will be traveling from Russell Bowman Art Advisory to the Hearst Gallery in Manhattan courtesy of the Hearst Corporation, from July 18, 2011 to January 31, 2012. More @
More Vivian Maier Images

“In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it. ”

-Susan Sontag