Friday, June 29, 2012

Leave Me Hanging - 46/365

Leave Me Hanging - 46/365 by addicted2kc
Leave Me Hanging - 46/365, a photo by addicted2kc on Flickr.

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So, I wanted to try more with my photos and step out of my comfort zone. I need to actually put effort into the 365, even if I am busy and whatnot. This photo was definitely a challenge, but I'm okay with the end result. And I promise I'm not naked! haha.

this is my favorite image of Kurland's work

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there is something so beautiful and inviting about this shot. It uses nudity but it isn't really sexualized whatsoever even though there is a man and a woman naked. Its to me about comfort and intimacy . I want to go in a forest and get naked this looks fun!

have a seat

have a seat by lee.stephens
have a seat, a photo by lee.stephens on Flickr.

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Kim's theme for this week was "lit from behind or silhouette" and I had two ideas. This was the second one. It was quite a technical challenge to shoot and process and I hope is an indicator of how far I've progressed over the course of this project. It's wonderful trying new things, my vexel image was hard work, but it gave me a comfort level with the pen tool that will stay with me for some considerable time and I used it in the post-processing of this image.

Every curve.

My self-portrait project involves taking a picture each week that I post the following week on a Thursday. Feel free to critique - I welcome it. Thanks

Welcome to the petting zoo.

Lost, yet wishful eyes.

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Week 2/52

"Her empty stare scanned the dressed up lumps on the ground; a pale canvas with random blotches of different shades splattered in, a Grey tint complemented his lost yet wishful eyes. She sat at the base of a tree with shaky fingers and worn out lungs when the burning remnants of a rookie she'd just admitted in the squad fell at his feet still wearing a half broken smile. She rested her chin on the side of the rifle and let out a quick prayer.
The numbing deafness of artillery strikes, gunshots and profanities felt good, even if just for a strange moment... it felt comforting."

-Bryan Archilla (collaborating with texts at the moment with me)

Picture taken and edited by me.

through the rabbit hole

Asian Pillow

Asian Pillow by PHOTOFENNISH
Asian Pillow, a photo by PHOTOFENNISH on Flickr.

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Sony Carl Zeiss
2, 8-5/7, 9-23,7

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mode Eck 1

Mode Eck 1 by Pirі
Mode Eck 1, a photo by Pirі on Flickr.

Loch Eck, Snow on The Hills

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Snow covered hills reflected in the still waters of Loch Eck

The New Eck Hall of Law

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Eck Hall of Law, April 2009..Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Eck Auto Service

Eck Auto Service by agilitynut
Eck Auto Service, a photo by agilitynut on Flickr.

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Collinsville, IL; although all the historians (it's on the NRHP list) have concluded that this is a Phillips 66. I still have my doubts. Perhaps this was built by an independent oil company and then shortly thereafter, taken over by P66. If it was built originaly by P66, I have never seen another station of theirs (in life or in photos) like this one. The Marfak sign at far right (barely visible along the roofline) was installed in 1958 when Eck bought the building and began selling Texaco here. The station is repairs-only now.

[update -- as I suspected, most likely NOT a P66 -- see comments below]

"Eck family"

"Eck family" by paws22
"Eck family", a photo by paws22 on Flickr.

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I think this may have been mislabeled. It may be the Trendhale family.

Eck's Corner

Eck's Corner by Syd's Photography
Eck's Corner, a photo by Syd's Photography on Flickr.

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In a way I was hoping Eck would be there today,
but I'm glad he's not.


Eckish, a photo by PHOTOFENNISH on Flickr.

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Oil on Canvas
$six thousand

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dump It

Dump It by Trucker Gloom
Dump It, a photo by Trucker Gloom on Flickr.

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dumping @ the landfill

Doo Dah Parade 2008, Pasadena

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The Doo Dah Parade is a popular farcical and flamboyant parade held in Pasadena, California about once a year, usually in the fall or winter. Founded in 1976 as a response to the traditional formality of the Rose Parade, which is also held in Pasadena, the Doo Dah Parade features absurd participants such as the BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill Team, The Shopping Cart Drill Team, The Bastard Sons of Lee Marvin, The Men of Leisure Synchronized Nap Team, The Marching Lumberjacks, Claude Rains & the 20-Man Memorial Invisible Man Marching Drill Team, and the Committee for the Right to Bear Arms, a group that marches in precise formations while carrying mannequin arms. Many groups participate in the Doo Dah Parade as a fundraising effort for various charities.

West Haven 2011 Polar Plunge

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Connecticut Senator RIchard Blumenthal and West Haven Mayor John Picard coming out of the water at the 2011 Icy Plunge for the Cure.

Flaming Lips 08

Flaming Lips 08 by momaraman
Flaming Lips 08, a photo by momaraman on Flickr.

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Flaming Lips at Brown University 4/21/07

Flaming Lips // ATP NY

Flaming Lips // ATP NY by ryan muir
Flaming Lips // ATP NY, a photo by ryan muir on Flickr.

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The Flaming Lips headline ATP NY 2009, at Kutshers Country Club.

(this shot was manually focused)

'tash twist

'tash twist by getpurple
'tash twist, a photo by getpurple on Flickr.

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Brighton Pride 2010.

I just like it.

I just like it. by PHOTOFENNISH
I just like it., a photo by PHOTOFENNISH on Flickr.

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Ink on Photopaper

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Lisabon by TWITA2005
Lisabon, a photo by TWITA2005 on Flickr.

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two birds over blue mosque

two birds over blue mosque by kexi
two birds over blue mosque, a photo by kexi on Flickr.

Three Birds

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Three Birds ... ~

four calling birds...

four calling birds... by photo707
four calling birds..., a photo by photo707 on Flickr.

Californian Five Birds (IMG_4531)

Six Geese a-paddling

Six Geese a-paddling by nondesigner59
Six Geese a-paddling, a photo by nondesigner59 on Flickr.

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Six Canada Geese on Blackmoorfoot Reservoir, Huddersfield.


Boids a video by PHOTOFENNISH on Flickr.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Face Paint

Face Paint by T-Bisqit
Face Paint, a photo by T-Bisqit on Flickr.

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Face paint art

Face of the desert

Face of the desert by chromik
Face of the desert, a photo by chromik on Flickr.


Face by Andrew Morrell Photography
Face, a photo by Andrew Morrell Photography on Flickr.

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An intense face after an intense day.

Face painted Kikuyu woman - Kenya

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The Kikuyu are the country's largest ethnic group (22%). They live on the whole territory of Kenya. However, the highest concentration can be found in Central Province, known as the traditional Kikuyu homeland. The Kikuyu were formerly hunters, and meat was the prerogative of men. But from now on, Kenyan laws prohibit them from hunting, and meat is served only on special occasions (circumcision, new visitor etc.). The Kikuyu are also traditionally an agricultural people. Nevertheless, many are involved in all kinds of businesses and a lot have moved into cities. Since they speak a Bantu language, they are culturally related to other Bantu-speaking peoples of East Africa, in particular the Kamba, the Meru, the Embu, and the Chuka.Most of their culture has been communicated through very rich oral traditions. Their oral literature consists of original poems, stories, fables, myths, enigmas, and proverbs containing the principles of their philosophy and moral codes. The Gicandi for example is an ancient poem of enigmas, which is sung in public markets and accompanied by musical instruments made from gourds. According to tradition, the founder of the tribe is a man named Gikuyu. His nine daughters are supposed to be on the origin of the nine sub-groups. Each member of the subclan (mbari) knows from which ancestor, or which daughter of Gikuyu, he or she originates. The transition from one life stage to another in the Kikuyu society used to be marked by rites of passage, both for males and females. Were included in the main stages : the birth of a newborn, the stage of infant, the one of children before circumcision or excision, and after circumcision or excision, the period of mariage without and then with children, and old age. The concept of age-sets (mariika) is still of the utmost importance in their society. Each one of the circumcision groups (generations) is given a name. Members of the same age-set are given a rank in the groups. This rank determines the behavior of the members within a age-set and their behavior towards members of other age groups. More respect is given to the elder. Relationships are very strong between members of the same age-set and continue throughout their lives, even if it is less true today. Traditionally the Kikuyu worship their ancestors and their unique God called Ngai, name borrowed to the Maasai. In the past, they used to offer to Ngai sacrifices of animals on sacred places. Mount Kenya for instance is considered the home of God. The Kikuyu still gather sometimes on these places for religious or political meetings. Traditionaly, the medicine man is a powerful person who forecasts the future, heals, or frees people from ill omens. His main attribute is a gourd. It contains river's pebbles collected during his initiation, as well as small bones and sticks, marbles, old coins and pieces of glass, among other things. Conversion to Christianity was slow because they didn't want to give up their own culture. Even now, many have become Christian but their customs are still very strong. Many Kikuyu firmly opposed to the abolishment of excision. However, because of the influence of Christianity and Western education, they tend to be monogam. And though the main religion is now Christianity, some still have their traditional beliefs and others are muslim.

Les Kikuyu sont le groupe ethnique le plus large du pays (22%).Ils vivent sur l’ensemble du territoire du Kenya. Toutefois, la plus grande concentration se trouve dans la Province Centrale, connue comme la terre traditionnelle des Kikuyu.Les Kikuyu étaient auparavant des chasseurs, et la viande était la prérogative des hommes. Mais désormais, les lois kenyanes leur interdisent de chasser, et la viande est servie uniquement pour les occasions spéciales (circoncision, nouveau venu etc.). Les Kikuyu sont aussi traditionnellement un peuple d’agriculteurs. Néanmoins, beaucoup se sont engagés dans tout type de commerces et un grand nombre est parti dans les villes. Comme ils parlent une langue Bantu, ils sont culturellement liés aux autres peuples de langue Bantu d’Afrique de l’Est, en particulier les Kamba, Meru, Embu et Chuka.La majorité de leur culture a été communiquée par des traditions orales très riches. La littérature orale est composée de poèmes originaux, histoires, fables, mythes, énigmes, et proverbes qui contiennent les principes de leur philosophie et codes moraux. Le Gicandi par exemple est un ancien poème d’énigmes qui est chanté sur les marchés publics et accompagné par des instruments de musique faits à partir de gourdes. Selon la tradition, le fondateur de la tribu est un homme nommé Gikuyu. Ses neuf filles sont censées être à l’origine des neuf sous-groupes. Chaque membre du sous-clan (mbari) sait de quel ancêtre, ou se quelle fille de Gikuyu, il provient. La transition d’une étape de la vie à une autre dans la société Kikuyu était autrefois marquée par des rites de passage, pour les hommes comme pour les femmes. Faisaient partie des étapes principales: la naissance du nouveau-né, l’étape du petit enfant, celle des enfants avant la circoncision ou l’excision, celle après la circoncision ou l’excision, la période du mariage sans puis avec enfants, et la vieillesse. Le concept de classes d’âge (mariika) est encore de la plus grande importance dans leur société. Un nom est attribué à chacun des groupes de circoncision (c’est-à-dire chacune des générations). Un rang est donné aux membres d’une même classe d’âge. Ce rang détermine la conduite des membres au sein d’une classe d’âge et celle envers les membres des autres groupes d’âge. Les aînés ont droit à davantage de respect. Les relations sont très solides entre les membres d’une même classe d’âge et continuent tout au long de leur vie, même si cela est moins vrai aujourd’hui. Traditionnellement, les Kikuyu vouent un culte à leurs ancêtres et leur Dieu unique appelé Ngai, nom emprunté aux Maasai. Dans le passé, ils avaient l’habitude d’offrir à Ngai des sacrifices d’animaux dans des endroits sacrés. Le Mont Kenya par exemple est considéré comme la maison de Dieu. Les Kikuyu se rassemblent encore quelques fois dans ces lieux pour des réunions religieuses et politiques. Traditionnellement, l’homme sorcier est une personne puissante qui prédit le futur, soigne, et libère les gens des mauvais augures. Son principal attribut est une gourde. Celle-ci contient des galets de rivière ramassés lors de son initiation, ainsi que des petits os et bâtonnets, des billes, des vieilles pièces et morceaux de verre, parmi d’autres choses. La conversion au Christianisme a été lente car ils ne voulaient pas abandonner leur propre culture. Encore de nos jours, beaucoup sont devenus chrétiens mais leurs coutumes sont encore très présentes. De nombreux Kukuyu s’opposent fermement à l’abolition de l’excision. Toutefois, à cause de l’influence du Christiansme et de l’éducation occidentale, ils ont de plus en plus tendance à être monogames. Et malgré le fait que la principale religion soit maintenant le Christianisme, certains ont conservé leurs croyances tandis que d’autres sont musulmans.

© Eric Lafforgue

Karen Hilltribe Longneck Chiang Mai, Thailand

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According to their culture, wearing brass neck – rings symbolizes a beautiful form of body adornment. Girls start with their first nine rings as early as five years of age and new sets are substituted every four years on nine separate occasions. The last change occurs when a women is 45 years old.

The weight and number of rings depends much on each wearer’s individual choice; the longest recorded is 32 brass rings weighing 13 – 15 kilos (around 32lbs !!).

The truth about the Karen-Pa-Dong women is that they do not even have elongated necks! The heavy brass coils which they fit around their necks press down on the rib cage and cause the ribs to grow downwards.

Furthermore, the weight of the coils pushes the necks and shoulder muscles deep into the shoulders. This creates the illusion of a longer neck, when in fact it is the upper body which has been shaped into the appearance of a longer neck.

Mario Topsy Turvy! James Kuhn. Face Paint in Motion.

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Watch Mario come to life as I wiggle my face.
Full length video on youtube:

A Dongen Jewess

A Dongen Jewess by PHOTOFENNISH
A Dongen Jewess, a photo by PHOTOFENNISH on Flickr.

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Acrylic on Canvas
$one thousand

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Partridge Family - So Amazing Nude

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Sound Magazine
Partridge Family
Bell 6064

Sound high in the air

Sound high in the air by TheGiantVermin
Sound high in the air, a photo by TheGiantVermin on Flickr.

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What is that sound high in the air
Murmur of maternal lamentation
Who are those hooded hordes swarming
Over endless plains, stumbling in cracked earth (The Waste Land)

Sound Mirrors 3.

Sound Mirrors 3. by martin_cook
Sound Mirrors 3., a photo by martin_cook on Flickr.

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Sound mirrors,near Lydd kent,built in the 1930's for air defence to detect enemy aircraft,they were never used because radar was invented. © 2008 Martin Cook All rights reserved.

Sound II

Sound II by Squirmelia
Sound II, a photo by Squirmelia on Flickr.

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Sound II sculpture by Antony Gormley in the crypt of Winchester Cathedral.


Sounder by thewoodenshoes
Sounder, a photo by thewoodenshoes on Flickr.

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"Sounder". Edmonds Waterfront, Washington, USA
February 3rd, 2010 © 2009 Doug van Kampen, All Rights Reserved

A while back I attempted to get this shot, but completely wimped out regarding how close I got to the train passing at around 40mph....

That being said, this time I had about 30 seconds to change lenses (because I was off shooting macros of driftwood near where this was made) and get completely set up, tripod in place and all, and fire off this one frame in manual mode to get the shot.

The one thing that would take this shot to the next level would be a model in there somewhere getting blasted with gigantic soft box.

The colors in the sky this evening were simply amazing...which I have not seen in some time around here. Fifteen minutes after this shot it began to rain cats and dogs, which has been the typical weather we have been having the last couple weeks...

OK, OK, there *have* been a few sun-breaks in there from time-to-time.

Time to bring on Spring for goodness sake!

B l a c k M a g i c | My Stream in a New Light

Sounds Colors

Sounds Colors by Hamed Esmail
Sounds Colors, a photo by Hamed Esmail on Flickr.

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Sounds Colors

Sound Green at 40 knots

Sound Green at 40 knots by PHOTOFENNISH
Sound Green at 40 knots, a photo by PHOTOFENNISH on Flickr.

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Summer 2012
Sony Carl Zeiss
2, 8-5/7, 9-23,7

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Hot Stuff

Hot Stuff, a photo by PHOTOFENNISH on Flickr.

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Acrylic on Canvas
Privately Owned

Hot Stuff

GAY BEACH by covboy2007
GAY BEACH, a photo by covboy2007 on Flickr.

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Sexy postcards from Sitges.

Hot stuff

Earth Fire Hair And Water

Hot Stuff

Hot Stuff

Hot Stuff by PeteWilliams
Hot Stuff, a photo by PeteWilliams on Flickr.

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I was a bit limited in the composition of this one as I'd already eaten the end of the right-hand chilli!

Hot Stuff In Chicago Metro (Lake/Randolph Red Line)

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This guy was hilarious. He had a whole choreographed routine to "Hot Stuff", complete with a phone call to Paris Hilton on his snazzy "cell phone".

Check the guy in the background - he is LOVING IT!

Hot Stuff 139

Hot Stuff 139 by micky the pixel
Hot Stuff 139, a photo by micky the pixel on Flickr.

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Hot Stuff
Harvey Publications
(New York/USA; 1979)
ex libris MTP

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Rocky shore

Rocky shore by Area Bridges
Rocky shore, a photo by Area Bridges on Flickr.

Welcome Gate

Welcome Gate by murreasy
Welcome Gate, a photo by murreasy on Flickr.

Connecticut Gillette Castle

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The gorgeous Gillette home, owned by William Gillette who made famous the role of Sherlock Holmes on stage,  is located East Haddam, Connecticut, a short drive northwest of Mystic.

Connecticut River Fog/Sunset

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Fog over the Connecticut River during sunset, taken from the shore in Glastonbury, CT at the site of the Rocky Hill/Glastonbury Ferry. The fog was lifting off the water. It was just amazing.


The Rocky Hill - Glastonbury Ferry is a seasonal ferry crossing the Connecticut River between the towns of Glastonbury, Connecticut and Rocky Hill, Connecticut and is part of Route 160. The river crossing has an annual average daily traffic of 400.

The ferry is the oldest continuously running ferry in the United States. Started in 1655 it actually pre-dates the foundation of the towns of Glastonbury and Rocky Hill, both towns then being part of Wethersfield, Connecticut at that time.

Originally a raft that was poled across the Connecticut River, it was then for a while powered by a horse on a treadmill before being upgraded to a steamship in 1876. Today's ferry is a 3-car barge named the Hollister III towed by a diesel towboat named the Cumberland.

Operating between May 1st and October 31st, the toll for cars is $3 and for cyclists & pedestrians is $1.

--Wikipedia ( )