October 3, 2014
Last night, a train pulled into the Forest Glen Metro station just as I was rotating my iPhone to take a 180-degree "panoramic" photograph of the platform:
Here's a closeup of the train:
I boarded that train and can report that in spite of its shattered appearance, it ran just fine.
Okay, one more crop:
(Click any image for full-screen view.)
October 2, 2014
September 12, 2014
"The true content of a photograph is invisible, for it derives from a play, not with form, but with time. One might argue that photography is as close to music as to painting."
- John Berger, from "Understanding a Photograph" (1968).
|Bucky, December 2010. (Click image for full-screen.)|
September 4, 2014
September 2, 2014
I am a biophysicist who is married to a biochemist.
A biophysicist is someone who knows less about physics than a physicist, and less about biology than a biologist.
A biochemist, on the other hand, is someone who knows everything.
September 1, 2014
August 23, 2014
Heraclitus said that "Everything changes and ... you cannot step twice into the same stream."
If, however, you take several photographs of the same stream – or dog – they may not look all that different.
But what if you use different lenses?
Here is Bucky standing at the top of the stairs, as seen through three different lenses** (click any image for full-screen):
|Fuji X100S***, 5/28/14.|
|Nikkor 105 mm f/2 "defocus control" lens****, 8/9/14|
|Lensbaby LM-10*****, 8/12/14.|
And there you have it: Three different views of Bucky at the top of the stairs.
I admit that these may not reflect three different ways of being, a la Heraclitus, but instead may depict three different ways of seeing, a la John Berger. But, for most of us, ways of seeing are ways of being. And, as for me, I am grateful to Bucky, who has taught me new ways of being, and of seeing.
* With footnotes.
** And cameras.
*** Built-in 23 mm f/2 lens (35 mm equivalent focal length = 35 mm).
**** On a full-frame Nikon digital SLR.
***** On an iPhone.
August 21, 2014
August 19, 2014
August 12, 2014
Two analogies from the Mountain Goats:
"...the sun peeks in like a killer through the curtain..."
-from "The First Few Desperate Hours" from the album "Tallahassee" (2002).
"...Autumn came around like a drifter to an on-ramp..."
-from "In the Hidden Places" from the album "Get Lonely" (2006).
August 8, 2014
August 7, 2014
"Their house had real hardcover books in it, and you often saw them lying open on the sofa, the words still warm from being read."
-from "Loggerheads" by David Sedaris, from his 2013 collection "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls: Essays, Etc."
August 2, 2014
August 1, 2014
July 31, 2014
July 30, 2014
July 29, 2014
July 28, 2014
“Everyone has his own reality in which, if one is not too cautious, timid or frightened, one swims. This is the only reality there is.”
-Henry Miller, from Stand Still Like the Hummingbird (1962)
(photos: backyard, July 18th; click image for full-screen)
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