Ringside or Ring Sight? That Is the Question.

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© Dylan DiMaggio

The main protagonist in my film “in this corner” is Harry Keitt. Harry is a former heavyweight boxer who now trains fighters. The fighter he is working with today is “Big Baby” Miller, who on Friday night was fighting for the WBO and ____ Heavyweight championship. We called our agent and requested two ringside credentials, one for Dylan and myself. The venue agreed (I told the promoter that if we couldn’t have two at ringside that I would not cover the fight. He assured me no problem). The day of the fight, we were informed that there would be only one ringside position and one auxiliary (which was supposed to be a great position.) We picked up our credentials at 6 o’clock. I made the executive decision to have Dylan shoot ringside and I would shoot from the auxiliary position. I believe the auxiliary poisiton was approximately 250 yards from the ring. You would think that Dylan got the best part of the deal until you realize that the only fight we HAD to cover didn’t start until after 12 o’clock midnight. Someone once asked what it was like to be a professional working photographer.  I’ve heard ten photographers say the same thing, “Hurry up and wait!” And thats what you do you – hurry up and wait. Being up since 5 AM with no dinner and it being after midnight the next day which was Saturday morning, after seven hours of standing and no break, nor bathroom is not the easiest thing in the world. Well, the reality is Dylan kicked ass and took names.  For the record, ten minutes before the main event, the promoter came over and said, “Here’s your ringside credential.”  The interesting part of it is that after waiting six hours, I was cold, not an excuse – I’m not complaining… just explaining. The reality is, Dylan outshot me.

As a footnote: That is just this one time. Rest assured, next time I’m going to try and blow his doors off! The question is, well you know what the question is, but let’s be clear about one thing: I’m not hanging him up just yet. Maybe in ten or fifteen years…but not yet… I take my beret off to Dylan. Once, just once.

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© Dylan Michael

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An Absolute Great Day at the White Gallery

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To all the ships at sea,

I may be dumb but I’m not stupid. Did I say that? Maybe I should rethink it. I understand that I go on rants sometimes and talk about people who have recently passed. My agent reminded me, “You’re not writing obituaries.” Recently I’ve been on a roll, or we’ll call it a rock and roll. There’ve been good things, better things, great things and fun things. Life is good. Normally I would not share this, but why not?

Dennis, JoAnne, and I were back in the White Gallery and gave a forty minute talk (which lasted over two hours). Believe it or not I didn’t have a lot to say. Another great day, three great friends, and a few more sales. I’m attaching a private letter.

Life is good, go out and make some great photos,

Joe D.

“Hi JoAnne,

Thank you for sending us these photos.

It was really great seeing you and Joe yesterday.

It was a very special day, sharing some of the great things you and Joe have accomplished; we will not forget.

I am so happy Ericca was with us.

She acknowledged Joe’s commitment and love for you.

It made me very happy that she not only saw and heard about the great work both of you have accomplished but that she also witnessed the incredible team the two of you are.

Congratulations!

Thank you for inviting me.

Love,

Lee”

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© JoAnne Kalish

Photography Should Be Fun

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© Joe DiMaggio

As a working photographer for quite a while, you tend to forget what it’s really all about: meeting beautiful girls, having cappuccino at one o’clock in the afternoon, and having some serious fun. Unless you’re hanging out with Mike Phillips, then you’re going to be drinking cheap white wine at one o’clock in the afternoon. It doesn’t make you a bad person. Ernst Haas pioneered time motion studies while I was still in my mother’s womb. I’ve always had an utmost respect for him as a photographer and someone who became more “edgy” the older he got. A great photographer and a great tech rep, Ron Thompson called me and commented on a double truck I had in Time magazine of an F-14 Tomcat and told me to check my camera to see if I had a shutter speed any faster than 1/8 of a second. You gotta love motion. To all the ships at sea, go out and make a photograph.

 

Hillary and Joe: The Inside Story

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

The first joint appearance of Hillary Clinton and Vice President Biden was scheduled for Monday Aug 15 at 12:45 EST which, in the real world, means you’re looking at 1:15. The doors opened to the public at 10:45. My game plan was to get there at 9 sharp. It’s an hour and half ride by car. JoAnne was using our helicopter! Because of the logistics and preproduction, I got up at 4:30, which wasn’t bad since I usually get up at 5:00. I loaded the car and made sure everything was the proper temperature so that the equipment was not sitting in an air conditioned room and taken out in this bloody weather. You only make that mistake once – you could actually lose a lens for a day or two, if you’re lucky. Well I end up getting there at 8:45, 15 minutes earlier than anticipated. Unfortunately it appeared that I was actually three hours late as there were several thousand people queued up and I had to park about a mile away. I made the executive decision to cut the amount of equipment in half and left two monopods in the car, one 400 and one 400 2.8. I decided to use 400 EOS-1DX with the 100-400 mm zoom lens. Why? It made sense and I didn’t want to schlep that distance in that heat. There were no signs for media or media parking. When I finally found the table, I presented my credential request and was ushered into a line of media. I could see five Secret Service snipers on the roofs, six Secret Service in the media line,  and Secret Service with bomb sniffing dogs. This was a first – they asked us to leave the equipment against the wall so we could get screened and body searched while they checked the equipment, not only with the dog but every part of the gear. The buzzer went off so I explained I had titanium hips. He laughed, took the wand, verified it, and then I moved to an elevated position for stills. I had to stand and sit on three year old duct tape for about three and three quarter hours. No water, no boys’ room- you have to protect your position, and I happened to have a good one. There was a very large Sachtler tripod in front of me but no one there. Three other tripods, no problem. However, when the event was about to start, a 6’4″ cameraman put a very large Sony on the Sachtler and all of a sudden my position wasn’t so good! Being flexible, I moved my position and shot between two other still guys and it worked quite well. My editor selected exactly 28 images out of a submission of 51 images. My friend, Sam Garcia, always jokes about my beret. Please look at the Secret Service gentleman’s eyes lock onto me or the beret- which it was I wasn’t sure. Here are a few outtakes and fun stuff, had an absolutely great day.

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The Prodigal Son Returns

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© Joe DiMaggio

To all the ships at sea,

There is no doubt in my mind that my view of the world and my view of life have radically changed over the years. At one point, I genuinely thought that I could change the world and then one day, I woke up and realized that probably was not going to happen. Every time I make a photograph, every time I make a film, down deep I think, “Gee, maybe it’ll help somebody, or maybe they’ll have a better understanding.” It can be very frustrating, and then along comes negativity. I always considered myself to be the eternal optimist and, oh my god, one day I woke up and I was a negative son of a bitch. How does that happen? Why does that happen? What happened to me? Where did I fail? Where did I screw up? What did I do that was wrong? A hundred negative things go through your head. Why, why, why? Well I’m here to tell you that on Monday, August 15th I had an epiphany; all of my sour, negative, cynical karma was sucked out of me and I was filled with absolute hope for the future of not only the United States of America but for all of the people that live in this great country. Wow, it doesn’t get better than this. I had an intimate, one-on-one conversation with the Vice President of the United States Joe Biden and the next President of the United States Hillary Clinton. I didn’t realize  that they would give me all of that time… okay, there were 4,000 people there as well, but I genuinely felt that they looked directly into my eyes, my soul, and my heart and were talking to Joe DiMaggio. I’ve maintained that all the beautiful things in the world are free; this was free and they made me believe again, the same way that Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. made me believe. What a day. I will remember it on my death bed. Thank you, Joe. Thank you, Hillary.

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© Joe DiMaggio

White Gallery: The First Review Is In!

© JoAnne Kalish

© JoAnne Kalish

To all the ships at sea, take a look at our first review!

“From Commercial to Fine Art

 By Leon Graham

“Raindrop” is currently on display at The White Gallery. photo by Joe DiMaggio

“Crossing the Line,” now at The White Gallery in Lakeville, is a collection of work from three talented commercial photographers, good friends with award-winning credentials, who now make fine art  for their own pleasure. Throughout their careers they created images for magazine publishers, advertising agencies, major companies. Now they bring the same eye and originality to these very personal photographs.

Dennis Wheeler is best known for the many Time magazine covers he created. And created is the right word, because he made covers that were collages designed to grab attention on newsstands as well as comment on the cover subject in powerful ways. Four silhouetted male profiles — red, yellow, white, black — overlapped for a story on leadership in America. A cover on the sex explosion showed a young man and woman facing each other with much of their bodies covered by a giant fig leaf zippered down the middle.

At the White, Wheeler shows complex mixed media collages of carefully arranged objects, drawings, little photos, slashes of paint both long and short, all on brilliantly colored backgrounds.

“Pasture” stands out for its evocation of land and horses and the suggestion of fences. Made in browns and blues, the work is focused on a central black-and-white image of horses eating in a pasture. A gentle horse face peers at us from behind the pastured animals; there are small pictures of lakes too. All lie on swirls of thin, colored lines that suggest fencing wire.

JoAnne Kalish was the first woman photographer at Sports Illustrated. She is known for her ability to capture light and motion, as well as for the sensuality of many images. Her pictures of vegetables — two bell peppers at the White show — are luscious, rounded, inviting. Her pears are erotic and painterly. Even the two dogs meeting in “Venezia” seem about to begin a romance.

Kalish’s “Eiffel” is a pyramid of luminosity as if reflected in water. Her “Reflections” catches a small boat to the left tied up on a narrow canal, while buildings are reflected abstractly in the water on the right, which has the sheen of a mirror.

Kalish’s partner, Joe DiMaggio, is also a former Sports Illustrated and Time magazine photographer. (His and Kalisch’s images of professional hockey are now shown at the NHL Hall of Fame in Canada.) He worked for many advertising agencies, won many art direction awards. He is a master of suggesting motion in still photos. “Chevelle” shows a bright and shiny wheel cover that seems to be catching a passing landscape on its surface. In “Frankfurt,” a group of people are blurred so they appear in motion.

“Raindrop” catches a pearl of water as it is about to fall from the wide brim of a black cowboy hat that glistens from the moisture. We see only the nose and mouth of a man, who sports a marvelous neck bandana studded with white stars. “Infinity” is made of double yellow highway lines stretching into the distance between hazy trees and road shoulders that appear to converge up the road. It is wonderfully composed.

“Crossing the Line” continues at The White Gallery, 342 Main St. in Lakeville, Conn., through Sept. 9. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 860-435-1029 or go to www.thewhitegalleryart.com.

 

“The Lakeville Journal, COMPASS,” August 4, 2016″

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White Gallery: A Great Time Was Had By All

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At a time where the world seems to be in total chaos with the economy all over the place and many of our friends suffering from minor depression, we tend to see the glass 3/4’s empty.  I’m here to remind you that’s just not true.  Both JoAnne and I have made major inroads in opening up new avenues for our photography.  We have assignments to photograph Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden,  I will be in Rochester shooting a heavyweight fight, and that Sunday the 21st we will be going back to the White Gallery in Lakeville, CT to give a lecture on “Crossing the Lines” for our recent gallery show.

I’m attaching a few photos from our opening reception, which was extremely successful.  We sold two pieces – you could not have asked for a better opening. My friends, our glass is overflowing thank God!  I don’t know if it’s dedication or just blind luck.  Either way it’s great.  Wishing you some great Karma in whatever you’re working on now.  Put a smile on your face – it’s all good.  Go for it.  

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© JoAnne Kalish

Delray? IcK!

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I walked past JoAnne’s desk the other day and saw this photo and was knocked on my ___ ___ ___… okay, my ass. Simple, clean, elegant… until I saw the name! IcK! I don’t like titles, any titles! Yes, in recent days I have been forced to come up with titles, but you know what makes a great title? “Untitled”! I like that title!  I am going to try everything in the world to get JoAnne to change the title of this to “Untitled” or “Beach”, or maybe “Sand” or “Soft”. So by now you have probably put two and two together and figured out that I don’t like titles… but I love this photograph. It’s a direct contradiction to what JoAnne does so well. No title necessary.

Oh my God, JoAnne just used a word  “yes”! To all the ships at sea, please note the time and date because the next time this happens Haley’s comet will be going over your head!