To all the Ships at Sea
To All the Ships at Sea –
It’s almost impossible to have a flat sea. I believe the proper expression is flat calm or dead calm – not a ripple to be seen. I took advantage of this anomaly to make a very simple photograph.
I came up with a concept 20 years ago of standardization and simplification or KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid.) I had an opportunity to study art in Japan and you find out that less is more. This was not an assignment. This was just for me.
I will make a 30 x 40.
I’m pretty sure the human species including myself takes a lot for granted. The one thing I’ve not taken for granted is my vision. I don’t mean my vision for fellow man, I mean MY EYES. Oops… I really mean my EYE. Since age 5 I haven’t had vision in my left eye. Well, I had my first surgery on my left eye since I was a kid. Yesterday, I went for my 24 hour follow up and they tested me and much to my surprise I can now see the big “E” and the second line F and P, the third line not so much. I guessed at the Z but did not see the T and the O. Dr. Liegner tells me that it is a huge improvement and considering my eye was still dilated from the surgery he said it would only get better. I can now look at my watch and read the time. Who knows where I may go after this? Maybe I can learn how to play the Piccolo or become a juggler? Nah, I better stick to photography.
As I mentioned before I am the luckiest guy on the planet. I will share my first photo with my new vision. It’s a fun photo.
Live, Love, Laugh, and Be Happy. All the Great Things in Life are Free…
JUST FOR FUN!
To All the Ships at Sea –
There are 2 questions I’ve been asked thousands of times. Am I related to Joe DiMaggio #5 The Yankee Clipper? The second question is do you ever work together with the great JoAnne Kalish on the same assignment? The answer is yes, we have on several occasions. When it comes to JoAnne and myself – I say black she says white. I say go she says stay. I say red she says green. It makes for a great relationship because we agree on almost everything! Not! Well, I don’t know about JoAnne but it keeps me on my toes. People think she’s a mild mannered laid back easy going woman. Not! She’s as tough as they come! Many a sports photographer who tried to muscle her out of a position found out that women have elbows too and their’s are a lot harder and sharper then men’s. I’ve seen one or two men actually go down! You shouldn’t push a 11o pound photographer around!
Where am I going with this? JoAnne and I have a wonderful friendship with one of the greatest Blues Musician in the World -also inductee to the Blues Hall of Fame. His name is Bobby Kyle. He’s a great writer, singer, guitarist, arranger and his music transcends Rock and Roll and Rhythm and Blues. Bobby’s got about 6 or 7 albums and his most recent album is drop dead fabulous! He just keeps getting better…If anyone is close to Monclair, New Jersey this coming Sunday November 5, 2017 he has two shows (I think 7 and 10pm) at Trumpets which is a great venue. He will be having a Release Party for his new album “IT’S MY LIFE.” I had the pleasure and privilege of photographing the cover which is a pretty good photo. JoAnne on the other hand got the photo that was used on the CD inside and I kind of like her’s better. I did notice something about Bobby which is that he always shows us his good side. Interesting…I don’t believe I ever photographed him from the other side! Could have something having to do with him looking into the frame rather than out of the frame. By the way, he has his own chapter in my book FILL THE FRAME. He will be at another venue in Philadelphia called the Twisted Tail (November 11) in about a week & you can check out his Facebook page for more information https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=bobby%20kyle%20%26%20the%20administers
If anyone wants to check out what I wrote about Bobby Kyle here’s a link to purchase a signed copy of my book FILL THE FRAME. AND ALWAYS PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUPPORT THE ARTS INCLUDING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! Here’s link to http://www.bobbykyle.com/index.htmlBobby’s website as well
Book is $20 plus $4 shipping. You can pay by check, paypal or credit card (through Paypal.)Click here to purchase the book on paypal – https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=76BHV2D849WAS
Yes, I’m late with this blog… the last few days have been a little crazy. Let me extend a thank you to my dear friend Peter Poremba, for hosting me at the DynaLite booth at Photo Plus. It’s a little known fact that Peter is a great administrator, and the ultimate source of studio/location lighting. Yes that’s him in the tutu. As the truth be known, it was actually my Tutu but since I gained some weight the tutu no longer fits me. So, Peter agreed to put the tutu on to help promote my book FILL THE FRAME! I would like to thank all my friends who came by to say hello and all the new people who stopped by to purchase my book. By the way, the new battery operated Baja is very sweet and shoots TTL. Like I always say DynaLite is the best lighting equipment ounce for ounce, pound for pound, dollar for dollar. Not a commercial a fact!
“Recalling His Adventures as a Working Photographer from the 60’s to present day. The book describes his career working for publications such as SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, TIME MAGAZINE, HBO, rapidly followed by a brilliant career in Corporate and Advertising. It’s also about how photography has evolved over the years.”
Anyone within 50 miles of NYC should consider spending a half hour to see an absolutely new style documentary by Alan and Wendy Kaplan. It’s not same old same old. It’s a new vision straight out of one of the finest photographers I know and anyone who knows Wendy will tell you she’s an extremely shy, caring loving person and but you get her on film watch out! She becomes a tornado! I loved the film I’m sure you will too. Joe D
To all the Ships at Sea,
To All the Ships at Sea –
After the last half a century I’ve spent several days with Jake LaMotta. He was kind enough to give me an exclusive interview for my documentary film “In This Corner.” Before agreeing to this interview, he turned me down many times. My dear friend Bert Sugar, suggested that I offer him a bottle of wine, a $25 cigar, an autographed photo, and dedicate the film to his two sons that passed, that might work. Well Bert, was right and Jake agreed to the interview. JoAnne and I met Jake at nearby P.J. Clarke’s where we spent the entire afternoon. During the interview Jake was extremely intense and honest. Honest to a point, that I was not comfortable using the whole interview!
I would like to give you a short excerpt from my recent book FILL THE FRAME. Jake and I happened to be sitting together in first class and in front of us was Boxing Promoter Bob Arum and his beautiful wife. As we sat down Jake looked at me and said, “you have a lot of nerve sitting here. You #$@&%* my wife!” He went on to a point where I was getting genuinely concerned. He was deep into his 70’s but probably still could take my head off. I’m a lover not a fighter! Uh oh, I think Jake, would have taken this the wrong way! Luckily Bob Arum turned around in his seat and said, “Jake, Joe D did not screw your wife, he was not old enough to screw your wife and didn’t even know her!” We all laughed and proceed to have our martinis and champagne. That was when first class was first class! Now you’re lucky if you get a warm coke and some dry roasted peanuts. When things finally calmed down I asked him who the greatest fighter was of all time? He looked at me like I had no brain in my head and said, “You have to be kidding, what planet do you live on? There was only one and it was Sugar Ray Robinson.”
Jake had over 100 fights. His career spanned over 13 years. He fought the greatest boxer of all times Sugar Ray Robinson, six times and beat him once. I strongly recommend if anyone in heaven, runs into Jake you treat him with the utmost respect. Stay far enough away so that he can’t hit you with a combination because if he hits you, you will wind up in hell!
To All the Ships At Sea,
In my opinion the greatest color photographer in my lifetime has to be Pete Turner. Turner was a visionary who thought outside the box before people even knew what the box was. What he could not photograph, he found a way of building, designing, and enhancing to make it work. As a snotty, wet behind the ears, photography wanna-be back 5 decades ago, someone in my photography lecture asked me the question, “Who do you think is the greatest photographer?” I looked the person in the eyes and then everyone around him and said, “there are only 2 great photographers, Pete Turner and Joe DiMaggio. Looking back at it “ I can’t believe that came out of my mouth! Yes, Pete Turner was correct. Not me so much. It was a cocky and silly reply and in retrospect, totally unacceptable.
I will share this – I’ve cursed Pete Turner virtually every night for as long as I can remember. One day, JoAnne and I were at a cocktail party in New York City sponsored by Aperture and Pete and his lovely wife Reine were there. I went over with JoAnne to say hello to Pete. I said Pete, “I just want you to know that I curse you every night.” Turner looks at me like I have 3 heads and asks me, “Why?” I said, “Let me explain, when JoAnne asked me to take out the garbage, I said son of a bitch!” “I bet $#$@&*! Pete Turner doesn’t have to take the garbage out every night!” His wife chimed in, “Really?” “Pete has to take the garbage out every night as well.” And we all laughed! In my opinion no one can come close to Peter Turner’s talent. He was the best color photographer EVER!
Heaven will be a lot more colorful from now on.