The Prodigal Son Returns

© Joe DiMaggio

© 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.

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

Neil Leifer, One of a Kind

There’s no doubt that Neil Leifer is one of the all time great sports photographers.  I’m pretty sure he has at least half a million Sports Illustrated covers alone, and I think it’s fair to say that there aren’t any weak ones.  Neil came up with what I consider a great documentary on four photographers who have photographed every super bowl.  Photographers and filmmakers should have great hand-eye coordination and should always be in the right place at the right time.  Neil knows how to do that, but he goes one step further, he’s a visionary.  I would imagine hundreds of photographers would have said, “Wow, I wish I would have thought of that.”  He thought of that and made it happen.  His film is called Keepers of the Streak features the only four photographers in the world that have covered all 48 Super Bowls, starting from one in 1967 to 2014.  It stars Walter Iooss, Mickey Palmer, Tony Tomsic, and John Biever.

 

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