The Missing Angel

Hi to All the Ships at Sea,

I remember the first time I heard the words, “Photo” and “Hills and Valleys”. It was at TIME magazine end of year party. A  great up and coming assistants decided to quit. When I asked him why, he said too many hills, too many valleys. The valleys are just too deep. I’m gonna take a 9-5 job. Suffice it to say, I was totally shocked. He was poised to be a staffer in a few years. Well we all make decisions we have to live with. The last 2 weeks I’ve been in a valley. This morning I went to the gym and watched the sun come up. It was glorious. I closed my eyes and I could still see every bit of that sunrise. My iPhone was playing an angel, Mary Travers. The combination of her voice, my eyes shut tight and that sunrise, I got out of the valley and onto Kilimanjaro. It’s amazing how music and photography really go together. No sooner I said that- I went looking for this Mary Travers photo which will be the first photo in my new book. The problem is I can’t find the negative and I’ve been looking for it for about ten years. I made a litho print and hand colored it…not my strong suit. That’s all I have for you today guys. The moral of this story is take real good care of your originals, make sure they’re put away properly so  you’ll be able to retrieve them when you’re getting ready to do your memoirs.

All the Best,

Joe D

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Eddie Kirkland Rest in Peace

August 16, 1923 – February 27, 2011

Eddie Kirkland 
Photo © Joe DiMaggio

Sometime in 1923 a male child was born in the Island of Jamaica.  He went onto being one of the greatest Blues Players of our time.  Yesterday in Tampa, Florida Eddie Kirkland was killed in a car crash. Eddie’s gone but the music will go on forever.  My dear friend Bobby Kyle introduced me to Eddie several years back, I had an opportunity to not only photograph him but my son Dylan was able to shoot some great HD footage on him – some pretty powerful stuff.

The world has lost another great artist.  Our prayers go out to the Kirkland family.