To All the Ships at Sea,
We all have bucket lists. I fulfilled one recently, on my 3 week trip to Ecuador. I now have visited all the countries in South America. I rarely have regrets but in this case my only regret is, I should’ve done this 20 years ago.
Ecuador is a hidden gem. It is a country that goes rom sea level to 14,000 feet in 3 hours. There are more people in Brooklyn than in all of Ecuador put together. It is beautiful and extremely cost effective. My trip was dual purpose, to shoot a corporate video and go for a health vacation. Both did not disappoint and on the contrary, entailed much more than I would’ve dreamed of. I’m going to select 2 dozen people for an online focus group. I had no intention of a photo safari in Ecuador when I arrived, however, nowI think it’s a no brainer. It would be like mixing Cuba and Spain together. These two are kind of what Ecuador is like. Guess what? Another great advantage…Ecuador is a hopping off place for the Galapagos. On my next trip we’ll spend 2 or 3 weeks in Ecuador and 1 week to 10 days in the Galapagos. Extremely cost effective and absolutely outrageous.
Last but not least I have found a world class driver/guide that has the ability to make everything happen for the biggest amount of bang for everyones’ buck.
To All the Ships at Sea,
Approximately 4 months ago, my friend Sam called me and told me that an old friend Shelly Katz was not feeling well. I called Shelly and we spoke for about a half hour. I sent him several photos of the Apollo Soyuz launch with all the guys from TIME Magazine. I followed up with a couple more photos and wished him a Happy Birthday. Unfortunately, last Friday Shelly went to the Darkroom in the Sky or actually maybe it’s a the Lightroom in the Sky! Just for the record both JoAnne and I had the utmost respect for Shelly as a very fine photographer. Shelly, also had something else going for him, everybody loved him. In a profession that is ego driven Shelly had the goods and treated everybody equally. At a time when male photographers did not give credence to female photographers he did. Below is a beautiful letter from long time good friend Sam Garcia. Who every said Sam was a hard ass? Was it me? Maybe I was wrong.
“I hadn’t talked to Shelly in a couple of years.
It just goes like that sometimes, even when you like someone.
*Article in the New York Times by John Camera Section on Shelly Katz by John Durniak (freelance writer, editor and photography consultant.)
To All the Ships at Sea,
“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.”
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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
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