This Must Make You Think and Act

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I have known Steve Schwartz for many years. He is an extremely fine photographer,  amateur comedian, good actor and a sweet grandfather.  Like many Americans when I viewed the Parkland Shooting, my first indication was to shut the television off.  I’ve lost a son to cancer that left a hole in me the size of the Grand Canyon.  To see children slaughtered makes me ill.  Late last night, I read something that in my opinion is not only relevant but is a motivator for me and hopefully you to get off our asses, get on the phone and e mail our Congressmen and Senators and threaten their jobs if we do not ban these assault rifles. Let me be clear, I am not against the second amendment. It was written to protect our country and our homes for defense not offense. Approximately 25 years ago, HBO asked me to do an illustration on 357 children that were killed with hand guns in a one year period.  I came up with a graphic that went on to win several art director awards. Not that it’s important and it’s not, this photo was done in camera with no Photoshop manipulation.

Steve, thank you so much for sharing this.

I’m Not an “East Coast Bleeding Heart Liberal “ “Snowflake”nor  Anti-gun!

I’m extremely sad,frustrated and angry, that another senseless shooting has taken place!
When I was very young, (6 or 7) I became a child of a suicide,my dad ended his life ,at 28,with a self inflicted gunshot.
While,he died by his own hand, I cannot place the blame on a gunman bent on mass murder.
I’m too am a victim of gun violence.
I’ll never have the opportunity for him to explain why he did it, he left his family, not with memories of children growing up with a dad,a wife growing older with a husband. What dad gave to us a life long hurt caused by his actions. As I was growing up I often worried if, I would be strong enough face life’s problems, head on ,not loose my own self worth to live past dad’s 28 years.
I’m very thankful for a good friend, Rex (Geoff,your dad )who convinced me to spend time in therapy,that helped me grow into an adult( not all the way)

I’m not crying “me too “ but I’m like folks who have faced this type of tragedy,we shall carry this misery,caused by a senseless act compounded by a 60 cent bullet.

My high school, in the 1960s had a rifle range, the members of the school’s ROTC,had regular target shooting competitions, there were no mass shootings, I cannot remember anyone being threatened by another student, with a gun a fist,but not a firearm. What has happened to our country, where,when and why did this madness begin.

I don’t believe these mass murders at Columbine,Sandy Hook,Orlando. Las Vegas and possibly the rest happened because, the shooter’s had access to a weapon  defined as an “Assault Rifle”

Sociology was never part of my formal education, as curious person,being in sales,learning to control others, with intimidation and fear to get what you want.

As human’s gained the ability to communicate, by cave drawings, story telling, the written word, stories passed from one generation to another. The constant bombardment by a 24 hour news cycle and radio,Tv,the internet is in your bedroom,how can we avoid stories of death & destruction.  There is the old newspaper concept, “If it bleeds, It Leeds”, All this mayhem has to have a pronounced affect on the human mind.

Add to that recipe,man’s built in greed, a desire to control by asserting power,wealth, elimination of those who are different, revenge, seeking that illusive “15minutes of fame”, or is it just madness. If we look into history, genocide has always been part of the story.

Every day, America is pandering to the lobbyists who don’t want to have their interests harmed yet we are doing little or nothing to stop children being murdered in places that they should be safe from any harm.

Is it possible that when Billy spends his spare time playing a video game creates virtual “Blood Lust” that he wants to taste the real thing and does so by murdering his classmates. After his friends are dead  with no other targets to destroy, in the real world, no one goes home for dinner
Are we the cause of the mass killings? Could our country soon be a 3rd world nation?

Just like gravity, its only a theory!

We must, as a nation come together and take action, to put an end to this NOW!

Happy Birthday

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In may of 1776, Betsy Ross sewed the very first American Flag.  Our flag has gone through many major and minor changes.  Regardless of what variations, it stands today as it did then, to unite what we believe to be the greatest republic in the history of man.  I don’t know who said it, but someone said, “Our colors don’t run.”  Below you’ll see some of my interpretations of our flag.

 

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Joe DiMaggio’s Personal Tribute to the 4th of July

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For veteran New York photographer Joe DiMaggio, July 4th remains a time for gratitude. “I am one of the luckiest people in the world. Many of my friends are artists, whether they be painters, writers, poets, musicians photographers or what have you. What’s the term that is used-  starving artists? Every once in a while, I tend to complain and moan about the state of the union. Several friends have reminded me if you don’t like the state of the union you can go somewhere else. To be honest, I’ve been lucky enough to travel around the world a couple of times. Every once in a while, I remember to get on bended knee and kiss the ground as I’m fortunate enough to live in the greatest country in the world. Think about it…

“The photograph of the model’s hand was a silhouette done on a transparent white background with 4 electronic flashes on the white background. The photo was originally done on Kodachrome 25 with the Singh-Ray UV Filter. The film was  rewound and reloaded back into the camera and a 2nd front lit image of an American Flag with a fan blowing on it was shot over the silhouette. The original photo had no help from photoshop because it was actually done before photoshop existed. Well what do you know — this older image has just been selected as a magazine cover and the client asked that the transparent white background be changed to blue as it would not work well with their logo. Hmm, have we heard this before? My photoshop skills are minimal at best and I intentionally keep it that way. Twelve to fourteen hours a day is enough work. An assistant gave me a hand and we dropped the blue into the background for the client.

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“This second photo was inspired as I was splitting wood for my fireplace and saw the inside grain of one particular piece of wood. I picked up a my EOS 5D Mark III, 100mm Macro with the Singh Ray Hi-Lux filter and made several frames. I then  shot one of my small American Flags and my assistant was kind enough to blend them together.”

To keep track of all that Joe and JoAnne are currently involved in, you need to visit their frequently up-dated website  You can also learn more about their workshop projects and fine art photography.  http://www.dimaggio-kalish.com and http://www.dimaggio-kalishworkshops.com

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I like every American lost over 3,000 brothers and sisters. One of them was a dear friend. His life was no more or less important than the others. His memory is with me always. [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/48446120 w=500&h=281] <p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/48446120″>America Presentation by Joe DiMaggio song by Celine Dion</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/dimaggiokalish”>JOE DIMAGGIO/JOANNE KALISH</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

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Politics No – Respect Yes

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One of the first things I remember being taught was that Americans live in the greatest country in the world. It is the longest standing Republic, and we are truly a free country. If any of you have done any traveling, you realize just how great a country we have. There are certain basic and fundamental rules; rules that never change, rules that are not open for discussion. Most of these rules are extremely simple and to the point. In a Democracy, the right to freedom of speech is imperative; it’s basic. But respect for fellow human beings should be part of the protocol, and respect for the President of the United States must be mandated. Whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat, or an Independent; whether you agree or disagree with policies, you must respect the office of the presidency. If you don’t like what’s happening, you should take your inalienable right to vote and vote the president out of office. In my opinion, Mr. Neil Munro was totally disrespectful to the President of the United States, and he should have his credentials removed from the White House press corps. To add insult to injury, Munro didn’t have the common sense or courtesy to apologize during or after the incident. I don’t expect anyone to live up to my standards, I will share this with you. The above photograph was sent to George W Bush after the events of September 11. I sent him a letter with the photograph, and I said to him in this letter that this photograph was for his personal archives, and that while I did not vote for him, I certainly respected him as the President of the United States. Next week, I will send president Obama my lady liberty photograph and tell him that I respect him and the office.