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.”
To All the Ships at Sea,
For whatever reason photographers rarely get together and socialize with each other. Wow, what a shame that is. Alan Kaplan, an internationally known photographer has been our neighbor for about 15 years. Only recently did we get together to break bread. I’m only sorry we didn’t do this sooner. Alan’s wife Wendy is an international producer of films and a world class model. Everybody knows my partner JoAnne and as Bill Shatner would say “also one of the finest photographers in the United States.” Our lunch was wonderful as well as the conversation. Alan is one of the few intellectual photographers. He’s not a button pusher he puts a whole lot of thought into his photography and his place on the planet. Wendy is diametrically opposite – she’s a very quiet woman of few words, totally laid back, with no particular positions on politics, the human condition, or most matters. NOT! Wendy is very outspoken and dynamic. Don’t get on her bad side because she’s a tough broad which is a good thing! Alan’s studio was one floor apart from my friend Peter B. Kaplan’s -another world class photographer and also was next to the artist who put the capital © in copyright but that’s separate blog. That evening the four of us continued onto Malibu ranch to photograph a rodeo and had a great time which was followed by a late night dinner at the Fauchére. It doesn’t get better than that.
In a month or so Alan will be having a show on Ethiopia at Lenox Hill Hospital.
To All the Ships at Sea:
Every once in a while I need to be hit in the head by a 2×4. You know it’s good to have a friend that tells you the truth. Recently I’ve had several friends tell me my blog is a little on the down side. Unfortunately, they are right. Obviously I don’t set out to do this. So, I’m going to make some serious changes not only in my attitude but in the way I look at things.
Why did I want to become a photographer? Simple answer – I wanted to communicate with my fellow man visually and have the ability to possibly change the world with my photography. Bull shit! I wanted to have fun, meet women, sleep till one in the afternoon, get up and drink cappuccino and talk to people about things, I know absolutely nothing about! Hell, did you see Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up?
It’s all about apprenticeship, working extremely hard on your craft, being passionate about everything you do and your ability to get from point A to B under every condition there is. To become truly successful you have to put the same amount of effort in as if you were going to become a doctor, lawyer or architect. It’s hard work. So I’ve been on vacation every day 24/7 for very long time
I’d like to share some photos that I’ve been neglectful about showing you in the past. I won’t get involved in why I have not been blogging but it’s time to get off my ass, be more upbeat and that’s what I’m going to do.
I have to do a shout out to my friend Sam who’s been one serious pain in the ass. Thank you Sam.
By the way I’ve not take this trip alone. I’ve had scores of people who’ve helped me in my career. Please check my new book out – FILL THE FRAME 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
To All the Ships At Sea –
Pretty sure most of you read Joseph Heller’s book CATCH-22. Well today I had a Catch-28! Called Amazon and explained my name was spelled wrong in my Amazon book listing and the publisher’s name was wrong. They said no problem…please hold. I was on hold for four minutes and decided I should water my basil…which I did…still on hold. With that Peter Poremba, the CEO of Dynalite called and I abruptly told him, I’d call him back. Seven minutes into my hold, Al Stegmeyer from Upstrap called. I also blew him off. Their music was starting to drive me crazy so I decided to go brush my teeth. Still waiting… I gargled. We are now 12 minutes into the hold and I figured well… I’m in the bathroom…. Now 15 minutes into it, I decided to take a quick shower. I quickly, jumped out of the tub and wrapped a towel around me and my friend Sam Garcia called. Also blew him off and said I’d get back. Went outside, still waiting, I watered my tomatoes, and went back into the studio. With that JoAnne asked me where I had been? I simply said I’ve been on hold. Twenty four minutes later, the lovely lady told me there was nothing they could do about it and to call the Publisher and tell them to make the changes. She said it would probably take till July to implement them. The first line in my new book FILL THE FRAME is six months ago, I was 20 years old. That’s how fast life is…light speed plus. Time is like gold – more valuable than material things.
If you want to read a great book (FILL THE FRAME) – see reviews. Attached link to short video – http://FILL THE FRAME https://vimeo.com/220041332
Live, Love, Laugh & be Happy – hold on a minute I will get back to you. film is 28 seconds… time is very valuable…
To all the ships at sea, take a look at our first review!
“From Commercial to Fine Art
By Leon Graham
“Raindrop” is currently on display at The White Gallery. photo by Joe DiMaggio
“Crossing the Line,” now at The White Gallery in Lakeville, is a collection of work from three talented commercial photographers, good friends with award-winning credentials, who now make fine art for their own pleasure. Throughout their careers they created images for magazine publishers, advertising agencies, major companies. Now they bring the same eye and originality to these very personal photographs.
Dennis Wheeler is best known for the many Time magazine covers he created. And created is the right word, because he made covers that were collages designed to grab attention on newsstands as well as comment on the cover subject in powerful ways. Four silhouetted male profiles — red, yellow, white, black — overlapped for a story on leadership in America. A cover on the sex explosion showed a young man and woman facing each other with much of their bodies covered by a giant fig leaf zippered down the middle.
At the White, Wheeler shows complex mixed media collages of carefully arranged objects, drawings, little photos, slashes of paint both long and short, all on brilliantly colored backgrounds.
“Pasture” stands out for its evocation of land and horses and the suggestion of fences. Made in browns and blues, the work is focused on a central black-and-white image of horses eating in a pasture. A gentle horse face peers at us from behind the pastured animals; there are small pictures of lakes too. All lie on swirls of thin, colored lines that suggest fencing wire.
JoAnne Kalish was the first woman photographer at Sports Illustrated. She is known for her ability to capture light and motion, as well as for the sensuality of many images. Her pictures of vegetables — two bell peppers at the White show — are luscious, rounded, inviting. Her pears are erotic and painterly. Even the two dogs meeting in “Venezia” seem about to begin a romance.
Kalish’s “Eiffel” is a pyramid of luminosity as if reflected in water. Her “Reflections” catches a small boat to the left tied up on a narrow canal, while buildings are reflected abstractly in the water on the right, which has the sheen of a mirror.
Kalish’s partner, Joe DiMaggio, is also a former Sports Illustrated and Time magazine photographer. (His and Kalisch’s images of professional hockey are now shown at the NHL Hall of Fame in Canada.) He worked for many advertising agencies, won many art direction awards. He is a master of suggesting motion in still photos. “Chevelle” shows a bright and shiny wheel cover that seems to be catching a passing landscape on its surface. In “Frankfurt,” a group of people are blurred so they appear in motion.
“Raindrop” catches a pearl of water as it is about to fall from the wide brim of a black cowboy hat that glistens from the moisture. We see only the nose and mouth of a man, who sports a marvelous neck bandana studded with white stars. “Infinity” is made of double yellow highway lines stretching into the distance between hazy trees and road shoulders that appear to converge up the road. It is wonderfully composed.
“Crossing the Line” continues at The White Gallery, 342 Main St. in Lakeville, Conn., through Sept. 9. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 860-435-1029 or go to www.thewhitegalleryart.com.
“The Lakeville Journal, COMPASS,” August 4, 2016″