For the Pure Fun of It

To All the Ships at Sea –
As a working photographer I tend to forget what motivated me originally to take my first photographs.  A fat check of blank, blank, blank is a good thing but to be honest, when the check is cashed and the money is spent is that only what it’s all about?
Over the years I’ve realized that some of the most best photos I’ve taken were for the pure enjoyment of making that photograph and capturing that feeling, moment, or crazy idea in my head!  Understand I know there are people who spend hours and days photographing butterflies.  I’ve only attempted this maybe twice – not usually my thing. When I was on the phone with a gallery I was working with, I stepped outside and a butterfly flew by and landed on a flower.  All of a sudden I wanted to grab a camera and record what I saw but obviously couldn’t.   After I hung up with the curator I went outside and sure enough that butterfly was still there and I had another chance.  I went inside got my camera and took a few shots.  Maybe it wasn’t as good as the one I initially saw and I wouldn’t exactly call it a great photograph but I got a kick out of making it for the pure fun and enjoyment of just following this butterfly around to see if I could capture that shot again.   So there you have it…

©Joe DiMaggio

©Joe DiMaggio

©Joe DiMaggio

©Joe DiMaggio

The Ultimate Backstage Pass! With Blues Musician Bobby Kyle Saturday June 10, 2017

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A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY for a VERY SPECIAL EVENING with LIVE MUSIC, MULTI-MEDIA and an INTIMATE PERSONAL CONVERSATION, INCLUDING Q & A with BLUES MUSICIAN BOBBY KYLE. 

Workshop will be limited to a small intimate group only.      Early Sign up cost before April 18 $200 (see Paypal link below)

Come join Joe & JoAnne at the DiMaggio/Kalish Learning Center (in the Upper Delaware, Milford, PA) with musician Bobby Kyle for the pre-release of his new Blues Album ”IT’S MY LIFE.” Both Joe DiMaggio and JoAnne Kalish, two internationally known credentialed, photographers, will be joining forces with Bluesman Bobby Kyle to bring together and very special evening and unique experience on Saturday June 10.

Joe and JoAnne have been photographing and filming Bobby for the past 20 years. As part of the evening Bobby will talk about what it takes to write and produce music, the state of the music business today, and what it means to be an artist. We will listen to some of Bobby’s music and his upcoming album, along with a multi-media presentation. Afterwards, there will be portrait session, in the studio and a private acoustic set. Autographed CD’s will be available. This is not a photo walk in Central Park but a special evening and a once and a lifetime unique opportunity.

Wine and cheese will be included. Hours 6-9  

For more information & Paypal link – 

© JoAnne Kalish

White Gallery: The First Review Is In!

© JoAnne Kalish

© JoAnne Kalish

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″

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© Joe DiMaggio

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Bobby Kyle: “It’s My Life”

Blues Musician Bobby Kyle

Blues Musician Bobby Kyle © Joe DiMaggio

The great John Dominis was one of the greatest sports photographers of our time and one of my idols. After many, many years of having John give me advice, one day he turned out to be Director of Photography at Sports Illustrated. I will share two of his mantras . The first: Anybody who can shoot sports can shoot a flower, they don’t move; a tree, they don’t move; a building, they don’t move. If you can shoot sports you can shoot anything.” Which reminds me of a line from “Dodgeball”: “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.” There I go again, trying to do stand up… The second lecture Dominis gave me, and I quote, “If you ever shoot a frame for me with a 15 mm lens, I will blank blank blank.” For purposes of the blog, I’ll leave it out.

What does this have to do with Bobby Kyle? Bobby is a world famous blues player. Every lesson I learned in photographing sports I bring to music. Peak action, sharpness, depth of field- all of these things come together. His new album is totally, absolutely amazing. It’s his heart,  soul, and his life. It’s great. In about two months, I’ll put up a sample of the album. But not right now.

Upcoming Workshop Gleason’s/ DUMBO, Brooklyn March 13th 2016

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To all the ships at sea,

Gleason’s Gym is the oldest boxing gym in the United States, located in DUMBO, Brooklyn for those not familiar with the term it means -Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Great day, great fun, great people, great photos – join us

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Brooklyn Pier & View of Manhattan from DUMBO © Joe DiMaggio All Rights Reserved

 

Happiness is Free

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© Joe DiMaggio

To All the Ships At Sea

George Washington, Abe Lincoln, New Year’s, Thanksgiving, the only holiday that I absolutely adore is Valentine’s Day! It’s a day of celebration for couples to comes together and do the most important thing that any couple can do. It is a day to stop and remember to show their love which simply can be done with a hug, a kiss, a wink of the eye to say I love you.  The most beautiful things in life are free. It’s something we often forget.  My friends, every day should be Valentines Day!   Make it a Great Day!

Back in the day my instructors at the Missouri Photo Workshop taught us one of the most important things you should remember when you make a photograph.  A photo should never need a caption.  Over the years editors and art buyers named this photo “The Kiss” not my words but theirs.

  To Purchase a Print

Ira Gottlieb

Thank God!  No photos of me… that’s good.  Ira, I had a great time too.

Thanks, Joe D.

Joe,

I want to thank you for hosting a great day in Chinatown. Scoring a press pass and shooting inside the barricades was an incredible experience, and I had a blast.

You said at the start of the day to try to take 3 photos that we would not typically shoot. Here are 3 that I shot today that I have never come close to achieving before now. Thanks for the inspiration and the access.

Regards, Ira

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©IraGottlieb

©IraGottlieb

©IraGottlieb

©IraGottlieb

©IraGottlieb

My Vacation

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©JoeDiMaggio

To all the ships at sea,

Every once in a while, you get a huge surprise, I mean huge…  and you’re not ready for it, I mean you’re really not ready for it.

While on vacation at Sloan Kettering, two lovely guys came by on Halloween to say “Hello,”  so I would like to say thank you to Dan Horton and Larry Malang.  They came by to see my one man show entitled Latex Love Art.  While I’m at it, I should thanks to JoAnne, Dylan, and David Kenney.  Thanks to everybody

©JoAnneKalish

©JoAnneKalish

THE COACH

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

 

Born 3/18/1929, traveled to the Superbowl in heaven on 4/27/2013.

Every once in a while when I’m chopping wood I miss a piece by an inch or two. It’s usually a relatively small piece and I hear myself screaming “Don’t give up on it!” and it’s the Coach telling me to never give up.  With one minute left in a game, whether we were ahead by 20 points or behind by 30 points, he would tell us “Always give one hundred percent all the time and when you don’t, that’s the time you’re going to get hurt. Not only physically, but mentally. The bottom line is, failure’s not an option; never give up and always give one hundred percent.” and the words absolutely, totally ring true. On Sunday morning, I gave a workshop at Grand Central Station and traveled across town to Bryant Park and Times Square. When I got the students together I told them “I’ve got bad news for you. I don’t want to be here, I don’t want to teach this class, and I was a millimeter away from just packing up and leaving.” (I had gotten there 2 hours prior). Then a voice came to me; it was the Coach and he told me “Big Joe, complete your responsibility and teach this class.” I told the students that because of what he taught me, it was going to be the best class I would teach all year. I think that it was. Thanks, Coach; you’re still motivating me and you will continue to motivate me until I join you.

Joe D

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© Joe DiMaggio

Email from friends, Sonja & Victor

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©Joe DiMaggio

This will be part of an Adorama TV Show that I did – This email is from a student we met in Corfu who had recognized me from the show and was a big fan. A very good looking and sweet couple.

Joe D

Hello JoAnne, Hello Joe,

I wish you a wonderful 2013, I know it is a bit too late, but Victor and me, we were in Rome, enjoying some beautiful days. We want to thank you so much for your beautiful Email, and we want to tell you that whenever you are in Europe, we will be more than happy to welcome you in Stuttgart. As a loyal Adorama TV watcher, where i have learnt so many techniques I usually apply when I’m taking pictures during my precious holidays, it was an overwhelming surprise to suddenly meet the master, Joe DiMaggio, himself on the beautiful island Corfu. An experience which made our holiday richer. Watching Adorama TV now became a new thing, somehow more personal.

Hear from you soon,
Sonja + Victor