JUST FOR FUN!

© Joe DiMaggio

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.

Eye Chart with an “E”

 


To All the Ships at Sea –

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…

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

JUST FOR FUN!

 

 

 

 

Bobby Kyle’s New Album IT’S MY LIFE

Photo © Joe DiMaggio

Photo © JoAnne Kalish

 

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 

Book is $20 plus $4 shipping. You can pay by check, paypal or credit card (through Paypal.)  

 

GREAT DAY TONS OF FUN!

 

PhotoPlus at Jacob Javits Center

DynaLite’s Peter Poremba


To All the Ships at Sea –

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.”

FILL THE FRAME goes into detail about the many people he has photographed – celebrities, sports figures as well as so many others and his experiences working with them, and the stories behind the photographs.
Book is $20 plus $4 shipping. You can pay by check, paypal or credit card (through Paypal.)  

Front Cover FILL THE FRAME

Old Dog New Trick (New Light)

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To all the Ships at Sea,

 There are times in a a person’s life that may result in an earth shattering major change.  In a couple weeks I am scheduled to experience one of these changes.
You see, I am blind in my left eye.  I was born with crossed eye and had surgery at age two to uncross my eyes.  At three I developed lazy eye syndrome. I had a second surgery and a patch on my right eye to try to make the lazy eye work properly.  Somewhere around 5 years old I got German measles.  During that time a nurse accidentally left the blinds open which destroyed the vision in my left eye (or so I was told.)  So, I have been blind from age 6 until today.  Most people rarely notice because my left eye does follow light.  A couple years ago, I started having problems seeing through my right eye.  I was told I had a cataract.  After seeing six specialists, I was told no one would do surgery on me because I only had vision in one eye which was quite devastating.  Well,  two years have passed and my vision has gotten worse which would be a problem for anyone let alone a one eyed photographer.
A friend of ours, Ken Ferris, a fine cameraman, had cataract surgery.  JoAnne happened to run into him and in conversation mentioned to him about my eyes.  He said I had to see his eye doctor!  I figured it was just another waste of time and money but JoAnne insisted.  A couple days later I ran into Ken at the gym.  He said you have to go see my eye Doctor, his name is Dr. Liegner!  Well Ken was pretty convincing.  JoAnne wanted to accompany me to the office to meet this Doctor.  I told her I was old enough to vote and could go by myself but once again, she insisted and she explained that she would not be sitting in the waiting room!  They ran me through approximately two hours of tests with a thorough and efficient staff.  I was then told the doctor was going to be in in a few minutes.  He came in and asked me, “How do you see out of your left eye?”  I said,  “I don’t, I’m blind in that eye.”  He then asked how about your right eye?  He then explained that my right eye is now 20/400 and pointed out the cataract and the damage in that eye to JoAnne.  First thing I’m going to do is explain to you that you left eye is perfect. There’s nothing wrong with that eye.  With that I became even more confused.  He said,  I’ll simplify it, and explained that I did not lose my vision to German measles, I lost my vision in my left eye because my brain would not comprehend vision in the lower left where my eye pointed and that part of my brain said we’re only going to look through the right side.  He then told me he could do a procedure, so I would have close up vision in my left eye and in two weeks after he would do another procedure to give me 20/20 vision in my right eye! I will see colors and shapes like I’ve never seen.  The only drawback would be that I would see things 12% smaller as I’ve been wearing glasses all my life and then joked about something else probably looking smaller as well.
Well this Doctor is a true visionary and I’m truly excited and looking forward to my new lease on life!

© DiMaggio

© DiMaggio

 

All that Jazz Lillie Howard and Company

Jazz LIllie Howard

Jazz Rich Syracuse

Jazz Harvey Kaiser © Joe DiMaggio

Joe DiMaggio and Roy Scheider © JoAnne Kalish

To All The Ships at Sea,

My great friend actor Roy Scheider, when I told him that my favorite film was ALL THAT JAZZ. He smiled and said, “You know why I was so good in that?  Because I was intense, dedicated, loved women, loved partying and attacked life head on and you know why you liked it? Because you’re the same as me.” Wow, what a compliment.  Stuff like that is a lot more valuable than money.  He was truly a great actor and great guy. One time JoAnne took me to the Blue Note and we saw Alberta Hunter. Alberta Hunter was one of the greatest American Jazz singers of all time.  That probably started my love affair with Jazz and the Blues.  Then I ran into Hugh Brodie who turned me onto Kitt Potter and Lilly Howard.  Lilly was playing in NY the other night and JoAnne and I went to see her.  She was playing with Guitarist Mike Jackson, Saxophonist Harvey Kaiser, Drummer Bobby Sanabria, and Bassist Rich Syracuse three great sets.  Wow the end to a perfect week.  She was kind enough to introduce me to her son who appeared to be a very cool dude.  Like all great singers she sings from the heart and gut.  She’ll certainly bring a smile or a tear to your eye.  She has that kind of power.  As a photographer you get to meet a lot of great people which is very cool… An adventure every day, and  a holiday every week.  It doesn’t get better than that.  By the way here is some information on my recent book FILL THE FRAME.

Jazz and Blues  – you can’t tell the difference after dark

 

 

Front Cover FILL THE FRAME

“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.”

FILL THE FRAME goes into detail about the many people he has photographed – celebrities, sports figures as well as so many others and his experiences working with them, and the stories behind the photographs.

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

First of many Amazon Reviews – “Where have you been Joe DiMaggio…An amazing recounting of this photographers life.  Each story is a touchstone to a period that resonates in our collective recollection of America.  It’s at once funny, sad, and charming, I simply couldn’t put it down.  A great read…” S. Simon Jacob

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Brighter Days Ahead…

To All The Ships At Sea,

Well the week started out with a dark cloud in the sky.  Not good…WRONG!  It turned out to be the best week I had in a long long time.  My agent from California called and I have an assignment in Boston.  JoAnne worked with our stock agency in Europe and we sold 3 photos.  My new book FILL THE FRAME HIT #13 on Amazon, I got in 5 days in at the gym, lost 4 lbs, won $2 on Lotto, ran into an old friend of mine that sings opera and made one or two interesting snapshots.  No Pulitzer, no Picture of the Year but what the hell, I’m having fun!  Topped it off with a great group of people at the Hotel Fauchére.  My one hour Q & A lasted almost two.  It was a ton of fun, great questions, great people. Can’t wait to do it again.  Life doesn’t get better than that – (okay next time I could win 2 million in the Lotto.)  If that happens, I’d take that 2 million, give half away and gift myself the availability of working for the next ten years on my pet projects.  Attached a few photos from my book.

Live Love, Laugh, & Be Happy

Joe D

 

Garcia or Smith

© Joe DiMaggio

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

 

 

   

FILL THE FRAME The First Chapter – Peter Paul & Mary

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

PETER, PAUL and MARY

In 1969, a new singing group was performing at a Long Island ice skating rink, a trio, actually – Peter, Paul and Mary. I phoned the local newspaper and asked for a press credential.  I was turned down. I called another paper; same story.  Then I called a weekly, uh, newspaper, containing mostly supermarket coupons, and they said they’d love to give me a credential — if they had any.  Make one up, I was told, which I did, subsequently proceeding to bluff my way into the concert.  I had a Mamiya C220 camera by then, and an ancient, beat up Leica 3-C.  I loaded both with Tri-X black and white film, and as show time approached I managed to work my way onto one wing of the stage.  I had loved Peter, Paul and Mary from the start.  Mary Travers was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen.  That hair, those eyes . . . and her voice was from heaven. The moments approaching her opening note were counting down, and I was trembling.  Then, during the sound check, Mary and her partners walked by, and she said, “Who the fuck is doing the sound here?  It sounds like shit.”  I think I grew up at that moment.  I’d heard those words before, just not from a goddess.  Looking back, my photos of the concert were of average quality, except for one shot of Mary, alone on a stool.  I sent her a copy.  Several years later, during one of her TV interviews, there it was, on the sofa behind her head.  More than 40 years have passed since then, and I’ve never stopped looking for the negatives.

Today Was A Catch-28!

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…