Nobuko

To All the Ships At Sea:

Both JoAnne and I, have some really wonderful friends such as Steve & Mary.  They invited us for a lovely Barbecue last week.  We had met Steve’s mom the year before and I was thoroughly taken with her.  Her name is Nobuko. She happened to be visiting again and I sat across from her.  As I was talking to her a tiny bit of light lit up her face like she was an angel. I absolutely had to photograph her.

When we left I kissed her and invited her to come to our studio for an informal portrait session.  She was gracious enough to come.  I spent the morning redoing the studio specifically for her.  My Japanese isn’t what it used to be but I greeted her with Ohayo gozaimasu. She was very happy. I had her sit down and we made some small talk. Nobuko is in amazing health and her eyes are the eyes of a 20 year old. They are bright, clear and they sparkle.  It doesn’t get better than that.  I am not a conventional portrait photographer.  When I find someone this beautiful I have to make the photograph.  Nobuko did all the work and I recorded her presence.

Werner, A Beautiful Artist

©Joe DiMaggio

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Hi to all the ships at sea,

Growing up in New York City, when I heard the word orchid, I knew exactly what it meant.  Orchard Street, a Street in New York that my grandpa would take me shopping on Sundays.  I don’t know, while in college, that I learned much about orchids.  I sure had my street smarts.  Let’s fast forward a few years.  I had the privilege and pleasure of meeting the most beautiful man that God put on this planet, Werner Kabitzke.  Werner was born in Germany, but as a young man, moved to Maine.  He fell in love with Maine and all of the flora and fauna that came with it.  He became an expert horticulturist, and his expertise on all things flowers was truly amazing, but his favorite were orchids, and my God, did he grow some magnificent orchids in his green house.  With his green thumb and vision, he was able to breed varieties of different orchids together to create works of art.  A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of spending his 88th birthday with him.  Last Sunday, he prepared himself for the trip from this planet, to the orchid gardens of Heaven.  When you read this, go home and hug your bride, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, life is beautiful and fast.  Have an absolutely fabulous Day.

©Joe Di Maggio

Kathrin, Stefan, Suzzana, Werner Kabitzke, Werner Jr. ©Joe Di Maggio

 

 

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The Greatest Things in Life are Free

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It never ceases to amaze me the greatest things in life are free.  A little tiny pat on the back, a smile, an acknowledgment that you’re doing well.  But the advent in the digital world, many free things are forgotten.  I was pleasantly surprised when I received a visit from Peter Poremba, the CEO of Dyn-alite, his beautiful wife, and his equally beautiful, charming daughter Olivia.  I’ve know Olivia since she was born.  She’s amazingly beautiful and bright.  She made this get well card for me, which is out being framed as we speak.  Olivia, thank you so much.  Peter and Conni, you done good!  A few snaps of Olivia taken approximately seven years ago, and her puppy Harley.

 

 

 

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Pete Seeger 1919 – 2014

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What I’m about to say is my opinion, not fact. Pete Seeger will not rest in peace. He’ll be going to the pearly gates and will be carrying his banjo and singing and will never stop. As a matter of fact, he may try to reorganize part of Heaven. Personally, I’ve never met anyone who ever had a bad word to say about Pete. The reason for this is he was truly a gift to the world. A true visionary before it was popular to be one.  There are very few men who would have the audacity, and nerve to march into Washington and stand up to the bureaucracy. I for one am not sure I’d be able to do it.
I have always been in love with Pete and what he stood for.  I did a short film with Pete and like all films I do, there was no script, outline or storyboard. I took the advice of Albert Maysles and I was a fly on the wall. As I was filming this 90 year old man picked up a sledge hammer and it whistled past my ear. I got on two knees and tried to frame him winging that hammer. Now it may have only been 6-14 inches from me but I thought to myself Pete please don’t make a mistake and I certainly was not worried about my camera.  Like everything Pete did, he was just right on. He went back to his microphone and didn’t miss a beat finishing up his song. What I thought also thought interesting, was that he showed up with his entourage – him and his truck and left the same way. There are no proper words in webster’s unabashed dictionary to describe Pete Seeger. God made just one and there will never be another that will take his place. With all due respect to Dylan, Springsteen, Sinatra, Presley, and John Lennon, they all might eventually be replaced but that will never happen with Pete.  I consider myself an extremely lucky man to have spent time with such a true American Hero.  I will make an honest attempt to put together another very short film on Pete.
So Pete keep playing your songs and when you need to break a sweat chop some more wood. Subconsciously I think that’s why I love to chop wood myself.