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Intending to make just one picture of the kitchen sink - the lipton tea bags and other garbage - I noticed the highlight on the stainless steel in the adjoining sink and couldn't pass it up, picture making wise.
Spent Friday- Sunday past at Jay Peak resort in Vermont. I wasn't there to ski, I was there for hockey.
During a day long snowfall, the view from our cottage was just right for quiet relaxation and contemplation. The view from the waterpark bar/balcony was anything but. I leave it up to you to deduce where, outside of the hockey arena, I spent most of my time.
FYI, the iPhone pano picture is of Hugo and his team waiting for the tournament championship game - their last game of the season and the last time they will all be together as a team. In more ways than one, it was very fitting that Hugo scored the first and last goal of the game and, consequently, of the season.
Now on to picture making business ....
When making pictures, I most often do not "work" a scene. That is, most often it is one and done, click-of-the-shutter wise. On those occasions when I work it, the variations I make are usually very minor changes in framing. All of which means that my normal M.O. is to go with my first impression and move on.
That written, last week I pictured the above window art as seen in a vacant store. My first impression (and picture) thereof is the tightly framed window and door as seen in the 3rd-from-the-left-picture. However, in this case, I continued to work the scene and made 2 additional wider view pictures.
After processing all 3 of the pictures, I had them grouped together on my screen in order to choose the "winner". It was at that point I experience a very unexpected result. Not only could I not pick a "winner", I arrived at a point where I could not visually separate one picture from another because, in a way I can not adequately explain, when grouped together in a straight line with a 4th framing variation, they seem to be visually all-of-a-piece. My eye can not find a place to land in the grouping. It keeps dancing back and forth, hither and yon across the collective field of view.
The only conclusion that I can arrive at for that reaction is to think that the combination of a relatively monochromatic referent surround together with the vibrant color of the referent(s) themselves creates a kind of eye-brain recognition puzzle that my senses can not stop trying to figure out.
And, surprise, surprise, I like the sense-ation very much. I like it enough to go forth and find more monochromatic / vibrant color, competing wise, scenes in order to see if I can replicate the same result. If successful, I will be off to the races, eye-brain recognition puzzle picture making wise.Anyone else experiencing the same field of visual energy which I see in the grouping?
Once again, perusing my archive has yielded forth yet another body of work. Although, in this case, the work was not spread out over many years. In fact, it was all made during the first-second years after my first foray into the digital picture making domain, circa 2004.
At that time I was not ready to make the jump to a high-end dslr, such as they were at that time. It was obvious to me that it was going to take a while for things to stabilize, camera specs wise. For one thing, the megapixel race was kicking into high gear and changes seemed to be coming every 30 days. Consequently, I settled into a prosumer Canon Powershoot G series camera until I felt the time was right to move into the dslr arena.In any event, these pictures were all made with a G series camera. And, yes, they were all made to be part of a specific body of work. So culling them out of the archive was not labor intensive inasmuch as my archive is arranged chronologically and these pictures were grouped in a relatively tight cluster.
Featured Comment: Nisk S. wrote: "The Book Cover is on the wrong side. (Was that on purpose?)
my response: Brain flatulence when making file for web. Thankfully, not for book. Now corrected.
Featured Comment: John Linn wrote: "Another copy/paste issue, or else Rist Camp has some hidden modern amenities.
my response: As I was making the picture I was thinking that I would rather be at Rist Camp ..... if only I didn't really enjoy hauling Hugo's hockey butt all over the place on weekends ..... if only Rist Camp was winterized ..... if only it were August ..... and so on and so on. Apparently the thought stuck with me and subliminally caused me to leave the name unpasted.
Hugo's scheduled hockey season is over. However, the team is now engaged in post season tournament play.
This weekend past, they played in a tournament in Schenectady, NY - a NYS Capital District city. 2 of the games, semi-final and championship, were held at the Union College* hockey arena. Hugo's team played in both games.
The team went undefeated in the round-robin play (3-0) earning them participation in the championship game. Their opponent was the tournament host team, the Schenectady Chargers, a high level very well coached hockey team**. A team which they defeated 2-1 - in an intense and closely contested game - in the round robin play and a game in which Hugo scored 1 goal and was, as they say, making stuff happen (play making, puck moving, shots on net, etc.).
Unfortunately 2 things conspired against Hugo's team in the championship game.
#1 - As mentioned, the opponent team was very well coached and they knew, after experiencing Hugo's play firsthand, what they had to do to win the championship game. Namely, get all over #88. A tactic which they executed to perfection with 2 and, at times, 3 players (see action picture in diptych) stuck to Hugo like glue throughout the game.
What the opposing coaches didn't know was the fact that, if Hugo doesn't score, his team doesn't win - a fact which has held true without exception over the course of the entire season. The fact that Hugo's team record is 35-10-2 is testament to how many pucks Hugo has put in the net - 60 at last count.
#2 - While shutting down Hugo obviously helped the other team win, perhaps the biggest factor was the round robin schedule which pitted the 2 teams most likely to met the host team in the championship game - Hugo's team and a team from Massachusetts - against each other in an very early 7:10AM game which ended only 4 hours before the championship game began. That game was vigorously contested inasmuch as both teams were playing for a berth in the championship game. Needless to write, the host team, having played their last round robin game the day before, was well rested. Anyone who thinks that that situation was a scheduling coincidence should contact me so I can sell them a bridge in Brooklyn.
After a scoreless 1st period (in the championship game), Hugo's team started to "lose their legs" midway through the 2nd period and it was only a matter of time before their opponent scored a couple goals. And with Hugo shut down, that was effectively that.
In any event, there's always the next time - which arrives this Friday-Sunday in a tournament in the far reaches of northern Vermont.
FYI, the other picture in the diptych depicts why many hockey dads have sore backs - they're bent over tying skate laces before very game.
*Union College is a small - enrollment is approx. 2100-2200 students - college founded in 1795. Despite it's diminutive student body and the fact that it offers no athletic scholarships, the Union College men's hockey team, the Dutchmen, won the NCAA Division 1 (highest level of collegiate athletics) national Championship last season, besting Minnesota Gophers (enrollment 28,600 and plenty of hockey scholarships).
After viewing this picture and my recent onion skins at midnight picture, one might think I that I or the wife have taken to sleep walking and sleep chopping veggies in the night. However, that, of course, is not the case.
The case is that I have finally trained the wife to not cleanup after herself when making breakfast / lunch / dinner (on those days when I am not doing it), at least not until I have pictured or deemed un-picture worthy those "messes" which just might appeal to my eye and sensibilities. Fortunately (for me), she has come to realize that any thing in the kitchen is potential fodder for picture making.
On the other hand, there may be a method to her trained madness - guess who eventually gets to clean up the "messes"?In any event, I did make these pictures at midnight or there about. I wasn't sleep walking. In both cases I was in the kitchen looking for a late night snack.
The kitchen sink body of work is an outgrowth of my kitchen life body of work. In the act of making pictures for the kitchen life series, over time it became apparent that my kitchen sink needed separate attention inasmuch as it presented a very specific referent as opposed to picturing things which depict the generalized idea of life in the kitchen.
Making pictures for the kitchen sink series is a slow go. Even though I am constantly on the lookout for (to my eye and sensibilities) visually interesting arrangements in the sink, picturing opportunities are few and far between due to the fact that the arrangements are found as is / serendipitous / the result of happenstance and not made / constructed. Consequently, there can be long periods during which nothing pricks my eye and sensibilities and, therefore, no kitchen sink picture making.I have given thought to making arrangements in the sink but have come to the conclusion that doing so would negative the entire point of the endeavor. That is, to recognize the random and serendipitous beauty to be found in the quotidian world.