Jerry Garcia–MSG–1993

This is a pen and ink rendering of Jerry Garcia. The original photo was taken during a 1993 concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

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Jerry Garcia 1993

Jerry Garcia 1993

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Motif #1

This is the harbor at Rockport Massachusetts. I took this photo early in my career on a frigid November day while my family waited in a restaurant on the pier where later I had some fantastic clam chowder. Years later I discovered this scene is commonly called Motif #1 because it is one of the most photographed and painted scenes in the world. Art teachers assign this to teach students about painting light, color and vistas. Who knew?

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Motif #1

Motif #1

Provincetown MA 1983

We only visited P-Town once in 1983 when my wife was pregnant with our daughter. We ate at a bistro called Cafe Blasé where the waiter scolded my wife for having a beer which was probably one of the two that she had in nine months. He had the audacity to pat my wife’s pregnant belly while he scolded her. I held my temper but had joy in leaving no tip.

My wife needed to take a lot of naps back then since it was her 6th month of pregnancy and I went off to capture a few snapshots. Yesterday a Federal Judge applied the 14th Amendment and struck down Pennsylvania’s law prohibiting gay marriage. The judge did more than that though she supported the fact that in the USA you are ALLOWED to be different. It made me think of this picture.

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Provincetown MA 1983

Provincetown MA 1983

Bavaria–The Alps

I live on a mountain. I have also traveled a lot through different mountain ranges in Colorado,California,Utah,New Mexico,Maine,Canada,Pennsylvania,North Carolina etc. It is amazing how different mountains can look and yet so similar at the same time. A mountain in Pennyslvania and one in Tennessee can look very much alike but you wouldn’t confuse them with the Rockies.

These are the Alps in Germany near the Austrian border. I don’t think these look like any other mountains I have seen but can’t say what it is that makes them look so different. I have never been to the Canadian but this doesn’t look like Colorado to me.

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Bavaria

Bavaria

The Pigeons of The Cathedral Santa Maria Nascente

In the plaza outside the The Cathedral Santa Maria Nascente in Milan the Pigeons gather just as they do outside other great cathedrals around the world. I wonder if Pigeons are Catholic? I myself have never been one to feed pigeons. I don’t think they need any survival help from me. However photographing this family was fun. I love the different expressions; the thrill of the young girl, the calmness of the father, the trying to be cool teen and the wonder of the boy are all in this single image.

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Pigeons of Milan

Pigeons of Milan

Sunday at the Park

There is a big difference between Central Park in New York and Milan. On any weekend both parks will be packed with people. Both parks may have a wedding going on and both will have sunbathers, walkers,runners, bikers etc. In Milan we did notice two policemen walking through the park. In New York it was more like a small army.

This scene is one you will never see in New York. In New York your dog can only be unleashed in a small fenced “Dog Park” or you will receive a summons. In Milan the police stopped to watch the dogs play.

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Meeting in the Park

Meeting in the Park

Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation

The back view of Notre Dame de Paris offers a splendid view of the famous flying buttresses that support the cathedral. Almost hidden behind the park benches and hedges is a walkway to the end of Île de la Cité. Here you will find the Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation.

This simple monument is not so much a Holocaust memorial but specifically a memorial to the more than 200,000 people who were deported from Vichy France to the Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Designed by French architect Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894–1978), the memorial was inaugurated by Charles de Gaulle on April 12, 1962.It is a simple design and takes just a few minutes to visit yet most people have no idea what it is or why it is there.

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Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation

Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation