Tuesdays With Toomey–Stress Release Civics

I don’t usually write political posts and this one is more of a civics post than a political one. A lot of progressive and moderate people in the United States are feeling anxious. One way to deal with that anxiety is to DO SOMETHING!

Every Tuesday in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other Pennsylvania cities people gather in front of Senator Pat Toomey’s offices to engage in non-violent protest. Pat Toomey is Pennsyvania’s conservative Senator.

Being involved helps to relieve the anxiety. Contributing helps you to feel invloved and more hopeful when you are with others that share your points of view. No matter what your beliefs please get involved. The tragedy of the last election was that 46 percent of Americans didn’t vote. Apathy kills democracy. Get involved and for god’s sake VOTE!

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Smithsonian Candidate #10…Nymphenburg Palace

I am thinking of entering the Smithsonian Photo Contest even though I have zero chance of winning. I say that not to denigrate my ability as a photographer, but each category already has over 50,000 entries. Sure a lot of them are crap but some, well follow the link above and see for yourself. Also you can only submit work from 1/1/2016 until the present and all works with people must have a model release.

If you are familiar with any of my work (e.g. Moment and Souls) you probably realize I don’t have a lot of model releases.

Fortunately I do have some images that may qualify in other categories and will be publishing some here to see if you feel they quality. Please comment and let me know your thoughts. This is an entry in the travel category and is an image of Nymphenburg Palace in Vienna.

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Nymphenburg Palace

Regent Square Theater

When we returned to Pittsburgh three years ago we were excited about our new neighborhood. It was great when we left in 1978 and since returning it continues to get better in every way. We were excited that the Regent Square Theater was still here.

We went to see a couple of films and walking up to the theater was fun but inside the theater had deteriorated. Then the theater closed for a while and the whole neighborhood was sad. It was closed for a long time and we thought its absence would change our area. Then to our joy we found out that they were finding funds to refurbish it.

Last night was our first night back to The the theater. We went to see The Mads from Mystery Science Theater 3000. The Pittsburgh Filmakers had promised live events and we had great fun watching a terrible movie with the Mads. We laughed like crazy and enjoyed the improved projection system and comfortable seats. Way to go Pittsburgh Filmmakers! Thanks for giving our neighborhood our Theather back.

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Smithsonian Candidate #8…Long Boards on The Gulf

I am thinking of entering the Smithsonian Photo Contest even though I have zero chance of winning. I say that not to denigrate my ability as a photographer, but each category already has over 50,000 entries. Sure a lot of them are crap but some, well follow the link above and see for yourself. Also you can only submit work from 1/1/2016 until the present and all works with people must have a model release.

If you are familiar with any of my work (e.g. Moment and Souls) you probably realize I don’t have a lot of model releases.

Fortunately I do have some images that may qualify in other categories and will be publishing some here to see if you feel they quality. Please comment and let me know your thoughts. This is an entry in the people category and shows two longboards in the Gulf of Mexico near Sunset Beach.

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Long Boarding

Zombie Week Day 7—George Romero

I’ll end Zombie week as I started with an image of the master, George Romero. This was one of the two images used by Pittsburgh Magazine. . The 40th Anniversary celebration of Dawn of The Dead ends today at Monroeville Mall. I hope everyone had a glorious time.

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George Romero on the Set of Dawn of the Dead

Zombie Week Day 6—Tom Savini and Marty Schiff

This is one of my favorites from the two nights of shooting. A lot of the crew doubled as extras in the movie. Both of these guys had many roles and have continued working in the film industry to the present day. They are seen here dressed as bikers. The bikers had an important role in the plot development of the film.

I had to make a decision with this image. I decided to accentuate the reflections in the background which gives it a creepier feeling.

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Savini and Schiff

Zombie Week Day 5—Ken Foree and Gaylen Ross

I was under instructions to not bother the crew or actors on the set of Dawn of The Dead. I was there as a photojournalist but only for photography. I did no writing for Pittsburgh Magazine. . I did get to chat with the crew in the makeup room but didn’t talk to anyone during the shoot.

These are photos taken of two of the movies billed stars, Ken Foree and Gaylen Ross. Ken Foree remained an actor and has 109 Acting Credits on IMDB. Gaylen Ross was only an actress for three years but has since worked as a Director of Documentary Films.

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Ken Foree

Gaylen Ross