Street performers in Mexico are a whole lot different than in the United States or other countries. Most wear exotic costumes and frequently have exotic pets like large snakes or or lizards with them. This group was seen performing outside the entrance to Tulum in Quintana Roo.
This is one of my favorite shots and for some reason I never have published it. I was on a fashion shoot at what we thought was an abandoned train station. I have shared some photos from that shoot before.(one,two). We had been there for about an hour, not a soul in sight. The model was doing outfit changes behind a deserted building and then a train pulled in and these two guys got off the train and immediately checked their watches. We were both stunned but Pat had the good sense to run over to the train and strike a pose. A magic moment.
When we moved back to Pittsburgh in 2014 we really lucked out in a lot of ways. Of course neighbors sometimes can be a liability when buying a house. Just ask me about Long Island sometime. However, Regent Square is a wonderful Pittsburgh neighborhood and we have great neighbors. One bonus we couldn’t have planned for is that one of our neighbors is a singer-songwriter.
I have great respect for songwriters, they are poets. As a novelist, yes I can say that, I am even more impressed. It’s hard enough to think up the words let alone set them to music. Our local poet is Matt Aquiline and he writes alternative country rock music that is humorous and heartwarming and never depressing. Last night he played at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh with his new band and they were awesome. They were proceeded by The Highballers with Belén Pifel, who used to sing with Matt when they lived in Washington. At the end of the night Belén Pifel and John Woolf joined Matt and his new band for a great finish. Here are some images from the show.
I was sitting at La Playa Paraiso after a swim with my lady and looking to the sky for pelicans when I noticed this scene. A man taking a picture of his bathing beauty lady was enough to attract my attention. However, I had been observing the young man in the hat holding court under the palm tree for some time. I liked the juxtaposition of the two hats and took the picture. It wasn’t until I saw it on my 27″ display that I noticed the pat on the tush.
I am starting to toy with the concept of doing more exhibition photography after we relocate. During the 1970’s I worked as a photojournalist in Pittsburgh and displayed some work in museum shows including the Carnegie Museum. I stopped working in the field when I became involved in printing and publication. I retired early so I could pick up Photography again and began doing photojournalism although this time without assignments. I am looking for work that Henri Cartier-Bresson would like.
I am going to be posting images that I may have posted before with a candidate # thereby collecting a list of what I feel would be likely candidates to print. This one taken in Milan in 2010. Please feel free to leave comment sir you agree or disagree about including them in a “best of” list.
Here is another one that has never been published for my passionate Facebook and Blog Zombie fans. As most of you know, I was on the location of Dawn of the Dead as a journalist for two nights and have published many of the better images on my commercial site.
This is George Romero directing his principal actors between shots on location in Monroeville Mall in 1978.
There are millions of fans of Zombie Films and thanks to The Walking Dead and other movies the genre is stronger than ever. What is surprising to me is the number of fans that exist for a movie made almost 40 years ago. Not only that but the fans are passionate! I was on the location of Dawn of the Dead as a journalist for two nights and have published many of the better images on my commercial site.
However my Facebook fans keep asking me to publish all of them so I am starting that process even though most of these images have degraded in quality and were not that good to begin with. This is a picture of Jeanie Jefferies the blond beauty that doubled as an extra and make up artist on the film. She is almost as popular as the film itself. Normally I would not have published this because you can’t even see her face but this is history and besides Jeanie looks great even from the side.