Glass Trumpet at Carnegie Museum

As I stood in front of this piece of art I couldn’t help but think of Miles Davis and Randy Brecker. I never met Miles Davis but I did have the good fortune to be stuck on an airport Super Shuttle in New Orleans with the Brecker Brothers.By the end of the 90 minute ride we were showing each other pictures of our kids and swapping horror stories about life on the road. Great guys to be stuck in a van with. I have seen Brecker perform a few times, sorry I never got to see Miles.

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Glass Trumpet

Self Portrait at Carneige Museum

I seem to like self portraits were you can’t see my face like the one I use for my avatar where the camera is my face. Last year I posted a new one from Las Vegas.

Last week I took this one at Carnegie Exhibition in Pittsburgh.You can see my face a little but I like how slim it makes me look. Takes me back 40 years.

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Self Portrait at The Carnegie Museum

New Self Portrait

I rarely like the way I look. Its not just because I am older, I never really was satisfied with the way I look. My wife always tells me how handsome I am and some of her friends have actually called me a babe. Meh, Robert Redford is a babe, me not so much.

So usually when I do a self portrait, you can’t see my face. So this new one taken in Las Vegas is no exception.

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New Self Portrait

My Kind of Selfie

If you know me you know that like most people I am kinda shy about being photographed. When I was in my 20’s or 30’s I didn’t mind it so much. It was before surgeries and hair growing out of unusual places. I am still kind of fit and flexible for my age but don’t like the camera on me much. So selfies are not my thing. I don’t mind the occasional selfie but tend to think I am just screwing up the view of what I want to share. I don’t mind the vanity of others and kind of find it amusing.

So here is a selfie of me in The Indiana Cafe in Paris at Guerre Montparnasse in 2011. It is actually a refection off of a table, I am the foreground blob, you can see the waitress talking to my wife and a man standing up to my left. This is my kind of self portrait. I have posted some others below.

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My Kind of Selfie

My Kind of Selfie

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Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Palmer House Wave

Last week we had a suite at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago as part of our only daughter’s wedding. I was fascinated by the strange full length mirrors on our floor. I spent some time trying to get only my head in the mirror and take the shot. Couldn’t do it handheld without falling down so settled for a wave instead.

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Hello from the Palmer house

Sand Portrait

I have been occasionally taking self portraits since I first started photography in the 1960’s. This year the term “selfie” became a word according to The Webster Dictionary. I can’t think of a better word to describe our inward looking, self indulgent, jerk off culture of the modern times in which we live.

I feel kind of sorry for those who feel the need to document their lives by pointing a phone camera at their faces in front of a famous place or building. If nothing else ask another person with a camera to take your picture where your face isn’t terribly distorted by your cheap camera phone lens and you can actually see the beauty of your location. I am happy to do this and am asked frequently to take a souvenir picture for someone when I travel.

This my latest self portrait with my wife at Clearwater Beach.

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