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Second Friday Open Studios in Alameda

I came across a flyer for Alameda’s “Second Friday Art Walk” – while at Alameda Island Brewing Company. Hmmm, I got flat files and boxes full of photos, at least some of which I’d like to share.

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Obsolete Technology Study: Audio Cassette

I also have a “studio” a space that a friend and I share here on the lovely island of Alameda. After a quick chat- we’ve decided we’re going to try and participate.

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Obsolete Technology Study: 16mm Cinema Film

So here are some of the photos I’m hoping to display. Some, like the movie reels and audio cassettes are part of a project focusing on obsolete technology.

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Copenhagen, Shattered

Another subject I hope to share includes highlights from recent travels. There are a few photos I’m happy to share from a recent trip including Copenhagen, Büdingen (Hessen), and Berlin etc.

Bikes of Copenhagen
Bikes of Copenhagen
Dom St. Peter (Osnabrück)
Dom St. Peter (Osnabrück)

One item I can’t display here is my hand printed black and white traditional prints. Folks who want to sound fancy call these “Fine Art” and “Silver Gelatin” prints. If you’re old enough to be from the film photography era, they’re just normal prints. Except, that I also have some “Alt Process” prints of sorts too that I might display: I’ve been playing around with so called “litho printing”. But these aren’t digitized. You’ll have to hold them in your hands in person if you want to see.

Call or email me (phone four juan 5 – sveen four 2 -0121) for schedule and location if you’re interested.

 

Catching up with Copenhagen p1

Last summer my family and I flew into Copenhagen Denmark, traveled through Germany and flew out of Berlin.

Bike Friendly Copenhagen
Bike Friendly Copenhagen

Copenhagen was rich in urban texture. Bikes and bricks were everywhere.

Bike Friendly Copenhagen
Bike Friendly Copenhagen

Since there was a substantial time shift- I woke up very early one morning and opted to go photograph.

CopenhagenThe wet streets and gray skies lent themselves to the colorful lights of a closed Tivoli amusement park.

Copenhagen

Balboa Constrictor

Punny title, eh?

Balboa Park, San Diego

So I had an event gig recently down in San Diego. That also opened up an opportunity to shoot a little stock.

Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa Park was on my list- I’d been there before on a family trip (where I was forced to promise not to make the trip into a photo trip.)

Balboa Park, San Diego

So this time I went full force ahead. I employed all my tricks: the stick, long daylight exposures and the shift lens.

Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa park is littered with ornate buildings left over from a World’s Fair a century or so ago.

Balboa Park, San Diego

The plazas and pedestrian passages seemed particularly photogenic – especially with the aerial views.

Balboa Park, San Diego

 

Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa Park, San Diego

Doing the Honorable Thing

Legion of Honor, Museum in San Francisco, CA

It was only an hour or two I had, but I think I got some good stock photos from my visit.

Legion of Honor, Museum in San Francisco, CA

The building itself is Beaux-Arts based on a building in Paris (or so I have read.)  I did my stick schtick on the outside.

Legion of Honor, Museum in San Francisco, CA

Fortunately I have a reciprocal membership from the San Jose Museum of art that gets me in to most art museums in the US, including the Legion.

Legion of Honor, Museum in San Francisco, CA

Which is handy since I have about an hour before my attention span dissipates. And an hour isn’t worth the admission cost – so otherwise I’d seldom set foot inside such museums.

Legion of Honor, Museum in San Francisco, CA

Though fewer than the Cantor Museum at Stanford, there are quite a few Rodin sculptures inside, and The Thinker graces the inner courtyard.

 

Open Çeşme

The closest we got to our “Greek beach vacation” just happened to be in Turkey. We opted to spend a few days in a lovely little resort town in Western Turkey called Cesme. Technically it is in Asia, but it seemed more European than Greece we experienced. Our hotel was right next to the beach. Cesme, at least the center, was tidy, clean and full of well behaved drivers.

Walking around, I fell in love with the urban texture of the place. All over you can see the patina of faded paint, the old ironwork, the old water fountains with Arabic writing where men still came and collected water. The castle was the main historical feature, followed by a Greek church that now serves as a  community hall.

 

With an Emphasis on Ephesus

Ephesus is a well preserved ruin of a once grand city in Western Turkey. In Turkish, the city is called Efes, which is also the name of Turkey’s biggest brewery. It is truly amazing to walk among the ruins of a society that flourished thousands of years ago. Even if it’s 100 degrees fahrenheit. Seeing Efes makes me wonder what, if anything, will be left of our built environment in two or three thousand years.

Cats and other Critters

Everybody loves cat photos, right?! Well in both Greece and Turkey there is no shortage of cute cats. I was quite impressed to see so many cute cats and kittens the last time I was in Istanbul, and this trip was no exception.

In some places it was pretty sad, especially in Greece. Many cats were in really bad physical shape, and there appeared to be no attempt to spay or neuter. Occasionally there’d be a cardboard box on a sidewalk with kittens crying for their mommy. Turkey seemed to have a bit more respect for their cats. We befriended the most adorable dog in Chios too, but no photos unfortunately.

There were also a few unexpected critters on our trip. For one, there were turtles tortoises enjoying the lawn Temple of Hephaestus in Athens. And the ancient Roman aqueduct in Selçuk (the modern town next to the ancient biblical city of Efes or Ephesus) doubled as stork nesting sites.