Street Photography: Even More Shapes and Shadows

…but this time, unlike the photographs in my previous posts, these have a whole different feel. Rather than being stark and angular, these are soft and curvy. It’s a completely different quality of light. It’s all reflected from the glass of the surrounding buildings. The visual effect on the sidewalk is apparent but, when theContinue reading “Street Photography: Even More Shapes and Shadows”

Street Photography: Inspirations

There was something about the photograph in yesterday’s post (see below) that stirred up recollections of other images. Luke Delalio, a long time friend who is talented in photography and many other artistic disciplines, mused that the photograph reminded him of an image by Alfred Stieglitz. He was close. The photograph he was thinking aboutContinue reading “Street Photography: Inspirations”

Street Photography: More Shapes and Shadows

This photograph was taken at the same location and time as those I described in a previous post. Before, I was on 51st Street looking toward the Avenue of the Americas. Now I’m looking down along 51st. Just turning around results in a completely different image and, yet, its composition still maintains the same theme.Continue reading “Street Photography: More Shapes and Shadows”

Street Photography: Shapes and Shadows

© 2019 Xiomaro.com These shapes are certainly not soft and languorous as in yesterday’s photograph in the Japanese stroll garden. But, to me, their angularity, hard edges, and high contrast convey what I feel when I am walking in New York City. That pure white triangular shape juts forward like a weapon with an impliedContinue reading “Street Photography: Shapes and Shadows”

One Shot Challenge: Photographing Shapes

© 2019 Xiomaro.com For these one-shot images, I was drawn more to the shapes within a scene than the subject itself though, of course, they are inextricably intertwined. Under some circumstances, as I will show in a future post, light is the added ingredient that can showcase forms to the point of abstraction especially whenContinue reading “One Shot Challenge: Photographing Shapes”

One Shot Challenge: The “Best” Camera

© 2019 Xiomaro.com These days I usually photograph with a small camera having dedicated knobs – rather than software menus – for aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, and aspect ratio. But the lens could not focus close enough to the moth resting on the translucent paper that covers the sliding lattice doors of a tea house.Continue reading “One Shot Challenge: The “Best” Camera”

One Shot Challenge: Another Attempt

© 2019 Xiomaro.com In my last blog post I explored reasons for limiting oneself to taking only one shot. Although I was satisfied with the first shot of the rain chain, I went on to take a few additional photographs that did not measure up as well to the first. Although I did not adhereContinue reading “One Shot Challenge: Another Attempt”

One Shot Challenge: Japanese Rain Chain

© 2019 Xiomaro.com In the days of film, it might have been appropriate to alter the sound of the shutter to the ka-ching of a cash register. Intentionality was required as the film and its development cost money. And you were limited to 24 or 36 shots after which the film had to be unloadedContinue reading “One Shot Challenge: Japanese Rain Chain”

Harvard’s Photo Exhibit Is Just In Time For New Ken Burns PBS Documentary

http://www.xiomaro.com | Contact Harvard University’s Lamont/Pusey Library presents selections from the photographic series Theodore Roosevelt – “How I Love Sagamore Hill” by Xiomáro (SEE-oh-MAH-ro).  The New York artist was commissioned by the National Park Service to photograph the interiors of the president’s “Summer Whitehouse” at what is now Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay, New York.  The 26 color photographs featuredContinue reading “Harvard’s Photo Exhibit Is Just In Time For New Ken Burns PBS Documentary”