“Home is the Starting Place”

I was reminded of this photograph after seeing that St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17. It’s an image that is published on page 30 of my book Weir Farm National Historic Site (Arcadia Publishing). My book tells the story of Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), who is one of the founders of American Impressionist painting.Continue reading ““Home is the Starting Place””

Theodore Roosevelt’s “Entertainment Center”

The North Room of TR’s “Summer White House” was a place he designed for meeting with heads of state and other dignitaries. The room, especially the Northeast corner, was used as a modern day version of what we would call a family entertainment center. The Victrola record player was acquired sometime after 1910. Here, TRContinue reading “Theodore Roosevelt’s “Entertainment Center””

The Other Side: Pompey

February is Black History Month and this photograph was one of the prints on display during solo exhibitions I had at New York City’s African Burial Ground National Monument and other venues. The burial ground, located in Mastic Beach, Long Island, is believed to be the site where some of William Floyd’s slaves are buried.Continue reading “The Other Side: Pompey”

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”