Thursday, April 23, 2015

Throwback Thursday (photogram avec Dior)

I'm teaching myself how to use a large format scanner with an eye to archiving larger images in my flat files. Once upon a time my d.h. called me a "techno-zero" and I'd like to think I've come a long way since then. Always volumes to learn where technology is concerned but any progress is much appreciated and motivates me to push on.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

On the Go

I've been hither and yon - well, Brooklyn and Manhattan. I had the pleasure of meeting Rosie Schaap, bartender, author and columnist for the New York Times who prepared two delicious cocktails which I imbibed with friends at her very welcoming bar. Now I am reading her book and really enjoying it. Thanks Rosie!

Met my friend Joyce today at the Frick Collection. A treasure trove of historic paintings, objects and furniture in the sumptuous setting of Frick's mansion completed in 1915. ("No photos allowed please.")

On foot in the neighborhood, I studied shop windows..

... and the sight of four window washers dangling from the side of a building required that I stop and make an image.

And thank you Joyce for the delicious lunch. (what a beautiful upstairs dining room!)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Decisive Moment on a Saturday

For the past few years I've been volunteering as a cashier for The Friends of Warner Library book sale. I work with my friend Karen and we keep up a banter while managing the many transactions (along with asking every purchaser "do you want to buy a Warner Library bag for a dollar and support the library?) and inspiring a lot of smiles.

Books come in as donations steadily all year and by the time the sale rolls around (held two weekends a year- April and October) they have been organized, filling two tents installed on the property. The sale's proceeds pay for the library's great community programming that we all enjoy.

I'm always game to photograph spontaneously whenever I can and this event draws a wide range of individuals. It took me a little while to work up my courage- but the young lady's gloves moved me to take out my camera and ask if I could take a photo. And the three generations of one family- who could resist photographing that?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Primary Spring

Maybe the best part of April is the sight of flowers in the garden. Hope is eternal and is sometimes rewarded in kind.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Busy Day

My day started early at Tappan Hill where I photographed the annual breakfast for the Westchester Library System. This year's speaker was Frank Bruni who gave an inspiring talk on the college admissions process (his new book addresses this topic). As a parent actively engaged in academia on behalf of our kids, this is a subject very close to my heart.

Midday I rode the train in to the city where I met a friend for lunch and it was great to bring each other up to date. Walking uptown, an installation and a store window begged to be photographed. Sometimes there's nothing like the unexpected of the city.