The Grand Canyon #1

This past weekend, Kathryn, our friends Adam, Emily, and I drove out to a town called Williams in Arizona.  From there we took a train to the south ridge of the Grand Canyon.

Since I have ca 80 photos I want to post, I’ll have to do this in segments.

 

 

We began by driving out into the desert.  In my mind, the Mojave has always been a myth, yet there it was.  I imagined the setting of The Gunslinger (my favorite book) and this man trying to cross something of this scale with only his waterbags and his revolvers.

The tourguide on our train was named Morgan.  There should be a book about her.  Just before we got off at the park she said “Keep in mind that life is not about the number of breaths we take, but rather the moments that take our breath away.”

When we walked up to the rim, a little boy next to me said “It looks like a large photograph.”

A few moments later, Kathryn said it looks like a painting.

 

 

 

Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913–2008

I revisted the Los Angeles County Museum of Art this past weekend and had the opportunity to see the Vanity Fair show I refered to in my previous post.  AWESOME!  Honestly, this was my favorite exhibit of any show I can remember in recent history.  There are some permanent collections at the Met that I love, but this show was just the best all around photo exhibit I’ve seen.  Of course, in my mind, Annie Leibovitz’s work dominated the more recent era.  (You can read about her here on Wikipedia).  Most of these shots encompassed film celebrities, however, there were also some ones that I didn’t expect.  There’s a shot of Bush and his advisers in the Oval Office ca. the invasion of Iraq that looks eerily comfortable but has the undertone of “We just went to war.”  There’s also a shot that hit me, that I think was hers, of Ronald and Nancy Reagan dancing.  It was just this very poignant and tender moment.

In the earlier photos, there’s a shot of Monet months before his death… DH Lawrence, Picasso, Gloria Swanson, Hugh Grant.  I know I’m not hitting on the best, because all the photos were the best and I just can’t recall them all.

Anyway, if you find yourself in LA, go!

Here’s the link to the show: http://www.lacma.org/art/ExhibVF.aspx

Over and Out.

Rainy Streets – look at the pic for a few seocnds

 

 

Last night, I was walking with my brother to his car, and saw this light refllecting off the pavement around me.  After he took off, I grabbed my cam and tripod, and began a short adventure around my neighborhood. I got a few looks (some amused).  I think I’m going to turn this into a series.  I need to do a little technical thinking about how to present these.  More to come.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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I need to start forming a habit of updating this blog at least every other day.  :)

The past few days, I’ve been occupied editing footage my brother and I took for our next project, as well as watching the Olympics.  I’m also kicking around some ideas for a series of webcams…

Anyway.  I wanted to jot something quick down.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been pushed back until next summer.  As a fan of the films, and the books, I thought I’d put up a link to the trailer from Apple’s Quicktime site.  Looks like it will be great when it comes around.

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