Sunday, October 14, 2018

"THE TIMES OF BILL CUNNINGHAM"

William John "Bill" Cunningham Jr.
March 13, 1929-June 25, 2016
American fashion photographer for The New York Times, known for his candid and street photography.
(Film Attendee)

“The Times of Bill Cunningham”
What a delightful Film!
Excerpt from Variety
"Only 74 minutes long, yet it’s a snapshot of a life that leaves you grateful for having encountered it. Cunningham insists he wasn’t an artist, and in a way the movie recognizes that he was right. He was a natural photographer who anticipated the digital era, but his gift wasn’t so much for crafting impeccable images. It was a talent for living that he expressed through his lens. He was a reporter who forged his own unique beat: the beauty of other people."
(See Link)

Producers: Mark Bozek, Russell Nuce.
Executive producers: Dan Braun, Brendan FitzGerald, Kathleen FitzGerald, Stephanie Marsil, Michael Phillips, Susan Rockefeller.
Director, screenplay: Mark Bozek.
 Editor: Amina Megalli.
(Amina with Mark Bozek)

"Photographer Bill Cunningham democratized fashion by showing that style wasn't dependent on money or status in his photos for The New York Times."
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Amina Megalli

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LINKS

Full Variety Review

Saturday, October 13, 2018

GOING NOWHERE Part Three

The Attic

A few items saved from the previous owners lifelong collection

 And many more boxes of items including a history pieced together from papers. It's a whole room full of the past. More on this at their site in a link at the bottom.
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The Graveyard

Just to the right and across the road from the house.

"Wayfaring Stranger"
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Leaving
Packed these gifts to take with me

Last look
 
 Driving
 
Looking up at the Rhinecliff NY train station which is ground level, right next to the Hudson river. The only sounds-water lapping and crickets calling.
Treasures gleaned
I will Remember
Mist rising and falling over North Mountain, deer browsing at dawn, migrating geese flying away in formation, that full moon, rain and sun while sitting on the porch for hours watching the ever changing show.
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LINK
http://exot.typepad.com/blue/

http://mscomfortzone.blogspot.com/2018/10/going-nowhere-part-one.html 

https://mscomfortzone.blogspot.com/2018/10/going-nowhere-part-two.html

Thursday, October 11, 2018

MONUMENTAL DOVECOTE

Merchants' Gate
West 59th Street at Columbus Circle
Manhattan New York
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The Maine Monument commemorates the 260 American sailors who perished on February 15th,1898 when the USS Maine exploded while in harbor in Havana, Cuba. Though the cause of the explosion remains unknown, many (including popular New York City newspapers) blamed Spain for the attack.
 The event was a catalyst that accelerated a diplomatic impasse between the United States and Spain, and the United States Congress declared war on Spain on April 25th, 1898. The war would last 8 months.

Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst called for a public memorial to the Maine, and the sculpture was dedicated in 1913. The gilded bronze figures atop the pylon represent Columbia Triumphant leading a seashell chariot of three seahorses. They are said to be cast from metal recovered from the guns of the Maine itself.
Sad Note
This will not last.
Property is more precious than pigeons.
However, it comforts me to witness them just doing the best they can while lacking the original rock cliffs where, once upon a time long gone, they belonged. Today I listened to the report on climate change, "It’s bleak, y’all. The planet has already warmed by 1 degree Celsius. We’d actually passed that threshold right around the time of the Paris climate agreement in 2015."
Read this short Essay
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In 1995, the Central Park Conservancy re-gilded the figures. Conservancy sculptors carved new pieces for missing part of the monument, and the stone was cleaned and pigeon-proofed. In 1997, the Conservancy restored Merchant's Gate and its surrounding landscape, transforming it into an inviting public plaza.
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"Fossil evidence suggests the rock dove originated in southern Asia, and skeletal remains, unearthed in Israel, confirm its existence there for at least three-hundred thousand years. However, this species has such a long history with humans that it is impossible to identify the species' original range exactly."
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

GOING NOWHERE Part Two


Local Venues
 Pakatakan Farmers Market
Route 30-4Miles North of Margaretville and Arkville
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The Round Barn of Halcottsville, New York
Food and Crafts
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Ironwork by Radomir Jan Dvorak
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"We must be going nowhere in order to be somewhere.
Sense of place is not to be aimed at, it is received."
from David James Duncans 'My Story as Told by Water' 
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Entertainment Center

Selfie

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https://youtu.be/qDuXs8PoxQc 

 Cloth Work

 
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exotblue.com
 

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The Community Garden
An easy walking distance from the house.
(Nemo, Julio, Nadia and me off camera being shown around by Alex)
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 discussing plans for future plantings
 
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The Bee Incident
A hornet was caught in a spiders fine webbing up at the top of this column. I used a fine stick to poke the web until it dropped on to the fern at its base, where I watched it

turn and flutter and clean itself
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and in a little while, it flew off.
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Then I fell into a trance of Looking

That fine spiders web extended all the way to the other side of the column and down to this plant.

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Daily Sweetness
The farmers daughter next door runs a day care center for little kids and every day that's fair enough, they are led on a local walk...
...and every day she uses crossing the road as a teaching moment.
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More photographs to come. There's the Attic and the previous owners ancestor Graveyard. History sifted through, honored and preserved.
Part Three will end this series