Tuesday, July 26, 2011

An Afternoon With William G Mather

The Steamship William G Mather, now part of the Great Lakes Science Center, is an impressive sight on Cleveland's waterfront.  Seeing Cleveland from her decks is equally as fun.

She is massive and foreboding as you approach from her bow.  Inside she is all those things that make a ship a ship, everything in it's place, tidy and labeled.  She also has her share of grease and tangled lines.  Again, those things that make a ship a ship.  You leave knowing without a doubt that she was a workhorse and earned her stately place.  

Steamship William G. Mather
The Steamship William G. Mather was built during the golden years of American lakes steamboats. As the flagship for the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company, she was state-of-the-art with respect to capacity, power, and accommodations. During her 55-year career, she carried millions of tons of iron ore, coal, grain, and distinguished guests, and was nicknamed "The Ship That Built Cleveland" because Cleveland's steel mills were a frequent destination.
In 1941 the Mather led a convoy of 13 freighters through the ice-choked upper Great Lakes to Duluth, Minnesota, to begin supplying badly needed iron ore to U.S. steel mills as they geared up to support president Roosevelt's pledge that America would be the "Arsenal of Democracy" prior to our entry into World War II. The trip set a record for the earliest arrival of a bulk carrier in a northern port. This heroic effort was featured in the April 28, 1941 issue of Life magazine.
Retired from service in 1980, Mather underwent an extensive restoration program beginning in 1987 and was opened for public tours in Cleveland's Northcoast Harbor in 1991. In 1995 the American Society of Mechanical Engineers conferred Historic Engineering Landmark status on Mather for the following technological Great Lakes firsts: single marine boiler system, boiler automation, and dual bow thruster system.  ~

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Italy | Day 9 | Day 10 | Finito

On Day 9 we left the Amalfi Coast for Rome where we would begin our journey back home.  It was difficult leaving Compania but we looked ahead to exploring Rome by night.  I got up early and wandered Positano at dawn with my camera.  The light was kind as I grabbed a few final glimpses of this lovely seaside town.

We finished the day in Rome lamenting the "city" food and abandoning our organized tour for jewel colored street scenes and mild chaos.   We managed to take in iconic Rome (quickly) with it's varied ruins and coliseum in a site seeing binge.  When you're there you just can't imagine not tasting everything.   So, dawn was for Positano and dusk was for Rome.   Italy perfectly bookended.

This photo, my favorite for the day and possibly for the entire trip, was taken in Rome.  I had a hard time pairing it with another photo, it speaks independently.  It's the scale of the massive iron work.  It's the geometry.  It's the overexposure.  It's his hand on hers.  It's her face.  It's Italy.

More of Day 9 here.


Day 10 was a travel day, early flight and back home.  There are few photos from that day understandably but it bears mentioning.  It's that point in the trip when the past week becomes a delicious memory and the airplane food pokes holes in your bucolic vacation bubble.  And the only thing that helps you through the transition from there to here is your new leather sandals and a bloody mary to ease the departure turbulence.  But just as you break through the clouds you remember you're going home.  The only place better than vacation.

Thanks for coming along for the ride.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Italy | Day 8 | Patterns

Ravello was our Day 8 destination while on the Amalfi Coast.  Here's a litte about the town from the Wiki:
The town has served historically as a destination for artists, musicians, and writers, including Richard Wagner, Edvard Grieg, M. C. Escher, Giovanni Boccaccio, Virginia Woolf, Greta Garbo, Gore VidalAndré Gide, Joan Mirò, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Graham Greene, Leonard Bernstein and Sara Teasdale (who mentioned it in her prefatory dedication in Love Songs).  Every year in the summer months, the "Ravello Festival" takes place. It began in 1953 in honour of Richard Wagner, who signed the guestbook of his local hotel with the words "The magical garden of Klingsor is found" suggesting that it was in Ravello that the composer found the inspiration for his Parsifal.
Unfortunately we were not there during the Ravello Festival but we thoroughly enjoyed our time wandering the stunning villas and idyllic town square.  We were interviewed by sweet school girls obviously out to practice their English speaking skills.  They were all charm and giggles.

I was blown away by the Villa Cimbrone with it's sweeping vistas, exquisite gardens and endless architectural patterns.  Of course my 2 photos had to be from there.  And as my friend Hope would say,  I want to go to there (again).  And you will too.


Here's a slideshow of the days photos (fancy right?) or you can click here for a non-slideshow view.  

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Taste of Fashionable Tremont

A fashionable viewpoint of the Taste of Tremont, hands down the best of the "taste of" events around town.  Hats are the thing for beating the heat and looking good doin' it.  From my brim to yours.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Save the Date - Photography Debut

Beginning July 29 some of my photos will be on exhibit at the Beck Cafe in Lakewood, OH.  The majority of the photos will be in celebration of Cleveland and NE Ohio.  I've never had an experience like this before so this will be my official debut.  There will be a party on opening night (7/29) and the photos will be up in the cafe for 30 days after that.  I really hope you can stop by and take a look.  It's an exciting time for me and I'd love for you to join in the fun!

For more information about the event check out the Cool Cleveland blog post here.  If you are planning to attend the opening party we would appreciate it if you would register here.  It's not required but it would be helpful for planning purposes.

A very special thank you to Paul Sykes of the Beck Cafe and Travel Art and Thomas Mulready of Cool Cleveland for the support and this opportunity.

Photog Elisa Vietri’s work featured at Cool Cleveland event 07.29.11 at Beck Cafe
Do you love Cleveland? Do you love art about our beloved region? Have you been digging the images in Cool Cleveland?
Since February, 2011, Cool Cleveland has featured the work of photographer Elisa Vietri in virtually every issue. Often, the first image you see at the top of the newsletter is work by this relatively unknown artist. Well all that is about to change. At least the unknown part.
Save the date. Cool Cleveland and Travel Art Gallery are celebrating the work of Elisa Vietri with her first one-woman show at the Beck Cafe, with an opening event on Fri 7/29 beginning at 6PM. Prepare your eyes for a feast of Cleveland images. And be prepared to drink a little wine and sample the delicacies at the Beck Cafe, 17823 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107.

Coventry Neighborhood

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Italy | Day 7 | Humbled

Day 7 in Italy was my birthday.   I've sat here for a while (days actually) trying to come up with something clever to say and to express appreciation but I am at a loss.  I just feel very blessed to have a great group of friends who were able to elevate a incredible trip into the stratosphere.   I am humbled by your friendship.

We spent the day cruising to and touring the Isle of Capri.  The views could (and did) make a grown woman cry.   The evening was spent celebrating at the best restaurant in town, sipping champagne and smiling. More photos here.

I'm coming to a close on these Italy posts.  It's sad in some respects but at the same time it's good to move on to new things.  Yesterday I had an opportunity to shoot an Arabic engagement party combined with a 50th wedding anniversary of the bride's parents.  One of the most beautiful events I've ever seen.  Pictures coming soon.  Enjoy your week.

My 2 Photos for the day:

Friday, July 1, 2011

Italy | Day 6 | The art of maneuvering and negotiation.

Day 6 in Italy was a day of people watching.  Which just so happens to be my favorite non-contact sport.  Think about it, you can do it from anywhere and it doesn't require special equipment or skill.  And people are just doggone funny-craazy-strange-scary-pretty, etc.    

This is my friend Dale.  On this day he drove us back to the town of Amalfi.  A couple of days earlier we had taken the ferry there but I felt it was worthy of a return trip with the guys.  This time Dale drove us back along the cliff-side rode in his zippy little black rental.  And let me just state for the record, he did a phenomenal job!  The drive is highly challenging and there were times we were wedged into hairpin turns with a tour bus, 3 scooters and and a man with a vegetable cart.  So, a simple drive along the coast becomes the art of maneuvering and negotiation.  And he executed beautifully and all with a standard transmission.  Killer driving skills.   My job was to not vomit which I came close to doing the day before in the van.  Check! 

We gawked at amazing views, shopped for leather sandals and dodged groups of school children.  Another picture perfect day on the Amalfi Coast... More here.   

My 2 pictures for the day: