Wednesday, August 31, 2011

You're Breaking My Heart

Oh, Cecilia, you're breaking my heart
 You're shaking my confidence daily
Oh, Cecilia, I'm down on my knees
I'm begging you please to come home
- Paul Simon

Here's a few images from Cecelia's first photo shoot.  Despite the fact that she was teething and desperately wanting to be in constant motion she did a great job!  What a doll.  She was a pleasure to spend time with. I have no doubt this is the first of many photo gigs for her where a trail of hearts will be left behind.  Be careful not to get swept away in her eyes.  She's a heartbreaker in training.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Happy Ending

I was cruising home on the Shoreway tonight, in a hurry as usual, when I noticed the sailboat races at Edgewater. I made a quick exit to take it in for a while.  There was a nice breeze yet the lake was quiet, unusual indeed but ideal for sailing.  Throw in some fond sailing memories, pebbled clouds and other curious observers and you have a very happy ending to a pretty-OK day.  Smooth sailing.

All images taken with iPhone 4.  

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Don't go back to sleep.

Last Saturday I woke with the fog.  

I can no longer sleep past a certain hour.  It's not tied to what time I go to sleep, it's independent of that.  There is simply a line drawn in the universe that defines when I will wake.  I wonder if it's because as life gets shorter we shouldn't miss a minute of it.  Maybe those extra moments shouldn't be spent wondering why I'm awake but appreciating that I am awake.  And maybe there's something else out there waking up early too that I shouldn't miss.  It could be hidden in the fog.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
                            Don't go back to sleep.
                                                         - Rumi

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Chasing Chiaroscuro

I haven't been taking many pictures lately.  Or at least it feels that way.  I recently started using  Lightroom 3 and Photo Shop Elements 9 (thanks for the freebie Dodd Camera!) which has caused me to learn some things and change my workflow a bit.  It's all good and well worth it but "teaching old dog new trick" requires time and brain cells which are already limited.  I'm planning to make up for the lack of new photos this weekend.  I've already been out this morning hiking, but more about that later.
I've been doing a little research on the word chiaroscuro.  This word has been following me around and pestering me for a while now.  I thought I'd pay attention finally.  As I started learning about it and letting it sink in, the tables turned.  Now I'm chasing chiaroscuro.

chiaroscuro (kee-ar-uh-SKYOOR-o) noun
The treatment of light and shade in a work of art, especially to give an illusion of depth.
[From Italian, from chiaro (clear, light) + oscuro (obscure, dark).]
An Italian word literally meaning "light dark", used to describe the skillful balance of light and dark in a painting, with strong contrasts to create dramatic effect. The paintings of Caravaggio and Rembrandt are good examples.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Sunny with a Chance of Meatballs

Tiny Italy

No other neighborhood in Cleveland represents comfort to me like this one. And all because of the echoed laughter of friends and endless parade of food and wine.  And surprises.  Always surprises.   

Happy Feast, Tiny It.


(iPhone 4 + a little help from PSE) 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Powerful Shot to the Soul

Photo by Dick Beery

It was halfway through the evening and my friend Kris proceeded to tell me my name was on the billboard.  My name is on the what?  The billboard.  The what?  The billboard!

I had no idea. Even now it seems impossible.  But there it was.

Actually, that pretty much sums up the entire evening and the weeks leading up to this night.  I really couldn't have imagined or hoped for such a perfect party.  I was surrounded by friends (I love you all!) and met incredible new people.  We talked about my photographs, drank wine, ate mini cupcakes and listened to music in the courtyard on a perfect summer evening.  Everyone should have at least one of these nights in their lifetime.  It's a powerful shot to the soul.

It's true what they say.  Others can dream a bigger dream for you then you can dream for yourself.  And when those same people can make the dream come true for you, you know you're in stellar company.

A very special thank you to Thomas Mulready of Cool Cleveland and Paul Sykes of the Beck Cafe for making it all possible.

To see more Cool Cleveland photos click here.

With Thomas Mulready of Cool Cleveland

Pre-show Beck Cafe via my iPhone 4

With Beck Cafe owner & art dealer Paul Sykes, Beck Center executive director Cindy Einhouse, 
Beck Center director of marketing and external affairs Kathleen Caffrey

Flowers from my dear friends Betsy & Michele in Boston.

Pre-show Beck Cafe via my iPhone 4

With my sister-friend Kris P.
Photo by Joe P (?)