Saturday, November 30, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - The cat's aura


Shadow Shot Sunday 2 returns on a cold morning around here. Friendly furry family feline Linus McDonald does have fur to keep warm. Of course, any cat prefers to be warmer. So Linus likes the window with a southern exposure and more sun, and chooses the dining room window in the A.M. Naturally, the sun casts an aura onto him, an almost ghostly glow that radiates from his backside. I almost feel warmer just by looking at the glowing furball - who needs a furnace?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Old Industrial

Backside of the Ansonia (CT) Opera House
Toby's fun meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors returns as do I after working on side jobs that occupied a lot of time (and not paying for the fixed price $ I hoped for :). So it is great to be back! I noticed the subject for today's photo on Tuesdd congratulationay, and all I had was my cheap Droid phone, so it had to do...

We are on West Main Street in our old industrial town of Ansonia CT. This subject is the rear of the 1870 Ansonia Opera House and it seems a bit decrepit - although I used the front of this subject in a WWDD post in April where there is retail on the street side. I wouldn't call it patina, but the old building with modern graffiti seems the norm in old towns like ours. Still, the style, details and hulking presence are still impressive...

And congratulations on twenty years! We are at 26, and it has been the best thing ever :)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Birthday 23

First week, 1990
University of Hartford, 2009
9th Birthday, 1999
UofH Grad, December 2012
Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back as Cameron celebrates a birthday today - 23 years have occurred since this day in 1990 at 8:52 AM, and our son was born. In fact, the day before was Thanksgiving Day and we were and are thankful for the gift...even though it is his birthday, no celebration today - since he received a nice job offer as a software developer in New York City, he is meeting with apartment brokers in Brooklyn to secure a place to live...As parents, we are quite happy. So a pictorial retrospective is in order. Once a helpless babe, he has grown up with a sense of values, honesty and knowledge. So we celebrate not just a birthday,  but also his continued success...

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Touched up

Concentric Sun and Shadow from 1936
Shadow Shot Sunday 2 returns us to this oft posted view from wheelchair height of classic almost art-deco 1936 Dodge. However, our artist friend in Derby, Rich DiCarlo, continuously requested to add some flair to this view in order to display it at our favorite Gallery@37 in Derby. So this pic was transported via flash drive to his care...and a cool rework of the original. Now minus the reflected photographer, the shadowy arcs highlight the crescent shaped light beam that travels around the whitewall tire. I like the changes he wrought...it remains unsold, yet the non-artist in me is happy that this wheelchair view may yet have commercial possibilities :)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Perspectives

Toby's fun meme, Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors is back. Readers of this blog know that I am still in the process of scanning a lot of old prints taken by my grandfather over many decades. The curious thing about many of these is that there are bereft of notations - so it is a sort of mystery as to just where it is. However, I believe this to be in Chicago, from 1964 and if my big sister Michele (that I know) on a trip away from home with my grandparents...the perspective here is the large edifice in the behind to the ten-year-old. Big vs, small, merely a different perspective...

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Dressing for the occasion

Clockwise from left: Julie (6), Stephen (12), Patti (ageless), Christina (7), Bobby (4) and Nicole (3)
Shadow Shot Sunday 2 returns a mere two days after the dress up/down day of Halloween. And even we grownups dress for the occasion...here is a print taken on October 1987, a family party at our apartment then in our neighboring small town of Derby CT. I know all the players in this pose, especially the witch, whom you know as Patti. Who is not really a witch, that is... Since we were not parents at the time, many a relative, then children, complied with amazing costumes - the scene including non-spooky shadows to complete the day...