Spy Vs. Spy: 2
It's been a while since I've posted here. I'm fairly active on G+ and Flickr, but much less so on Facebook. I've decided to reserve making as attempt to express myself other than beyond what my photos say to the viewer(or don't) for here. So we'll consider this my online "house" so to speak and assume I have the right and privilege to rant or navel gaze,etc. here because it's "my house!"
I've talked about my eclectic nature in numerous posts. This is expressed through getting attached and even somewhat fixated on a given lens. I've been using my tiny Pentax DA 40mm pancake lens pretty much exclusively for the last few months. It is a good sharp lens, my only auto prime, and makes a very small and less distracting visual foot print for doing candid street photography. The only problem depending on your photo viewing preferences is that I tend to do much closeup work which are offer more portraits with subject filling most of the frame and thereby less context to assist in a richer visual story. So the last few days I've been back to my antique workhorse German lens: A. Schacht Travenar 90mm offering a longer perspective but allowing a different perspective on portrait shots as well. The image above shows off the nice smooth bokeh (out of focus area) of the lens. The feel of the shot reminded me of the Spy Vs. Spy series comics I so loved as a kid reading Mad Magazine. I like to free associate for titling images. Sometimes I think I hit the mark more than others. This title works for me here so it remains...
John Zorn - Spy vs. Spy - 14. Broadway Blues
So we're at the end of another year. Real or imaginary marker in the sands of time. I will not offer any resolutions for I feel none are needed or felt. That doesn't mean I don't believe I have things in my life that re perfect or don't merit additional blood, sweat and tears to improve. I just don't "feel" the resolution thing. I do know I'll continue to try to be truer to my creative muse. I'm thankful that the composition aspect of photography is becoming more natural or 2nd nature for me if you will. I expect that to continue. There are one or 2 technical areas I'll continue to work on such as flash on and off camera, and playing with shutter speeds for different blur effects.... This written a week or so ago right before the New Year. Fast forwarding to now...
I hadn't been to the biggest night market in town (FengJia) for some time, and not with my new camera. So FengJia Night Market is where I went. I chose a time that I thought would be a little less crowded and chaotic than peak times, and my guess proved to be right. One of the first streets I walked down had a tattoo shop with an elaborate full upper body piece being worked on. I couldn't resist so I poked my head in the door and asked if it was ok to come in for a look. The staff smiled and said yes. The "skin" was in obvious discomfort since the work was on the painful bony rib area. I could smell alcohol on him which he no doubt imbibed to deaden some of that needle pain. I asked if I could take a shot and he grimaced and agreed. So I took this one with on camera flash(some non-resolution fulfillment :D).
Today is one of my favorite days of the year. I get to attend local orphanage Christmas party. Interestingly, the first few times before going I got this wrongful notion on how I need to go and help cheer up these kids. In fact, they help cheer me up. Sure, these young people have their challenges cut out for them and I certainly feel for them. They have been very blessed with kind and hard working house parents and a very nice living environment that is like a little piece of the country in the heart of the city. So it is a good thing for me to realize that these kids are to be loved but not necessarily pitied. There is such a healthy, normal family vibe to their group between themselves and the staff there. This is so encouraging to me. So tonight I go to be Santa and more importantly their friend. I know I'll be cheered up (am even cheered up no thinking about it) and really will enjoy their performances and their joy. Anyway, I think this helps me get much closer to the true spirit of Christmas and the Advent which is all about joy unspeakable over the greatest gift.
Nice version of the old classic which we'll lead the group in: Little Drummer Boy-Pentatonix