Friday, May 1, 2009

Chrysler Files for Bankruptcy

Why am I posting about Chrysler's financial woes on my photography blog when I don't shoot cars, or even live in Detroit? Bear with me. Sometimes when I’m at an event, usually a family function, someone will say “Ad, you should take a picture,” but there are times I just want to take life in without a lens between me and what’s going on around me. Sometimes I reply, “I just did, I took a mental picture, it will last longer.”

My first car was a Chrysler, a hand-me-down, 1968 Dodge Polara, given to me by my father. Although it handled like a rowboat, I loved it. It reminded me of "The Black Beauty," the car featured in the 60’s TV series “The Green Hornet,” adapted from the comic books of the same name. The Green Hornet’s sidekick, Kato, (Bruce Lee) was many Americans first exposure to The Martial Arts. The series had a short run, eclipsed by Batman and Robin.

The uncertain fate of Chrysler saddens me.  Not only is another American Icon falling with many peoples livelihoods are at risk, but also because at sixteen, my liberation came behind the wheel of a Chrysler. "Let's Roll Kato!"

I have no photos of my father with that car, I have no photos of me with that car but I do have “mental pictures.” While they may be a little worn around the edges and a little fuzzy, they are more secure than any jpeg stored on a hard drive.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, 2009

Yesterday, Sunday April 26th was the ninth annual, World Wide Pinhole Photography Day. WPPD is an international event created to promote and celebrate the art of pinhole photography.

Participants from around the world are asked to make pinhole images on this day and upload their favorite image to an online gallery. There is no fee, there are no judges and there are no prizes, only the satisfaction of participating and seeing your photograph in the gallery.

The image above was taken with a cylindrical, cardboard, ice cream container loaded with a sheet of 11x14 photo paper. It was actually too large for my flatbed scanner so I had to scan it twice and combine the images using the photomerge feature in Photoshop.

The car is a 1964 Volvo PV544 owned my neighbors John & Sandy. They are converting it into an “Art Car” by covering it in marbles!

This is the second year I have participated in WPPD. You can see my post from last year here.

To find out more about WPPD click here.

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