Tag Archives: B&W

North Station to North Station in 50 years

I set out last week from North Station, taking the commuter rail with legions of downtown office-workers headed home to the suburbs like Don Draper.  But wasn't headed for scotch and family, I was taking my first car-free trip to the DeCordova museum for the opening of three new shows. When I arrived at the…
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Lost in the negative

Recent tropical weather - by which I mean steamy torrents of rain, not sunny skies - always puts me in the mood to go spelunking in the photo back catalog. I found this in the "meh" bin from a trip to Hong Kong a couple of years ago. It's Victoria Harbor reflecting the skyline that…
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Summer sky

Waiting for the snow tonight, I see the sky is almost purple. Here's one more wide pic, probably the last for a while, from a summery day, the sky over Boston harbor. Back to the left side of the brain this week.
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Happy New Year

Here it is, the 2008 new year card.  I hope you got one in the mail.  If you didn't, I apologize for the oversight.  Be sure to send your postal address, there are a couple of blanks still left from the edition. Colophonically, I should state that the fountain is in the Alhambra in Granada,…
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Girolamo Savonarola

This dramatic statue in Ferrara depicts Girolamo Savonarola, a fiery reformist Dominican priest of the 15th century. Still somewhat controversial today, Savonarola organized the "Bonfires of the Vanities" in which Florentines burned their books, fancy clothes and other too-materialistic possessions. This crowd might or might not have included Michelangelo and Botticelli tossing their own work…
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Campanilissimo

The Italian word of the moment is campanilismo. Translated by BabelFish as "parochialism," campanilismo refers to local pride or patriotism, sometimes very local. If you ask somebody where she's from and she says "Boston" or "New York" that's not campanilismo. If she says, "Southie" or "Washington Heights" you've got a campanilista on your hands. Campanilismo…
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Italia Unrealita

I was talking to a colleague about Italy and he described a sense of unreality visiting there, how every street looks like a movie set and every vista like a postcard, and how it takes a honking car or beeping cell phone to break the spell and re-locate your head in the present time. I…
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I still heart film’s weirdness and beauty

I got the film back from Italy and fell in love with the grain all over again. I think it happens every time I get back a batch of vacation film, see also here. Can your digital camera do this? Yes, I know the highlights are blown out and the shadows are gone. I'm not…
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