Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Summer Carnavale


Ruby Red for Ruby Tuesday. 

ps. In case you're wondering,
I just got back from a VSP Photography Workshop
in Venice called "Summer Carnavale." 
We worked with models in carnival
and period costume for four of the five days.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mosaic Monday:Night Market in Cairo

Still trying to sleep off the jet lag
and haven't gotten my photos of Italy sorted,

so today I'll show you the Khan el Kahlili
in Cairo. So exotic to American eyes!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lens Day Wednesday: Glass

This one is a slam dunk
because I love glass.

Art glass.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: While I'm Away

While I'm away
(just about to finish a photography workshop
in Venice)
I thought I'd entertain you with this,
one of my favorite photos from Egypt,

"Getting Water in Edfu" © 2009 Meri Arnett-Kremian

just to let you know
that I haven't forgotten you or how much
our visits mean to me, even though I haven't
been able to spend as much time at your sites
investigating as I usually do.

These darn gondolas are so distracting!
Whine, whine, whine. . . 

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Blue Leaning Green

If I had to pick one color
as my favorite
and stick with it,
no matter what

well I guess I'd be happiest
if I chose that shade of blue
that's just leaning a bit into green.

(Though I do love pink. . . )

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sepia Saturday: Dorothea Lange and the Migrant Mother Images

During the Great Depression, 
the federal government created
 the Farm Security Administration, 
an agency intended to improve the lot
 of poor farmers and their families.

One program was designed to
buy out small, unproductive farms
and introducing more efficient collective farms.

Fueled by demands from Congress,
loans were eventually made available
to help tenant farmers purchase land of their own. 

To emphasize the needs of the rural poor,
 the FSA hired a cadre of photographers to make
 "public relations" photographs.

One of these photographers was a young woman
named Dorothea Lange.

She traveled around the country,
snapping images of agricultural workers
who had little to nothing in terms of income
and financial security, like this ex-tenant farmer
in Imperial Valley, California who had a small'
"relief grant."

Her photographs of a migrant worker/mother
 are images of iconic standing.

This woman was a 32-year old mother
of seven hungry children.
Her husband was a native Californian
and itinerant farm worker in Nimpomo, California.

Her worn and troubled face became a symbol
of the hardships faced by rural Americans
during the Depression.

Interestingly, the plight of the rural poor
changed dramatically with the outbreak 
of World War II, because there was a surplus
of unfilled factory jobs in major cities. 
These jobs offered a way out of rural poverty.

The FSA was eventually replaced by the Farmers Home Administration, which was a major part of
President Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty 
in the 1960s. 

The photographs are in the archives of the Library of Congress 
and because they were created under government auspices,
the photos are in the public domain.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Photo Theme Thursday: Urban

I love city skylines.
Especially at night,
when lights dance and lighted windows
give the impression that the city never sleeps.

So the first thing I did
when my friend and I arrived
at our Manhattan hotel room
on about the 32nd floor was
throw back the light-blocking curtains
to enjoy the view.

"Which bed do you want?" I asked,
still looking out the floor to ceiling windows
at the glitter and twinkle.
"I'll take this one," she said from across the room.
I turned to see her nearly imprinted in the hotel-room wall.
"Did I mention I'm afraid of heights?" she inquired.

I didn't know that about you.

I took the bed next to the window.

  Luckily she was fine on the top level
of a double-decker tour bus.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Red Things on Shelves

My mission was to find a wedding present
at Williams-Sonoma, something from the bridal registry that the bride had her heart set on.

 But, oh my,
there was an Anthropologie store
right next door and there's no harm in looking,
is there?

 Especially since 
it's at least an hour from home.

I didn't think so either.

p.s  The bride and groom weren't forgotten.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Viva Italia

Forgive me, please.
I'm recycling a mosaic of Italy
that I posted earlier the year,
the one that made me realize
just how much I wanted to go back to Italy,

even though this time, my first time
without the company of the man I loved
more than I should have,
it will be a whole new experience. 

By now, I'm in Rome.
Signed up for an after-hours tour
of the Vatican Museums this very
Mosaic Monday.

I'm doing a day trip to Pompeii 
and the Amalfi Coast tomorrow,
then off to Venice by train on Thursday
(barring a rail strike).
My photo workshop kicks off Thursday evening.

Wish me luck!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sepia Saturday: Mathew Brady's Photographs

Mathew Brady was borne
Mathew Brady was the father
of modern photojournalism,
and most especially, the first photographer
to undertake documentation of the U.S. Civil War.

Pennsylvania 31st Infantry Camp (photo by Mathew Brady Studio) from Library of Congress

Historian and filmmaker
Ken Burns has said that his documentary
"The Civil War" could not have been made
were it not for Brady's amazing photographs.

Encampment at Brandy Station, Virginia. Generals George Meade, 
John Sedgwick, and Robert O. Tyler with Staff Officers. February 1864. Library of Congress Collection.

Brady was said to be Abraham Lincoln's 
favorite photographer and took photos
of the Lincoln family, 
as well as photos of the execution 
of those complicit in Lincoln's assassination.

The four condemned conspirators in the Lincoln Assassination await death on the gallows.  July 7, 1865. Library of Congress Collection

Towards the end of his life,
Brady said of his photographs,
"No one will ever know what they cost me.
Some of them almost cost me my life."

Charleston, S.C.  The Mills House, with adjacent ruins.  April 1865.
Library of Congress Collection.

He died in 1896, penniless and unappreciated.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Lens Day Wednesday:Lighting

When the light is right
and the wind is calm

colors dance on water.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Dancing Queens

The music was ear-splitting,
pounding a drum beat through the floor,
through the utility space and into the ceiling
of the guest rooms on the seventh floor.
Or so I've been told by
a couple of unfortunate conference-goers
who happened to have rooms right below
the penthouse bar.

But if you were there,
writhing to the insistent rock beat,
drinking Margaritas or microbrews,
you learned how women lawyers behave
when they think no one is looking. 

( I was the one with the camera, annoying everyone.)

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Mixed Media Pieces

Though I haven't had time for
art play recently because my so much of my time
is invested in writing these days,

I thought I'd share a photo montage
of some of my mixed media pieces.
There are some snippets of fatbook pages,
artist trading cards, mini collages,
and Moo cards all mixed in.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sepia Saturday: National Women's Party and Alice Paul

Do you know about Alice Paul?

 Alice was a suffragist and, with Lucy Burns, a co-founder
 in 1916 of the National Women's Party.
The National Women's Party focused on achieving
the right to vote for women via
 a federal constitutional amendment.

They picketed for women's rights in front of the White House
and were especially critical of President Woodrow Wilson.
Their picketing was tolerated initially, but after
the US declaration of war in World War One
(which the NWP opposed),
women picketers were arrested for "obstructing traffic."

They were jailed under frightful conditions at Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia. Many jailed suffragists
went on hunger strikes to protest their treatment.
Some, including Alice Paul and Lucy Burns (pictured below), were force-fed by jail personnel through hoses forced down their throats or tied to iron bars to limit their movement.

The resulting scandal and its effect on the U.S.'s image
at a time when Woodrow Wilson was attempting to create a reputation as an international leader in human rights
was a major influence on Wilson's eventual decision
to publicly urge Congress to pass the 19th Amendment.

After securing for women the right to vote,
the NWP turned its attention to passing laws eliminating gender discrimination.

Though the Equal Rights Amendment authored
 by Alice Paul was never ratified,
it was an ally of the NWP and close friend of Alice Paul
Virginia Congressman Howard W. Smith
(chairman of the House Rules Committee)
who inserted the word "sex" into the list
of protected classes in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Alice Paul died on July 9, 1977 in New Jersey.
Later that summer, a memorial service was held
at the National Cathedral. The officiant was one of the first
women ordained by the Episcopal Church.
I was in the congregation, paying tribute
to this Mother of Women's Rights.
 For more detailed information
about Alice Paul, click HERE.

For an HBO movie about this struggle,
find a copy of 
Iron Jawed Angels. 

Photo credits: Photos downloaded from the Library of Congress collection.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Photo Friday Challenge: Aqua

What's the old saying?

It's something like
being calm and unruffled at the surface
while at the same time 
you're paddling like crazy below.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Lens Day Wednesday: Light

Light makes everything
in the farmer's stand
sparkle, entice, beg to come home with you.

The music of street players entertains.

Flowers beckon from buckets.

It's a tourist destination, an historic public market,
a perfect shelter from Seattle rain.

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Theme Thursday: Family

Not every little boy has
to shower him with love.

But this one does. 

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Lens Day Wednesday: Rock (Revisited)

I checked the Lens Day (Wednesday) site
again this morning
and the Rock theme selected last week
hadn't yet been replaced.

Hmm, I thought. Let's try something new.

Well, I did the obvious last week.

"Kim Archer at the Swiss" © 2009 Meri Arnett-Kremian

So this week