Friday, December 25, 2015

The Gathering of the Saints

The angels of a three year old who was fostered well were the seedbed of a 65 year old who traveled far and wide, mixed and mingled to have a one-man show.

The Gathering of the Saints around a seven year old boy to decide whether he would live or die was needed because certain parts of the boy needed replacement, could not be replaced and would never be as they were meant to be. St Lucy made a deal with St Dymphna that the eyes would see, but they would be connected to a brain which was rewired to transcend the normal. The Resurrected Jesus, in exchange for the young boy's life, would nail one foot to the ground which supported the boy throughout his life so he could move, but only so far. (Crippled Saint) squeezed the spine of the boy so as he aged, his spine would do so exponentially, henceforth further limiting the travels and adventures, and yet filling the brain with knowledge and the heart with compassion for what he was about to embark upon. St Thomas would accompany the boy for his life, causing doubt in all his endeavours. St Peter would walk on the right side of the boy for the entirety of his life so he would be able to bear the burdens, visions, and travails of those whose path he would cross.

Because of the inordinate physical and psychological challenges the boy was to endure to ensure his survival from this accident, Sts Cosmos & Damian stepped in and swore the youth would only have the best of medical care, changing not only the lives of the doctors, but ensuring his survival.

St Lazarus anointed the bloodied head of the boy, and his heart started beating in unison with the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Prior to and after this moment, the boy grew into an unusually gifted and cursed man, who fought his way through challenges which lesser men would be stilled.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

This Hallowe'en...

and act on it.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Grace Jones | Legs

Grace Jones
Hula Hoop "Slave to the Rhythm"
The Roseland Ballroom 
28 October 2012

Friday, October 09, 2015

Rainbow over Syracuse University
From Dellplaine 803

Rainbow over the Syracuse University Dome
09 October 1981
Cover of Syracuse Alumni News Spring 1982

photograph ©1981 Bernard M Lynch Jr

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Death of a Gladiator | Brvtvs Maximvs

The Death of a Gladiator

Brvtvs Maximvs

December 2012

The Three Fates
Lachesis, Clotho, Atropos

In the Republic of Plato, the three Moirai sing in unison with the music of the Seirenes. Lachesis sings the things that were, Clotho the things that are, and Atropos the things that are to be. Pindar in his Hymn to the Fates, holds them in high honour.

OrangeMercury: This Day in Music | October 5, 1973
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road [Double Vinyl] Released

The album I'd take to the island with me.

ALWAYS in my car.....solo!

original release (1973) 11:05 Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding 3:41 Candle In The Wind 5:10 Bennie And The Jets 3:13 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2:18 This Song Has No Title 4:03 Grey Seal 3:36 Jamaica Jerk Off 5:59 I've Seen That Movie Too 3:52 Sweet Painted Lady 4:24 The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-34) 5:03 Dirty Little Girl 5:13 All The Girls Love Alice 2:41 Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n' Roll) 4:50 Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) 4:10 Roy Rogers 3:45 Social Disease 2:49 Harmony

Monday, October 05, 2015

Getting to know Mohawk Paper's stupidity.

In an email this morning, Mohawk sent this "digital portfolio" ad, containing the photograph below.

Is it me, or is this the WORST advertisement ever? 

I'd kick your ass out of my class/studio if this was your desktop!


Monday, September 28, 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ummmmm, what's for dinner?

From the vault | Robert Mapplethorpe?

I would like to know when Mapplethorpe got around to photographing a coin. Nowhere, but here on eBay, have I ever seen this piece, and I've seen two pieces (a hard-boiled egg balanced on a pile of salt and a red tomato, shot from above, on a black dinner plate against a hunter green background) not subsequently published elsewhere.

I think if they found used toilet paper (should he have even used it!) they'd put that up for auction as well.

I highly doubt this is an authentic Mapplethorpe.

Separated at Birth?
Fr Edward Beck + Anderson Cooper

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Caller ID? Don't recognize the number?

>>This is a placeholder post. The story will be later. I have to vacuum. Naked.

All I can say at this point is that I just heard a story I really want to believe in (I do) and hope some of it looks in my direction. Congrats to A + B. You have renewed my faith in apps actually being worth my time. I'd say "I hope" but I just heard a story too true to be good. I'm sending flowers every month for a year. Here they are.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Born in 1866 | H.G. Wells
War of the Worlds

Rosemary's Other Baby
Stephen King | 1947

Cinderfella for a Day
Gio Benitez' Parisian Photo Proposal

Just when you thought I was (done with looking up the contact info for David Muir) finished with commenting on Gio Benitez and his "oh my God, he proposed spontaneously with the Eiffel Tower in the background photo(s)" I figured this wasn't sliding by my eyes. FIRST OFF: Best of everything to these guys. I see Mr Benitez on ABC News frequently and he seems like a nice guy. I know NOTHING about the other guy, but if he's good for Gio, then have at it boys. My gripe is STRICTLY about the photograph(s) (there are others, trust me). As a photojournalist, I recognize a moment when I see it, most likely after I've snagged (captured) it. I also know what spot news is, which is different than spotting a moment and snagging it. Spot news might be a fire, a car accident AS IT HAPPENS, or any of the other photographs you might find in the book MOMENTS: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographs. Some photographs end up defining an absolute tragedy, and that may be rightfully so.

THIS, however, has HALLMARK CARDS written all over it. It's just so POSED I don't know whether to giggle or rip it to shreds. I have a hunch it's not going to go over all that well, and there will be a bit of kickback from it. LOVE IS NOT POSED. Love may be posed when you DO have a photographer around for a CASUAL moments (and a 200mm or 300mm lens) that you can tell one partner is really lost in the moment, lost in their lover's gaze or something like that. Love just really "happens" and for them, I hope it is chemistry.

Now. This photo. I'm actually laughing. I would expect this to be the result of some class assignment. What does it for me is the hand on the mouth of the other fellow. Ready? 1.2.3. HAND...Got it (motor drive on the camera).

But this is really an advertisement for the boys. I've always thought public proposals to be a big awkward (I'd say yes to a date, if asked in public on a Jumbotron) and a proposal so public loses almost everything, especially staged, just as this is. Now it falls into the realm of stock photography (which is really what it looks like in the first place).

I'm interested in the fallout, and the somewhat stifled giggles. I can't IMAGINE going back to work, at a news organization, and having people not stay anything. It's almost the same phrase for everyone: Gio, what a photograph!

All I got to say is I hope, truly, these guys have the best life together, and this dream really does come true. I'm not against it at all.

It's just this photograph......

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Gio Benitez is off the market.
Is this a casual "I just happened to see this" photograph?

At least it wasn't David Muir!!!

I hate to brag, but I'll make an excuse.
Google Analytics on OrangeMercury

in one fashion or another (yes, there is a "first blog" precedes this) I've been blogging, and racked up some serious numbers, without advertising or sponsorship.

What kills me are the little orange dots on my spinning world globe. WHY are people, relatively, in the middle of nowhere, checking out this blog? Is there no newspaper there?

Either way. My ego's not any bigger. Still gotta take out the trash, and clean up the dog's mess.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

A few very special canines, waiting for us...

Diva & Zeus (Miami; both found)

Brutus Maximus;
certified the largest Greyhound in CT.
Died 4 days after Sandy Hook shooting, to,
as my mom put it, "to be with the children."
Rescued from CT Greyhound Adoption

Sandy Gibney,
Lived a life of leisure in Italy

Legend, and those legendary kisses
Rescued from CGA

Grace. My first greyhound.
Adopted from New Beginnings in Dania, FL

About a dog.

Sandy (the Gibneys' pooch) Brutus Maximus, Grace Jones, Zeus, Diva and all my other canine and feline friends welcome you warmly to your new life.
A thought about a dog: 
This soldier, I realized, must have had friends at home and in his regiment; yet he lay there deserted by all except his dog. I looked on, unmoved, at battles which decided the future of nations. Tearless, I had given orders which brought death to thousands. Yet here I was stirred, profoundly stirred, stirred to tears. And by what? By the grief of one dog. 
Napoleon Bonaparte, on finding a dog beside the body of his dead master, licking his face and howling, on a moonlit field after a battle. Napoleon was haunted by this scene until his own death.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015

R.I.P. Adobe.
The rumors of the death of Photoshop are ACCURATE!!!!!
MACPHUN is here to stay...and not in the damn cloud!!!!

For those of us who have been suffering with Adobe Photoshop since v2.5 straight up to this "thing" that now resides in the Cloud for $49.99 MONTHLY or something priced ridiculously high, turn around and meet Macphun. Guaranteed you will see your photographs as never before. And, if you're using Illustrator, save in a Photoshop-compatible format, and maybe you'll get some surprising shots.

Right now? Macphun

And the best thing? FREE TRIAL VERSIONS!!!!!

I will do my work in an adobe hut, but I'll be using Macphun.

Long time, no post.

Sorry folks....had to have some surgery.
Feeling better THAT part of the body.

But forget my spine.

For those of you who don't know what scoliosis is, let me give you a quick lesson.

It's rare in men, and is basically rotting and curvature of the spine. Usually in the lower lumbar area, it can be so bad in women, they look, quite literally, like hunchbacks. I always say a prayer when I see those women, walking to church.

On woman I saw frequently, walking to church, had some spinal problem so horrifying, her chin was ALWAYS on her sternum.

On the left is an x-ray of a relatively perfect, textbook spine.

On the right is an x-ray of my spine, from the thoracic (rib cage) area, to the general area where the sacral (tailbone) just about begins.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Reaching higher and higher...

Ummm. I don't even know 1% of these people!