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.