Mardi Gras Odds

St Augustine Marching 100 flag bearer.
St Augustine Marching 100 flag bearer.

Mardi Gras Parades.

I work mostly in the dark. I overshoot. Mostly, to back myself up. I’m never really sure if I made the picture while I’m standing out there. I don’t chimp. That’s to say that I never look at the LCD. It just breaks my work and thought flow. If I need to reset something, I do it through the eyepiece. The LCD is turned off.

Here are a few pictures that you haven’t seen yet, but should. At least, I think you should. They are fairly straight forward, except that I react a lot to color as well as broken patterns. Like the picture of “The Vibrant Color and the Drummer.” The color caught my attention first. Then I saw the pattern that really isn’t a pattern. Or, the pattern on the back of the drum major’s back, which is more important to me than the band itself.

Something like that.


      1. I didn’t know you have published…but yes I understand what you are saying…I did a design for a book cover this past year that worked out to 2 cents an hour…I do hear you…also in a world of pro bono work…well on that note off to a photo show tonight 😀


      2. I’ve been doing this for — well, since 1975 for money. I was newspaper/wire service photographer for years, I managed big metro newspaper photo staffs, I won a share of a Pulitzer Prize, I was the publishing director of a subsidiary that as owned by Eastman Kodak, when they mattered. Today, I mostly do corporate work for clients with names like Microsoft, Web MD, Motorola and so on. There is one shelf in our library that is filled with my books or books of which I was a big part. When I was begging for money (that’s how I see Kickstarter and all of those crowd funding sites) for a gallery show, it because I didn’t want to spend my money on a show that will never sell. That, my friend, makes me way more of a businessman than artist. Too bad for me, right? Heh! BTW, I never look at those books on my shelf.


      3. so refreshingly honest i love it Ray…and congrats for being acknowledged on your photography work…it is powerful…also i know what you say “I didn’t want to spend my money on a show that will never sell.” i do love creating…and i am reminded of the place of work…that’s a dissertation! i’m learning along the way about business…now that i’m free from the academic landscape…happy day to you Ray!


      4. That’s just my history. Meaningless in many ways. I suppose the WordPress blogs are sort of a great leveler just like TSA lines are in an airport. Democratization is not all its cracked up to be.

        BTW, I’m also a PhD. I thought once that I wanted to teach at the university level. I never ever used the degree for anything, so I don’t mention it. I was older at the time, so I could see what you call “the academic landscape” for what it was. I also never met one of you who has left it behind who doesn’t use the word “free.” Heh, heh. Have fun. Just wait until you read Storyteller today. It’s a perfect example of what an old professor said…”Sometimes the hardest part of taking a picture is getting there.”

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      5. Thanks Ray appreciate you saying…and yes welcome to democracy…and I’m trying my best with seeing beauty and being in the present moment 😀 that’s a great line…you’ll get there I have no doubt! Smiles


      6. I love the beauty of the present moment but the dogs just know they want kibbles in their bowls. Hmmm… maybe we should get rid of some dogs. BTW, democracy and disruption are not good words. Every time somebody thinks they are doing that, the product always gets worse. Never better. It shows. 🙂

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    1. I should add one more, no two more things about this. One, as Neil Young said, “you can’t eat hope.” Two, it’s about intent. When I photograph people who aren’t family, who are moving in horrible light, I overshoot to protect myself. That’s it. When I shoot something in good light, I take very few pictures. One of my earliest teachers was a UPI photographer who took the picture that eventually became the iconic image used on Led Zeppelin’s first album. The Hindenburg on fire. When I met him he was 50 years into his career. He would cover things like meetings at the White House. Because he came from the 4×5 era, he usually only sent back one image on a roll of 36 exposures. As a very young guy then, I worked the overnight desk which meant I developed film. One night their were two exposures on his roll of film. It was a group shot of then-president Ronald Reagan and some folks from California. I walked him why there are two shots. He replied, “The President blinked.”

      That’s how you shoot pictures. Unless you are trying to tell a photo story, know the picture and shoot it.

      BTW, badass is not really a term that I would use to describe my daughters. : )

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      1. Oh Ray, you always make me smile!
        What a cool story, too. I am taking a photography class tomorrow — one:one with the professional who sold me my camera almost 10 years ago. It’s about time, right??


      2. Maybe. If I doesn’t try to sell you another camera. 🙂 Although after ten years in the digital world, the science has gotten so much better. Yes. Chancy was a great photographer. His son is pretty good too. 🙂

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