Saturday, April 24, 2010

You may write me down in history...

I have listened to Maya Angelou read this poem about 15 times today. I am trying to find a way to work it into my story about laughter. Confused? Wait 2 weeks and you can hear it... But, for now, all I can offer is the video I took the recording from, for a little weekend poetry boost for whoever is listening.


Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Search for Colour (Color)

I have spent the past week trying to keep my eyes open to new photo opportunities and this week I have been focusing on colour. Colour that occurs naturally or human-created. Either way... colour that pops and stands out. I tried to get a picture with every colour of the rainbow from around downtown Portland. So here is what I have come up with (in chromatic order):


Red.

Pink.


Peach.

Yellow.



Green.

Turquoise.

Blue.

Purple.

There is so much colour everywhere, how could you not photograph it. And, I am always looking to do something that does not include sitting in front of my own desktop blazing sun. I am really enjoying trying new things with my camera, and I can't wait until I can get an even better one. Start Saving!




Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bleary-eyed

My eyes are bleary. I cannot decide whether they are constantly bloodshot because of the salty ocean air, or the amount of time I spend in front of my school iMac. There is something about these iMacs, they have a blazing brightness that burns the retinas. Even at the lowest brightness setting this screen is like looking straight into the sun. Avert your eyes. I have this feeling that people of the LCD screen generation are going to wake up one morning 20 years from now and realize collectively that they have ruined their eyes. To be perfectly honest, I fear I am probably one of these people with fated poor vision. Mostly because no matter how hard I try to fight it I spend most of the day looking at this screen:


This is what a radio documentary LOOKS like. Welcome to the world of ProTools audio editing! A world that sucks you in and makes time disappear. Once the interviewing stops, the editing begins... and it keeps going. On and on and on. This is my fourth version of this documentary. Fourth, because every time I put it together I am seemingly missing something. Always missing something. I just can't seem to figure out what that "something" is. If you look closely you can see a little yellow diamond that marks this session as "FINAL COPY". Well... it isn't. I write FINAL on every copy... always hoping that one day it WILL be the final copy. But, fifth version here I come, bleary-eyed and all.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Wednesday Surprise

Sometimes when you keep your eye straight and your feet moving, you miss really beautiful moments.

This happened to me today. I was walking to school, like I do every morning. I take the same route every time... to get me to the post office. It's always eyes straight, steps quick. I often don't take the time to stop and see what is around me.

But today, oh today was different. I looked around and walked in zigzags and found THIS:


Look around more. And watch where you step! You don't want to crush the beautiful things with heavy boots.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Ode to a Beautiful Weekend


A fruity Easter morning mimosa at Local 188

Some noon-time sailors get a view of some kites flying across the harbour


Triangular shadows in some rock on the Eastern Promenade


More midday sailing


View from the beach on the Eastern Prom.


The year's first run of the Maine Narrow Gauge Railway Car


Pretty, right? (This is the water treatment plant!)



Some shots of an abandoned railway bridge through some graffiti-ed fence





Low tide on the Back Cove


Spring's first peek


One of Portland's mutant sized seagulls and his garbage truck feast


The view from a harbour side Easter pizza feast... much better than the garbage feast