Monday, June 22, 2009

Kodak to Retire Kodachrome, Its Oldest Color Film Stock -

Kodak to Retire Kodachrome, Its Oldest Color Film Stock -

Wow, its no shock that Kodachrome is dead. I shot my last roll of Kodachrome back in 1982 or thereabouts. Here are two of those last images, the first recorded of General Hershy Bar in Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles. The second recorded at the 1982 SAVE OUR EARTH Peace Rally in New York's Central Park showing Peter Paul and Mary being interviewed before their performance.

I had a backstage pass thanks to Peter; whom I'd met three years before at the Songwriters Resources and Services production of a songwriters competition Award Ceremony. I was the staff photographer. I got to sit next to Peter during a lunch break from the rehearsal/sound check rubbing elbows.

You have to realize I learned how to play guitar by listening to PPM recordings over and over and copying the finger picking. So to actually meet on such intimate terms one of my mentors and hero's was a spectacular experience - out shined only by viture of our continued (at that time) friendship. It was he who got me the photographic access to backstage. I have yet to publish any of those images of the celebrities at that time.

We were at the diner on 14th and Wilshire Blvd in LA, in the days of SRS director, Helen King (who's last portrait I shot before she passed on) and before her organization became the National Academy of Songwriters headed by John Brahany (??) and associates.

I have remained in contact with Peter after that, sometimes stopping in unannounced when in town. He even took me to lunch one time. Just the sweetest man you'd ever want to meet. My dad was rather harsh so I am always on the look out for other males that I might want to inherit some father figure role models from. Peter Yarrow is so highly respected (by me and others I'm sure) in that regard.

Speaking of Peter, Paul and Mary, I have a wonderful image of Noel "Paul" Stooky walking up 2nd Ave., part of the Rally march heading toward Central Park. Peter Yarrow's son is clearly shown in my shot with arm in a sling. I'm sure his arm is all better now!

Those years were the highlight of my career as a Photographer. I was already producing V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media Ink: The Visionary Artists Showcase and Networking Events. The next year, in 1983, V.A.R.I.O.U.S. hit over 200 members who together build the first prototype Creativity Cafe at FutureWorld Expo at the LA Convention Center.

Sunday @ Maui Film Festival, Summer Solstice and Father's Day

Its Father's Day and Summer Solstice. Well, at least one of those "seasonal" special events applies. Its Been A Long Time Since My Sister Called speaking of fathers. I am a bit closer to her, than I am to her husband. That's why this photo is dedicated to my sister's husband (especially since he not I has continued our blood line) who is at the opposite end of the creative spectrum compared to my copious creativity:

If I am a father at all, its because of my giving life to my images, music and dreams... productions designed for peoples enjoyment and edutainment.

I walked off during the basketball movie to make this photo. The shutter was open 3 minutes at f3.5 with ASA 1600. When I went back to my blanket, I realized I was missing my cellphone. I laid all my stuff out on one of the concession tables and told a gal nearby what I was looking for (as well as my multicolor lighted yoyo. She told me someone turned in the phone! What a relief. I had dreams of retracing every step.

I was on my way back to my car when I realized I was missing my yoyo. I didn't find it, but did discover my favorite long sleeve shirt on the ground that I'd unknowingly dropped! That was a lucky find. I never did find the yoyo but I have my phone and shirt both of which would be damaging to have lost. I can always get another yo yo.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Will I See YOU Under the Stars Tonight?

while lucid dreaming under the stars like these, V.A.R.I.O.U.S.  was born on July 11, 1980! More about that at Creativity Cafe's  FOUNDERS CORNER BLOG