It's been a long year in many ways. Here's to clearing clouds.
Savannah, on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 11:28 AM:
Love it. It looks like black raindrops.
Savannah, on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 11:29 AM:
Now that's just plain pretty. And wistful! Both.
Always lift him up
This photo spawned this tweet:
always nice to start my day by getting hassled by Metro security for taking pictures of... wait for it... rain patterns on concrete.
9:07 AM Oct 30th
It's a white Christmas somewhere
It's too much
Sunfriday, on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 7:38 PM:
I like this one best so far.
Planes of light
heather, on Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 9:44 AM:
I love the edges on this one. So pretty. Maple leaves?
heather, on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 8:10 AM:
I'd curl up like that too, if I saw a bunch of gossips whispering about me.
Can't see out
heather, on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 9:57 PM:
Absolutely positively exquisite. Beautiful. Delicate. I love this.
Another wall-based affirmation
heather, on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 10:50 PM:
Is that "Smile you are beautiful" as in "Smile because you are beautiful" or "You are a beautiful smile". I need punctuation and context before I can confirm that affirmation.
Self-portrait in sunbeam
Savannah, on Friday, December 4, 2009 at 4:02 AM:
I love this. I just love it. No time to put on the art historian hat and formally analyze WHY I love it, but--I love it.
Sweeeet investment opportunity
Tim, on Monday, November 30, 2009 at 12:07 PM:
weird ... no graffiti ....
Savvy observers will note that this photo has essentially the same structure as yesterday's, rotated 180 degrees.
monkey queen, on Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 10:36 PM:
2. so nice on so many levels
Brian, on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 11:20 AM:
LOVE this, love, love love
Kevin, on Monday, November 23, 2009 at 3:38 PM:
This whole series is really beautiful. I love the look!
Sunfriday, on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 4:13 PM:
It seems like the apples are floating into a whirling underwater vortex.
Little bit of a seasonal harvest theme for the next week or so. Enjoy!
These were all shot on an expedition to the excellent Daum's Produce outside of Salem, Ore. They don't actually have a web site, but you can't miss them, out Wallace road past Lincoln.
Sunfriday, on Friday, November 13, 2009 at 1:14 PM:
Ça alors! Quels élèves rectangulaires que vous avez!
The deck chairs are quite melancholy, stacked and waiting for spring.
Make your selection
Sarah, on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 7:08 AM:
Ask my sister about her Grade 13 prom dress. I think the pattern for it came from a similar source. The black-and-white-rose headband may have been her own creation though. (And yes, Grade 13 was a legitimate year for high school students in Ontario back in the day.)
Self portrait in glass and shadow
Tim, on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 7:38 PM:
Uncle Vinny, on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 9:35 AM:
I like this one a lot -- the strange sloping of the pavement and the slightly disorienting angles.
Sarah, on Monday, November 9, 2009 at 4:44 AM:
I guess there's no going back either, eh?
Even still another alley abstraction
Another alley abstraction
We spent an afternoon shooting in downtown Seattle a couple of months ago.
heather, on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 9:25 AM:
I'm gonna assume that's a camera she's holding and not a little can of spray paint :-)
David Adam Edelstein, on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 9:37 AM:
marcia, on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 9:48 AM:
Did I have my can of spray paint that day or just my camera?
This photo is an example of the subconscious directing composition.
I walked by and had no idea why I wanted to make the photo; it wasn't until I looked at it later that I realized that this guy's clothes matched the tile pattern under the window.
Getting my Walker Evans on
Uncle Vinny, on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 10:24 AM:
If Helvetica says it, I must obey.
Tim, on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 8:30 AM:
I think I will TOO!
Sunfriday, on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 9:57 AM:
This is really inspiring, because it seems to suggest what the author is up against. The person is determined, in the face of a seriously challenging situation. They're working with limited resources in their world, and maybe only able to reach the lower corner to write in, but writing anyway.
Coffee self portrait
Sarah, on Friday, October 23, 2009 at 6:04 AM:
I don't know if I am free on SATURDA>.
Heather, on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 10:48 PM:
Nor am I sure I know how to "Garag".
Protruding and casting
GeoGeek, on Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 8:37 AM:
Wow! This looks like the detail from a Rembrandt painting. Incredible light, detail, and drama.
Sunfriday, on Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 1:31 PM:
This is so great! It looks like some sort of supernatural flames.
Heather, on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 10:50 PM:
It made me think Fire & Flames, but then it also made me think of a wild storm at sea with 20-story waves and winds spraying up the water. I pity the sailor who's out in them waters.
Debra, on Friday, October 16, 2009 at 8:34 AM:
Wow...this is really striking...
nocklebeast, on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 8:14 PM:
in the source lot by the looks of it.
nocklebeast, on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 6:29 PM:
B/1 OPEN TRUE
Brick and siding
Wall and shadow
Edgar shows his nice side
eJuana, on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 7:37 PM:
Tori, on Monday, October 5, 2009 at 8:25 AM:
I love this.
David Adam Edelstein, on Monday, October 5, 2009 at 8:56 AM:
Thanks! I meant to add a comment when I uploaded this photo:
I stared at these sheets of cardboard for months while contstruction was going on behind them.
I didn't figure out how to photograph them until a few days before they came down.
Sunfriday, on Monday, October 5, 2009 at 4:16 PM:
Wow. It's like an archeological discovery. I want to know more about the person, history and culture alluded to in the bottom left panel.
To those people who say their pictures are boring because they never go anywhere interesting, I say, the hell with that. Interesting is all around you.
My entire division is moving into a shiny new building in downtown Bellevue, WA.
We were camped out in a conference room on Friday while the actual move happened, so I took the opportunity to snap some photos of the still empty hallways and offices.
Uncle Vinny, on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 10:40 PM:
A lot of this was shot with the new lens, yeah?
David Adam Edelstein, on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 10:45 PM:
All of it, in fact. I basically haven't taken the new lens off since I got it, aside from a couple of hours this afternoon.
Self portrait in shadows
Heather, on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 9:32 PM:
That is a cool image.
Stacey, on Monday, September 28, 2009 at 11:44 AM:
A gorgeous urban image, I adore the lights in the background and the trees on the post.
Stacey, on Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 5:00 PM:
This image sings to me...calmly, softly, a whisper
eJuana, on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 12:06 AM:
rfkj, on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 9:44 AM:
Man, you weren't kidding about the mean streets.
david adam edelstein, on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 10:13 AM:
we keep it real, foo.
Earlier this summer we noticed that there was a steady stream of bees coming back and forth at Miz Becky's parents' house. A little investigation confirmed that there was in fact a hive in the wall.
A few phone calls later, we had an appointment with a beekeeper, who would extract the hive and add the bees to his own hives.
I of course had to document the whole thing.
Savannah, on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 6:05 AM:
Fascinating and beautiful. It's too bad that bees sting, or else maybe the house could have remained a multi-family dwelling :)
Sunfriday, on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 4:24 PM:
Awesome! Something about the style and colors of the photographs give a particularly surreal feeling to the whole thing.
Just keep smiling
Green and green
Orange and green
Sunfriday, on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 6:50 PM:
This one goes on my list of favorites from your color experiments.
Grass waves 3
Grass waves 2
Grass waves 1
nggyj, on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 9:39 AM:
hi this is a really beautiful photo! kinda how i'd imagine fire underwater looks like
Heather, on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 10:10 PM:
Title implies there will be more. Excellent :-) Might one of them be in colour? I'm very curious about it.
Uncle Vinny, on Friday, September 4, 2009 at 8:14 AM:
You're making heavy-metal album covers, now?
Sarah, on Friday, September 4, 2009 at 5:15 AM:
Was it there to keep people in, or keep people out? Which side were you on?
david adam edelstein, on Friday, September 4, 2009 at 6:15 AM:
Spring Valley 4
Heather, on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 10:09 PM:
The blue is so deep up there at the top that I'm lost in it. How pretty.
Spring Valley 3
Spring valley 2
Sunfriday, on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 6:41 PM:
This makes me so happy!
Spring Valley 1
Rest area bench 1
That's right... the mean streets of... uh... Sky Nursery.
rfkj, on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 7:33 AM:
Aurora Ave Gardeners, REPRESENT!
nocklebeast, on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 6:33 PM:
Nene, Hanalei Valley
And with that we bid a fond Aloha to Hawai'i. Back to the mean streets of the mainland next.
Sand and water 5
Sand and water 4
Sand and water 3
Uncle Vinny, on Friday, August 21, 2009 at 9:15 AM:
You could post these all year long, I would be so happy!
Heather, on Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 11:45 AM:
So would I! So beautiful.
Sand and water 2
Sand and water 1
And as we come to the end of the Hawai'i photos, here's a few days of sunny and bright abstracts Your Author shot while standing ankle-deep in the ocean.
Heather, on Friday, August 28, 2009 at 10:30 PM:
Waaaaay cool image! And it also makes me thirsty. Interesting.
GeoGeek, on Monday, August 17, 2009 at 3:11 PM:
whoa - groovy colors!
Another hala in silhouette
Savannah, on Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 7:13 AM:
Interesting. Your first hala-in-silhouette is nothing short of a formal masterpiece--a serious achievement. But this one is the one that moves me. This is the hala that I've *seen* on my trips to Hawaii, somehow inexpressibly sad.
Hala in silhouette
Uncle Vinny, on Friday, August 14, 2009 at 8:14 AM:
And you try to pretend you don't like cloudy weather!?
David Adam Edelstein, on Friday, August 14, 2009 at 12:40 PM:
Clouds are fine... It's cold weather that's evil.
Rust abstr... no... that's an ironwood.
My vision is pretty consistent.
Rust abstract 3
Rust abstract 2
Rust abstract 1
A little sheet metal, a little ocean air...
Not in the briny deep, exactly, but near it
Here's the other thing that warm, wet, salty air does. This lamp is under a roof, but facing the ocean.
Heather, on Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 9:38 PM:
You make briny look so pretty.I love the turquoise.
When we first arrived at our cottage we noticed the screen door was wet. We didn't think much of it — maybe the sprinklers had been on, maybe they had washed it down when they cleaned the house before our arrival. But it was always wet. It was wet on hot sunny days when we knew there hadn't been any rain.
Finally, on our last day on Kaua'i, we figured it out.
Here's the thing about a cottage a hundred feet or so from the ocean. The air? It's moist. That water? Condensed out of the sea air. All the time.
That is of course the Great Frigatebird.
The other photos from Hawai'i
These are photos that I liked, but that didn't for one reason or another make it into the "photo a day" snooty fine art pool.
rfkj, on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 7:45 AM:
It's always striking to see how different the light is out there.
Where's that big wooden play structure?
David Adam Edelstein, on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 8:38 AM:
Yeah, every time I'm home I realize I had convinced myself that I had imagined the light there.
That play structure is the Kamalani play bridge in Kapa'a. So cool.
Heather, on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 8:36 PM:
I love the photo of Mz B with the Tree :-)
Clouds over Manoa
Whoa, that was kind of a left turn from the pretty plant photos, Dave.
Yeah, but it allows me to tell this story: The last night we were on O'ahu, before we decamped for Kaua'i, we realized we probably didn't have enough wipes to get the kid through the next day, so I went out to find some.
7-11 and the ABC store both had tiny, expensive boxes of them. I remembered seeing a neon sign under the condo next to ours — the one in this picture — and I headed over.
As I walked through the loading zone under the condo, on my way to the store, I was vaguely aware of a small, loud knot of people standing around a car. I found what I was looking for in that store, albeit off-brand and dusty, and headed back to our condo. My path took me right by the cluster of people.
"Hey man, you lookin' for a woman tonight?"
I paid a little more attention and noted the Cadillac, with the fancy rims, and the little curtains in the back windows held open with strands of rhinestones. I noted the velour tracksuit, heavy gold chains, and the gold teeth on the enormous smile shining in my direction.
"Uh, no thanks, I was just getting some supplies." I held up the wipes in evidence.
"Come on, man, that ain't no thing. Look at my fine bitches." I looked. "Just tell her, 'sorry, baby, took a little longer than I thought!'"
I laughed and said no thanks.
"OK, man, but if you need to run another errand tonight, I'll be outside the Gold's Gym, we open 24/7, you know what I mean?"
I walked back to our condo, laughing.
Looking up on Monsarrat
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, July 27, 2009 at 9:17 AM:
That's a home run right there, sport.
Heather, on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 8:34 PM:
It makes me think of the Nile River delta.
Tim, on Monday, July 27, 2009 at 10:14 AM:
... you'll notice that the leaves of this plant are diamond plated for added traction and to reduce the slip hazards when the leaf is wet .....
Heather, on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 8:31 PM:
That's totally what I thought of too. Seriously!
How big is the Baobab in Foster Gardens? So big.
The holy bean, in situ
Heather, on Monday, July 20, 2009 at 12:18 PM:
rfkj, on Friday, July 17, 2009 at 8:43 AM:
So you're keeping it real with kalo but 'ulu gets short shrift? :)
Palm trunks 2
Bamboo and shadow
Heather, on Friday, July 10, 2009 at 2:11 PM:
Ulua in context
So you can see how big that sucka really is.
Tim, on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 4:44 PM:
And wears a strange hat ... OH you meant the fish ....
Night light in the big tank at the Waikiki Aquarium.
Even still more banana
GeoGeek, on Monday, July 6, 2009 at 3:57 PM:
I love how this looks like a lapstrake dory being (de)constructed.
Tori, on Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 12:37 PM:
My God, man!
Two weeks in Hawai'i
In the middle of June we spent about two weeks in Hawai'i, showing the kid off to her bubbe and zeyde (who she decided to call "bubs" and "zeyds"), seeing friends, and spending a lot of time swimming and walking.
Oh, and eating. Did I mention the eating?
I'm not actually sure how long the photos from our trip are going to run, because I'm not finished editing, but I thought I'd start off with my old friend Monstera here. We'll see where this all goes.
eJuana, on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 9:49 AM:
Can I help whoever's next?
Why string? Because I had some.
Uncle Vinny, on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 11:03 AM:
Heather, on Friday, July 10, 2009 at 10:50 PM:
But... are they attached to anything?
Chrys, on Monday, June 29, 2009 at 5:56 PM:
How come you are doing the project I have been trying (unsuccessfully) to do?
Tim, on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 9:31 AM:
One word ....
About a month ago, while Miz Becky and The Kid were planting pots on the deck, I was obsessing about form and texture in the beautiful glow that is a Seattle summer evening.
Uncle Vinny, on Friday, June 26, 2009 at 8:32 AM:
See, that would almost fit within the 140-character limit. You're already a Twitterer, you just didn't know it!
Chrys, on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 7:03 PM:
He's back on the streets!
heather, on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 8:17 AM:
I don't know why, but I love the white railings in this photo.
Sarah, on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 3:55 PM:
An army of slinkies marching down the steps.
And that brings us to the end of the pictures from the conservatory.
What's coming tomorrow? Who knows?
Sunfriday, on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 8:13 AM:
Yay for ferns! And for the chance to use the word curlicue.
I believe The Fern is an inspiring plant, but Wikipedia is less impressed. It offers the following.
"One problem with fern classification is the problem of cryptic species. Cryptic species are those which are morphologically similar to another species, but which differ genetically in ways that prevent fertile interbreeding."
I had to stop reading, for fear of learning other tragic fern problems. Millions of ferns are prevented from fertile interbreeding. Won't you please help?
Heather, on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 6:44 PM:
Ooooh.... pretty! reminds me of going to pick fiddleheads in the swamp with my dad at the farm we lived in when I was 4.
nocklebeast, on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 9:09 PM:
cryptic species makes my head hurt.
but I do love how the curlicues become out of focus.
nocklebeast, on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 8:06 PM:
how did I miss this one? this is magical (I particularly like the dreamy out of focus regions towards the bottom).
Sunfriday, on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 7:23 PM:
stacy, on Monday, June 15, 2009 at 6:47 AM:
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, June 15, 2009 at 8:48 AM:
Heather, on Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 9:55 PM:
Orange you glad you didn't... oh... wait... you did.
monkey queen, on Friday, June 12, 2009 at 1:01 PM:
yum. yum. yum! colorgood70syellowyyes.
monkey queen, on Friday, June 12, 2009 at 1:01 PM:
beautiful. reminds me of thighs. in the good way.
My old friend Monstera
I am utterly obsessed with these plants.
Sunfriday, on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 10:23 PM:
One of the persistent themes in my aesthetic is that I love music, paintings, photographs, whatever, that teeter on the edge between abstract and concrete, between noise and signal.
This photo is particularly satisfying for me in that way.
Uncle Vinny, on Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 12:44 PM:
This rocks the house, amigo.
nocklebeast, on Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 7:53 PM:
yes, very nice.
Heather, on Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 9:51 PM:
I like this one; it makes me think of an exotic bird. I love the colours.
nocklebeast, on Friday, June 5, 2009 at 6:36 AM:
Sarah, on Friday, June 5, 2009 at 5:52 PM:
David Adam Edelstein, on Friday, June 5, 2009 at 10:16 PM:
Nope, they're Brugmansia:
Sunfriday, on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 8:42 AM:
Wonderful! Every time I see this it's like an invitation to explore some new aspect - color, sunlight, shadows, lines...
nocklebeast, on Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 1:45 PM:
I keep anxiously checking the trumpets in my back yard, and they're not that orange.
Heather, on Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 9:52 PM:
Doo doo doo DOO doo DOO!
That's what Miz Becky thinks, at least.
eJuana, on Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 3:52 PM:
No, that's a serious skin condition. See your doctor right away.
eJuana, on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 4:38 PM:
That's not fuzzy. THIS is fuzzy.
David Adam Edelstein, on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 4:47 PM:
That's not fuzzy, that's Suzee.
nocklebeast, on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 9:45 PM:
looks prickly to me.
Heather, on Friday, May 29, 2009 at 10:51 PM:
the iPhone is still cooler.
More hairy palm
No, seriously, that's what it is.
A long visit to the Volunteer Park Conservatory
A few weeks ago I took a day off, and while most of the day was taken up with errands, I did manage to squeeze in an hour or so at the Volunteer Park Conservatory. After some difficult editing I managed to winnow down to 31 photos I'll be posting over the next... 31 days.
After that I'm sure it'll be back to the dark and gloomy, but for now those of you who prefer the floral work will enjoy a lovely spring vacation.
sheryl, on Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 1:57 AM:
I love that these look exactly like the garbage bins outside my house. Great photo!
Callas are a horribly overdone photographic subject but sometimes you just have to bring flowers.
Heather, on Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 10:57 AM:
This is beautiful. Callas were a theme for our wedding. I think they are so graceful looking.
Heather, on Friday, May 15, 2009 at 10:32 PM:
Nothin' beats a goofy goat.
Although I was enjoying Cookbook Week :-)
Stacey, on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 7:38 AM:
Good morning fresh lettuce, you look divine.
How about a few days of food?
Sunfriday, on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 11:58 AM:
At last, someone who understands lentils. I'd go for a week of just legume photos.
Christina, on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 10:36 AM:
That is lovely.
Sunfriday, on Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 1:02 PM:
This power tool has a name. A name too old, too dark to be expressed in the chick-fluff of unicode.
It has waited so long that it has almost forgotten the taste
This message has been brought to you by the disturbingly effective Canadian Educational Safety Film Board. "Saving people, f**ing them up for life".
Miz B, on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 9:27 PM:
That, my friend is funny.
In a more serious vein, it's intense to see these arty shots of a place that's a part of your life. The ladder, and this shot, are distinct little physical pieces of my life and childhood. I remember the layers of paint spills on that now-rickety ladder, and the sound of that saw running, and my Dad wearing safety goggles while he used it (OSHA lawyer, go figure). When I was in 5th or 6th grade, my Dad built a small working water wheel for my school project, in that shop (I, um, helped).
For someone with a not comprehensive set of childhood memories, these are visual haikus that evoke vivid sense memories. That is a lovely thing for photographs to do...
There are some good ideas here.
Uncle Vinny, on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 10:53 AM:
Or maybe ideas that used ta be good?
Cart and shadow
nocklebeast, on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 8:43 AM:
Ah, that's a pretty blue one in nice light.
I keep hoping to spot a "B/6 ASSIMILATED" but no luck so far at the local Trader Joe's.
eJuana, on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 11:50 AM:
Ya'll's next project: catch peoples in the act of shopping cart lifting.
nocklebeast, on Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 8:23 AM:
I have one photo on flickr that shows some re-organizing the contents of his shopping cart
I think I have one photo of someone crossing the street with a hot shopping cart... but it's still in the (film) camera at this point. I can't remember if it's in the Hexar or the Zorki.
nocklebeast, on Friday, May 29, 2009 at 10:02 PM:
It's on the Zorki. Got a couple of hot shopping carts on the move:
Spring can hear your heart beating
Savannah, on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 7:12 AM:
To me, this series is not so much menacing/ominous as it is somber and elegiac. It suggests the *memory* of leaves and flowers. It seems to be about time passing, or through the eyes of someone dying...fading away from the bright world.
Sad, in a distant and magisterial way. Beautiful.
heather, on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 8:26 AM:
I agree with Savannah...
It's kinda sad, yet wistful for me. What was and what will hopefully be again.
Sunfriday, on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 8:30 PM:
I like the first one the best, both the photo and title. They seem more like alert and alive creatures, with the details of the petals showing more against a lighter, bluer background.
They hunt in pairs.
Spring can taste your breath
Spring can smell your blood
Hey look, menacing photos of spring. Because I'm that way.
eJuana, on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 6:34 AM:
You've found the flowers of evil.
Tim, on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 9:42 AM:
Marks the spot
Tim, on Monday, April 27, 2009 at 10:39 PM:
David Adam Edelstein, on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 6:44 AM:
stacy, on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 8:52 AM:
tell me how you stayed out of the reflection...love this btw
David Adam Edelstein, on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 9:54 AM:
It's not actually anything tricky; I'm barely to the left of the frame, and far enough back that the perspective shift from left to right isn't obvious unless you look for it.
Bus station 3
Bus station 2
Bus station 1
The first of three different takes on the Greyhound station downtown. Not wildly different, mind you, but subtle changes of mood.
Heather, on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 8:09 PM:
This is really pretty! Shimmery! Like a silver fairy swing in a shimmery fairy garden.
Oh... uh, you, uh, weren't going for ominous again, were you? Cause if so, let's see... I guess it also looks kinda liquidy... like mercury... like a poisonous, wicked mercury-coated swing in a... sorry, it's still in a shimmery fairy garden.
David Adam Edelstein, on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 9:19 PM:
Nope, this was supposed to be shimmery.
Ominous is coming, he said, ominously.
It's a blog. It's all about
Heather, on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 7:45 PM:
Becca, on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 1:29 PM:
HA! good one i wish i thought of it but it goes way better on your blog (probobly)
=) =) =P
Spring light 4
Spring light 3
eJuana, on Monday, April 20, 2009 at 12:44 PM:
That's summer light.
heather, on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 2:22 PM:
Spring light 2
Spring light 1
The morning light is beautiful as it caresses the men's restroom in the park
Another damp cherry
Hello, increased blog hits from suggestive but innocent titles.
Tim, on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 4:52 PM:
HEH!! You said Damp!
It's undeniable now
Heather, on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 11:09 PM:
Beautiful, and yet oddly and colourfully... ominous. Oh Dave, you did it! Ominous Spring! Give us more! MORE OF THIS EXACT SAME STUFF!
And 65 seconds later, I can participate in the conversation like a normal person again.
GeoGeek, on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 11:45 AM:
Huh. I didn't know you could participate in conversation like a normal person. That's gotta be weird.
David Adam Edelstein, on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 11:53 AM:
I'm real good at pretending.
This is how my life goes. We're having a perfectly lovely conversation at a team lunch when suddenly I'm absolutely unable to pay attention until I deal with my obsession with how the light looks in the top of my drink.
Stacey, on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 3:49 PM:
Gorgeous, mysterious image...plus I learned a new word..."benthic."
Wonders and signs
david adam edelstein, on Friday, April 10, 2009 at 10:23 AM:
Sometimes a photo comes up in the morning and I think, wait, didn't I edit that one out? Huh.
There are things I like about this one but that upper left area just ain't right.
Heather, on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 11:00 PM:
Oooh! ooh! It's spring! Which means DAE might take a break from the ominous and post some pretty colour blossom photos! My favourite time of year :-)
David Adam Edelstein, on Sunday, April 12, 2009 at 11:15 AM:
That sure sounds like a challenge to me.
hmmm... how to make spring look ominous...
Sunfriday, on Friday, April 10, 2009 at 7:46 PM:
Beautiful. It's nice to see a photo that shows one shoot as an interesting individual in a community.
Heather, on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 11:01 PM:
I love the purple grass. Cool!
Another composition in the sand box
It's less bleak than the other one. Isn't it? Right? No?
Uncle Vinny, on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 12:10 PM:
In your dreams, bleakboy.
eJuana, on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 1:33 PM:
Hoping that Squeaky Z has derived some joy from the toys is the only thing that is keeping me going.
Sunfriday, on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 2:13 PM:
If by "less bleak", you mean "only makes you want to lie down in the sand box and ponder the inevitability of decay", as opposed to "leads you to wonder if the rake is sturdy enough to dig a shallow grave."
What with the economy, lots of projects end up just getting abandoned
We were at the park a couple of weeks ago, and I was enthralled with this toy someone had left in the sand box.
The composition just wasn't working, until The Kid tossed a little rake into the midground and suddenly everything came together. Thanks, Kid!
Stacey, on Monday, April 6, 2009 at 12:49 PM:
Nature 4: Coda*
* Which is a pretentious way of saying, this didn't really fit with the other three, but I'm going to jam it in there anyway.
Happy St. Stupid's day!
More or less creepy than my original idea?
GeoGeek, on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 6:23 AM:
Do you really think there's a contest here? Little porcelain kid vs DAE in a burka? I will have nightmares about one of these photos. Hint: it won't involve green hair.
nocklebeast, on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 3:58 PM:
green hair is rare in mammals.
Tim, on Monday, March 30, 2009 at 9:56 AM:
Heather, on Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 8:03 PM:
Very imposing. What is it?
David Adam Edelstein, on Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 8:09 PM:
No idea. You spend more time near it than I do :-)
Here it is from above.
Tim, on Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 8:35 PM:
Cooling towers of sorts
Heather, on Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 7:52 PM:
Once again the interwebs completely fail as a display medium
21 million pixels is a lot of damn data, and when you shoot a photo that takes advantage of all of those pixels it just doesn't work at 600 pixels wide.
Here's a little taste of the amount of detail you can see in the 12x18 print*, a crop at 100% from near the center.
* HINT HINT :-)
Heather, on Friday, March 27, 2009 at 10:27 PM:
I love this one. Beautifully complex, is what comes to mind for me.
Talking behind her back
I didn't see the similarity until I finished processing the photo.
Uncle Vinny, on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 11:24 AM:
That's an enigmatic connection, but I totally agree...
Tim, on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 8:11 PM:
Heather, on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 9:43 PM:
It is now, but what was it before?
Self-portrait with You Are Here arrow
Self-portrait with zebra
Self portrait with pirate
Composition in red and green
nocklebeast, on Friday, March 20, 2009 at 8:59 PM:
This looks familiar somehow. There wouldn't happen to be a rabbit named Henri near by would there?
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, March 23, 2009 at 9:37 AM:
The color-blind dude isn't having a hard time picking out the red 'n' green on this one.
Sometimes downtown is a little more cubist than other times
Ordinarily I don't think about my street work in color but this one cried out for it.
I could have used this a few weeks ago
Sunfriday, on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 12:50 PM:
This is a really striking photo! It draws me in to so many subtlties, thinking about a common object in very different ways. It seems like several complex stories about time itself. One is the vast span of history: metal, rocks to, time, light, economics, religion, leaders. The other, a series of unique events for this coin, the accumulations and erosions brought on by countless exchanges between people.
Twigs and trunks
Enough with the alleys
What the heck is that on your feet?
The light was outrageously beautiful in here.
Tori, on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 2:14 PM:
A little homage to Escher
Heather, on Friday, March 13, 2009 at 3:53 PM:
Very nice :-)
A Smith, on Friday, March 13, 2009 at 9:51 PM:
The apple tree is as ready for Spring as I am
Maffy, on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 12:43 PM:
The tulips are starting to come up, and they were covered with snow yesterday! Yes, I'm ready for Spring, too!
rfkj, on Monday, March 16, 2009 at 10:34 AM:
Spring has sprung, the grass has riz. I wonder where the flowers is.
Little obsessed with the sky lately
sheridan, on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 4:06 PM:
wow. i havnt a photo that is identical to this one. powerlines and all:)
sheridan, on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 4:06 PM:
wow. i havnt a photo that is identical to this one. powerlines and all:)
Sign of the times
Heather, on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 10:32 AM:
I'm not about to make the same promise
heather, on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 12:41 PM:
Care to explain yourself?
Heather, on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 11:24 PM:
I really like this. "Beautiful, yet tragic" was what my immediate thought was.
Christina, on Friday, February 20, 2009 at 8:12 AM:
That is beautiful!
"Henri! If you don't put your things away, you will not get to play with them again!"
Sunfriday, on Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 7:18 PM:
Christina, on Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 8:27 PM:
Wow! That is really lovely. I love the subtle way the focus seems to wrap on itself.
And there you go. Remember, you can get your very own copy of snowdays and keep the joy around all year.
Making a book was an interesting exercise. It's different from a show, or from the blog; the photos combine and flow and become something different from what they were by themselves. It's fun; I'll have to do more.
Stacey, on Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 9:09 AM:
An exquisite picture of the snow.
Sunfriday, on Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 1:15 PM:
You know how sometimes in nightmares things just don't seem right, but you're not sure why? There's a point when it finally sinks in what's happening, just before the terror hits.
Remember back in December when I was whining about the snow? The photos I posted then were just a cover for the real work I was doing as the snow made me more and more sullen and paranoid.
The problem was that when I was finished editing the set of photos, I had way more than I wanted to post on my blog — 35 days of dark, gloomy photos in February and March might just about drive the Seattle contingent off the brink. On the other hand, I had been wanting to try one of the new print-on-demand services, and this seemed like a perfect opportunity.
The sample one I had printed looks terrific, so I'm happy to present my first (self-published) book. Follow the link to see a preview of the first few pages of the book, and, ahem, to buy yourself a copy. I'll post a few more images from the set over the next week.
Every wonderful trip has to come to an end.
Savannah, on Friday, February 6, 2009 at 7:27 AM:
Nice abstractification of a familiar form.
Tim, on Friday, February 6, 2009 at 9:16 AM:
The answer is "Up Up" for $250
Heather, on Friday, February 6, 2009 at 10:23 PM:
This is cool. It took me a while to figure out what it was. Tim's comment helped :-)
Garden 5: Squirrels' table
Stacey, on Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 10:24 AM:
I like the title especially and image very much, they left quite a mess.
Garden 4: Seussian
heather, on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 11:29 AM:
I can never get enough of your colour photos of fruit or foliage :-)
In the garden
Montreal has an enormous botanical garden, which we spent a great afternoon strolling in. V and R assured us that we've only seen a tiny section of it, in another transparent attempt to get us to plan another visit soon. As if I needed more motivation.
The butter pizza
V. will hopefully come along and remind me what this wonderful thing is actually called. Imagine a large round croissant, made with the very best butter, and baked in a hot cast iron pan, and you'll get the idea.
Some days, apparently, there's accordion in the bakery.
Tim, on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 10:08 AM:
MMMMMMMM - Butter - mmmmmmmm
OM NOM NOM NOM NOM
Heather, on Friday, January 30, 2009 at 9:13 PM:
Pretty blue cups. Makes me wish I drank coffee just so I could look trendy and cool drinking out of those cups. I bet they work as well for hot cocoa though :-)
On the table
And we move from what's in the market, to what's on the table. Vegetarians may want to skip this post...
When we were planning our trip through Massachusetts and Montreal, V and I couldn't quite figure out how to fit all the things we wanted to do in Montreal into the time Miz Becky and I had worked out, based on other schedules. Eventually I hit on the idea that I would go up to Montreal one day early, with Miz Becky, the Kid, and eJuana driving up the next day.
This allowed for two things: first, it gave me and V another day to wander around Montreal babbling at each other, and second, it gave V and R a chance to show me a wonderful food time that the other members of my party wouldn't necessarily have enjoyed as much.
My arrival in Montreal was a bit like falling down a wonderful, welcoming rabbit hole. Unfortunately, as V reports, I was my usual charming self, but the evening was nevertheless wonderful.
This photo represents our first out-of-the-house stop, our entree, which apparently in Montreal means "snacks and beautiful wine before the actual meal". The snacks? Delicious chopped liver and these rather more photogenic escargot on just barely cooked marrow. Which honestly left me speechless.
Our second stop of the night was at the wonderful Au Pied de Cochon, where I ate the eponymous pigfoot and what I think was a brain croquette. All delicious and wonderful as only offal can be.
Tim, on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 9:47 AM:
damn you !!
(btw nice images)
Sarah, on Friday, January 30, 2009 at 3:01 PM:
I need to take a trip to La Belle Province now.
Next time you are in Quebec, you should seek out "Sortilege" (there's an accent over the e, but my laptop keyboard doesn't like me typing in French). It's a liqueur made from Canadian whiskey and maple syrup. Sounds gross, I know, but as someone who doesn't not like whiskey, and also doesn't do the maple syrup thing too often, I was surprised to find that it is a flavour sensation, especially when served ice ice cold. Also worth trying is Chicoutai, a liqueuer made from cloud berries or "bake apples" as they are called in Newfoundland.
Maffy, on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 9:17 AM:
What a gorgeous set of photos from the market, and greatly appreciated as I look out at snow AGAIN. Sheesh.
Heather, on Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 7:48 AM:
Heather, on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 11:36 AM:
Ok... I may be ordering some of these for our kitchen :)
In the market
And here finally the same tomatoes we've been looking at for three days, but in the market before they came home.
Oh David, you are so crazy with the thematic postings, we cannot handle it. Don't worry, tomorrow we'll go back to a less elegantly realized thematic grouping.
Some ripe ones left at the end of the season
Continuing to back around the same counter as the last two days. You see how I work ze theme, no?
Uncle Vinny, on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 7:33 AM:
Zo, tomorrow you vill zhow ze cans of Ragu, no?
heather, on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 9:56 AM:
These belong in a cookbook of happy comfort foods :-)
No, eJuana, they're not apples.
This is of course the same counter as yesterday's photo.
(Another version of the same shot was previously published on Love Apples: Labels)
Sunfriday, on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 8:15 PM:
This is great! Sunny and happy and interesting.
Stacey, on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 8:54 PM:
Beautiful, the light and the organized drawers, it would be wonderful to wake up to that kitchen each day.
heather, on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 9:56 AM:
Very pretty and inspiring!
Loading dock light
Stacey, on Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 8:23 PM:
Just happened upon your site, lovely photos, I, too, love to find interesting light.
Two obsessions for the price of one
Mannikins and reflections.
Heather, on Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 9:17 AM:
Oooh. Portuguese fish.
Sunfriday, on Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 7:20 PM:
Congealed fish. Tasty
Sunfriday, on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 3:32 PM:
When looking at this at first on the web, I scrolled up from the bottom to the top, and the sunshine seemed hopeful, like a reminder that there's space above a crowded city. But then the shadow seemed ominous.
I guess the scrolling effect is similar to that used intentionally in film. I wonder if anyone is using it with web animation of photos.
That is, windows and doors. Moving on from walls.
Wordsworth, on Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 8:53 PM:
Mysterious, eerie... This image almost puts you into a trance - the muted, soft colours in the fogged windows playing subtly over the faint, abstract reflections.
It is an image to invoke contemplation: is that a doorway on the left, beside that vaguely humanoid sculpture? What peers out from beside the droplet trails, its red eye gleaming?
This is one of the most hauntingly beautiful photos I've seen in a while. Bravo!
OK, technically this is mostly a window, but it fits better with the graffiti theme.
Tori, on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 9:59 AM:
At first I thought it was a signed painting.
The Walls of Montreal
That's right. I travel thousands of miles to a city of culture and cuisine on the other side of the continent, and I take pictures of graffiti.
Heather, on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 8:58 AM:
And it's not even distinguishable as French graffiti. Mon Dieux!
What our New Years' looked like
rfkj, on Monday, January 5, 2009 at 12:20 PM:
It's too bad that Rock Band for Wii is kind of not that great, because as much fun as I bet you had playing Guitar Hero...you would have LOVED playing Rock Band.
Where are the pictures of you on the DDR mat?
david adam edelstein, on Monday, January 5, 2009 at 1:24 PM:
Did you see those girls on the mat? They threatened to kick my ass if I so much as asked.
Heather, on Monday, January 5, 2009 at 10:09 PM:
That is a beautiful photo of Bobbin and Miss E! I'm gonna have to request a print of that one :) If you had a shot of them after they bashed heads it'd make for a nice contrast :) Yes, Wii is a contact sport.
It was a total blast! We had an awesome time and we're glad y'all did too :) We'll have to do it again!
Change of venue
After several lovely days in the American northeast we confusingly changed venue to the Canadian southeast, to visit my friends V and R in the beautiful city of Montreal. Better hosts in a more beautiful city would be hard to find.
Heather, on Monday, January 5, 2009 at 10:14 PM:
Nice symbolism. If only the arrow was pointing up :)
ejuana, on Monday, January 5, 2009 at 10:07 AM:
ejuana, on Monday, January 5, 2009 at 11:32 PM:
Why landscape, and not portrait?
Tori, on Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 8:22 AM:
I've very much been enjoying the pace of this series.