The Cellist (…for Channa)

Stepping of the train, I could hear the whispery strains of a cello. Grand Central Terminus, always full of people and conversation was strangely mute, letting the sounds of Fauré's Pavane op.50 waft through the halls and platforms. I immediately thought of my cellist friend and "soul sister" Channa, who I wished could be there with [...]

MM2-34: Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness

I love Leanne's challenges and the positive and encouraging feedback which she ALWAYS gives! Her Monochrome Madness was the first public photographic forum that I had the courage to enter last year and now I am a huge fan! It is also great learning to see what other photographers are doing and how different people [...]

Studies in Black & White

Somedays, no matter how creative the day begins, it reaches a dull spot where suddenly there is a need to entertain oneself (hopefully without the use of anything digital...). Look around the house and something will always pop up. Deciding that I could use some more practice with depth of field and settings (I still [...]

Thamsing…..

I don't think it is a real word, "Thamsing" so I will define my own invention (verb: going along, across or by the Thames River). The Thames runs through the heart of my favorite city, it delineates its history, its shape and its form. It defines the city's residents; those living north or south of [...]

Les fleurs et les bougies

Have you perhaps seen this discussion between a father and his little son? https://youtu.be/VR1zjZ2Cyaw I have watched it several times now (I will admit, not without a few tears) and in it see all that is good in the world - how a father calmly explains a horrific event to his small son and reassures [...]

Meet and Greet: The People of Basel

In German, residents of Basel are either Basler (for males) or Baslerin (females). In any language, they are interesting to observe as they go about their everyday business around the Marktplatz - the main square downtown. I felt particularly confident today and found that my personal feelings where "absorbed" in my photos - they seemed to be [...]

If it is Autumn, it is time for the fair!

It is certainly Autumn in Switzerland; bright sunshine in that golden Autumnal hue, blue skies, dipping temperatures and crisp leaves that you scuff on the pavement with new leather shoes. In Basel, it is also time for the Autumn Fair or Herbstmesse in German. One of the very special things one finds at the fair [...]

London’s Chinatown

In the middle of London, tucked away behind the bustle and theatres of Leicester Square, not far from the tourist-haven of Covent Garden, you chance upon London's Chinatown. Visited in early morning, you find the busy life of a vibrant community. By tradition, it is hard to take "street" photos in a Chinese community, people [...]