Saturday, July 30, 2011
|Bulletin Board, Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio © Doug Hickok|
|Red Car and White Van, Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio © Doug Hickok|
|Design of Overhang Underside, Wine Room, Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio © Doug Hickok|
|Blue Door, Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio © Doug Hickok|
|Storefront Facade, Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio © Doug Hickok|
|Dress Shop, Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio © Doug Hickok|
|Window (??) Boxes and Brick, Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio © Doug Hickok|
|Facade of Esquire Theater, Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio © Doug Hickok|
|Esquire Theater Lamp Post, Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio © Doug Hickok|
Not far from the University of Cincinnati campus is a cool, colorful, trendy little area along Ludlow Avenue centered around the Esquire Theater. This is an art house movie theater where we were fortunate to see Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Toulouse Lautrec, Auguste Rodin, and others, all in a movie called Midnight in Paris. This is a Woody Allen film I think you would really enjoy. My daughter has a short article about it on her book blog.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
|Two Old Cars, Danny's Classic Cars, Elko, South Carolina © Doug Hickok|
|Old Dodge, Danny's Classic Cars, Elko, South Carolina © Doug Hickok|
|Old, Old Car, Danny's Classic Cars, Elko, South Carolina © Doug Hickok|
Er... well... some of us just age better than others.
(Quick note: This post was inspired by a fellow blogger. When Becky and I drove past Danny's Classic Cars in Elko during our recent road trip, I was so excited seeing old cars, really old cars, that I simply HAD to stop and grab a few shots. If you would like to see some truly artful photography of old classic cars, please take a moment to see Otto Kitchen's work.)
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
|Yard Ornaments, Augusta, Georgia © Doug Hickok|
For those wonderful people who visit my blog routinely, you probably know that at times I have a fondness for the odd and quirky. So it is not surprising that I find kitschy stuff fun to photograph, wherever I can find it. On our recent road trip, we found an abundance of kitschiness, especially in the South. The place pictured above sells yard ornaments, but Jesus and hubcaps displayed together is somehow so ridiculous that it defies explanation. Not to mention throwing in Botticelli's Venus, seahorses, a few totems, a gargoyle, and the Georgia Bulldog. Who thinks of this stuff?
Anyway, I am wondering if you have any place odd or quirky near where you live? Or, is kitsch mostly a regional American phenomenon? If you've ever been to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, you'll know what I mean. While driving through these two mega-kitschy tourist traps, we witnessed a giant sinking Titanic, an upside down southern mansion, the Lumberjack Feud dinner & show, dinosaur putt-putt golf, and the list goes on and on... I mean really, who thinks of this stuff?
So tell me, if you please, about your odd or quirky places.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
|The Ascent, Covington, Kentucky © Doug Hickok|
Charleston has plenty of charming 18th and 19th century architecture, but little in the way of contemporary cutting-edge architecture. That is why I get so excited when visiting large cities, like we did on our road trip to Cincinnati and Atlanta. Metropolises like these have modern structures featuring innovative designs appealing to artful photography, especially abstract photography. Pictured above is a portion of The Ascent, across the river from Cincinnati, an ultra-modern luxury condominium that curves sharply into the sky. It was designed by renown architect Daniel Libeskind, who is also master planner of the new World Trade Center in New York City. Although the overcast sky was less than ideal for a comprehensive view, the soft smooth lighting was prime for detail shots.
Not incidentally, The Ascent could be a metaphor for the ascent of civilization, which can be, in part, attributed to man's ability to master and expand on the art of building the abode.
To see a complete view of The Ascent, see this link.
Friday, July 22, 2011
|Tree and Corn Field, near Elizabethtown, Ohio © Doug Hickok|
In the far southwest corner of Ohio, near the border of Indiana, is the Miami River floodplain, a fertile valley with land ideal for farming. Because of plentiful early season rainfall and flooding by river waters laden with nutrients, many corn crops are tall and healthy. The corn field in this image will do particularly well, as it is protected by the dryad in this spreading tree.
This year, the valley is lush green with the promise of rich and rewarding harvests.
Leia recommends listening to this as we view this photo.
Hope your weekend is rich with rewards.
And lush green.
And protected by tree nymphs.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
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Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
|Ashley River Marina, Charleston, SC © Doug Hickok|
I think it would be pretty cool to live in a sailboat or yacht as some people do. Charleston has plenty of places to dock your boat and enjoy the serenity of an evening on the waters of the city.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
|Chair Shadow on Shell Pavement, Freshfields, John's Island, SC © Doug Hickok|
"A raster is usually a very fine-grained and always strict order principle on a surface. As a special category of pattern, it is not generally a design element - unless it is used as an artistic means to evenly mark a surface."
This quote is from Harald Mante, my Favorite Photographer Friday selection. This German photographer has had the strongest influence on the way I see images. He is a highly regarded teacher of photography, and his book The Photograph, Composition and Design is the best one I know of for demonstrating the art of visual design.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
|Construction Site Fence, College of Charleston Library, Charleston, SC © Doug Hickok|
For all of you who love books, our lovely and talented daughter recently started a book blog, chelseareadsbooks. She has a B.A. in English with a concentration in Fiction Writing and is a true blue book lover. I think you will enjoy her posts.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
|Sunrise over a Tidal Marsh, Kiawah Island, SC © Doug Hickok All Rights Reserved|
The sun breaks through early morning clouds to illuminate a marsh at high tide. On many mornings during summer, warm humid air along the coast creates clouds that build above the horizon. Sometimes it rains, sometimes not. But the moisture is so thick you could slice it with an oyster shucking knife.
Quick take: If you like adventure photography, take a moment to peak at
Jimmy Chin's work. It's amazing.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
|Basilica de San Marco, Venice, Italy © Doug Hickok|
By day Venice is a riotous carnival of tactile delights,
where day light seeks to illuminate every color and form.
But by night, Venice is a muted dream world of ancient vintage,
where imagination seeks to illuminate every shape and shadow.