Friday, October 24, 2014

more leaves

This was the view from our backyard in New Mexico this evening: in truth, these leaves are more yellowish, but they were shining copper with the setting sun behind them.  I think that a couple of days here will revive me enough to see me through the remainder of the semester ...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

selfie day

in class.  My assignment was to take a selfie that would mean something to a specific audience - and then to write about it discussing what one had chosen, and why, and what kind of response one thought one's image (and caption? and hashtag?) would be met with.  This was after discussing a particularly ghastly dance-song by the Chainsmokers called # Selfie, and before talking about Kara Walker and Sugar Baby selfies (with detours through Beyonce, advertising campaigns featuring - for example - a selfie-taking squirrel - and funerals).  Nothing if not eclectic, this class - itself sandwiched (though there is a logic) between trauma and Barthes.  As ever, it seemed only fair to participate - a selfie with a specific audience of, I guess, our class ...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


If one has to spend a good part of the day going to meetings with the Business Office, with HR, and so on, it's a really good thing that there are some excellent leaves to look at on the way.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

halloween ghosties

Continuing my seasonal spook-spotting: these window-ghosts are neatly balanced between the needs of the material body and the desires of the soul, judging by the signs above their fluttering forms.

Monday, October 20, 2014

october pattern

This happens around mid-October every year (or at least, every year that I'm chairing) - I have no time to think about taking real photos, or to think about photography, or to do anything other than what I have to do for work.  One year - maybe the first of this blog? - I pretty much gave up, and just documented my lunch for a week.  So here's another fall-back: a plastic pony (it's been a long while since any of them have featured here), montaged onto a cushion cover.  Let's just call it "fall colors," and get back to work ...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

a self-boxed Walter Gomez

This one speaks for itself.  Walter Gomez loves boxes.  Come to think of it, although he's grey, not black, one could probably file this under Halloween, too ...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

halloween preparations in Los Feliz

Halloween preparations are warming up around here, if that isn't too inappropriate a verb (this is on the corner of our street and Cadman, so it will be seen by lost of hikers on their way into Griffith Park).  Halloween has a tendency to send me into highly contrastive black and white.  This is best clicked on and seen in all its full-scale spookiness ... the whole front yard has a very good assortment of skulls, and gravestones, and a crow or two, although I fear the birds aren't visible in this image. This is rather intimidating so far as the standard of decoration goes: all the same, I might think it's time to dive into a box in the garage and bring out a tired paper pumpkin lantern or two ...