Originally published January 5, 2014, on Tumblr.
This is my kind of street photography! Really sweet. And I love that green sea.
To the solemn sea the old women come
With their shawls knotted around their necks
With their fragile feet cracking.
They sit down alone on the shore
Without moving their eyes or their hands
Without changing the clouds or the silence.
The obscene sea breaks and claws
Rushes downhill trumpeting
Shakes its bull’s beard.
The gentle old ladies seated
As if in a transparent boat
They look at the terrorist waves.
Where will they go and where have they been?
They come from every corner
They come from our own lives.
Now they have the ocean
The cold and burning emptiness
The solitude full of flames.
They come from all the pasts
From houses which were fragrant
From burnt-up evenings.
They look, or don’t look, at the sea
With their walking sticks they draw signs in the sand
And the sea erases their calligraphy.
The old women get up and go away
With their fragile bird feet
While the waves flood in
Traveling naked in the wind.
—The Old Women Of The Ocean by Pablo Neruda
I had a real problem finding a suitable music video. Debussy’s La Mer was too violent. Beach Boys too saccharine. I looked high and low, wracked my brain, and then I remembered this song’s video was filled with seashore and “underwater” footage, stolen from this weird Russian sci-fi movie, so they kind of go together. That’s what I’m telling myself, anyway. Shameless self-promotion, I suppose.
Take Me Down by me.
A little more bragging: I had the pleasure of meeting Jamie and Michele Reiner (Rob’s wife) some years back. I was invited to Michele’s place in Brentwood by the two of them to talk about iphoneography. When I got there, Jamie was getting out of her car and, as we both converged at the gated driveway, she said,”You are a genius!” Making me instantly like her a whole more than I already did! We got inside and talked iPhone art and P1xels for a while. After about an hour, I asked,”Did you think I would be able to show you the secret button to make your pictures look like [tbe ones on P1xels]?” They both nodded their heads yes. Sorry, girls, no short cuts!
Michele was a most gracious hostess and is a serious photographer & iphoneographer. We featured her wonderful Hollywood iphoneographic gallery in the iPhotographer Magazine Fashion issue. They were wonderful to hang out with. I love smart women!
One thing Jamie said made me feel quite special and it has stayed with me ever since. She said, “You are the Andy Warhol of iphoneography.” Like I say, a woman of great discernment.