Sunday, May 2, 2021

Retirement


      How did I ever get anything done when I was working 40+ hours a week?

 My retirement was two years ago on Friday!

     You may have noticed me popping up on-air on Alabama News Network every now and then, and that will continue, but mostly I've been laid back, writing and working on my photography. 

     Two of my photos were juried into the Montgomery Art Guild/Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts show that opens on May 22nd.

     

 

 

     But there is also ample time for...naps?


 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

From my 'Nam file


 One story I wrote for the "Red Devil" Brigade newspaper in Quang Tri, Vietnam was about an event that was always top of mind. As they approached the end of their tour, they became "short-timers"...and counted down the days left till they could board a military aircraft to return home.

This photo shows the soldier I focused on. I too it on board the C-130 aircraft carrying him to Saigon or DaNang or one of the places where they would transfer to a chartered civilian aircraft that would take him back to the U.S. 

I wrote about the process he followed going home. In fact that was the title of he story:
"Going Home"

After I had taken my photos, I had to get back off the plane. My end of tour was more than eigh months ahead of me.

I'll look for that story...if I have a copy of it.

Building Art

 


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Poem: Time passing

 


How many decades did it take

for this oak

to swallow this fence.

How many people noticed?

 

Did they consider stopping the process?

Or did they just consider their own mortality?



Tuesday, March 16, 2021

NY Times Union Story


 

 N.Y. Times Headline:

 

How Amazon Crushes Unions

This is of interest to Alabama because of the effort to unionize the Amazon facility in Bessemer. The deadline for workers to vote is March 29th.

HERE is the Times story. 

 

Sunday, March 14, 2021

2021 Fine Arts Photography Competition

 The Deadline to enter is just a few weeks away...don't delay! Enter your best work soon! There are $4k in awards!

Here is the call information:

 


https://sacs-stonehengegallery-the2021photocompetition.artcall.org/?fbclid=IwAR2SSyPf6fFPr2I1o-7r-TY4JcOtiIl1XmxTRJg-0rxBFMfkqFj8OsPakRg


 

 

 

 

The competition is organized by an informal photographers group in Montgomery of which I am a member. We call ourselves "The 9".😃


Saturday, March 6, 2021

2021 Photo Competition Now Open!

 


Open Call to Photographers — Juried Competition/Exhibit!

This month-long exhibit in July is presented by the Society of Arts & Crafts (SAC’s), a non-profit, 501(c)3 charitable organization committed to the advancement of art education and art appreciation. The event will be exhibited at Stonehenge Gallery, one of Montgomery, Alabama's premier art galleries/art frame shops. See the SAC's and Stonehenge menu items at the top of the page for more information about these organizations. The 9 Photo Group and the staffs at the Society of Arts and Crafts (SAC's) and Stonehenge Gallery are supplying the labor to make this event happen.

HERE is the call for submissions!




Sunday, February 14, 2021

Toy Hippo


 I made this photo when I was about 12, in 1962, in my family's backyard in Queens Village, New York.

Monday, February 1, 2021

The Fine Art Photography Exhibit Opens tomorrow (Tuesday).

 

Looking in at the 2020 Event

  

 

 

 

 

HERE is a video overview of the 2021 Exhibit!

EVENT: “See It Our Way (2021): The Photographer’s World”

WHERE: Armory Learning Arts Center Art Gallery, Montgomery, AL

WHEN: February 2 - 25, 2021

Twenty-eight Alabama photographers are exhibiting their work at the Anita Folmar Gallery, Armory Learning Arts Center, Montgomery, AL, February 2-24. Admission is free. The exhibit is  presented in partnership with the Arts Council of Montgomery and “9,” a group of local photographers dedicated to producing and promoting fine art photography.


 In addition to the “9,” photographers from four camera clubs will be exhibiting their work. These are the Capital City Camera Club in Montgomery, the Shelby County Camera Club, Trussville Photography Club, and the Shades Valley Camera Club. Each photographer has submitted one image to represent their work.


Photographs in the exhibit include color, black-and-white, and digitally altered prints. Most images will be offered for sale.


The Armory Learning Arts Center Gallery is located at 1018 Madison Ave., Montgomery. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Umbrella Boy



 

Hank Williams


Montgomery's City Hall is seen reflected in the base of a statue of Hank Williams, across from the building where Williams funeral was held on January 4th in 1953.

The statue and base were later moved to Commerce Street near the entrance to the riverfront tunnel.

G. Wallace


 The wheelchair former Alabama Governor George Wallace used after he was shot on May 15, 1972. (Part of the collection at the Alabama Department of Archives and History)

Friday, January 1, 2021

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Alvin Holmes Funeral Services Set

 Rep. Alvin A. Holmes


Montgomery - HOLMES, Rep. Alvin A., in loving memory, former State Representative, passed away on November 21, 2020. A lifetime Montgomery resident, he was the last of eleven siblings born to the late John H. Holmes and Willie Ann Holmes. Graveside and burial service will be held Sunday, November 29, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery with Pastor Courtney Meadows officiating. The staff of E. G. Cummings Memorial Funeral Home directing. The family request no flowers. Contributions may be made to Hutchinson Missionary Baptist Church or your favorite charity. Public viewing will be held Saturday, November 28, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at E. G. Cummings Memorial Funeral Home.



Saturday, November 14, 2020

Anchor's View

      Behind me in this photo is what we see during newscasts.

 

I'm filling in this weekend and next. Join us at 5:30pm an 10:00pm tomorrow, 11-15-2020 on CBS 8/ABC 32. (and at 9:00pm on The FOX News at Nine)


 



Thursday, October 29, 2020

 My photo was selected for a First Place Photo award in the 2020 Montgomery Art Guild Regions Bank Show. 

 


      I titled the photo "A Second Talk", a reference to "the talk" many African-American parents have with their children. It teaches them how to avoid police violence by following strict rules...where to keep  your hands etc.

     I took the photo at the Equal Justice Initiative Lynching Memorial, and I don't know what the man is saying to the boy, but I projected a lynching lesson on the photo, considering the location.

     Thank you to the Art Guild and Regions Bank for honoring it, and me.


See ALL of the entries in all of the categories here:

https://54thannualregionsbankexhibition.artcall.org/pages/web-gallery


Monday, October 12, 2020

Taken To The (Dry) Cleaners

      On the corner of High Street and Decatur Street in Montgomery, there are two empty buildings that used to be Dry Cleaners. One was a Davis Cleaners, the other named Capital City Cleaners. It seems odd that competing cleaners would locate across the street from one another, but it may have been a good idea at the time. 

Both buildings are falling down.

 


 



There's another decrepit building on another corner of that intersection as well, but I don't believe it was ever a dry cleaners.

Capital City cleaners was started in 1893 and at one point had eleven locations.

The dry cleaning locations were among the potential sources of water contamination identified by the EPA as possible sources of  contamination that resulted in the Capital City Plume.

The former Montgomery Advertiser building on South Lawrence Street was also named, but the newspaper hired its own experts and they found there were more obvious sources. That newspaper building was later bought by the County and turned into office space.

Want to see if you can wrap your head around the flood of documents produced by the EPA during the years long investigation. Help yourself HERE

Some photos showing the inside of the dry cleaning building are HERE.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

For The Birds

 The birds...a lot of them Robins...have been enjoying today's rain in Montgomery from Hurricane Delta.


 




(UPDATE: To clarify...these birds are on the street on which I live...at the curb...during last Saturday heavy rain.)

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I was born in The Bronx, but have lived in Alabama since 1976. I semi-retired on April 30th, the 50th Anniversary of my first (radio) broadcast.