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As I have been working to promote a photobook of mine that was just published, I have been on the internet too much.  I tend to avoid clicking on videos because they can be rabbit holes that become black holes.  However, if 10 or 15 friends share something I realize that I need to see it.  This happened with that...

I have not had the time or bandwidth to work on “Story of Pain” recently because I have been dealing with another project that has been demanding all of my energy.  In fact it’s been demanding so much of my attention that the stress has led to a bout of severe pain, cramping, and numbness in my foot.  As such,...

I started taking pictures in the meadow because my friend Cait, who also lives along it, asked me to make images for her mother.  When I began to shoot, the meadow was filled with color and life.  I liked some of the images I was making but it took me a while to find my footing.  Just as fall began...

Banksy is an artist of some acclaim.  Yet this morning on the radio I heard the New York mag art critic dismiss his work completely stating that it’s “so obvious”.  The metallic tones of classism rolled off his tongue like silver dollars sliding into a gilded slot machine.  The truth is, I don’t particularly love Banksy’s work, but to argue...

I don’t particularly like nature photography.  Even as a kid, when I looked through National Geographic I flipped past the pictures of rhinos and elephants and marveled at the people who lived in huts, villages, and cities.  I grew up in a Bucolic setting but escaped to New York City as soon as I was able.  For the past two...

I went for a walk in the meadow with my kids today.  They did not go willingly.  It is difficult to convince them to do almost anything, but once they got out there they had a good time.  My older daughter brought her lomo camera with a fish eye lens.  It was interesting for me to view the meadow through...

Over the last 3 months I have walked in the meadow behind my house almost daily.  I usually go in the early morning or the late afternoon, mostly because of the light.  Today I went a little bit late, after the sun had set for the most part.  After having been in the city for nearly 30 years it's interesting...

We recently moved from Brooklyn, where I have been frantically photographing people for the last year, to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where I have less opportunities to photograph people.  We moved to take a breather from the energy and intensity of the big city, and to focus on finishing some films.  However, even though we have moved to a secluded...

I read an article today about a UK study concerning rumination, or self-blame, and its relationship to anxiety and depression.  While I think we all understand that depressed and anxious people tend to ruminate on the problems in their lives, I don't think that we usually consider that this kind of circular thinking might be causative. The study states; "We found that people who...

whirlpool take 2 from rumur on Vimeo.******* see note below **** I am like my daughter, or she is like me, in that I am less inclined to want to learn how to do things from others.  Instead I want to figure it out for myself.  Sometimes this is a good thing, because I can develop unique ways of looking...

To the handful of people that were paying a lot of attention to the Atlantic Yards fight it came as no surprise that Judge Marcy Friedman ordered the ESDC to pay Develop Don’t Destroy’s legal fees in relation to the lawsuit they initiated which called for the ESDC to carry out a supplemental Enivronmental Impact Statement.  Last year the Judge ordered the ESDC to perform the study and further ordered them to consider other developers that might be able to bid on Phase 2.  I think we all know that this won’t happen but at least the courts have agreed that it should. The case hinged on the fact that the original impact statement was predicated on a 10 year build out.  Develop Don’t Destroy called foul because the developer had publicly discussed a 25 year build out.  In court the ESDC said they believed it would only take 10 years.  Develop Don’t Destroy tried to submit documents showing that the ESDC knew this wasn’t possible but the judge mistakenly wouldn’t admit them.   Had she considered these facts its very likely that the arena would not have built. What’s most interesting about this is that almost no one covered it.  Of course Norman Oder wrote a short novella about it, and a couple of blogs picked that up.  Today is the one year anniversary of the ribbon cutting. Barclays Ribbon Cutting from rumur on Vimeo.