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Black and White Photography, New York: Tuesday, February 01, 2005


Cleopatra's Needle, Central Park

I finally found an angle that I like for Cleopatra's Needle. It really is one of the most difficult things to photograph in Central Park. The Obelisk was generally placed in front of a temple and was a sacred object. None of these needles have anything to do with Cleopatra.

"Cleopatra's Needles, name in popular use for two obelisks of red granite from Egypt. Originally erected at Heliopolis (c.1475 B.C.) by Thutmose III, they were transported to Alexandria (c.14 B.C.) under Augustus and in the 19th cent. were sent separately as gifts of Ismail Pasha to England (1878) and the United States (1880). The American obelisk, 69.5 ft (21.2 m) high, is in Central Park in New York City." Source, unknown.

Here is a good history of the Obelisk.


At any rate, while all the montage stuff may turn out to be just another learning experience, I have, due to popular requests, added Poet's Walk, Winter to the Photography Store, (and have two orders for it already).

4:34:02 PM    

Making Art From Bits and Pieces
By John Strausbaugh, New York Times (You may need to login)

"In a tiny side room in a small neat apartment on East 3rd Street near Avenue B, the artist John Evans stores the fruits of 37 years of quiet obsessive labor. Every day from 1964 through 2000, Mr. Evans collected flotsam and jetsam that caught his eye on the streets of the East Village..."

"And every day, Mr. Evans would sit down with an inexpensive notebook [...] and paste some of this dsicarded ephmera against a painted background."

12:30:18 PM    

The only thing in the house that I take such careful care of, besides the cat, is the 2200 printer. At night, I cover it with a black plastic bag to keep dust and cat hair out. In the morning, I carefully take the plastic bag off and brush off any stray cat hairs from the cover. Sometimes it feels like I'm swabbing the decks of a boat under a strict captain.

It gets used just about every day. If something were to go wrong with it, yowee, how would I get prints out? Just yesterday I did about four prints for new orders. The printer has more than paid for itself.

With IMAGEPrint, you can tell the RIP which ink you are using with what paper. In other words, if you put a mat paper profile in, it automatically defaults to black mat ink, but you can tell it that you are actually using Photo Black and the results so far are good.

In other words, this printer / RIP combination has done the trick. Good stuff. (Knock wood).

10:44:04 AM    


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