so kindly and charitably
as the pedestrian;
no one else gives and takes so much
from the country he passes through.
“You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain’t it hard when you discover that
He really wasn’t where it’s at
After he took from you everything he could steal.-”
Like A Rolling Stone- Bob Dylan
Today’s Breaking News:
The townhouse is a clutter with Halloween decorations, the neighborhood flush with political and property For Sale signs. Familial holiday plans are made, and people are misbehaving in Walmart. The color and mood of tourists and residents alike is pulsing purple, as Arizona goes Red to Blue. and JoHannaMassey.com has just over 1000 followers.
Talk about making Granny happy! Thank you so much. I enjoy creating this space. Even more, I love being able to connect globally with so many interesting people and learn of their lives, interact, and watch their own websites grow and thrive. It is pure magic. A gift I never considered even possible for most of my life as the technology did not exist.
Two new bookshelves, only a few more boxes until I am unpacked, five pots of privet to grow out to learn topiary, reading The Art of War- Sun Tzu- the Thomas Cleary hard copy translation, A Reporter’s Life by Walter Cronkite. Evenings with old Woody Allen movies, Hollywood Ending, and Broadway Danny Rose up next for shared viewing pleasure. Giving
Bob Dylan another listen, and had quite forgotten just how much I enjoyed some of his music, or how globally relevant it feels today.
Binge hiking, the weather and availability of so many places to explore making it impossible to remain indoors. Photographing hikes, being inspired and invigorated by entire days spent with nature. I am excited to share in a separate photo essay what was a colorful day out and about yesterday, up Oak Creek Canyon to the Snowbowl to photograph the fall foliage. Been embracing every moment in a stretch of perfect days.
And again, thank you for your part in making JoHannaMassey.com such a success. All my best to you. Be safe and have a peaceful week coming.
You can find the photo essay on our day out from Oak Creek Canyon to the Snowbowl here: Stretching Cycles of Years
“To the complaint,
‘There are no people in these photographs,’
There are always two people:
the photographer and the viewer.”
― Ansel Adams
Indeed, let me consider us….. in terms of photographer and viewer. I am present in my photographs. Behind the lens of the camera with a Mind’s Eye that contains everything I have encountered so far. I choose what to show you, holding sway over what the narrative is. Does/can objectivity ever rule my choice? Rule the lens? And you who view my photos, and perhaps share your own with me …well here you are with all your perceptions experience, knowledge, beliefs, values, and interests. So what do you see?
When I began my website, I began to take photos with much more of an eye for telling a broader story with the photos, aware that the photos on JoHannaMassey.com would be viewed in the public. I often make links to websites so viewers can go further in knowledge. As a viewer, I am just thrilled with the quality of photos I view on your websites. Enjoy so much the opportunity to know globally…. individuals, places, lifestyles, and events, often told through photographs. Has your Lens Eye changed since having a website with photos? Any thoughts you would share on Ansel Adam’s idea of Two People: The Viewer and the Photographer.
Wishing everyone the best and highest for this brand new gift of a morning.
Today’s Music: Babbo Non Vuole (Orietta Berti)
You Can’t Blame Gravity for Falling In Love- Albert Einstein
Today’s Music: Let’s Dance David Bowie