L’Shana Tova

I’ve been trying to get a better handle on what being Jewish means to me over the last few years, and as a consequence I decided to go to temple today for the first time in many years. This is temple B’nai Brith in Somerville – to my knowledge the only temple in town. I got there early to avoid the crowds, and left once it got really crowded after the torah reading. I don’t really think the experience is going to turn me into a temple-goer, but I might go back for yom kippur next week, we’ll see.

In any case, shana tova to all of you – here’s to a new year of life, happiness and peace.

I’ll miss you, Paul

My student and friend Paul died this week. I feel lucky that I got to know him at least a little bit – he was a really talented artist who had a great sense of creativity and experimentation – he would often challenge me with questions that saw things from a completely different angle than mine – something I really appreciated. It was a shock to learn of his passing – my thoughts are with his friends and family.

I didn’t take this photo, I think it might be a self-portrait of his.

I miss Dana

July 2, 2002 was a freakishly hot, miserable day. Beyond the heat, I was feeling awful because my girlfriend had just broken up with me. Dana suggested that we hang out in an air-conditioned internet cafe in Central Sq. We both brought our laptops, did some work, had some coffee, and somehow she cheered me up, a lot. I didn’t know yet just how much worse the day was going to get. Because, well, that was the last time any of us saw her. The accident was a few minutes after we parted company.

I miss you Dana. All the time, but especially today.

Dana Laird

Blue Girl

Blue, blue, blue – it’s getting dark earlier these days, which means plenty of blue light. I think the color suits the mood, and I love the little rim-light that makes her hair glow just a little bit.

As I often mention – today was the first beautiful day in quite some time, hence the large number of posts.

Blue Girl

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Shrines of Somerville

For years now my friend Rob has been pitching this project to me – photographing all the little shrines/statues that folks in Somerville have in their front lawns.

I’ve resisted. Partly because the subject matter doesn’t much speak to me, and partly because I don’t really know what to do with it. But today as I walked around my neighborhood, I thought “what the hell” and started shooting all the little shrines I came across. Consider this a notebook rather than a project. There are a couple that I like.

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