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Bick 2  From Photgraph Magazine.

 

Bick 1

Essay by Jean Dykstra of Photograph magazine.

“Elizabeth Bick’s street photographs, some of which were published in a long-form photographic essay in the New York Times last week, capture the peculiarly isolating angst of the moment: New Yorkers practicing social distancing in a crowded city, staying apart together, navigating emptying streets in face masks and blue plastic gloves. Conscious of the need for physical distance, her subjects have a heightened awareness of their bodies in space and in relation to other bodies. Their movements feel almost choreographed, a recurring element in Bick’s work.

“A former dancer – she took her first dance class at the tender age of two – Bick says that ballet and modern dance “profoundly affected the way I see the body, how it translates into the rectangular frame of a photograph, the theatrics of light and shading.” Her movement studies are characterized by the rhythm of bodies, shadows, and the graphic backdrops that she scouts for her settings – a revolving door, a temporary construction barrier, the geometric lines of an urban plaza.

“In this period of necessary rule-following, Bick’s photographs have an inherent playfulness that feels like a welcome release. As a dancer who attended an all-girls Catholic school, Bick has a complicated relationship to rules that ultimately serves her photographs.”

 

Blogfinger note:  Use the link above to see a wonderful slide show of her work in the NY Times just 6 days ago.

I am most interested in her “movement studies” set in New York where infection rates are currently excessive and where those who venture outside have to self-choreograph their movements in order to be safe while protecting others in their photographic environments.

I find Bick’s photos to be wonderful with the energetic use of light, color and purpose. I sense fear in these two subjects who, nevertheless, set out to experience life despite the hazards.

The brilliant color use reminds me of a famous American photographer Constantine Manos whom I met when he gave his color course at the Maine Photographic Workshops called “This Magic Moment.”   He would play  that song while his students were showing their best course work to everyone.  His images, like Bick’s,  always had people and dramatic color and lighting, and, like hers, were full of energy.  Below is an example of his work:

 

Constantine Manos. Internet image.

 

I did learn something about color from him.  This is my photograph of Chico, but Constantine disliked photographs of animals because they don’t, according to him,  have the emotional energy of people, however others would disagree with that, and his influence on me is shown in the color and the light of this dog portrait.

 

Chico by Paul Goldfinger ©

 

Elizabeth Bick will be having a gallery show soon at The Houston Center of Photography. Featuring her on Blogfinger continues our tradition of presenting female photographers.

Paul Goldfinger,  Photography Editor at Blogfinger.net.  March, 2020.

 

KENNY VANCE:

 

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Paul Goldfinger photo. Downtown.  Click to make him taller.

 

MAROON 5   “Memories”

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Ocean Grove has seen big snow storms before. This one was in 2010.    We’ve been spared in 2020,  but it sure can be beautiful sometimes.   Click on Blogfinger below.—PG

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FEb 10, 2010. Firemen's Park. By Paul Goldfinger © FEb 10, 2010. Firemen’s Park. By Paul Goldfinger ©

ERIC CARMEN.     He borrowed this theme from Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Symphony.  It became a hit, and he had to pay 10% of the royalties to Sergei’s estate.

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From Assemblymen Houghtaling and Downey;  and Senator Gopal:

Governor Murphy signed an executive order implementing a “stay at home” order throughout New Jersey. Under this order, all residents are to stay at home or at their place of residence unless they are leaving for the following reasons:

  • Obtaining goods or services from essential retail businesses;
  • Obtaining takeout or food beverages from restaurants;
  • Seeking medical attention, essential social services, or assistance from law enforcement;
  • Visiting family or close friends, caretakers, or romantic partners;
  • Reporting to or performing their job;
  • Walking, running, or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners;
  • Leaving for an educational, religious, or political reason;
  • Leaving because of a reasonable fear for health or safety; or
  • Leaving at the direction of law enforcement or other government agency.

Governor Murphy’s executive order further directs the closure of all non-essential retail businesses to the public, with the exceptions of:

  • Grocery stores, farmer’s markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
  • Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
  • Medical supply stores;
  • Gas stations;
  • Convenience stores;
  • Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
  • Hardware and home improvement stores;
  • Banks and other financial institutions;
  • Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
  • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years;
  • Pet stores;
  • Liquor stores;
  • Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;
  • Printing and office supply shops;
  • Mail and delivery stores.

If you discover a business remaining open or violating another of Governor Murphy’s executive orders, you can call 1-800-222-1222 or call 2-1-1 or text “NJ COVID” to 898211.

Volunteers Needed
Fulfill, Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties

You could face jail time, $1000 fine for breaking Murphy’s “stay at home” order.  (NorthJersey.com)

 

PRICE GOUGING:

NJ received 1,400 complaints of price gouging related to coronavirus.

Headline from NJ.Com article.”It looks like a war zone:”  2 docs say hospital is under siege, supplies running low. this is Holy Name in Teaneck a town that has been hit hard by Corona.”

 

Politico: 

Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday he’s received a commitment from President Donald Trump for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to operate four pop-up field hospitals in New Jersey as the state‘s health system prepares for a surge of coronavirus-related hospitalizations.

Sources:  Thanks to Montclair State University Communications Dept. and our State representatives  Houghtaling, Downey and Gopal

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Ordinarily, taking a deep breath in March is exhilarating. Now we might be afraid of the air.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Asbury Park, NJ

 

By Paul Goldfinger, MD  Editor@Blogfinger.

  CDC:     “A person in California who was not exposed to anyone known to be infected with the coronavirus and had not traveled to countries in which the virus is circulating has tested positive for the infection. This was the first case of “community spread”

“Community spread” means spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown. (CDC)

“There is a good chance there already are many people infected in this country and that the virus is circulating undetected—–community spread.    It points to the need for expanded surveillance so we know how many more are out there and how to respond.” For that we need more testing.

The disease is capable of spreading through human-to-human contact, droplets carried through sneezing and coughing, and germs left on inanimate objects.  Those are the only ways…

Click on comments below for a discussion of the 6 foot rule of social separation.

I have noticed that our neighborhood here in Florida contains only a few people walking, biking or just riding around in golf carts. I guess everyone else is in the house or away in their cars.

Eileen and I took a walk at sunset last night, when the air and sky were beautiful, and we passed a window where about 6 people were arranged around a table, I think playing cards.  That’s not a good idea even if they all know each other.

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Palm Drive, Ft, Myers.  Almost everyone is inside.  You can walk here- and take deep breaths—-it is safe. Good air supply.   Eileen Goldfinger photo. 3/22/20

A relative of mine, living at a winter resort on the Florida east coast, admitted that he meets his friends in the morning and they sit and talk by the pool or they walk together without worrying about “community spread/separation.”  He said that his friends never go anywhere and only associate with those in the group, and that is safe.

But, or course this is a fantasy, because you never know who has touched whom or what. And there is the unexpected:  a plumber shows up, or a relative arrives to spend a week.   I stopped by a vegetable stand this morning, squeezed a few tomatoes and then bought 3.

But it was after I got home that I realized that others must have also squeezed those tomatoes. I washed my hands and Eileen washes tomatoes and anything with skin, with soap and water.

So I suspect, without doing any research, just speculating, that some people think that they won’t catch it if they are surrounded only by people they know.

I also suspect, the other side of the coin, that some are uncertain about catching the bug just by being outdoors and breathing air.  Even “fresh air” may be feared in this setting.   And that fear may have some rationale, but only if there is human to human contact  involving you  while you are out and about.

If you walk on a path where a group has just gone before, the only way that the group could infect you would be if someone there had the bug and coughed or sneezed into the air right before you walked into that germ cloud.   The virus droplets could linger in the air for awhile and then fall to the ground or land on some surface where it could survive for a short time, which could be hours.

So keep away from others outdoors, and if there is coughing or sneezing, separate yourself. Don’t let anyone breathe into your face.

But don’t fret about going outside and taking a walk. Just be careful. Keep your distanced—the 6 foot rule.   Breathe deep,”  says Air Supply:

 

AIR SUPPLY:

Even the nights are better
Now that we’re here together
Even the nights are better
Since I found you, oh

 

 

 

 

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NJ Marathon makes its way through the Casino into A. Park. Paul Goldfinger photograph. OG lifestyles.

 

 

PALAST ORCHESTER WITH MAX RAABE:  “As Time Goes By,”

 

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OG July 4 parade. Dems win the first annual center fold competition. Repubs need some cheesecake. Paul Goldfinger photo. 7/4/16 ©

OG July 4 parade. Dems win the first annual Blogfinger center fold competition. Repubs need some cheesecake. Paul Goldfinger photo. 7/4/16 re-post.  ©

 

THE ANDREWS SISTERS:   Song for the Independents in town.  “Undecided Now.”

 

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Lone bike rider in Cape May. Look familiar?   3/18/20 Internet photo.

 

From the Asbury Park Press:

Gov. Phil Murphy told second homeowners on Saturday not to ride out the coronavirus pandemic at their summer houses on the Jersey Shore.

“I urge those who have homes at the Jersey Shore to NOT go to them at this time,” Murphy tweeted on Saturday. “The local infrastructure, especially the health care infrastructure, is not prepared for the influx of part-time residents. Please stay at your primary residences.”

The same issue came up for Manhattanites who went to the Hamptons to do their social distances, and now they are wiping out food stores and threatening the small hospital there.

From the Phildelphia Inquirer. (below)

“MARGATE, N.J. — The Pennsylvania plates parked around Casel’s Market all weekend and on through the week told the tale: Shoobies think the New Jersey Shore is a nice place to ride out the coronavirus pandemic.

“But Shore elected officials (and lots of locals) do not agree. Wildwood is even considering closing its boardwalk to discourage visitors, Mayor Pete Byron said Tuesday.“The summer condos on my street in Wildwood look like an early May weekend,” noted one local resident, Christina Sweene

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“I don’t want to offend our second-home owners and our taxpayers, but this is really not the time,” said Mayor Beth Holtzman of Ventnor, where many out-of-towners could be found (sort of) hunkering down in their second homes, but also outside coffee shops and on the Boardwalk.

“The only way the curve is going to flatten is for people to stop moving.”

“Some second-home owners say Shore store clerks have been asking for their zip codes and ‘when they hear Pennsylvania become very cold and dismissive.’  Thornton stressed that it was more than just wanting to make sure locals could find enough chicken in their off-season supermarkets.”

 

KARRIN ALLYSON:

 

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Is there something suspicious going on at the North End? Who is looking at this on behalf of we the people?  (This is a scene from “Twin Peaks.”)

 

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor@Blogfinger.net

A copy of a letter was sent to BF by a Grover who lives at the North End. It was written by a consultant and dated March 19, 2020.  It is addressed to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Land Use Regulation in Trenton.

It is from The Lomax Consulting Group of Cape May which represents Neptune Township.  Click on it for easier reading.  Below the letter is the Materials Plan.

 

 

 

 

CAFRA*:  Coastal Area Facility Review Act. This act is about protecting our ocean shoreline.

When I read this letter, the first thing I noticed was that the Atlantic Ocean was not mentioned or shown on the site plan. Do you suppose that was intentional?  After all, if one is considering the North End Plan’s environmental impact, very close to the beach, wouldn’t the main concern be about the Ocean?  Maybe they hope that some paper shuffler in Trenton might miss that important point.

They also refer to the boutique hotel as being a replacement of a demolished “historic hotel.”  But would that be accurate from a historic perspective.?  Where is the HSOG on this?  And, is the hotel shown built on a street?

I also don’t see any mention of the underground garage.  Would that not be an important environmental concern given that this project has boundaries on a natural lake and on an ocean?  Have they given up the plan for an underground garage?  If so, why isn’t it shown in the enclosed site plan?

And a five story hotel?   And two “3-4 story multi-family  buildings…”  Does zoning allow for these heights?  Won’t that ruin the views for the neighborhood?

Also the letter doesn’t mention “condominiums,” and the misleading language suggests that the “2 multi-family buildings” contain only 39 units.  And are they detached or not?

The letter says that its description is “brief” and that there is a “complete permit application package.”   But the public should be able to have at least one hearing to hear a presentation as well as a  Q and A.

You may recall that OGNED came to the HOA meeting to discuss the plan, but they refused to answer many questions, and the HOA permitted that censorship.

It’s too bad that the Home Groaners don’t have a consulting lawyer to look at these things on behalf of the citizens of the Grove and to demand public hearings.

Maybe the underutilized BPA should change its focus to take a hard look, on behalf of we the people, at this project which is on the verge of becoming a reality.   It’s a lot more important and suspicious than the hocus pocus parking mess.

And maybe the Township and developers are manipulating this CAFRA application through while everyone is distracted by COVID-19.

This application should be put on hold until such time as everyone’s attention is available, and the Mayor has the power to put this thing on hold.

The Township could be petitioned to press the “pause” button.

 

JOHN DENVER.  “Farewell Andromeda. (Welcome to My Morning)”

“Welcome to my morning
Welcome to my day
I’m the one responsible
I made it just this way.”

 

 

 

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Central Park. Paul Goldfinger ©. August, 2014.

 

MEL TORME´   From his album. Songs of New York .  The lyrics take on a new meaning in view of the isolation of the Big City this Sunday  (today)   3/22/20

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