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Lovely to look at, delightful to know, kinky perhaps.      Paul Goldfinger portrait. © 2014.

 

MAX RAABE AND CHRISTOPH ISRAEL

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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger   (Reposted from September, 2011 on Blogfinger)  I like this post, so here it is again; the third time around since 2011.  Read the comments.

It was 1991, and we were visiting Paris with our son Michael, who had just turned 21. We had been there before and we liked the Left Bank the best, especially the area near the oldest church in town  (St. Germaine des Pres)  located on the Boulevard St. Germaine. You can walk that neighborhood and find bookstalls along the River Seine, Musee D’Orsay—home of the Impressionists, funky neighborhoods near the Sorbonne, antique shops, bistros where you can’t get a bad meal, small hotels with floor to ceiling windows and no elevators, and wonderful food markets.

Boats moored along the Seine. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Boats moored along the Seine. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Behind the old church, where the Blvd. St. Germaine meets Rue de Rennes, is a tiny park where you can relax, called the Rue de l’Abbaye—a respite from the bustle all around it.  But also at that intersection is the famous Café Les Deux Magots where Hemingway, Picasso and other artists and intellectuals used to hang out. It’s so much fun to sip an espresso there and people-watch.

Park adjacent to the church: St. Germaine des Pres. Paul Goldfinger photo ©. 1991.

One evening Michael and I took a walk.  At the corner, in front of the church and across from the café, we heard a street band playing. They were called “The Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band”, composed mostly of American musicians.  But we were most intriqued by their vocalist, a seventeen year old young woman from New York and California who sounded like Billie Holiday. She had been living in Paris since she moved there at age 16 with her mom.  Madeleine Peyroux is now a jazz star who performs around the world, but we think of her standing on the sidewalk with a floppy hat on, charming the crowd.

As you can imagine, I took a lot of photographs there. Below is the Cafe Deux Magots which dates back to 1875—just a few years younger than Ocean Grove.

And below that is Madeleine Peyroux singing in French. The song is “J’ai Deux Amours”  (I have two loves).  It is from her album “Careless Love.”    That’s a good song for an album with that name.

Cafe Deux Magots. Paris. 1991. By Paul Goldfinger

Presenting Madeleine Peyroux:

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Montecatini, Tuscany, Italy.  Paul Goldfinger photo. Digital “print” from a medium format negative.  ©

 

The sculpture pays homage to the wild boar which is the favorite prey of hunters in Tuscany.  They go out on hunts with their dogs. In some parts of Italy, the wild boar go tearing through the vineyards causing damage.  After the hunt the town’s families get together to drink the local wine such as Chianti or Brunello.  The boar meat is slow cooked for stew or for pasta with boar sauce containing morsels of tender meat.

IL VOLO   “Mattinata”   (live)

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Tanglewood

Tanglewood Music School and Festival in the Berkshires  (Massachusetts.)  By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to tell the black keys from the white. Digital print from a film negative.

LUCIA MICARELLI (violin)   with MICHIEL HUISMAN   from the HBO series “Tremé”

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France.  By Paul Goldfinger.©  Digital print from negative. Undated

France. By Paul Goldfinger.© Digital print from negative. Undated

LUCIANO PAVAROTTI     “A Vucchella”

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Storm clouds over Washington, DC. January, 1995. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Silver gelatin darkroom print by the photographer.

This photograph was taken in January 1995. I happened to be in DC during the week when the new (104th)  Congress took over on Jan 3.   The Republicans had big mid-term election gains.  They brought their “Contract With America” with them. Bill Clinton was President.

It was a bleak day, and I recall wondering what that might portend.

Now,  January 3, 2017, the 115th Congress begins, and it  will be in place until January 3, 2019, again dominated by Republicans. There will be 100 senators and 435 representatives plus 6 non-voting members. It will also rain on Jan. 3, 2017.

Photographers pay careful attention to light, and bad weather often causes light to be especially beautiful.  Those are the times to go out and “shoot”, but ironically, most people who have cameras prefer sunny days.

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

LIONEL HAMPTON AND OSCAR PETERSON:  “A Foggy Day.”

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Gare du Nord, Paris.  Paul Goldfinger photo. c.1996. ©

Gare du Nord, Paris. Paul Goldfinger photo. c.1996. ©  Click to enlarge

 

MAX RAABE AND DAS PALAST ORCHESTER.     Live at Carnegie Hall, 2007.

Max  Raabe and Das Palaster Orchester.

Max Raabe and Das Palast Orchester.

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Mt. Hermon Way, Ocean Grove. Dec. 5, 2016. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Mt. Hermon Way, Ocean Grove. Dec. 5, 2016. By Paul Goldfinger ©

 

ESTHER OFARIM

Esther Ofarim

Esther Ofarim

 

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Rain storm on Deal Lake. Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©

Rain storm on Deal Lake. Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©

SHE AND HIM:  She is actress  Zooey Deschanel, and he is singer-songwriter M. Ward.

This song is from 1952, and Bobby Vinton and Mel Carter had hits with it; so did Connie Francis.

She and Him

She and Him

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Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fifth Avenue. NYC. By Paul Goldfinger. NYC Street Series. © Undated.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fifth Avenue. NYC. By Paul Goldfinger. NYC Street Series. © Undated.

 

MAROON 5   “I Shall Be Released.” Written by Bob Dylan.

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