Archive for the ‘Photographic Gallery, Black and White’ Category


Click to enlarge this photo.  It’s a black and white sunset, and someone once asked me how I could photograph a colored flower in black and white.  The answer is that the color may be  pretty, but the soul of a photograph is in the light—the luminance.  And there may be other intangibles also besides color causing someone to appreciate a black and white photo.    Paul Goldfinger  ©.  Bunche Beach, Florida.


BEATLES.   “Something” was written by George Harrison, the Beatles’ lead guitarist for the 1961 album Abbey Road. This is from the One  (1)  album.

“Something in the way she moves
Attracts me like no other lover
Something in the way she woos me
I don’t want to leave her now
You know I believe and how..”



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Thornley Chapel. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. ©  By Paul Goldfinger.  2012.


SOUNDTRACK:  The London Philharmonic and Choir

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Sanibel Outlets Farmers Market. 1/17/20. Paul Goldfinger Monochrom. © Click to enlarge.  


Did you ever have a lettuce, tomato and onion sandwich?   You need a good bread, and a slice of provolone cheese would be great.  There are many variations: tuna, roast beef, egg plant parm, turkey off the bone, and sardines.  (The latter might be a bit much. You need to be the kind of person who likes herring, smoked salmon and anchovies.)

Do you think that a correlation might be made between taste in foods and taste in music?


ARTHUR SCHUTT  and Irving Berlin’s classic song “I Love a Piano.”


“So you can keep your fiddle and your bow
Give me a P-I-A-N-O, oh, oh
I love to stop right beside an upright
Or a high toned baby grand…”

This song debuted at at Christmas concert, and on stage were 6 pianos.  The song was featured in a show called, “Stop, Look, and Listen.”





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Phalaenopsis--the "moth orchid." Bronx Botanical Gardens. By Paul Goldfinger. Copyright

Phalaenopsis–the “moth orchid.” Bronx Botanical Gardens. By Paul Goldfinger.  2008.  ©

I rarely photograph flowers  (that’s Eileen’s job,) but a friend once challenged me to prove that a black and white photograph of a flower could be appealing. Sometimes color isn’t the answer and that is why I gave up on color for many years….until Blogfinger.

In 1933, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers appeared in a film called “Flying Down to Rio.”   Victor Youmans (“No,No Nanette”)  wrote the music, and “Orchids in the Moonlight”  became a hit, done as a tango.  Many artists recorded this song, but this version is from the “Victor Youmans Song Book” with Rudy Vallee:



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Pray here. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Pray here. Faith Baptist Church. Wickapecko Drive, Ocean, NJ.   By Paul Goldfinger © September  3, 2013. Click to enlarge.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

I frequently pass this church because Wickapecko Drive is a country road that provides an alternate scenic route coming back from Wegmans to the Grove. Just turn right off Sunset Avenue by the firehouse with Chief Wanamassa painted on the side (see below.)

Indians used to paddle their canoes around there. Sometimes they had to take a detour because of Township road work.

The Chief first met white men when the Ocean Township DPW began paving Sunset Avenue.  That historic work continues to this day.

Legend has it that Chief W. had a vision that told him to open a Wegmans nearby.  You can sometimes find him shopping there in the Kosher department for lox.

The Wickapecko Indians were Rutgers fans, and that is why they were called red men.  They would go to football games with no shirts, painting RU on their chests. They have been upset since the 18th century over Rutgers football misfortunes.

The church has a woodsy setting, and the light often twinkles on the front and sides as the massive trees cast all sorts of changing shadows.

I have photographed it many times, but this image, obtained in late afternoon, after making a carrot, dill, and celery run for Eileen who was working on a batch of chicken soup, is what I had been looking for.

I shot it this time both in color and black and white, but the latter, with a “vintage” tint, looks fine.

I have never actually seen anyone enter that church, but maybe I need to go there on a Sunday morning.


THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA  From the Imus Ranch Record II

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By Paul Goldfinger. Fort Myers, Fla. ©

By Paul Goldfinger. Fort Myers, Fla. © 2013


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Paul Goldfinger ©. Lakes Park Farmers’ Market. Jan 10, 2018.


Green tea makes you feel so young—-FRANK SINATRA:

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Ocean Grove. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger

Ocean Grove. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger. ©  Click on photo to enlarge

RENATA SCOTTO WITH THE SLOVAK PHILHARMONIC.   “O Mio Babbino Caro” from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini

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Paul Goldfinger photograph ©. Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. Undated. Click to enlarge. Silver gelatin darkroom print.


ENNIO MORRICONE   (Solisti e Orchestra del Cinema Italiano)  from the film “Once Upon a Time in America”

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Sloppy Joe's (ext. 1933). Corner of Greene and Duval in Key West. Paul Golfinger photo © Click left for larger view.

Sloppy Joe’s Bar (est. 1933). Corner of Greene and Duval in Key West. Paul Goldfinger photo © Click left for larger view.


EMMY ROSSUM    (This is from her album  Sentimental Journey;  She also is the star of Showtime’s Shameless)

Hemingway would have liked Emmy.

“The winds of march that made my heart a dancer
A telephone that rings but who’s to answer
Oh, how the ghost of you clings

These foolish things remind me of you.”



Emmy Rossum

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