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Ocean Grove beachfront, 8:37 am, Friday morning, 6/21/19. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Girls and boys in their summer clothes.


Sex and the City Men’s Choir from the film.  (originally from Fiddler on the Roof.)

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Finding Christ through dance. By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff. © c. 1995.

Finding Christ through dance. By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff. © c. 1995.  Click left.


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Ocean Grove tent awaits final dismantling. September, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove tent awaits final dismantling. September, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge   Re-posted from Blogfinger September 2014.


Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

JOHN WILLIAMS  with Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D.

Wouldn’t it be great if Pachelbel himself were having an ice cream at Days when he hears an orchestra playing  this piece inside one of the tents?   It might be a little tight for the string section, and we can substitute a euphonium for the stand up bass.

But otherwise it would be fine if the conductor could just be on a pedestal by the Stokes statue.  And everybody could sit on beach chairs outside and enjoy the tent concert.

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Ocean Grove as seen from inside the GA.  October, 2013.  By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net. Click to enlarge.

MICHAEL PENN. “On Your Way,”  From the soundtrack of HBO’s  series Girls


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Ocean Grove. 6:30 pm. July 26, 2018.  A girl in her summer clothes.  Click all photos for better view.  Paul Goldfinger photographs © Blogfinger.net



Beach Patrol, late shift. OG 7/26/18. Rough seas. Lifeguard tournament will be next week. Paul Goldfinger portrait. ©



CONNIE EVINGSON   From her album  Gypsy in my Soul.


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Sanibel Island Farmers Market: The best!  Paul Goldfinger photograph © Feb. 11, 2018. © Click to enlarge.

FATS WALLER “The Sheik of Araby”

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Princeton University Art Museum. By Paul Goldfinger © 2013

Princeton University Art Museum. By Paul Goldfinger © 2013

Princeton University campus. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Princeton University campus. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge and apply for admission..  Re-posted from January, 2015.


Two years ago BF reviewed a film about college acapella singing groups.  It is called “Pitch Perfect.” We gave it a high score   Here is a link   ( Pitch Perfect link  )

Here are the Princeton University Nassoons with a song called “Time.”

Princeton University Nassoons (internet photo)

Princeton University Nassoons (internet photo)

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“Nu Couché” by Modigliani was painted in 1917. It just sold for $170.4 million and is considered to be a great masterpiece.  NY Times 11/10/15

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

Re-posted and slightly edited from the original 2015  BF post.     This topic reminds me of recent (2017) debates about the definition of “harassment” of women.

Definition of objectifying women:   ” Female sexual objectification by a male involves a woman being viewed primarily as an object of male sexual desire, rather than as a whole person.”   (Wikipedia )

But the definition of objectification includes more than just that.  It also includes a  broader statement as  “treating anyone or any idea as a physical  object.”

The  painting   “Nu Couché” by Amedeo Modigliani  (above)  sold yesterday  (2015) at Christie’s for  $170.4 million and  made headline news all over the world, but the reporting did not raise the issue of Modigliani’s objectifying women.  After all, ever since man could draw a picture on a cave wall he would draw a naked woman. When photography was invented in the early 19th century, what do you think was first photographed?  And, of course naked women have captured the creative juices of many male and female artists over the years, and the images are not always complimentary of the female form.

There are some female photographers who have achieved fame by photographing women, sometimes in a highly sexualized way. I wonder how many of those critics who attacked Blogfinger would have criticized Ruth Bernhard, a famous artist known for her erotic black and white images of the female nude.  Her work was compared to that of Ansel Adams, and in 2014,  a retrospective of her photographs was shown in New York City at the Peter Fetterman Gallery.  The exhibit was called “The Eternal Nude.”  She also has published a number of books of her work and she has won many awards.   Can anyone seriously claim that only men can be accused of “objectification?”

Picasso is a good example of an artist who loved to paint and sculpt  women, often  with bulging eyes and multiple breasts   (see below.)  That painting  (“Les Femmes d’Alger”  1955) sold for $179.4 million in 2015.   Would any of  you feminists accuse him of objectification?  And how about Georgia O’Keefe whose paintings of flowers were often likened to female genitalia?

Picasso. $179.4 million. NY Times. Nov 10, 2015.


The sale of the Nu Couché  reminded me of  two incidents this past summer when Ocean Grovers, two women and one man, accused me of “objectifying” women in our series “Girls in Their Summer Clothes.” You can search above to see some of those photographs from that series, but you will find that none of the women are naked, disrespected,  or even objectified.

On one occasion we posted a photo of a  female OG lifeguard in a bikini munching on a Weezer ice.  The image was taken by a woman on our staff. Would she be accused of objectification?   Here is a link to Jean Bredin’s  photo;

2017 lifeguard photo

This 2017 photo on Ocean Pathway is from our “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” series. It was accompanied by a discussion of her visit to Ocean Grove.  Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©

There are incidences when the phrase  “objectification of women” might fairly fit, as when a woman’s body is used to sell a product, but our photographs do not fit  by any reasonable standard, and I believe the accusation has been overdone in our society.

Sometimes political correctness results in nonsensical allegations, such as when feminists say that photographing or looking  at a woman in a mini-skirt is objectifying her.  The attacks on Blogfinger fall into that category.

Women have been making great strides in the US  in an effort to be appreciated as whole individuals and not the sum of their parts.  Attacking responsible segments of our society such as Blogfinger for objectification of  women is to be small minded, to distort reality, to divert attention from the important goals of women, and to turn them into victims when just the opposite is necessary.


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Ocean Grove beach. 9:30 am on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Blogfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove beach. 9:30 am on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Blogfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor. @Blogfinger

This morning, a gorgeous 60 degree sunny, breezy day at the Shore, about 30 fishing boats could be seen close in at Ocean Grove and Asbury Park.  Right off our beach was a party boat with about 20 people with poles hanging over the side.  A few surf fishermen were busy including the guy on the jetty.  I spoke to him.

He said that the armada was stretching from Allenhurst to OG and was heading south towards Belmar.  It seems that one of life’s cyclic events was occurring:  bait fish were attracting blues and stripers, and they, in turn, were followed by humans  (ie fishermen and perhaps fisherwomen.)  And they were followed by a Blogfinger photographer fishing for a news story.  The jetty fisherman did not get a bite. He said that the fish were “just out of reach.”

It’s amazing how the word got out–probably via social media.   It’s also probable that most of those fishermen could afford to go fishing  (as I do) over at Wegmans where, by the way, they will fillet a beautiful fluke for you—you get about half the weight as fillet. But today’s fisherpeople  are there for the sport of it, and the fish do taste better if you actually catch it yourself.

I’d also recommend the “fruit-de-mer” (as the Wegwoman behind the counter insisted I refer to the sea food salad.).  It is delicious. Just buy about 1/2 pound  ($5.00) and mix it with your salad at home.  It is good!

Also, we will soon be posting our review of Bonney Read, the sea food restaurant in Asbury Park.  It is very good.

HARRY ALLEN and his combo with “A Slow Boat to China”    It is live at Birdland, and it is nearly 11 minutes long, but it is so tasty!

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Tent City in Ocean Grove, NJ. September 30, 2016. By Paul Goldfinger

Tent City in Ocean Grove, NJ. September 30, 2016. By Paul Goldfinger   ©

The tents are now all empty.  A cold rainy end-of-September breeze is wafting  along Asbury Avenue.  Some of the tents are open to the elements, and this one has white canvas that is catching the breezes and flapping about, making soft sounds as the material seems alive.   Inside there is a yellow color that contrasts with the gray day.  A bit of light shows through and makes the interior glow.   Dusk is upon us, and soon it will all turn dark.

It won’t be long before the Camp Meeting crew gets here and buttons it all down.  But meanwhile, while the day seems sad, there still is a spark of life evident here on this desolate Grovarian street.

BOB DYLAN    from his album Shadows in the Night

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