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Ocean Grove. October 29, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove. October 29, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor. ©   Re-post.

 

 

I heard a talk by a National Geographic photographer, a famous guy, who was discussing how he makes his photos come alive. He was referring to the fact that when he found a photogenic scene, it usually wasn’t enough.

He needed life–he needed “magic,” usually involving the addition of a person or people. So he would wait, sometimes for quite awhile until something happened, and then he would trip the shutter.

Today I was photographing the “White House” owned by Charlotte and Tom Pritchard at 93 Main, where Charlotte had created a fun Halloween display.  I was looking for magic and I found some in the form of inquisitive squirrels as well as tweeting birds   (real tweets—not the digital kind).

So I made a couple of video clips to catch the sounds, but suddenly I was aware that a couple was approaching, walking towards my location from the east. Magic perhaps?

I was standing in the street, next to the curb, so they didn’t see me at first.  As they came by, I fired my iPhone a few times. But the best was when the young woman turned my way, saw me with my camera, and reacted instantly. The photo above was the only frame that captured this “decisive moment.”

I told her that she would be on Blogfinger, and she was happy to hear that. As for me, magic and a pretty girl—that’s the best!

 

–By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

 

 

THE DRIFTERS with BEN E. KING

 

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Ocean Grove beach. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove beach. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge.  Blogfinger.net

 

BEVERLY KENNEY:

 

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Sanibel Causeway. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

Sanibel Causeway. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

 

KATE  and ANNA McGARRIGLE

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Casino, OG side. 2009. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Casino, OG side. 2009. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.

 

DANNY ELFMAN.   From the soundtrack of Silver Linings Playbook:  “Walking Home”

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Photograph by Paul Goldfinger. 2015. © Blogfinger.net

Photograph by Paul Goldfinger. 2015. © Blogfinger.net

ELVIS PRESLEY:

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Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net Nov. 19, 2020. Click to enlarge. ©

 

 

BØRNS:     “Past Lives”  from the HBO series “Girls.” Vol. 3.

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Central Park c. 1970. Paul Goldfinger photo. NYC Street Series. ©

Central Park c. 1970. Paul Goldfinger photo. NYC Street Series. ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

 

When I see horseback riders I think of cowboy movies from my childhood or adult cowboy movies like “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”  I remember “High Noon,” Roy Rodgers, Mexican sombreros, and Indians.  I don’t think of equestrian competitions like they had in my last hometown–Chester Township.  I had a neighbor on my street named Bill Horsey, and whenever  I rode by his house, I whinnied, sending my sons into hysterics.  As someone with a funny last name, I found humor in Bill’s dilemma. These days the “boys” are less likely to laugh out-loud at my jokes.

There was a horse-drawn wagon in Ocean Grove which we all enjoyed seeing clopping down Main Avenue.   But that horse is gone now.

And finally I think of the dopey Mayor of New York City trying to put the horse-drawn carriages out  of business.   He lost that battle, and one quaint memory of old New York remains.

I recall taking this photo from one of those stone bridges in Central Park. The two riders were moving along briskly on a wintry day, and it seemed nostalgic even though I never rode horses except one time at Kutscher’s in the Borscht Belt where I got knocked off my mount; but that’s another story.

Here’s a song which evokes another horsey era, recalled by a Jewish guy from Minnesota—–Robert Allen Zimmerman,  aka Bob Dylan, with “Romance in Durango.”

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Key West. By Paul Goldfinger at the Hemingway House. ©  Click left.   Reposted from February, 2014. Slightly modified from that image.

Key West. By Paul Goldfinger at the Hemingway House. ©    Reposted from February, 2014. Slightly modified from that image. Click to enlarge.

ELAINE PAIGE  from the Broadway show Cats.

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Martha's Vineyard. By Paul Goldfinger. Undated silver gelatin print. © Farmer’s  daughters. Martha’s Vineyard. By Paul Goldfinger. Undated silver gelatin darkroom print. © Click to enlarge.

K.D. LANG from the Patsy Cline album

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Halloween. Ocean Grove 2019. Paul Goldfinger photograph. © Click to enlarge.

 

BUCKY AND JOHN PIZZARELLI

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