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North End carbon monoxide scare. October 3, 2019. Paul Goldfinger photo. Click to enlarage.



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Food Bank on Gladiolus Avenue in Fort Myers, Fla. Paul Goldfinger © March, 2016.

Food Pantry on Gladiolus Avenue in Fort Myers, Fla. Paul Goldfinger © March, 2016.  Re-post from 2016.  Click to enlarge


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

Colors do affect emotions.  Designers and marketers are very interested in how colors effect our moods.  There are scientists who specialize in this subject.

So whenever I pass the Food Pantry in Fort Myers, I wonder about the colors. It seems like some thought went into this yellow-green color scheme.

Is this just an attempt to create a cheerful tint for those who go there, sort of like rose-colored glasses?   Or is there a message there having to do with food sustainability or more generally, the environment?

Perhaps the message is, “For those of you who come here, know that we are interested in more than merely filling your bellies”

I don’t know what goes on inside, or what it looks like inside, but the message I see is that the poor people who come for assistance receive more than some canned vegetables.  They probably receive heaping portions of good will, smiles, compassion, and support.

Occasionally I see people there, milling about in small groups, chatting.  So that’s the core answer:  It is a community where people socialize and find hope—-discussing more than just eating.

NATASHA PATAMAPONGS  From An Afternoon with Bob James

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By Paul Goldfinger, January 1994. ©

By Paul Goldfinger, January 1994. © A new Congress was peacefully installed.

“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others.”

Winston Churchill


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Porkchop has painted a new woman in the Casino, but some real new women are more than competitive. Paul Goldfinger photo © May 24, 2015.

Porkchop has painted a new woman in the Casino, but some real new women are more than competitive. Paul Goldfinger photo © May 24, 2015. Click to enlarge.  Re-post.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Mike LaValee, aka Porkchop, is a multi-disciplinary artist from Asbury Park who exhibits in the US and Europe, but he is perhaps best known around here for his mural (s) in the Casino between AP and Ocean Grove. We have all seen and loved the octopus-flapper woman, but now he has imagined  a new version of another fishy female.  This one is a gorgeous creature—a fantasy woman who lives in a multi-colored world simultaneously under the sea and near the sea.

But today, as we were photographing his new creation, some young women of the warm-blooded variety breezed by, animated, beautiful,  and sure of their femininity.  They don’t seem to notice Porkchop’s 2-D creation, because life doesn’t mirror art, it is better than art.

Mike loves to paint artistic themes that are usually based on the female figure, and we applaud him for this new wonderful creature, but by comparison, you can’t beat the real thing.


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Manhattan. Paul Goldfinger photo © Silver gelatin darkroom print © Click to enlarge


JESSIE MUELLER   from the Carole King Broadway musical: BEAUTIFUL


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No stopping or standing.  Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge




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Ft. Myers, Florida.    By Paul Goldfinger   ©       February, 2012.



DEAN JONES AND SUSAN BROWNING   “Barcelona” from Stephen Sondheim’s Company.  Original cast album.


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Deal Lake branch. Wickpecko Road, Ocean Township/Asbury Park. Bu Paul Goldfinger, October 26, 2015 ©

Deal Lake branch. Wickipecko Road, Ocean Township/Asbury Park. By Paul Goldfinger, October 26, 2015 ©  Click to enlarge

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

I had a photography teacher who, in a course called “Finding Your Visual Voice,” told the class that if you look through your finder and see an image that you have done before, just walk away and find something else.   But he was wrong.  Many artists paint or photograph the same scene or model over and over again, because it is never the same.

There are certain places I like to photograph in all seasons, all year.  One is the Faith Baptist Church on Wickipecko Road.  For the last year there was a car parked in the lot, and it spoiled the view for me, but now the car is gone, and I look at that place every day to see if it feels just right for a photograph.

Another such  place is the Deal Lake branch, also on Wickipecko Road where Ocean Township and Asbury Park meet.  It is especially beautiful in the fall.  Here are two views from two days ago, one above and one below.

Deal Lake branch. October 26, 2015. ©

Deal Lake branch. October 26, 2015. ©  By Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT    From the film The Aviator

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Ocean Grove. October 3, 2014

Ocean Grove. October 3, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.

Count Basie orchestra.   “Flight of the Foo Birds”  from Woody’s movie Scenes from a Mall


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Paul Goldfinger ©.  Captiva Island. Florida.  Pirates once roamed here.   Click on image to enlarge. Tri-X Collection.


“All the Things You Are.”   Live with Ken Peplowski  (clarinet) and Friends, honoring Benny Goodman.  Jerome Kern wrote the music, and the words are by Oscar Hammerstein II.

Jazz musicians love this classic.  Charlie Parker said that this song had his favorite lyrics. He used to call it “YATAG” which is an acronym for the lines “you are the angel glow” in the “B” part of the tune.

“You are the promised kiss of springtime
That makes the lonely winter seem long
You are the breathless hush of evening
That trembles on the brink of a lovely song.
You are the angel glow that lights the star,
The dearest things I know are what you are.
Someday my happy arms will hold you,
And someday I’ll know that moment divine
When all the things you are, are mine.”

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