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Paul Goldfinger © Preservation Hall, New Orleans.

 

LOUIS ARMSTRONG.   He was a New Orleans great and a jazz innovator and pioneer.

 

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The Strand. Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard. c. 1997. By Paul Goldfinger ©

The Strand Theatre. Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard. c. 1997. By Paul Goldfinger ©    (reposted from 2014 on Blogfinger–and updated.) Tri-X Collection.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

We recently ran a post regarding the Ocean Grove North End’s Strand movie house which no longer exists.  Some years ago I visited Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vineyard where the Strand theatre there, a historic site, was still functioning. Oak Bluffs is where a camp meeting ground still exists on that island.  Judging from the Bruce Willis film, the photo is from 1997.

The Strand Theatre in Oak Bluffs  was built in the 1920’s and closed around 2010. After that it became a bicycle rental shop. But in 2015, the Martha’s Vineyard Theater Foundation raised money to reopen the Strand for movies.

Movies can seem so real and important, so the MV community made sure that their cinema was brought back to life.   Back when, we told our kids, “It’s only a movie.”  But the magic of movies draws you in.

Try to stay disengaged if you see “Captain Phillips” with Tom Hanks.

Seen any good movies lately ?  Tell us if you have. Comment below.

Oh, do sad movies make you cry?  Sue Thompson says, “Yes.”      See below.

MERLE HAGGARD:

 

SUE THOMPSON:

 

 

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Fox hunt anyone? Taking this photo, behind me, is the grand Hudson River. © Can't recall the name of this place. Downton Abbey?

Paul Goldfinger ©  Fox hunt anyone?  This is the gilded age Mills Mansion in Staatsburg, NY . Looking for Maggie Smith?   Click to enlarge and rent a room  (Airbnb?)

 

Lookiing back down the hill is this view. Rhinebeck, NY. Paul Goldfinger photo © c.2013

Back down the hill is this view of the Hudson River in Staatsburg, NY.  Autumn.  Paul Goldfinger photo © c.2013     Click to enlarge.

RANI ARBO and DAISY MAYHEM

From the album Cocktail Swing

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Autumn leaves will peak soon. Rhinebeck, NY. Paul Goldfinger photo ©   October 15, 2017.

NEIL YOUNG:

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Wormsloe in Savannah, Georgia. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Paul Goldfinger ©.  Wormsloe in Savannah, Georgia. 2013.   Click to enlarge.

 

ERIC CLAPTON AND STEVE WINWOOD  (Live from Madison Square Garden)

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Neighborhood bistro, New Orleans. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.

Neighborhood bistro QSR, New Orleans. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.   Click to enlarge.

“Negro y Azul”—The Ballad of Heisenberg..   From the TV series Breaking Bad

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Bourbon Street, New Orleans. 1998. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©

Bourbon Street, New Orleans. 1998. Paul Goldfinger photograph © Silver gelatin darkroom print.

BYRON STRIPLING  (vocal and trumpet)

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Summer tents. August 22, 2015. ©

Summer tents. August 22, 2015. ©  By Paul Goldfinger.  Click to enlarge.

The OG summer tents are sought after by painters, photographers, tourists, renters, historians, strollers, bikers,  and others. Our tents are unique.   From a photographer’s point of view, we look for new ways of seeing the tents;  we try to be creative with lighting and composition.  It’s not easy to come up with something different, but that is what we require at this Ocean Grove website where photography is used more than words to describe our town.

When I submitted a “plain vanilla” portrait of the tents for the book “New Jersey 24/7” I was surprised that the image was one of the winners, but then I realized that those of us who live here are a bit jaded, like New Yorkers who take the Empire State Building for granted.

But for you OG photographers, Blogfinger will continue looking for fresh ways of seeing our historic and beautiful tents.

ADAM LEVINE   “No One Else Like You .”  From the film Begin Again

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Ft. Myers, Fla. Bunche Beach.  Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

EMMA STONE AND RYAN GOSLING,  from the movie  La La Land: (original music won two Academy Awards:)    “A Lovely Night.”

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Belmar, NJ fishing pier. Installing support cables. By Bob Bowné. 2/23/17. © Special to Blogfinger

Belmar, NJ fishing pier. Installing support cables. By Bob Bowné. 2/23/17. © Special to Blogfinger. Click for more support.

 

Editor’s note:  Bob Bowné  has found beauty in this foggy-day winter scene at the Jersey Shore.  His image brings us hope and reminds us that we can enjoy all the seasons, even in a summer town when the beach scene is quiet and the weather might be grey.

Here is a song from the show Grey Gardens sung  by Christine Ebersole.  Like Bob’s photo, and like most art, it can be beautiful while seeming sad at the same time.

And here’s a song for the guy who’s swinging from that cable without a net. Hopefully he can find beauty in his moment flying with the geese in the mist.

RANI ARBO AND DAISY MAYHEM.

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