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Ocean Grove. April, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©

 

DAVE STRYKER (guitar) with JIMMY HEATH  (tenor sax. age 88 from Philadelphia)   from Stryker’s new album (3/15) Messin’ with Mr. T   (to honor Stanley Turrentine, jazz tenor sax man)

—This song is “In a Sentimental Mood” by Duke Ellington:

 

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Ocean Grove south. The essential beauty of things. Paul Goldfinger photograph. © 2015.

Ocean Grove south dumpster. The essential beauty of things. Paul Goldfinger photograph. © 2015.    Blogfinger.net

By Paul Goldfinger, Photography Editor @Blogfinger.net

Edward Weston famously photographed objects such as peppers and a toilet bowl.  He saw intrinsic beauty in things. The art community often tried to discover comprehensible meaning in his work, such as the sexual suggestions seen in the pepper. But he found meaning in the photographic print itself–i.e. the paper with the image embedded on it.

Critics love the richness  and subtle beauty of his black and white tones apart from the subject matter.  Weston worked for perfection in his negatives and in his darkroom printing. That is where he found his artistic expression.  In his “Day Books” he would talk about his negatives, and all he needed was one high quality neg from a day’s work and he was ecstatic.

Pepper #30. Edward Weston

Pepper #30. Edward Weston

About the pepper he said, “It is a classic, completely satisfying, ‒ a pepper ‒ but more than a pepper; abstract, in that it is completely outside subject matter. It has no psychological attributes, no human emotions are aroused: this new pepper takes one beyond the world we know in the conscious mind.”

I sort of get what Weston is talking about in terms of finding beauty in objects that transcends the object itself, and then again, at the next level, in the print itself.

I have never been much interested in still lifes  (Weston called his pepper a “still life.”) But some photographic artists love the trees, rocks and mountains  (Ansel Adams) while others enjoy objects like Weston. (He also liked portraits of people, especially his nude mistresses who doubled as models.)  He worked with large format cameras where he would disappear under the black cloth while he labored to get the perfect negative and then the perfect print on paper.  Art usually consists of some tangible result, like a photographic print, a sculpture or a pot fired by an Indian in New Mexico.  That’s a pretty good definition of art.   So if your child produces a finger painting, you can call it “art.”  However, some art is better than others.  That’s why my “art”  (the dumpster in the Grove) can only be compared to Weston’s at a very superficial level.

But I’m not sure where you find the art in the digital world. Galleries often show digital photographs as  paper prints hanging on the wall,   So it’s similar to when traditional negatives were used to make prints except the hands-on craftsmanship found in the dark room is now gone.

As for the dumpster in Ocean Grove, I think I liked the colors and lighting at least as much as the object. The dumpster looks noble to me sitting proudly under the setting sun.     I see nothing deeper than that. But the thing about art is that anyone can look at it and derive their own interpretations.  The best art lends itself to that.

I rarely make prints or work in the darkroom anymore.  My images hang very nicely on the computer screen.  And sometimes I have a lab produce black and white prints that are quite good.

I’m happy with that, but others will continue the pursuit of crafting wonderful works of art  in the darkroom on paper. Students are still learning how to do that including trying processes that were used over a hundred years ago, like platinum printing.

So if any of you create good art, send it to Blogfinger to be considered for our digital gallery.

 

ELLIS MARSALIS QUARTET.   Recorded in New Orleans

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Ocean Grove Memorial Day Weekend. 5/27/17 Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net.  2017 Re-post.

It was cool and breezy during the Atlantic Wind Ensemble concert on Saturday night, May 27, 2017–Memorial Day weekend in Ocean Grove, NJ.

The band entertained a large crowd with a fine selection of music including Haydn, South Pacific, Dixieland, James Bond and God Bless America among others.

Outside, tent city was largely uninhabited, but one dwelling was displaying an American flag, and in the waning soft light of the early evening, with the doors of the Great Auditorium open, you could see that flag floating in the breeze. Its colors seemed dreamy–not bright like the usual red, white and blue display.  In between band selections, I walked across the GA and outside to get this photograph.  No one was around except for some ushers, but the flag seemed just right for Memorial Day and all it stands for.

Memorial Day concert. Great Auditorium. 5/27/17. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Click to enlarge.

The first number on the program after the Star Spangled Banner was a Spanish piece called “Amparito Roca.”  Here it is as performed by the University of Illinois Symphonic Band.

The announcer said it was famous as a vehicle for dancing the Paso Doble, a dramatic and romantic dance from Spain, which I saw performed many years ago by a professional dance team at the Hotel Nemerson in South Fallsburg, NY.  But the Atlantic Wind performance for this piece sounded like march music.  So, naturally, I went home and Googled it.  And, sure enough, it is both: march and dance music for the Paso Doble.

So here are Susanna Reid and Kevin on You Tube doing that dance to the music of “Los Toreadors” (Bizet from Carmen)

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Founders Park, Ocean Grove, NJ. August, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Founders Park, Ocean Grove, NJ. August, 2014.
Paul Goldfinger photo ©

CARMEN McCREA and SAMMY DAVIS, JR.

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Cross at the light. Ocean Grove, June, 2019. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click to enlarge.

 

Broadway cast of Finian’s Rainbow.

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Paul Goldfinger. Asbury Avenue. April, 2019. Ocean Grove.

 

KARRIN ALLYSON   “Robert Frost.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Stokes. By Paul Goldfinger ©

 

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT    (Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall.)

 

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Late November garden in Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©

 

 

Reprieve

By Charles Pierre

From a rusted nail
on the south wall

of an old boathouse
weathered to gray,

a small pail of
red impatiens

swings in the mild
November sun,

where the rush
of stark sea wind

has yet to dim
the arc of lush color.

 

 

EVA CASSIDY
From her album Songbird.

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Jean Bredin. October 4, 2018. ©

The little gull in the turquoise dress  attracts the interest of the big white gull who hopes to find a snack.

 

THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS:   “Ebb Tide.”

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Ocean Grove, New Jersey September, 2018 by Paul Goldfinger ©

 

Scoop of the Flux

By Charles Pierre

A breaker tumbles
into the shallows,

with onshore thrust
and muscling splash

that toss skyward
a long yellow kelp,

glazed with water
and stretched to

a string of lights,
sparkling in midair,

at the sea’s peak
an instant, until

falling with a flicker
into blurred spillage

of surf, vanishing
as soon as seen

in dark backwash
of the undertow.

 

 

THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS  “Ebb Tide”

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