Tag Archives: Photography

New York, New York

18 Apr

Once upon a time, when I was 18, I was in an improv troupe. We had a performance on the day that Danny Kaye died and I asked our director (a college student) if we could dedicate that night’s performance to him, you know because he was a classic comedian and all. The director said, “Who’s that?” I said, “Nevermind,” and walked off.

To put it mildly and succinctly, Danny Kaye was a comic genius. His specialty was making silly faces while singing silly songs very quickly. If you needed that, he was your man. If you didn’t need that, well, he could do whatever you wanted him to.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is based on a James Thurber story about a man who is a henpecked husband and escapes into an imaginary dreamworld whenever he gets the chance. For the movie, they added a thrilling storyline to his reality. I could say more but I won’t. You really do need to trust me on these things. I promise if I were standing behind you for a trust fall, I would definitely try to catch you.

The feel of this movie is very similar to “My Favorite Brunette”, which is another film I will recommend to you when the time is right. It also shares the theme of accidental intrigue.

The wonderful Virginia Mayo plays opposite Kaye and is definitely able to hold up her side of every scene she is in. You can tell she was a smart, insightful woman. She has really cool costumes too.

And now I feel it is my duty to explain a little about the director, Norman Z. McLeod. He directed a lot of comedies which are considered classics today, though his name isn’t as well known as say, Howard Hawks, Billy Wilder, or Preston Sturges. He’s famous, but not that famous. Here’s a short list of some of his most famous films before he made Mitty: Horse Feathers, Topper (!), and Merrily We Live. After Mitty, he went on to direct many Bob Hope films like Road to Rio, The Paleface, My Favorite Spy, and Casanova’s Big Night (one of my favorite Hope movies). FYI, the best Bob Hope movie is The Ghostbreakers. You need to know that or else you may not get into heaven.

So let me sum this up. You have a great cast, a great director, a great story and a little time on your hands. Obviously you need to watch the movie.

My Classic Movies

Classic film for sure, haven’t seen the remake yet. :)

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Bound for Boracay, Philippines

17 Apr

One of my resolutions for this year is to put plans into action. So, I guess I did a good job when I booked a flight to this place which I promised myself four years ago to return with friends when that time comes! And, finally, one month and 27 days from now, me and two of my best friends (in the whole wide world) are confirmed to fly to Boracay! The next part to arrange is our accommodation. I wish we could also stay to Boracay Gardens - first resort I stayed-in to Boracay in 2010 as I can guarantee the superb services and facilities, but the rates were also superb for us, newbie workers. However, I am currently eye-ing on La Carmela which I have heard both negative and positive comments but I believe it’s worth a try. So, we’ll see!

Silouette of a woman jumping on a beach at sunset

Nice shot, hope you have a great trip!

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Mt. Fuji, Japan

17 Apr

My family came to Japan this week for the first time for a holiday during my year abroad. I was lucky enough to join them for a few days in between my university classes. One of the first places we visited was Kawaguchiko, where I managed to take this beautiful shot.

Feet on balcony looking out at  Mt. Fuji, Japan

Beautiful shot! :)

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

17 Apr

Wordless Wednesday #12

Woman jumping on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Happy Pic! :)

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Brooklyn, New York

16 Apr

Hennessy

Shot with the Samsung HZ-35W on the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Photograph of a woman's legs and feet on a window sill in Brooklyn, New York

Great shot! :)

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Trafalgar Square, London, England

15 Apr

Doing the pigeon in Trafalgar Square

The pigeon is not only an animal but also a yoga pose which I got to do in Trafalgar Square. It was all made possible when I took part in a flash mob (I’ve ticked that off the old bucket list).

flash mob yoga group in Trafalgar Square, London, England

Great shot, we love these kinds of happenings!

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The Last Flight

15 Apr

the last flight – l’ultimo volo – ultimul zbor

Trilingual text: English, Italian and Romanian language

If the time can fly, then also we could
If there the infinite, then we are also
the wings of the plants are the leaves, our wings are the aspirations
When you do not want anything, you’re flying gliding increasingly down
in the depths of the earth
then, time is one who losing on you, not you on him
you remember the last flight?…

surreal image of a woman floating

Se il tempo può volare, allora … possiamo anche noi
Se infinito c’è, allora siamo anche noi
le ali delle piante sono le foglie, le nostre ali sono le aspirazioni
Se non desideri più niente, stai volando planato sempre più giù
sotto le profondità della terra
allora, il tempo ci sta perdendo a te, non tu a lui
te ti ricordi l’ultimo volo?…

 

Dacă timpul poate zbura, atunci… și noi putem
Dacă există infinitul, atunci și noi suntem
Aripile plantelor sunt frunzele, ale noastre sunt aspirațiile
Când nu mai vrem nimic, planăm din ce în ce în jos
mai jos decât străfundurile pământului
și astfel, timpul ne pierde, nu noi pe acesta
mai ții minte ultimul tău zbor?…

Surreal image of a woman's head

Very nice! :)

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Kerala, India

14 Apr

Weekly Photo Challenge:Threshold

Masters of the Kalari art in action, Venue: Kerala, India

Masters of the Kalari art in action in Kerala, India

Great action shot! :)

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Lombok, Indonesia

14 Apr

From Where I Stand III

Eximus // Kodak Colorplus

On the deck of a boat to Lombok, Indonesia

on the deck of a boat going to Lombok, Indonesia

Terrific shot! :)

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Guildford, Surrey, England

14 Apr

Woman adjusting a mannequin in Guildford, Surrey, England

Interesting image! :)

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Naples, Florida

13 Apr

toes on a beach with starfish in Naples, Florida

Nice shot! :)

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England

13 Apr

Suzy Parker in vintage Christian Dior and photographed by Frances McLaughlin-Gill in 1952.

Suzy Parker in vintage Christian Dior and photographed by Frances McLaughlin-Gill in 1952.

Beautiful picture! :)

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Bali, Indonesia

12 Apr

people walking by monkeys in Bali, Indonesia

Fantastic shot! :)

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California

12 Apr

“The beautiful thing

that you are discovering

is that you are

already here,

but you have been

imagining that you are

on a journey

here.”

- Mooji

old time poster from California

Nice collage! :)

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Munich, Germany

11 Apr

Digging through backlogged collections is fun.  I always seen to unearth a photo, negative or slide that eluded my initial passover.  In this case, I found a poignant negative from 1945-1947 showing two barefoot children who survived the war somewhere near Munich.  The photographer (unknown) had quite the eye for detail as evidenced in his 400+ negatives in my collection.

photograph of two boys after the war in Munich, Germany

Poor boys!

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