Photos · · Tucson

Rub

Black and white photograph of Hiram rubbing away sleep

Photos · · Tucson

Matt

Portrait of Matt at Homer's annual pre All-Souls gathering this year

Matt

Notes · · Tucson

Music: All This Useless Beauty

October. The temperature drops below 100 for a few days here and there and weeknights sing.

Photos · · Hermosillo

Raul

Agave with name carved in it

Photos · · Tucson

Family Nose

Profile of Hiram

When Hiram saw this image of himself, he said: "That's my dad's nose. We all have it." 

Notes · · Tucson

Arbitrary Stupid Goal

There are many things to enjoy and think about in Tamara Shopsin's Arbitrary Stupid Goal, a memoir of family and friendships and neighborhood characters and places in a not-so-long-ago New York City that sounds as if it mostly doesn't exist anymore or won't soon. I enjoyed it and perhaps you will too.

But I also want to say that something I especially liked about the copy I borrowed from the library was how whoever put the mylar jacket on it, played with the already cool duotone design to make it even more fun than it already was. Well done, Pima County.

Photos · · Tucson

Pretending to See the Future

This is a color blending exercise from Nick Fancher's book, Chroma.

I've been working through some of the examples in Nick Fancher's book Chroma. This image is from an exercise in color blending using gelled speedlights.

Photos · · Tucson

Wings

Some daisies and the shadow they cast.

Photos · · Tucson

Transformer

Transformer box painted with bike lights and colored gels.

Transformer painted with bike lights and colored gels.

Sounds · · Tucson

Yellow

"Yellow" from the 1966 Ken Nordine album Colors.

Honest Stuff I Make Up · · Tucson

I will tell you after dinner.

I ate dinner at 5:00 and now it’s 10:00, a whole seven hours till breakfast. And there is macaroni and cheese in the house that I want nothing to do with but it has somehow learned my name. So scared. If I don’t make it, I just want everyone to know the de Kooning behind the bedroom door I found at a yard sale in Chiapas.

Photos · · Tucson

Quiet

Hiram reading on a Sunday morning, reflected in mirrors.

Multiple reflections of Hiram reading in bed on a Sunday morning.

Notes · · Hermosillo

They are called Mexican wedding shirts

I have been to two Mexican weddings in the past year. Both times I have agonized over what shirt to wear.

Last night my sister-in-law married her sweetheart in a cozy ceremony in the garden of a hotel in Hermosillo. As I was putting on a tie I had brought to wear with the white shirt and black slacks I had bought earlier in the week, Hiram asked if I didn't have another shirt.

"I'm afraid people will think you are a waiter."

So I lost the tie and wore the other shirt — the one with the tiny polka dots. 

On the way to the hotel, we passed a pair of missionaries dressed in exactly the same clothes I was going to wear originally.

Ho hum.

It's hot in the summer in Hermosillo and it's just as well I didn't wear the tie, which I had only retrieved in the first place from a box from the nineties in the closet because I felt guilty for not wearing a blazer I don't own.

At the wedding I took some photos because I can't not take photos. Later, looking at Hiram's brothers in the pictures I had a thought.

Light bulb.

What they are wearing is what English speakers call Mexican wedding shirts. They are for sale in many places in Tucson in many colors and styles, new and vintage, expensive and not.

The answer to my question of what shirt to wear was sewn into the shirt I could have worn. 

Family and friends at Zayra and Arturo's wedding

Family and friends at Zayra and Arturo's wedding

Music · · Tucson

Iris Chacón - Caramelo y Chocolate

Qué bravas son las solteras. Dir. Tulio Demicheli. 1975


Her enthusiasm is immeasurable and I’m only guessing when I say her energy can be weighed in grams, but I will always be indebted to this song for teaching me how to say in Spanish my heart is beating so fast, which has come in handy.

Notes · · Tucson

Lane 9

Ken, bowling
Golden Pin Lanes
Lane 9
Hiram, bowling

We were looking for something to do and Ken suggested bowling. I don't remember the last time I went bowling. I think this was maybe the fourth time ever. Golden Pin Lanes, the last non-chain bowling center in town will close sometime in the next year. We decided to go there. 

Sounds · · Tucson

Odyssey Storytelling: Fake

It's been almost a month since the May Odyssey Storytelling event and I'm still cracking up when I think about Drew Cronyn's story of finding life (and vocal) direction in an important book, Vene Aguirre revealing the identity of her true father to her dad, and other stories about faking it.

Photos · · Santa Ana

Pollos

Scene at a chicken roaster in Santa Ana, Sonora

Photos · · Tucson

Steamer Dots

Lighting work with vegetable steamer

"Open the pod bay doors Hal."
"I’m afraid I can’t do that Dave. Not until you return the vegetable steamer."

Sounds · · Tucson

The Marble Faun, Parts 1 & 2

Among many things, this is also the story of another young person whose life is forever changed after discovering the Beale sisters.

Everything is Stories: The Marble Faun "A story of a runaway, sexual identity, and survival in the wake of loss." 

Photos · · Tucson

Sylvania

Light and shadow on old metal file cabinets and electronics manuals

Notes · · Tucson

Monster Children, Issue 58

Monster Children, Issue 58

I love Monster Children because its images of surfing and skateboarding remind me of what it's like to be young; I love Monster Children because its writing reminds me it's okay to put into writing how annoying things can be; I love the Australia Issue of Monster Children because it reminds me that I'm not the only one annoyed by U.S. news.

The Australia Issue. A concept that started as one thing and ended up completely contrary to what I intended at the close, for better or worse. The initial idea came about in light of over a year of being completely assaulted on all fronts with nothing but news of the United States. Sick of nothing but the frumpy clown in the White House, we thought shining a light on our own country, warts and all, would offer brief respite if nothing else.

Alistair Klinkenberg: The Australia Issue, an Introduction