Saturday, July 31, 2010

"Rust Bloom"

This photo was taken in an alley busy with foot traffic; students (including those studying photography), homeless people and those taking a short cut to Mc Donalds.

How many passersby notice this?  I call it a "Bloom", because there is a sense of "becoming" about it. However, it is actually no more "Bloom" than it is "Decay".  It is simply change; the interaction of myriad elements and conditions.

Friday, July 30, 2010

The Saga Continues

Some years ago there was a clerk at the local Trader Joe's who always greeted me with the phrase;
 "The Saga Continues."
 This was the first sentence that she ever spoke to me --  and the only words from her mouth I remember; as she no longer works at this market.
 She was a truly charming young woman and
I always looked forward to her routine salutation  -- which never seemed forced or sarcastic.

I hope she's doing well, wherever she is.

This photo has no direct relation to my recollection. However, words and images act as mnemonic triggers for one another -- and also create their own pleasing synergy -- or at least they often have that effect on me.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, California.

"Evening fog moves up Piedmont Avenue, a gray scarf pulled over the roof tops, toward Mountain View Cemetery..."

Portrait of the Blogger as a young poet, Piedmont Avenue, Oakland California.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Blue Heart, Cup Of Plenty

This is a watercolor from 1999. " A Blue Heart Is A Cup Of Plenty" Lyrics to a yet to be written blues song...

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Roper Range Polaroids Early 1990's

My grandmother purchased this Roper Range in the 1960's. It's technological gimmick was: THE BURNER WITH THE BRAIN.

Decades later when I took over her kitchen, it was brain dead and burned out.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Chino, California

A collage I created in the early 1980s, incorporating a postcard from Chino California.
They used to graze Back Angus. Now it's urban sprawl.

© Dorian Cohen

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Low- Rent Information

This classic Jim Harrison sentence, written in a pre-internet context, could well describe most bloggers and on- line reviewers.

"He owned an imponderable urge to both create and consume low-rent information, an urge balanced by his superbly inaccurate observations. "

From the novel "Warlock" by Jim Harrison
Delacorte press/Seymour Lawrence, 1981

Just found out about forthcoming book/DVD
  The etiquette of the wild, collaboration between Harrison and Gary Snyder, two writers from my personal inspirational pantheon.

Or to quote the title of a Snyder poem - High quality information.