Saturday, April 14, 2012

French kiss

Robert Doisneau: (14 April 1912 – 1 April 1994) was a French photographer. In the 1930s he used a Leica on the streets of Paris; together with Henri Cartier-Bresson he was a pioneer of photojournalism. He is renowned for his 1950 image Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Town Hall), a photo of a couple kissing in the busy streets of Paris. Robert Doisneau was appointed a Chevalier (Knight) of the National Order of the Légion d'honneur in 1984.

 The pictures are:
Le Remorqueur du Champ de Mars (Tug on the Champ de Mars), 1943
Trois petits enfants blancs (Three little white children), 1971
Le baiser de l'hotel de ville (Kiss by the Hotel de Ville), 1950
Le Chien a Roulettes (Dog on Wheels), 1977
Aside from his Wiki-biography, there are various posts about him.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Spring 2012

Corner of 73rd Avenue and Francis Lewis Boulevard, 24 March, 5.30 in the afternoon. I recall a picture I took at the same corner, perhaps 9 years back, maybe 7, of daffodils in snow. This year, no snow. Not down here. We did great a 'flash snow' upstate, in the Catskills, this past weekend.

I took this picture near the Phoenicia School, looking north. Looks wintry. And it did, but snow began to melt that day, and was almost fully gone by Sunday.

Magnolias trees have been blooming with lush blossoms this year. They, and other flowers, seem especially vibrant.

This set of forsythia bushes is in front of a house on Lawrence Avenue.

This gorgeous tree stands in front of the Hewlett Woodmere Public Library.

A budding tree in Brookville Park, a favorite walking spot of mine.

On a drive along side streets through southeastern Queens, another pretty spring sight.

Langston Hughes, by Carl Van Vechten

from a Tweet by the Museum of the City of New York:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Military photographer of the year

Water Running

Second Place, Sports. U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Reagan Lodge, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base Quantico, conducts water running exercises during a physcal training session in Ramer Hall, The Basic School, on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. Sept. 14, 2011.