Irving Penn

I went to see a fabulous exhibit with the B&H Event Space group on May 23 at the Met museum: Irving Penn Centennial. Have a look at the whole set of prints and see how he developed as an artist Met: exhibitions objects.

Jeff L. Rosenheim, the chief Curator, generously gave us a half hour tour. His talk was very enlightening. The curator said Irving Pewnn printed limited runs, did all his own work and deliberately made the prints not the same. He was a workaholic and was always phtographing, printing or doing related work. Fashion photography was for cash, but that wasn’t his personal art. He trained as an artist and his sense of design shows in all he did. Apparently, his studio, was very raw and he made his clients pose the way he wanted them. For the series in Cusco he took over a local studio and paid the sitters; consequently, he had no shortage of models. He loved Matisse and knew him. His nude series explores shapes like Matisse did. I see Modigliani in them too. Rosenheim said most people didn’t like them. I like the series of flowers near the end of the exhibit. I love how he used positive and negative space and that all parts of the image are considered in the design.

After that we went to see some of his prints on sale at Pace/MacGill “Irving Penn 1950.” Also see the Pace/MacGill press release. I felt that the prints were not as good as the ones at the Met. The curators at the Met have first choice of the best of his prints and they chose well.

Irving Penn (June 16, 1917 – October 7, 2009) was an American photographer known for his fashion photography, portraits, and still lifes Wikipedia: Irving Penn.

Thank you Deborah Gilbert, B&H Event Producer, for making the event possible.

Here’s a couple of pics of Marc and I in front of Penn’s drop cloth at the Met.

Sherry’s Lyme Treatment Fund

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Dear friends, I am forced to seek your help to pay for the treatments for a second relapse of my chronic Lyme disease, contracted while working as a naturalist at Greenwich Audubon, Connecticut in 1998. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) still doesn’t fully recognize chronic Lyme in the United States. This provides the health insurance companies with a reason to not pay for extended treatments. It is virtually impossible to find in-network doctors.

After 7 weeks of IV antibiotics (intravenous ceftriaxone), which used up my savings, I started Gamunex (IVIG) which is a tier 7 drug. I must pay %25 of $25,000 this December. This includes the cost of lab work, medical tests, attending nurse, supplies and doctor visits. Gamunex-C (immunoglobulin therapy – IVIG) is can be used to fix the neurological problems. Three months of Gamunex did wonders in 2010. I tried using an in-network neurologist but he quit on me after being asked to jump through hoops by the insurance company (AARP Medicare Complete), so I went back to the out-of-network neurologist I saw in 2010 for the prescription. I was told by the pharmacy that in 2017 I need to find another in-network doctor in order to continue the Gamunex.

“Until this recent illness my wife was an avid birder and did volunteer work for local conservation groups such as NY autobahn. (we use to do habitat restoration and tree planting) and the NY Linnaean society, where she applies her extensive computer skills in managing and creating their web site. Before her illness she would be up before the sun at her PC doing graphic and editing work. That is when she was not dragging me out of bed and up to Central Park or where ever there was a bird sighting. It is upsetting to see my wife who was once so active and involved in the community, now so debilitated—first by the Lyme virus and then the struggle to get treated by a money driven medical Industry. Twenty-five years ago our son moved to the U.K. where like much of Europe the care of people comes before the profits of insurance companies. Sherry finds it embarrassing to have to turn to this method of trying to get funds to treat her illness. All these financial struggles with doctors and insurers has taken an emotional toll on her almost as debilitating as the disease itself.” Marc (husband)

My symptoms are so severe I have not been able to enjoy or partake in my normal activities. I love to photograph wildlife. I’ve had to give up birdwatching except for one or two very short trips to local parks. It is extremely painful to get up and down stairs and I can only go out for a couple of hours at a time and when I do I have to recuperate for a couple of days after. I spend much of my time sleeping and lying in bed exhausted. I am retired and on a fixed income from Social Security (I can’t work now anyway). I thank my husband for looking after me.

My neurological symptoms include: brain fog; difficulty concentrating; anxiety; depression; memory problems; hot and cold flashes; heart palpitations; urinary problems with sharp pains; numbness and tingling in my hands and feet; shooting nerve pains in feet and legs; severe muscle weakness, stiffness and soreness; and extreme fatigue. Also sinus and throat irritation with mucous; dry mouth and eyes.

My treatments for January are up in the air.  My script for Gamunex may cost $20,000 if I can’t find a new in-network doctor. I was told that Medicare has a new ruling: No scripts written by out-of-network doctors will be honored.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your help. Marc and Sherry

https://www.gofundme.com/sherrys-lyme-treatment-fund

Click images to view large the easy way

Many of us have this problem — the function to have single images open larger when clicking on it is not automatically created in the editor. Here are two methods to add a link to make the image open in a new window larger. If you get stuck contact WordPress support for help.

Easy way to make a single image open larger in the new WP editor:

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  1. Upload an image, or a series of images as single images, (I make mine 1200 px on the wide side) and insert it/them into your post or select an exiting image while in edit mode then
  2. Click on the Insert/edit Link button (looks a little like a figure 8)
  3. Put a check in Open link in a new window/tab and
  4. Click Save.
  5. Update your post.

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A slow way to make a single image open larger in WP Admin:

  1. Go to WP Admin
  2. Select Posts and
  3. Select the post you want to edit
  4. Click edit
  5. Select the image and then
  6. Click on the pencil icon that pops up at the top of the image
  7. In the image details window go to display settings and
  8. Select full size, and link to media file (this method can also be used to link to a page in your bog or somewhere else).
  9. Click Update.
  10. Update your post

I think it would be nice if WordPress applied these settings automatically on single image.

Example:

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Blue Light, Hudson River Park, March 2015

2015 in review

Thank you all for a marvelous year. I love the people I have met and the wonderful posts and art. I enjoy learning from you all.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,600 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Couch’s Kingbird at Abingdon Square

It has been an exciting time for NYC birdwatchers and for me. A Couch’s Kingbird has been in the West Village for about 8 weeks now. Initially it was seen by a non-birder who eventually told a birder who identified it. The news broke on 12/25/2014. I photographed it diving for insects near the wall on the corner of Bank and Hudson Streets, Abingdon Square, Saturday 12/29/2014.

On Monday, 12/29/2014 I was interviewed by Meg Baker of CBS2 News http://newyork.cbslocal.com/video/10987764-rare-find-has-new-york-bird-watching-community-chirping-with-excitement/ as a representative for The Linnaean Society of New York (http://linnaeannewyork.org/ – I am the webmaster).

Couch's Kingird at Abingdon Square 12/27/2014
Couch’s Kingird at Abingdon Square 12/27/2014
A mob of birders looking at the Couch's Kingird
A mob of birders looking at the Couch’s Kingird