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It is Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday on January 19th. Happy Birthday!

The poet and writer best know for his darkened mysteries and the macabre, Poe is one of literature’s staple and most celebrated of authors in human history.

His most famous works include:

Poe’s works have been put on the silver screen many times over by Hollywood. Vincent Price was one of the staple lead actor for several of Hollywood’s adoptions to Poe’s works, for example.
Education in literary genius is easy when going through his works. The dark side of his writing compliments the genuine emotions which spill on to the reader and listener.
Edgar Allan Poe is celebrated and will be celebrated for long time to come.
Kudos.

Famous actor, James Mason voices “The Tell Tale Heart”. One of my favorite renditions and animations.

Ah. The Golf Swing.

The mystery, for us mortals, which often give false hopes on the range and on the golf course. For us mortals, the golf swing lets us down, too many times. But sometimes we get that one beautiful strike, and our ‘hate’ for the golf swing dissipates in to the ether. Just to be disappointed and as angry at it, on the next tee.

It’s a mystery to us many time, but in PGA land, there are many golfers whom exemplify beautiful golf swings. And just like anything professional, there’s always that element of awe and inspiration to them.

The golf swing is nothing like anything else. It is a fluid art form, wrapped in tin foil majestic (especially in slo-mo).

From the set up, to the back swing, to the ‘cocking’ at the top, then the crisp and direct down swing, which inevitably strike that synthetic art form of a golf ball, in a precise angle.

Then the product of that pro swing is a sharp and controlled trajectory of that projectile in to the atmosphere, tidily crushing the air flow and gently landing on the exact spot determined just seconds ago.

Well, a good swing is a thing of beauty. Below are the Top 5 Golf Swings.An opinion piece, I know, but you get the idea.

Here are Luke Donald, Tom WatsonRetief Goosen, Ernie Els, and Adam Scott, showing us all how a golf swing should be done.

“Produced using more than 5500 toy soldiers. The portrait is of a Chinese soldier boy taken by photographer Robert Capa. The image was used on the front cover of LIFE magazine, January 1938 to cover the Sino Japanese War. The toy soldiers are manufactured in China, hence the title “Made in China.” – Joe Black, the artist of this project.

Made In China. Plastic Soldiers Portrait by Joe Black (Joe Black)

"Made in China". Shows the individual plastic soldiers glued. (Joe Black)

Artist:                                 Joe Black

Subject:                             Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945)

More Read on the war:       HERE

One of my heroes is Garry Winogrand.

photo by Judy Winogrand

Who?

Well, Winogrand is one of the most prolific and celebrated photographers.

He is best known as one of history’s best street photographers to ever grace our reality. His work had, in many respects, heightened our awareness on the “banality” and the “ordinary-ness” of our daily life functions.

So, what’s so special about that?

Well, his work isn’t simply impressing the point that “we function within a world where we do not really have extraordinary moments”. But he pushes the notion that WITHIN the banal, there are certainty in the extraordinary circumstances.

From the Mundane, comes brilliant excitement.

Hence, it is the opposite of dictating to us that we are forever stuck in a “gray world”, but that we live in a stupendously mysterious and extraordinary world. We live in a very lively and “alter universe”.

Winogrand’s vision of the ordinary is of like the “Bizzaro World” or the “direct opposite” of the subject and situation (as example from “Superfriends” cartoon show). The ordinary “walk” becomes an ironic and mystery to the “external” premise. The ordinary “arm toss” becomes an intrusion and a interpretive “filler” to that specific bubble world.

“A photograph is the illusion of a literal description of how the camera ‘saw’ a piece of time and space.”- Garry Winogrand.

So, if we keep with the notion of the “Superfriends Bizzaro World” concept, then the camera and the photographer are the tools to “stripping” the excess. The excess “cover” and non-continual super-glue, which kept the “reality” in tact.  Winogrand, in his philosophy, broke down that super-glue. Which directly exposed the under belly of that moment. That dirty and more interesting moment.

Winogrand’s inspired many (just like me) in what photography is all about. He (and many before him, and his contemporaries, plus his direct and indirect disciples) put the essence in the forefront. He’s put what photography can do and what it inspires to do (but often fails).

“There is a transformation. By putting 4 edges around, it changes it (i.e. the banality & of the mundane of life).”- Garry Winogrand.

This is where I’d decided on the name of my blog. Just like Winogrand, I think of photography as like lifting a large rock after a spring rain fall. You get to expose the life and the more interesting life events existing together for survival.  Life doesn’t get better or worse with looking at photography like this. Which is what Winogrand philosophises. He’s not guaranteeing anything. He just states that the camera (exposing the subject) imposes a different reality.

And that is the point. There’s no better or worse. There’s just the way the camera and the photographer ‘made’ that moment.

He’s a hero of mine, and in some very small way, I make my blog as a tribute to his art and his genius.  Garry Winogrand is a grand master of photography. Will alway be, to me.

So, I’ll always will try to expose or get a glimpse of that sometimes deceptively slippery under-belly.

Jason

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