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Today I got to photograph the poet Marty McConnell (@martyoutloud ), long a favorite of mine. ------------------------ MEET ...
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Today I got to photograph the poet Marty McConnell (@martyoutloud ), long a favorite of mine. ------------------------ MEET ME AT THE END OF THE WORLD—I'LL BE THE ONE IN SEQUINS You seem the sort who’ll survive. Whose grandfather built a bomb shelter in the 50s and remembered to include ... Today I got to photograph the poet Marty McConnell (@martyoutloud ), long a favorite of mine.
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MEET ME AT THE END OF THE WORLD—I'LL BE THE ONE IN SEQUINS

You seem the sort who’ll survive. Whose grandfather built a bomb shelter
in the 50s and remembered to include a can opener. It’s not bombs
that end us, but shelter is nonetheless essential. The light

will be that heroic twilight light that makes everything
look like a movie, like the best movie you’ve ever seen is just
beginning, the light that reminds you it’s nearly time to come

inside, your mother waiting in an apron or the suitcase
packed or good wine chilling and the radiator beginning
to clink. Bring your instrument. While I’m waiting

I’ll go over the less sad songs I have by heart.
What we did to get here is gone now, let’s not talk
about it anymore. We may not need

to talk at all. You’ll know me by how the light strikes
the sequins. I’ll practice the cruel songs too, lying here
in the passing light. Studying the leaves

on the topmost branches on the tree at the end
of the world. We know what we did
to get here. We’re still living in these mouths.
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One Second. #film #filmphotography #analog #filmisnotdead #bnw #bw #monochrome #onassignment
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One Second. #film #filmphotography #analog #filmisnotdead #bnw #bw #monochrome #onassignment One Second.

#film #filmphotography #analog #filmisnotdead #bnw #bw #monochrome #onassignment
From 'One Second.' #streetphotography #film #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #analog #bnw ...
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From 'One Second.' #streetphotography #film #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #analog #bnw #bw #monochrome From 'One Second.' #streetphotography #film #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #analog #bnw #bw #monochrome
I was sent #onassignment to make a portrait of Steve Romagnoli, a playwright who also happens to ...
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I was sent #onassignment to make a portrait of Steve Romagnoli, a playwright who also happens to teach ethics at the Bedford Hills Maximum Security Prison for Women. #portrait #environmentalportrait #prison #cell #naturallighting #ontheinside I was sent #onassignment to make a portrait of Steve Romagnoli, a playwright who also happens to teach ethics at the Bedford Hills Maximum Security Prison for Women.

#portrait #environmentalportrait #prison #cell #naturallighting #ontheinside
As I've mentioned a few times before, I've been making one photograph, and only one photograph, ...
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As I've mentioned a few times before, I've been making one photograph, and only one photograph, every day on actual film. The project is called One Second, and you can read about why below. Here's about a half-second's worth of my year, so far: http://bavansise.format.com/one-second ... As I've mentioned a few times before, I've been making one photograph, and only one photograph, every day on actual film.

The project is called One Second, and you can read about why below.

Here's about a half-second's worth of my year, so far: http://bavansise.format.com/one-second
#film #decisivemoment #bnw #monochrome #bw #eid #street #streetphotography #photojournalism
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Went through my archives this morning, and came across dozens and dozens of old portraits I made ...
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Went through my archives this morning, and came across dozens and dozens of old portraits I made of my family about six or seven years ago. #bnw #bw #monochrome #family Went through my archives this morning, and came across dozens and dozens of old portraits I made of my family about six or seven years ago.

#bnw #bw #monochrome #family
So, I photographed Joyce Carol Oates yesterday. [Her poem for the image in comments.] -------------- #joycecaroloates ...
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So, I photographed Joyce Carol Oates yesterday. [Her poem for the image in comments.] -------------- #joycecaroloates #poem #poetry #instapoet #instapoetry #poetsofig #poet #eggs #naturallight So, I photographed Joyce Carol Oates yesterday.
[Her poem for the image in comments.]
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#joycecaroloates #poem #poetry #instapoet #instapoetry #poetsofig #poet #eggs #naturallight
I got to shoot the wedding of my friends Ingrid and Ricardo, yesterday. #weddingday #justmarried ...
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I got to shoot the wedding of my friends Ingrid and Ricardo, yesterday. #weddingday #justmarried #beautyeveryday #potd I got to shoot the wedding of my friends Ingrid and Ricardo, yesterday.

#weddingday #justmarried #beautyeveryday #potd
In Arkansas, I bought a Kodak Retina camera with a compur-rapid lens, made in Germany in 1934, and ...
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In Arkansas, I bought a Kodak Retina camera with a compur-rapid lens, made in Germany in 1934, and used it to photograph this stud, made in America in 1988. Shot on @lomographyusa color film, processed by LTI. @seth.pennington #poets #onfilm #filmcamera #analog #lomography #hotsprings ... In Arkansas, I bought a Kodak Retina camera with a compur-rapid lens, made in Germany in 1934, and used it to photograph this stud, made in America in 1988.

Shot on @lomographyusa color film, processed by LTI.

@seth.pennington #poets #onfilm #filmcamera #analog #lomography #hotsprings #veryhotsprings
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A few weeks ago, I discovered that my building superintendent has a secret room in the basement where ...
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A few weeks ago, I discovered that my building superintendent has a secret room in the basement where he's been stowing away all the stuff left behind by outgoing tenants for nearly thirty years, an endless pile of people's old dust-covered things. In that room, sitting under a damp carpet, ... A few weeks ago, I discovered that my building superintendent has a secret room in the basement where he's been stowing away all the stuff left behind by outgoing tenants for nearly thirty years, an endless pile of people's old dust-covered things.

In that room, sitting under a damp carpet, I found and liberated a spider-filled 1955 Miranda camera, and a lens with more fungus than a greengrocer. I loaded it with a roll of tungsten Cinestill Xpro film, dragged out @emzflo_ , and made some pictures.

#junkcamera
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It was about midnight one night and I was out trawling around for a picture to make for my one-picture-a-day ...
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It was about midnight one night and I was out trawling around for a picture to make for my one-picture-a-day project. I was in a train station, I think the Times Square Station, and I saw a great potential subject come running down the platform and I started following him. I got in a terrible fight: ... It was about midnight one night and I was out trawling around for a picture to make for my one-picture-a-day project. I was in a train station, I think the Times Square Station, and I saw a great potential subject come running down the platform and I started following him. I got in a terrible fight: shouting, he put his hands on my camera, it almost broke out into fisticuffs, until the fellow's handler, a curly-haired woman standing nearby, put a stop to it. Anyway, the fight I got in, just before midnight in the Times Square station, was with a 6'2" male stripper dressed as the pharaoh Tutankhamen, who thundered at me YOU ARE A PEASANT, I AM A GOD.

Here's the one film photograph I made, that day.

#film #filmphotography #ilfordhp5 #timessquare #aroundmidnight #kingtut #whowantstofight #onesecond #oneaday #potd #picoftheday #photooftheday
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My grandfather, Gordon W. Van Sise, was a laborer with the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. ...
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My grandfather, Gordon W. Van Sise, was a laborer with the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. He was also, on the side, an amateur photographer, and clearly had a personal project documenting the everyday lives and labors of the other shirtless grinning youths digging ditches and ... My grandfather, Gordon W. Van Sise, was a laborer with the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. He was also, on the side, an amateur photographer, and clearly had a personal project documenting the everyday lives and labors of the other shirtless grinning youths digging ditches and swinging picks alongside him.

I'm working next year, with the encouragement and assistance of the @u.s.forestservice , to create a series of photographs exactly matching the scenes shown in grand-dad's photographs from 80 years ago, inhabiting the modern parks with the very ghosts that created them. [Photo credit: Gordon W. Van Sise, Placerville, California, 1936]

#retro #antique #revisitingthepast #thepastisntdead #itisntevenpast #mygrandpaandyourgrandpasittingbythefire
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Hot Springs, Arkansas. #streetphotography #film #bnw #bw #monochrome #street #nophotoshop ...
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Hot Springs, Arkansas. #streetphotography #film #bnw #bw #monochrome #street #nophotoshop #nofilter #nophotosplease Hot Springs, Arkansas.

#streetphotography #film #bnw #bw #monochrome #street #nophotoshop #nofilter #nophotosplease
I brought a pinhole camera- this is literally just a box with a tiny pinprick hole in it, and a piece ...
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I brought a pinhole camera- this is literally just a box with a tiny pinprick hole in it, and a piece of four inch by five inch film at the other end- to Italy with me. #pinhole #pinholecamera #pinholephotography #urbex #urbanexploration #abandoned #blue #experimentalphotography I brought a pinhole camera- this is literally just a box with a tiny pinprick hole in it, and a piece of four inch by five inch film at the other end- to Italy with me.

#pinhole #pinholecamera #pinholephotography #urbex #urbanexploration #abandoned #blue #experimentalphotography
Seventy poets in, the most common question I get asked is, without question, "did you really bury ...
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Seventy poets in, the most common question I get asked is, without question, "did you really bury Mark Doty?" (Yes.) So, I'm gonna get ahead of this one: yes, we really threw @derrickbrownpoetry in an uncontrolled tumble down a bluff. ------------------------ (Derrick C. Brown) I ... Seventy poets in, the most common question I get asked is, without question, "did you really bury Mark Doty?" (Yes.) So, I'm gonna get ahead of this one: yes, we really threw @derrickbrownpoetry in an uncontrolled tumble down a bluff.
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(Derrick C. Brown)

I got carried until I was shallow in the mud.
Pressed face-first into the dam.
Sad water. Sad water
don't ever make it to the sea.

The best song
is always
far from the hit.

She can love me lame from far away.
She could not love me over laundry,
oil changes and weed whacking.

She missed being nude with me
in a hotel challenging the sea.
It's not the real me. I'm often nothing nights.
I'm often nothing as night.

I don't trust anyone who tells it like it is
when all we really do is rework how it was.
I can't believe you are gone.
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Hitch-hiker, Tulsa, Oklahoma. #travel #wanderlust #route66 #instatravel #travelgram #monochrome ...
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Hitch-hiker, Tulsa, Oklahoma. #travel #wanderlust #route66 #instatravel #travelgram #monochrome #bnw #bw #traveldeeper #travelphotographer #onassignment Hitch-hiker, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

#travel #wanderlust #route66 #instatravel #travelgram #monochrome #bnw #bw #traveldeeper #travelphotographer #onassignment
I got to photograph the poet Arthur Sze, chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, at his two homes ...
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I got to photograph the poet Arthur Sze, chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, at his two homes in New Mexico. #likeanonion ---------------------- THE NEGATIVE (Arthur Sze) A man hauling coal in the street is stilled forever. Inside a temple, instead of light a slow shutter ... I got to photograph the poet Arthur Sze, chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, at his two homes in New Mexico.

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THE NEGATIVE
(Arthur Sze)
A man hauling coal in the street is stilled forever.
Inside a temple, instead of light

a slow shutter lets the darkness in.
I see a rat turn a corner running from a man with a chair trying to smash it,

see people sleeping at midnight in a Wuhan street on bamboo beds,
a dead pig floating, bloated, on water.

I see a photograph of a son smiling who two years ago fell off a cliff
and his photograph is in each room of the apartment.

I meet a woman who had smallpox as a child, was abandoned by her mother
but who lived, now has two daughters, a son, a son-in-law;

they live in three rooms and watch a color television.
I see a man in blue work clothes whose father was a peasant

who joined the Communist party early but by the time of the Cultural Revolution
had risen in rank and become a target of the Red Guards.

I see a woman who tried to kill herself with an acupuncture needle
but instead hit a vital point and cured her chronic asthma.

A Chinese poet argues that the fundamental difference between East and West
is that in the East an individual does not believe himself

in control of his fate but yields to it.
As a negative reverses light and dark

these words are prose accounts of personal tragedy becoming metaphor,
an emulsion of silver salts sensitive to light,

laughter in the underground bomb shelter converted into a movie theater,
lovers in the Summer Palace park.
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So a couple months ago my zippy little sportscar was destroyed by vandals and I purchased a sensible ...
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So a couple months ago my zippy little sportscar was destroyed by vandals and I purchased a sensible little hatchback, the first responsible car I've ever posessed. I named it Mildred, after my best friend's grandmother, and it has lived up to its name in every moment from that to this. I ... So a couple months ago my zippy little sportscar was destroyed by vandals and I purchased a sensible little hatchback, the first responsible car I've ever posessed. I named it Mildred, after my best friend's grandmother, and it has lived up to its name in every moment from that to this.

I have crossed this continent over several weeks in my tiny little church-and-bingo towncar at the speed of cold honey, at times being passed by angry motorists, truckers, and cows.

Yesterday, in the middle of the Utah desert, I popped a tire, fifty-four miles away from the closest town. It was the kind of desert you imagine from movies, made real: towering cliffs, impossible, choking heat, a succession of hills that promise a group of guys hiding just behind, fixin' to string up Clint Eastwood.

My spare tire got me, with not an inch to lose, to the town, where I waited for hours at a truck stop with a woman I've named Hateful Helen, imagining the rest of the life I'd be forced to live in this town, population 87. Do they have much need for photography? What sort of woman would I inevitably be forced to marry? Is there a dentist? If so, does he have tuberculosis and occasionally kill people for fun?

Eventually a man showed up with his -only- tire, and put it on my car. I watched while driving away as the sun set over a cliff behind me, and kept a weather eye out for the swinging remains of poor Clint.

Making a way to the park and setting up a tent in nearly pitch-darkness, there was only the milky way and a couple deer to watch over the campsite. I fell asleep bathed in the same darkness and woke up to this scene, a total surprise, in a brand new month- august, indeed.
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Tightrope school. Santa Monica, California. #route66 #wanderlust #travel #travelphotography ...
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Tightrope school. Santa Monica, California. #route66 #wanderlust #travel #travelphotography #travelphotographer #instatravel #travelgram #bnw #bw #monochrome #onassignment Tightrope school. Santa Monica, California.

#route66 #wanderlust #travel #travelphotography #travelphotographer #instatravel #travelgram #bnw #bw #monochrome #onassignment
Girl with kitten, Oklahoma. #route66 #america #wanderlust #travel #instatravel #travelgram ...
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Girl with kitten, Oklahoma. #route66 #america #wanderlust #travel #instatravel #travelgram #travelphotography #travelphotographer #bnw #bw #monochrome #onassignment Girl with kitten, Oklahoma.

#route66 #america #wanderlust #travel #instatravel #travelgram #travelphotography #travelphotographer #bnw #bw #monochrome #onassignment
I made it to the Grand Canyon. Everyone tells you it's one of the few things in this world that, no ...
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I made it to the Grand Canyon. Everyone tells you it's one of the few things in this world that, no matter how much it's been talked up, is actually guaranteed not to disappoint. They're right. It's immense, and doesn't look real, appearing even before your eyes more like a dime store painting ... I made it to the Grand Canyon.
Everyone tells you it's one of the few things in this world that, no matter how much it's been talked up, is actually guaranteed not to disappoint. They're right.

It's immense, and doesn't look real, appearing even before your eyes more like a dime store painting of the canyon than the thing itself. I watched a soft curtain of rain settle into the canyon; I watched lightning crack into it, and listened for the boom a full minute later. I watched a beautiful young French girl climb out dangerously onto the extended cliffs, unfurl an American flag behind her, smile for her boyfriend. I watched the sun set, its rays kissing higher and higher on the rocks before settling into cool blue. As I left, a green shooting star lept down through the darkness before me.

Reader, I made photographs of none of it. Reader, I kept this one for me.
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 #route66 #wanderlust #instatravel #travelgram #travelphotographer #ontheroad #onassignment ...
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Making my way across America on #route66 . #onassignment
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Making my way across America on #route66 . #onassignment Making my way across America on #route66 .

#onassignment
So let me tell you about Ettore Guatelli. Ettore, born in 1922, was the teacher in a one room schoolhouse ...
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So let me tell you about Ettore Guatelli. Ettore, born in 1922, was the teacher in a one room schoolhouse in the small village of Fornovo, just south of Parma, Italy. He taught grades one through five and in his spare time, as a hobby, went rummaging through abandoned farmhouses scattered ... So let me tell you about Ettore Guatelli.

Ettore, born in 1922, was the teacher in a one room schoolhouse in the small village of Fornovo, just south of Parma, Italy. He taught grades one through five and in his spare time, as a hobby, went rummaging through abandoned farmhouses scattered about the countryside of his province.

He took everything. Absolutely everything. Horseshoes and tools, rusted relics, tattered toys, hats and shoes, more hats, more shoes, and the molds to make all of them. Collecting it over more than fifty years, he raided each and every hollowed out home and country crumble he could find, looting them for their discards. Amassing it all in his family farm, filling the building to the rafters, stuffing the granary, the milking room, the bedrooms and all with every other man's trash, he arranged it all by genre into delicate, spiraled patterns.

It's supposedly a museum, 'open to the public' in the sense that there's spider webs on each and every window, and the door is open for a couple hours on Sundays as long as it doesn't rain and lunch doesn't run too long.
It's wonderful, just wonderful.

#onassignment #bnw #bw #monochrome #vintage #atlasobscura #ettoreguatelli #gears #steampunk #atlasobscura @direttore_meg @atlasobscura
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I photographed the poet Beth Ann Fennelly. Poem in comments. #instapoet #poetry #poem #poet ...
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I photographed the poet Beth Ann Fennelly. Poem in comments. #instapoet #poetry #poem #poet #poetrygram #instapoetry #poetsofig #igpoets #poetsofinstagram #onassignment #childrenofgrass I photographed the poet Beth Ann Fennelly. Poem in comments.

#instapoet #poetry #poem #poet #poetrygram #instapoetry #poetsofig #igpoets #poetsofinstagram #onassignment #childrenofgrass
I photographed @bryanborland , poet and publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press, in Hot Springs, Arkansas ...
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I photographed @bryanborland , poet and publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press, in Hot Springs, Arkansas the other day. ----------------------- SUMMER IN AMERICA (Bryan Borland) It’s summer in America and no one knows how high to fly their flag or which flag to fly for our part we have ... I photographed @bryanborland , poet and publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press, in Hot Springs, Arkansas the other day. -----------------------
SUMMER IN AMERICA
(Bryan Borland)

It’s summer in America
and no one knows
how high to fly their flag or which flag to fly
for our part we have again pledged allegiance
to one another but this isn’t a love poem
there are no love poems in America today
only the poetry of necessity of documentation
written at a time when we can make no promises
of life in twenty years or less than that
if our skin is brown or black look back
that same number of years to what the poets
were trying to tell us and who listened
and why we didn’t look at the revolutions
that begin when we remember to point
the camera outside ourselves the enemy
of our enemy is our enemy is what they
teach us but what does that camera catch :
the murder in front of our smiling faces
the blood splatter on our shirts
they tried to tell us was decoration

#instapoet #poetrygram #instapoem #poet #poetry #poem #nophotoshop #nofilter #onassignment #poetsofig #igpoets #poetsofinstagram #hotsprings #monochrome #childrenofgrass #blackandwhiteandreadallover
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INVITATION (Aimee Nezhukumatathil) Come in, come in. The water’s fine! You can’t get lost here. ...
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INVITATION (Aimee Nezhukumatathil) Come in, come in. The water’s fine! You can’t get lost here. Even if you want to hide behind a clutch of spiny oysters — I’ll find you. If you ever leave me at night, by boat, you’ll see the arrangement of red-gold sun stars in a sea of milk. And though it’s ... INVITATION
(Aimee Nezhukumatathil)

Come in, come in. The water’s fine! You can’t get lost
here. Even if you want to hide behind a clutch
of spiny oysters — I’ll find you. If you ever leave me
at night, by boat, you’ll see the arrangement

of red-gold sun stars in a sea of milk. And though
it’s tempting to visit them — stay. I’ve been trained
to gaze up all my life, no matter the rumble
on earth, but I learned it’s okay to glance down

into the sea. So many lessons bubble up if you know
where to look. Clouds of plankton churning
in open whale mouths might send you east
and chewy urchins will slide you west. Squid know

how to be rich when you have ten empty arms.
Can you believe there are humans who don’t value
the feel of a good bite and embrace at least once a day?
Underneath you, narwhals spin upside down

while their singular tooth needles you
like a compass pointed towards home. If you dive
deep enough where imperial volutes and hatchetfish
swim, you will find all the colors humans have not yet

named, and wide caves of black coral and clamshell.
A giant squid finally let itself be captured
in a photograph, and the paper nautilus ripple-flashes
scarlet and two kinds of violet when it silvers you near.

Who knows what will happen next? And if you still want
to look up, I hope you see the dark sky as oceanic —
boundless, limitless — like all the shades of blue in a glacier.
Listen how this planet spins with so much fin, wing, and fur.

#poem #poetry #poet #instapoet #poetsofig #poetsofinstagram #underwater #aimeenezhukumatathil #oceanic #instapoetry #instapoem #onassignment #childrenofgrass
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Crossing the continent, I've been lagging in my editing, as I've been phenomenally out of pocket: ...
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Crossing the continent, I've been lagging in my editing, as I've been phenomenally out of pocket: sleeping behind churches, next to cow pastures, in forests. I'm basically a chipmunk with better hats. Here's the poet Faith Shearin, photographed last week I think. Thanks, again, to the ... Crossing the continent, I've been lagging in my editing, as I've been phenomenally out of pocket: sleeping behind churches, next to cow pastures, in forests. I'm basically a chipmunk with better hats.

Here's the poet Faith Shearin, photographed last week I think. Thanks, again, to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.
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THE SOUND OF A TRAIN (Faith Shearin)

Even now, I hear one and I long to leave
without a suitcase or a plan; I want to step
onto the platform and reach for
the porter’s hand and buy a ticket
to some other life; I want to sit
in the big seats and watch fields
turn into rivers or cities. I want to eat
cake on the dining car’s
unsteady tablecloths, to sleep
while whole seasons
slip by. I want to be a passenger
again: a person who hears the name
of a place and stands up, a person
who steps into the steam of arrival.
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I did a shoot the other day with the @wmsrailroad . In case you're curious: yes, I made the first photograph ...
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I did a shoot the other day with the @wmsrailroad . In case you're curious: yes, I made the first photograph while holding on for dear life to the front of a moving train and, yes, THEY LET ME MAKE THE TRAIN GO TOOT TOOT #train #vintage #onassignment #choochoo #allaboard #vintagetrain #cumberlandmd ... I did a shoot the other day with the @wmsrailroad . In case you're curious: yes, I made the first photograph while holding on for dear life to the front of a moving train and, yes, THEY LET ME MAKE THE TRAIN GO TOOT TOOT

#train #vintage #onassignment #choochoo #allaboard #vintagetrain #cumberlandmd #myinnerchildisgoingnuts #locomotive @lacey.treadway
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I was really honored to get to photograph the poet Meg Day at her home, the day before last. -------------------- ELEGY ...
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I was really honored to get to photograph the poet Meg Day at her home, the day before last. -------------------- ELEGY IN TRANSLATION (Meg Day) Forgive me my deafness now for your name on others’ lips: each mouth gathers then opens & I search for the wave the fluke of their tongues ... I was really honored to get to photograph the poet Meg Day at her home, the day before last.
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ELEGY IN TRANSLATION
(Meg Day)

Forgive me my deafness now for your name on others’ lips:
each mouth gathers then opens & I search for the wave

the fluke of their tongues should make with the blow
of your name in that mild darkness I recognize but cannot

explain as the same oblivious blue of *Hold the conch to your ear*
& hearing the highway loud & clear. My hands are bloated

with the name signs of my kin who have waited for water
to reach their ears. Or oil; grease from a fox with the gall

of a hare, bear fat melted in hot piss, peach kernels fried
in hog lard & tucked along the cavum for a cure; a sharp stick

even, a jagged rock; anything to wedge down deep to the drum
inside that kept them walking away from wives—old

or otherwise—& the tales they tell about our being too broken
for their bearing, & yet they bear on. Down. Forgive me

my deafness for my own sound, how I mistook it for a wound
you could heal. Forgive me the places your wasted words

could have saved us from going had I heard you with my hands.
I saw Joni live & still thought *a gay pair of guys put up a parking lot.* How could I have known *You are worthless* sounds like *Should we
do this*, even with the lights on. You let me say Yes. So what

if Johnny Nash *can see clearly now Lorraine is gone*—I only wanted
to hear the sea. The audiologist asks *Does it seem like you’re under

water?* & I think only of your name. I thought it was you
after *I love*, but memory proves nothing save my certainty—

the chapped round of your mouth was the same shape while at rest
or in thought or blowing smoke, & all three make a similar sound:
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I've known @heavenk for almost twenty years, after we first met as a couple dirtbag kids looking ...
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I've known @heavenk for almost twenty years, after we first met as a couple dirtbag kids looking for an easy A in Introduction to Italian, a language we could both already speak. She's been over the years my friend, my travel companion, and my boss. She, like me, is the child of an Italian and ... I've known @heavenk for almost twenty years, after we first met as a couple dirtbag kids looking for an easy A in Introduction to Italian, a language we could both already speak. She's been over the years my friend, my travel companion, and my boss.
She, like me, is the child of an Italian and an American and she, like me, lost her Italian parent as a teenager.

She got married last week in her father's hillside village, and I got to be there, to see it, to live that memory and experience. I must admit, I was at times overwhelmed, especially when -right after her wedding- she rode in an oxcart to the cemetery to introduce someone he never met or even imagined, and to leave her bouquet at her father's grave. Cicero said it thousands of years ago, but it's still true: the life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.

#traveldeeper #marrydeeper #wanderlust #travelphotographer #weddingphotographer #instatravel #travelgram #onassignment #justmarried #weddingstyle #family
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B.A.: So, I think I wanna have photo day today. Sara: Cool. What should I wear? B.A.: I don't know, ...
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B.A.: So, I think I wanna have photo day today. Sara: Cool. What should I wear? B.A.: I don't know, maybe something that looks like you belong on the front of a can of tomatoes? Sara: Say no more. #italian #tomato B.A.: So, I think I wanna have photo day today.
Sara: Cool. What should I wear?
B.A.: I don't know, maybe something that looks like you belong on the front of a can of tomatoes?
Sara: Say no more.

#italian #tomato
Pleased as punch to announce, more officially, my six month exhibition at the @cntrforcreativephoto ...
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Pleased as punch to announce, more officially, my six month exhibition at the @cntrforcreativephoto . They'll be pairing my entire Children of Grass series- every single photograph, and the cinemagraph of Sharon Olds- with photographs by Edward Weston. The opening reception will be ... Pleased as punch to announce, more officially, my six month exhibition at the @cntrforcreativephoto . They'll be pairing my entire Children of Grass series- every single photograph, and the cinemagraph of Sharon Olds- with photographs by Edward Weston. The opening reception will be on 31 May 2019, the 200th birth anniversary of the poet Walt Whitman.

Come by. Raise a glass.
https://ccp.arizona.edu/exhibitions-events/exhibitions/portrait-poetry-photographs-and-video-b-van-sise

#poetry #childrenofgrass #ccp #art #holycow #instapoem #instapoetry #poetsofinstagram #poetsofreallife @thepianofarm
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I shot a wedding in Florence, Italy yesterday. You can ask anybody. They're still talkin' about ...
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I shot a wedding in Florence, Italy yesterday. You can ask anybody. They're still talkin' about it. #firenze #justmarried #weddingstyle #florence #onassignment #traveldeeper #marrydeeper #streetphotography #street #italians #potd #tuscany #toscana I shot a wedding in Florence, Italy yesterday. You can ask anybody. They're still talkin' about it.

#firenze #justmarried #weddingstyle #florence #onassignment #traveldeeper #marrydeeper #streetphotography #street #italians #potd #tuscany #toscana
So this is kinda fun. A bit of... fan art, I guess you'd call it?... by a woman named Jeannine Hiba, ...
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So this is kinda fun. A bit of... fan art, I guess you'd call it?... by a woman named Jeannine Hiba, based off of the portraits I made of @kavehhhhhhhh and @paige.m.lewis in the Hoh rainforest last month. #fanart #simpsons #simpsonized #poetry #andnowforsomethingcompletelydifferent ... So this is kinda fun. A bit of... fan art, I guess you'd call it?... by a woman named Jeannine Hiba, based off of the portraits I made of @kavehhhhhhhh and @paige.m.lewis in the Hoh rainforest last month.

#fanart #simpsons #simpsonized #poetry #andnowforsomethingcompletelydifferent #kavehakbar #paigelewis #jeanninehiba
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Shot a wedding yesterday out on the beach. Got to see a really nice Air Force veteran marry a really ...
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Shot a wedding yesterday out on the beach. Got to see a really nice Air Force veteran marry a really nice woman- and her eight year old son. #justmarried #weddingstyle #family #love #motherslove Shot a wedding yesterday out on the beach. Got to see a really nice Air Force veteran marry a really nice woman- and her eight year old son.

#justmarried #weddingstyle #family #love #motherslove
My favorite result so far from my new little hobby of goofing off with other people's junk cameras. @deena719 ...
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My favorite result so far from my new little hobby of goofing off with other people's junk cameras. @deena719 bought a 1981 Polaroid Sun Camera at a flea market years ago, and also had some expired 'Impossible' film lying around, to boot. Both things were curiously named, judging by the ... My favorite result so far from my new little hobby of goofing off with other people's junk cameras.

@deena719 bought a 1981 Polaroid Sun Camera at a flea market years ago, and also had some expired 'Impossible' film lying around, to boot. Both things were curiously named, judging by the results: the sun camera didn't really work in sun. Or in shade. Or, I would presume, in the dark. And the impossible film was, in fact, impossible to use. This was, by far, the best exposure we made.

This camera wasn't my favorite, though I admit I'd never in my life ever used a Polaroid before. It has one button, and that button stuck (I'd have to hold it down for about a minute to make a photograph.) But the afternoon was fun- we went up on the old Bushwick Line elevated tracks in Long Island City and made some Polaroids of her hanging out waiting for Snidely Whiplash to come back.

I have to admit, for the occasion, that the poor film and bad camera seem suitable: it takes several hundred chemical reactions for a Polaroid photograph, and it looks like not too many of them actually happened.

#polaroid #impossiblefilm #pastperfect #oldcamera #retro #lomography #sorta #expiredfilm #vintage #urbex #choochoo #lic #licny
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A million years ago, @nbcsnl writer @streeterseidell and I were on the same staff at @fordhamuniversity ...
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A million years ago, @nbcsnl writer @streeterseidell and I were on the same staff at @fordhamuniversity 's weird little alternative paper. The alumni magazine asked me to come back, all these years later and at this very different stage in our careers, to shoot a spread on him. #onassignment ... A million years ago, @nbcsnl writer @streeterseidell and I were on the same staff at @fordhamuniversity 's weird little alternative paper. The alumni magazine asked me to come back, all these years later and at this very different stage in our careers, to shoot a spread on him.

#onassignment #fordham #streeterseidell #snl #comedy #comedian #color #studiolighting #funnylooking
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I got to photograph the poet Fatimah Asghar. ------------- MY LOVE FOR NATURE (Fatimah Asghar) All ...
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I got to photograph the poet Fatimah Asghar. ------------- MY LOVE FOR NATURE (Fatimah Asghar) All this tall grass has ruined my gold acrylic nails & I know something’s dead just beyond my window. I grew up with rats running my floorboards & know the smell straining from a body once ... I got to photograph the poet Fatimah Asghar.
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MY LOVE FOR NATURE
(Fatimah Asghar)

All this tall grass has ruined my gold
acrylic nails & I know something’s dead
just beyond my window. I grew up
with rats running my floorboards
& know the smell straining from a body
once caught in a trap. In the city
what little I have of an ass
is always out, a simple wind blow
from Marilyn Monroe-ing the street.

Here, in all this nature, there is nobody
but me & my 5 friends for a week
& I promised myself I’d be naked
but the first day I found a tick
clinging to my arm hair for dear
life & decided no way I’m exposing
my pussy to the elements. My love
for nature is like my love for most things:
fickle & theoretical.

Too many bugs & I want a divorce.
Last week, before I was here
my uncle drove me from our city
to the suburbs & sang “Project Chick”
in the car. When we parked
he asked me to take off my shoes
& there we walked, silent, barefoot
circling the lake, trying to not step
in goose shit.

He walked in front & I trailed behind
both our hands clasped behind our backs. When you were my daughter, those were the happiest days of my life. I wish you would come home.

My love for the past is like my love
for most things. I only feel it when
I’m gone. Best to stay gone
so I’m always in love. If I look
at something too long it forgets
its joy. All the floorboards carry
death. My gold nails are fake
& chipped. My bare feet skirt the shit.
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SO, SO THRILLED I CAN FINALLY ANNOUNCE THIS! Have you ever wanted to come on one of my crazy adventures? ...
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SO, SO THRILLED I CAN FINALLY ANNOUNCE THIS! Have you ever wanted to come on one of my crazy adventures? Or maybe you've wanted to learn photojournalism/travel photography? Or, hey, do you just want an amazing story you can tell for literally the rest of your life? Next year, I'll be partnering ... SO, SO THRILLED I CAN FINALLY ANNOUNCE THIS!

Have you ever wanted to come on one of my crazy adventures? Or maybe you've wanted to learn photojournalism/travel photography? Or, hey, do you just want an amazing story you can tell for literally the rest of your life?

Next year, I'll be partnering with the super duper folks at @atlasobscura to teach their first ever photography workshop, during the Golden Eagle Festival in MONGOLIA!! Come with me to Mongolia. I'm going to teach photography and we're gonna have local guides taking you to cool, unusual events and locations. There's gonna be horses, there's gonna be eagles, there's gonna be photogenic people and places all throughout the steppes of Central Asia.

All ages are welcome and encouraged, from ten to a hundred. I'd love to see some awesome people come along and have this crazy, unique experience. Even if you can't come, please share and let the adventurers in your life know about it. Anybody who knows me is familiar with the energy level I bring to things. Let's go.

#travelphotography #travel #wanderlust #photographyworkshop #instatravel #travelgram #fernweh #travelphotographer #atlasobscura #mongolia #goldeneaglefestival #adventure
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This is what wedding crashers look like in Hawaii. (That's not a joke. This guy was in no way part of ...
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This is what wedding crashers look like in Hawaii. (That's not a joke. This guy was in no way part of the wedding.) #wedding #hawaiianwedding #hawaii #hawaiian #tiki #surprise #weddingstyle #justmarried This is what wedding crashers look like in Hawaii. (That's not a joke. This guy was in no way part of the wedding.) #wedding #hawaiianwedding #hawaii #hawaiian #tiki #surprise #weddingstyle #justmarried
MACRO|MICRO: Pollen on a hibiscus stamen. #microscope #macro #plantlife #microscope #microscopephotography ...
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MACRO|MICRO: Pollen on a hibiscus stamen. #microscope #macro #plantlife #microscope #microscopephotography #upcloseandpersonal #naturalbeauty #art MACRO|MICRO:

Pollen on a hibiscus stamen.

#microscope #macro #plantlife #microscope #microscopephotography #upcloseandpersonal #naturalbeauty #art
 #onassignment last night, I went on patrol with the @nationalguard as they patroled the #kilauea ...
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#onassignment last night, I went on patrol with the @nationalguard as they patroled the #kilauea eruption lava flows in Leilani Estates, Hawaii. #volcano #eruption #army #hawaiivolcanoes #kilaueavolcano #kilaueaeruption #leilani #leilaniestates #potd #beautifulchaos #iwanttotouchit #onassignment last night, I went on patrol with the @nationalguard as they patroled the #kilauea eruption lava flows in Leilani Estates, Hawaii.

#volcano #eruption #army #hawaiivolcanoes #kilaueavolcano #kilaueaeruption #leilani #leilaniestates #potd #beautifulchaos #iwanttotouchit
Part of a stroke of red paint from the Painted Church in Captain Cook, Hawaii, as seen under my microscope. #macro ...
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Part of a stroke of red paint from the Painted Church in Captain Cook, Hawaii, as seen under my microscope. #macro #micro #microscope #red #paint #microscopic #macrophotography #onassignment #potd #picoftheday #photooftheday #hawaii #captaincook Part of a stroke of red paint from the Painted Church in Captain Cook, Hawaii, as seen under my microscope.

#macro #micro #microscope #red #paint #microscopic #macrophotography #onassignment #potd #picoftheday #photooftheday #hawaii #captaincook
I'm working on a little side project while I'm out here, for a long term thing I'm doing called Macro|Micro, ...
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I'm working on a little side project while I'm out here, for a long term thing I'm doing called Macro|Micro, in which I'm using a microscope to photograph tiny, tiny things before making them into monumentally-sized (think: ten feet high) prints; in short, taking things that are overlooked ... I'm working on a little side project while I'm out here, for a long term thing I'm doing called Macro|Micro, in which I'm using a microscope to photograph tiny, tiny things before making them into monumentally-sized (think: ten feet high) prints; in short, taking things that are overlooked and making them massive.

In case you were curious: when you go to the beach, this is the sand you walk on.

#sand #beach #saltlife #microscope #microscopic #art #macromicro #littlethingsareimportant #onassignment #nature #naturephotography #beauty #beautyiseverywhere #findyourpark #andputitunderamicroscope @goparks @airieverglades
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Brooklyn, New York. #streetphotography #street #bnw #bw #monochrome #honestishabe
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Brooklyn, New York. #streetphotography #street #bnw #bw #monochrome #honestishabe Brooklyn, New York.

#streetphotography #street #bnw #bw #monochrome #honestishabe
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." Some of the photographs ...
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"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." Some of the photographs shot #onassignment from my 1920s fashion spread of the @jazzagelawnparty this past weekend. I used a double-filter process to create images that mimic the original two-step technicolor ... "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." Some of the photographs shot #onassignment from my 1920s fashion spread of the @jazzagelawnparty this past weekend. I used a double-filter process to create images that mimic the original two-step technicolor cinema film process from 1922.

#fashion #vintagefashion #retro #film #4x5film #technicolor #greatgatsby #vintagestyle #vintagelooks #roaring20s #fashionphotography
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Another image from B.A. Van Sise's Retro Junk Camera Extravaganza: about a year ago, Robin found ...
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Another image from B.A. Van Sise's Retro Junk Camera Extravaganza: about a year ago, Robin found a 1950 USSR-made East German Peerflekta V sitting in a refuse bin. Photographed this on @lomographyusa 's color negative 400 film with a couple filters over the lens to mimic old technicolor ... Another image from B.A. Van Sise's Retro Junk Camera Extravaganza: about a year ago, Robin found a 1950 USSR-made East German Peerflekta V sitting in a refuse bin.

Photographed this on @lomographyusa 's color negative 400 film with a couple filters over the lens to mimic old technicolor stock and to lengthen the exposure. The camera is thoroughly ruined, and only has one setting: f/16 at two seconds.

#oldcamera #vintagecamera #soviet #lomography #antique #retro #retrocamera #pastperfect #technicolor #vintagechic #lic #licny
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So last week I accidentally bought a prototype camera that Jacques Costeau had made in 1960, to try ...
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So last week I accidentally bought a prototype camera that Jacques Costeau had made in 1960, to try and convince Nikon to make some underwater cameras with his name all over 'em. I took my cousin @j_ferr and our friend @charliebooze to @mountrainiernps in a freak snowstorm (we literally ... So last week I accidentally bought a prototype camera that Jacques Costeau had made in 1960, to try and convince Nikon to make some underwater cameras with his name all over 'em.

I took my cousin @j_ferr and our friend @charliebooze to @mountrainiernps in a freak snowstorm (we literally couldn't see the mountain while *on* the mountain) to make pictures with this absurd, unfinished camera on some @lomographyusa film.

It's a prototype. It has no serial number, has a few parts that are not yet developed, and is terribly difficult to use. It also, it turns out, makes beautiful, perfect photographs.

#antiquecamera #vintage #mountrainier #lomography #antique #underwatercamera #jacquescousteau
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So, as everybody knows I've been goofing off with this little side project, where I photograph people ...
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So, as everybody knows I've been goofing off with this little side project, where I photograph people using the old cameras they have sitting on their shelves. The very first session was with my friendboss, Mark DiOrio. We used his beat-up Ciro-Flex camera from 1941, with essentially ... So, as everybody knows I've been goofing off with this little side project, where I photograph people using the old cameras they have sitting on their shelves.

The very first session was with my friendboss, Mark DiOrio. We used his beat-up Ciro-Flex camera from 1941, with essentially a non-working shutter, and utilized Kodak Verichrome Pan film that expired in 1957. [Note: the actual image is significantly more fogged. This has been digitally enhanced.] #oldcamera #vintage #vintagecamera #vintagefilm #goofinoff #bnw #monochrome #bandw #expiredfilm #antique
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