Brian the Folksinger, Old Town Alexandria

Picture of Brian the Folksinger playing the electric dulcimer, Old Town Alexandria

Brian the Folksinger and his electric dulcimer, Old Town Alexandria

I was out and about wandering around Old Town Alexandria when I came across Brian the Folksinger busking with his electric dulcimer.  I stopped and chatted with him for a while (he played me ‘Waltzing Matilda’ on his dulcimer), and as we talked he was gracious enough to not mind me weaving around and taking pictures, trying to get the right light and moment.  Thank you for your patience with the crazy photographer, Brian!

Girl in a Museum, Washington D.C.

Picture of little girl sitting in front of paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Girl in a Museum, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

To escape the stifling heat of an apartment with a broken air conditioner, I headed over to the National Gallery of Art on the weekend.  As I was admiring two of Monet’s Rouen Cathedral series, a family entered the room, listening to their audio commentary, and the kids immediately pulled out these tiny folding chairs and sat themselves down.  This little girl lingered after the rest of the family moved on, and for a brief moment, was alone in the room with the art.

How to be a Photographer

No picture today, sorry – for some reason, my computer is completely refusing to open lightroom today.  Instead, I bring you a link to a wonderful letter, written by Magnum photographer Sergio Larrain to his nephew, on how to be a photographer.

Photograph the way you like it. Don’t believe in anything but your taste, you are life and it’s life that chooses… You are the only criterion. Keep learning. …The conventional world puts a veil over your eyes, it’s a matter of taking it off during your time as a photographer.

This letter was written in 1982, but every word is as relevant today as it was then.  Seriously, take 5 minutes and read this.

Flamenco (XIV), Spain

Black and white picture of flamenco dancer and guitar players, Madrid, Spain

Flamenco, Madrid, Spain

Here’s another picture from the archives that I could have sworn I’d posted here before, this time from the Flamenco series.  While the flamboyant dancers commanded a lot of attention (especially for a photographer!), the guitar players at the back of the stage were equally impressive, albeit in a more subdued fashion.

Stomp, Puffin, Scotland

Picture of stomping puffin with sea thrift flowers, lunga island, Scotland

Stomp, Puffin, Scotland

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’ve had a very long week, so here’s a bit of cuteness to welcome the weekend!  This is one of my favourite puffin pictures, but going back through the archives it looks like I haven’t posted it here before – and if I have, sorry, hope you don’t mind seeing it again 🙂