A b&w print of my shot of the late Charlie Deal is now displayed next to his toilet-seat guitar at the 2 A.M. Club in Mill Valley, Ca. "The Deuce" was the location for Huey Lewis and the News' SPORTS album cover back in 1983. I lived in Mill Valley from '78-'96 and always enjoyed Charlie's company; he was a true character and a gentle soul. Check out "The Legend of Toilet-Seat Charlie" documentary below.
A color print is also displayed on the wall behind Charlie's favorite booth at Mama's Royal Cafe in Mill Valley as seen in bottom right of photo below. (Photo courtesy of EnjoyMillValley.com)
Legendary race driver Dan Gurney passed away yesterday at age 86 (obit). One of the greatest drivers of all time. I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with him back in 2005 at an art exhibit in San Anselmo, Ca. A class act if ever there was one. The art gallery would not permit cameras but I was able to get a shot through the window of the three legends, now all passed away.
"There had never been a bridge like the Golden Gate Bridge
and there had never been a job like the job of building it"
Some photos of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge from 1933-1937. The second photo is of a bridge worker named Ed Souza; whom I had the pleasure of meeting when I worked in Sausalito in the early nineties. He is featured in the CBS video (1983) below, about the builders of the bridge. A monumental achievement made by very brave men.
Came across this image in my files. The iconic daily columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, Herb Caen (1916-1997). I remember I was walking in Pacific Heights back in 1980 and saw Herb Caen sitting on a stoop with his tennis gear (and a bottle of champagne). He was, as you can imagine, a super nice guy. Below are a bronze bust and one of his typewriters on display at the Chronicle building (shot in 2008).
Saturday morning pre-dawn shoot at Fort Baker in the hopes for a low fog event during the blue hour. Didn't happen; the fog was too high. I think it will happen some time this week with the warm weather. Stay tuned.
Out to the Golden Gate this morning at 5:30 a.m. because conditions looked good for a possible low fog event. Too late for the blue hour so drove up to Hawk Hill. The fog was too high and getting thicker by the minute. The bridge was nowhere to be found. Went back to Vista Point and got these shots just after sunrise.....the statue of the Lone Sailor, the bridge to nowhere and the fog cascading over the headlands into Sausalito. It never gets old; tomorrow is another day.
New biography of Sam Shepard by John Winters hit the bookstores yesterday with cover photo that I shot back in 1980. Designer did a nice job with my photo.......a good read too.
Chasing the fog last Sunday morning 3.12.17 on San Francisco Bay at sunrise with city skyline in background. Beautiful changing color and light, serenity, seagulls etc. at Moore Road Pier, Fort Baker.
This image of the moon rising in New Mexico, taken in 1941, is one of the most famous and popular photographs by iconic photographer Ansel Adams. Much has been written about how the photo was taken ( in a hurry as the light was fading) but I'd like to point out the masterpiece of photographic printing in the analog age, before the infinite capabilities of digital photo programs like Photoshop. Below is a comparison of the final print and a straight, unmanipulated print from the negative. The image on the left is what the the photographer saw and the camera recorded. The final image on the right is the interpretation of the artist and master darkroom printer (Adams). Adams, who was a trained classical pianist, is quoted as saying "The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to it's performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways."
© Joseph Greco