Hallowe’en’s coming

I guess Hallowe’en is just around the corner. This picture was taken from Sleepy Hollow Road. For any of my non-American friends who might not get the reference – possibly the most famous American Hallowe’en story is that of Ichabod Crane, his ill fated romance with Katrina Van Tassel and his encounter with with the headless horseman as described in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. It’s a great read. Sleepy Hollow is the next town to mine and I’m often found walking in the nearby woods or in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery/The Old Dutch Burial Ground.

Taken with a Fuji X-E1 and Fuji XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS II

Election Day 2020

On election day 2020 I had to go up to the lake house. On the way I stopped at Flory’s convenience store on Secor Road. This was the scene that I saw across the road.

The guy standing on top of the car is not a mannequin, rather he’s a real person wearing a Donald Trump mask. He was waving to passersby and seemed to be having a great time.

It little further down the road there’s an overpass over the Taconic State Parkway. Two other people were walking back and forth across the bridge. One was waving a Trump flag and the other a US flag.

Note that this post does not imply that I am a Trump supporter. I just couldn’t find anything handy related to the Biden/Harris campaign.

Taken with a Sony A6000 and E 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OSS

New Year in Paris 2: Van Gogh Exhibition

While we were in Paris my wife was keen to see the the new digital exhibition in the Atelier des Lumières. So off we went. According to the exhibition’s web site:

The exhibition immerses visitors in the paintings of Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), a genius who was not recognised during his lifetime and who transformed painting. Projected on all the surface of the Atelier, this new visual and musical production retraces the intense life of the artist, who, during the last ten years of his life, painted more than 2,000 pictures, which are now in collections around the world.

The exhibition explores van Gogh’s numerous works, which radically evolved over the years, from The Potato Eaters (1885), Sunflowers (1888) and Starry Night (1889) to Bedroom at Arles (1889). The Atelier des Lumières highlights the Dutch painter’s expressive and powerful brushstrokes and is illuminated by the bold colours of his unique paintings. Warm hues give way to sombre colours. The immersive exhibition evokes van Gogh’s highly emotional, chaotic, and poetic inner world and highlights the constant interplay of light and shade.

The thematic itinerary retraces stages of the artist’s life, and his sojourns in Neunen, Arles, Paris, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, and Auvers-sur-Oise. Visitors are transported into the heart of his works, from his early to mature years, and from his sunny landscapes and nightscapes to his portraits and still lives.

This is complemented by a new educational device inside the tank located in the centre of the Atelier: a selection of van Gogh’s famous paintings are represented in their entirety and accompanied by commentaries about his oeuvre and the museum in which it is exhibited.

The visual and musical work produced by Culturespaces and directed by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto, and Massimiliano Siccardi, highlights the chromatic richness of his palette, as well as the potency of his drawings and his use of impasto.

Taken with a Sony RX100 M3.

Tree Lighting

We’ve had the lake house for about eight years now. Every year Christmas tree lights appear on a tree near the entrance to the community – a friend, and neighbor has always taken responsibility to make this happen. For the first time this year, however, someone has decided to make this an event. It was nice to see everyone get together. Christmas carols were sung and refreshments were served.

Taken with a Sony RX100 M3