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I Dreamt of Sanctimonious Mountains

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I Dreamt of Sanctimonious Mountains

A little while of Terra Paradise
I dreamed, of autumn rivers, silvas green,
Of sanctimonious mountains high in snow,
But in that dream a heavy difference
Kept waking and a mournful sense sought out,
In vain, life’s season or death’s element.
—Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955
Montrachet-Le-Jardin


Wallace Stevens

Photo of downtown buildings, Chicago Loop, cross-processed in Photoshop.

Written by Seth Anderson

December 7th, 2010 at 8:40 am

When I Wake Up

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When I Wake Up
When I Wake Up, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

first real snow of the season, a little later than normal. Photo better when viewed in Lightbox.

Winter finally arrived in Chicago (today’s high is below freezing, so the snow is still visible in most places.)

Written by swanksalot

December 5th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Extended Reach

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Extended Reach
Extended Reach, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Tree in Belgium, WI, photographed with a Hipstamatic 180, modified with ShockMyPic.

sort of looks like a woodcut, doesn’t it?

Written by swanksalot

December 5th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

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Six Hands Table at Zilker

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Six Hands Table at Zilker
Six Hands Table at Zilker, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Zilker Park, Austin, TX

street art in Austin is fairly prosaic compared to the sometimes elaborately constructed Chicago street art.

Written by swanksalot

December 1st, 2010 at 8:56 am

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Went Down to the Demonstration

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Written by Seth Anderson

November 9th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Been Waiting on the Bus All Day Part Two

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Been Waiting on the Bus All Day part two

I got my brown paper bag and my take-home pay

View On Black

In re: nothing in particular, this photo taken while a passenger in a car, slowly creeping up Lawrence Avenue a few summers ago. Modified in Photoshop using Kodak T-Max p3200 emulation.

I know this isn’t a technically masterful photo, but I like something ineffable about it. Maybe it is the “fuck you” look, maybe the slight blur. Maybe the Dentist neon behind the dude in wife-beater wear.

Written by Seth Anderson

November 9th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

A Notion I Cannot Forget

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A notion I cannot forget

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Shot with my Hipstamatic for iPhone

Lens: Salvador 84

Flash: Off

Film: DreamCanvas

Self portrait, taken in the bathroom mirror1

I’m going to use this on the back cover of my third album.

Title borrowed from Al Green, by way of David Byrne and/or the Talking Heads

Footnotes:
  1. no jokes please []

Written by Seth Anderson

November 4th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Dreamtime, West Loop

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Dreamtime, West Loop

Another view of two of the Presidential Tower buildings, taken a few seconds before this photo.

Shot with my Hipstamatic for iPhone

Lens: Salvador 84

Flash: Off

Film: DreamCanvas

Lightbox

Written by Seth Anderson

November 4th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Dream caused by the flight of a bee near Presidential Towers

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Dream caused by the flight of a bee near Presidential Towers

Shot with my Hipstamatic for iPhone

Lens: Salvador 84

Flash: Cadet Blue Gel

Film: DreamCanvas

Lightbox version for your viewing pleasure.

Title stolen from Salvador Dali’s painting: Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening, 1944

Written by Seth Anderson

November 4th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Evening rush of dreams

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Evening rush of dreams

New Hipstamatic add-ons include a multi-exposure lens called Salvador 841, and a film called DreamCanvas which adds a bit of texture and some weird edges to photos. I like them both a lot.

This photo is of the evening commute on Randolph Street, in a hail/sleet storm, the first frozen particulates of the season, and always worth celebrating.

Lightbox version.

Footnotes:
  1. i.e., Salvador Dali, duh []

Written by Seth Anderson

November 4th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

West Loop Nocturne

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West Loop Nocturne

Shot with my Hipstamatic for iPhone1

Developed in SwankoLab for iPhone using Jerry’s Developer, Vinny’s CO34, and Zero

Footnotes:
  1. Lens: John S /Flash: Off /Film: Ina’s 1935 []

Written by Seth Anderson

November 2nd, 2010 at 7:04 am

No Sense Of Time

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No Sense of Time

Better in Lightbox

Both Metra and Amtrak use these rails to link to Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center so they are quite active with trains. Shot with my Nikon 18mm-200mm lens, and converted to black and white in Photoshop using the Alien Skin Exposure 3 plugin. If this area of the West Loop wasn’t so fouled with diesel smoke, I’d set up a tripod here, and get a better, long exposure shot, maybe even a photo that included a CTA train in the track in the upper right of the frame, but it is, and I’m impatient anyway.

Written by Seth Anderson

October 21st, 2010 at 11:00 am

Caught Without A Ticket

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Caught Without A Ticket

I know I’m probably repeating myself1 but the shadows under the El tracks were just too richly inviting to ignore. Franklin Street, Little Hell2 area. Shot using a Tokina 12mm-24mm lens, converted to black and white in Photoshop with the help of Alien Skin’s Exposure 3 plugin.

better in Lightbox

Footnotes:
  1. I repeat myself under stress, I repeat myself under stress []
  2. aka River North []

Written by Seth Anderson

October 21st, 2010 at 10:50 am

links for 2010-10-20

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Written by swanksalot

October 20th, 2010 at 7:02 am

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Family version I Ching – Richard Wilhelm translation

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I Ching, Family version of Richard Wilhelm translation

This is the inscription on the hardback version of the I Ching I have, and have carried around for most of my adult life.1 Originally printed in 1966, Bollingen Series. There is a lot of subtext here, but I won’t bore you with a description.

The Chinese characters below my name are the transliteration of my last name, as assigned to me when I studied Beijing Hua at UT-Austin. An De Sen. Quiet Virtuous Forest, as my first Chinese teacher told me. The other character is “sheng” which translates into “born”. Again, there is subtext out the yin-yang, but I won’t bore you with a delineation of it. If you really want to know, bring me a couple of bottles of red wine, and drink them with me: I’ll tell you more than you want to hear.

This edition of the I Ching has a forward by Carl Jung, oft read, oft quoted. I suspect that more modern translations of the I Ching might speak to us more clearly, but that doesn’t matter. My Chinese was never proficient enough to make my own translations.

For over ten years, I kept a dedicated journal where I wrote down the questions and answers related to throwing the coins: my last entry was years ago, but I keep my spidery prose on my shelf. Just in case. Has it helped me? Probably. Part of the charm/mystique of the I Ching is the oblique meaning of the text. One can interpret meaning as it applies to one’s own life; sometimes even accurately.

I am an atheist, and have been as long as I was sentient, but the I Ching isn’t religion, it is aided contemplation. Part of the procedure of throwing the I Ching coins is thinking deeply and seriously about whatever the question of the moment is. I consider the I Ching results as tapping into the subconscious mind, that part of the brain which is active while sleeping, or otherwise occupied. Do you ever wake up in the morning with a perfect answer to a problem you’ve faced? This is that.

Footnotes:
  1. I’ve moved it a dozen times or more, because I’ve moved seemingly a gazillion times []

Written by swanksalot

October 17th, 2010 at 9:24 pm