Silhouette 3: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Daily Post prompt says:  “Photography is all about experimenting with light, and then positioning yourself (or your subject) in the right spot to achieve a certain effect.”

To honor the theme of this week’s Photo Challenge, SILHOUETTE, self decided to take this photo of a Pieta from the side, so that we don’t see the grieving mother’s face (She forgot to note the name of the artist. But the other pieces in the gallery ranged from the 15th to the 17th century)

Pieta: European Art Collection, LACMA

Pieta: European Art Collection, LACMA

Across the street From the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a onstruction zone was demarcated with a green plastic wall. Through it, you could see the silhouette of palm trees.

Across the street From the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a onstruction zone was demarcated with a green plastic wall. Through it, you could see the silhouette of palm trees.

Palm Trees in Front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Palm Trees in Front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Silhouette: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The Golden Temple, Amritsar, February 2012

The Golden Temple, Amritsar, February 2012

Young Monks Taking a Break, Palpung Sherabling Buddhist Monastery in Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh: February 2012

Young Monks Taking a Break, Palpung Sherabling Buddhist Monastery in Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh: February 2012

Entrance to Main Prayer Hall of a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery near Bir, Himachal Pradesh: January 2012

Entrance to Main Prayer Hall of a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery near Bir, Himachal Pradesh: January 2012

Because self visited so many monasteries in northern India, some people assumed self was “sick.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Teaching Non-Fiction

Self is in the middle of teaching an on-line class for UCLA Extension right now, “Essential Beginnings in Nonfiction.” The book she is using is Judith Barrington’s Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art.

From Chapter 3, which self is having the students discuss this week:

Do not make the mistake of thinking it is easier to tell the stories you have lived than to make up fictitious stories about imaginary people.  It is no easier to write your own story well than it is to write anything else well.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Silhouette 5: Seattle, February 2014

The prompt this week was SILHOUETTE (“in which an outline of someone or something appears dark against a lighter background”).

The prompt has been firing synapses in self’s brain, for almost a week now.

View from the Seattle Hilton, AWP Writers Conference, February 2014

View from the Seattle Hilton, AWP Writers Conference, February 2014

Bottled Water Silhouette in Self's Room in the Seattle Hilton, February 2014

Bottled Water Silhouette in Self’s Room in the Seattle Hilton, February 2014

Self's Roommate at the Hilton:  Poet Luisa A. Igloria

Self’s Roommate at the Hilton: Poet Luisa A. Igloria

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Silhouette 4: 2014 Fillmore Jazz Festival, San Francisco and an Irish Book on Surfing

Fraiche, on Fillmore Street. The Fillmore Jazz Festival was happening just outside.

Fraiche, on Fillmore Street. The Fillmore Jazz Festival was happening just outside.

Poster for the 2014 Fillmore Jazz Festival

Poster for the 2014 Fillmore Jazz Festival

And here’s yet another of the thousands and thousands of pictures self took when she was in Ireland, earlier this year.  Self had gone to Sligo to attend a friend’s gallery opening.  The gallery had a very cute restaurant next door, which sold, in addition to tea and locally made chocolates and other gastronomic delights, coffee table books about surfing.  Sligo, self discovered, is at the heart of a surfing culture in Ireland. Who would have thought? (That day in Sligo also just happened to be William Butler Yeats Day).

A Book on Cooking AND Surfing; from a Coffee Shop in Sligo, Ireland

A Book on Cooking AND Surfing; from a Coffee Shop in Sligo, Ireland

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Silhouette 2: Westwood Village, Los Angeles/ Son’s Room in Redwood City, A Museum of Absence

Boba Loca, Westwood Village, Saturday Afternoon:  The window facing the street is lined with bookshelves.

Boba Loca, Westwood Village, Saturday Afternoon: The window facing the street is lined with bookshelves.

Still in Boba Loca: The laptop of the young woman sitting across from me had a cover adorned with a silhouette of the New York City skyline.

Still in Boba Loca: The laptop of the young woman sitting across from me had a cover adorned with a silhouette of the New York City skyline.

Son's Room in Redwood City is like a museum -- a museum of absence. He built this K'Nex structure when he was 9. Took him about an hour.

Son’s Room in Redwood City is like a museum — a museum of absence. He built this K’Nex structure when he was 9. Took him about an hour.

Texture 3: Negros Occidental, Dear Departed Dad’s Home Province

This week’s WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge is “to share a texture found in an unexpected place.” Self took all the pictures below in Dear Departed Dad’s home province in the Philippines, a place where private residences teem with the unexpected and the fantastic. The old homes are veritable museums.

J & L Marañon House, Bacolod: Would you believe, this is a private residence?

J & L Marañon House, Bacolod: Would you believe, this is a private residence? Representations of ancient Greek gods and goddesses sit cheek by jowl with effigies of Roman Catholic saints, even a recreation of the Pieta.

Window Blinds, Bacolod

Textured Window Blinds, Bacolod, Negros Occidental

Kitchen Floor, Gaston House, Manapla, Negros Occidental

Kitchen Floor, Gaston House, Manapla, Negros Occidental

2nd Thursday of August (2014): A Poem By Joan McGavin

Met Joan McGavin two years ago, in Hawthornden (where she also met Jenny Lewis; and Alison Amend; and Hamish) and had many wonderful adventures which she looks back on with fondness.

Joan is expecting her first grandchild very soon. Self thought of her today while having her car washed: the Auto-Pride on Woodside Road has a great gift shop, with all manner of gift cards. Self chose one with a cheerful yellow envelope and a parade of babies on the front.

Joan is currently the Hampshire Poet of 2014 and is organizing the Winchester Poetry Festival and is mega-busy.

Her collection, Flannelgraphs, was published by Oversteps Books.

Self likes this poem in particular because she’s just finished writing a short story called “The Freeze.”

New Skills

for the globally warmer world
will include flood wading
taught by out of work
circus performers
ex-stilt walkers
acrobats and the like.

Anger management
will be increasingly called for
with levels of overcrowding
making those living
jowl by cheek
more and more likely
to go for the jugular
of their nearest neighbours.
Our tutors are tried and tested.

Tear control –
though not strictly part of our current
Adult Education provision –
is an old skill;
revision, one-day courses
will be offered
by our highly qualified staff
of tsunami victims.
Haitians.

Joan speaks so pointedly, though softly.

Stay tuned.

Listmania: Six Recently Bookmarked/ 12 Existing Tags

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Naomi Watts *  Oliver Stone * Owen Wilson * Patrick Leigh Fermor * Paul Theroux * Peter Sarsgaard * Pico Iyer * Rebecca West * Ruth Rendell * Sarah Waters * Siquijor * Tom Hiddleston

Texture 2: The Exuberance

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge asks us to capture “rich visual textures.” Which had self perusing more of the pictures she took two years ago, Spring 2012, at the Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibit in the de Young in Golden Gate Park. (The exhibit finally got to New York — well, Brooklyn actually — two years later)

Apologies for the blur, dear blog readers.  No flash photography was allowed, and self has rather shaky fingers.

A Woman's Evening Stole: Gaultier makes grey eveningwear look positively radical.

A Woman’s Evening Stole: Gaultier makes grey eveningwear look positively radical.

The intricacy of Gaultier's metallic bustier is beyond belief. Jaw-dropping.

The intricacy of Gaultier’s metallic bustier is beyond belief. Jaw-dropping.

Gown with Fish-Scale Motif: Sheer Extravagance

Gown with Fish-Scale Motif: Sheer Extravagance

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