Edge: The Daily Post Photo Challenge

  • I don’t have a favorite way to frame my shots, but I notice that I’m often drawn to visual borders and dividers.

— Ben Huberman, The Daily Post

Three Edges:

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Cantor Art Center, Stanford University

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Island of Siquijor, the Philippines

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Church of St. John Lazi, Siquijor: Construction began in 1887 and was completed in 1891. It’s a pretty imposing edifice — especially for a middling island.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

More Fun!

Taking inspiration from this:

“. . . the bright colors, the message, the unexpectedness . . . “

— Michelle W., The Daily Post

Examples of FUN:

Self has quite the button collection. She pins them on her blazers and sweaters. Here’s one of her favorites:

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Button from the Whitney Museum Gift Shop: A Keith Haring? Not Sure.

Self read with her writers group at Lit Crawl 2015. The reading was held in Chrome, a bicycle store. It was packed:

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Memento: San Francisco Lit Crawl 2015

FINALLY:

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Too Funny: An Ed Ruscha

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

White Whale Review 1.2

Sometime in this literary magazine’s infancy, the editor contacted self (through this blog) and solicited a short story.

The issue was 1.2

Now, the magazine is in its sixth year.

The story self submitted to them was “Dumaguete.”  Here’s an excerpt:

His mother had taken him to the green campus of Silliman University, and there, among the tall, old acacia trees, they’d stumbled across a small museum that held shells and various voodoo paraphernalia from the small island just offshore, Siquijor. From the city’s seaside promenade, one could just discern the faint outline of the island. All day, outriggers plied the distance between the large and small island, ferrying shell vendours and curious tourists to and fro.  Carlos had heard numerous stories of this fabled place, but his mother showed no inclination to go there.

Intrigued? Want to read the rest of it? Go here.

“Dumaguete” is in self’s third story collection, The Lost Language (which is only available in the Philippines).

Self has been to that island, just off Dumaguete.  At least three times.

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Stay tuned.

Cover Art: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge is COVER ART.  Say what? When self first saw the prompt, she had no idea what kinds of things to post.

The prompt reads, in part:

Post “examples of cover art that uses photography to convey a mood and to suggest what we might find in the work itself.  They have a quality that echoes a particular character . . . “

All right, then.  For the past few years, self has been writing a novel whose working title is The Vanquished.

It’s about the Philippines during World War II, and is set on Dear Departed Dad’s home island of Negros.

Since it’s still in progress, self is jumping way ahead of herself here, but she’ll just go ahead and scan photos that might serve as possible cover art.  Below are two.

The third photo reflects a theme of a short story she wrote called “The Freeze.”

The porch of the Gaston House, just before Manapla, Negros Occidental

The porch of the Gaston House, just before Manapla, Negros Occidental

Self found herself paying more attention to the interior of the Church of San Isidro Labrador (Lassi)

Interior of the Church of San Isidro Labrador, in the town of Lassi, on the Island of Siquijor

Self’s short story about the coming of a new Ice Age is called the Freeze.  It begins:

Redwood, Oak, Laurel, Manzanita, Pine.

Redwood, Oak, Laurel, Manzanita, Pine.

Redwood, Oak, Laurel, Manzanita, Pine.

The Grounds of Hawthornden, southern Scotland

A Wood in Southern Scotland

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

Humanity 4: Jeepney Interior, Siquijor, March 2012

Self loves the current WordPress Photo Challenge:  HUMANITY. As it turned out, almost everything she’s posted on this theme so far are photos she took in the Philippines.

Siquijor is an island off Dumaguete, in the province of Negros Oriental.

Its allure has always been powerfully mysterious, at least to self. It’s rather a large island, with several well-populated towns. But it seems a world apart. The people of Siquijor may be poor, but they don’t appear desperate. The island is clean, and tourists don’t seem to be coming in droves, thank God.

She’s visited the island a couple of times, the last time in 2012. It’s a short ferry ride from Dumaguete.

Jeepney Interior: Siquijor, March 2012

Jeepney Interior: Siquijor, March 2012

It is hard to take a clear shot inside a jeepney, especially when there is a constant movement of people getting on and off.

It is hard to take a clear shot inside a jeepney, especially when there is a constant movement of people getting on and off.

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Windows 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

From the WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge on this week’s theme, WINDOWS: “. . . a window can reveal different things.”

Oh, yes! Can it ever! For one thing, depending on where the light falls, a window can illuminate an interior in very dramatic fashion. That’s why self loves windows so much.  She’ll be posting a lot this week, just because she has so many shots of windows.

These photographs were all taken in her Dear Departed Dad’s home province of Negros Occidental, in the central Philippines.

Hotel Room, Bacolod: Cousin loaned me old photo albums because self was looking for pictures of her Dear Departed Dad as a young man.

Hotel Room, Bacolod: A cousin loaned self old photo albums because she was looking for pictures of her Dear Departed Dad as a young man.

Balay Negrense, Silay, Negros Occidental.  The town of Silay, close to Bacolod, is full of old houses, still owned by the families who first built them.

Balay Negrense, Silay, Negros Occidental. The town of Silay, close to Bacolod, is full of old houses, still owned by the families who first built them.

Church of San Isidro Labrador, town of Lasi on the island of Siquijor

Church of San Isidro Labrador, town of Lasi on the island of Siquijor

Unexpected: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

One of the Giant Puppets in Last Year's Masskara Festival in Bacolod, Negros Occidental

One of the Giant Puppets in Last Year’s Masskara Festival in Bacolod, Negros Occidental

Note the fetching Santa Claus hats that the porters are wearing!

1st visit to the island of Siquijor was in mid-December, 2010. The porters at the pier were really getting into the spirit of Christmas, judging from the Santa hats (in baking heat)

The Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial.  There is only one word for it:  OVERWHELMING

The Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial. There is only one word for it: OVERWHELMING

More of the Sea: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge 4

RORO (Roll On, Roll Off) Pier in the Reclamation Area, Bacolod, Negros Occidental

RORO (Roll On, Roll Off) Pier in the Reclamation Area, Bacolod, Negros Occidental

The pier at Siquijor

The pier at Siquijor

Funny:  Upon arrival at Siquijor, they have you fill in a form that asks for your age. Self decided to take 10 years off.  When she scanned the other names on the list, she was still by far the oldest. BWAH. HA. HAAAA!

View from Dorn's, Morro Bay on the Central Coast (One day, maybe later in the year, self swears she'll get back there)

View from Dorn’s, Morro Bay on the Central Coast (Caveat:  Breakfasts are HUGE! Only go if extremely hungry)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow 4

Self has decided that none of her postaday posts this week are really illustrative of the theme “Foreshadow.”

The term “Foreshadow” is so tricky.  It’s about impending xxxxx ?

Therefore, shouldn’t her photographs have an element of the portentous?

So, here she goes again, posting another set of pictures, while trying to keep the word “ominous” foremost in her mind:

The Great Highway, Cloudy

The Great Highway, Cloudy

A retired Colonel had this on the wall of his front yard in Siquijor.

A retired Colonel had the Scripture on the wall of his front yard in Siquijor.  He was a jolly man.  But on his right upper arm was a tattoo consisting of three dots — only prison guards have those.  And prisons, we all know, are nasty places.

Do any of these really feel like foreshadowing.

Aaaargh — not really!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes

Philippine Impressionism:  Interior Wall of the Church of San Isidro Labrador

Philippine Impressionism: Interior Wall of the Church of San Isidro Labrador, island of Siquijor, Philippines

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is a tricky one.

The theme is “The World Through Your Eyes.”

From the WordPress Daily Post home page:

It’s that little extra something in a snapshot that transforms a photograph into something more:  a visual interpretation of one’s vision.  A story, captured in a frame.

Hmm, self thinks.  What is the story in the above?  Is there even a story?

It was self’s second time in Siquijor.  This island is a short ferry ride from Dumaguete.  In feeling, it was so old.  Islands do that to self.  She finds Read the rest of this entry »

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