Monday, July 7, 2014

The Power of Photography

I have stopped fights with threatening to take a photo of what was happening. My camera has contributed to heightening the eroticism between two lovers but for the first time I changed the hiring policy. Years past the women working at my gatehouse were uniformly young...not so the men. About a year ago I asked a new employee girl if I could take her photo-there at the gate. It so disturbed her she went to management complaining. Tme passed and she bleached her hair and again I asked to takew her portrait. Next thing I know the vice squad is visiting my house and she is trying to place a restrining order on me(!). THEN the gatehouse transforms. Now only women over 40 years and older. The power of the camera!

July 4th celebration at Dan and Mary's casa

my brother Jeff at his NM home

Darren as a Smith brother cough drop at 4th of July

Amy and Leo Wang at 4th of July (note how mom and Leo are wearing same color sense)

Lela Wang. Harvey Wang, the dad and husband is someone I knew in NYC when we both shot for the Soho Weekly News. 

pizza with Jim Reed in Superior, AZ

Hugh Williams, my former student at ICP and School of Visual Arts in NYC, came to visit and I tk him on the 8 mile loop at Saguaro East National Park. He, of course, totally got into the saguaros. I tk him for lunch at the Tanque Verde ranch.

It's a buffet and we arrived late with the buffet out for only ten more minutes so we stocked UP.

me by my publisher friend Tim Schafner. 

my cactus advisor, Mike Ellis, at Tohono Chul Park

Friday, July 4, 2014

I'm in Starbucks on Independence day and there are four young Pima County Sheriffs at a nearby table with fabulous work boots on.

THE best Chinese food in Tucson is Old Peking restaurant. They have a Szechuan menu beyond the regular menu that is traditional and fabulous. 

This is my young old friend Elia Katz, son of Leon Katz. I have discussed and argued with this New Yorker since we met in Taos, NM in 1970 through (dearly) departed Alan Kaplan. Elia is the author of "Armed Love" (Alan did the cover) a New York Times best seller about communes in the late '60's. His mind is rich even if he isn't (yet). I keep hoping he is writing secretly because the way he thinks. Could he be paralyzed by the Iching.  When I was shooting continuously in Silver Lake after I got fired from TASCHEN- mostly modelmayhem models and Elia would come over to assist and enjoy the experience. One day he showed up with a finished video (cd) he had done on my work. Its rough and available on the internet. So maybe he is writing the great American novel. I enjoyed, from a more recent novel, his account of Jesus visiting the protagonist in the Bronx at nite and becomes visble when JC goes to the icebox and opens the door. Jesus lit by the icebox-an image I'll not soon forget.

I went suddenly to LA to get more John K photos ("Sitting")

(my collection of John K photos published by Ampersand Gallery in Portland, Oregon, txt by me).
Here Myles (owner of Ampersand) walking with Maggie. My friend is Jim Camp is carrying the bat to fend off vicious dogs. East Beverly Blvd. Not B. Hills. Jim shoot porn and makes art (triple polaroid portraits)

We slept the nite before on the beds of the different porn sets. Jim is a big collector of the same swag I collect and Myles deals so we had fun talking and looking. In the morning Marley Mathews showed up. She had a list of acts she was to perform for the camera but had a sore throat and didn't want to swallow and Jim told her they don't want that anyway. The "male talent" was going to cum on her face and she remarked she liked that.

It isn't an open set so we left to look at more John  K photos.

A.T reading "Sitting"

A.T viewing the vintage John  K stereo image

Myles kneeling before the mother lode of John K material.

A.T. explaining an aspect of the collection to Myles

We lunched at the Casbah Cafe in Sunset Junction for Greek salad

We were late for a dinner with Cynthia Patterson and Andy, Ori and Dave and Frank of course.

Ori and Cynthia

The next day Myles and I had important eating to do starting at FromA Cafe on Melrose near Fairfax (I like Fred Segal's bfast but I love FromA)

Myles at FromA

my omelette

then to Lee Kaplan's fantastic, recently moved, photo bookstore Arcana in Culver City. Then lunch at Lemonade on Beverley.


There is Jim Nitzel's baby daughter. She and I often dine at Cafe a La C'Art on the grounds of the Tucson Museum of Art. Beautiful soulful Marian (Gail Marcus Orlen's mom) was there. No more beautiful woman!

I got to leave for bbq and fireworks at Zoebe's place on Sampson st.
a parting thought in pixels

At dawn at Siesta Key, Florida

and then

Tom waits for no one. I have these pristine fiber based 8"x10" prints at a thrift down from Office Depot on east Speedway. Tucson. amazing grace. The class of 1925 at their 1950 reunion and below at their 1965. Go Harvard, Illinois!

retro bikini in the window of Hydra on Congress just up from the Congress Hotel. Hydra keeps going making fab windows for Rodeo week or the summer. If I had a dime I'd buy these bottoms. Reminds me of Norma Komali beach fav designer when I live in Manhattan from 1971 to 1994. Her small salon off 5th avenue south of 57th st was a treasure til one day it was gone. Margo and her brother own Hydra (145 e. Congress) and they've opened a new another one in Bisbee.

Here's Katy eating saguaro fruit from the ground. (note the shell in her left hand) Illegal to harvest by anyone other than American Indian I believe. Delicious. Like raspberry jam. The dress I got at the 22nd st thrift store and asked Marian, Gail's mother, to cut out the liner. Clothes alkways look better without liner. 

Happy 4th of July. I'm not much on rah rah but I do like bbq. Not much on fireworks unless George Plimpton is setting them off at the end of Long Island but he has been long dead (I think).

Monday, June 30, 2014

Apples and tequila don't mix. not even top shelf tequila

beautiful Katy Gierlach towards sunset at the bottom of Gates Pass after we ingested some fallen fruit from a ripe saguaro.
Who says Tucson don't got cool shit in their thrift stores. This fab hat I found at the white elephant (I think that was the name); the dress came from 22nd st. thrift east of Craycroft.

The death of my 15 inch Mac happened on my way to an abandoned "Africa USA" north of Miami where Bunny Yeager shot Betty Page with two cheetahs. I had just attended Bunny's funeral but that's another entry (soon). Sarasota was great with Charlie and Melanie and Brad McCortney's exhibition of Sarasota County portraits. Miami was fabulous with Javier dePison. He took me to Opa Locka (amazing). I spent time with 97 yr old Bruce Mozert, the great underwater photographer, who did the stills for "Creature From the Black Lagoon".
Santa fe was Santa fe where I got to see my college roomate's exhibition of fine paintings-Bob Richardson and attended Willie Bo's 40th birthday in his new studio then wandered through the desert stopping in Milan, N.M and Holbrook, Arizona. Then a quick trip to LA to meet with Myles from Ampersand Gallery to acquire more outsider art and to dine with Cynthia Patterson and Andy, Dave Naz and Ori in Eagle's Nest.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Night Hawks at the diner

Whenever I feel a compulsion to see or learn something new I call Robert Villa. Earlier last week I bought two prom dresses at a yard sale and wanted to do a prom revisited. Robert was my date.

I resemble Father Kino but

Robert and I don't let the age difference become a factor

Robert began to resemble the infamous Villanite lizard found only near the Desert Museum
which prompted me and Robert to seek out the nearby Nighthawks

Robert made light offerings and I shot
into blackness

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Family and friends

I stay at my old friend Willard Morgan's hotel, the Larchmont on 11th st between 5th and 6th avenue. The bathrooms are in the hall and my door is opened with a key. Can you imagine!
Down the block is the French Roast and every morning I would have a breakfast meeting with like Stephen Kasher from the Kasher Gallery or Myles from Ampersand Gallery or luch with Carl from Bard College (1964-66).

I'd have the omelette, with bagette and chicken sausage ($8.50) and killer coffee.

I like to eat at Spain and have eaten there on and off for more than 40 years. They set up three tables in the middle of the back room and friends staggered in from 7pm to 11 pm. The free appetizers are scary but the main courses are very fine.

Leonard Abrahms, publisher of the East Village Eye, called because aJapanese t-shirt company is going to do tees of one of my covers I did for him of Robert Maplethorpe. He brought a pretty woman he was seeing. We both wore traditional Spanish shirts.

Leonard is holding a copy of the new book done of my collection of photos by John K, "Sitting". My text, Carey's design and published by Ampersand Books. It did very well at the New York City Outsider Art Show in the former DIA building lit by Dan Flavin neon pieces in the hallways.

They showed cut out collages from the 50's by Arthur, film he made in Washington Square Park and Coney Island beach in the early '60's, and photos by John I found in LA.

When photographer Melanie came to my hotel room I asked to to pick from a pile of my 4x6 inch prints and the one she choose matched in subject a photo by John. My shot had Simone Cross jamming her foot into Brandon's mouth in resonse to him asking her to drown him (at the Majestic Hotel in SF in 2003).

some Arthur collages

old friends stopped by at the Outsider art show like Charlie Steiner whom I have known since the early seventies

Myles shows harlie additional collection material

Ampersand booth. note the tv monitor with Arthur film on the desk -right side

Arthur creations

While this was going on the Stephen Kasher gallery exhibited three of the John pieces I had given him to sell in his "Slaves of Mimesis: Nine Years on 23rd st April 24th -May 24th, 2014.