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Better Late Than Never…..A Belated Birthday Gift for Ed: An Afternoon on the Pecos River, November 2012

Posted in Abstract, Alternate processes, black-and-white, Botanical, Contemplative, friends, Haiku, Idyllic, Infrared, Me, Nature, Pecos River, Photographic Commentary, Photography, Santa Fe, Solarization, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2013 by sambissell
Pecos Flow

Pecos Flow

In early November 2012, I traveled down to Santa Fe, New Mexico, for 4 days of celebration and the birthday of one of my oldest friends, Ed Gale. Ed and I went to high school together at Fountain Valley School, outside Colorado Springs, in the late 60s. Along for the ride were a couple of more high school chums, Kurt Swingle and Ernie Steck. We all arrived on Thursday, enjoying a wonderful dinner in downtown at The Shed, which I highly recommend, if you are down that way! I also recommend Harry’s Roadhouse, where we had breakfast the following morning, after which we ventured eastward to Cowles, which is little more than a sign post on a road with a smattering of cabins, here and there. That said, however, it was definitely a home away from home for our overnight. Once we had unloaded the truck and settled our gear, we took off for a scan of the river for Ernie, who had brought his fishing tackle, and for me, camera in hand. They found a likely spot for Ernie to return to and I caught this candid shot, the faces of the innocent kept in confidence:

Perusing the Rive

Perusing the River

We continued along our merry ways, whether it was Ernie donning his fly-fishing gear or myself continuing to shoot photos, as I am wont to do in a new environment. I traipsed about the shoreline as I studied the river and how various things got in its way to impede its course….that is, the rocks and boulders, felled branches and trees, detritus of one form or another, or whatever may be pushing it this way or that. While my concentration was the Pecos River itself, I was, occasionally, distracted by various  bits that caught my eye.

Pecos Spanish Moss

Pecos Spanish Moss

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This Is For……… (another post to a friend)

Posted in Abstract, Alternate processes, black-and-white, Botanical, Contemplative, Infrared, Shimmering Silver, Solarization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2010 by sambissell

Reaching Out To, Santa Fe, 2006

THIS IS FOR JESSICA.

I met you last night and one I hope that our friendship blossoms for a long time to come. In the brief moments we had to talk, we cut straight to the cores of things and connected in ways many people still have no clue about. So, consider these photos as a way to see a little deeper into me………..

Minions Reaching for Their Garden God, Edgewater, 2010

Getting Out of Hell, Edgewater, 2008

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Cruise Night

Posted in Abstract, Alternate processes, black-and-white, Contemplative, Electrified, Everlasting Love, Infrared, Photography, Solarization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2010 by sambissell

HOT Engine. Wheat Ridge, CO, 2010.

Every Friday night, there is a spot on 32nd Ave in Wheat Ridge, where old and hot muscle cars line up on display for anyone to see and for their owners to hob-nob about their cars. I went along with my friend, Elliot, and his son, Syd, for the first time tonight. I’ll definitely be going back for more. Here are some of the best shots I took and the “shifts” I turned them into.

Speeding Towards the Sun

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On Fire

Posted in Abstract, Alternate processes, black-and-white, Buildings of Denver, Contemplative, Electrified, Fire, friends, Infrared, Nature, Photography, Snowscape with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2010 by sambissell

Blue Flame. Denver, 2005

Flames on the Floor. Denver, 2005

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Red House……

Posted in Abstract, Alternate processes, black-and-white, Buildings of Denver, Contemplative, Music, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2010 by sambissell

…..is the name of a song that was made quite popular by Jimi Hendrix in the late ’60s. The very first time I heard it, I fell in love with it! What is funny about the first time I heard it is that I found it on a Warner Brothers sampler album that you could get by sending in a coupon that was found on the inner liner. Some of you may remember this fine way of discovering new music back then but many people I mention this to have no idea what I am talking about, whether they were from that time period or not. The  promotional campaign was called “Loss Leaders“.

Take a listen** while you study the photo…………

There's A Red House Over Yonder, That's Where.... Denver, 2009.

Here are the lyrics, if you find you want to sing along (feel free to play air guitar b/c I think you’re safe….no one’s watching!):

There’s a red house over yonder, that’s where my baby stays.
There’s a red house over yonder, baby, that’s where my baby stays.
Well, I ain’t been home to see my baby in about ninety nine and one half days,
’bout time I see her.

Wait a minute, something’s wrong.
The key wont unlock the door.
Wait a minute, something’s wrong, baby.
The key wont unlock the door.
I got a bad, bad feeling that my baby don’t live here no more.

I might as well go on back down,
Go back ‘cross yonder over the hill.
I might as well go back over yonder
Way back yonder ‘cross the hill, (That’s where I come from)
‘Cos if my baby don’t love me no more.
I know her sister will!

** For those who want to listen to a longer, bluesier version, take a listen to this amazing piece of music!

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I LIKE FEET!

Posted in Alternate processes, black-and-white, friends, Me, Photography, Solarization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2010 by sambissell

Red Hot Floor, 2005

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From 2005……….

Posted in Abstract, black-and-white, Botanical, Contemplative, Nature, Photography with tags , , , on August 27, 2010 by sambissell

Kiss of the Orchid

A process I never use anymore but used a LOT when I did!

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Hiking Mt. Goliath, 2004: Bristlecone Pines

Posted in Abstract, black-and-white, Contemplative, Nature, Photography, Vast Vistas with tags , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2010 by sambissell

Bristlecone Pine Ghost

Bristlecone Skeletons

The Face in the Stump

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Seedling on the Forest Floor

Posted in Abstract, Alternate processes, black-and-white, Botanical, Contemplative, Nature, Photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on August 13, 2010 by sambissell

Seedling on the Forest Floor, 2006

An older photo using a process I don’t utilize anymore but which I used for quite a long time. I may have to go back and play with it a bit (the process, not the photo)…..b/c I miss it. Taken at Shoshoko, off the east side of Crystal Mountain, where many of my photos are shot.

A year later, I went back to check its progress, and found it coming along strong! I made this composite of the original photo blended with the new one; be sure to look closely for the “message”.

Seedling on the Forest Floor - Seedling Grows Up, 2007

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The Dance

Posted in Abstract, Alternate processes, Bas Relief, black-and-white, Contemplative, Everlasting Love, friends, Love - plain and simple, Music, Photography, Solarization, watercolorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2010 by sambissell

Just Before The Dance of Death

The Dance of Death

Bloodless but Energized

Three variations on an original photo that I will not post at the request of those in it. And these are all processes that I haven’t used before….so all of these were experiments in how to mask who they are………….and obviously on a vampire-like theme.
Must be the evil in me trying to get out, eh?

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