I had a photography teacher who, in a course called “Finding Your Visual Voice,” told the class that if you look through your finder and see an image that you have done before, just walk away and find something else. But he was wrong. Many artists paint or photograph the same scene or model over and over again, because it is never the same.
There are certain places I like to photograph in all seasons, all year. One is the Faith Baptist Church on Wickipecko Road. For the last year there was a car parked in the lot, and it spoiled the view for me, but now the car is gone, and I look at that place every day to see if it feels just right for a photograph.
Another such place is the Deal Lake branch, also on Wickipecko Road where Ocean Township and Asbury Park meet. It is especially beautiful in the fall. Here are two views from two days ago, one above and one below.
In February 1969, New York City was hit by a major snowstorm. That month the Vietnam War was still raging, and the North Vietnamese army was attacking in the south. Pres. Nixon ordered the first of many troop withdrawals. The peace movement was strong in the city.
I went out to take some photos and found this message on the Upper East Side, near Fifth Avenue. The snow was still fresh, clean and beautiful. The fence surrounded a private park—it’s a very fancy neighborhood.
“Blowin’ in the Wind:” Written in 1962 by Bob Dylan when he was 21 years old. It was the most famous of the 1960’s protest songs. It was the title song for Peter, Paul and Mary’s 3rd album, and it was the most successful version—even more so than Dylan’s.
Asburians should put their spiritual healer on the case. They have nothing else in their quiver. Or maybe they should hire a lawyer. Neptune’s lawyers can beat any assault.
By Jack Bredin, Blogfinger reporter/researcher.
All police officers, members of the governing body, planning board and board of adjustment take an oath of office to “faithfully” uphold the local, county, state and federal laws.
The word “faithfully” was added to the oath of office by President James Madison to remind all public officials that all laws apply to everyone equally, and not on an ad-hoc basis.
There are two separate legal issues regarding locking the gates: safety and parking.
——— a. The Neptune Governing Body and their Police Dept. acted properly to protect the safety of OG residents.
———b. As to parking, both governing bodies acted improperly by allowing development approvals in both towns without the required amount of parking spaces, and both are guilty of not working together to correct the parking problems they both created.
From the Editorial Department at Blogfinger: Here is a song dedicated to those Asburians who have been bombarding the Grove with useless propaganda:
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The music below was performed at the Choir Festival in the Great Auditorium, however in the interest of a fine audio reproduction, here are the Ambrosian Singers, Leonard Slatkin and the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Johannes Wildner with Richard Wagner’s Tannhauser “Pilgrims Chorus.”
Scene: I attended the 65th Choir Festival mostly as a roving photographer, wearing my press pass, wandering up to the highest roosts, but also exploring the back of the Great Auditorium as well as walking among the audience outside. They were congregating around the tents or standing under the trees. Many were sitting on the ground, or on the tent porches, or on folding chairs and benches in the park, or standing in the open doorways of the Great Auditorium.
I also took the time to sit in the back seats and listen carefully to the music which was magnificent.
The hymns were especially moving when everyone in the room stood to join in with the chorus, soloists, and the brass ensemble. The sound was amplified, and a CD was being recorded. Different conductors took charge. The Philadelphia Brass was there, and they were so good. Over 500 voices came to participate in the heat of the day.
Quite a few ushers were present including some young men. They were standing around the periphery, holding straw baskets which they would soon carry about for donations. I noticed a young fellow waiting patiently for the collection to begin.
I was standing next to him, so I said, “I think I will be your first donation” as I dropped a five into his basket. He said, “Thank you.”
But there was a speaker addressing the audience.
She was there to encourage contributions. Evidently envelopes had been passed out. Then she said that the CMA wanted to encourage $150.00 from each member of the audience. I was startled by that number, but I heard no gasps coming from the audience. Hopefully they reached their goal, because this Choir Festival is a huge and historic undertaking, and the CMA has an impressive season of programming ahead.
The ushers kept busy, and they had to deal with a few medical issues among the visitors. One of the older men at the door spoke to me. “Your shoelace is untied.” The ushers don’t have much to say, but they don’t miss a thing.