Fourth of July weekend continued … thank goodness!


On Saturday night, Bill texted and asked, “What are you up to tonight?”

I wrote back:

Just finished watching an exciting holland vs Costa Rica game. Now I’m making a mango salsa and will grill tuna, peaches, figs, and artichokes for an amazing meal. Maybe a movie after. How bout you?

His response should have been: “You’re an asshole.”

He did write, “How do I top that?”

I LOVE to cook. And Saturdays tend to be “splurge” meals and also experimental. And he asked.

Although, there was a little bit of a deflated-fart moment when the propane from the grill ran out and I had to pan-sear the tuna.

Here’s a couple highlights from Saturday evening.

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George Takei: Why I love a country that once betrayed me


Published on Jul 4, 2014

When he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a “security” measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy.

A recent architecture/interior shoot


Tina and I shot an architecture job last week.

These kinds of things tend to be somewhat documentarian in nature, rather than an emphasis on selling the aesthetic. The client who hires us is a building group, and they use these images as public relations for their marketing efforts.

Different factors dictate that the photos are done during business hours and we don’t have much flexibility of time. We must work with the staff of people who are working in the space without interfering too much with their schedules.

So while I’m on a tripod, we don’t have the luxury of time to light and art direct too much.

The exterior of the building was taken during a slim window just before gray skies filled the entire sky. I jogged to place the tripod and get the photo.

There’s a photo with two blurry people in it. One of them was Tina and the other one was a guy who happened to exit his office while shooting the shot.

The interiors were well-designed for an office of this kind. One note is the conference table in the last shot. It was made from an old bowling alley lane.

Enjoy.

 

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Documentary recommendation: Tim’s Vermeer


Last night, Tina and I watched “Tim’s Vermeer”, a documentary by Penn & Teller about an inventor named Tim Jenison who had a dream to figure out how Vermeer’s paintings were so photographic and recreate a Vemeer on his own.

The film is worth a viewing, and I found myself wanting everyone I know to watch it.

The movie does a great job asking the questions of what is creativity, what is art, and who are artists.

Check out the trailer above.

Mind you, I’d consider having a finger on the fast forward button. The movie drags a bit at times. But I give it a couple thumbs up.

Happy Fourth of July weekend to you, and you, and you and you!


Our weekend started with a bang at our friends’ Miles and Jay’s backyard barbecue and firework fest in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago.

We had a blast over drinks, hot dogs and our own firework display. That neighborhood is a bit chaotic with the amount of fireworks, and our poor dog Talulah hated every second of it.

But we had fun memorializing our nation’s freedom.

Enjoy some of these photos I took throughout the night.

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