Hoover Tower from the roof garden of the McMurtry Building, 2017
I’m taking a short course in the History of Photography at the new McMurtry Building adjacent to the Cantor Center for the Arts. The class is held in a projection room that is just off the 3rd floor roof garden. The above shot was taken after class — the Hoover Tower beacon is reflecting from the smoky sky from the brush fires burning North of San Francisco.
Sunset from McMurtry Art and Architecture Building, 2017
Ten minutes late because of traffic, I caught the end of a smoky sunset. Below, the nearly empty art and architecture library is a quiet place to study in the evening.
Art and Architecture Library (2nd floor) and Art Studio (1st floor), McMurtry, 2017
Hand held photos, processed in Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and Aurora HDR, please click on any photo to enlarge.
Handwoven Tapestry (detail), sheila o’hara, 1985?
The skyscrapers in Sheila O’Hara’s tapestry float mysteriously on a field of red. An abstract freeway flows through the buildings into a starry sky. Is this the future for San Francisco? This tapestry was on exhibit downtown, several years ago, long before the city plan and the new skyscrapers.
Here is another photo of Sheila’s work (a speeding motorcyclist):
Nite Flite, a speeding motorcycle, handwoven tapestry by Sheila O’Hara, 1985
Nite Flite is crafted of handwoven wool, cotton, rayon and lurex, and woven by Sheila on a computer-assisted loom called a compu-dobby.
Visit her on the web to see more recent work at Sheilaohara dot com:
Welcome to the latest incarnation of the Sheila O’Hara web site with stunning landscapes and dancing sheep, and many of Sheila’s other fiber fantasies that she has been weaving since 1976.
— from her web site.
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Layered.
Horse Crossing, Spring 2017 in Pearson Arastradero Preserve, Palo Alto
Two horses cross the road while cars wait. The horses are returning to the stables that replaced the site formerly used by the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL) from 1965 to 1991. Horses now tread where robots once roamed. Quite a switch for technology oriented Silicon Valley. The lab, of course, didn’t disappear, but moved to main campus (see, Computer Science).
The photo above is a detail from the photo below, which was taken last March after the heavy winter rains had stopped.
Hiking trail along Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, 2017
The Pearson Arastradero Preserve is an especially nice place to hike (photograph) in spring. The colors in this photo were emphasized in Lightroom and Photoshop CC (probably, excessively so!), but the photo deserved a little extra punch because the day was so exuberant.
Here is a link to the WordPress Weekly Photo challenge: Waiting.
Modern Minimalist home in Palo Alto, 2017
All corners, that’s my take on this large residence in Palo Alto.
Most new homes in Palo Alto are much larger than the home they replace; many are two story with a full basement. And, a popular style is a modern minimalism, quite distinct from the Mediterranean and Craftsman styles used by builders in the 30s and post-war eras when much of Palo Alto was built.
Here is a photo gallery of a few new homes in Old Palo Alto that are a within a few blocks of my one-story Tudor style home of the 30s.
The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is “corners”, here.
Wood-fired Stoneware by Peter Voulkos, 2016, Palo Alto Art Center
Above is a detail of a large wood-fired stoneware sculpture by Peter Voulkos. The piece stands almost 4 ft. high, and is 2 feet wide and weights over 150 pounds. Imagine muscling that around a studio and into a kiln.
Peter was born in Bozeman, Mt and went to Montana State College. I attended the same school a few years after Peter (he went to school on the WW II GI Bill and I on the Korean War GI Bill). I never met Peter, but knew his brother Manny who owned an all-nite diner where I and other vets often ended up after the pubs closed.
Later, after moving to California, I got the urge to learn ceramics and made a few pieces that are still littering the shelves around the house. Here is a gallery of some of the shelves.
Burnished, hand-formed, ceramic pieces, by author (Cat of unknown origin)
Stoneware (by author), paper boxes and puppet
Fired Clay by author, unknown painting.
Peter’s work is on permanent display in the Anderson Collection at Stanford, and the De Young Museum in San Francisco.
This week’s challenge is “Elemental” — You know: Earth, Fire, Water, etc. Check it out here.
Force (detail), mass times acceleration, The Brilliance Project, Palo Alto, CA
As a famous drifter once said: “May the Force be with you.”
The equation of force is cut into the steel sculpture Brilliance that is on display at the Palo Alto Art Center. There are 6 similarly shaped steel sculptures spread about the campus of the art center and library. Each has a central message surrounded by fragments of text collected by the artist from Palo Alto residents in their native language. As a whole the collection represents the diversity of the city.
Palo Alto Public Library plaza, Palo Alto, CA
Dedication for the sculpture collection Brilliance, 2014, Palo Alto, CA
Brilliance by Blessing Hancock, Palo Alto, CA
If you are up to it, follow this link to the Transient Force web page where Arnold Steiner plays Galactic Cluster — electron music of transient force.
Submitted for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, Transient.
George Segal’s Restored Sculpture, Gay Liberation, Stanford, 2016
This sculpture by George Segal is called Gay Liberation, but I’ve always thought of it as “A group of friends.”
This week’s photo challenge is about Friends. I’ll share a gallery of candid shots that I’ve taken of people enjoying the sights of the San Francisco Bay area: de Young Museum, Golden Gate Bridge, Palo Alto Baylands, and Stanford University.
Byxbee Park, A favorite walk for friends and their dogs, Palo Alto, 2016
A heated discussion, de Young Museum, 2016
Today this would be a “selfie”, de Young Museum, 2016
Students at the de Young Museum, 2016
Mother explains Modern Art to her child, de Young Museum, 2016
Walking by The Lake, Mountain View, CA, 2016
Golden Gate Bridge from Crissy Field, San Francisco, 2016
Please click on any image to enter “slide show mode.”
Here is a link to what others have shared this week on the Photo Challenge: Friend.