You got religion


I suppose my interests are relatively the same now: to fix an image outside time – although I discovered after years and years of working that photography was akin to poetry. The best poetry communicates through mental images, much like an evolving set of photographs. And those images can be pushed and pulled to contain metaphor. They can be threaded together; individual connotations are woven to form deeper meaning. – Mike Lundgren, on photography from this interview in Fotografia.

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Screen Shot 2015-09-07 at 9.47.38 PM[above images] David Soffa, Untitled from works 3. 

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Screen Shot 2015-09-07 at 9.51.35 PM[above images] David Soffa, Untitled from works 1.

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[above images] David Soffa, Untitled from works 2. 

Look at more masterfully sequenced photographs at David Soffa’s website here. 

Angel of Chance


view more work by Sally Mann here. ds_5

Sally Mann, Untitled 1971.


Sally Mann, Untitled 1978-1980.lewis-law-5

Sally Mann, Untitled 1974-1976.

Like all photographers, I depend on serendipity… I pray for what might be referred to as the angel of chance. – Sally Mann

let loose

My Photography






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To look up or down no road but it stretches and waits for you, however long but it stretches and waits for you – Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road

vast awakened

Art, Photography, Poetry

Alexander Harding’s artist website here. JuxJ41oaAlexander Harding, 8:32 a.m. from Visible Light 2010.

ojlbMZyC4BErYa8bAlexander Harding, The Sun Shining through  Trees on  our Kitchen Table from Visible Light 2010.

m6etLWoeLlu1mglyAlexander Harding, Particle 8 from Visible Light 2011.

Close your eyes, let your hands and nerve-ends drop, stop breathing for 3 seconds, listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world, and you will remember the lesson you forgot, which was taught in immense milky ways of cloudy innumerable worlds long ago and not even at all. It is all one vast awakened thing. I call it the golden eternity. It is perfect. – Jack Kerouac

collecting moments

Art, My Photography

a little over a week’s worth of photographs from my canon (and the last 3 from my iphone)
Jacque Donaldson, 2013

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Jacque Donaldson, 2013

Jacque Donaldson, 2013 stars explode

Jacque Donaldson, 2013

Jacque Donaldson, 2013

Jacque Donaldson, 2013

Jacque Donaldson, 2013

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When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.
When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. – 
Ansel Adams

space between.


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Robert Barry. Artist Website Here. tumblr_mjcz2glOYf1r064gzo1_500



Art, Photography

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Francis Alÿs, Nightwatch, 2004.  Source. 

Surveillance cameras observe a fox exploring the Tudor and Georgian rooms of the National Portrait Gallery at night.


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Installation of Jay Defeo’s Iconic The Rose @ the Whitney. Source. 


love letter to Rothko. Source. 


HaHa. Source. 


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knitted pigeon. source. enhanced-buzz-11931-1361484721-1

 Art Emojis Source. tumblr_mhyj9vv7sj1rsbjfio4_500

Barbara Kruger Towel. Source. tumblr_min10am2O41r064gzo1_500

Rothko Toast. Source. 

purely coincidental

Art, Books

Today is one of my favorite authors, Kurt Vonnegut’s birthday and even though he’s not around to celebrate it.. I couldn’t let it pass unnoticed. What a man, what a man. 
Fred Conrad, Kurt Vonnegut Portrait 

Kurt Vonnegut, Confetti #6  2004

Kurt Vonnegut, A Tree is Trying to Tell Me Something 12/21/2006

Kurt Vonnegut, Confetti #23 2004

Kurt Vonnegut, Confetti # 4 2004

Kurt Vonnegut, Negative Neocon Wallpaper 2006

Kurt Vonnegut, Confetti #09 2004

[See more Kurt Vonnegut screenprints HERE]  (Also you can purchase most of these screenprints SIGNED by Vonnegut himself.. what an amazing Christmas present idea..) 

and my favorite quote.. { I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.} Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano

save just what you need.

Art, Poetry

I am constantly collecting images and quotes found on the internet that spark something in me. Often they get lost in a folder, never finding a place on this blog..but today I thought I’d share some of those quick inspirations.

this quote

this corner.

this poem from hitRECORD

this moment captured by The Sartorialist

this re-imaged book cover.

Closing paragraph from On the Road.

 print by Marc Johns.

wall piece by Kiasma

I wish I knew who took this photograph. found here. 

tiny story by hitRECORD.

tricycle in front of LACMA (william eggleston reference possibly?)

this quote.


Art, exhibitions

John Chamberlain, Pineapplesurprise 2010,  Mermaidsmischief 2009,  Robustfagotto  2008

I stumbled upon this John Chamberlain installation at the Seagram Building on the corner of 53rd and Park Ave the other day in the mid-afternoon while the sun was in perfect gleaming mode for these works to truly sparkle in all their aluminum glory. These biomorphic forms are playful yet alien, whimsical but severe. They become activated by the time of the day, the intensity of the sun and the distance you approach them. I was startled with how powerful these works are, they literally demand your attention, though as I said I was there when the sun was most intense and I truly was blinded by the light. 
John Chamberlain, Frostydickfantasy 2008

John Chamberlain, Robustfagotto 2008

Installation & Self-portrait from reflection of Seagram Building

John Chamberlain, Pineapplesurprise 2010 (instagrammed)

This installation was coordinated through Gagosian Gallery and is up until November 16, 2012. Read more!

Even If I knew I could only know what I thought it meant. –John Chamberlain

music that saves you, when you’re not so sure you’ll survive

Art, Music, Poetry

For those of you that have been around here since the beginning.. you know this blog used to be named JAQsmannequin after my muse and all-time favorite singer, Andrew McMahon from the band Jack’s Mannequin. I have a tattoo of the bands logo behind my right ear, a bright blue asterisk that represents everyone traveling on separate paths but all being connected by love. I have been to exactly 20 Jack’s Mannequin concerts. I belted the lyrics to “Everything In Transit”, swayed with the crowd and felt just as invincible being 24 as I did when I was 17.  When Andrew McMahon got cancer, I wore his orange “11:11 AM” cancer bracelet every single day for two years until it was so thin and faded it ripped in half. Jack’s Mannequin was as much apart of my awkward adolescence angst as the camera around my neck. Probably even more. So I guess that’s why I take their break-up announcement so personally.  Jack’s Mannequin gave me more than a lullaby to handle the confusion, they gave me something to believe in. 

I am lucky. I did not choose this life. It chose me. It’s strange like that; not picking my path, but rather easing into the water and letting it carry me where it will. Yes, there will be nights where I feel like my destiny is at my fingertips and there will be nights I wish the lights were off and I could just make these sounds in the dark. Still, I will always be there, wherever there might be, staring into blackness hoping the blackness stares back at me.– Andrew McMahon

I used to talk about Jack’s Mannequin ALOT on here.. check out some past posts if you’re curious. here & here & here

Andrew McMahons new solo website.. which has tons of beautiful prose, photographs and videos. (which it where ^ came from)

classic tuesdays: rhythm

Art, Music, Photography, Poetry

Like so many great pieces of art once you kneel at the alter you are forever changed.  –Andrew McMahon

Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith cover of Horses 1975

Annie Leibovitz, Johnny Cash and Rosanne Cash, Hiltons, Virginia, 2001

Mark Seliger, Tom Waits 2002

Jerry Schatzberg,  Bob Dylan more.

and because I couldn’t do a post about musicians without mentioning my muse…

Andrew McMahon of Jack’s Mannequin. photosource. 

 and you should listen to this song. 

FPC Day 9

Art, My Photography, Photography


more symmetry Adrian Megan Esther Theresa

Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts. – Garry Winogrand

Art, My Photography, Poetry

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.”

-Diane Arbus

the dream being

Art, Music, My Photography, Photography, Poetry, Uncategorized, Websites, Words of Wisdom

   I am very excited to direct your attention to my new domain!

I think the change was much needed as JAQSmannequin was initially a school assignment and although I liked the traffic from those poor lost souls in search for the (amazing) piano rock pop band, Jack’s Mannequin, I thought it was time to settle down with something a little more me

I will still be using this space as a place for me to catalogue my various art related inspirations and post my on-going photography adventures! Also as a side course of awesomeness…


“All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.”- Jack Kerouac, Book of Dreams.