Author - Paul S

Eternal Wedded Bliss

17th Century Style

The tombs of a noble couple from the English Midlands, interred inside the walls Gloucester Cathedral. I’m sure they were a very happy and care-free couple.

From my trip to the UK in the spring of 2017.

Jack’s Corvette – by LensBaby!

Hallelujah, LensBaby has finally produced a selective-focus lenses with a focal length that works with my #Olympus OM-D cameras! .

I loved my Lensbaby back before 2012, when I was shooting Nikon DSLRs. I loved the way it could take an otherwise ordinary image and make it impressionistic by blurring and flaring the edges of the frame. Some of my favorite photos from that period were made with a Lensbaby. .

But once I switched to the Olympus Micro-FourThirds format, the Lensbabies became problematic. They made a lens with an M4/3 mount, but the with the smaller sensors the focal length was effectively doubled, and it just didn’t work as well as it did with a larger sensor. .

A couple of weeks ago I discovered that Lensbaby is now offering the SOL-22, which maths out to something much closer to a “normal” (44mm equivalent) focal length, which works great with my cameras. .

So behold my neighbor Jack’s 1970s vintage Corvette. I’ve walked past Jack’s house hundreds of times… we’ve been neighbors for like 20 years, but this was the first time I stopped and talked with him, and he let me shoot a few frames of his #hotrod. . .

**** Wisdom From A Typewriter No. 49 ***

I heard this quote listening to “Reckless Daughter,” a biography of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe. Arthur Krazman is cited as one of Joni’s early influences, an English teacher who recognized her talent and encouraged her to dig deeper. The quote – or the idea of it – supposedly originated with Frederich Nietzsche, but I could not find that reference. So Krazman gets the credit for this one.


H/T @AmySpeace for recommending the book. .


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Suzy Boggus

Performing a benefit concert for the Bells Bend Corridor at Sulphur Dell Farms in Scottsdale, aka the Last Vestige of Old Nashville (off the Ashland City Hwy, Rt 12, btw Briley Parkway and Ashland City).

The View from the Zafu

The View from the Zafu

So, since the… umm… Great Reckoning… one of the things I’ve done is clear out the space at the back of the house that we used to call “The Consuhvatorah” (think Burl Ives in “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof”) and am now using as a “studio.”  ‘Ex’ got all the furniture, I got an empty space with a view. I pulled the carpet and replaced it with hardwood, and the only “furniture” is a circular area rug and a zafu/zabuton combination.  I sit on those cushions and play my old Gibson guitar (1966 J-50 – a vintage guitar that I bought brand new), and noticed my reflection in the late-afternoon sun yesterday so grabbed this “selfie.”

I am also going to use the space as a photo studio so that I can start practicing portraiture.  The big picture window is perfect for natural light, and yesterday I had curtains installed so I can control the lighting even more.  Anybody need a headshot or portrait? 

©2019 paul@cohesionarts.com

Gretchen Peters – Guitar Mash 2019

This is one of my favorite shots from the second (annual?) Guitar Mash at City Winery Nasvhille on May 11, 2019.  Also dubbed “The Urban Campfire,” this event encourages the audience to bring their instruments and play along with the artists on stage.  The house band is led by Mark Stewart (musical director for Paul Simon) and Nashville’s own Jerry Douglas, International Dobro Maester Extraordinaire.  The lineup also included, in addition to Gretchen, Amythyst Kia, Nicole Atkins, some guy named Jason (Isbell) and some other guy named Buddy (Miller).  I’ll post some more pix this week. 

The Phantom Scooter

One more from the “Turquoise Takeover” this past Monday night, with several buildings downtown lit up in honor of the American Lung Association.  This is the 4th Avenue side of the Bridgestone Arena. I don’t think the scooter is using Bridgestone tires, but you never know… 

David Crosby

…at City Winery, Nashville – May 16, 2019

David Crosby has always been one of my favorites from the Classic Rock Era (aka “my youth”).  Maybe cause our voices are in a similar high-tenor range, and I have learned to play several of his songs over the years. Or maybe because the Jefferson Airplane version of “Wooden Ships” – which Crosby co-wrote with Stephen Stills and the Airplane’s Paul Kantner – lives prominently on my “All Time Top 5” songs playlist.

Apart from the fact that it’s amazing he’s still alive (he has too much in common with Keith Richard), he continues to be a stellar writer and performer.  At age 77 (!) David Crosby’s voice is every bit as clear, bright, and crystalline now as it was 50 years ago.

He has been touring of late in support of his 2017 album “Sky Trails.”  Last night was the second time I’ve seen him on this tour.  The first time was in December 2017 at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame (my new favorite venue in Nashville). 

Last night he returned to City Winery to play to a very enthusiastic (admittedly, mostly Boomer) crowd.  He does an outstanding job of mixing his back catalog with the more recent material, making “nostalgia” seem “current” in the mix.  I was particularly pleased to hear him perform “The Lee Shore,” which has only ever been released on the CSN&Y concert double LP, “Four Way Street.”  That song was a favorite back in my own sailing days, when I lived in Hawaii in the 1980s.  

After the encore (“…everybody sing: ‘Four dead in O-hi-o…’”)  I thought about the extraordinary legacy that David Crosby has created since The Byrds released “Mr. Tambourine Man” in 1965.  Besides The Byrds, he played with Buffalo Springfield in their waning days; Crosby Stills and Nash (with or without Young) was a staple of the era; and I’ve always considered his first solo release, “If I Could Only Remember My Name” one of the most sonically layered and textured vocal works of that or any era.  I’ll put a link to that release on my website.

As we were leaving, I turned to my date and said “ya know, I never did get to see Paul McCartney, but this is pretty close….” In his own way, David Crosby has been every bit as lasting and influential as any Beatle. 

©2019 paul@cohesionarts.com

Turquoise Batman

AT&T Building, Downtown Nashville May 13

Another one of the buildings that was lit up in turquoise (why turquoise? fuck if I know…) Monday night was Nashville’s most notable skyline landmark, the AT&T building, aka “The Batman Building.”  This is a double exposure – the first in focus, the second out of focus, blended in-camera (Olympus OMD-EM1 Mk2) into a single frame.