December 30, 2009

Light Poem No. 2 - Keep Eyes On: We Fix Computers

On a trip to Staples for school supplies, I saw this shopping cart light play. I returned another day at the same time to make this video. I am interested in the art of the everyday.

Happy New Year!

© 2009 John Nordell

December 16, 2009

To Tweet or Not To Tweet - That is the Question

I enjoy putting my ideas and images on this blog, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. But I sometimes feel caught up in the fast-paced frenzy of instant feedback, the breathless race for more hits, friends, fans, followers and subscribers.

Back in the Day, Today

Spending time with my brother and his wife on their farm over Thanksgiving gave me much needed perspective. No computers. No internet. Using horses to work the fields.

The Energy of Fresh

No instant publishing. You plant a seed and it can be months before the vegetable is ready for harvest.

Birth of a New Day

Maybe though, without the contrast, I would not have noticed the slower pace as clearly.


Perhaps questioning the digital side of my life comes from my recent return to shooting film. Unlike carefree digital camera bursts, I am deliberate and careful with each frame. I enjoy dropping the film off for processing and the delayed gratification of seeing the results.

Solar Spirit

I am using a plastic, no-settings camera.

What about you? How do you balance your real and digital worlds?

©2009 John Nordell

December 8, 2009

Frosted Leaves and Doughnuts - The Kennedy Special Election

Yesterday I got to the polls early in Greenfield, Massachusetts, to cover the special election primary held to fill the seat left vacant by the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy. Not much activity.

Perhaps the cold led to an absence of sign toting supporters outside Greenfield High School, the polling site. With no political subjects at hand, I made do with frosted leaves.

Not sure what the sign above means. Can you figure out what is going on in the abstraction below?

A powerfully wonderful smell wafted off these fresh donuts from local, non-chain Adams Donuts. As I photographed, one senior citizen volunteer poll worker offered to split a doughnut with me.

I photographed Senator Kennedy in Boston and Washington. He could fire up a crowd in minutes. His replacement has big shoes to fill.

©2009 John Nordell

December 2, 2009

Rust Never Sleeps - Ode to Neil Young

I love old stuff, the beauty of decay.

Music inspires me.

I thought about Neil Young's alternately sweet and jarring compositions as I enjoyed photographing this building at the rail yard in East Deerfield, Massachusetts.

Broken Window with Sky

The Beauty of Rust

Growing Down?

PS - Take a look at this comment from Sabrina regarding my recent post on copyright. I wrote about net neutrality in terms of copyright. She explains the bigger picture of the issue.

©2009 John Nordell