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Good Plumbers are Hard to Find

A fellow blogger, Yvette,  asked me how many of these People at Work portraits are in the series.  I have lost count!  I started this project a long time ago.  I will know soon, though, once I dig in the archives.

Yesterday I  posted Piano Tilting, Tuning and Repair as part of my People at Work Series- Primarily Pittsburgh.

What I didn’t mention is that I was invited to have a show at Panza Gallery in Millvale in July -July of 2018!  This gives me plenty of time to photograph new People at Work.

I’ve had a lot of people working in my house this year, too.

When I taught photography at high school, I shared my People at Work portraits to students so they could a variety of  people doing different jobs.  I think that’s how the series started.  I’d engage with the person working and talk to them about my project.

Now I’ve made up some postcards and it adds some legitimacy to the project and keeps me on track and determined to work on photographing new and interesting portraits.

You may remember seeing some of these People at Work on the blog already.

Craig Morrow on the Left from Bicycle HeavenMark Panza at work, framing,Ron Ray  slicing strawberries for his funnel cake business, and at the top right Brye with her delicious baked goods at her and her husband’s excellent coffee shop- Zeke’s.  My middle portrait is the cotton candy man from PNC Park.

Today plumber Pete Tomkins returned to replace my bathroom faucets. He already put in a hot water heater.  I found him through my electrician  Scott, (I still need his photo) who put in the breaker box so Dan McDonald could install my new furnace.  It’s a regular family tree.

I had photographed Pete a few weeks ago when he installed the hot water heater.Thanks for agreeing to be in the show People at Work- Primarily Pittsburgh.

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Thanks Pete, for entrusting me with capturing your wonderful good nature!

 

Seriously considering what to do next about my old plumbing???

 

 


Faces Change in a Blink

How quickly their faces change.

Anna

 

Michael

 

Jack

 

Maura

 

Charles

The Weekly Photo Challenge is FACE,  I have a lot to draw upon from my archives.

 

 

 


How I Look to my Granddaughters 

Weekly photo challenge: FACEMaura and Anna drew their grandmother’s face- mine!

Drawn on dry erase board. Maura -7


Drawn on the other half of the board with dry erase marker. By Anna-12


Life Imitates Art: WPC

The weekly photo challenge inspired by

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.”

— Oscar Wilde

IMG_0697Grandchildren Anna and Michael and Vincent Van Gogh at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at Thanksgiving time.


Eight is Great!

March 21st is grandson John Patrick’s 8th birthday.

Where does the time go?  Happy Birthday Jack!

love,

FF Ruthie

Jack is 8 and Henry

Jack and Henry

Jack Swimming

Jack at  swim meet last summer 2014

Jack at the Carnegie Museum of Art Sculpture Garden last summer 2014Tom and Jerry at Pittsburgh

Sneaking a cookie from cousin Vicci’s wedding cookie table. (Aunt Linda’s curtain veils weren’t enough)

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Portrait at Panza’s and Friday Night Take Out

Everyone who knows me and  what’s in Millvale PA, was pretty sure I was at Jean-Marc Chatellier Bakery when they saw yesterday’s post of the snow topped mailboxes.

Not this trip-  although I wish I’d thought of when I was over there.

Right after school I drove in the snow and met my wonderful printer, Tom, to pick up a print.  Tom was waiting on the side of street on 31st  between Liberty and Penn, right before the 31st Street bridge.

His good idea so I could get to Millvale before closing.

I was dropping off a print to be framed at my favorite framer, Mark Panza Gallery. He and his daughter Jennifer do an excellent job.  I always leave there with a rejuvenation in spirit and lots of creative ideas after we talk.

Mark took this photo me with my new SONY mirrorless camera, testing it out.

I love the vintage mannequins in the background as they are waitng for pick-up to be in a movie being filmed in Millvale and Pittsburgh.

Thanks for taking this photo of me Mark.  

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and here is our selfie  usie  taken with the tilt screen option that opens up.

I made it a tad smaller so I don’t feel so bulky when I look at it.

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I cropped myself out and got a nice portrait of Mark

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Steve brought in take out tonight. Fish sandwich and slaw.  I reheated the sandwich in the oven.  Mmmmmm.

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Portrait of Anna by iPad Light – photographed with the Mirrorless Camera

One of the first images I captured with the new mirrorless camera when I was out in Ohio with the family for Christmas.

Granddaughter Anna with the reflected light from an iPad, no other light.

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Portrait of the Photography Teacher by Nicholas

Nicholas is a new student in  the seventh period class.
Today we were working on portraits. He asked to take my picture.
This might be his third week in class. He used an SX 170 Kodak Point and Shoot camera and some soft lights.  I think the soft focus is perfect for me at this point of my life.
Not only did he catch the light in the eyes, even with my glasses on, there is no reflection on the lenses.  Nice!
I also like that he got  my hands with the camera.
How often are you pleased with your own image?
We were testing out the new photo backdrop the kids constructed last Friday.  They put it together like a puzzle. (Thanks Connie, Anthony and Madison) We use the old darkroom in the back of the classroom as without the proper ventilation for the chemicals, we had to go digital.
The students used  the PVC pipe I bought and Mr. U,  the carpentry teacher,  helped cut it to the right dimensions.
If you need a photo backdrop, click this link for the $20 DIY plan from Dandelions on the Wall. Actually the total was closer to $40 but it works great!
portrait of the photography teacher
Ms. Hendricks photographed by Nicholas

Unattended iPhone Pic

One of my Photography Two students left me a little surprise on my iPhone (which I’d left unattended on my desk)

Uh-oh.  Let that be a reminder to keep my phone away in the future.  It’s usually in my top drawer.

Sharing it on the blog because I laughed out loud when I found this photograph in my photostream.  It gave me pause.

I’ve a set of Victorian Masks – this one is Horatio Nelson 1st Viscount Nelson.   It was on my desk, too.

My guess is

1.she saw the mask,

2. she saw my phone,

3. she felt inspired

4. and created this in a few short seconds.

5. Left it for me to find.

6. Never mentioned it.

(Way to go AZ!)

7.  I blogged it!

Horatio Nelson Viscount Nelson


NYC Locksmith and Metal Artist: Philip Mortillaro

Philip Mortillaro

Do you know how many times I have walked by this locksmith on 7th Avenue and it was always closed?  The intricate collage of keys always caught my eye.

Wednesday morning,  Mary and I were returning from the Post Office and the locksmith’s door was open.

Mr. Mortillaro was speaking with a customer. Mary walked on ahead but I signaled to her to wait.  After the customer left, I entered and although I’d photographed the facade on other occasions, I asked the proprietor if I might photograph him.  Mr. Mortillaro was totally welcoming and agreeable and here is the portrait I captured.  He told me he has been a locksmith since age 14!

The links to his website and a trailer of a video are found at the end of the post.

Keys Made Locksmith

Ket to Heaven

Although he says he is not religious, he has actually made St. Peter (a gift)  the Key to Heaven 

Complaint Department

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Just like the New York Public Library-  Patience and Fortitude guard the entrance.

You can see a trailer to Mr. Mortillaro’s video Do Not Duplicate 

and visit his website to see his Metal Art

Do Not Duplicate Trailer


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