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Meet Bob Bastone

I’ve been taking my cars to Bastone Auto for 25 years. You want to go to an auto place you trust! Being located in a former church seems a nice touch.

Pennsylvania car inspection was due and the temporary registration I’d gotten online was about to expire Dec 2nd.

My goal’s to get a photo of the Bastone  brothers in front of their place.  I thought it would be a great addition to People at Work- Primarily Pittsburgh (show at Panza Gallery. July 2018)

As I was asking Bob about getting Jim and Frank to agree I said “here I’ll take a quick sample on the phone to remind you to ask them”

 

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Bob is also an expert Amateur/Ham Radio operator  (licensed call sign is WC3O) and here’s an article

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If you need a speaker for your organization’s event, he’ll expound on all aspects of automotive service, repair and maintenance in his “I Hate Cars” tour.  His flyer says “hear the straight scoop from an ASE certified Master Mechanic with a lifetime of experience in the automotive repair and maintenance field”

Bob has a great sense of humor, too.

Thanks for letting me take your photo, Bob.

Please ask your brothers to make a time and I’ll be over with my real camera.

Oh and my car is happy, too.

 


Me, Transmogrified

Transmogrify

the Weekly Photo Challenge. Nothing came to mind. Nothing in the archives.

“To change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform.”

If you’re a Calvin and Hobbes fan you know all about the word already.

I didn’t know what it meant.

See before and after

Downloaded an App Face Goo and the after is on the right.

 


Oh, they were so much younger then (me, too)

Photographed by Herr Spahn in 1985

Grafenwoehr, Germany

I smocked the frame (and Laura’s dress)

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Mark  Matthew and Laura

Weekly Photo Challenge Nostalgia


Maura in the Mirror

Mirror is the Weekly Photo Challenge so I’m interrupting the Northwest Vacation Series to post my favorite mirror photo.  Maura is going to be eight come November- her baby photo  makes me smile. Time passes at a rapid rate which is what old people always said to me but now I am understanding what they were advising me when I was young.  The baby blanket belonged to her mother Erika when she was a baby.  I always like the heirlooms passed on to another generation.

 

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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

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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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