Thanks for voting for my designs in the Studio Montclair’s Social Media Contest ! I couldn’t have done it without you.
My Earth Day Banner photo taken in New York City during the first Earth Day in 1970 was featured in Contami-Nation!, a 30 minute educational PBS documentary about water contamination made in conjunction with Arizona State University. My photo appears at 2 minutes, 28 seconds but be sure to watch the entire video, it is filled with important information and data about worldwide water and air contamination and how researchers at Arizona State University are studying this problem and finding solutions.
This documentary was nominated for an Emmy in 2015 and Best Institutional/Instructional Documentary Rocky Mountain Region. It won the Telly Award, Bronze, 2015, Social Responsibility Category.
It was written, produced, shot and edited by Kirk Davis for OKED with Jennifer Berky, Assistant Editing and additional Photography and Timelapses by Alexander D. Chapin
Please be aware of how contaminants continue to change the EARTH this Earth Day, April 22, and every day and do your part to stop pollution.
They are finalists in the Studio Montclair Social Media Contest. The challenge was to design “coloring book” style drawings to be printed as postcards. Nine finalists were selected and are now on Facebook and Instagram.
So, in this election season, I am asking for your vote too.
Thanks so very much!
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I am proud to announce my photo essay, Tuscany June 2011. The book chronicles my latest adventures in Italy. You’ve seen some of the photos in previous posts, like this one about Siena, but there are lots more to see. The book is thirty-six pages filled with photos and available for purchase at Blurb.com. I am thrilled to share this with you and hope you enjoy the book.
We entered San Gimignano, a Medieval walled city famous for it’s towers, through the Porta San Giovanni. The city was quite easy to navigate. It was market day and there were aisles of vendor carts and umbrellas end to end covering two piazzas. So many that we couldn’t see the cistern in the center of the Piazza of the Cistern or “Piazza della Cisterna“.
If you are interested in tasting wild boar or “cinghiale”, this is the place. Almost all the local stores have full size stuffed wild boar greeting you as you enter and numerous cured pieces of wild boar for sale. We were told that wild boar roamed the countryside at night but we didn’t catch a glimpse of even one.
There are fourteen towers of varying heights remaining of the original 72. My friend Elaine and I found “Torre Salvucci”, the only tower open to the public on the day we visited. We walked the 160 steps up the staircase which wound it’s way through ten floors. Each floor had a different living space from a kitchen to bedrooms and sitting rooms and even a full bathroom. Yes, each floor was one room. At the very top, the guide opened the rolling gate to reveal a terrace with a fabulous panoramic view. Definitely worth the climb!
As an American who saw the Twin Towers being built in New York in 1973, I couldn’t help but think of them during my visit to San Gimignano. Our Twin Towers will always remain in our memories.
Our next excursion was to Siena, a very large city in comparison to my favorite town, Radda in Chianti.
Siena is well known for the Palio, a spectacular horse race that takes place in the center of the city twice a year. But we were looking for a different Siena and found some unexpected things. We were dropped off at San Domenico Basilica where, much to our surprise, we came upon the head and finger of St. Catherine of Siena ( 1347-1380 ). No photos permitted in the church but, if you’d like, you can see her head here.
Next, we walked on Via Cittá and heard classical music. Following the sound, we entered the courtyard of the Palazzo Chigi Saracini (This link shows a 180° view-don’t forget to look up.) which houses the Chigiana Musical Academy. We sat on a bench and lost track of time while we listened to music, worked in our journal, photographed and watched people.
The most wonderful site was the crypt (cripta in Italian) which was re-discovered in 1999 under the Duomo (Cathedral). I was disappointed because photography was not permitted in this space which was full of incredible frescoes and decorative patterns. But I had an alternative to photography-my journal. I made drawings of the areas I wanted to remember. A whole new world has opened to me. Now along with my camera, I travel with a notebook and pencil.