Kev's Log:  "Inside Passages"

Log Gallery Slideshow
14-Feb-09

"Cold Hearted"
Valentines Day, 2009
Golden, Colorado

viewer mail:
Kevin,
We would love to have one of your prints, the one, “Cold Hearted” on you website is beautiful.
Your work is fascinating and some is very beautiful!
It's kind of ironic that a red mylar heart balloon would land in a pond, at the entrance to the Lazy Heart Ranch, on Valentine's day.
The Lazy Heart Ranch has been in my family for over 100 years.
If you would like to ever take pictures here, you are welcome.
Thank you,
Sallie Lewis

 

- ks -

13-Feb-09

Snow Moon
Deer Creek Canyon, CO
 
Shot from our driveway, just after sun up. An (almost) full "snow" moon sets behind Double Header Mountain...

Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes most often called February's full Moon the Full Snow Moon.
Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.


- ks -

7-Feb-09

Facet   Friday
Spine/Vertebra courtesy of ks
Fluoroscopic photo courtesy Dr. Robert Brown

My day begins lying face down in Surgery Room #2. A slow IV sedation drip running into a vein on the back side of my right hand. The OR nurses were asking me about one of my finger rings. As I attempted to explain it’s relevance and relationship to Devils Tower, seven sisters being chased by a giant bear and the Pleiades star cluster,
I quickly wondered off into a very deep chemically induced sleep… 

With the aid of a fluoroscope Dr. Brown directed the first of five hollow needles through my skin and muscles of my back to the sensory nerves located in the facet joints. The fluoroscope monitor allowed doc Brown to guide the needle (in real-time) to make sure it was on target to hit the specific facet joint.  

When the needle was in correct position, he injected the anesthetic and corticosteroid meds directly into the facet joint capsule (injection/needle is show in above photo, section L4).
The needle was removed and the complete process was then duplicated on the next four joint locations.

Overview
Lumbar facet joints are small joints located in pairs in your lower back. These joints provide stability and guide motion in your spine. This procedure deadens the nerves carrying pain signals to the brain. A facet injection includes both a long-lasting corticosteroid and an anesthetic numbing agent. The drugs are delivered to the facet joint, either inside the joint capsule or in the tissue surrounding the joint capsule. Each vertebra has four facet joints; one pair that connects to the vertebra above and one pair that connects to the vertebra below.

- photo/Dr. Robert Brown

1-Feb-09

Charlie Brown's Bar and Grill and the Colburn Hotel, 980 Grant St.
Drenched in Denver history, the bar on the bottom floor of the Colburn Hotel has been mixing cocktails since Prohibition, and is perhaps commonly identified as a frequent watering hole for the beat axis of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady. Amazingly, the physical features of the place are as they were then. Rather than try and conform to trends, the bar exists as a kind of timeless space,
all dark wood, low light and memory.
Once you walk in, it's not too difficult to imagine Cassady, Kerouac and company sitting in a darkened corner,
hunched over drinks, rushing headlong into life's potential. 
Not one brick has changed since then.

Of course Pam and I had to toss back a few in the bar, toasting Carolyn, Neal, Jack, the piano, "gone" ladies who have come and gone, the old wood on the walls and the people next table to us…
The bar is its own scene…

"The following ten days were, as W.C. Fields said, 'fraught with eminent peril,' -- and mad," writes Kerouac at the beginning of chapter seven in "On the Road," bracing readers for a raucous jaunt that would include the Colburn Hotel.
In the summer of 1947, the hotel was the setting for a series of steamy relationships, all involving Neal Cassady. Cassady would split his time between Carolyn Robinson (who would later become Carolyn Cassady), his first wife, (called Marylou in "On the Road"), and Ginsberg, who was openly homosexual.
"Between the two of them he rushes to me for our own unfinished business," says Ginsberg in "On the Road." To which Kerouac replies, "And what business is that?" "Dean (Neal) and I are embarked on a tremendous season together. We're trying to communicate with absolute honesty and absolute completeness everything on our minds." To do this, they would use then-legal Benzedrine inhalers and sit cross-legged on the bed facing each other.
The Colburn Hotel was built in 1925, but didn't open for business until May 25, 1928, because of financial problems. "It was one of the premier hotels in Denver," says Nancy Riede, current owner of the Colburn. "They had a garden on the roof ... it was quite spectacular."

The glitz has faded somewhat, as the Colburn currently contracts with the Denver Housing Authority in a federal program designed to get homeless people back on their feet.

 

- ks -

1-Feb-09

"Black Shaggy Dog"
circa 1977
A boy owned a dog that was uncommonly shaggy. Many people remarked upon its considerable shagginess. When the boy learned that there are contests for shaggy dogs, he entered his dog. The dog won first prize for shagginess in both the local and the regional competitions. The boy entered the dog in ever-larger contests, until finally he entered it in the world championship for shaggy dogs. When the judges had inspected all of the competing dogs, they remarked about the boy's dog:

"He's not so shaggy."

- ks -

31-Jan-09

"Good Time Charlie" & "Space Cadet"
2009 O.M.O.T Exhibit
Republic Plaza, Denver Colorado
Show Runs 1/28 - 2/19, 2009
juried by Archer Concept Group, Gallery Curators

 

- - ks -

28-Jan-09

In this world

 nothing happens

  to a person

   that they do not

    for some reason

     or other deserve…

      Usually, people

       of ordinary intellect

        cannot comprehend

         the actual reason

          or reasons…

           The effects

            of all deeds

             actively create past,

              present, and future

               experiences,

                thus

                 making one responsible

                  for one's own life,

                   and the pain

                    and joy it brings…

                     Be aware,

                      of your actions…

                       watch now,

                        as the speed

                         and intensity

                          of your

                           downward spiral

                            increases…

- -ks-

25-Jan-09

"Amy"
1951-2008

It was the very early spring of 1970. 
Amy had hitch-hiked from Long Island up to the woods of
Massachusetts to spend a few days with me.
At the time, I was not very involved in my first year of college...
She was exhausted from her journey and quickly fell asleep.

I grabbed this b/w shot of her with one of my first cameras. 
We were good friends that shared some strange and great adventures together...

Amy Samuels, 57; conducted research  in animal behavior at Woods Hole
The Boston Globe 
Those fortunate enough to watch dolphins or baboons with Amy Samuels usually had a revelation as they listened to her discuss what she was seeing. In that moment, her companions suddenly viewed the animals through her eyes.
"It was amazing to watch what she was observing in the wild and with animals in captivity," said Peter Tyack, a senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. "As you stood next to her, she often would describe something that you would then see in a whole new light after she explained it."
Traveling the world to research animal behavior, she hop scotched continents, and the breadth of her experience made her observations all the more incisive. Dr. Samuels, whose findings opened windows into the world of dolphin behavior, died Dec. 9 of cancer in her West Falmouth home. She was 57.
"Amy had a very strong sense of her own personal interests and beliefs, and was terrific at acting on those," Tyack said.
"She was also an amazing observer of animal behavior, whether they were in captivity or in the wild, and she seemed to be able to get underneath the surface of what you saw and understand why an animal was behaving in a certain way."
Amy Ruth Samuels was the second of four children born to Peggy and Harold Samuels, historians who collected Western American art.
"She was the strong person in the family," said her younger sister, Joan, of Switzerland. "She was always the biggest, the strongest, the most determined."  Friends and family could not have predicted when she graduated from Locust Valley High School on New York's Long Island that she was bound for California, Africa, and Australia, but they soon found that simply tagging along was challenging.
"I never could keep up with her; I don't know anybody who could," her sister said. "She left people in the dust. She was one of those people who didn't stop."
Once she stayed with her sister when she was doing research on wild immature savannah baboons in Kenya's Amboseli National Park.
"It was basically survival keeping up with her," Joan said, laughing at the memory. "At some point, I'd be literally passing out from heat, and she'd say, 'Get a grip.' Those were her famous lines, 'Get it done' or 'Get a grip.' "
If anything, Dr. Samuels pushed herself harder than she ever pushed others. After high school, she attended Antioch College in Ohio, and then decided she wanted to study dolphins with a scientist in Southern California.
"He gets a phone call from her and says, 'We don't have any money for you, but if you want to come out, we can put you to work,' " said Richard Connor, a friend of Dr. Samuels who is a professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. "So she hitchhikes across the country and shows up barefoot and in a granny dress. He said she told him the last meal she had was pork and beans that was heated on the manifold of a motorcycle that was her last ride."
For Dr. Samuels, that encounter launched her career in conservation biology. She traveled to Hawaii to work with a marine biologist, and then got a job working with the scientists who conducted groundbreaking research in sign language with chimpanzees.
She received a bachelor's in biological anthropology from the University of California at Davis in 1979, and graduated from the same school three years later with a master's in biological ecology.
Dr. Samuels spent several years in Africa, engaged in research on baboon behavior, and later was a behavioral biologist in the department of conservation at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill.
In recent years, she was a visiting investigator at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, though she still traveled extensively, observing dolphins in habitats as far away as Key West, Fla., and the Monkey Mia Research Foundation in western Australia.
"She was obviously incredibly adventurous," Connor said.
Dr. Samuels received a doctorate in biological oceanography from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1996.
Part of her research focused on the effects of tourism on free-ranging bottlenose dolphins, and how boats of visitors traveling nearby can affect the animals' behavior. "I think, increasingly, she was involved in the environmental aspects of what she was doing," said her older brother, Peter, of New York City. "She saw and felt very strongly about the impact of tourism, and the disappearing habitat."
By observing dolphins in captivity and in the wild, Dr. Samuels noticed things that escaped the attention of colleagues.
"Others had noticed the fights among animals and the dominance in their actions, but hadn't noticed the more subtle way they reconciled afterward," Tyack said.
"She noticed gentle touching between animals after those kinds of fights and realized they seemed to be a reconciliation behavior."
The range of experience Dr. Samuels brought to her work, having observed primates and marine animals, no doubt helped her see behavior with fresh eyes, he said.
"And once she made this kind of finding, she was very good at developing a systematic way of making observations to test this kind of idea," Tyack said.
Dr. Samuels also was good at making her knowledge accessible to more than scientists. Along with scholarly articles, she published a children's book, "Follow that Fin: Studying Dolphin Behavior," in 2000.
Children - including her daughter, Caiming, of West Falmouth, and her nieces and nephews - played a large role in the life Dr. Samuels, and she did in theirs.
"To me, the biggest thing with Amy - and I told her this when she was dying - was what a role model she was for my kids," said her younger brother, Matthew, of Searsmont, Maine. "She was such an extraordinary woman in everything she did. My three daughters looked up to her so much, as did Caiming. You could ask for none better."
A memorial service will be held at a later date

- -ks-

6-Jan-09

...storm cloud...
Grand Cayman

- -ks-

4-Jan-09

"Cosworm"
image circa 1974

Cosway, Albert Roy
Passed away at his home in Mesa, Arizona on November 9, 2008.
He leaves behind his loving wife of almost 60 years, Jane Elizabeth and children Richard of Gilbert and Anne of Mount Forest Ontario. Prior to his retirement in 1985, he was a photographer for the Arizona Republic for 16 years.
The celebration of his life will be held at the home of his son on Thursday November 13th at 4:30pm.

I learned of Roys passing this morning. As fate would have it and much to my pleasure, several days ago I received an announcement from the Center for Fine Art Photography. My portrait of Roy "Cosworm" Cosway was selected into a world-wide photography competition called Perspectives , show opens this April 2009.
My tribute to you Roy! R.I.P. You will be missed!


(following excerpt taken from Kev's Log entry, January 10th, 2007)
"During my ten year stint at the Arizona Republic there was a time when upper management decided they wanted all staff photographers to display their work in a display case next to the newsroom elevator door...
I of course jumped at the opportunity and included in my show the above photo which I titled "Cosworm".
It's a shot of a fellow staff photog from England who worked for the Arizona Republic.
We were coworkers and friends
I never asked Cosworm for permission to display, nor would I now, nor have I today.
Cosworm grew to hate the image and after a week or two, demanded it be taken out of my show.
I respectively declined and somehow ended up in a full blown disciplinary hearing.
with what would be today's equivalent of a human resource dept. 
"This man is deeply humiliated, especially with all the feedback he's receiving!"
I was forced to take the entire show down that day following the meeting...
I felt it was a huge success!"

 

- -ks-

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