Valerie

Valerie, Downtown Los Angeles, 1989-1990

Model: Valerie, Downtown Los Angeles, 1989-1990

~ view larger ~

Copyright 2018, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

 

 

Advertisements

One Man Band

One Man Band, Venice, California

One Man Band, Venice, California, USA, 1994

~ view larger ~

I can no longer remember the name of the One Man Band. In the early 90s, he was a fixture on the boardwalk at Venice Beach and that’s where I first talked to him. He played bass and bass drum with his feet, His right hand was his mike stand, his right arm performed lightning fast cymbal crashes, left hand played sax and left elbow triggered the snare drum (visible behind his right shoulder)…and he had da funk!

He disappeared for a while, then showed up at Bally’s gym in North Hollywood, a LA musician’s hang/workout place. When I asked him about his absence, he told me someone who caught his act on the boardwalk, booked him on the Tonight Show, then gave him a one year nightclub booking in Japan. When he returned, he bought a van and that was where he was living.

My next encounter with the One Man Band was when we we both wound up in the same piano class at LA Valley College. The photo above was in 1994. That was the last time I saw him.

Copyright 2018, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

Nikon N6006 SLR AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens, Kodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, exposure not recorded, handheld, scanned on Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software 

Cattedrale di Palermo 2

Pescivendolo 2

Pescivendolo 2

Pescivendolo 2, Mercato del Capo, Palermo, 4/30/2018

~ view larger ~

If this fishmonger was in the US, he would be using a band saw, but he is in Sicily so he makes perfect cuts with a very sharp knife.

The sign:

trigly e pomodorini (mullet and cherry tomatoes)

scampi  e cernia, (shrimp, prawn and grouper)

nero di seppia (black cuttlefish ink)

sarde e finocchietto (sardines and fennel)

…hungry yet?

Copyright 2018, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

Bottles and Jars

Bottles and Jars - Mercato del Capo

Bottles and Jars – Mercato del Capo, Palermo, Sicily 2018

~ view larger ~

Whoever set this up this display, is an artist in his own right.

Copyright 2018, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

Nikon D810 DSLR Nikon AS-F Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lens, exposure:  f/5.0, 1/80 sec., ISO: 800, WB: Auto, exposure program: Aperture Priority, handheld, capture date and time: 4/29/2018, 8:48 am, post processing: Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2017.

 

Tyrrhenian View, Cefalù

Tyrrenian View, Cefalù, Sicily

Tyrrhenian View, Cefalù, Sicliy, 5/04/2018

~ view larger ~

When looking at this scene, my first thought were those antique Stereoscope viewers that were the rage of the late 1800s. Stereograph cards with two similar images side by side were inserted into the Stereoscope for a 3D effect, and each image had an arch shaped top. Most of the images on Stereographs were photographs from around the globe, and there I was, far from home, standing in front of two similar arch topped views of the Tyrrhenian Sea side by side!

Copyright 2018, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

La Tempesta

La Tempesta, 5/02/2018

La Tempesta (The Storm), Sicily, 5/02/2018

~ view larger ~

 I arrived early at Villa Daphne, an agriturismo outside the town of Alia, Sicily so my room wasn’t ready. While the maids were rushing to clean it, I made this capture of a storm closing in quickly. Half the sky was black, yet I was still in sunshine. Later, I borrowed the title La Tempesta from the painting by the great Italian Renaissance Master Giorgione. Art scholars have been in controversy over the years about why Giorgione named his painting La Tempesta. It’s far more obvious in my photograph above.

Copyright 2018, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

Nikon D810 DSLR AF Nikkor 24m f/2.8D, exposure:  f/9.0, 1/400 sec, ISO 64,  WB: Auto, exposure program: Manual, shutter: Mup mode, Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote, Induro Stealth CLT203 carbon fiber tripod, Induro PHQ1 Panhead, capture date and time: 5/02/2018, 3:53 pm, post processing: Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2017

 

The Sheep of Ciminna 2

The Sheep of Ciminna 2

The Sheep of Ciminna 2

~ view larger ~

From the Belice valley in Sicily, this is one of the most productive Italian sheep. The breed is a triple-cross of the Pinzirita, Comisana and Sarda breeds, and its milk is perfectly suited to cheesemaking, being fatty and full of protein. Many say this breed’s milk is the only milk worth stretching. In fact, the only Italian stretched sheep cheese, Belice Vastedda is made from its milk. Belice is one of the seventeen native Italian sheep breeds listed by the National Association of Pastoralists. It is bred in the provinces of Agrigento, Palermo and Trapani in Sicily.

I knew nothing about this breed of sheep at the time of capture. I simply admired their stately, regal bearing. I had never seen sheep that looked anything like them before. They are truly majestic animals.

Copyright 2018, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

Nikon D810 DSLR Nikkor AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f-2.8D ED, focal length: 200mm, exposure:  f/8.0, 1/640 sec., ISO: 400, WB: Auto, exposure program: Aperture Priority, handheld, capture date and time: 5/03/2018, 11:53 pm, post processing: Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2017.

 

Macellaio, Mercato del Capo

Macellaio, Palermo, Sicily

Macellaio, Mercato del Capo, Palermo, Sicily

~ view larger ~

Out of all the butcher’s at Mercato del Capo street market, this one stood out because he was missing 4 digits on his left hand. No wonder he wears a red apron! I wonder if it was an accident or maybe he couldn’t come up with protection money. If he missed a payment, I’ll bet he had the money next month.

Copyright 2018, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

Nikon D810 DSLR Nikon AS-F Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lens, exposure:  f/6.3, 1/320 sec., ISO: 800, WB: Auto, exposure program: Aperture Priority, handheld, capture date and time: 4/30/2018, 8:28 am, post processing: Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2017.

 

Cefalù on the Sea

Cefalù on the Sea, Sicily

Cefalù on the Sea, Sicily, 5/06/2018

~ view larger ~ 

Leaving Palermo traveling east along the Tyrrhenian Sea, this was the first pull off with a view of my destination, the city of Cefalù.

Copyright 2018, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

Nikon D810 DSLR AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure:  f/10.0, 1/250 sec, ISO 64,  WB: Auto, exposure program: Manual, shutter: Mup mode, Vello RS-N1II wired remote switch RS, Induro Stealth CLT203 carbon fiber tripod, Induro PHQ1 Panhead, capture date and time: 5/06/2018, 10:05 am, post processing: 32-bit HDR, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2017

%d bloggers like this: