Kubrick at the CJM

A master’s work explained.

Stanley Kubrick made but twelve commercial movies and each is rated at the top of its genre.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum has a splendid show documenting the background to each, showing the man’s working method, deep research and painstaking attention to detail.

Winston at the entrance.

I touch the fabulous Zeiss f/0.7 lens used in ‘Barry Lyndon’ for the candlelight scenes.

Rescued from thrift shops, Kubrick used two of these Mitchell ciné cameras in ‘Lyndon’. The camera is beautifully engineered.

The wide lens mount throat of the Mitchell allowed adaptation of the Zeiss lens for full aperture use.

The exhibition is beautifully staged, with just enough detail to maintain curiosity.

Jack Nicholson’s Adler typewriter from ‘The Shining’

The chilling text.

Winston with the HAL9000 from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

A selection of Kubrick’s lenses, mostly Zeiss.

You can read more about the ‘Barry Lyndon’ Zeiss lens here.

A highly recommended review of the master’s working methods. My son Winston, at the tender age of 14, knows all twelve of Kubrick’s masterpieces well, with the lush ‘Barry Lyndon’ his favorite, along with ‘Dr. Strangelove’. Indeed, his prep school application essay, which he wrote a year ago, addressed ‘Kubrick as a rôle model’, focusing on the master’s perseverance and what it teaches us about success in life.

All snaps using an iPhone 6.

The Monterey Historics – 2016

Overcast yet still splendid.

The Thursday before the Monterey Historics weekend always finds me in the paddock at the Laguna Seca racetrack to enjoy the eye candy on display. And to go a tad more deaf each year from the siren songs of all those motors being exercised.

This year the weather was unusually overcast, and the entrance fee has risen to $30, but neither put a damper on the occasion, for the display of classic cars was a wonderful as ever.

I took but two lenses, the 17mm and 45mm f/1.8 Olympus MFT optics, each on a Panny GX7 body and had at it.


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Esther Henderson

America past.

Americans had just been jolted out of their isolationism courtesy of Pearl Harbor when Esther Henderson took this magnificent image in Prescott, Arizona.

Prescott, Arizona. 1943.

Amazingly, some 40% of the nation, seemingly determined to vote for a candidate who is clearly missing several screws, still believes in the quixotic idea of economic and military isolationism. Mercifully, that candidate’s chances of soiling the Oval Office are even more remote than those of my Border Terrier coming back from the ashes.

But just look at that image of Henderson’s. Autumn leaves are burning – you can almost smell them – and the locals are chatting with the postman on the first of his two daily runs. The air is crisp and somewhere far away the greatest nation there has ever been is fighting mightily on two continents to provide peace and freedom for you and for me.

Prescott today? Forget it. Discovered long ago it is now so zooed as to be uninhabitable, like most places.

The new MOMA

Finally open.

After a long hiatus while a second building was added, MOMA SF has reopened with much more display space and a significantly improved entrance, the steep entry staircase now giving way to one off to the side.

Much nicer to climb up.

Lots of space added.

Among the Calder mobiles looking to the east.

Looking up.

The Flagmakers mural is now almost completely obscured.

Lots of new vistas.

All snapped on the iPhone6.

There’s a beautiful photography show celebrating the reopening named ‘California and the West’ – and it shows just how special the work of Dorothea Lange was in the Depression era. Click the image below for more:

Click the image.

Highly recommended.