Our Editor Responds: All queries to the last post have been answered there. This may be the longest period Pasadena Adjacent has gone between posts. Pasadena Adjacent is in a serene mood.
I’ve transferred fellow blogger Banjo’s comment here concerning the editing of art.
“There are three questions and tests out there, which for me are THE most important factors:
Honesty: if you really knew and cared about this subject, is this the way you’d write about it, or are you lying to yourself as well as the reader?
Urgency/Exigency: Does this story/portrait HAVE to be told? Does every word, phrase, line, stanza really need to be (t)here?
I like the top one best, even though it’s barren looking.
Our Editor Responds: When I took it, I was convinced it would never come out. It still isn’t as dramatic as the moment, but I like the lavender. If you enlarge it you’ll see it’s a mountainside of fried trees
Works for me.
Our Editor Responds: Winter Solstice. The photo was taken from my Patio
Lovely. I’m glad you’re serene.
If I don’t know THE place where you took the top photo, I know severak places where it could be. Well. I guess we all do.
Our Editor Responds: Pasadena Adjacent is serene. Can’t say the same about the editor.
Aaah. A cryptic triptic. I like it. Happy New Year, PA ~ I’m taking a blogocation of sorts myself. Enjoy!
Our Editor Responds: Cryptic Triptic – I like that. Blogocation? can I use that?
I guess those skeletons will be with us for years and years.
Our Editor Responds: sad but true – US Forrest service really fucked up
Love all three shots…and serene is good!!!
Our Editor Responds: I took Banjo’s advice. Had other’s chosen that were more from an editorial standpoint. Dropped them in favor of the poetic. One that didn’t make the blog cut is up on FB (abandoned hive)
From a photographic point of view all of them convey something they’re not showing us, which is really saying something. I like them, just loads++++.
Our Editor Responds: Thank you Paula. It pleases me that you see them as a whole. And your right about “meaning” – something that became clearer to me through the grouping. The middle photo was purposely blurred.
Call me conventional, but my faves are the top and bottom pics. I like the colors and pattern in the middle one too, but maybe I need at least one item to be in focus or discernible?
I’m flattered to be cited. Thank you. The whole world should be citing me, but you and are the only ones wise enough . . . . Or something. (And again, let me acknowledge that those aren’t very original goals or criteria, but sometimes it seems no one is even trying to achieve them).
Thanks for the tip on the trees. I saw a few big fields of burnt trees (I don’t know the cause) in northern Michigan a couple of years ago, and it’s daunting.
Our Editor Responds: your criteria is a little harsh Banjo, so don’t bruise your back patting it. but. it did make me think of the editorial approach verses the poetic. The blur wasn’t an accident, it was a metaphor. It was chosen from about 10 attempts. 15 years ago, when I moved into my home, I had no idea the house across the canyon would be “Christmas Light Extravaganza” They keep the lights up till a few days after New Years. I took the photos on the last night.
Unfortunately, we are no strangers to large swathes of burnt trees out here. It’s a spooky (but compelling) sight. I’m going to venture a guess and say that was taken on the Angeles Crest Highway? And since you asked, I found the “Santa sippy cup” among the debris strewn on the ground outside an abandoned Jackrabbit Shanty in the Lucerne Valley. Anyway, my favorite is the last. I love how you dropped the horizon. That compositional choice really makes it for me!
Our Editor Responds: Yes about the location. We made a drive up the mountain and stopped short of snow. When we were installing the art over in Lake LA, we passed that sanctuary every day. I took photos of the signage
The sun rise is from my patio – I’m on a hill looking into a valley. That trace of mountain is the Whittier hills and behind that is Saddleback mountain in OC
Awesomeness. I’ve missed your posts. Glad the drought is over.
Our Editor Responds: Bad news, the drought is here to stay; at least for a time.
Lovely photos, glad you’re so serene; I was wondering what had happened to our entertaining and often educational PA blogger/video maker. The days are getting longer rapidly now. January can be a dull month socially, but the the native plants, especially the currants, are already in flower and the extra daylight lets me walk my dog further up into the hills.
Our Editor Responds: The blog post is serene. The editor never is. If northern winters had the most daylight hours, I would be in heaven. So far I’m in hell making my way through my fourth cold this season.
Oh my….oh my……
Our Editor Responds: I get the sunrises and you get the sunsets
Beautiful. Nothing to add. Everything is explained.
Our Editor Responds: thanks – ditto
Everyone needs an occasional break.
The savageness of the trees is lovely in its own way, but not like the promise of the sunrise. Nature will survive.
Our Editor Responds: unless we get whacked by a giant meteor
Looks like you’ve blogged only once in Nov & Dec. And even less in 2013: only once this year! Well, I think we wood both agree it’s the quality, not the quantity of blogging, that counts! :)
I prefer the middle shot, although tomorrow I could say the last. Which camera are shooting with nowadays, PA?
Our Editor Responds: are you giving me another “accounting” of my account? same camera
Wouldn’t getting whacked by a giant meteor be natural by nature?
Our editor responds: your right – nature trumps all
Gorgeous photos, principally the sunset!
Our Editor Responds: Thank you Sonia. I’ve enjoyed visiting the architecture of your country via your blog as have FB friends
Sorry to hear about all your colds. So it’s kind of a forced serenity? At least there’s the consolation of the incredible views from your porch. I like the series: starkness, mystery, hope.
p.s. speaking of mysteries, thanks for solving the puzzles in the previous post. Interesting stuff.
Our Editor responds: Your good at this Ms Campisi. I’m liking your linguistic tryptic. As to the previous post, your comment came closest to an understanding of the piece. You didn’t isolate a single aspect but saw that there might be relationships between the elements. When someone gets through that first hurdle – things get interesting on both sides of the fence.
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