The Kiss 2015

Photo: © Russell Johnson

Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra painted this tribute to Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famous The Kiss photograph, which celebrated the ending of World War II. Eisenstaedt shot the original in New York’s Times Square. Kobra’s mural is visible from the Highline on 25th Street and 10th Avenue.

Catching up with the Woman in Gold

Adele Bloch-Bauer I or Woman in Gold by Gustav Klimt, 1907

I have been chasing a woman around the world and finally met her in New York. But the beautiful Adele Bloch-Bauer, popularized in the movie, “Woman in Gold” starring Helen Mirren, was now gazing at me as I gazed at her in her portrait in the Neue Galerie in New York City.

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Snow Day: First Day of Spring in New York

Snow Day, Central Park (c) 2015 Russell Johnson

I grew up in cold climes and always looked forward to the winter’s first day of snow, when Krispy Kreme white covered everything from trees to trashcans. After that, not so much. But new snow on the first day of spring? That’s what happened in New York last week when I took a walk around the park….Central Park.

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Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop: A Playpen for Artists and Makers (Video)

Fog Bank – Kristina Larsen and Sebastian Martin – Autodesk Pier 9 Workshop, San Francisco

Do it yourselfers! You could only wish for a workshop like this.

Autodesk, which makes Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) software that designs everything from sports stadiums to videogame characters has built a playpen for artists, architects, furniture-makers, and other creative types (even chefs) to stretch their imaginations using some very expensive machines.

Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop in San Francisco is an offshoot of do-it yourself web site Instructables.com, a web hub for the so-called “maker movement.”

Here, artists design using the company’s software and build some marvelous things with tools which consist of everything from 3D printers to CNC machines, Computer Numerical Control contraptions that drill, mill or cut with computer guided accuracy.

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A Town Called Wingo

Wingo, Ghost Town, California
Wingo, California (c)2014 Russell Johnson

First it is there, then it isn’t. I have seen it on some maps but not on others. It is a town, I think, in the middle of a swamp between the wine-logged valleys of Sonoma and Napa.

I love its name: Wingo. Sounds like a badass western town full of mean hombres.

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