A New Year’s Tale — From A New York City Photographer

File under Surreal Estates…






I’ve been working in psychiatry for 28 years and counting – and been a surrealist for longer than that. So nothing, especially synchronicity, should surprise this grey hound but today caught me by surprise.

Years ago I had a patient who had a delusion. He believed he was a world famous writer and he would spend hours in bookstores looking for his work, to no avail. I liked him very much. He died without ever finding one of his books.

Today, I ventured to Barnes and Noble looking to buy anniversary editions of Fahrenheit 451 and the first Doors album, as one does on New Year’s Eve. Thank God my wife and daughter were with me because what happened was really startling and strange. As the poet once said, Strange Days Have Tracked Us Down…

My wife was on line waiting to pay for our stuff while my little girl and I waited for her in the entrance to the store. I picked up a book called History’s Biggest Blunders (my life story – it’s my kind of book) and thumbed the pages quickly, not really paying too much attention. And then my mouth fell open. The very last story featured a photo that looked familiar. They even gave me a photo credit. Page 249 made my day. I hope my old client is looking down on me today – he was a smart and sensitive guy with an appreciation for both irony and the surreal.

I love being a photographer in New York, all you have to do is stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and the world comes to you. It’s true, try it sometime. Happy New Year!







A Very Gentle Sound

Shot Of The Day: December 31, 2013





QOTD: Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.
— Saint Teresa of Avila

Quote from The Hip Pocket Guide To Offbeat Wisdom by William Sauer

Backstory: I’d like to get a door mat that says ‘Welcome To The Machine’. Wiping my feet would be a small act of resistance, an affirmation of humanity. — TAG

Equipment: Nikon F75 / Nikkor 35~80mm f4-5.6


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When You’re Unwanted

Shot Of The Day: December 28, 2013





QOTD: In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

Quote from The Hip Pocket Guide To Offbeat Wisdom by William Sauer

Backstory: I have a Toyota when I need an Interstellar Overdrive. And somewhere to explore – a strange land for strangers. — TAG

Equipment: Nikon F75 / Nikkor 35~80mm f4-5.6


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Swim In Mystery

Shot Of The Day: December 25, 2013





QOTD: The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
— Francis Bacon

Quote from The Hip Pocket Guide To Offbeat Wisdom by William Sauer

Backstory: I like cars that look like art objects – with an air of mystery — not the modern catastrophes: SUV shoeboxes and egg-shaped sedans. — TAG

Equipment: Nikon F75 / Nikkor 35~80mm f4-5.6


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Tell Me, Who Are You

Shot Of The Day: December 23, 2013





QOTD: You are lost the instant you know what the result will be.
— Juan Gris

Quote from The Hip Pocket Guide To Offbeat Wisdom by William Sauer

Backstory: I’ve had four names: my birth name, my adopted name, my stage name, and now, my maiden name. — TAG

Equipment: Nikon D40x / Sigma 18~200mm f3.5-6.3


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