Nightmare Logic

Shot Of The Day: March 23, 2017





QOTD:
Territorial pissing contest, it sickens my nerves
Atrophy of morality, the people left to bleed
A foregone conclusion, the lock before the key
Raised on ideology and imperial democracy

— Power Trip
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Backstory: The mural is found on the rear of a store in Stapleton. Regarding the music: I can’t say for sure what motivated Power Trip’s lyrical attack on ‘Imperial Democracy’ but the album was released after Trump’s selection to the presidency. If you like thrash this little ole band from Dallas does it right. Politically they are reliable as well. Put the (double bass drum) pedal to the metal. — TAG

Locale: Stapleton, Staten Island

Equipment: Nikon D5500 / Sigma 18~200mm f3.5-6.3 DC

 

Power Trip – Nightmare Logic: https://youtu.be/kPwPwSQE9bs?t=27m28s


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The Street And Babe Shadow

Shot Of The Day: March 12, 2017





QOTD: Your head’s a house, your soul’s the steeple. Babe, I do mean babe.
— Marc Bolan
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Backstory: Every day, while walking to work, I pass three 1967 Mustangs. It’s very strange…1967 is my favourite year for the base version of my fave car (1972 is my fave year for the Mach 1). How odd is it that I pass three ’67 Mustangs, no other year, each and every morning? One has a blown engine (a Shelby version, sitting in a junkyard on Castleton Ave.), one runs and is pristine (Brownell St., near the old Baptist church) and one is being repaired, awaiting parts (resting in the service station opposite Bayley Seton Hospital). It makes me miss my ’66 – with its 289 small block V8 it was a great car. I miss driving around, smoking Marlboro Reds, and listening to T. Rex on 8-Track. — TAG

Locale: Memory Lane (the Clifton side of the street – just south of Broad St, Stapleton).

Equipment: Nikon D5500 / Sigma 18~200mm f3.5-6.3 DC

 

T.Rex – The Street And Babe Shadow: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJq519nXMWI


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Confounded (Part 1)

Shot Of The Day: March 10, 2017





QOTD:
Excuse me
Oh will you excuse me
I’m just trying to find the bridge…
Has anybody seen the bridge?

— Robert Plant
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Backstory: A view of Beach Street with the Verrazano Bridge in the background. The bridge’s name is actually misspelled: it is named after Giovanni da Verrazzano – the man who discovered it, according to my surrealist son. — TAG

Locale: Stapleton, USA

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Led Zeppelin – The Crunge: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ONE2MZqRkM


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Start Wearing Purple (And White And Gold…)

Shot Of The Day: March 8, 2017





QOTD: If Congress refuse to listen to and grant what women ask, there is but one course left then to pursue. What is there left for women to do but to become the mothers of the future government?
— Victoria Claflin Woodhull
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Backstory: Gogol Bordello play self-described “gypsy punk” – with a pronounced pro-Romani, pro-immigrant vibe. “Start Wearing Purple” isn’t a political song (it’s a love song of sorts written by frontman Eugene Hütz) but perhaps it could be? Should be? In any case I’m all in favour of wearing purple – and white and gold… To hell with patriarchy. — TAG

Locale: Inside the crazy thought that women deserve equal rights. Happy International Women’s Day.

Equipment: Nikon D5500 / Sigma 18~200mm f3.5-6.3 DC

 

Gogol Bordello – Start Wearing Purple: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkkIwO_X4i4


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The Name of Your Forgiver

Shot Of The Day: March 6, 2017





QOTD: Forgiveness is indifference. Forgiveness is impossible while love lasts.
— Mary Boykin Chesnut
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Backstory: Trinity Lutheran, called Deutsche Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche prior to World War One, is my favourite church. Alas I’ve never been inside. As Jack Warden quipped in Cousins: “God makes me nervous when you get him indoors.” Will I ever meet my forgiver? Hmm… Regarding the QOTD – Hannah Arendt, Elie Wiesel and others have correctly pointed out that the true face of evil, the most profound and yet banal, pedestrian, evil, is a an indifference to the suffering of the Insignificant Other. This profound lack of empathy is Evil Incarnate. And it wears not the Mark of Cain – but the Mark of Narcissus. So while the quote is about love v. indifference, in my dadaist algebra it is also about good v. evil. Tangential perhaps but back in the States we find ourselves adrift in a truly dislocated day. — TAG

Locale: My daily walk…through the astounding neighborhood of Stapleton, USA. I love it.

Equipment: Nikon D5500 / Sigma 18~200mm f3.5-6.3 DC [top], LG G5 [bottom]

 

Porcupine Tree – Dislocated Day (my fave PT song): www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3z2ikK6Fog




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Tantamount

Shot Of The Day: March 2, 2017





QOTD: The rhythm of relations of color and size makes the absolute appear in the relativity of time and space.
— Piet Mondrian
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Backstory: It’s tantamount. What else? — TAG

Locale: A Dream Home, replete with a Heartache, nestled parenthetically between Clifton and Shore Acres.

Equipment: Nikon D5500 / Sigma 18~200mm f3.5-6.3 DC

 

Bill Nelson – Do You Dream In Colour: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwRZ0HW9-aw


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We Don’t Need Freedom

Shot Of The Day: February 26, 2017





QOTD:
We don’t need freedom
Do we now
Freedom preaches disobedience

Pride waste lust and greed
We’re free to obey all of these
Comfortably that’s how we’ll be
Enough for you plenty for me
We won’t need actors or rock stars
All we’ll want is farmers and soldiers

— Saccharine Trust
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Backstory: Here in Trump Nation we need to remember not to ‘exceed the maximum dose of freedom’ – or do we? Regarding the song choice: UK punk produced the Pistols, the Clash and the Stranglers; New York – Television, the Ramones and the Dolls. But L.A. punk produced my favourite punk bands – Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Flipper, Christian Death, X and Saccharine Trust. — TAG

Locale: Stapleton, USA

Equipment: Nikon D5500 / Sigma 18~200mm f3.5-6.3 DC

 

Saccharine Trust – We Don’t Need Freedom: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpzr5dSXDp4


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In Colour…And In Black And White

Shot Of The Day: February 25, 2017





QOTD:
Everybody knows
That’s the way things go
All the ties that bind
Heaven knows they’ll flash before your eyes

— Cheap Trick
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Backstory: This is one of my favourite locations on Staten Island. The church on top of the hill is now known as Trinity Lutheran, formerly Deutsche Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche. Built in 1913, it has some wonderful gargoyles. — TAG

Locale: Stapleton Heights

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Cheap Trick – Everybody Knows: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN9gaJ2z58s


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