The Wiener Mobile and other important things

iphone_13may2009_0001I distinctly remember waaaay back in the 1960s, getting my first glimpse of the Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile. I think it was right around the same time that I became familiar with the Book Mobile, a mobile library that you could check books out of. It seemed you could put pretty much anything on wheels in those days.

So imagine my surprise when I saw the Wiener Mobile yesterday in downtown Chicago. It was a more modern version. It moved at a pretty good clip too as you can see from the fact that it was leaving my frame as I was trying to compose the photograph. Sometimes Wiener Mobiles don’t wait for you to find the proper composition.

iphone_13may2009_0002In other news, I can finally report the details of the new Italian restaurant where I’m displaying some of my photography. It’s called fianco and they are using nine of my large photographic prints from Italy as part of the decor. It was fun to go back to 1993 and 1999 to look through photos from my visits there and find appropriate images. Jerry, the owner, was looking for photos that conveyed the sense of Italian life rather than the usual iconic shots of famous places. I think we selected some good ones.

And as is always the case when I go back to explore shoots from years past, I always find images I had passed over the first time for some reason. A few of them have been blown up and now hang at fianco. The restaurant should be open in the next week or so and is located at 3440 N. Southport in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.

iphone_13may2009_0004And speaking of Chicago, I’m keeping a promise to myself to photograph the city nearly every day. Sometimes I have my pro camera with me, sometimes I just use my iPhone. All of the photographs in this blog entry are from the iPhone using a new app called ShakeItPhoto which was written by a good friend of mine called Nick Campbell. It completely mimics the operation of a Polaroid camera, right down to shaking the picture after you take it to speed the developing process.

I’m also currently working on a new long term project that I was originally going to submit to the Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson this year for a grant submission. Due to a number of factors, I decided to wait before submitting this year. The scope of my project was too broad and I am in the process of doing more research before I formally submit my proposal the next time around.

iphone_13may2009_0003It’s a good idea, but it needs to be refined. I’ll hold off on the specifics of it for the time being, but it involves two of my favorite topics, Benjamin Franklin and Paris, France. Ironically I used to carry a gold zippo lighter with Benjamin Franklin’s image on it, until it was confiscated at Charles de Gaulle airport during one of my trips to Paris.

I’m enjoying the research part of a documentary photo project. Something new for me in a year already full of wonderful new things.

And finally, today I received an email from someone from my past I thought I would never hear from again. Intriguing… and a story for another time.

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