Tuesday, August 31, 2004

View from the Back

An all-American alley where various activities can be conducted. Use your imagination. Sometimes it comes in handy with photography.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Darkness Visible

Far or forgot to me is near:
Shadow and sunlight are the same:
The vanish'd gods to me appear:
And one to me are shame and fame.

From Brahma by Ralph Walso Emerson

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Lori and Alex

Far East Christian meets Spanish Bhuddhist and they live happily ever after- hopefully. Nirvana, here I come!

Saturday, August 28, 2004

More Green

Yet again, more green. Enjoy this week-end everyone.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Sunny Friday


What a week-end this was...LSD, Chicago, speed, hot and humid, crowds, music...man, one Sunday to rememer. So, in honor of this past week's trip dowtown on LSD, I am posting this shot- and also, Amelia, Dessie and the rest of you accross the ocean, hope this brings you fond memories of home.

PS... here in Chicago LSD stands for Lake Shore Drive and this past week-end was the Air Show.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

They're here...

Blury Night

Shot just a few days ago, same night as yesterday's shot, this is one of those that people either love or hate- the blur (on purpose) makes it or kills it.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Mail Call

Alex and Juli

I guess there is much to say about my friends, so I'd like to NOT say it now. Yeah, it's all good for the most part and I think it all boils down to how I get sucked into friendships with many different people. I think of my friends as my second family and my life, it somewhat foolishly revolves around this concept. If you ask Juli, she'd tell you otherwise. She would tell you that she likes to be called Julia. She'd also tell you how she hates every kind of bodily fluid, tears, blood, anything. She'd also tell you how I never call when I'm supposed to. Nonetheless, I like my friends, and although the loner in me wants to get away sometimes, I can't!

Tuesday, August 24, 2004


Lately I have noticed I am attracted by anything that's blue. It used to be green, and now it's blue. Blue sky, blue water, blue eyes, blue lawn chairs, blue monday and now blue cars. Who knows, perhaps I can walk on the wild side and find me a blue moon to photograph one of these days. Of course, this is all nonsense, so disregard anything you've just read.

In all seriousness, this was shot in Downers Grove a weekend or so ago, handheld, about 9 pm. The night had something in it that I don't know how to describe (and I don't have to). Something about this small town, this small, finite community of people that came together for a truly American event- vintage cars on Main St. I swear, moments like these make my day- they mark something in me and I just smile, a bloody sadisfied smile that makes me look like a fool . And yet I smile again, and again and most of the times, again.

Monday, August 23, 2004

More Sunday Night

American Reluctance

No comments today. But some cool pics this week from my week-end actvities and some other thought provoking, earth shattering, revolutionary thoughts. 'Till then, take care y'all.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Sunday Night

Beautiful night in Chicago on the way back from the airshow. I got a little sun burned, but it's all good. Skin cancer here I come (and because I was a pre med/biology major, I can joke about this sort of thing).


My two cousins from Romania, Mara and Sonia (left). Romanian beauties, what can I say. One takes after her mother, and has her father's personality and the other is purely her dad in appearance, but totally her mother when it comes to personality. Nonetheless, they both have amazing qualities in them- like all children. Happy Sunday y'all!

Saturday, August 21, 2004

One Among Many

Up/Down World

Yeah! The Chicago Airshow is this week. Saw them practice the other day and it will be freackin-tastic... Lately I eased off on my blog philosophy a bit, but I miss it, so next week look forward to some reflections (i.e., nonsense) I need to get out there and out of my head.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Dracula Land

The medieval town of Sighisoara is very special to me. I grew up about 50 km north in the heart of Transylvania (central region in Romania). And yes, there is such a thing. This town is most famous not for its name, but for a person that was born here in 1431, by the name of Vlad the Impaler, the historical Dracula, inspiration for the character created by Bram Stoker. More pictures to come over the next few weeks.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Thursday night movie...

...or the Simpsons?

What shall it be?

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Postcard #1

Shot this in Romania while visiting my grandparents this past July. Slowly, but surely my grandma and the country itself was driven to insanity by my almost obsessive picture taking; soon, you shall see those terrified faces that ultimately faked a smile for my and art's sake. Cheers!

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

25th hour

Jury duty today down at 26th and California's Cook County Jail.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Monday blues...or is it green?

Did i mention I was color blind?

Saturday, August 14, 2004


Code Orange

It's been a crappy, miserable, cold week in Chicago. It feels more like London or Reykjavik. And yet, I feel the warmness and glow of our beloved Code Orange. Its shadow is toasty and falsely comforting, though possible side effects might include, but are not limited to panic, extreme fear, hostility, obsessive/compulsive syptoms when faced with someone from a different country and an increase in the consumption of anti-depressants and alcohol. But, life is good! And yeah, don't forget to register to vote!

Friday, August 13, 2004

Happy McGuffin Day!!!

Happy Friday the 13th!!! Today all of us should stay home and watch a good movie, relax and blame it all on the Golden Age of Hollywood, the age of suspense and fear.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Big Pimpin'

Title was suggested by some of my friends/family. Not by me, though I have nothing against free enterprise and the ambitious endevours of some small businesses. Go Cubs!

I love you, you love me...

The year is 25,000 A.D. Black and White photography is the new retro; the new retro is all the rage. Museum officials, in what is now a human Martian colony, are getting ready for the event of the martian century. Back on Earth, scientists have uncovered what is being called THE most remarkable find of a human 20th century relic... a costume belonging to someone named Barney. The most complete of such novelty items, is purple and although it doesn't look like much, it holds amazing historical importance according to the artificial intelligence sources informing this reporter. Also, dinosaurs held my interest for a long time as a child (they scared the crap out of me ever since that movie with Raquel Welch), and later, I always liked to think that one day would become a famous archeologist- and as you can see- never happened.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

How to make an omelet...

Or how to break eggs in persuit of the most amazingly eggy, runny, most versatile food. Cheese and a proper heating apparatus (i.e., stove or the sun) is optional. Bon appetit (the "t" is silent)!

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Drops of Green

For those who said this site needs more green...here we go. These are drops of a secret elixir that is the secret to ever lasting life and a clean, fresh breath, everyday. Actually they're cough drops made in China and they're amazingly strong... I believe the key ingredient is eucalyptus.

Monday, August 09, 2004

Jungle on my Desk

Plants are amazing...shade, oxygen, the color green- they're the answer to all our problems, except Mr. Bush. Though one can only imagine a miniature of Mr. Bush being devoured by a member of the carnivorous species, as he's holding a map of Alaska... yeah, did I mention plants are amazing creatures... very smart and with no political affiliation!!!

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Flower Girl

Girl at work

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Dark Lady

Mistery surrounds the enigmatic figure local people call "the Dark Lady" or the "Unspoken One". She is rumored to have been killed in the construction of the Daley Center while others say she is Picasso's lost, forgotten love he had left behind when he died. As she appears, eye witnesses describe a saintly mist filling the air and as she's gone to other realms, doves and pigeons gather around and like the morning wind- dissapears, her gentle smell of corruption still glazing the air, caressing the senses and bewitching us all.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Elephant Camp, Tamil Nadu, India

Early morning at an elephant camp near Valparai, India.

Thursday, August 05, 2004


Here I am stalking this beautiful girl- and annoying the hell out of everyone else at this Starbucks as they're supporting commercial globalization along with their morning dose of sugar (Splenda maybe?) laced grande machiado, no foam, skim milk or actual coffee.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Rainy Day

Rain today, been pouring all night. Took this shot at the Chicago Botanical Gardens on a humid, steamy day, much like today. This has been a long time favorite of many people I know, though I never thought it was a spectacular, or even a very good image. Perhaps I could be enlightened by someone out there. Cheers-

Tuesday, August 03, 2004


Why is it that people are so different? And yet the same? Why is being human such a cliche? I have a friend who keeps on telling me that all of us are complicated beings, yet I sometimes want to disagree with her- and most of the times, I can't. We're all phantoms, projections of self, a wall stretching out into oblivion, past this point of clarity and focus that perpetualy shifts... and so do we.

Monday, August 02, 2004

Port Blair, Andaman Islands

Felt hot today, late Sunday into Monday, in Chicago. Hot and humid- reminded me a lot of the week in the Andamans. No moral or philosophical take today. Peace.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Indian Smile

I was staying in Trichy on route back from the Western Ghats and her face just appeared to beam with life and a smile that I just had to capture. Enjoy your Sunday y'all!