The Problem with Pictures

I have a problem with pictures.

We don’t recognize the guy in the picture.

He’s not Rob Goldstein or Mateo

or Bobby.

or Sara

or Felicity

or Peter

or Bob.

He might be Matthew.

When I’m asked for a picture of myself all of my alternate neuro-networks light up in confusion.

Whose picture?

Collage Portrait in torn paper

“ You peer into the mirror and have trouble recognizing yourself.

You can’t remember whether you actually did something. . . or only thought you did.

You feel as though you’re just going through the motions of life.”

The Stranger in the Mirror.

When someone shows me a picture of what they say is me I look at it and smile and thank them.

I never say what I see.

Portion of a 3-D Collage on Clarion Alley

That’s how we lose friends.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: 2017 Favorites

This is my first photo challenge so be gentle.

This comes from Miriam Hurdle of The Shower of Blessings blog.

I don’t take many family photos; I tend to think of San Francisco as
my family.

I love the people, their kindness; that I can laugh with a stranger
on the bus.

Some of these photos were not taken this year but I don’t consider
a photo complete until I process it.

So these are a my favorites from the photos I processed in 2017.

I may already have posted a couple of these.

This is a shot of kids walking through Clarion Alley in San Francisco’s Mission
District.  It’s one of my favorite shots and I finished it this year, I think.

Kids take a short cut through Clarion Alleybetween Mission Street in Valencia in San Francisco
Kids taking on Clarion Alley

I love this mural. The artist seems to capture the essence of curiosity.

Detail from a Mural in San Francisco's Mission District. It depicts the face of a boy looking with curiosity at something in his hand
Curiosity

My favorite Hitchcock movie is The Birds.  It’s OTT but scary. This photo
is my tribute to The Birds. The title is a piece of dialogue spoken by a
drunk in a bar.

Digitally painted photograph of a flock of birds on a rooftop. The birds are a silhouette against a red, yellow and green background
It’s the End of the World

I found this in my 2011 archives a couple of weeks ago and realized I was
looking at a collaboration between strangers. By taking a photo I
joined the collaboration. It’s absolutely a favorite of 2017 and something
I’m still working on.

Photograph of a sticker of a pen drawing of a woman's face which someone splashed with red pain. Someone else added a left eye in glasses to her forehead.
Her Third Eye

I took this photo through the window of a United flight between Virginia and
San Francisco. There’s something poetic about it.  I recently posted a different edit as an illustration for a poem.

Digital painting of a purple, yellow and blue sunset as seen from a plane
Sunset

Thanks for the visit!

All images (c) Rob Goldstein All Rights Reserved