Photography by Ian L. Sitren

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OK Now What?

We got this far. Now what is the next step? Microwave?

That is why I am the photographer.

8 Miles

I call this my exercise and weight loss days at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Not unlike doing an all day obstacle course. It does not include carrying and loading parachutes in airplanes, lifting and placing tow bars, carrying fire extinguishers, placing wheel chocks, moving airplanes, opening and closing rolling gates on the ramp, loading riders and safety briefing them, marshaling airplanes in and out, cleaning canopies, or any number of other things that go on. Yesterday 7:30am to 5:00pm. Yeah but it is all fun!

Sumo

A truly superb documentary about photographer Helmut Newton. Certainly my most admired and that of many more over the decades. From 2004 on the introduction of the giant volume of his works by Taschen. Long since sold out but last available for $22,500. https://www.taschen.com/…/blog/1485.exclusive_preview.htm

Does Sex Still Sell Fashion?

A very interesting story from Vogue UK…

“Helmut Newton’s Images Sold Sex And Unobtainable Glamour. Six Decades Later, Are We Still Turned On?”

“As BABY SUMO, a masterpiece reworking of Helmut Newton’s seminal tome, hits shelves on what would have been the photographer’s 100th birthday, Vogue asks if sex really does still sell women’s fashion?”

“It’s an interesting moment to rerelease SUMO (1999), the 464-page Helmut Newton monograph that weighed 35kg and came with a specially designed Philippe Starck stand. To meet the current moment, it has been redesigned: now called BABY SUMO, it’s half the size and relatively speaking, it’s reasonably priced at £1,000. (The signed first-edition of SUMO became the most expensive book of the 20th century when it sold at auction in Berlin for 620,000DM in 2000, approximately £506k today.)”

Read the full story here… https://www.vogue.co.uk/arts-and-lifestyle/article/helmut-newton-fashion-photography

1946 Super Cruiser

Flying over my backyard, a 1946 Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser. It actually belongs to a buddy of mine. He said he was out doing 35mph approaches and landing in about 75ft. Shooting with my Fujifilm X-H1 camera and the Fujifilm XF100-400 lens.

A Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser over Palm Springs

Morning Moon

The Moon photographed in the morning at 8:04am on November 4 2020 here in Palm Springs from my backyard. Fujifilm X-H1 camera and the Fujifilm XF100-400 lens, handheld.

Actually it was shooting photographs through my homemade eight inch reflecting telescope at the night skies back when I was 12 years old that really got me first interested in photography. Back then I had a Miranda 35mm camera that I had bought for $35.00. Funny thing that I remember.

I was the youngest member ever of the Astronomical Society Of The Pacific.

The Moon in a morning sky

Fine Art Photography

The question came up the other day; “What is fine art photography?”. I am not sure but here is my effort at it. The model is Aristodeme. A Hasselblad digital camera system and Broncolor lighting. The art print from the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena California. I am liking my interpretation of it better than by itself.

Warning Signs

Public art along El Paseo in Palm Desert California. I decided to call them “Warning Signs”.

Fleetline

A Chevrolet Fleetline parked on El Paseo in Palm Desert California. That is all I know. One thing about El Paseo is that you always see some fun cars. Classics, and I saw one red Ferrari, one black Ferrari, one black McLaren and as usual for Palm Desert, a few Bentley’s.

The Nose Nose

The nose nose what it nose. Public art on El Paseo in Palm Desert California.