Photography by Ian L. Sitren

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What Does It Say?

Just something you would drive by and ignore. Trash, graffiti on an abandoned billboard, and in the distance a high rise casino resort. As a scene what does it say? From a photo excursion.

Trash, graffiti on an abandoned billboard, and the Casino Morongo along a freeway frontage road in Cabazon CA.


Billboards

Somehow when you see the billboards in their entirety and location, it negates the message. On the frontage road along the 10 Freeway near Cabazon on the way to Palm Springs.


Economical

When shooting film, I have learned that it is more economical to photograph with two models at the same time. I will have to remember to do that more often.


Trains

I do also like photographing trains. I will have to do that more often. This was in Tucson on a multi-day photo excursion. Fujifilm X-Series camera using the Velvia film emulation.


With Her Shadow

Model Aristodeme in a coat with her shadow. Nothing else. Hasselblad digital camera system and Broncolor lighting.


Manzanar Fire Department

January 6th has become a historic date for many wrong reasons. This year January 6th 2021 I was at home. January 6th 2017 I was at the World War II Manzanar Internment Camp on a multi-day Death Valley photo excursion. Photographed with a Hasselblad digital camera system.

Fire engine at the Manzanar Internment Camp Fire Department.

Mustang And Model T’s

Visitors yesterday at the Palm Springs Air Museum.


Military Flights At Palm Springs

Actually we do get a lot of military aircraft at Palm Springs. There were a few C-130’s on hand today. I was on the ramp running flights at the Palm Springs Air Museum.


Dinosaurs Pink & Xmas

The Cabazon dinosaurs, one freshly pink and the other still in Christmas attire. Photo excursion yesterday from Palm Springs to Fontana California.


Photography Beginnings

The beginnings of my photography has it’s roots in my interest in Astronomy. In 1964 I became a member of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, founded in 1889. I had built my own 8 inch reflector telescope on an equatorial mount and used a 35mm Miranda camera to shoot through it. Coming full circle I am now interested in Astrophotography again.


Cold Moon 2020

The last full Moon of the year 2020, photographed December 29. Known as the “Cold Moon” because it occurs in the Winter of December. The camera was a Fujifilm X-H1 and the XF100-400 lens.


Art Bombay Beach

A Christmas holiday photo excursion to Bombay Beach at the Salton Sea.


Half Moon

Half Moon on the evening of the Winter Solstice 2020. Fujifilm X-H1 camera and XF100-400 lens.


Chair At Roy’s Motel

Roy’s Motel along old Route 66 in Amboy California. From one of my photo excursions.


Goat Canyon Trestle

A different kind of photo excursion. Flew down to see the Trestle Bridge in Goat Canyon, south of the Salton Sea near the Mexican border. The world’s largest all wood trestle and built in 1933. Photographed with my Fujifilm X-T3 camera and Fujifilm 50-140mm lens.

The largest all wood trestle bridge in the world. Built in 1933. Photographed from an airplane.

Stop

There also is no control tower. I guess don’t play on the runway as well. The “airport” at Quartzsite Arizona from a photo excursion.


Give Way To Aircraft

Photo Excursion to Quartzsite Arizona. More photographs to follow.


Cycling… Nude

Should I add this to my sports photography portfolio? It is cycling. Ok maybe not. Model Aristodeme. Hasselblad digital camera system and Broncolor lighting.


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