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Americana 1 - Early Morning Shift

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 2 July 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

A lighthearted verse (I hope) by this American:

Beyond the corn, still young, whose leaves reflect the joyful sun;
Within the heat that rises from this crop, she endures...
In the edge of the first field stands the intrepid early morning...Watchcow....
Protecting her crops of corn and soy....
and wonderfing... "Where the hell is Martha!" (the day shift cow)
"She's late again!"...and I'm hot, ...oh boy!"
(end)

So here we are on a weekend which, when taken with yesterday's Canada Day, embraces the birthdays of two great neighbors: Canada at 144 celebrated yesterday, The United States on Monday, will celebrate her 235th birthday.

Now, the commercial side of "Americana," has become a boon to craft stores and all manner of commercial interests, selling everything from dinnerware, to baskets and craft items. But the basic concept of "Americana" also strikes me as being a genuinely sincere phenomenon when taken in a serious, historical manner. And, I think (or at least I hope), that this was the basis of the idea.......well, maybe not...after all this is a corporate state...but I digress....

Despite all of that, and as Curtis Mayfield once sang: "I Choose to Stay a Believer." So, in the coming days, I will present some images that you may find strange, in terms of their "association" with our Independance Day, but to me, they do represent the concept of Americana at least as I see it.

As for this image, this United States began primarily as an agrarian land and I can see no better way to start this series off than to feature the hot, humid, hazy facts of Summer in Farmland America...This is Western New Jersey, by the way...Not too shabbby! I hope you enjoy.

OLYMPUS E-510 1/125 second F/6.7 ISO 100 86 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

OLYMPUS E-510
1/125 second
F/6.7
ISO 100
86 mm

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