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Thomas Wolfe Was Right
Monday, August 18, 2014





I have a friend who likes to use this expression when I talk to him, “Alex you are reiterating yourself.” Indeed he is right and if anybody ever has the misguided desire to prove my friend right by reading more than a couple of blogs herein, they will immediately find out that herein there is nothing new under the sun.

At age 7 or 8 a wooden crate with bricks for gas pedal, clutch and brake with a broom handle and some wheel nailed as a steering wheel suddenly was not Fangio’s racer but a crate with bricks for….

At age 16 to 20 I was an avid fan of good bullfighting in Mexico City. I went to both the bullfighting plazas of the city and saw some of the best matadors of their time. I even witnesed  Don Pedro Domecq do his art on an elegant and prancing white horse. He was rejoneador.

Between 1977 until the early 90s I was an avid admirer of the ecdysiast art. It was best put by fellow admirer and friend, Les Wiseman here.

Then sometime in the those 90s while being with a couple of journalists and three architects at Tony Ricci’s establishment, the Marble Arch one of the architects said, “Let’s wait for her to show her t… and then we can pack up and go home.”  In some way the racing car became a crate and the art of bullfighting became a disgrace to animals. I may have returned to the Number 5 Orange a few times but my justifiable excuse is that I have gone to visit with Ricci.

A couple of years ago I was allowed to shoot backstage during some very good burlesque productions. I found these even more unexciting and I could not abide by some of the women playing cutesy. Only Monroe could get away with that.

They say that women are as old as they look and that men are old when they stop looking. If that is correct I am currently in my early 20s. But I could never return to a strip bar. Perhaps, one of the reasons is that I knew most of those talented (they could dance, then) women and the women I have seen since resemble dancing androids. 




The excitement that Wiseman wrote about is firmly in my memory and while those times will never come back I can reinforce them with glimpses at photographs I was privileged and allowed to take.

The woman in this blog had beautiful red hair and always wore a head band. She was tall and sinewy. She was financing her university education with her exotic dancing. Almost always when she danced in the evening her boyfriend was there (perhaps to safely see her home). He was a balding blond man taller than she was and he reminded me of Ichabod Crane.

The curious colour of the scans (which I have left as is) is due to the film that I used. It was a chromogenic Illford b+w film with a speed of 400 ISO. Chromogenic meant that this was really b+w colour negative film that could be processed in Kodak C-41 chemistry and I did not have to bother processing at home. I had my lab at the time do that.

Looking at these two pictures, which I took at Gary Taylor's Bradley's on Howe Street brings back the thrill of the times and of feeling alive while watching beautiful women slowly take their clothes of. 

Best of all, at the time I had no guilt. 

Perhaps it is because I never indulged in drugs and alcohol as I remember that the picture below, which I took during a car wash at the Drake Hotel is of the very same red head.


Civic Duty - Kodachrome 64 Aug 1981



     

Previous Posts
Darwin's Cynara cardunculus

That Perfect Red - Not Yet

Corte Y Confección - Part II

Corte Y Confección

Leonard Cohen Is Not Dead - Yet

Ergi La Mente Al Sole

El Olor Del Jasmín Y La Madreselva

How Frail A Lovely Semblance Is

To The Film Industry In Crisis

Time, Beauty, Pleasure, Disappointment & Spats



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10/2/16 - 10/9/16

10/9/16 - 10/16/16

10/16/16 - 10/23/16

10/23/16 - 10/30/16

10/30/16 - 11/6/16

11/6/16 - 11/13/16

11/13/16 - 11/20/16

11/20/16 - 11/27/16

11/27/16 - 12/4/16

12/4/16 - 12/11/16

12/11/16 - 12/18/16

12/18/16 - 12/25/16

12/25/16 - 1/1/17

1/1/17 - 1/8/17

1/8/17 - 1/15/17

1/15/17 - 1/22/17

1/22/17 - 1/29/17

1/29/17 - 2/5/17

2/5/17 - 2/12/17

2/12/17 - 2/19/17

2/19/17 - 2/26/17

2/26/17 - 3/5/17

3/5/17 - 3/12/17