Saturday, September 29, 2012

Comfortably Numb

Yes, I'm still in the Pink Floyd vortex (see previous posting).  I'm trying to get out, but forces keep pulling me in...

The Wobbleboxes

  A couple of weeks ago, I photographed R. Jon Tester's annual farm fundraiser bbq, and the best part of the day was the great band pictured above.  They call themselves the "You Name It Band."  

From their facebook page: "The band was originally formed in 2000 and quickly adopted the tradition of changing our name to better fit the gig or current events. Some of our favorite incarnations include: The Dimpled Chads, The Swinging Pulaskies, The Neverland Ranch Hands, Larry Craig & the Stall Tactics, Viagra Falls, Concrete Pinata, The Pre-existing Conditions, Whistler's In-laws, The Earth Tones, Granny's Bathwater and The Nightcrawlers."  For those of you who are not farmers or engineers, a wobble box is a mechanism that converts rotary motion into reciprocating, and is used to drive the cutter bar of a combine.

At the end of the event, when my work was over, and the band was packing up their equipment, my friend Daren asked me how I liked the band's Pink Floyd song.  I was apparently otherwise occupied, and had not heard it, so I went over to the band and asked about it.  The result of my inquiry was unexpected--bass player Deb Halliday offered an encore performance of Comfortably Numb, just for me.  Mary Hollow added vocals, and it was fantastic!  Many thanks to them for making the day worthwhile.


Unexpectedly, I ran into Victoria in the Walmart parking lot.  I hadn't seen her forever, and wouldn't ya know...she even had "Money" in her hand.  She's pretty cool....

In an ongoing attempt to ween myself off of the Pink Floyd, I switched to the Flaming Lips cover of the Dark Side album.  This was like switching to moonshine so as to drink less beer.  In fact, I recently accepted a bottle of moonshine in lieu of cash for an engagement session, so I know of what I speak.  Anyway, the photo below is representative of my brain after too much Lips.


This photo is part of a new series I'm working on.  The working title is "Dirt and Stuff".  I'm accepting suggestions for a different title.  In fact, if your suggestion is selected, I will send you a 10" print from the series.  Send your suggestion to or post to my facebook page.  Offer expires October 23.
Here are a few others to give you a clearer idea--




Friday, September 7, 2012

Wish You Were Here--Harvest 2012

Welcome to the Machine

The harvest of 2012 is complete.  A typical harvest in most respects--fought some fire, fixed things broken, fought off flying hoards of insects, slept too little and ate too much.  But this harvest was very different in one major way--it was our first harvest without my dad.  This farm's first harvest without him in 92 years.

Delicate Sound of Thunder

Us and Them

I spent the first days of harvest on a swather, cutting down the wheat before the insects did, and putting it into windrows.  I spent four full 16 hour days listening to Pink Floyd non-stop, thanks to the Pink Floyd channel on satellite radio, as well as my own collection of albums.  The jury is out as to whether or not I have permanently damaged my brain, or enhanced it.  It doesn't matter really, as long as I can refrain from quoting lyrics as if they are scripture.   However, I can confidently advise against repeated listenings of the Flamings Lips remake of Dark Side of the Moon.  

Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun

Heart Beat, Pig Meat

The Great Gig in the Sky

Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast

A Momentary Lapse of Reason

Brain Damage

The Final Cut

2012 Cast of Characters

Wish You Were Here