Good Friends Are Like Angels, You Don’t Have To See Them To Know They Are There

Thank You for reading my Blog.
Thank You for being a friend.
Each one of you is an inspiration!
May Peace, Love, and Beauty be with you in the New Year!
Secretary, Hearst Magazines, @1980. Photo by Bruce Barone.
An image from my soon-to-be published book
Famous People Famous Places
with an Introduction by Luc Sante

Are there Angels in your life?
I would love to hear from you!

If you want distinctive nature, documentary or portrait photography–photography with soul that inspires you to live a more artful and beautiful life, please contact me.

Blonde Bombshell in Black Dress

From my soon-to-be published book
with an introduction by Luc Sante
Famous People Famous Places
Forgotten Images of a Lost Times Square
What are your memories of Times Square?
I would love to hear from you!

If you want distinctive nature, documentary or portrait photography–photography with soul that inspires you to live a more artful and beautiful life, please contact me.

Smile

Egg Farm. Otis, Massachusetts. Photo by Bruce Barone.
The best fresh eggs in Western Massachusetts.
 
What makes you smile?
I would love to hear from you!

If you want distinctive nature, documentary or portrait photography–photography with soul that inspires you to live a more artful and beautiful life, please contact me.

No-Knead Cranberry and Walnut Bread

My daughter was coming over for lunch. Tuna Salad, I thought, would be delicious on Cranberry and Walnut Bread. It was!

No-Knead Cranberry and Walnut Bread from Bruce’s Kitchen.
Formula
2 cups bread flour
2 cups rye flour
2 cups warm water
1/2 teaspoon yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups cranberries
1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
olive oil (for coating)
extra flour, wheat bran, or cornmeal (for dusting)

Equipment:
One medium mixing bowl
6 to 8 quart pot with lid (Pyrex glass, Le Creuset cast iron, or ceramic)
Wooden Spoon or spatula (optional)
Plastic wrap
Two or three cotton dish towels (not terrycloth)

Process:

Mix all of the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add dried cranberries and walnuts. Add water and incorporate by hand or with a wooden spoon or spatula for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Lightly coat the inside of the bowl with olive oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rest 12 hours (or more) at room temperature (approx. 65-72°F).

Remove the dough from the bowl and fold once or twice. Let the dough rest 15 minutes in the bowl or on the work surface. Next, shape the dough into ball. Generously coat a cotton towel with flour, wheat bran, or cornmeal; place the dough seam side down on the towel and dust with flour. Cover the dough with a cotton towel and let rise 1-2 hours at room temperature, until more than doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 450-500°F. Place the pot in the oven at least 30 minutes prior to baking to preheat. Once the dough has more than doubled in volume, remove the pot from the oven and place the dough in the pot seam side up. Cover with the lid and bake 30 minutes Then remove the lid and bake 15-30 minutes uncovered, until the loaf is nicely browned.

Tuna Salad on Cranberry Walnut Bread.

Let me know if you make no-knead bread.
I would love to hear from you!


If you want distinctive nature, documentary or portrait photography–photography with soul that inspires you to live a more artful and beautiful life, please contact me

Resolutions vs. Alterations

I found this old negative, a photo of a store on Washington Street in Hoboken, New Jersey, taken many many years ago and I thought how apt of a word, how better than resolution.

So, instead of New Year’s Resolutions, I am making Alterations.

To a great degree, all the Alterations are inter-connected, and I am enjoying illustrating each alteration with my photography.
 
In the book, Balancing Life By The Rule, Debra Farrington shows us the difference between self-help and spiritual growth in her article on creating a “rule” to guide everyday life, based on Christian monastic rules.

Contrasting a rule with a New Year’s resolution, she says that the latter is based on what we think is wrong with us (too fat, too poor, too tired, etc), while a spiritual rule grows from a desire to become more fully what we were created to be.

What do you think?
I would love to hear from you!

If you want distinctive nature, documentary or portrait photography–photography with soul that inspires you to live a more artful and beautiful life, please contact me.

The Three A’s to Successful Night Snow Photography

1. Attire

We are all familiar with the term “Dress for Success.” When photographing in the cold at night, paying attention to this adage can make the difference between getting great images or mediocre images. It takes more than good equipment to achieve success; Keep you head, feet, hands, legs, chest warm.

2. Attitude

Having a positive attitude when you are out in the cold at night will have a great impact on your success rate. Simply said: You should be having fun! Which brings me to my next tip:

3. Attendance

We have often heard “Half of success is showing up and the other half is showing up on time.” What I mean here is that we, as photographers, ought to be “practicing” every day in the same way a painter uses a paintbrush, a pianist uses a piano.

Snow. Rain. Heat. Aren’t these all situations for us to discover new landscapes of and for success? And when we add Attendance to Attitude to Attire we get success.

Of course, a Tripod is a necessity as is an umbrella (if it is still snowing or raining). Often, people might see me standing in the snow or rain behind my Tripod, an umbrella in my left hand, and my right hand on my camera!

Snow Falling on Bus Stop. Easthampton, MA. Photo by Bruce Barone.
Do you have rules for success?
I would love to hear from you!

If you want distinctive nature, documentary or portrait photography–photography with soul that inspires you to live a more artful and beautiful life, please contact me.

No-Knead Fig and Fennel Bread

I made this to bring over to my sister-in-law’s house for Christmas Dinner. I started the process Christmas Eve afternoon. It was delicious! Sweet and Moist!

Fig and Fennel Bread. Photo by Bruce Barone.
Formula
 
2 cups bread flour
2 cups rye flour
2 cups warm water
1/2 teaspoon yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 8 ounce jar fig preserves
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
olive oil (for coating)
extra flour, wheat bran, or cornmeal (for dusting)

Equipment:
 
One medium mixing bowl
6 to 8 quart pot with lid (Pyrex glass, Le Creuset cast iron, or ceramic)
Wooden Spoon or spatula (optional)
Plastic wrap
Two or three cotton dish towels (not terrycloth)

Process:
 

Mix all of the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add fennel seeds and fig preserves–use a fork or spoon to add a little of the preserves at a time. Add water and incorporate by hand or with a wooden spoon or spatula for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Lightly coat the inside of the bowl with olive oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rest 12 hours (or more) at room temperature (approx. 65-72°F).

Remove the dough from the bowl and fold once or twice. Let the dough rest 15 minutes in the bowl or on the work surface. Next, shape the dough into ball. Generously coat a cotton towel with flour, wheat bran, or cornmeal; place the dough seam side down on the towel and dust with flour. Cover the dough with a cotton towel and let rise 1-2 hours at room temperature, until more than doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 450-500°F. Place the pot in the oven at least 30 minutes prior to baking to preheat. Once the dough has more than doubled in volume, remove the pot from the oven and place the dough in the pot seam side up. Cover with the lid and bake 30 minutes Then remove the lid and bake 15-30 minutes uncovered, until the loaf is nicely browned.

Let me know if you make no-knead bread.
I would love to hear from you!

If you want distinctive nature, documentary or portrait photography–photography with soul that inspires you to live a more artful and beautiful life, please contact me

Hark! The Hearld Angels Sing

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ by highest heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Photo by Bruce Barone.

We are celebrating the feast of the Eternal Birth which God the Father has borne and never ceases to bear in all Eternity. . . . But if it takes not place in me, what avails it? Everything lies in this, that it should take place in me.
  ~Meister Eckhart 

Read about the hymn here.

How do you offer a voice that sings of faith, peace, joy, love and oneness–not just one day a year but a way of living life?

I would love to hear from you!


If you want distinctive nature, documentary or portrait photography–photography with soul that inspires you to live a more artful and beautiful life, please contact me.

 



In Silence of Falling Snow I Find Peace

One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six.
~A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
The Lower Mill Pond. Easthampton, MA. Photo by Bruce Barone.
 Peace be with you. Always.