Omara Portuondo mural on the Avenida Independencia, San Telmo, Buenos Aires, 24-Jan-2013.

Omara Portuondo in Buenos Aires – Pic du Jour

A lovely tribute to the legendary Cuban voice on the Avenida Independencia in San Telmo. Stopping to snap the pic also provided a good opportunity to clean the dog crap off the soles of my shoes. Come on, Porteños, it really is time to get that together, ok? My hostess …

Still Life with Swiss chocolate, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, Zurich, 28-Aug-2012

Still Life with Swiss chocolate, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith

‘Sweets’ is this week’s twitter travel theme for #FriFotos; this was the only image to immediately come to mind. All things considered, nothing was as sweet this year as the few days I spent with Patti Smith‘s memoir, Just Kids. (But yes, the chocolate was pretty good, too.) Indeed, if …

National Bank of Slovenia

The Power of Two – #Frifotos

The EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today. I’m going to assume that means that the Union is not in the running for the Prize in Economics that’s yet to be awarded. That’s too bad since these two telamones that so dutifully carry Slovenia’s National Bank could really use …

Kolner Dom (or woman in white)

#Frifotos – White

‘White’ is this week’s #FriFotos theme on twitter; if I was at home, I could simply take a photo of all the stolen white hotel towels I have. But I’m not. I’m sequestered at a resort hotel near Kavarna, Bulgaria, whose entire interior is swimming in a sea of white. …



Windows is this week’s #frifotos theme on twitter. This piece below is also called Windows, from Le Spleen de Paris (1864), by Charles Baudelaire, which I now want to read start-to-finish. Enjoy and may your weekend dazzle like a window lighted by a single candle. Looking from outside into an …


Bridges, a Rainbow and St. Paul’s

Bridges is this week’s #frifotos theme on twitter; I was stuck indoors all day yesterday working in a hotel in Brussels which allowed no time for bridge hunting in the Belgian capital. So instead here’s another shot from a visit to London last month, a view towards St. Paul’s Cathedral …


#FriFotos: For Sale – Encounters with Commerce

I haven’t been around here much for the past week, which is more or less par for the course during the hazy summer months. Missed me? ‘For Sale‘ is this week’s #FriFotos theme on twitter, affording this quick glance back into when my camera met commerce head-on in various parts …



.. is the theme for this week’s #FriFotos on Twitter. How about a shot taken from a rooftop? This was the first time I tried a pan-zoom technique I saw somewhere on a site I forgot to bookmark. Or is it zoom-pan? Kind of nifty either way, no? To get …


Shoes ( #Frifotos )

I’m the most utilitarian shopper and consumer when it comes to shoes. But these, resting peacefully in a large crate in a small bazaar near the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, I found oddly appealing.