Bring on the Lucie

Something about rebirth.

It seems we are going to need it if the dire predictions are true. Luckily, they are all over the place. Some say that the government numbers are too high. Bill Gates is one who says that the number of deaths will not be as high as 240,000 souls. Maybe not even as high as 100,000.

I suppose we’ll see in short order. This is the week of extreme sadness. That may be in the north, but down here we haven’t come close to a peak. Our turn will come.

That’s enough of that.

I want to talk about pictures.

This picture. It’s very green. It’s about the rebirth that comes in spring. It’s about all things positive. It was an easy picture to make, but not so easy to see. The differing shades of green are what makes this picture interesting. Seeing it takes the right light falling on the right place at the right time. I saw it. Photographer’s luck, I say.

I follow a blogger, tweeter, Instagrammer, Facebooker called Andy Adams. He’s a nice guy. He champions photographers and photography. He’s in his early 40s. He’s just young enough to think all photography is fine on the screen. I’m just old enough to think that a picture isn’t a photograph until it’s printed on paper.

He tweeted. A friend of mine retweeted a link right below his. The link took me to Danny Lyon, who is one of those photojournalistic icons along with people like Robert Frank. I owe my work to them. Lyon said on his blog, which lives right here on WordPress, that his lab makes silver prints. In other words, an old school photograph. Those pieces of paper, along with an amazing amount of vision and talent, paid for a house in New Mexico, one in Upstate New York and another beach house on the east coast.

Paper. That’s still where it’s at.

Stay safe. Take care of one another. Keep your distance. Wear your mask in public spaces. Wash your hands. Enjoy all the Chinese food.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

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