Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • TheGreat Blue

    Blue reflection. I’d like to talk a little bit about cameras in the year 2023. There are a lot of great ones being offered by Sony, Nikon, Canon and Leica (if you have a lot of money to spend). These are all mirrorless cameras which is the way of the world these days. They get…

  • A Decade Of Nothing

    This is just a picture. I made it roughly a decade ago. I made it on Christmas Eve 2012. I made it at the bonfires on the river near Lutcher, Louisiana. We light the bonfires to guide Papa Noel down the Mississippi River to New Orleans so all the fine people of the city can…

  • Out On The Road

    My WordPress buddy Tim Allen said that he hoped this worked out for me. Me too. But, what he doesn’t realize is that this better work out for me because if it doesn’t he’ll have nothing but problems since WordPress is changing everything. One helper told me that since technology has changed over the years…

  • Finally

    I’d like to think that I’ve finally figured this out. But, I just know that I haven’t. There are plenty of little tells, like my picture in the corner. That shouldn’t be there. My logo should be there. Even though I’ve activated Storyteller Part Two I can’t actually see that I’ve done it. I suppose…

  • Everything is Broken

    A few of my friends have asked why we are heading to Virginia and farm life. These pictures might speak to that. But, they are a little romantic, a little nostalgic. New Orleans is truly the city that care forgot. The truth is that we’ve gotten as violent as I’ve ever known New Orleans to…

  • Cantaloup

    T his image is about fall. Yes, I know fall came to an end a couple of months ago. But, I finally got around to working on this picture. It’s another one of my layering experiments. This one was much easier to do than yesterday mostly because I used the basic template that I built…

  • Winterlude

    I ‘ve been struggling to find topics to write about. I’ve been trying to keep my posts lighthearted but we are living through some of the worst times that I’ve ever seen. The country is so polarized that I’m pretty sure that we can’t agree about the color of the sky. Now we’ve got the…

  • Winter Glow

    T his isn’t exactly what I meant. I’ve been trying to push back the distribution of Storyteller to about 5pm Central Time. I intended to do it by posting about an hour later every week until I reached 5pm. Oh no. I jumped to 3pm in about two days. Oh Well. A couple of folks…

  • Deep and Dark

    S ometimes you can’t sleep. But that was okay because I slept too much the night before. While I was laying there my past came into view. Both good and bad memories. I intentionally forced the bad ones away. Who wants to try to fall asleep with bad things in mind? There were a lot of…

  • Midnight

    M ystical, magical and very blue. This was really a test. What happens if I turn a white statue blue and add leaves? Now we know. It looks like this. Sort of mysterious. Sort of like the garden of good and evil. This is another picture that took some time to make. I think about…

  • Questions

    S pace. The final frontier. This picture was assembled from bits and pieces of other pictures. I’d say it was layered, but it wasn’t exactly that. Normally, I lay one entire picture over another. This time I laid a portion of a picture over the base and blended until you can’t see the edge. It…

  • Thinking of a Place

    I reckon we could all use a bit of color. It’s Friday. We sort of made it to someplace else. The weekend. I’m not excited about that. Working from home sort of tones that down. But, this is the start of Carnival and that means something even though I can’t photograph it. But, during parade…

  • Fever Dreams

    C onversation. It took me a while, but I finally figured something out. I say that photography and music are very similar in approach. And, they are. But. There is one huge difference. One that matters most. Conversation. When a musician plays with another musician they create a musical conversation. They talk to each other…

  • A Crack In Time

    T here was a time when I thought that I could actually build something here at WordPress. I asked for help transferring Laskowitzpictures.com. They said they couldn’t do it, at least not the way they did in the past. What they could do, however, sell me another website with laskowitzpictures.com included. For thirteen dollars. So,…

  • The Weather

    F inally. It took a few days to find my footing but I knew that it would eventually come. So, as far as I’m concerned this is my first picture of the new year. It’s headed a little more in the direction that I’d like Storyteller to go, for as long as Storyteller exists. I…

  • Twilight

    I had a lot to talk about. Apparently, it wasn’t that important because I can’t think of any of it. Sleep on it, they say. Seems to have worked. At any rate, I’m back. But, I’m not sure for how long. I tried to switch my extension to the one I’ve had for 30 years.…

  • Party At Ground Zero

    I started working on this picture so long ago that I forgot what picture I was going to use when it came to publishing this page. I suppose it’s a leftover of lockdown fuzziness. Or maybe I’m just losing my ability to think and remember stuff. I’d like to remember important things. Maybe photographs and…

  • World Of Strange Design

    S ometimes I forget the work I’ve already done. If you recall I wasn’t posting everyday. That didn’t mean I wasn’t making new pictures and working on others. I was. And, I forgot about it. I was looking for something else when I stumbled upon a little group of pictures that I had forgotten about.…

  • Thinking Of A Place

    W hat remains. This is one of our storm ravaged trees. Branches are broken, but new leaves are sprouting up like today was spring and not fall. I’m not sure in what form the recovery will take, but at least nature is doing her work. All nature really wants is stasis. One way or another,…

  • Fire On The Mountain

    Y esterday was a day of nothing. It wasn’t useless. There are no useless days. Instead, on a day normally reserved for errands, I did nothing. I awoke at about 8:15 am, looked the clock, turned over and the next thing I knew, it was 10:44 am. After a bit of stretching and exercise, it…

  • All You Need To Know

    A friend of mine used to travel from Michigan to Vermont to photograph fall colors. Now he travels from Florida where he retired. That seems like an awfully long way to chase color. Me? I’m lazy. I walk out of my door and take pictures of fall color. Or, I could. We lost a lot…

  • Hour Of Not Quite Rain

    T his has been a very quiet time for me. I’m not doing much more than I need to do. That’s not me. Nor, is it good for me. I’ve always been a believer of finishing your daily work and then do one more thing. Big or little, it doesn’t matter. You are making progress.…

  • Don’t Let Your Goodbye Stand

    “U nderneath the heavens above.” That’s a line from a Bob Dylan song. I heard it just as I started writing. So, I thought, “Why not?” Y’all know that I listen to music while I write, yes? I’m playing a Spotify play list called Summer Rewind. I’m trying to think about what summer this particular…

  • Another Park, Another Sunday

    T he caption says it all. Another way. I keep reading what a great camera the iPhone 12 is supposed to be. I had better be because it’s a terrible phone. I decided to test it. I made this photograph towards the end of dusk. That means I made a time exposure. I wasn’t sure…

  • Time Out Of Mind

    W hat are you going to do for the fall? It took me a minute to realize my friend was asking about autumn, not the fall of the country. I really don’t know. I know that I won’t be traveling, at least until sometime until mid to late 2022. I’m hoping that my booster vaccination…

  • Into The Red

    F inally. The big machine starts. I came to realize that I couldn’t type in my password because the magic keyboard couldn’t type anything. I’m not sure if it gave up the ghost or there is a bluetooth setting that is turned off. After poking around endlessly on various computer repair suggestion pages I found…

  • Sometimes…

    S ometimes just the sky. And, the trees. That’s all I know. Today. I’m having a terrible time with technology. My main machine has a problem with the logo page. I cannot type my password. The system acts like the magic keyboard isn’t working. After trying every known fix nothing helps. There is one last…

  • Until The End

    M ore water. More reflections. Even as we dry out, some things don’t change. I think most people have power. Not everyone has internet, which doesn’t seem important but in the modern world it is. We use Cox. They don’t know what they are doing. They sent us a long email apologizing for the lack…

  • What Will Be

    S ometimes I really don’t have much to say about world events. I’ve read enough to know that some days I’m better off staying in bed. And, on other days I just go for a walk. This picture found me on a walk. Aside from the square crop, I did nothing to it. It is…

  • Never Ending

    W e listen to a lot of podcasts around here. This morning I was listening to The New York Times’ The Daily. The reporter was talking to a viral scientist. It was a pretty good interview until the reporter asked the scientist when the pandemic would end. She declined to predict that, but did say…

  • The Waiting

    T om Petty said that they waiting is the hardest part. And, so it is. Most of the preparations have been done. I was about to take the trash out when I remembered not to do it. During a hurricane the trash cans get blown around and the trash gets plastered to your house. Or,…

  • Luna

    W ordpress has beaten it out of me. After yesterday’s fiasco I think I’ll go back to simple things because WordPress really doesn’t like photographers. Instead of fostering community growth and spirit by suggesting we work together on projects, they want writers to use Upsplash if they need photographs. Upsplash is a portal. Photographers upload…

  • The Summer Wind

    A nother weird week. It seems like death is following us around no matter what we do. I suppose that’s the way it is going to be until we manage the virus and people are able to think again. I have no idea what killed Charlie Watts. But, it may illustrate something that I’ve long…

  • Love and Mercy

    A nyone who has been around Storyteller for any length of time knows that there I are things I almost never do. I rarely post twice in one day. I rarely post another photographer’s work unless we are working on something together. And, I never post a picture without a credit line. All of those…

  • Charlie Watts

    A moment of silence, please. Rest in Peace, Charlie Watts.

  • Imaginary Ships

    W e do it for the stories we could tell, so says Jimmy Buffett, even when we know do that something could end badly. It’s especially true if you are a young teenager. I was 13 or 14 when I did that story telling thing. I went to a day camp during summer. One day…

  • I Think I

    M ostly, I say that a picture needs a little post production work to turn into something presentable. Not this time. What I saw is what you get. Better yet, I decided to take a little walk because I’m mostly trapped inside. I looked up and there it was. The moon poking through a wisp…

  • Something Wild

    Y ou’ll never believe what I did to this picture. Before I tell you, let me say that for the rest of this week Storyteller will look a little different. WordPress sent me a long email about changes to the block system to which I replied, “Oh God.” WordPress sent me a long email about…

  • Mellow Yellow

    T here is a period in my life when I liked to make very closely focused pictures that are akin to macro photography. That period started about twenty years ago and continues to this day. Some period, eh? For me, this work is something like a palette cleanser between other, more gritty subjects. Of course,…

  • Can We Go Home Now?

    S ometimes, I can tell you everything about making a picture. You know, the how, what, why, when and who of it? But, not this picture. I know where it is located in my archives. But, it doesn’t fit with the rest of the take. My big goal during the lockdown was working on my…

  • The Other Side of Midnight

    A little something pretty for a Friday afternoon. I made this picture a while back, sometime in spring. I did the developing and post production and promptly forgot about it. I found it looking for something else just as I did yesterday. I reckon if I keep doing that I won’t ever have to take…

  • Not California

    R escued from my archives. I found this picture while I was looking for something else. That’s sort of the way I make pictures, on the way to some place else. The funny thing about the picture is that the subject doesn’t exist. Not anymore. It was a designer’s idea as part of the landscaping…

  • The Middle Ages

    M y thoughts brought me to a couple of places. As events start to close down I’ve been thinking about anniversaries. This picture of a flambeaux during Mardi Gras is a great example of that. It’s just a picture, right? Maybe. To me it means a lot. I was suffering during Mardi Gras 2020. I…

  • Throughout

    M any years ago, I used to publish an experimental picture every Sunday. I haven’t done it for a long while. I’d like to say that I’m going to resume, but I’ll probably forget. Throughout the news sites that I read there have been discussions about CoVid-19 (Over 106,000 daily new infections.), The Olympics, national…

  • He Went to Paris

    I ‘ve made a change. You’ll figure it out. It comes under the heading of who was I really hurting? In these pandemic days when many people aren’t able to travel, it’s possible to get a European fix right here in New Orleans. After all, we are a French, Spanish and American place. Much of…

  • River Rise

    I was rooting around in my archives when I stumbled upon this picture. I made it very early when we returned to New Orleans. We used to live in Jefferson Parish, near to where The Saints football team practices. I used to walk on a track. Depending on direction you could walk about 1.5 miles…

  • The Dreamer

    D reams came to me last night or early this morning. They were about this place. Sorta. In my dream everything was dusty, sort of a tannish brown. It was hard to breath without a mask. People were getting sick in the dusty atmosphere. It doesn’t a weatherman to know which way this wind blows.…

  • A Little Magic

    U pside down. That’s what’s happening to my days. I go to bed early, as in early in the morning. I get up late, like around noon. I’m not sure why my body is doing this, but it’s fine with me. The weather is very hot and humid. Summer in southeastern Louisiana. Walking during the…

  • Boxes

    T he next day. We needed coffee. Good coffee. It turned out that a coffee house was less than two short blocks from our hotel. Even better were the people who worked there. The were friendly and energetic. One of them took us to this place, an empty club. Apparently, it was fully functioning until…

  • Boxes

    T his is the kind of place that we saw on our drive to Natchez. That’s Mississippi, in case you were unclear on it. Stopping at little places like this were one of the reasons the drive too so long. This place was closed. The drive would have taken longer if it had been open…

  • Everybody Knows

    “When the sun looks like that,” he said, pointing out the bronze-like orb visible through smoky sky, “we know somethings wrong. This is what global warming looks like.” I was going to write something about the eco-terrorism in Ukraine. The Russians did that. They blew up a dam, flooding the entire region. That;s wheat producing…

  • Meditation

    A quiet little place hidden on the ground floor of a very modern hotel called Aria, located on The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, where everything stays. Well, that’s the old city. The new city is a family entertainment center. There are the sports teams, hockey, football, and soon, major league baseball. But, this isn’t…

  • Summer Special

    This picture is what I think about summer. Mostly, summer is fun. As usual, that depends. Yes, fun depends. If you like state fairs it’s your special time. In the deep south where summer is very hot and humid state fairs make their appearance in fall. Meanwhile, in New Mexico, the state fair occurs during…

  • Something About Art

    I don’t know. I have no idea what the image is about. Maybe it would be easier to tell you what I did. I was drinking espresso from a little 3 ounce glass cup. I happened to set the empty cup down next to a mouse which broadcasts different colors. My Apple “Magic Mouse” gave…

  • Looking

    I know. These images aren’t new work and they aren’t travel pictures. Really? How many people travel to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? Off hand, I’d say hundreds of thousands. Some are tourists who want to see the greatest show on earth. Some are locals who ether want profit from the tourists or who want…

  • Circles

    I was sitting in a business office waiting for my turn when I started obsessing over an end table. It looked like the end of a log, but it was made in a kind of cement. It looked like the log had been pressed into the cement. I did what normally would do and made…

  • Eating, We All Do It

    Food. We gotta eat. When we travel we eat well. That doesn’t mean we eat in five star restaurants. We eat freshly prepared street food, We eat in little cafes and holes in the wall.. We eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables. We eat pho and ramen. We eat bar be que food.…

  • The Country

    Minimal Let’s how far I can write. I repaired the keyboard, sort of. The space bar is hanging up. I popped it open, cleaned it out, but found a tension spring that could not be realigned because it was bent. I have a spare keyboard, but we moved so finding it will be fun. I…

  • You Got Gold

    Keyboard problems. No story today. My apologies.

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