Thursday, April 03, 2008

Where's Chuck?

I love Adolfo's blog. I really do. All the wonderful travel photos are great, and his blog a fun and energetic outlook on most things in his life. Chuck and Adolfo travel all over southwestern Canada and Mexico, and Adolfo is now preparing to run in a race. His blog is a great way to keep in touch with our in-laws across the continent.

That said, Adolfo recently gave me some "good natured" teasing for my Sedona photos. "Where are all the people?" he asked. "He only has pictures of rocks!" He's right, of course.

It seems Adolfo and I have different styles of photography. Mine is to capture the beauty of the landscape, without people, suitable for framing as "art". (Not that my photos are art, I just always hope that they could be when I take the photo.) I might occasionally take a photo with some people in it, but these are by far in the minority.

Adolfo's style is to capture the people he loves in the photo along with the landmarks--a nice way of showing friends and family in their travels. So, every photo has Chuck posing in it, plastic-smiled. I can practically hear Adolfo telling him, "Oooh, great photo! Pose here!" And I can definitely hear Chuck hissing through his teeth, "Just take the photo!"

I got such a kick out of seeing Chuck in so many of Adolfo's photos, that I thought I would offer this up, as a good hearted homage to my dear brother-in-law.

Chuck at Neuschwanstein.

Chuck at the Eiffel Tower.

Chuck at the Taj Mahal.

Chuck at the Berlin Wall.

Chuck on Mars.

Chuck in Second Life.

That Chuck does get around!


Adolfo said...
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Adolfo said...

Chuck on Mars... r u teasing us? Isn't Sedona?

Adolfo said...

...where he appears to be standing next to a deflated tent?

Chuck said...

LOL ZOMFG, that is really funny. Correct on all counts... Adolfo is quite a photographer. But actually, he is quite shy about being photographed himself – we hardly have any pictures of him *at all*.

I like the pictures of things and places too, usually uncluttered by people, who have a tendency to blink, look the wrong way, wear unsightly clothing or make obscene gestures at me. So maybe the right approach is to take the pictures, but then insert the people later. That way you can use your "glamour shots" to spice up your vacation pictures.

And so everyone knows the truth, Donatella Versace was with me in front of the Eiffel Tower, but Scott edited her out.

Barry said...

Chuck really gets around. I had a similar trip to Rome.

Adolfo said...

LOL! Chuck is every where! Scott, IT IS NOT A PLASTIC SMILE!!! Chuck loves pictures but he is a little bit shy at times.

"And I can definitely hear Chuck hissing through his teeth..." Scott, After 13+ yrs I am well trained. I take the pictures in a heart bit :) If I show you the ones from Brazil, Argentina, Barcelona, Tokyo, real Paris, etc., Yes, you are so right! Chuck appears next to the landmarks, so do I. It makes sense!- for me anyway.

Look, yes, our families are overseas. When we travel, I don't want to show pictures with only the landscapes. To me it will look as if it were taken out of a book or internet.

My thing is to find ways to show the landscape with a person. Everybody can take a picture of a stone, but not everybody can take a picture of stone with you on it. I prefer to take pictures of people . Some times I do landscapes alone too.

As you said, we have different style/perceptions when it comes to photography. I am not that artistic in this area, but I am more 'personalistic' for photos? New word for you :) After all, culture and life in general is made up. I know, I know I am deep...

Btw, next year we might do Berlin so hold on to that picture! You and your readers might get a deja vu!- We are just waiting for the dollar to get stronger- 20 yrs from now... kidding, kidding...

Fun entry Scott! Chuck looks sooo cute on all those places! and yes, I still keep asking WHERE ARE THE PEOPLE IN SEDONA! Now seriously, you took some SPECTACULAR pictures from there. I love your art. Keep it up!... just add more people

Chuck said...

Didn't you just have to put me back at Neuschwanstein, my personal Waterloo.

Scott said...

I thought it was cool in Berlin, when just after the photo, they handed you the sledge hammer and told you, "Have at it!"

Scott said...

Adolfo, you're a good sport. I enjoyed this post!

Scott said...

BTW, Adolfo, that is Mars, not Sedona. Though, who can tell really?

It's the landing site of the Mars Pathfinder rover. Ask Chuck, he was there.

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