morris taub: Blog en-us (C) 2007-2023 Morris Taub. All Rights Reserved. (morris taub) Sat, 11 Sep 2021 03:58:00 GMT Sat, 11 Sep 2021 03:58:00 GMT morris taub: Blog 120 120 The World, Upside Down 25 July 2014 140725_upsidedown.poolreflect_006434140725_upsidedown.poolreflect_006434 Sometimes the palm trees don't help one feel better. The pool or the ocean or the sun or the warmth don't do a thing.

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Look 585 Optimum / circa 2009

Bought this frame over the summer 2020. Built it up with Campagnolo drivetrain and brakes. Ritchey handlebars and stem. Fizik saddle and seat-post. Using an old pair of wheels for now. Mavic Open Pro rims. Campagnolo record hubs. 32 spokes front and back. They are old but still solid.

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16.07.2020 Broken

Broken glass windows all up and down these streets. Some days everything seems broken.

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05.12.2013 Miami Beach, Florida
This was taken on the last visit when things, my parents health, was still ok. They were having their problems, but seemed to be managing the day to day. This was 7 months before my dad passed away. Around 2 July mother called about dad being in hospital. His doctor worked on him through the night. Told me my father had several cardiac arrests. Told me he’s a strong guy. He was surprised he survived. After 3 weeks in intensive care he passed away. Beginning of March 2014 mother had by-pass surgery. She was never the same after that. Hardly knew where she was. Living in fear. Living scared. Dementia. They are both gone now. Things have changed.

11.11.2020 : I see I posted this photo a few years ago. I will leave it. Human error. And here I’ve added some text/context. So it stays.

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05.12.2013 : Night Swim
After a good dinner, and a glass of malbec, I’d sit by the pool and take some photos. Some nights I just sat there, star gazing while the warm humid night air enveloped me like a blanket during the warmer months. From around November to March it was nice and cool, almost cold some nights so I’d need a light jacket or vest. Most nights, eventually, I fell asleep.

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7 June 2015, Miami Beach, Florida

Mother was fading in Miami.

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2016 February, Miami Beach, Florida

This small comfort, pleasure, the ocean caressing my feet, toes curled into the sand, about 18 months after my father passed. Mourning. Respect. It took a long time. I don’t know what getting back to ‘normal’ means anymore.

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21 February 2016 Yoga Miami Beach Florida
A few days into this visit it became clear. Mother could no longer live on her own. The dementia was bad. She hardly knew where she was. 11 April 2016 my sister and I moved her into assisted living. It was a stressful time. But we did what we thought best for her.

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Miami Beach, Florida 15 June 2015

Mother sinking fast into dementia. Sister and I taking care of the bank, lawyer, bills, apartment, and lastly, in April of 2016 moving mother to assisted living.

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Late 2017, Miami Beach, Florida

I think the photo within this photo was taken in November or December of 2017, Miami Beach Florida.

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Night Swim : 21 March 2016

I was always tempted to join these people swimming in the pool late at night. A lot of my night shots were after 9pm. But I more often wanted to watch. Take photos. I saved my swims for early morning. Break of day stuff. 6:30am. An hour. Then sitting in the sun for a bit to dry off.

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Miami Beach, Florida 30 March 2016

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Social Interaction : Waiting for Their Trains

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Miami Beach, Florida : 20 February 2016
This was the back of the building my parents lived in for about 25 Years. It faces the ocean and the sand and the people strolling the beach each day and swimming and sitting in the sun tanning. Mother and father gone now. Apartment sold to aid with mother’s care. She suffered from dementia. I hope she is at peace now. She was living a tortured life.

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Morning Rituals : 21 February 2016
Heading down to the pool each morning around 6:30am became the way to start my day. It helped to relieve the stress of dealing with mother. Being around her dementia. Sundowning. Anger. Confusion. Mother, living a reality that was all her own. It was this trip that made it clear to me. She could no longer live on her own. We would have to find a place for her. Assisted living.

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Miami Beach, Florida 29.10.11

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Dad’s View / Miami Beach, Florida 16 February 2016

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Metal Lounges : Miami Beach, 20 February 2016

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Miami Beach, Florida

1 October 2016. Miami Beach just off Collins Avenue at 55th Street. This is just behind the building where my parents lived for about 25 years. They are both gone now. So is this part of my family’s life.

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01.08.2014 night, Miami Beach, Florida

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Ella and Sam 15.04.2008
My father and his sister, both gone now. Sam on 25 July 2014. Ella on 6 January 2019.

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09.09.2016 Yoga Miami Beach, Florida 6:20am

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Contemplation – Life and Death on Miami Beach

Father died on 25 July 2014 at 11:30pm. It was a warm, balmy Friday night in Miami Beach, Florida. He had been in hospital for about 3 weeks. Brought in, revived en route after two, maybe three cardiac arrests that first night. It was early July. It was 2 July when mother called to tell me father was taken to hospital. I arrived in Miami Beach on 8 July.

He was in the icu for most of the three weeks. He was conscious some of the time. Lucid. Joking with us. But he was also intubated the whole time. They tried twice to remove the breathing machine but he needed it to live. The last two days he spent in hospice until he passed away.

The doctors, the nurses, they were all great. Helpful. Kind. And they kept him free of pain.

It was about a year and 8 months before I could go down to the beach in my bare feet and enjoy the feel of the ocean caress my toes. I was grieving.

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19.04.2008 Bill and Lisa Dancing

Bill passed 3 October 2018. Too young, too full of life. Some things just aren’t right. This is one of them. He was a good man. Family, friends, we will all miss him. This photo was taken 19 April 2008.

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It’s been a while. 4 months. Eventful months. Difficult months. Uncle died. Mother died.

Resurfacing. Seeing what I can do off of robot mode. Hard to get back into the swing of the day to day. Hard to stay focused on work, projects, ideas. Harder now to care and easier at the same time. Loss has this effect on me. I know what I had and lost. Priorities straight. Give thanks.

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Still-life in Restaurant

Table top in a restaurant shot while waiting for food to be served. It’s a really good vegan, vegetarian restaurant in Montpellier, France. Lots of joy to be found there. Yummy dishes, fresh fruit drinks, tea, carrot cake, and more.

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Blur : Day to Day

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Winter Trees : France

Shot from a moving train, the TGV up to Paris. Just spent the day there to meet a friend and returned home the same night. It’s rare for me to do so much travel in a day, near seven hours, but didn’t want to miss my friends passage through France.

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Miami Beach, Florida : Winter December 2017

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Night Life at the Train Station : Gare St. Roch
Montpellier, France

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Montpellier, France

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Waiting for a Train
Gare St. Roch, Montpellier France

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Flowers Dead
Chez Chantal

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Drunken Boat : Color No. 2

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Drunken Boat : Color No. 1

These done at the bar inside Lola, a Restaurant in Miami Beach, Florida. All these shot through a glass of water filled with ice. It was a time of great stress because of family health problems. These distracted me a bit from the day to day, at least for a few minutes, and were therefore invaluable. A form of photo therapy.

Preferred to eat at the bar when alone. Sometimes salmon. Sometimes pasta. Sweet potato fries. Steamed veggies. And usually a glass of Malbec from Argentina. The food and wine always good at Lola. Comfort food.

I started seeing these possible images through the water and ice slowly. Even after shooting them with my phone and then the little Ricoh GR I didn’t know if I could do anything with them. But the cold glass of water with ice was always there. So I shot and shot. They remind me now of all those nights in Miami. Usually alone. I was lucky. The staff at Lola was very friendly.

Things started to go south after father died in July 2014. We discovered mother had memory problems. It became worse as the months went by. She was living alone. Insisting on independence.

We honored that until we saw her no longer able to take care of herself. Not drinking enough water. Not eating. The reflex she had to go food shopping stopped. Refusing help in the house. No longer in control of her medications. An independent geriatric care worker came to the house to speak to mother. See what was going on. She confirmed what we suspected. Dementia. Pretty bad. So. We moved her to assisted living.

My ‘drunken boat’ series as I soothed the end of most days here with excellent food and wine. Thanks to the great team at Lola. Christian, Katerina, Philippe, Guillermina, Gonzalo, Rocio, Maria, Judith, etc…

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Black, white…

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Morning Swim : Miami Beach, Florida
One of two older men I met each morning at the pool. They lived in the building. Lived in Florida for the winter months. I was there taking care of mother, the apartment, paperwork, doctors, bills, food in the house. The early morning swims helped with the stress of the day to day while I was there. It helped keep me fit. It was some time each day for myself. I was usually down there by 6:30am. Mother would sleep till 9 or 10.

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Train Station

Gare St. Roch in the center of Montpellier, France. This is a waiting area in the station, but also where people come and go via escalator to get to upstairs to buy tickets and find their way. Descends to street level too. And there are shops on both levels. A busy area where the scene changes quickly. A favorite place of mine to shoot.

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Empty Tables

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Looking inward. Questions. There’s a mountain of them. Work. Love. Where are we headed?

It’s all darkness now. The united states aren’t united anymore. A form of madness is spreading. Up is down, black is white. Europe seems to be spinning. People looking for answers in the sewers of racism, protectionism, nationalism, almost any ‘ism’ will do. Seems people just want to be brutalised, treated like trash. Forecast. Looks like rain.

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Glass tables. Leather topped stools. All fixed with screws into the cement at the Gare St. Roch in Montpellier, France. This ‘stage’ has become a favorite of mine as I pass through the train station often.

People wait here for trains, friends, and to just plain rest. You can eat here to recharge yourself, recharge your phones, computers, tablets. It’s a scene that changes moment to moment. The cast is always new. Light is often brightly back lit as I shoot from within the station outward. The silhouettes that are often created are a fitting symbol for the shadow like human presence, the coming and going, that seems to never stop revolving.

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I remember seeing this big old bear scratching his back on a tree. I was a kid back then. People, families, were always eating together under the shade of a tree. Birds lived in them. Squirrels too. And while I'm out on my runs I always appreciate the shade of the trees along the roads and dirt trails.

I don't consider myself a landscape photographer. There are so many making beautiful landscape photos. I'm not one of them. But I walk through the woods when I have the chance and am always enthralled by nature. So this day, walking through the winter woods, I imagined the images in black and white. Dark. And the earth and tree trunk rooted there spoke to me. There is chaos and order all at once. A tangle of sleeping earth and trees waiting for Spring to wake and bloom again.

This was taken in the woods near Beaucroissant in the Isere region of France.

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