Packed Like Sardines in a Crushed Tin Can

Tully Rohrer

November 16th, 2006

Catalina’s largest town is Avalon, which I’ve presented in a number of images. I’ve attempted to capture the feel of the town in the past, but never quite succeeded. With a population of over 3000 packed into a single square mile, the houses are neatly arranged right next to each other all over the hillsides. It gives the town a very European (think Italian or Greek) atmosphere, besides the fact that it’s packed to the gills with Los Angeles-based tourists. I feel like this image presents a unique view of the town, especially since I’ve chosen to eschew the oft-included ocean.

On to the song of the day… When I saw Andrew Bird live in August, I had no idea who Martin Dosh was. But on August 4th, 2006, I learned something very important: Andrew Bird and Martin Dosh are two of the most talented live performers around. Both are largely solo artists, relying on looping pedals to create their multi-layered music. On his album The Lost Take, Dosh puts those pedals to good use, and somehow every track is recorded in ONE TAKE. If you don’t believe me, look at this video. Um, Circles and Squares is hard to describe: it seems like a song that Dosh would have written to keep warm if he were imprisoned inside a ice-covered cave. Rhodes keys and horns dance around with enough layers of percussion to create the imagery of a Pixar animation short with a bunch of penguins going crazy on instruments constructed of ice. Yeah, that makes sense. Wait, it doesn’t do that for you, too?

By the way, this post is dedicated to a good friend and an OpticDistraction guest photographer, Peter Osborn, both because this song reminds me of his musical inclinations and the fact that his hard work just paid off as he found out he passed the New York state Bar exam… Congratulations Pete!

Fabulous picture. Sort of like the octopus-sucker picture but in a different way, I love how the subject takes up almost the whole frame and makes it a very geometrical image. It really puts the focus on the composition and the blacks and greys and whites.
Congratulations Mr Peter Kinsley :)

Becky — November 16th, 2006

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