Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Black and White Wednesday Week # 54

Sweet Shop Seating
Sweet Shop Seating

This is old-time America, fifty miles west of New York City. We call it God's Country.   New Jersey is also officially known as The Garden State, too, for good reason, although most folks only see it when passing through the ugly industrial sprawl from Newark Airport to other destinations.  There is so much more to New Jersey, my home state, than a corridor of transit on the miserable New Jersey Turnpike.  

Most would be surprised to know that New Jersey glories to the most affluent and secluded old wealth of the nation.  It's not Silicon Valley, which is new wealth, and not nearly as prestigious. This is Millicent Fenwick territory. There are more than a few first-tier prep schools here. And though I am not personally fond of riding with the hounds, I spent two years living among the hack set with the U.S. Equestrian Headquarters only a half mile away.

Once off the interstate, I've long known there were treasures to frame and record.  I've been in these parts since a teenager, but only now, as a photographer, do I embrace the by-gone days that are slowly fading from view.  A culture lost is a culture to mourn. 

This is my contribution to Black and White Wednesday, hosted this week by the very talented Lynne of Cafe Lynnylu, and presided over by Cinzia of Cindystar.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Black and White Wednesday Week # 53


Café au Lait

For Cinzia of Cindystar, I drink to her good health as new administrator of Black and White Wednesday - A Weekly Culinary Gallery. This photograph is my contribution to her inaugural gallery, scheduled for publication tomorrow, Wednesday, October 10. 

Since I have passed the reins to her talented and capable hands, Cinzia has already scheduled much of the guest host roster for several coming weeks.  Despite no longer presiding over the weekly festivities, I will be joining each week as a participant, as well as popping in for occasional hosting duties. Though it was time for me to move on from the event that I created, black and white photography will never lose it luster for me.  If you feel the same way, I'm sure Cinzia will welcome your images with the same enthusiastic and admiring spirit which I have over the last year. 

Thanks again for sharing your generous talents with me.  Let's look forward to another year of Black and White Wednesday, now also concurrently presented by Cinzia in Italian.  I thank her for accepting the leadership role and adding her own special touches to its continued success. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Black and White Wednesday Week # 52

It's been a full year of galleries today, as Black and White Wednesday reaches its fifty-second week.  And while it is a celebration, it is also a passing on of the baton to another blogger who has graciously accepted the offer to administrate this event going forward starting with next week's gallery.  My online life is at a crossroads now and will be focusing on a new adventure in the near future.  The Well-Seasoned Cook, however, will continue to be a presence in the food community, and My Legume Love Affair is expected to play out at least through 2013.  I also expect to participate in BWW for as many weeks as time allows.

Cinzia of Cindystar will be the new go-to gal for all things BWW.  I am currently transitioning  event-related matters to Cinzia so that she will be up and running for next week's gallery.  Although the host for next week has not yet been confirmed, you can expect an announcement here, as well as on Cindystar, in the next few days should you want to participate.  For those who are already booked to host, you can be assured of your scheduled weeks.

Please give Ci a warm and hearty welcome in her new role as Mistress of Monochrome.

Thank you all so very much for sharing your joy of black and white culinary photography with me.