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DC Update [Nov. 12th, 2009|07:20 am]
kyle cassidy
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I had this book about the Beatles when I was a kid and there was a photo in it of Paul standing around outside the Magical Mystery Tour bus and the caption said "Paul, waiting for the magic to begin." I don't know why that sticks with me, but it's one of those things embedded in my head. Waiting for the magic to begin. The truth, a lot of times, I've discovered, while making parenthetical asides so I can use more commas, is that while you thought you were waiting for the magic to begin, the magic was already happening.

So ... Tuesday I went to Washington DC to photograph three Supreme Court Justices, it was basically 12 hours of prep and setup for 30 seconds of actual shutter button pushing. I did get to listen to Justices Breyer, O'Connor and Kennedy talk for an hour and a half or so beforehand about Thurgood Marshall, cases they'd agreed on, cases they hadn't, all of which was pretty nice. I've photographed all of them before on several occasions, so the initial awkwardness that's sometimes there was gone but Justice O'Connor's husband, ill with Alzheimer's for twenty years, had taken a turn for the worse and she left quickly to get on a plane and go to the hospital to see him. I'm left powerfully impressed with her ability to deal with his illness for so long and with such strength -- with her ability to function in the face of such adversity, to talk with colleagues and have your photo taken and simply move from one place to another. She watched her husband of half a century slowly forget who she was and then watched him fall in love with another woman in the same assisted living center, and then watched him fade completely. John O'Connor died the following afternoon at the age of 79.

Flags were at half staff to honor the victims of Ft. Hood, but I'm now reminded that people go through powerful and tragic losses every day, and some of them deal with it with incredible grace and determination. I wish I had a flag for them.


I spent most of Tuesday taking photos with my iPhone waiting for the magic to begin, but really, it was already there.











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[User Picture]From: lillyflowers
2009-11-12 01:05 pm (UTC)
You lead an amazing life Mr. Cassidy.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-12 01:08 pm (UTC)
I do. I'm very grateful for it; and you're part of what makes it so special. Thanks for taking the time to read.
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[User Picture]From: grammardog
2009-11-12 01:21 pm (UTC)
Ha... I thought that last photo showed a star=studded sky, until I realized it was just the sun highlighting all the dust on my screen. Still, it's very lovely. :)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-12 01:30 pm (UTC)
Sadly, unless all the lights go out in an EMP stars will never be seen in the sky here. You're lucky for the glimpse that could have been.
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[User Picture]From: birdhousefrog
2009-11-12 01:26 pm (UTC)
DC is an interesting place...corridors of stone that hide human dramas, the same ones that unfold everywhere else. Justice O'Connor seems to have a vocation to serve, an awareness of what she was called to do, despite her private life.

Sounds like you had an interesting day in DC. I could wish I weren't 50 miles to the west or that my folks still had their DC apt. OTOH, it's nice here in the countryside and it doesn't have that fishbowl aspect that living in DC has.

Oz
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-12 01:32 pm (UTC)
I like DC very much. Well, the marble and granite bits of it where people aren't getting shot.

I can get down to DC pretty easily. We'll have to do something.
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[User Picture]From: erudite_ogre
2009-11-12 01:30 pm (UTC)
Quote of the Day, sir:


Flags were at half staff to honor the victims of Ft. Hood, but I'm now reminded that people go through powerful and tragic losses every day, and some of them deal with it with incredible grace and determination. I wish I had a flag for them.


Indeed.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-12 01:31 pm (UTC)
feel free to quote.
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From: ext_214061
2009-11-12 01:32 pm (UTC)

iPhone

This is not the 1st time I see interesting pics taken with iPhone, and I never take the time to use my iPhone camera properly. Thanks for the inspiration, and the great journal.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-12 01:33 pm (UTC)

Re: iPhone

You've very welcome. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I see the iPhone as a challenge, it's like trying to build a cathedral out of beer cans. Chase Jarvis has published an entire book of his iPhone photos (it's called "the best camera is the one you have with you"), but it was Haleyos that convinced me you could take nice photos with it if you tried hard.

I should do a workshop on iPhonetography.
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From: kathmuse
2009-11-12 01:56 pm (UTC)
I really admire Sandra Day O'Connor, and kinda envy your life :)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-12 01:59 pm (UTC)
Don't be envious, be inspired. The magic's out there, you sometimes just need to realize you're right in the middle of it.
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[User Picture]From: martyn44
2009-11-12 01:56 pm (UTC)
The magic is always there, if only we will turn our heads to look.
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[User Picture]From: petitbout
2009-11-12 02:08 pm (UTC)
My favourite Thurgood Marshall memory is when a reporter asked him why he was retiring from the bench and he replied testily "I'm old, I'm falling apart."

As also recall, he shook off this mortal coil not long after. :(
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[User Picture]From: ckd
2009-11-12 03:39 pm (UTC)
One of my "if-only" alternate history scenarios involves Thurgood Marshall getting slightly better medical care in his early life, allowing him to stay active longer and retire on January 21, 1993.

Imagine the changes that would cause...Bush v. Gore is only the most obvious one.
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[User Picture]From: dd_b
2009-11-12 02:18 pm (UTC)
The iPhone camera is SO MUCH better than any of the three cameras I've had in cell phones. I can look at iPhone photos without seeing the artifacts FIRST.
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[User Picture]From: niamh_sage
2009-11-12 02:52 pm (UTC)
Those daisies made my heart sing.
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[User Picture]From: briansiano
2009-11-12 03:12 pm (UTC)
"I had this book about the Beatles when I was a kid and there was a photo in it of Paul standing around outside the Magical Mystery Tour bus and the caption said "Paul, waiting for the magic to begin." I don't know why that sticks with me, but it's one of those things embedded in my head. Waiting for the magic to begin. The truth, a lot of times, I've discovered, while making parenthetical asides so I can use more commas, is that while you thought you were waiting for the magic to begin, the magic was already happening."

I probably have that book: the Beatles are probably the one thing I could base a religion upon.

Funny thing is, the _Magical Mystery Tour_ was a great example of how magic can fail in a big way, even for the best magicians. Paul'd read about Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters-- another good example of how magic _can_ happen-- and figured the Beatles could work the mojo just as well. It was the Beatles' first project without Brian Epstein, and they had _no_ idea how to get a lot of things done-- booking studios, finding locations, _anything_. The result was pretty awful. Other than the wonderful _I am the Walrus_ segment, I've never been able to watch all of it.

(One thing that always bugged me about the Beatles. Watch the films they did themselves. They have a lot of shots of them simply smiling into the camera. A _lot_.)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-14 06:09 pm (UTC)
you're very welcome. thanks for taking the time to post.
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[User Picture]From: katbcoll
2009-11-12 04:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you. For the pictures and for sharing your stories. Also for reminding us to open our eyes and see.
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[User Picture]From: spacedlaw
2009-11-12 05:14 pm (UTC)
It has been there all the time.
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[User Picture]From: kambriel
2009-11-12 06:45 pm (UTC)
Justice O'Connor's husband, ill with Alzheimer's for twenty years, had taken a turn for the worse and she left quickly to get on a plane and go to the hospital to see him. I'm left powerfully impressed with her ability to deal with his illness for so long and with such strength -- with her ability to function in the face of such adversity, to talk with colleagues and have your photo taken and simply move from one place to another. She watched her husband of half a century slowly forget who she was and then watched him fall in love with another woman in the same assisted living center, and then watched him fade completely.

I was just talking to a friend on something similar lines ~ that need to walk the balance between personal/professional worlds in the face of so much which oftentimes the rest of the world is never aware of. Like you said with Ft. Hood, there are people who deal with their own tragedies in private, and with a quiet strength, continue on.

The magic is indeed all around...
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