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DC Update [Nov. 12th, 2009|07:20 am]
kyle cassidy
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[music |cars driving through the rain]

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: adelheid_p
2009-11-12 06:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reminding us to look for the magic and not sweat the small stuff. I think I know a little of what Justice O'Connor was going through in a very small way --this year it was my father who was ill, but not with Alzheimers, and I work for a small university. When you're in that situation, you realize that falling apart does no one any good. My sympathies to Justice O'Connor.
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[User Picture]From: holyoutlaw
2009-11-12 07:07 pm (UTC)
This was a sweet and moving post.

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From: sarahsavant
2009-11-12 08:23 pm (UTC)
Beautiful and poignant. It reminds me that the magic never really leaves.
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[User Picture]From: ladygwyn
2009-11-12 11:11 pm (UTC)
i love DC, even a little glimpse of it like this makes me smile.

I've been following your twitter and iphonetography adventures...do you use any photo editing or enhancement apps?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-13 04:51 am (UTC)
i use the iPhone apps watermarkr, photogene, bestcamera, & tiltshiftgenerator, mostly for one thing each.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-11-13 10:33 am (UTC)
An IPhone? Really? Wow.
That photo in the middle is really beautiful.
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From: quantuminsanity
2009-11-13 10:33 am (UTC)
Oops, I don't know why I wasn't logged in as me there.
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[User Picture]From: photozenic
2009-11-13 06:25 pm (UTC)
The last picture looks like a glass and metal shark swimming through a sea of stone.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-14 06:06 pm (UTC)
i so want to live in the world where the glass and metal shark swims through a sea of stone.

maybe i already do.
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[User Picture]From: midnightblooms
2009-11-13 09:22 pm (UTC)
Hi, Kyle. I've been following your lj for a while now and am de-lurking because I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your photographs.

It's a beautiful day where I am today (South Carolina) doubly so because it's the first sunny day all week, but I've been stuck inside my office unable to really enjoy it. Those pretty flowers brightened up my day so much I posted about it.

Thank you for reminding us how beautiful the world (and the people in it) are!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-14 06:06 pm (UTC)
i'm so happy when people delurk. welcome!!
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[User Picture]From: alibaster
2009-11-14 06:32 am (UTC)
Like everyone I love your photos, and while I adore photos of Roswell, she's so much cuter in real life. However, over time, I've come to love and appreciate the way you express yourself in words just as much as the way you do so through photographs. You can put into beautiful and elegant phrases and sentences what so many of us can only vaguely think around the edges of.

Thank you for sharing so much of yourself. You inspire me not only to try to take better photos, but to work at my craft and be a better writer.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-14 06:07 pm (UTC)
I was pleased to once read a review that said I was a mediocre photographer but an excellent writer. I think it's probably true and something I'm not uncomfortable with.
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From: brettcoleman
2009-11-14 03:28 pm (UTC)
I think any of the Dementia diseases would be the hardest to take.
Not only for the loved ones left trailing behind, (that lack of recognition after a lifetimes company is heartbreaking) but also for the individuals themselves. Those more lucid days when what you are losing and what lies ahead, is still discernible through the fog! That is what i would dread the most.
Years ago i came across a quote from a collection of interviews with Dementia sufferers. It read:

"Every day is alone itself"

I scrawled it on the bottom of the mirror at the time and it now hangs outside our front door.
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[User Picture]From: rosefleur27
2009-11-15 06:43 pm (UTC)
That was just beautiful. Thanks. I needed it.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-15 07:17 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome. Thank you for taking the time to read.
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