Angel eyes and vaporizers

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Lani of Bullseye posted a short on how the company uses cryogenics and vaporizers to cut their natural gas use. I had to chuckle because I have fond memories of that equipment.

You see, when those vaporizers were installed I was sitting about 20 feet away, taking a class from Catharine Newell. That class was hitting my brain like a 10-pound sledgehammer.

I was there to learn her impressionistic, watercolor-like techniques with glass powders. Yet strangely, that week I learned less about technique and a whole lot more about voice, vision, and putting “me” into my work. Thanks to that class, my work took a genuine turn for the better (thank you, Catharine).

And I experienced a curious side effect: That week I shot some of my best urban photography. Creatives live for the times when our brains kick into high, the world springs into focus, and everywhere we look there’s miraculous art. A photographer friend calls it “seeing with angel eyes.”

And so there I sat, seeing Bullseye’s vaporizers with angel eyes and a little point-and-shoot camera…

BTW, if you want to see a bigger slideshow, click on one of the images.



  1. cynthia April 25, 2008 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Awwwww, shucks. Thanks.

    There’s just waaaaaaaay too much out there that’s interesting. My problem is generally keeping my mouth shut…. 😉

  2. Catharine Newell April 24, 2008 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Lani’s right… You are the most wonderfully brilliant woman, Cynthia!

    I can’t tell you how much I look forward to reading your blog each morning. You share a richness of intelligence and perspective (not to mention dining expertise) that is jaw dropping.


  3. cynthia April 23, 2008 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    The D300 with that macro lens is doing some amazing things. Soon as I figure out how to finish coding the gallery I’ll start posting this stuff on the website.

    Yeah, got this thing about hardware. Got my first camera when I was 5 or 6, a Brownie, and the first thing I did was go out and shoot bumpers of cars. Lots of ’em.

    But Lani and Mary Kay, thanks for such nice words. Gotta admit I’m looking at them and thinking “gee, what I wouldn’t give to take those again with a REAL camera…” 😉

  4. fusedlight April 23, 2008 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Sweet, Cynthia. And think, now that you have that D300…

    Lani, all the gals that I hang around with think that pipes & stuff like that are teh boss. I mean, what’s not to like about a Praxair unit covered in frost? Of course, I live with a gal that grew up in a hardware store. Someday The Dot and I will sit down and organize our pictures…

  5. Lani April 23, 2008 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Whoa, Cynthia! Those are truly wonderful images! And I thought that only Dan looked at pipes and gauges with such lust. You are brilliant!

  6. Mary Kay Nitchie April 23, 2008 at 7:58 am - Reply

    Those images of the oxygen equipment are amazing. I walk by that apparatus every day. While I find it compelling, I had no idea it was so beautiful.

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