Anne

A day in New York City

Bryant Park

New York City. We went into the city to visit friends and attend a dance recital by another friend who’s both a choreographer and modern dancer. I had my new Sony RX1 with me and took a few pictures including this one across Bryant Park behind the main branch of the New York Public Library. I can tell already fixed 35mm is going to take some getting used to (a bit narrow for shots like this). Still, the camera is a joy to use and no doubt I’ll get used to it in time.

Anne in the subway

Waiting for the A train to take us down to Soho I saw a familiar scene: my wife Anne’s profile against the lights on the other side of the tracks. I shot this many years ago and figured I’d try it again for fun. Again, the RX1 is going to take some getting used to but I’m pleased with how it did in such low light and high ISO.

Red Bull

Sitting in Spring Street Natural sipping a Blue Point Toasted Lager (tap) and eating a great beet/goat cheese/pistachio salad. The waiter inquired about the cool looking camera sitting on the table and I had to demo it for him. It’s great to walk around New York with a lightweight camera around your neck (rather than a heavy DSLR and extra lenses in a pack). A potential liability of the RX1 is that it looks quite a bit like a Leica and so, people ask about it and then are surprised when it’s a mere Sony. Fun.

Anne warming up for yoga class

Yoga warmup, back bend

New Preston, Connecticut. Most Saturday mornings I try to get a few shots of my wife Anne warming up before our yoga class. Nothing formal, no one else in the room, just practice for me and she’s a willing, unselfconscious subject. Most of the time I throw these shots out, occasionally I keep a few is for no other reason as a place marker for an idea.

Yoga warmup: forward bend

Yoga warmup: side twist

Look at the back and shoulders on my 61 year old wife. Whoa!

Saturday Morning Yoga

Stretch

Stretch

New Preston, Connecticut. Anne and I get to yoga class early so we can begin the process of calming down, breathing more steadily, and stretching to better take advantage of the poses and vinyasas our teacher takes us through. Simply lying on one’s back and stretching one’s hamstrings, feet, and toes can do wonders.

The back end of lunge

The back end of lunge

Because our focus is generally forward we tend to overlook the back foot in a pose like lunge but how it’s positioned actually makes balance possible. I like to think that the energy of this pose can be seen in the position of this foot.

Back stretch

Back stretch

One of the most important stretches I do almost every day is this one. Lay on your back, stick your feet straight up in the air, spread your arms and slowly use your core strength (your abdomen) to lower your legs to one side, then slowly turn your gaze to the other side. Repeat this on each side a few times and you’ll be amazed at how good your back will feel. Anne’s face gives you a clue.

The bottom of mountain pose (tadasana)

The bottom of mountain pose (tadasana)

Our teacher tells us to build this pose (and others) from the ground up and that means being aware of our toes, the balls of our feet, and our heels and how our weight is distributed along the length of our feet. Curling one’s toes up is a way of checking to make sure one isn’t "clenching" them into the mat which we all do at times. Anne has particularly good toe control and can move them apart and back together at will. I think about it but nothing happens.

Yoga sleep (Yoga Nidrasana)

Yoga sleep (Yoga Nidrasana)

Anne assures me that yoga is not about limberness and I understand her point. However, it would be nice to be half as loose as one needs to be to get into this pose. I doubt I’d get much sleep if I somehow got into this but Anne seems quite relaxed in it and I had to ask her to stop rocking so I could take the picture.

Toe Stretch

Toe Stretch

New Preston, Connecticut. My wife Anne stretching her toes and feet after yoga class.

Anne is in Indiana for a week visiting family and I miss her. Hey, I’m an independent guy, like my time alone for sure and have been having a blast while she’s been gone. However, Anne is my very best friend and even though we don’t spend every waking moment together I miss having her around. So does Kitty: she’s the one of us who can sit for an hour reading and provide an unmoving lap. I can’t sit still for ten minutes, let alone an hour.

She’ll be home Friday, I guess I’d better start cleaning the house!

Splayed Downward Facing Dog or Spiderwoman

Splayed Downward Facing Dog or Spiderwoman

New Preston, Connecticut. While in yoga class I had the idea to take some pictures of poses from the viewpoint of the person doing yoga. There’s something about these various views of pieces of one’s own body that struck me as interesting. The problem is, with this pose both hands are on the ground so I couldn’t shoot myself. I had my wife do the pose so I could hold the camera. This is my view of her between my legs, behind me. She looks like spiderwoman, hanging from the ceiling.

Downward facing dog and warrior

Downward Facing Dog

New Preston, Connecticut. While in yoga class I had the idea to take some pictures of poses from the viewpoint of the person doing yoga. There’s something about these various views of pieces of one’s own body that struck me as interesting. The problem is, with this pose both hands are on the ground so I couldn’t shoot myself. I had my wife do the pose so I could hold the camera. The Sanskrit for this pose is: Adho-Mukha-Svanasana which in English means: Downward-Facing-Dog (asana = pose). It’s an inverted "V."

On the way to Warrior

The Sanskrit for what this pose will become is: Virabhadrasana which in English means: warrior pose (asana = pose). Note the splayed fingers and toes, both of which help with stability.

Temple Mudra

Temple Mudra

New Preston, Connecticut. There’s something about yoga poses, both whole and part that’s beautiful and anyone who practices yoga appreciates the beauty in even more complex and interesting ways. This is my wife doing uttanasana (sanskrit: uttana = stretched out asana = posture) with her hands in temple mudra (sanskrit: mudra = gesture). She’s bending over, legs relatively straight with her hands clasped behind her and her arms raised (or, in this perspective lowered).