PHOTO OF THE MONTH BY DON HUDSON

Don Hudson’s is photo of the month for September 2019, as voted by BME members.

Some words from Don about the photo:

On the second weekend in July the little town of Le Roy, which is near our little family cottage in Northern Michigan, holds a homecoming-type festival called Razzasque Days.There are a Grand Parade, chicken bbq, adult beverage tent, games, live music, kid's parade, and other festivities. For the past several years I have made a point to photograph the festival. This particular photo was made during the kids parade. Every year there is a different theme and this time it was Superheroes.

PHOTO OF THE MONTH BY JACK SIMON

Jack Simon

Jack Simon’s is photo of the month for August 2019, as voted by BME members.

Some words from Jack about the photo:

We had a multi generational dinner at the house. Our friends were out about ready to leave and some started playing around with their shadows on our garage. There was a tremendous variety of sizes and interactions between shadows . I took a few photos with this being my favorite.

PHOTO OF THE MONTH BY BARRY TALIS

Barry Talis

This month, 2 photos shared the first place for photo of the month, as voted by BME members. This is the second of the 2 photos, by Barry Talis.

Some words from Barry about the photo:


I finished a group meditation practice just before I went to shoot the Tel aviv parade. I was a bit concerned I would be a bit too sensitive for this kind of event after a long meditation session, but it actually helped me. I was much calmer and focused , and it helped me to be able to notice and isolate this moment in all the craziness around.

PHOTO OF THE MONTH BY DIMITRIS MAKRYGIANNAKIS

This month, 2 photos shared the first place for photo of the month, as voted by BME members. This is the first of the 2 photos, by Dimitris Makrygiannakis.

This is what Dimitris remembers about that photo:

This is a photo I discovered recently, looking into my archives. In October 2012, I spent 3 weeks in the city of Varanasi, India. Main purpose of my stay in Varanasi was a workshop I attended, by Magnum photographer Nikos Economopoulos. The day before this photo was taken, a major religious festival, Durga Puja, was taking place. I attended it with the hope of a good photo, but no luck. During the festival, statues of various gods made of plaster where carried around and celebrated. Next morning, I woke up to take one of my usual morning strolls along the Ganges river. With the first sight of the river I noticed something different. All those statues from the celebrations of the previous day were thrown in the river, plaster got dissolved in the water, and only the metal and straw based inside part of the statues remained. This looked like a corpse in my eyes, and the river was full of corpses. I knew then that I had a different element for my photos. Thank you Durga Puja……

PHOTO OF THE MONTH BY DON HUDSON

Watching the watchers by Don Hudson

"Watching the watchers. This photograph was made on July 4th (Independence Day) 1978 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, not far from where my wife and I lived. It was a short time later that year when we moved to South Lyon, about 15 miles north, and where we have lived since. The tools, a Leica M2 and 35mm lens and Vivitar 283 strobe. No cell phones here recording the fireworks for sharing on social media. But 41 years later, thanks to some fool with a camera, their watching has wound up on the internet. The right place the wrong time...thank you Dr. John."

Don Hudson


PHOTO OF THE MONTH BY PAU BUSCATO

Pau Buscato’s is Photo of the Month for May as voted from the majority of Burn My Eye members. We asked Pau what it all means and here’s what he wrote, obviously making perfect sense!

Luke 3:14 > Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”
Matthew 3:15 > But Jesus, answering, said to him, "Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed him.
Austin 3:16 > to which Stone Cold replied, "You sit there and you thump your Bible, and you say your prayers, and it didn't get you anywhere! Talk about your Psalms 3:16... Austin 3:16 says I just kicked your ass!"

Pau 3:17 > Amen (click).


PHOTO OF THE MONTH BY JACK SIMON

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The photo was taken recently near one edge of the Yerba Buena Garden area in San Francisco. I had walked into it following my regular visit to the Museum of Modern Art across the street.  I was struck by the man meditating/resting within a hub of youth activity. I assume he had been involved in  the nearby convention center and the children had been involved in visiting one of the nearby museums. I enjoyed the contrasting styles of enjoying some lunch time relaxation.  Maybe  he is dreaming of his youth.

Jack Simon

PHOTO OF THE MONTH BY DIMITRIS MAKRYGIANNAKIS

Our photo of the month for March as voted by Burn My Eye members belongs to Dimitris Makrygiannakis. Here what Dimitris has to say about the making of this photograph.

”Every time a new year starts I feel the need to start the year with a good photo, it is kind of a very pleasant feeling when it happens. So this is from the 6th of January 2019. I don't know how the rest of the year will be, but I am happy it started that way.”

PHOTO OF THE MONTH BY JUSTIN VOGEL

This is the first of the two photo of the month for January (we had a tie again between Justin Vogel and Diada) as voted by “Burn My Eye” members. As always we ask the photographer, in this case Justin, to treat us with the backstory of his photograph or a personal insight.

I took this photo at the one year anniversary of the Women's March in NYC. The previous year I had gone down to DC to protest Trump's inauguration but after a year of his hatred and narcissism I just didn't have it in me to make the trek again. I think I made the right choice because this rally was uplifting, energizing, and inspiring. I believe this photo captures the general consensus of the crowd: Fed up, and disgusted, but with a sense of humor.

PHOTO OF THE MONTH BY LUKAS VASILIKOS

This is our photo of the month for January as voted by “Burn My Eye” members. As always we ask the photographer, in this case Lukas Vasilikos, to reveal the backstory of their photograph or a personal insight.

“When I was invited to my friend’s wedding in the summer of 2017, the first thing that came into my mind was that it was a great opportunity to take some photos. The wedding took place at a small church and the party was held there, at the courtyard. The man in the photograph is in fact the groom, and the cross in the photo is actually a tomb outside the church. The photo is now part of the Uncanny project, which deals with the internal fear of loss and existence.” by Lukas Vasilikos

PHOTO OF THE MONTH BY DON HUDSON

This is the second photograph that was voted as photo of the month for December by Burn My Eye members and is by Don Hudson. If you follow this thread you will probably remember that there was a tie between Don and Gustavo Minas whose image was featured last week. It’s an old photograph but Don unearthed it from his archives only recently.

“In the Summer of 1978 my wife and I moved to the small town of South Lyon, about 15 miles from Ann Arbor Michigan where we both worked. That Fall I noticed a lot of banners, window paintings, and other decorations supporting the local High School football team going up around town. Curious about the fervor suggested by the decorations, I went to the Friday night game. Liking what I experienced, I wound up shooting at my hometown games and at other games in towns around me for four seasons. My rig, a rangefinder camera with a wide angle and strobe, was not the typical sports photographer's set-up. And I wasn't interested in "documenting " the events as much as I was curious about photographing in such an atmosphere of heightened social energy and under weird (for me) lighting conditions. I became addicted to the quest to find pictures that transformed this experience. Recently, I have been revisiting these pictures made nearly 40 years ago, and this is one example made in 1980”.

By Don Hudson