Racket on a Bus
On a slow cross-town bus I was dared
By an old bitty who assumed I should be pared.
She said, “I’m sitting here ‘til we’re through.”
I replied, “Actually, had you
Just kept your mouth shut I wouldn’t have cared!”
Allan Hamilton is the name. I am TheMOFMan; visual artist for life.
Main website: www.modesofflight.com.
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All listed prices are in Canadian funds. As computer monitor display settings can vary, prints may not exactly match the likeness of the image as seen on your monitor. Orders will begin processing upon receiving full payment. Shipping and handling costs are added to the price of all orders (I personally deliver to addresses within 40 kilometres of the city of Hamilton, ON, Canada as part of a meet and greet, and waive the shipping costs).
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All the best,
Thank you for taking the time to visit and view my photo — and to comment. I couldn’t resist hopping over to see you. I really am impressed with the two photos on your home page. The sign on the store window is hilarious, and many people would have passed it by without even realizing it was special enough to photograph. And your photo of the city is gorgeous!
I have always had this romantic attachment to night photos of cities. I remember when my family and I first moved to Nashville, TN (although I no longer live there.) My sister and I were still in elementary school, and we had never lived in a large city before. Our home towns before had been between 8,000 and 11,000 people. But there was a large hill that surrounded the capital building in the center of Nashville, and many people drove up there at night to see the entire lighted city spread out before them. It was one of our favorite treats. And for years, after we moved away, when we went back to visit, we looked forward to the first approach to the city — which was also by way of a very high hill at the time — so that we could see our beloved city all lit up an glorious! We sat on the edge of our seats, almost holding our breath with expectation. I’ve been in many, many cities since then, and enjoyed the extravagant lighted views of all of them. But none captures my heart quite like those very early experiences. Thanks for the memories.
Thank you, Sandra!
I’ve had the same experiences in my life when many others around me thought of it as no big deal. I’ve enjoyed firsthand seeing the beautiful nighttime skylines of Vancouver, BC, Houston, TX, Toronto, ON, and NYC from the Jersey shore. NYC is especially breathtaking all lit up in the evening.
I’ve only seen outstanding nighttime skyline landscape photos of Hong Kong. I’ve never been there but I would love to see that city with my own eyes, and photograph it myself; especially during the fireworks displays of the Chinese New Year.
In my opinion, Hamilton has an underappreciated skyline. So, as I enjoy looking at and making nighttime skyline landscapes I wanted to do justice for the Steeltown, and show everyone what I see.
Well, you accomplished that goal. You definitely did it justice! As I said earlier, it is gorgeous. And you’ve made the city look inviting as well. Good job.
Hi Allen! I stopped by to let you know I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! You can check out my post to view your nomination!
Congratulations, and thank you!
I look forward to displaying this!
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I’m glad you stopped by my blog and left a comment…thank you! I am VERY impressed by what I’ve seen here thus far…in the interest of time, I’m weighing in under this heading re: whether Street Photography is an art form—> IMO it’s one of the few art forms I truly enjoy. In fact, the only art I ever hang on my walls is SP related. It’s accessible, enjoyable and ALWAYS unique; it makes you think in ways that depictions of still life or landscapes cannot. and if that’s not art, I don’t know what is!
Thank you for stopping by. I really hope that you return soon and often!
Wow This is great!
Thank you! I very much appreciate it, and welcome!
I’ll be checking our your blog immediately.
There is a real edge to your work, hard and real, I love it! An uneasy joy that I don’t often see. Looking forward to more.
Likewise to you. Outstanding street and homeless photography.
Allan, thank you for visiting my blog and the nice comments. I love to view street photography, no matter how much it may be cliche or not. The gritty B&W seems to bring out emotions in me. While I do steet photography of sorts, I don’t consider myself a street photographer. I seem to always want to make everything into a portrait. I can go to Yellowstone or Yosemite and walk away with a bunch of people pictures. Keep up to good work and sharing others work, I look forward to your future posts.
Thank you very much Larry, will do.
I realky like your photography for it’s unique POV. Thank you for following my infant blog, it means a lot cheers! 🍻
You’re very welcome. I really like your work.
I have to thank you for stopping by. I hope that you come back to see what else I get up to.
Hey, just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award(:
Thank you very much, Jamie! I’m knee-deep in getting ready for Christmas so I’ll need some time to post my acceptance.
Hi, you’ve got an award, congrats! http://nkin.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/blog-of-the-year-2012-award-wonderful/
That’s an incredible title on that award. Thank you very much. I’ll need a little time to make an acceptance post.
All the best to you!
Thanks for visiting my blog. I’ve had a quick look around yours. I especially like many of the b&w street scenes. All the best, Stephen.
Thank you, Stephen for taking a look around. The best to you in 2013.
Allan, you replied to my windows post today and I don’t know if you get to see the reply. I just wanted to thank you. That 300% remark by Bob really ruined my day. I’m no pro photo rat, but I didn’t think I was as bad as he made me out to be. There’s always room for improvement, but that stung! Thanks for your kind words. Grmma
Ugh! GEMMA! Can’t spell either! 😉
There are art lovers, and then there are art snobs. There’s constructive criticism, and then there’s being a blowhard. I’m still trying to figure out if he really thought he was encouraging you or if he deliberately spent time and energy out of his day to tred on your happiness.
I like your window pictures (http://firstandfabulous.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/thursday-lingering-look-at-windows/). Carry on.
Thanks for visiting and following my blog. Your pictures are inspiring !
Thank you for that Jeanin, and for visiting. Keep on loving the arts.
Man, the rhyme is beautiful!!
Thank you so much. I don’t write limericks as often as I should but this one turned out okay. It really is based on an actual experience of mine.
The airplane picture…it is magnificent! Really like it!
Thanks. Here it is again:
We just wanted to say thank you for your mention of us in your blog.
“How to be a Commercial Artist”We just released our new album “Teaspoons and Tablespoons”
If you have a moment check it out. If you like it please share : )
Thank you so much for stopping by. It is a pleasure to have mentioned you, I am a fan.
I hope that you find your way back from time-to-time, and check out the Hammer Home Street Photography project.
All the best to you.
Hi, thank you for supporting my Blog, I nominated you for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. You don’t need to re post or anything, it’s just my way of saying thanks for the interactions and support from you 🙂 – Gub – http://gubista.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/the-wonderful-team-member-readership-award/
You’re very welcome, and thank you too.
I will post on it. With everything I have going on, it will take me quite a while but I will get to it.
Thanks for checking out http://www.observations-of-a-canary.com and your ‘likes’. Very nice pictures – I will be back 🙂
I will be here!
Good to know;) You are always welcome at the Canary’s as well. Have a great week.
Hi again, I have nominated you for the Best Moment Award. Please check out my blog for more info if you are interested in accepting the award. Ciao! The Canary
Thank you, and sure I’ll accept! It will just take me a while before I make a post on it.
Smiles. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I wasn’t sure where I should thank you. I have been popping in and out of you Lower Hamilton blog for a few weeks now. I love the issues you present and absolutely love b&w, photography. God Bless.
Yes, I remember you. I’ve started follwing you.
Thanks, visit any of the four blogs anytime and God bless you too.
Looks like you have some great articles, time to put on the green hat over the weekend!
The six thinking hats! 🙂 http://www.debonothinkingsystems.com/tools/6hats.htm .
Interesting approach with all of those hats. I think I’m prone to wearing the green hat every day.
Curious guy this Edward de Bono: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_de_Bono
I’ll have to look into his ideas some more with the I cautionary hope his lateral thinking doesn’t turn me into a Star Trek Vulcan.
Here is something else that might interest you on the subject of the creative brain and changing the way you think, what our brains can achieve, and whether or not we can change the way our brain functions and solves issues.
I can probably find a better link later but this is a start, if you are able to watch the 3 episodes somehow then I would highly recommend it, its an eye opening experience to see the way he trains his brain to work in a more creative and “outside the box” way.
There have also been some profound studies regarding feral children; perhaps particularly those somewhat raised by wild animals. The folds in the lobes of their brains were highly underdeveloped, presumably due to that lack of stimulation by human love, care, social behavior and bonding, and human speach. The result is and acutely lower intellect.
A biological law is that “form meets function” but while the folds in neurons themselves don’t appear to serve a mechanical function, they at least are indicators of higher intelligence in humans. The theory is that the more pronounced (deeper, which at some point would require larger neurons and; therefore larger brains overall) we can cause the folds to be, the smarter we are.
Exactly, I guess its like an abandoned highway network , waiting for the first car to travel along it before it turns the street lights on. Once the street lights are on, other cars can see the highway and want to use it. Sorry for the analogy but I just woke up!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for liking some of my work. I am now following you and from my brief stay I will have to say you are very talented my friend!
It was a pleasure, and I’m following your street photography also.
If you want to see more of my SP, hopefully you’ll take a look at the Hammer Home Street Photography Project:
Cheers my friend
Good Morning , nice to meet You and Your blog 🙂 Great posts, great ideas , pleasure to be here , i wish You the best,in free time see my little place too, Regards from Poland , EM
You had me with “Ghost Story”:
Wow..what a site , full of gorgeous stuff (photos! and words!), so extensive that I shall have to get to know it slowly over time, by returning to it often. Very glad I found you..you found me and are followers in ‘ART’
I am so glad that you came, Paula. Come back anytime!
Loving your images. Thrilled to find your blog. Looking forward to following your work and enjoying your style more. Gorgeous site!
Thank you very much, Lita. As you already know, I’ve started following your writing too.
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Excellent. I’ll watch for your results.
A pleasure to meet you, Allan. Is this your main website? Your Gravatar had many, many sites and I wasn’t sure which was best to follow you out. In any case, well met! Looking forward to seeing more of your photography in the future. 🙂
This is the main blog. The main site is here:
It’s a bit dated in appearance. I’m going to have to find time to update it one of these days.
I’m glad you’ll keep coming back. There will always be more photography. As I also work my way back to my illustration roots, I aim to post more of my sketches, comps, drawings and paintings.
I must say you have got wonderful blog here. Photos are incredible..
I greatly appreciate that, and I enjoy your zeal for writing on your blog.
thanks dear 🙂