Smoke Break

Hanging. Supposed to be writing a piece for NatGeo on what goes on beyond this porch in OBX.  Yet this is about as far as I can get into the world of writing. Posting on Burn, which I doubt is considered writing. Chris Bickford and Jennifer Kolb take a smoke break after our pizza and beer. The sun flies through the sky down here. No sooner do I get up, than it is so quickly afternoon. That is just the way it is.

187 Responses to “Smoke Break”

  • My god, Bill…. go to bed! ;^}

    Thanks for taking the time!

  • Michael Kircher, I very much like #7, a bit of found beauty in an otherwise dreary landscape. It seems to me you have some good ideas for this project. Go for it, I say, though you’d better hurry because spring is approaching and all that sunshine and cherry blossums could possibly ruin your mood.


    i took a break from my world of trying to see how Rio all fits together and took a walk on the wild side on your blog….great stuff…funny as i would expect and educational, actually as i would also expect from you….i could only spend about 10 minutes there because the coffee is done and i have to get back to work, but i will get back to it soonest…funny but i do not see THIS PART of my own classes…very cool…

  • Michael Kircher…

    BTW which is your favorite image?

  • Hey Paul. Good question. I guess I’d have to say the geese and the wind-shield wiper are up there. #7, too. After looking for the last couple days, I’ve shifted a bit. Thought the bridge and the runner were pretty groovy. Not sure now.

  • Michael K., I’m a bit late to the party, but my favorites are 1, 5, 7, and 8. (Would like to see the bridge shot with just a bit more contrast.) For some reason, I can’t really like the runner shot and I wish I could tell you why.

    I would also like for #9 to have a bit more contrast.

  • ALL,

    Had a weird dream last night that all of the Burnians were gathered at DAH’s house for a party/informal workshop (plenty of beer), which is really strange because I’ve never met any of you in person. DAH had a small leather-bound maquette with “OBX” embossed on the front that everyone was passing around, and the shutter on Thodoris’s dSLR broke. Weird…

  • Michael

    Love the bridge shot.

  • Thanks Justin and Gordon! Appreciate your input.

    Justin, I’m feeling pretty much the same way about the runner. He’s definitely out!

    This is a great group here at Burn. Hard to say just how much I appreciate the thoughts and critiques, the generosity of spirit. But it’s a lot!


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    Happy Birthday JUSTIN and PRESTON…I want a cake…can you bring and some wine cause THOMAS forgot it last time…

    and EVA…what is all about …JOHNYG…??? I need an update…I am lost…

    FROSTY …oh,FROSTY!!!

    and AKAKY,my apologies…I missed the 100 comment…hmmm…mass audience,my arss…oime:))))))

    I Love YOU ALLLL…I need reports…many,many BURNIANS are missing..hellooooo…

  • David; out of interest… What would you guess to be the percentage of old versus new (the last Rio shoot) images that will make the cut for the book? It will be interesting to see how much of the book was actually shot in the 1-month period… Cheers :-)

  • Thank you, CIVI. Birthday and wine sound like a good time :-)

    (although I may feel differently in the morning, whne I have to get up for work…)

    Is it Preston’s birthday, too?

  • see, no wine yet and I still misspelled “when”!

  • 200 is coming, Civi, all will be well

  • Michael Kircher…

    Been thinking and looking at your images a couple more times today. I honestly think you should not listen to any of us and just go for the images which you are a 100% sure of. No 70% or the nearly image just those which are 100%, don’t kid yourself so be ruthless. Remember the bird picture in your Burn essay? That’s the quality I’m writing about, the awe inspiring, the eyeball kick, the image which has a life of it’s own. Throw all the rules away and play about until you hear the “AHA” scream in your soul as you walk under the rain soaked to the bone.


    one of my best movie directors of all times dies today

    (i know Bob Black knows what im talking about…Theo-(doros) Angelopoulos died today… sad day for the Art Family


    Don’t know about you fellows, but it is one wet blustery day here in Northern Puget Sound. I hope your respective roofs are intact, and that they stay that way! Cheers,

  • Frostfog, our dear Bill..

    Im being a loyal reader of your photoblog , following each step of your loft workshop odyssey..Thanks Bill for the photos, words, for the commitment on bringing them so honest, exposed and intimate to us. Really inspiring you’re role inside it and your sharing

    Michael k
    just to leave my congrats for this work and for the opportunity to having us taking a look. And it’s hard to choose,pleasing task by the way, but Im more inclined also for #1, #7,#8,#9

    Justin and Preston,
    Making stronger civi’s happy birthday coro..Hope the day was well celebrated and brought more happiness, smiles, love(and wine) for the next days to come . All the best for both of you from this sunny part of the world

    It’s so damn good when you sing..

    Glad to see your name around..We miss you, so dont take so long to show up next time or you’ll need to hire the twins as your nurses ahaha

  • “you’ll need to hire the twins as your nurses ahaha”

    I’m feeling a little under the weather myself :)

  • “you’ll need to hire the twins as your nurses ahaha”

    What! Danny de Vito and Arnie? No thanks! ;-)

  • Sidney, yup, ‘been blowing and pissin’ rain here too. Mind you, my brother has been working in Tahsis, on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. Their average rainfall is over 14 FEET of rain annually.

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    Good morning from Greece…oime,oime PANOS…we just lost THEODORO ANGELOPOULO…
    oime…he is going Upstairs…

    I will be back…

    for the cake and the wine(JUSTIN)!!!!…and for OUR ROBERTA…
    Don’t we ALL love Our RIO LADIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Be strong…Be YOU…never give UP…oime

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    AKAKY…you DA MAN!!!

  • Civi..

    check your mail please.. greets to all from snowland:

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    EVA…got it…!!!

    WE ARE FAMILY indeed…thank you MR.HARVEY …thank you Universe…

    I am sending best energy to ALL of YOU…and especially to YOU that you are fighting…
    together We Can Do Miracles

    be back in a heartbeat…hmmm…

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    and what are you shooting today???…as EMCD would ask?:)

    DOMINICK …has a new baby girl and we have a new baby BURNIAN…
    yes…we are expanding!!! Congrats!


  • @ CIVI:
    After you last post and a new burnian on earth,I’ve have an funny idea:
    How about to create the e-burnian card… like Burnian ID. Like a driver License. Then we can print it… and have it in your wallet.

    You are the first one… BURN Card #000001 and of course VIP Member…


  • Paul,

    I get you, my man. That’s precisely what I try to do with each shoot. This was a kind of experiment. Wanted to try it publicly and honestly with the help of the many varied and unique eyes that scan these pages. Very pleased I did! And I’ve been out there since, soaked to the bone, with the comments of everyone echoing in my brain. Very cool.

  • ROSS

    a very high percentage will be RIO pictures from the one month…just because it is so personal…honestly i thought this would be the case even before i left…that is why i put so much into it emotionally..that one month was out there in “the zone” perhaps more than anything i have done…same thing happened with Div Soul…most of the best came at the end…yet, i NEEDED the earlier work in both cases…the early work might contain fewer images, yet they do anchor the later shooting….

    right now the book/portfolio is being formed just as much as when i was shooting ..for sure i will not be doing a traditional book…i am interested in something more tactile even than a normal book..looking unbound tabloid portfolio..super fine printing…..hand made box in Rio…large aluminum mounted prints in Sydney..maybe an exhibit of 10 super sized prints and then a working wall…i am really bored with traditional exhibits and books…Rio is the perfect breakout..


    i have no idea what people are seeing of yours…been crazy busy…send me a link or i will go back and look…


    all good vibes prayers and sentimental stuff you hate going in your direction…..hey man, i am for whatever works, for whatever gets you back in good health…

    cheers, david


    Thank you for the kind birthday wishes! I treated myself to the Diego Rivera mural show at MOMA and immersed myself in Mexican social realism from the Progressive era.


    Happy birthday to you!


    Thank you, and Happy Birthday to you, too! I hope that you had a great one!

  • John is like a nut, apparently hard, but crunchy and jummy inside.. you only gotta know how to reach that part.. and I’m pretty sure you, David, have succeeded with that..

  • David – Thank you. You are so busy, I do not know how you can find time to pay attention to anyone else, and yet you pay attention to everyone else.

    Roberta – You make me very happy with this news. Thank you for following!

    Justin, looks like I’m late, but happy birthday!

    Eva, you are right – John has a big, big heart. I will post some evidence to support this fact very shortly.

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    PATRICIOM…BURNIAN ID???wow…!!!!!
    don’t forget ,I AM MASS……..:)))
    we better start NOW…!

    JUSTIN,PRESTON…and to all of you Birthday people…hope you enjoy…

    FROSTY…I am still reading…your home”website”, my daily escape…

    oh,I wish I had some weeee…
    JOHNYG we are sending love
    come back soon
    we know, you are strong
    to be continued…

    Spread the love…spread the news…
    I am spreading butter…
    I am out of booze…

    I’ll be back

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    RENATA…ROBERTA…RIO PEOPLE…I need update…are you ok???

    “Two adjacent buildings collapsed Wednesday night in the historic center of Rio de Janeiro, injuring at least four people, Mayor Eduardo Paes told reporters.”

  • I just want to wish Happy Birthday to anyone whose birthday I missed these past few months. It’s not that I wanted to be rude; well, maybe IRL did, but I didn’t; it’s just that I had other things on my mind. I realize that this is a pretty pitiful excuse, but it’s the best I can think of on such short notice.

  • How are you, Akaky?
    It’s good to hear from you.

  • I am feeling much better than I was, Haik, although that really isn’t saying much; short of driving a red-hot fork into my left eye and twisting it around three times almost anything would have been an improvement. But I am improved so I shouldn’t complain. The medications appears to be working, even if they are all doing a number on my internal organs, but I am able to stand and walk after a fashion and one does appreciate the ability to go to the bathroom under one’s own power. It’s always the little things you miss the most. I am trying to put the past few months into a comic perspective, something that is fairly hard to do when the events are still fresh in one’s mind and you missed the comic potential of those events the first time around, but if Wordsworth is right and poetry is emotion reflected upon in tranquility [or something to that effect; I know I’m getting the quote wrong, but Wordsworth’s been dead since 1850 and I don’t think he cares at this point] then comedy is the bastard child of disaster and distance, and as soon as enough time passes I am sure that the events of the past few months will seem just too damn hilarious for words. Frankly, though, I doubt it. I can, like everyone else, bear with great equaminity the misfortunes of others; dealing with my own misfortunes is a pain in the ass [full disclosure: my ass is the one part of my body that doesn’t hurt now]. I have, however, lost a lot of weight. I’m down to about 200 pounds [90.7 kg for you metric people], which is a good thing, although I cannot recommend the diet. On the other hand, one of the reasons I’ve always given for not meeting my fellow Burnians was that I would be a disappointment, as I was much thinner in your imaginations than I was in reality. As this is no longer the case, I will have to think of another reason to avoid all of you. That most Burnians seem to more than a little left-wing in their politics might fit the bill, especially in an election year. And how are you doing, Haik? ;-)

  • Haik & Akaky in the same pub!!!!


  • Civi..
    really thoughtful your thoughts on us…But does it surprise me coming from you and your giant hear?
    We’re, fine and alive. And yes, that was a disaster , everyone was surprised and still trying to understand and still waiting answers from the city hall. I know exactly those buildings , cause I used to buy old lps and cds from a store there and also “natural herbs products” just in the next door . Now, they were vanished. It’s sad what happened… for so many people who worked there, who depended on that building and specially sorry for the four lives taken there.


    Physically and physiologically I’m sure there will be more improvement soon, and this combo; pain, the battle, the hardship making you a victim now will be converted in a sarcastic laugh in the future a la “ You gave me a hard time but now look at me…I won”
    Intelectually…you keep the same and being kind of medicine twisting our brains with your lines from comedy, drama, basically the real life.
    I’m also happy you’re around .That you know. I’m spoiling you now

    hope the cold streets of Switzerland (still 39 degrees here) are treating well and you manage to solve all your issues there in time. And as usual I agree with you…the few I know about John, I can say he is a gentleman and really considerate

    How are you doing?

  • Civi…I meant “giant heart”. Just to be sure and clear, but something tells me you’d get it right anyway

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    AKAKYYYY,HAIK,PANOS,ROBERTA…what the heck are you drinking…wait for me…

    two bottles of wine and I think i had some ouzo too…I hear you ROBERT,me dyslexic,no problem…hiii…

    life is short…PLEASE,PLEASE…don’t forget YOUR journey…
    it’s only YOURS
    enjoy it…

    I will sing later…or maybe tomorrow…goodnight from beautiful Greece…THOMAS,VIVA!!!!!!

  • CIVI,

    I crossed the Alps already,

    and will return next week to Athens. VIVA!

  • It’s very nearly Friday round here and that’s my favorite day of the week. Already starting to psyche myself us with inspiring work from others to get into the groove with 3 days and nights all for my family and my photography.

  • Akaky – It sounds like you have been through hell – and I thought I had it bad with shingles.

    I’m glad you are recovering and are able to participate in the grand conversation.

  • Frosty, you probably had it worse than I do; my dad had shingles and I know it can be hell on earth. Shingles will go away eventually, though, God willing and the river don’t rise, whereas RA is something I’m stuck with, which is something I find really annoying.

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