Monday, February 28, 2011


[sahy-luhns] noun, verb, -lenced, -lenc·ing, interjection
- absence of any sound or noise; stillness.
- the state or fact of being silent;  muteness.
- absence or omission of mention, comment, or expressed concern.
- the state of being forgotten; oblivion: in the news again after years of silence.
- concealment; secrecy.

(verb [used with object]).
- to put or bring to silence; still.
- to put (doubts, fears, etc.) to rest; quiet.
I'm the type of person who always has things around; objects, papers, "inspiration", music playing, etc. However, I secretly wish to be one of those really tidy people who throw (or give) things away and have a live/work space filled with no distractions, only necessary tools and objects. 
So, to those that know me, it might come as a surprise that this is my favorite film.

I will never get sick of watching it. I love its simplicity, cleanliness, order. I love that it has no soundtrack, no dialogue, and no captions explaining what is happening (which is funny given the name of this blog). It was beautifully shot, using only the available light (sunlight, candles...).
Some people complain about the length of it (over 2 hours long), but I wish it was longer!


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Old Photoshop Composites

[kuhm-poz-it] adjective, noun, verb, -it·ed, -it·ing.

- made up of disparate or separate parts or elements; compound: a composite drawing; a composite philosophy.
- (of a rocket or missile) having more than one stage.

- (nautical) noting a vessel having frames of one material and shells and decking of another, especially one having iron or steel frames with shells and decks planked.

I was going through old files and schoolwork and found some of my first Photoshop composites. They made me laugh a little.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Mesmerizing Muybridge

The images alone are fascinating... this one person, or group of people, thought to put strings across the track to set off the camera... taking pictures... proving that horses come completely off the ground when running... Amazing... (site)

(Better if original music is muted...) ...

(Watch the video above while listening to Mozart's Piano Concerto 21 in C major: Andante).

Sunday, February 13, 2011

I Miss It.

The snow...
This was a couple weeks ago, on a walk through Greenpoint and Williamsburg...

McGolrick Park, Brooklyn, NY

McGolrick Park, Brooklyn, NY

McCarren Park, Brooklyn, NY

McCarren Park, Brooklyn, NY

McCarren Park, Brooklyn, NY

McCarren Park, Brooklyn, NY

Phoros: Tracy Cistone.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

A night in Chelsea.

Met up with friends at a neat little bar.
There was a jazz flutist dressed in, what looked like, Mardi Gras gear dancing around.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Visit to the Met: Part Three (Nature & Instruments)

- the elements of the natural  world, as mountains, trees, animals, or rivers.
- natural scenery.
- the universe, with all its phenomena.
- reality, as distinguished from any effect of art: a portrait true to nature.
- a contrivance or apparatus for producing musical sounds: a stringed instrument.
("Magnolias and Irises" Stained Glass Window, Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, ca. 1908).

(Louis Comfort Tiffany Fountain, 1915).
(The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments).
(... And of course the organ at the end. Above the hall of Knights... Magnificent!)
Photos: Tracy Cistone .

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A visit to the Met. Part two.

Every time I visit the Met I head straight for the American Wing. I spend hours in that exhibit each time.

Here are some fine examples of what some of these American artists made with wood.


(The McKim, Mead and White Star Hall, 1884).

(The McKim, Mead and White Star Hall, 1884).

(The McKim, Mead and White Star Hall, 1884).

(Designed by the Greene brothers, Manufactured by Peter Hall, 1907-09).

(The Frank Lloyd Wright Room, 1912-14).

(The Frank Lloyd Wright Room, 1912-14).
Photos: Tracy Cistone

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A visit to the Met. Part one.

(Greek Revival Parlor, ca. 1835).
(Renaissance Revival Parlor, 1868-70).
(Renaissance Revival Parlor, 1868-70).
(Viewing gadget in the Rococo Revival Parlor).
(Rococo Revival Parlor, ca. 1852).
Photos: Tracy Cistone

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Another Weekend in the City.

A weekend spent in Manhattan with good friends.

Washington Square.

Photos: Tracy Cistone.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Walk to Fort Greene

On Saturday, my roommate and I walked from Greenpoint to Ft. Greene to recycle some electronics. It was a beautiful cold day.

During the walk, we saw some adorable thin houses and stately old brownstones.

At the end of our journey we strolled through Fort Greene Park. It was the first time for both of us.
This park was huge and so pleasant! There were children sledding & young men snowboarding down the little hills. Fantastic!

 Photos: Tracy Cistone

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Random Snow Storm

I had no idea it was snowing until I stepped outside of my apartment at around 1am. I was off to meet a friend for a chat at Matt Torrey's, in Williamsburg.
This bar was perfect for sitting and watching the snow. The entire side of the bar, facing the street, is made of windows and there are stools that line the entire length.

On my way back to Greenpoint, I spent a little over an hour at McGolrick Park photographing that sparkling pristine snow.
I could not get enough of the footprints in it.

Photos: Tracy Cistone