Exhibit XLIII

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1 November 2015 - 30 April 2016

Dedicated to our dear friend and unassuming family matriarch for so many happy memories, Fortunata "Sue" Ruocco

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Whimsy III

 

     “Whimsy doesn’t care if you are the driver or the passenger; all that matters is that you are on your way.”                      

              (Bob Goff, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World)

 

Shades of Charlie Chaplin. Zaanse Schans, Zaandum, Netherlands. 31 October 2011.

       As with the case of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart when he famously expressed in his 1964 Order that he could not use words to describe pornography but "I know it when I see it," I find it difficult to express verbally what I perceive to be a rather expansive world of “whimsy.” I do, however, enjoy finding and capturing examples of it on film (or a microchip, these days) wherever and whenever I happen upon it. And although my sense of humor definitely includes a corny side, I have no qualms in sharing it with you, dear viewer, here and now.

     Perhaps the most succinct way in which I can express my photographic concept of whimsy is to call it a visual pun of one sort or another.

     Two of my favorite photographers, Robert Doisneau and Elliott Erwitt, are, in my opinion, the greatest practitioners of this particular branch of photography.  I recommend any number of their publications to the reader wishing to pursue this subject further; in particular Doisneau’s Three Seconds of Eternity and Erwitt’s Snaps.

     In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy a chuckle or two in the exhibit which follows, before returning to weightier aspects of life.

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