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Top of the Hill

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 2 April 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Crockett, California

[notebook]; Following in some pretty cool footsteps; last year I was under that utility pole in the foreground - shooting it straight up from below. The fellow who lives in the house to my left (with this topiary) came out and was fascinated at my doing this. It turns out that years before he came out to talk to a fellow who was sketching this scene from the same location - again - facing straight up. It turned out he was speaking with the famous (iconic) grandfather of underground comix - artist - illustrator - R. Crumb!

Needless to say - I was flush with the knowledge. Mr. Crumb is one of my heroes. My day was officially - made!

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Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Wonderfully soft tones Stephen!!

2 Apr 2010 5:24am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Lovely lush green colours

2 Apr 2010 6:46am

Chris from South Jersey, United States

I love the mix of colors and all the foreground and background details......

2 Apr 2010 11:36am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Don't know of R Crumb, but he had your good taste. best...jerry

ps. I have a post you will enjoy this Sunday.

2 Apr 2010 1:34pm

@ordinaryimages: Hey there, Jerry - thanks for the nod and I am looking forward to your Sunday treat. That said, I must add that I always look forward to seeing what you brought us each and every day.

R. Crumb achieved enormous fame during the flower-child, summer-of-love, love-not-war, ban-the-bomb, hippie days. He published the wildly popular underground comix: 'Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers' - 'Mister Natural' - and 'Fritz The Cat'. His illustrations include the album cover to Janis Joplin - Big Brother and the Holding Company's 'Cheap Thrills'. And he recently published the illustrated 'Book of Genesis' (I just happened on him being interviewed on NPR concerning this last effort).

There's his own website to visit and of course - 'Wikipedia' - but the link I choose for you is the museum. It is a decidedly funky, not up to the state of the art presence on the woo-woo-woo - but a really fine presentation and overview of Robert Crumb's artistry through the decades:

...and so it goes.

Marcie from Newton, United States

What a great view. Gotta love the shape of that tree!!

2 Apr 2010 3:25pm

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, Wales., United Kingdom

Fritz the Cat,now thats my kind of pussy.

2 Apr 2010 4:13pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

I didn't know the name of the artist whose work graced my absolute favorite album (Big Brother/Cheap Thrills) from that amazing era of music and etc. Now I do. How interesting to be photographing what he previously sketched (from the same spot). And to meet the neighbor who has now witnessed both. Great photo.

2 Apr 2010 6:29pm

@Viewfinder: Somewhere in my files are the images of those wires from below. When I get back from this trip next week - I'll make it a point to post the image. Best, Stephen...

David from Detroit, United States

I guess a whole line of artist will keep on truckin' to this spot...

2 Apr 2010 7:49pm

@David: What do it all mean, Mister David??? - - - very good.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

There's some view from that vantage point.....and interesting story about r crumb!! great minds think alike, ey?

3 Apr 2010 2:37am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Hey Stephen, beautiful portraiture of this lovely place... and I enjoy your great story just as much!
I'm now convinced that great minds do think alike!:-) PS. Thanks for the link!!

3 Apr 2010 3:00am

@hugo poon: I don't know about this mind being so much great as grated. But thanks for the kind words and all, Hugo - they are always welcomed.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Nice capture, and very interesting story.

3 Apr 2010 4:38am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like this perspective till the bridge !

4 Apr 2010 9:01am

Laurent from Lyon, France

nice view and nice use of the electric wires in the composition

4 Apr 2010 8:36pm

Karthik from Chennai, India

Excellent POV!

5 Apr 2010 5:27pm