January 15, 2012

Groovie !


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photo by Donald Kinney

Some photographers--some of the greatest--work with people. And not that I have ANYTHING against photographing people, I feel more at home sleuthing around the banks of my beloved Lagunitas Creek seeking out ripples and reflections. In a term that dates back to the 1960's, I think they're groovie.



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photo by Donald Kinney

Okay. The preceding groovie-water image is new, but I shot this sign and the yellow vinyl record below in November of 2008. (((I always let you know when I use an old image)))

For years I did a little website of my own design called the "Daily-Duo", where each day I would try to come up with a pairing of images--one square and the other rectangular. I had great fun with the site, but it never gained much popularity. Interested? You can check out the July 22, 2009 edition of the Daily-Duo here.



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Oh yeah, I suppose you need some information... "Grooves" is a vinyl record store on upper Market Street in San Francisco. This "record" and many others hang in the window, and I did a blog post on "Grooves" November 19, 2008, which you can see here.

But before you go off exploring that link, maybe I should first explain what a "vinyl record" is--I think this may explain the origins of the word "groovie".

As I remember, grooves containing microscopic hills and valleys were stamped on a flat vinyl disc in one long and continuous spiral fashion. The needle of a "record player" was then used to track vibrations produced by minor variations in these grooves -- and THAT is where I believe is where the expression "groovie" originated. Roughly translated, "groovie" means "cool" and "interesting". "Far out" would also be synonymous with groovie. In the form of a sentence; "I hope you're having a groovie day".


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3 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Donald has his groove on today, folks. I don't. I hit the wrong button for the vote and have thrown the results all askew with my "B" vote. Sorry. It should be "A".

AphotoAday said...

Hi SINBAD'S DAD -- hey no problem with the vote. If I do TOO well in the polling it'll just go to my head...

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