August 2017

Post image for Barry Fleisher and his camera head coastside to catch fishermen at their work

When we asked Menlo Park-based photographer Barry Fleisher how he shifted from chronicling the construction of the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital to capturing fishermen working out of Pillar Point Harbor, he said he saw more similarities than differences.

“They’re both about people at work,” he said. “Hard and sometimes dangerous work.”

His latest project began in January, and he goes to the coast a couple of times a month. He has long used a Panasonic Lumix GH3 but recently purchased a GH5. “They do not have a full frame sensor, which is the downside,” he said. “But they are a manageable size. I also like the fact the LCD screen pivots out and swivels so that I can hold the camera over my head and still shoot.”

Six of Barry’s photos of fishermen were selected by the Coastal Art League to be part of the California Coast Juried Show that runs from September 1 to October 1 in Half Moon Bay (300 Main Street). The opening reception is on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

He chose black and white, he explained, “because I didn’t think color added anything and, in fact, detracted from what I wanted to do, which was to concentrate on composition and lighting.”

Barry selected two of the photos chosen for the exhibit to share with InMenlo readers:

“One is a night time shot which I took around 9:00 pm in June when a wholesale boat had docked. The fisherman is looking at a scale, weighing the fish he’s caught. It was misting and a little chilly.

“The other is of Tony, who is a year-round fisherman, although this was shot during crab season. He was selling retail right off his boat on a weekend. I was trying to catch the action of him transferring the crabs out of the hold of the boat and into the barrel.”

Photos by Barry E. Fleisher (c) 2017; used with permission

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It’s a wrap – Santa Cruz Avenue sidewalks are complete

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Menlo Park City Council members were joined by Menlo Park City School District officials this morning for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the Santa Cruz Avenue sidewalks project. The sidewalk provide safer walking along the busy street for Hillview Middle School students as well as residents. InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most captured […]

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Menlo Park Kiwanis Club announces September speakers

A returning veteran, an author, and directors of two non-profit services will speak at Menlo Park Kiwanis Club meetings in September. September 5 Paul Limson served six years in the U.S. Navy as a medic. Since his discharge he has embarked on a four-year college degree in medical sciences and is currently in his second […]

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Sonia Arrison explores the impact of radical human longevity – and its intersection with technology

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Reading Sonia Arrison’s bio on her website, we were a bit stumped. So, when we stopped by her office on Sand Hill Road, we immediately asked: “What is it that you do?” “I have trouble describing myself,” she acknowledged. “So sometimes it’s easiest to say I’m an author.” That she is, and her most recent book, 100 […]

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Carol Mayer Marshall starts organization to help women get elected or appointed to office

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Ask Menlo Park resident Carol Mayer Marshall who she is and her answer is swift: “I’m a politician and a feminist and an attorney.” She’s also a woman of firsts: The first woman Congressional Relations Director in any government agency, representing poverty program under Don Rumsfeld; the first woman Director, VISTA (Domestic Peace Corps), Nixon appointment with […]

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Valpo Fun Run set for Sunday, September 17

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Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep are hosting the fourth annual Valpo Fun Run, a 5k community run through the streets of Atherton, on September 17th at 9:00 am at Menlo School. All net proceeds will go towards Peninsula Bridge which transforms the lives of motivated, low income students by preparing and supporting them for […]

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Author Donia Bijan is featured at First Friday event on Sept. 1

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Author and Menlo Park resident Donia Bijan will appear at the next First Friday on September 1st at Woodside’s Town Hall (2955 Woodside Road). Donia’s latest book is The Last Days at Cafe Leila. Elizabeth Church writes: “The Last Days at Café Leila is a novel that will engage all of your senses and then make […]

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Thousands attempt to beat the heat at Saturday’s Facebook County Fair

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The Facebook County Fair held Saturday proved to be a popular event, so much so that the Menlo Park Police Department issued an alert at 4:00 pm that the Facebook entrance was closed from eastbound Willow Road to Bayfront Expressway. (The roads were re-opened after 6:00 pm.) That didn’t deter InMenlo contributing photographer Betsy Sergeant […]

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Free folk/Indie pop concert hosted by Menlo Park Library on Sept. 2

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The Menlo Park Library will host a free concert at the City Council Chambers (701 Laurel Street) on September 2, at 11:00 am, featuring local musician Karla Kane (pictured) and Nottingham, England-based duo Fun of the Pier. Karla Kane is a Redwood City singer, writer, and ukulele player, best known as the leader of indie-pop […]

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Menlo Park Fire District sponsored National Urban Search and Rescue Team heads for Texas

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Members of Task Force 3, one of eight California State Office of Emergency Services (Cal-OES) Task Forces and one of 28 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Teams, headed to Texas this evening (8/27) on a 28-hour plus drive. The Team deployed with a convoy of five vehicles and 10 boats in trailers from Menlo […]

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Local group tackles safety issues for users of the Alameda/Santa Cruz Avenue corridor

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Ron Snow has lived with his family in the University Park area of unincorporated Menlo Park for four decades and has long been concerned about safety issues along the Alameda/Santa Cruz Avenue corridor between Sand Hill Road and Avy Avenue. Frustrated by lots of studies but little action, he’s formed a group made up of […]

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