Musings
Honoring the Unclaimed in Los Angeles
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Honoring the Unclaimed in Los Angeles

Honoring the Unclaimed - Kukucka Photography, LA I had the opportunity this morning to do something I've wanted to do for a few years now.Every year there is a multi-faith, public memorial here in LA - the annual Burial of the Unclaimed - something that has taken place since 1896. The cremains of all the unclaimed souls are buried together. All those who passed alone - without a family, without a friend, without anyone knowing that they left this plane - and for some, that they ever even existed. Today I had the privilege to stand with so many others who braved this unusually cold and rainy day to say that their lives DID matter, and they DID NOT leave unnoticed. (Interesting that on ...

My Return to LA - Los Angeles Photography
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Honoring the Unclaimed in Los Angeles

I lived in Los Angeles for about 14 years, but came back to the Pittsburgh area (my hometown) to be closer to my aging parents, somewhere around 2005. I didn't know it then, but could easily suspect in retrospect, that I would stay back east long enough to lovingly walk both parents Home - along with two siblings - and I wouldn't change a moment of it. Having only known the bond of a big family - shit and all - I'm so grateful to still have my beloved sister and best friend Jan, on this side of the veil, as well as our brother Mike. I jokingly tell Jan that we're the "last of the Kennedys", as we were part of a large, incredibly bonded family, well known in the small western Pennsylvania ...

Early Pittsburgh Photography - Dario Argento
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Honoring the Unclaimed in Los Angeles

Early Pittsburgh Photography - When Dario Argento Came to Town - With the passing of Pittsburgh's one and only George Romero last year, I was reminded of the time George collaborated with Italy's gorey equivalent, Dario Argento. The production was called Two Evil Eyes. It was kind of a gore film classic of Dario Argento's "Black Cat", with Harvey Keitel and Madeleine Potter, coupled with George Ramero's "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar", with Adrienne Barbeau and Ramy Zada.I was lucky enough to be the stills photographer on this adventure with two demented geniuses, and I've never forgotten the experience. Dario was a tormented artist in that his creative ideas changed ...

The Dancer - Portrait of Teri
Monday, April 09, 2018
Honoring the Unclaimed in Los Angeles

- The Dancer - Portrait of Teri - This will probably be one of my most personal blog posts, but that's what the "Musings" section of my website is all about. Stories and photos from my life - what I think about, remember, miss, and celebrate,  - and ALWAYS what I'm grateful for - and this post includes all of those things.Most everyone has that "one great love" - whether real or imagined, wished for or experienced, enjoyed or missed, longed for deep in your soul, no matter how it shows up or for however long it stays. I'm lucky enough to know a few of those couples who have had the unusual gift of truly being there, together, at the same time, same place in life and love, and I'm ...

Early Pittsburgh Photography -Betsy's Diner
Friday, March 23, 2018
Honoring the Unclaimed in Los Angeles

- Early Pittsburgh - Betsy's Diner - Kukucka Photography - When my father was a dentist in the small western PA town of Patton, there was just one diner in town and it was conveniently located just two doors down from my dad's office. It was Betsy's Diner, and dad would always sit at the counter because he never took the time to have a leisurely lunch at one of the tables. He usually had the same thing - a BLT and water with lemon, no ice, as I recall.For some reason, my father is really on my mind and in my heart these days. He crossed the thin veil in 2010, and my mother joined him five years later. I know that Betsy died sometime in the 1970's, and her once-busy diner is now a gun ...