James Hillis

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My Photo’s 2014

In Uncategorized on December 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm

The following video is just a sample of over 2100 pictures I took this year. As an Amateur shutterbug my body of work is not earth shattering or collectible but as a hobby is a pleasure to do.  Enjoy and to see more of my efforts you can go to my Photo Website called FROZEN IN TIME


Reasons why a Christmas tree beats a Woman( or a Man)

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2014 at 10:50 am

Here are some reasons why a Christmas Tree is better than a Woman


When you dress it up with silver and gold,it doesn’t look like a cheap hooker

A Christmas tree doesn’t care if you have a plastic one in the closet

With a flick of a switch you can turn them on.

A Christmas tree doesn’t get mad if you tie it to the roof

It is not illegal to buy a Christmas tree

Next year you can get a new one

they stay when told

They are much cheaper to decorate

A Christmas tree doesn’t get mad if you look up underneath it

You only see them once a year

you can recycle them


And Ladies, don’t worry my wife has made sure I gave equal rights to you, here are some reasons that a Christmas tree is better than a man.


A Christmas tree doesn’t care how many other Christmas trees you have had in the past.

A Christmas tree doesn’t care if you have an artificial one in the closet.

When you are done with a Christmas tree you can throw it on the curb and have it hauled away.

A Christmas tree doesn’t get jealous around other Christmas trees.

A Christmas tree doesn’t care if you watch the TLC channel all day.

A Christmas tree doesn’t get mad if you tie it up and throw it in the back of your pickup truck.

A Christmas tree is always erect.

Even small ones give satisfaction.

A Christmas tree stays up for 12 days and nights.

A Christmas tree always looks good – even with the lights on.

A Christmas tree is always happy with its size.

A Christmas tree has cute balls.

A Christmas tree doesn’t get mad if you break one of its balls.

You can throw a Christmas tree out when it’s past its prime

You don’t have to put up with a Christmas tree all year.

Have a Good Christmas everyone

Think I will Go Do This

In Uncategorized on December 12, 2014 at 7:39 pm

funny snowman gif throwing a snowball troll

Vivian Maier

In Uncategorized on December 11, 2014 at 1:10 am

We all have hobby’s and one of mine has always been photography, taking pictures and admiring the works of others. From Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lang,Man Ray, Dianne Arbus” The Photographer Of Freaks” and the American Civil War Photographer Matthew Brady among others, each and every photographer presents the world that they see in a different light and preserves that moment when the camera snaps a picture into what I call FROZEN IN TIME. Unlike a movie that continues on a picture sits still and presents itself to the viewer so they can study it and find what they want from it.  When I was younger I took a lot of pictures but most have not survived and that is why I am grateful to the digital world as it allows me to take my Hobby to a new level, you can see some of my efforts at my other site FROZEN IN TIME.   But this story is not about my pictures or some of the famous photographers that I have mentioned above, it is about a collection of pictures that I came across on a website about 2 years ago and has fascinated me ever since.

Vivian Maier is not listed as a famous photographer or as an important contributor to the world of the camera while she was alive because she was not a professional photographer but a professional nanny in the United States, and when she died in 2009 her photos and undeveloped film were put up for auction by her family and if it had not been for a Chicago Historian buying her estate we would never have seen some of the greatest “Street Photography” pictures of the 20th century. Fall 1953, New York, NY


She captured the People and the streets of New York,Chicago and other major centers in all their glory and all their ugliness, she shows us that the world is not all glitz in the 50’s and 60’s and she showed the other side of the big city’s.  March 18, 1955, New York, NY Undated, New York, NY

One of the things that got me hooked on her work was something that I like to do, and will be doing more of and that is shooting her own shadow, it can be a really effective image if done right as this self-portrait of her shows self_portrait

As a matter of fact her self portraits are a work of art in themselves VM1953W03391-04-MC VM1954W02936-11-MC

Another way that I am intrigued is of her use of reflections in her work and is something that I also have doneJanuary, 1953, New York, NY 1963. Chicago, IL

To discover more of her work you can find her website by clicking the link.  There are also 4 books and 2 documentary’s out there about this remarkable women.



Another Old Family Picture

In Uncategorized on December 11, 2014 at 12:08 am

cropped-66322_10152192924175057_744812264_n.jpgMy Uncle Alex,Cousin Mary,Sister Theresa,Cousin Tim, myself and my little sister MaryLou.

My Christmas Songs

In Uncategorized on December 7, 2014 at 12:12 am

I like the hoary old chestnuts from Frank and Dean and Andy and I like the traditional Christmas songs as much as the next guy but anyone who has read my material knows I am slightly twisted and that extends to my musical tastes as well. And in that vein I give you my list of favorite Christmas songs:  don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

The beach Boy’s: Little Saint Nick

Plastic Ono Band: Happy Xmas(war is over)

Simon and Garfunkel:7 o’clock news/silent Night

Greg Lake: I believe in Father Christmas

Bing Crosby/David Bowie: Little Drummer Boy

Slade: Merry Christmas Everybody

Kinks: Father Christmas

The Pogues: Fairytale of New York

Roy Woods Wizzard:I wish it could be Christmas every day

Chris Rea:Driving home for Christmas

Steeleye Span: Gaudet

Jethro Tull: Ring Out Solstice bells

Ray Charles and Nina Simone: Baby it’s cold outside

Eartha Kitt: Santa Baby

Bob and Doug McKenzie: 12 Days of Christmas

So there you go, head to YouTube and look them all up and give a listen. Now, what are yours.

A Hillis Christmas Retrospective

In Uncategorized on December 4, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Just some images from the last few Christmas Celebrations in the Hillis Household, with a couple of older ones thrown in there.

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