Wednesday, May 27, 2015

TODAY, OHIO, tomorrow Indiana


Jeromeville, Ohio

Today was a pretty good day.  Last evening had my doubts because heavy thunderstorms knocked the trailer around pretty good even though the stabilizer jacks down.  Rained really hard for about 20 minutes.  A bit scary because the power went out once.  But it was mostly clear this morning.  I think I made six good images today.  Late in the day we drove through a heavy thunderstorm, but later it cleared and we found some more images.


Somewhere in western Ohio

No doubt we are in farm land.  Wheat, oats, dairy cattle, and lots and lots of acres of freshly planted fields, some even sprouting.

Tonight we are barely inside Indiana. Onward.

Monday, May 25, 2015

NORTH TO ALASKA

I have been planning this trip to Alaska for almost forever.  This morning I departed home and headed west.  Yes, I am driving, driving very slowly.  This is not my first trip, the Navy sent me to Adak and Attu in the Aleutian Islands, and I made driving trips during the summers of 1973 and 1976.  The latter trip I had hoped to find a job there and stay. That didn't happen.  I've wanted to do this driving trip for the longest time, and this past fall I talked my wife, Ellen into doing it.  Previous trips were roughing it a bit, but this time I'm traveling a bit more comfortable. This is our new rig.

The purpose of this grand road trip, as with all my road trips, is to make images.  I looking for those things and scenes that talk about our culture.  Sometimes sad, sometimes poignant, sometimes melodramatic, sometime hilarious, but always relevant to my central theme: a landscape with a cultural overlay, the iconic and the ironic.

Today I photographed this in Petersburg, New York.  It is very difficult to make a Y-turn with 25-foot of trailer dragging behind you.  It was five miles down the road before a place presented itself large enough to reverse direction.  Even then it's immensely difficult find a place on the side of the road to pull off safely.  I saw these broken stairs but had to drive almost five miles before I could reverse direction, but so worth effort.
 
I hope to post almost daily, but as we move further towards Alaska, I expect to have less opportunity to plug into the web.  Onward.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

CELL PHONE CAMERAS


Marlborough, MA


Portmouth,NH


Worcester, MA


Worcester, MA

I have always been on to carry a camera with me just about everywhere I go.  And lately that camera has been my cell phone.  I have to admit that my first camera in a ;phone I had was not very good, maybe better stated as poor.  Things have improved muchly since that time.  No, I do not have an iPhone, rather a Samsung Galaxy Note II.  Could never bring myself to own an Apple product, I don't like the taste of heir CoolAid.  The Note II's camera is only 8-mega-pixels, but if the light is good, it does very well.  In fact, I would put it up against the old Canon Rebel XT which I owned about 10 years ago.  Think about that: a simple cell phone camera performing at the level of a dSLR.  Last week my wife and I upgraded our Note II's to the new Note 4.  It's camera is really good, 1000% improvement over the Note II.  I'll try and post a few images in the next few weeks to show what it can do.  I was thinking about buying mirrorless small camera to carry with me, but with this new phone, I'm rethinking that.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

JUST LIVING......WELL


My kitchen in West Boylston 17 November 2014

20-and-a-half years ago we moved into this house with a non-functioning kitchen. Two completely kaputt wall ovens, a loud noise making Sub Zero frig, and only one burner working on the cooktop. First order of business was rip out the old and start on the new. Set up a temp kitchen way in back of the house in the old laundry room. Coleman two-burner propane stove and a microwave. Could cook and do laundry at the same time.

Even before we set about designing the new kitchen (above), we stripped the old kitchen down to studs and joist.  We being, me, Ellen and Libbie. Rewired and re-plumbed the entire room.  When I took down the ceiling, I found two wire-nutted live circuits laying loose on top of the plaster.  The debris almost filled a 30-yard dumpster.  When we pulled up the floor I found five split joist.  That was more work than Ellen could help with me and I put in a emergency call to my brother to come help with that not so small problem.  Had to pull up all the subflooring, sister in new joist, and then lay new 3/4" tounge-n-grove subfloor.  

Ellen and I sat down and designed what we wanted the kitchen to function and look like.  What you see above is how it tuned out.  I wanted the business (cooking) end to be separate from the area where people sit and give grief to the cook. All the cook's work takes place at the far end, and the hecklers sit at the counter end of the island.

Behind me is a very open wall into our breakfast room, and to the right is the family room which is accessed through six foot opening from both the kitchen and the breakfast room. Wanted it to be a very open design.  The three rooms function like one big open room.

Monday, November 03, 2014

BATHROOMS


Me, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan  Oct 10, 2014

I know, I KNOW! It's not something I do very often, but if the opportunity presents itself, why not. If nothing else, photography is all about opportunity.  I have a friend who photographs himself in bathroom mirrors all the time (you can see a few of them here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/louiedespres/sets/).  The "selfie" craze seems to have taken over social media these days, but "selfies" are nothing new, especially to photographers.  Every photographer I know has, at one time or another, pointed the camera at him or herself.  This genre has a history as old as photography itself.  I even give my beginning students an assignment to do just that, make a self portrait.  And there is always one or two who adopt the genre semester after semester.  I tell them the great advantage of doing self portraits is they don't have to hunt for a model.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

FALL








All this color happened within a mile of my house.  While not great images, the colors of fall here in New England are hard to pass up.  The gazebo is on the town common here in West Boylston.  I have assigned my digital class to come up with one fall image for their next critique class.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SHORT TRIP TO THE MET IN NYC



New York City

I had been meaning all summer to make it down to NYC to see the Garry Winogrand exhibition at the MET.  Finally made it down last Saturday, the day before it closed.  Better late than never.  However, it was a good day because the museum was not crowded.  So great to see all the images I have known for so long.  This was probably the 5th or 6th Winogrand exhibition I've seen, most recently his "Women Are Beautiful" portfolio (in it's entirety) at the Worcester Art Museum.  It was my honor to furnish them with a print of Winogrand working the streets of Austin, Texas, for their introduction. You can't see an exhibition of this man life's work without being inspired, so as we were moving about NYC, I made a couple of images.  The top on from the window of the cab in which I was riding, and the bottom one made while waiting for the museum to open.