Sunday, November 3, 2019
I don't know what was on the door, or who lived in that room. But it was a person with a name and a life. And that was worth remembering as I clambered over the crumbling ceiling plaster and around piles of wood looking for the next shot.
Monday, September 30, 2019
If there is one photo I took that day which means more to me than any other it is this one.
The ideas which it communicates: temporality and eternity, brokenness and structure, isolation and community, warmth and coldness, freedom and confinement, conformity and incongruity, are as clear as can be.
Going through the asylum was a pretty difficult thing for me even while using my professional detachment as a shield. There were plenty of things which could simply not be ignored, and which reminded me that there were real people who used to live there under less than positive circumstances.
I am looking forward to returning to the asylum in the future, but it is going to be hard to come away with a photo that communicates everything the way this one does for me.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Haven't posted a snake in a long while. I have always liked snakes for some reason, and don't generally have the natural and common revulsion for them that most people do. I am careful near them of course, but enjoy contact with them and have even had them as pets. They make great photographic subjects, and are some of my favorite animals to shoot.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
I was driving through Michigan's Upper Peninsula the other day and saw this old house. There are numerous such structures in the U.P., not all of them unoccupied. This one in particular reminded me of a Tom Waits song so much that I had to turn around and go back to capture it.
The song is called "House Where Nobody Lives", and the end of it reads as follows:
"What makes a house grand ain't the roof or the doors.
If there's love in a house it's a palace for sure.
Without love, it ain't nothing but a house...a house where nobody lives."
Having just finished spending four days in a one-room rustic cabin full of some amazing and abundant love, it was pretty powerful. So although not technically a very good photo, it may end up being my favorite shot of the summer.
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Although I have done virtually every type of photography there is, with a few exceptions, my main interest has always been nature photography. Landscapes, wildlife, that sort of thing. But when the opportunity arose for me to photograph the "abandoned" sections of the old insane asylum in Traverse City, MI, I figured a stretch outside my normal comfort zone was definitely in order.
It was an amazing experience, one which I hope to repeat at some point as every time I turned my head there was another shot waiting to be taken. This is one, a view looking down one of the steam tunnels which run between all the buildings, was particularly compelling.
I will undoubtedly be tossing more of these into the monthly blog entries as the year passes, so keep coming back or just sign up to be alerted whenever it updates by entering your email address at the bottom of the page. (I don't do email marketing, so you won't get any email except to let you know that a new photo has been posted.)
In the meantime, do something this summer that takes you out of your own comfort zone. You might be glad that you did!
Saturday, June 1, 2019
I've never been a huge fan of French Impressionism, but when you happen across a scene like this when the conditions are perfect you simply have to go with it. Sadly, there was no little red foot bridge.
Later this month one of my long-time accomplices and I will be photographing the old insane asylum in Traverse City, MI. It will be an interesting diversion from my usual nature work, and I am quite looking forward to it. Hopefully they will let us out when we are finished. :)
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Interestingly, the tree itself appears to be otherwise quite normal and healthy.
Monday, April 1, 2019
Been dealing with some painful back issues which have kept me from getting out and about as much as I'd like. So we are going back into the archives from April/May of 2011 for this shot of a woodcock chick. Also known as "timberdoodles", these are some pretty unique birds, both in appearance and behavior.
Friday, March 1, 2019
A bit of a two-fer with this shot. It caught my eye because of the lighting and ready-made composition, but it also made me laugh because with that pillar there even a motorcycle would have a hard time fitting into that space, let alone a compact car. The unusual lighting was caused by nearby white pines, whose long needles filter and diffuse sunlight beautifully.
I've never done a lot of urban or street photography, as I prefer being in rural and wilderness areas, so this is kind of a rare diversion for me.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
********Excerpt from my notes for the month**********
Here's a new feature idea for future products: Internal heating elements for your camera bodies. I have noticed that cameras don't like to work well at temperatures below -20F or so, nor do photographer's hands. Particularly photographers who are over "a certain age". Miniature internal heating strips could run off the regular camera battery, and keep the internals warm as well as the photographer's hands, enabling continued use in extreme low temperatures. Such a feature would be very welcome for the tens of thousands of photographers working in non-tropical zones, and would undoubtedly open an opportunity for you to make a pretty substantial amount of money! Don't worry, I am not going to ask you for a percentage for my idea. It is yours for the using, free and clear. However, as a dedicated Nikon shooter for the last 35+ years, making me a gift of one would certainly be appreciated. Preferably before next winter gets here.
Thanks as always,