Sunday, August 31, 2008

Get your kicks on Route 66...

Well goes from St. Louie down to Missouri
Oklahoma city looks oh so pretty
You'll see Amarillo and Gallup, New Mexico
Flagstaff, Arizona don't forget Winona
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernadino

You know the song... but did you know it's a great place to photograph? It's very small, but packed with interesting old buildings, and if you're into landscapes it can be nice as well.

These photos are mostly old advertisements on the walls in downtown Flagstaff. The first two black & whites are from July 2008 and are from 8x10" film. The next black & white is from July 2007 and is also 8x10" film. This particular image is in an alley that is maybe 18 feet wide. I had my tripod tight and had to use a 210mm lens (very wide angle for 8x10) and stand on a milk crate to focus. This is also an ACTIVE alley. Several cars came down and I had to make sure they didn't hit the tripod. Several passersby stopped and asked about the camera. I was there quite a while and overheard some other passersby say "that guy is STILL there." Anyway, I got the shot, then switched to the 4x5" camera for a few more.

The color shots are digital, but I do plan on going back and shooting color with the 4x5".

Monday, August 25, 2008

Summertime... and the living is easy

I actually made a lot of photographs this summer, here in Phoenix. The summer hasn't been too bad... only a few days over 110. Usually I'm downtown by 6:30 AM so it's still kind of "not really hot yet" at that time.

Below are a few photographs made with my Arca-Swiss 8x10" camera. Some are from downtown; some are from the area between Camelback Rd. and McDowell Rd from 24th St. to 40th St.; some are from Grand Ave. out by the "Big Tin Shed"; and there's one from Hackberry, AZ, out on old Rt. 66 before you get to Kingman.

These are just scans of the 8x10" film as I haven't printed them yet. Please take a look at them and let me know what you think.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

I can't take it anymore and I am running for President of the United States!

I have had it with all these stupid politicians. First they unfairly target people who work hard, and waste money doing so. They send me letters about the Economic Stimulus program, but at the end of the letter tell me I don't qualify for the package. Now, Obama wants to put me in the poor house.

So, as of today, August 23, 2008, I announce my candidacy for President of the United States of America. I believe there are no skeletons in my closet (George and Mike, how much to keep you both quiet?). I think I can get past the Naturalized Citizen thing... my father was serving this great country in Great Britain, where I was born, and I believe is not a terrorist nation.

So, join me to help save this great country. We will need to start taking contributions immediately if we are to make this happen. Send a PayPal payment to All donations will be re-donated to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

Thank you, my fellow Americans, and God Bless the United States of America!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Getting Abstract... Again

No matter what I attempt to photograph, I always seem to come back to abstraction in some form or another. Below are some recent photos from my Flagstaff summer trips and from the Caljet Fuel Tank Farm from last week.

In Flagstaff, my daughter was taking a watercolor class and they had an outing to the Arizona Pioneer Museum. My wife and I tagged along so we could get my daughter some lunch, and take her back to the hotel if she got bored (which she did). Anyway, the Coconino Center for the Arts is right next door. They have a handicapped ramp that looked very interesting. I used a long lens (450mm) on the 4x5 to compress the space even more and create this bizarre collection of lines.

From the Caljet facility, I was drawn to the unfinished tanks, especially the details and juxtaposition between the rusted and unrusted portions. I would call these "industrial abstracts" and I am very pleased with them. I would like to do more in this style.

Also from the Caljet facility is a 4x5 shadow abstract. The steps that wind their way up and around the tanks created very strong shadows in the early morning. I'll be posting more of these soon.