Sunday August 26, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY UTAH – I took a slow drive through Salt Lake on a mining expedition for interesting houses. I came up with a few – A lage portion of jSalt Lake’s East side was built during the post-war housing boom. Sort of Levitown goes west. Images taken with my Leica M9 and 35mm Summilux lens.

Prairie style house
Prairie style house
Typical house from postwar building boom
Typical house from postwar building boom

On this day last year: Bedroom.

August 26, 2011
Bedroom

Saturday August 25, 2012

PARK CITY and SALT LAKE CITY UTAH – Still in Utah. I spent last night in Park City for a couple of reasons. In the first place there’s actually not a first rate hotel in Salt Lake – all of the action is up where the ski resorts are. In the second place it Park City presents an opportunity to take in some landscape. So I stayed in Park City last night and woke up to this Disney-like former mining town. I grabbed some store fronts with my M9 and then put together an eight mile hike above the Stein Eriksen resort. Stein Eriksen has grown dramatically since I was last here. Sort of Los Vegas in the very, very high desert. There’s nothing alpine about the scenery here. It’s semi-arid bumps at very high altitude. With some selective framing I managed to get some reasonable scenery.

I ended the day at the Salt Lake Country Club. This was the social institution when I was growing up but I’m not so certain now. Highway construction has ruined the golf course, at least from a scenic standpoint and it feels old. Who know. Anyway, the second evening of my high school reunion happened here.

Images above Dear Valley are with my 25mm Summilux lens; at the reunion I was shooting with my Noctilux. All on my M9.

Park City
Park City
Above Stein Eriksen 1
Above Stein Eriksen 1
Above Stein Eriksen 2
Above Stein Eriksen 2
Above Stein Eriksen 3
Above Stein Eriksen 3
Above Stein Eriksen 4
Above Stein Eriksen 4
Highland's Greatest Year - 5
Highland’s Greatest Year – 5

On this day last year: Hallway.

August 25, 2011
Bathroom

Friday August 24, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY UTAH – I can hear the question now: “What are you doing in Salt Lake outside of ski season?” The simple answer is that I grew up here and I’ve returned this weekend for my high school reunion – an opportunity to connect with the girl (now a grandmother) who I had a hopeless crush on and with my friend Jerry Stephens, who I did my first photography with (it turns out that it was less important to him than it was to me), and generally to hang out with a bunch of older people who I haven’t seen for a very long time. See my biography link in the column to the right.

I flew to Salt Lake this morning; killed time for a couple of hours driving around photographing old neighborhoods; and then went to a picnic in Sugarhouse Park. The theme of the reunion is “Highland’s Greatest Year” – my senior year we won the state football championship. I shot the entire weekend with my Leica M9 and Noctilux lens, mostly with a .9 neutral density filter at f.95.

Jerry Stephens
Jerry Stephens
Highland's Greatest Year - 2
Highland’s Greatest Year – 2
Highland's Greatest Year - 3
Highland’s Greatest Year – 3
Highland's Greatest Year - 4
Highland’s Greatest Year – 4

On this day last year: Belvedere Castle. Struggling to produce something interesting working on a tripod.

Belvedere Castle
Belvedere Castle