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Landscape Religion Small town

Saturday February 26, 2011

NEW MILFORD, CONNECTICUT – A bad day in the one photo every day world. We drove up to Connecticut on Saturday morning (the weather was terrible on Friday night, our usual drive time). I packed my Hasselblad and Alpa and couple of lenses. On arriving in Connecticut I discovered that I had left the CompactFlash memory card in the computer in New York. I couldn’t shoot the Hasselblad or Alpa because I didn’t have any digital film. I didn’t have another camera with me, not even an iPhone. Warren Connecticut is rural and quite isolated – there’s really no place close by that carries memory cards.

So what to do? I drove south the New Milford Connecticut because there’s a Radio Shack in a shopping center there. The drive took 45 minutes because of road construction (it’s usually 25 minutes). This gave me plenty of time to think about how stupid I am and to plot a route back that avoided the construction. When I arrived at the Radio Shack they didn’t have a CompactFlash card. The salesman tried to sell me a memory stick card saying it’s exactly the same (where does Radio Shack get these people?). I went to the Walmart in the same shopping center and found a single 8 meg CompactFlash card hanging at ankle level on one of those displays that retailers use for the small electronic doodads that are sold in impossible-to-open plastic packages. I bought it and painfully broke a fingernail opening the packaging; installed it in the Hasselblad; formatted it and voilà I was good to go. But irritable and out of sorts. This isn’t how I had planned on spending Saturday.

New Milford is kind of a sad place. I’ve commented on this before. It’s a commercial stretch on Route 202 consisting mainly of strip malls. One of my favorite books on life in England is Crap Towns, a listing of the 100 worst towns in England. New Milford would deserve a place in an American edition. There is a village center with large Congregational and Episcopal churches, a library, a town hall and a World War I era tank – reminders of a time when the town projected greater grandeur. I’ve taken quite a few of my daily pictures in New Milford. If you search for New Milford in the search box to the right you will find them.

I was too distracted to get back into the moment so I shot the first thing that came to hand: St. Johns Episcopal Church. The light wasn’t that interesting. The church building was built starting in 1881 sort of gothic HH Richardson – the congregation is 250 years old. Shot with my Alpa Max, a 47mm Rodenstock lens and my newly-purchased 8 meg CompactFlash card.

St John's Episcopal Church New Milford
St John's Episcopal Church New Milford

On this day one year ago: Snow in Central Park. A nice image.

Central Park at 90th Street
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Icon Landscape

Friday February 25, 2011

NEW YORK NEW YORK – A seriously bad weather day. I took the Staten Island Ferry. It’s free and offers remarkable views of New York harbor. I had hoped to get wind and rain swept views, but the weather started to break right after we left South Ferry in Manhattan. There were brief moments when shafts of sunlight broke through the overcast. I captured this during one of those moments. So what if it’s sentimental? This made the trip worthwhile – I’ll be back. Taken with my Hasselblad H4D-60 and an HCD 35-90 lens.

Statue of Liberty and Hoboken
Statue of Liberty and Hoboken

On this day last year: Madison Square at night.

Madison Square
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Landscape Urban

Thursday February 24, 2011

NEW YORK NEW YORK – A bleak day in Manhattan. I walked around Central Park in search of something that would stir my imagination. I captured this view of the Central Park Reservoir with Alpa TC with 36mm APO Schneider lens.

Central Park Reservoir
Central Park Reservoir

On this day one year ago: a very wide view of Times Square at night.

Times Square
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Landscape Urban

Tuesday February 22, 2011

NEW YORK NEW YORK – I walked down Lexington Avenue on this rare bright and sunny day. I had Alpa TC with a 35mm Schneider APO lens and a 60 meg Hasselblad digital back. And the battery with the wire dangling out of my sleeve. Here are three images. I couldn’t decide which I liked best. It’s probably painfully obvious (perhaps “none of the above”), but I’ve posted all three. We’ll see how they look for a while and I’ll take two down based on a more extended reaction.

(I subsequently edited this post on March 2 shrinking the size of the less favored pictures, with thanks to those who commented on the choice.)

Cigarette butt
Cigarette butt
Pioneer
Pioneer
Holland Court Meat and Fish
Holland Court Meat and Fish

On this day one year ago: Lever House in twilight.

Lever House New York
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Landscape Small town Urban

Monday February 21, 2011

KENT CONNECTICUT – This is Presidents Day so we spent the day in Connecticut. We drove over to Kent, a good-sized village that’s a 20 minute or so drive from Warren. The name “Kent” is an example of the lack of imagination of the English settlers in this area. Not even “New Kent”. Perhaps “Kent-On-The-Tundra” would have been better, recognizing the colder climate here.

My sister in law, Francesca Barra, was with me and I wanted to show her Belgique, a remarkable chocolate and pastry shop owned by a former White House chef and his wife. We bought chocolate truffles and chocolate covered candied ginger. I have no idea of why or how this guy ended up here; his work is world class; he would be highly popular in New York or even Paris.

I took a lot of pictures in the village – this is my favorite for the day. It’s a caboose that houses an art gallery called, fittingly, the Kent Caboose Gallery. It was previously called the Paris-New-York-Kent Gallery (1984 – 2006), a rather grand name given its lilliputian size. I suspect that it was intended ironically. It was the first gallery in Kent. Photographed with my Alpa TC, a 35mm APO Schneider lens and a 60 meg Hasselblad digital back.

Kent Caboose Gallery
Kent Caboose Callery

On this day one year ago: A doll house sized arts center near Milford PA. Photographed in infrared with my Leica M8.2.

Walpack New Jersey
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Interior Landscape Religion

Sunday February 20. 2011

WASHINGTON CONNECTICUT –  Today we went to a service at the Washington Congregational Church – our daughter and her fiance were with us. They are planning on getting married here next year. After the service I photographed the interior.  I’ve done many exterior images of this building on these pages: Under the portico. Washington Congregational Church exterior. Washington Congregational Church detail. Taken with my Alpha Max and a 36mm Schneider lens. Two frames stitched.

Washington Congregational Church
Washington Congregational Church

On this day last year: Another pinhole image – this one in Milford PA.

Milford Pennsylvania
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Animals Landscape

Saturday February 19, 2011

WARREN CONNECTICUT – Another cold day in Connecticut. Taken with my Alpa TC.

It's still winter
It's still winter

Here’s a different treatment of the image that I posted on February 12

Clear and cold
Clear and cold

On this day one year ago: Experimenting with a pinhole image.

Pinhole
Pinhole