Sunday June 8, 2014

MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE NEAR WORCESTER – So . . . Everyday isn’t great. I mean that in a lot of ways. We spent most of today in a car, on limited access roads, driving back to New York.

Here you go with a rest stop of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Day 1,697 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Pit stop
Pit stop

On this day four years ago (day 236): Wedding party at Yamanjá.

Party at Yamanjá
Party at Yamanjá

Wednesday January 22, 2014

GROVELAND CALIFORNIA – Most of today was spent editing photographs. The light was poor at sunrise so I didm’t go out. Here’s a detail from the town taken on a break from editing with my usual kit: a Leica Monochrom and 50 Summicron Asph. lens.

Day 1,560 of one picture each day for the rest of my life.

Second hand furniture store
Second hand furniture store

On this day last year: Post Office and Lipstick Building.

Post office
Post office

Tuesday July 23, 2013

NEW HAVEN CONNECTICUT – We drove down to New Haven for the day – Maria is speaking at a publishing symposium and I’m catching up on the culinary wonders of New Haven and the redone Yale Art Gallery. Food-wise I decided to go for historical significance – I had lunch at Louis’ Lunch, where the Hamburger sandwich was invented in the late 1890s – there seems to be some confusion over the date. It’s still in a parking lot on Crown Street, but its now a tourist destination. No kidding. A tour bus was standing in front of it when I arrived. There are exactly three places at the counter, one table that seats six (that seemed to be occupied permanently by locals) and three pew-like contraptions with tiny tables. The burgers are still cooked on unique vertical cookers and served on lightly toasted wonder bread. The meat quality was indifferent. Not a place to return to.

Louis' Lunch
Louis’ Lunch
Louis' Wonder Bread
Louis’ Wonder Bread
Louis' Lunch Cookers
Louis’ Lunch Cookers

Behind the Yale Gallery:

Yale
Yale

On this day last year: Erie Canal towpath.

Erie Canal towpath
Erie Canal towpath

Saturday August 11, 2012

WARREN CONNECTICUT – A quote from the Warren Congregational Church website:

Field of Flags Service
at the Warren Congregational Church

All are invited to this special service to honor those who lost their lives
in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, their families and friends and all our
service men and women past, present and future!!!

There will be a pot luck dinner after the service

The Field of Flags is a silent, patriotic and poignant reminder of the cost of war. Each flag represents not simply one casualty, but the family members and friends who have been touched by that life now gone. They represent our respect for those who have served and are currently serving in the military and our hope for peace in the future, for a time when no one is called upon by our country to give the greatest sacrifice

Images of the field of flags taken with my Leica M9 and 50mm Noctilux lens and 18mm lens.

Field of Flags
Field of Flags
Field of Flags
Field of Flags
Field of Flags
Field of Flags
Field of Flags
Field of Flags

On this day one year ago: Union Square.

Union Square
Union Square

Tuesday July 24, 2012

GLENS FALLS and SARATOGA SPRINGS NEW YORK – In Utah the 24th of July is a state holiday, celebrated sort of as a second Fourth of July. It commemorates the date on which Brigham Young arrived at the mouth of Immigration Canyon and said “This is the place”.

But we’re in upstate New York, not Utah, so no fireworks. We drove up to Glens Falls today to vist a lovely museum, the Hyde Collection. This is an excellent small collection of important European art assembled by two sisters in the early part of the 20th Century, and a terrific collection of Tiffany Glass. Apologies for the long post but this was an interesting day.

Here’s the central space in the collection captured with my Leica M9 and 24mm Summicron lens; two frames stitched in PTGui Pro.

Hyde Collection
Hyde Collection

The collection (which by itself was worth a drive up here) includes a current show by an artist named Stephen Knapp who does light painting creating colors with precisely shaped and oriented pieces of polarized glass. Taken with the same rig.

Stephen Knapp
Stephen Knapp

Back in Saratoga Springs I had some fun with my iPhone. Here’s a quilt in the Victorian pile of lumber that calls itself the Adelphi Hotel. It’s interesting because it is very similar to a quilt that we have in Connecticut – a quilt that we bought a church rummage sale and then spent a year and a fairly serious amount of money having restored. I’ll shoot it in Connecticut when we’re there next weekend and you’ll see the resemblance.

Quilt
Quilt

More fun with the iPhone in Saratoga:

Wandering Cowboy
Wandering Cowboy

Here’s a sculpture in Broadway (the main street) in Saratoga – I took this with my iPhone to be my screen backdrop in my iPhone – I got bored with gray.

iPhone screen
iPhone screen

As I said – this was a long day. Toward the end of the day I spent some time in Saratoga Spa State Park. In the 1930s the space facility was rebuilt on a grand scale (the scale of the complex reminds me of a Mayan temple complex at Monte Alban near Oaxaca). Good Depression era public works, but the scale is far larger than current demand so much of it appears to be in good condition but disused. Maria took a treatment, so I took some pictures with my ever-present Leica M9 and 24mm Summilux lens.

The Baths at Saratoga
The Baths at Saratoga

Moe of the same:

The Baths at Saratoga
The Baths at Saratoga

Enough of July 24 2012. On July 24, 2011: Hogmead. No kidding on the name. An inn in Nairobi.

Hogmead
Hogmead