WINGDALE NEW YORK – I drove up to Connecticut this morning via Wingdale to stop at Big W’s, a famous Barbecue place, to stock up for lunch and dinner. The owner started his cooking career with David Bouley on Duane Street in New York (we exchanged our experiences of the old days downtown); he got tired of the life working 24 hours a day and wanted to spend more time with his family, so he moved up here and started a Barbecue joint. It’s fabulous.
Day 2011 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
On this day four years ago (day 550): Shanghai back alley.
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS – Still here. You may remember that I’m not much good in to tropics. To colorful and nice. I usually work against the grain by shooting in black and white with my Leica Monochrom. Today I shot color but with a pinhole “lens”. The first three are pinholes. Then regular black and white taken at “Mr. Groupers”, a roadside eating establishment.
Day 1,600 of one photo a day for the rest of my life. Days with two zeros on the end always seem like they should be landmarks but this really didn’t feel different from any other day.
NEW MILFORD CONNECTICUT – I went to Clamps, a roadside burger stand on route 202, for a burger for lunch, arriving just before the 2:00 PM closing, in time to place an order. By the time that I got my wits together to reach for camera the closed sign had gone up.
Clamps is a dying breed: a roadside hamburger stand that’s seasonal, has limited hours and isn’t part of a chain. The following is from Roadfood: “The business card of Clamp’s Hamburger stand says, NO SIGN, NO ADDRESS, NO PHONE, JUST GOOD FOOD. In fact, there is a sign about the size of a license plate on the side of the wood-frame hut: “Clamp’s Est. 1939.” Despite the lack of a billboard and a street address, you will have no trouble finding this place because there are cars and people crowded around any time it’s open … which is late April to early September every day from 11am to 2pm and from 5pm to 8pm.
“Edwin and Sylvia Clamp started the business sixty-six years ago, and now their great-nephew, Tom Mendell, is the boss. Tom told us that since 1939 Clamp’s has never advertised and never had a phone (and therefore was never in the phone book), and while it did have a prominent sign, when the sign blew down in a windstorm back in the 1960s, it was not replaced.”