Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Urban Landscape, X2

Torrington, Connecticut

Back in the mid-1980s I did the photography for a major project, a 48-page, "capabilities brochure," for The Torrington Company. I traveled to plants up and down the eastern seaboard, but also spent a number of days shooting manufacturing work at these plants in the company's hometown. There isn't much going on here now. The company had quite an interesting history.


Deer Resistant

Torrington, Connecticut

Seen back in May near the nicely maintained plantings at Coe Park near the center of town.

Park in Spring

Cold Spring, New York

As summer draws to a close, a couple shots from early this spring in a small town on the Hudson River not far north of Bear Mountain. A baseball field, and a park that isn't dog-friendly.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ecuadorian Deli

Peekskill, New York


Playground Fountain

Waterville, Connecticut

Last Thursday the Waterville city park had the fountain running, but the temperature had turned cool and no kids were out to play in it. Summer is back with over 90° F yesterday afternoon.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Current Events

Shelton, Connecticut

This old industrial building (some sections of which are still in use) is something of a graffiti magnet, but the white tags are all new since the last time I was in the area, less than a couple months ago. I don't know any of the code, but I imagine that the "NO GOOD COPS..." line has to refer to current events.

Yellow and Beige

Pawling, New York

Torrington, Connecticut

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Window Shopping

Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Yesterday, we made an unexpected trip up to Lenox, MA, for a concert at Tanglewood. More on that later. The town of Stockbridge, just to the south, was quite filled with late summer vacationers and shoppers.

Some Billboards

Willimantic, Connecticut

On July 4th the company seems a bit late replacing its self-promotion.

Ansonia, Connecticut

Twin billboards make for some interesting juxtapositions.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

JO-ANN

Torrington, Connecticut

The building on the right was a gas station, then a muffler place, now a Pizza Hut. The strip mall anchor store at the back has recently been completely remodeled along with a change in chain store occupant.

Green Shoes

Naugatuck, Connecticut

The Phone Company building appears to have been decommissioned years ago, so it seems a little strange they need to have a notice out on the lawn reminding people not to return phone books there.
(Click on the picture area for a larger and clearer view.)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Orange Mesh

Torrington, Connecticut

You see this utilitarian plastic mesh fencing material everywhere. It's generally used as a warning, "don't go here," but it's strangely decorative as well.


Tennis Court

Winsted, Connecticut

Rainy day, between downpours.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Those Steins Never Seem to Get Heavy

Torrington, Connecticut

This was late July—East Side might as well go straight to an Oktoberfest billboard. This swampy area is at the north side of the town, near the Winsted/Winchester Township line.

Color Coordinated

Ansonia, Connecticut

More fixing up of the town, this on West Main Street, and the taggers are there already.

Monday, August 18, 2014

STUB

Ansonia, Connecticut

New sidewalk, new decorative brickwork, new granite curbing, new street pavement coming soon. New graffiti already here.

Another Couple Walls

Naugatuck, Connecticut



Sunday, August 17, 2014

THE LARGEST SHIPPING COMPANY TO POLAND

Naugatuck, Connecticut

Travel agency, insurance office, and shipping service all rolled into one storefront on Church Street.

Arrows Point the Way

Naugatuck, Connecticut

Recently I've been interested by the aesthetic outcome of utilitarian urban elements like traffic flow arrows.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Motorcyclist, Moving Through

Naugatuck, Connecticut

(For Markus.)

Yesterday afternoon the light was a fabulous stormy overcast that never actually turned into storm. It was a great time to spend a couple hours on a bit of an experiment I've wanted to begin. On my walkabout shooting, the kind of pictures I post on this blog, I've been thinking that I wanted to tighten up and intensify the procedure. Eschewing halfway measures, for a while on these walkabouts I'm going to shoot just one frame of each situation. Slow down, decide exactly what I want, and do just one shot. Worked really well yesterday.

Still More Walls

Torrington, Connecticut

Winsted, Connecticut

Friday, August 15, 2014

Proposal in Chalk




Naugatuck, Connecticut

Seen this afternoon on the walkway through the riverside park on the Union City side of town. I don't know what the answer was.

More Walls

Poughkeepsie, New York

Torrington, Connecticut