My trip down south in October had several different purposes. From North Carolina to Florida was the one remaining section of the country where I had not photographed the drive-in theaters. I had about twenty theaters on my list, though several of them proved to be gone. Also, I'd been invited to spend a week in Ruskin as Artist in Residence with The Firehouse Cultural Center. I was scheduled to make several presentations both for a general audience and for high school art students, and the stay ended with a two-day group workshop on digital photography.
Aside from that, I'd been asked to basically 'do my thing' around Ruskin and its vicinity—make photographs pretty much like the ones I post here, wander around and see what things hit the "take my picture" button. This was an unusual situation for me. There are places near my home in Connecticut where I return again and again to make photographs: to find new subject matter or new ways to see things I've photographed before. Also I pretty regularly get to spend an hour or two on "photo walkabout" in unfamiliar places I'm passing through. This residency was a chance to spend several days in a previously unfamiliar place, without any pressure to move on quickly to the next stop. I posted some of these pictures from the road. Eventually I want to edit the material down to about thirty pictures which I'll make into a web gallery for the Firehouse, and also a set of prints that will be exhibited in their gallery space sometime next year. Meanwhile, I'll be posting quite a few pictures from "The Ruskin Series" in the coming days. Seeing the pictures in the context of this blog will, I think, be an interesting part of the editing process.