Late July, just about a month ago. There was an interesting weather forecast, beginning with morning fog and moving into stormy conditions later in the day. A good shoot, ranging through northwestern CT and over as far west as Chatham, NY. This sort of "thick" atmosphere is one of the rare situations that will prompt me to use a longer than normal lens, in this case a 45mm on 4/3s format.
There are a lot of art galleries and antique stores in Hudson, which was our next stop on this trip, (where a friend was having a gallery opening of tintype photographs). This place, in the much smaller town of Athens, still looks as though it wants to turn into a gallery, or used to be one.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.