Sunday, May 20, 2018

Spring Color, Part III

Torrington, Connecticut

A little later on Thursday the light rain continued off and on and the new leaves and mosses at Burr Pond State Park were even more intense than the colors at White Memorial earlier in the day.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Spring Color, Part II

Litchfield, Connecticut

More from White Memorial Conservation Center. The brand new leaves have wonderfully intense greens yellows, enhanced by moisture because there had been some light rain.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Spring Color, Part I

Litchfield, Connecticut

White Memorial Conservation Center, 5/17/18. There was little damage from the storms that wreaked havoc all over the area Tuesday night. The flowering trees are near the end of their run but everything else is finally beginning to leaf out.

Thursday, May 17, 2018


Waterbury, Connecticut

This corner is directly across from the entrance to a Home Depot. Every morning men—who all appear to be hispanic, congregate and wait for contractors in crew cab pickups to collect some of them for day labor.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


New York, New York

Power Outage Update: We spent the late morning in the generator-equipped town library where read and charged devices. Online sources said that the power outage in town had improved from 86% without power to 71%. About one o'clock we left to check out the house and eat some of the food in the refrigerator for lunch. We were amazed to find the lights on. Unlike the last three major power failures in recent years, for some reason this time we were among the earliest to get power back. So things are back to normal here, but a huge area across the Northeast is still without power and climbing out from under downed trees and power lines.


Woodbury, Connecticut

The Storm Hit Hard

Woodbury, Connecticut

Power is out for the whole area, and once again we're at the town Senior Center / Emergency Shelter. Nothing in town without a generator is open, and Southbury, one town south, is hit even harder. Brookfield has been declared a disaster area and police are doing a house to house search looking for people trapped in crushed houses. I didn't see any direct damage at our place, but it's going to be a long time before we have power back.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Street Advertising, 3/3

New York, New York

Two more pictures of sidewalk-level advertising, but these are directly on the storefront and entryway of the business.

One last phone booth mini-billboard. Over on the right is a semi-trailer that might as well be a billboard. The ads are everywhere you look.

Friday, May 04, 2018

Street Advertising, 2/3

New York, New York

Second post in the Street Advertising series. In Murray Hill and other neighborhoods nearby the workshop center where I can get out to shoot in the early morning before class or in the evening afterwards, paper ads on kiosks and phone booths are pretty obsolete. Phone booths are quite obsolete come to think of it, though now internet connection and charging stations are beginning to appear. Backlit transparencies have been the norm for quite a while now, but they are being displaced by computer imaging display screens. Maybe holograms will be next.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Street Advertising, 1/3

New York, New York

Whenever I spend time around mid-town Manhattan, I'm struck by the sheer quantity of street-level—sidewalk level?—advertising. Then, I notice the way all these mini-billboards, kiosk signs and storefront ads relate to everything else going on in the visual environment. So this post begins a small series of sidewalk advertising pictures made last weekend in New York while teaching a "Digital Platinum" workshop at the Penumbra Foundation.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Springtime Texting: UPDATE

New York, New York

When I got into town Friday mid-afternoon with my pack of supplies for the workshop at Penumbra, we spent a couple hours rearranging things to get the second floor classroom and darkroom space set up for a digital/platinum workflow. Then I got to head out for a couple of hours of photo walkabout. In nearby Madison Square Park I found the flowering trees were weeks ahead of where they are up in northwestern Connecticut, but still weeks behind normal for springtime in New York.

There were people in the park, some of them looking at the promising signs of spring, but most of them texting:




322 trees, two of which are historic English elms that pre-date the Park's construction in 1850"

Pastry Chef

New York, New York

Standing by the entry in the evening gloom, I'm not sure if this guy is welcoming customers or scaring them off.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Grand Central Station, Sunday Evening

New York, New York

We're all photographers now. Or at least everyone is taking pictures, when they're not texting.