Saturday, March 16, 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019


Torrington, Connecticut

Tags and cover-ups alternate endlessly. Above this embankment wall there's a high-rise elderly housing tower.

Picture-Takers, Washington Square

New York, New York

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


New York, New York

More advertising, a panel display connected to a citibike parking line conveniently identified as the Flatiron District.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Phone Booth

New York, New York

The phone is gone, but the booth still serves as an add (and graffiti) platform. Another from Friday afternoon.


New York, New York

Yesterday I went into New York to set things up for my weekend "Digital Platinum" workshop at The Penumbra Foundation. I also got to spend most of a very chilly afternoon shooting in color around midtown. Not for the first time I was struck by the density of street advertising in the city. In the next posts advertisements will either be front and center, or as here, unavoidable side features of just about anywhere you look at in NYC.

Friday, March 08, 2019

No Credit Check Financing

Torrington, Connecticut

For many years it was a bicycle store, but when that closed the space seemed to have a run of bad luck, with this mattress outlet being the latest in a series of businesses to open and quickly fail. It seems strange because the town is having quite a bit of a revival with a thriving arts scene and urban renewal and there's no reason to think this is a bad retail location.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Blue Car

Torrington, Connecticut

Sometimes I see something that might make a picture, and as I frame the shot I either hear or peripherally see something about to happen that will make the scene more dynamic. The structure that channels the Naugatuck River through Torrington, the heavy winter light, the graffiti and the snow are all interesting, but the blue car rolling through changes it all.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019


Torrington, Connecticut

A car for sale, parked next to a used stuff store.

Monday, March 04, 2019

Truck Rental

Torrington, Connecticut

Advertising is everywhere. And this snow from a few weeks ago is nothing compared to what came down last night.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Platinum, printing, and workshop

Twenty-five milliliters of freshly mixed platinum solution. I'm printing a new set of small Pt/Pd prints from a picture series made over the past couple months in forest parks and preserves here in Connecticut.

Also, I'll be teaching my "digital platinum" workshop this coming weekend at The Penumbra Foundation in NYC—I understand there are a couple places left.

Here are iPhone snaps of this morning's four prints in the clearing baths.

Place Holders

Torrington, Connecticut

This is along the frontage of a building that is being gutted and refurbished. Signs in the windows say it will be up and going as a new incarnation this spring or summer, which I doubt. Meanwhile, I would guess they're holding a place for a very large dumpster to be delivered, even though this was seen on a Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, March 02, 2019


Torrington, Connecticut

The name is a little strange because the place is most definitely not in the middle of "towne"—which is about half a mile away from this mainly residential neighborhood. Well, residential and the giant electric/gas utility complex.

Friday, March 01, 2019


Torrington, Connecticut

Winter in a small Connecticut city is less about pretty white powdery snow and more about slippery sidewalks and piled up salted sand that rots out cars and trucks long before they succumb to drivetrain failure.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Waterbury, Connecticut

Somehow I find it hard to believe that this rig is truly stable and roadworthy. But then, this state doesn't have regular safety/road-fitness vehicle inspections, only emission standards tests. Of course if there were regular safety inspections I expect the owner would simply take the truck in without its outsized accessory.

Ironic side point—the state does insist on inspecting cars brought in from another state. So the ludicrous situation was that all those decades ago, when we'd been living in Pennsylvania for a while, where all cars and trucks had to be inspected every six months, we had to have our cars inspected by the state police to register them, even though cars in-state are never inspected. Bureaucracy reasons in strange ways.

Decorative Plant

Waterbury, Connecticut

Outside the main post office building.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Under I-84

Waterbury, Connecticut

When Interstate 84 was built it cut right through the center of town, elevated high above the city streets. There are lots of concrete walls and structures supporting the elevated highway, and they see lots of action from taggers.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Proud Retiree

Torrington, Connecticut

Double Salute

Torrington, Connecticut

This is a floor coverings dealership, and the pickup's back window repeats the mural theme.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Foundry Window

Ansonia, Connecticut

Once a large manufacturing complex and foundry, the buildings stand unused and deteriorating.