Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Winsted, Connecticut

I wouldn't be caught dead eating anything from a McDonalds, but I find myself there quite often when taking long photo-walks in cold weather because they provide reliable, accessible-to-the-public, restrooms. So they do perform at least one public service.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Swamp in Freezing Rain

Woodbury, Connecticut

A week ago I went out in a light rain to see if I could get some "weather pictures," but the temperature began to plummet and I got quite a bit more weather and worse driving conditions than I'd bargained for.

Friday, January 16, 2015

More Winter Light, (7)

Stockport, New York

The buildings were for sale. It's hard to tell if they might have been barns converted to some sort of residential use, or perhaps some commercial use—antique store, farmers market? However, there were also prominent No Trespassing signs so I didn't go in to look for clues.


Waterbury, Connecticut

Monday, January 12, 2015

More Winter Light (1)

Roxbury, Connecticut

Hard to avoid winter light at this point, so this starts a series of afternoon posts, going with the flow.


Southbury, Connecticut


Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Dusting of Snow, and a Workshop in Virginia

Woodbury, Connecticut

Just a touch of snow on things around three this afternoon, but it isn't going anywhere anytime soon, because the temperature barely broke 20°F all day. Low teens tonight, and predicted sub-zero temperatures tomorrow night. I may have to play it safe tomorrow and drain the lines to the darkroom sink because they run through an unprotected section of crawlspace. The heat loop is filled with a freeze-proof glycol mixture so the lab itself, and all the chemicals in it, will be safe and sound.

On another front, early in February (date not firm yet) I'll be teaching my Digital Platinum workshop down in Lexington, Virginia. That's way out at the western edge of the state, nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The two-day workshop will cover the full process—we'll begin with film scans or digital captures, and work from them to produce inkjet negatives on letter-size transparency material. Then we'll make platinum/palladium prints from them. Each participant will get a thorough introduction to the whole process and also produce several, perhaps half a dozen, prints of their own pictures over the course of the workshop.

We'll be working in a photographer's studio/darkroom just outside of town, and the facility can accommodate a third participant. So if you're from around those parts, and if you're curious about the platinum process, or digital negatives, or if you've ever wondered what it would be like to see a few of your favorite pictures as platinum prints, well, here's your chance. Contact me for more particulars.

Can I or Can't I?

New Milford, Connecticut

Signs that say, "No Parking During Winter Emergencies" are a common sight in towns and cities in southern New England, and down into the mid-Atlantic states that see frequent winter storms. So this sign is an enigma. It's in a municipal lot, behind the town hall, half a block from the (picturesque) central town green. The area right behind town hall has three-hour parking, and a larger lot, to your left, as the arrow points, looking at this picture, lets you leave a car all day without moving it every few hours.

So, the upper sign points you to more municipal parking. The lower sign is in red, which usually means, "NO" but...could it mean you can park here overnight when you aren't allowed to park on the streets because the plows need to get through? Of course, they need to plow the parking lot at some point too, so maybe they just left off the "NO".

Monday, January 05, 2015

Racing Shrine

Litchfield, Connecticut

The stone in back is inscribed with the initials L.H.R.R., while the two plaques are dedicated to people given the title, "Marshal Everlasting." The initials stand for Litchfield Hills Road Race.