Sunday, March 27, 2022

City Trees

Watertown, Connecticut 

Click on any picture for a larger and more detailed view of them all.

Friday, March 25, 2022

Politically Incorrect


Hartford, Connecticut

I was surprised to see a novelties street vendor selling these knit caps.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Dancing in the Street

Hartford, Connecticut

On the sidelines of the St. Patrick's Day parade. Irish or not, these two had the clog stepping footwork down pat.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022


 Hartford, Connecticut

A search for what "Chompers" might be was inconclusive. I turned up, "Chompers is a twice daily show designed to help kids develop good tooth brushing habits." But also some sort of deep fried food ball. I'm guessing this mascot is on the dentistry shift.

Monday, March 21, 2022

Yard Goats


Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford held its weather-postponed St. Patrick's Day parade this past Saturday. The Hartford Yard Goats is a minor league baseball team. They had an enthusiastic presence, goats and people, at the parade.

Click on any of the pictures to get a larger and more detailed view of them all.

Friday, March 18, 2022

Dawn on the Ganges, II

Benares, India, 1969

The English spelling of the city name has changed at least three times in the past half century but I'm using the spelling current at the time I was writing and photographing for my IHP project.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Dawn on the Ganges, I

Benares, India, 1969

During the IHP group's stay in New Delhi there was a break for independent study. Some traveled up into Nepal. Three of us took a train south to Benares. The highlight of our visit was a dawn ride in a rowboat on the Ganges where we could observe the ritual bathers and the funeral pyres on the ghats.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

At a Hindu Wedding


New Delhi, India, 1970

Also used in my religious ritual text/pictures academic project.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Shinto Shrine

Utopian Community in Japan, 1969 (I don't have immediate access to my notes with better ID) 

These were part of my 'schoolwork' project on religious ritual.

Sunday, March 06, 2022

Saturday, March 05, 2022

Not So Recent, for a while


Kioto, Japan, 1969

The tag for this blog is "recent photographs" and generally I've stuck close to that. Thing is, for a variety of reasons that aren't interesting to anyone else, I've only done a few 'photo walks' since the first of the year, so have run out of recent pictures to post. I thought I'd turn things around (the blog tag also says "© 1969-2022") and for a few days I'll go all the way back.

Junior year of college I won an invitational scholarship to be a member of the International Honors Program, a group of thirty students from a dozen and a half universities and three professors drawn from three different schools (with some of their family members as well). We traveled around the world, staying for 3-8 weeks at each of our stops, mostly living with local families a bit like exchange students do, but without the exchange. The IHP entity reimbursed the volunteer families for, essentially, having a boarder.

There's an intensely tight edit down to 12 pictures from this trip on my website. You can find it over in the sidebar links if you like. I did the edit in 1990, twentieth anniversary, went with the edit when I made the site gallery many years later. There are other pictures that are good. As I was rummaging around in the proof sheets a couple years ago heading into a 50 year reunion where we were all trying to share snapshots from the trip, I wanted to find snapshots (that's not what I do, much) in my proofsheets that would interest the rest of the group because the pictures were of group activities. I had settled into doing my thesis project, which was a words and pictures study of religious ritual in the places I had access to on our itinerary. 

Apart from the thesis, I spent every minute I could find to just try to make pictures of the places we were and find myself as a photographer.

As far as I know, I was only one of two in the group (the other wanted to be a writer) who intended a career in the arts.

We spent a long time in Japan, because for one of the profs, the official leader, it was his speciality. Eight weeks, divided between Tokyo with families, something like a week at  a Japanese rural communal societiy, then another one, and then on to Kyoto where I stayed with an ambitious buisness man's welcoming house, in Kyoto.

This picture was made, early evening, about ten seconds after I walked out of the business storefront room which was ceded to me as a study place at the end of the day. So I could speed read the academic text material or type up my log—paper books, no devices then, execept a tiny portable typewriter I'd just bought in Tokyo when I realized I couldn't possibly keep notes in longhand, having typed since the age of 11. Smoke Camels and type up my notes, when, after business hours, the desk was mine.

More tomorrow.

Friday, March 04, 2022



Waterbury, Connecticut

As always, you can click on the picture and get a much larger and better defined rendering (nothing like a print of course, but that's something else).

Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Embedded Star


Shelton, Connecticut

This must have been placed in the sidewalk of a residential neighborhood many years ago. No indication of what it means.