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My father’s camera

My Father's Camera

My father served in the US Army during World War II and was stationed in Europe. This little Zeiss Ikon was the camera he used to record his everyday life over there and I have a box of prints that give me a glimpse of that life. My father is gone now but this camera and those prints act like a wormhole on that significant time in the history of his world and of our world.

Note: This was originally posted in 2006 on my old site, one of my earlier posts.


My mother's a Mac Geek

MacHEADS is a “fanboy documentary” about Apple, the Macintosh, and the community of dedicated users who quickly formed around both company and computer.

Justin Blanton told me that this image of my mother appears in the film at the 30:25 mark and in fact, it does. The film people asked me about use of it a while back and I okayed it. I had forgotten all about it.

The irony is that I was given my first Macintosh by Steve Jobs in 1984, I started a very early Macintosh users group in Eugene, Oregon, and have had many close ties with the company over the years but I have no place in the movie. My 93 year old mother in her MacGeek t-shirt makes the movie. There’s no justice in this world .

You can purchase the movie for download through the iTunes Music Store. It’s great and worth buying for download.

Daisies in a dream

Daisies in a Dream

Washington, Connecticut. I had just crossed a field of grass, Queen Anne’s lace, milkweed, daisies, and other assorted plant life when I noticed a bunch of daisies with clear space in front of them. The romantic mind thinks that this would be a good place to pick out a bouquet for the wife. The photo-nerd mind thinks that this would be a good place to set up the tripod for some dreamy daisies in bokeh shots. I got the shots.

Old on new

Old on New

New York City. An interesting aspect of large glass buildings is how they interact visually and spatially with the buildings around them, be they other glass buildings or older buildings with stone or brick facades. The most photogenic glass buildings are glazed in a way that distorts, warps, or colors the reflected image in unexpected ways.

Order in Hell’s Kitchen

Order in Hell's Kitchen

New York City. Looking down on a set of rooftops in the mid-town west side of Manhattan. The telephoto lens I took this with compresses the scene which helps accentuate the angular orderliness of the skylights, the greenhouse roof, the chimney flange, the metal shed roof, the stainless chimney, the terra cotta roofs and brick facade. The bit of green growing in places makes this scene rather un-hell-like.

Queen Anne’s lace

Queen Anne's Lace

Washington, Connecticut. I was walking along a mowed area running through a meadow in the Macricostas Preserve of the Steep Rock Land Trust and the Queen Anne’s Lace was so thick I had to stop and attempt a few images. These plants are so spindly that they will not hold still in a light wind. Each time I was about to press the shutter release a nice gentle breeze came up and my subject was gone. I stuck around for thirty minutes just to get a single decent image. The upside of the breeze is that I came home without a single mosquito bite, a record for me.

Tripod in meadow

Brooklyn Bridge, west tower

Brooklyn Bridge, West Tower

New York City. This is the west (Manhattan-side) tower on The Brooklyn Bridge and just one of the two massive arches that unite the three vertical columns (like an “M”). Most modern bridges have two columns that are connected like an “H” and some of the most modern bridges in both Europe and Asia have a single column on each tower with the roadway suspected under it (like an “I”).

The size and weight of these towers is impressive even in modern times; I felt like I was looking at The Great Pyramids and wondering how on earth the engineers of the time built this thing, let alone got the bridge put together. Maybe it’s time to rent and re-watch the PBS special on the building of this monster of a bridge (in its time).