Monthly Archives: October 2012

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In honor and anticipation of Halloween, which is my favorite holiday, this blog post features photos from the creepiest place I have ever been, Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. I was there in a weekend trip in August of 2010. Having a fascination with some of the scarier and odder historical attractions, my travel friend and I decided to take the tour. The first indication that this was going to be a different kind of vibe on this tour was that it was narrated by the actor Steve Buscemi. It was a blazing hot in Philly that day, but it was somewhat a cool and eerily humid in the halls of the building. They had left most of it in its run down state, with paint peeling off the walls. At one point where you could walk into one of the original cells, and out into its tiny “yard,” I looked up at the sky and for a moment and felt as though I could really imagine what an inmate must have felt in those walls, and it scared me down in my gut. The tour was a fascinating mix of American history, and architecture,  and All the while I had this heavy feeling the air and the walls were weighted down with ghosts and emotions. What scared me even more than the long corridors, strange mirrors, ruined cells, and peeling paint, was when they said that in the Fall there is a haunted house held IN THE PENITENTIARY! Oh man, that place was scary enough in the middle of an August day, I cannot imagine what a haunted house would do to my mind. I thought I had more photos, but I haven’t organized them that well, and I am sure I am missing a few that are on an incorrectly labeled DVD somewhere. But here are a few, and I  hope you can get a sense of the creepiness of this place. It also reminds me of the last two episodes of The Walking Dead that have played this month on AMC. Minus the zombies and all.

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Pictured Rocks

This is a sampling of some of the photos that I took last October in Munising while on the Pictured Rocks Cruise. It was early in the morning when we went on the cruise, something that I do not recommend, as much of the trip the rock face was backlit and very hard to see and photograph. Hopefully I will one day return, and take an afternoon or sunset cruise. I did get a few good shots, some of which I have ordered as canvas prints. I think that the abstract quality of the close up images of the coloring on the rocks looks like paint, and I imagined that canvas would be the best medium to convey this. I was also struck by the fact that to me some of the markings looked like prehistoric cave paintings, while they were simply natural occurences. I think I can see the image of people in some of these markings, can you?

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Calumet Church

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While on the photo workshop to the UP in October of 2011 we stopped off in cAlumet City hoping to photograph the opera house there, however, it was closed that day. Just a few blocks down was this Catholic Church. It was built of red sandstone outside, and inside was all stained glass and traditional art work. I thought this was a beautiful church, while a little hard to photograph as it was low light with a greenish color cast. I think I got a few really nice images however. I don’t quite think they will fit into my exhibition at the Huron Vally Council for the Arts in February, but I want to feature them some how, so here is the first place.

Catch Up on the UP

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Yesterday I missed posting in my week-long ode to the UP workshop theme. It was a busy day at the newspaper where I work, finishing up photos for a special section on Women for October, and filming the online sports show Kickoff Weekly. Then there was the presidential debate on at night, which I definitely did not want to miss watching, and so excuses, excuses, I missed posting. However, I have been editing photos just about every day, narrowing things down and ordering prints for my exhibition called “Present Exposure” that will be at the Huron Valley Council for the Arts in February 2013. Since I have been editing so much, I have a good deal of images to share, so here we go! These photos in the above gallery are all from Marquette, Michigan. I loved Marquette so much that when I came home I started looking for jobs with the Mining Times!

Tim Burton Tree

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Last year, while on a photo workshop to the UP with Monte Nagler, we stopped in Mackinaw to spend the afternoon photographing the bridge and the park. While walking around the park I became enthralled with a dead birch tree. The black and white pattern of the striped bark, and the way the black branches reached up to the sky reminded me of something from a Tim Burton movie. I spent a good 20 minutes photo graphing this tree. It’s funny how when on big photo shoots something small can capture your interest for so long. The Mighty Mac bridge was right there, and I was focused on the sunlight on a dead tree. As a result, I think I have a few abstract images that I happen to really like.

One Year Ago

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It was one year ago today that I began a week-long photo workshop to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with photographer Monte Nagler. It was a cool and crisp Saturday, and we spent most of the day driving up I75 to Mackinaw. These are among the first photos I took that week, a collections that ended up being over 3000 photos. I have been editing them recently in preparation for my up coming gallery show at the Huron Valley Council for the Arts in February 2013. My gallery show is called “Present Exposure,” and will feature primarily photos taken on this trip or inspired by the healing sentiment and focus that I had during this trip. As a celebration of the one year anniversary of this trip, I will be posting photos from it every day here on this blog. These are just the first few. Enjoy!