A Winter of Walking Around a Frozen Lake

The series of images known as “Silver Lake in Winter” is now live on the website. Most of these images were made during the winter of 2018-19 at a local lake a couple of miles from my home. Silver Lake is pretty modest as far as lakes go, perhaps a half mile long and not very wide. It’s located on state reservation land owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The reservation itself is pretty well visited, but much less so during the winter. And Silver Lake is located far enough off of the main trails that it’s sort of a pain in the neck to get to, particularly in the winter, when one needs to trudge through the snow or navigate their way across patches of ice, in order to get there. So I spent many a morning walking around Silver Lake without ever seeing another soul. The experience was always a bit lonely and forlorn.

I guess a real artist’s statement about this series would include reasons for making these images. And deep down, I have my suspicions about why I made these images. But I can tell you definitively that winter is far from my favorite season. And it is, more often than not, cold and unforgiving.

And also, I can definitely say from experience that it ‘s not entirely pleasant to try to change a roll of film when one’s fingers are numb from the frigid temperatures.

Here’s to warmer times.

Four Hours in New York City

It’s been about two weeks since my last post and I promised more blog updates, so…

Here are some images made in New York City the other day while walking around midtown Manhattan for about four hours. These were made with a Holga as well as a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash camera with an inverted lens element and some very sketchy fifty-year expired film called “DandiPan”.

Regular blog updates to follow, hopefully.

Midtown #3.jpg
Rockefeller Center #3.jpg
Walking Among Us.jpg

Krappy Kamera 2019

Ok, so it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything here. But I haven’t entered any photo competitions for the past nine months so there really has been nothing to report on that front.

But I did submit to this year’s Krappy Kamera show and I am happy to say that two of my images, “Beach One #5” and “In Winter” were accepted for the annual exhibit (now in it’s 21st year) at the Soho Photo Gallery in New York City. The juror for this year’s show was photographer and author Michelle Bates. The exhibit will run from March 6 to March 30 at the gallery, which is located at 15 White St in NYC (in the Tribeca area of Lower Manhattan). The opening for the show will be on Tuesday, March 5 from 6 to 8pm.

Both of my accepted images are relatively new. Beach One was made on the Olympic Peninsula coast in Washington in June of 2018 with my modified Agfa Isoly camera and In Winter was made the first week of 2019 with a Holga in Ipswich, MA. (As a matter of fact, I think In Winter was photographed, developed and scanned just a few days before the Krappy Kamera submission deadline).

And I promise that I’ll have more blog posts in the future. :)

Beach One #5

Beach One #5

In Winter

In Winter

Silicon Valley Plastic Camera Show

Happy to say that four of my images will be part of the Silicon Valley Plastic Camera Show taking place from July 13 through October 19 at the Art and Art History Gallery at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. The show was juried by the estimable curator Ann Jastrab, former juror of the annually fabulous, but sadly now defunct, RayKo Plastic Camera Show in San Francisco. It's great that the tradition of the RayKo show lives on. I'm hoping this will be the beginning of an annual show for those of us who use plastic cameras.

My show images are, "Astoria #9", "Malpeque Ridge Trees #12" "Orb #2" and "Turners Falls #18". A variety of strange cameras and dubious rolls of film were used to create these images, including a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash, a modified Holga and a Cardinal Cinex. Very expired film was used for the Turners Falls, Malpeque and Astoria images.

There will be a reception for the show on October 12 from 6-8 p.m at the gallery located at Santa Clara University.

 

Astoria #9

Astoria #9

Malpeque Ridge Trees #12   

Malpeque Ridge Trees #12

 

Orb #2

Orb #2

Turners Falls #18

Turners Falls #18