Always An Uphill Climb

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Nobody said life is easy. But it helps if you…

GET RID OF THE JUNK

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Something You’d Never Photograph

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I know this is not your conventional high-end photograph. But today while I was getting the oil changed in our Honda, I took a quick shot of the guy working on it. Looking at the elements in the picture, the color, composition etc., it isn’t bad. What might throw people off is the subject matter. However, I would contend that images like this have a place in our work. They may seem plebian now but later in time, who knows.

A Sense Of Longing

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Truckers With A Really Pressing Problem

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The problem wasn’t me, although to look at the guy in the red you’d think it was. No, what was bothering them was a load of rugs and some heavy furniture dangling from a high crane outside a 3rd floor window of a brownstone building on Beacon Street. The man in grey is yelling at someone across the road to “hurry the hell up” and the big guy in red is actually looking past me at yet another moving van coming down Beacon Hill. 

We were on our way to breakfast when we passed this scene and needless to say getting out of the way of these guys as fast as we could was a priority. It was a fine photo op while it lasted though.

Only In Maine

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Such a great sign!

Diaries and the Ricoh GR Conclusion

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My wife Sarah and I keep diaries but they are of different types. She is a wonderful wordsmith and reads voraciously. I’m not and I don’t. My record keeping is of the visual kind. She uses a ballpoint pen and paper. I use a camera.

Lately my record keeping has undergone a kind of catharsis. First, a confession. I have a terrible case of GAS. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) I love cameras, buy too many, struggle to learn how to use them properly, find something I don’t like about what I currently have, get something else which I’m sure will make my photographic life perfect and when it doesn’t, the vicious cycle starts all over again.

Here’s what I’ve discovered. WHAT DAMN CAMERA I OWN DOESN’T REALLY MATTER. WHAT I DO WITH IT DOES. Soo

Behold the Ricoh GR

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It’s small. It has only a single fixed lens. It’s easy to use and it takes terrific pictures. I’ve had this thing since it came out a few years ago. As other makes and models of cameras came and went, this little workhorse has stayed with me through all my other flings. Why on earth I didn’t just stop GAS and use it as my only tool I have no idea.

 

 

Terrible,Horrible,No Good, Very Bad Day

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I really don’t know if she was really having a bad day but this gesture and some grunge in the post processing certainly helped to convey that feeling.

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