A New Year Begins


I don’t know about you, but I must admit to having a rather sluggish start to the new year. Much to look forward to and be excited about yet the winter “blahs” seem to have settled in. Perhaps it is the result of the polar vortex and all the misery that accompanied it. Or perhaps it’s just that seasonal cabin fever thing that can be remedied with a few warm sunny days.


Some artist friends of mine had a back-and-forth on Facebook the other day all about that seasonal lack of energy and creativity. So apparently I’m not the only one. But I do always have this blog to post – and that keeps my hand in the process, whether I’m bursting with creativity or wondering if the creativity had permanently departed! And thanks to the wealth of images in my library that I never had time to explore I always have fresh images or, in the example above, fresh new doors to open and work to explore.



So I present an odd mix – images that may or may not work well but certainly worthy of exploration. Here is a strange, hidden landscape – a heavy fog hides the Umbrian town of Spoleto from an aerie high in the hills to the north.



In case of emergency Break Glass! This from a private park in Florence.



Florence graffiti.



Two back alley outdoor workplaces in Rome.




Close up of Rome basilica.



A new entry to my Street Shrine series. In this case graffiti that has the same effect as the larger, more lavish shrines found on many street corners.


And now something I have wanted to revisit. This fossil series was made on my last visit to the Museum of the Earth and PRI, located in Trumansburg, New York.







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Earlier Work

Sometimes it seems like I’ve been photographing fossils forever. In fact, it’s been my focus for about five years. And, while I find time to aim the camera in other directions, I have become rather obsessed with these 385 million year old former neighbors of mine. The image above, from my new “Devonian Drawer” series, is full of miscellaneous marine invertebrates from that time.

The other day I was busy making selections for some upcoming juried shows and found myself trolling my photo library. It’s not uncommon to spot images that were initially overlooked, that fell through the cracks, so to speak, and became “seconds.” And what a pleasant surprise it is to look again, from a new and possibly different perspective, and enthusiastically reattach and re-engage with an image. Fresh files to work on in the middle of February (when it’s just too damned cold to go out exploring) are the perfect antidote to cabin fever!

Revisiting the photo library also brought up previous projects that had been out of sight for too long. And as I re-evaluated, re-viewed, and remembered so went the remainder of an afternoon.

What follows is a small selection I gathered together from that session and I’d like to share them with you today. The first image was taken while on assignment for the Metropolitan Museum of Art – a view from the bell tower at The Cloisters in upper Manhattan. The following four images are from an urban landscape series across New York City. And the final image, a seeming “Rube Goldberg” contraption of pipes, was taken in Troy, New York, in the old (and recently demolished) Burden Iron Works. I hope you enjoy.

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