0123: Plodding Along


Winter sunrise through my bedroom window this morning. It’s during those early morning hours, with temperatures as low as they have been, that I find it particularly challenging to break free from my warm and cozy bed to face the day! That’s more a simple observation than it is a complaint (or even an irritant, for that matter). During the worst that Winter offers, I live in a warm home. Unfortunately, that is not the case for far too many.


I’ve been busy lately with applications and proposals for the upcoming year – a task that has me sitting at the computer (right next to my indispensable portable heater) – trolling through my photo libraries and previous posts, looking at fresh combinations of images to piece together.


Early results are promising. These two images sprung from a series of scientific devices I photographed at the Vatican Museum.




This trolling managed to also take me through my recent Italian images, giving a second look at some of the more offbeat images I had already passed on. Here are a couple that require a closer look:


In keeping with my Street Shrine series I couldn’t pass up this version of the Madonna – a childlike pencil scribble – the simplified version, if you will.


And then there was this street sign – I’m not exactly sure what it represents. But I’m sure it means something to someone.


This next group of four images are the result of nervous energy, I am sure. While waiting to give a talk at the Natural History Museum, my back-and-forth pacing in the back rooms led to these:









I’ll finish off today’s post with a few more images from my sessions at the Museum of the Earth and PRI‘s immense collection:







Thanks as always for the visit.

New Work

During the good weather I much prefer being out and about, hiking the hills and streams, and ultimately finding and photographing local fossils. That urge to be outside often runs counter to the need to sit at the computer and work the day’s images. As a result, I have learned to rely on the dark days of winter to revisit my backlog of images, reacquaint myself with them and, hopefully, smile my way through the cold and gray days of February and March.

So, this winter the backlog sits unattended. Thanks to sunny, 50 degree weather here in the Northeast, I’ve had the opportunity to engage in some new work. I have been periodically been showing work from my “Devonian Drawer” series. It continues to grow in new and different directions. Primary among them has been my exploration of various objects and textures juxtaposed against the fossils. The next three images are the latest:

That project has spurred me to seek out other backdrops, props, etc. and has led to my exploring the local junk shops, old burn pits, and, curiously enough, the studio of a friend. Loel Barr is a brilliant painter, assemblage artist, collagist, and collector of curious objects. Her most recent contribution to my cause was some old metal Kodak “Plus-X” 4×5 film holders. They helped to form a backdrop for a new series that allows for the presentation of some of the simplest and seemingly most ordinary fossil pieces – in fact a fine backdrop to display the extraordinary that exists within the “ordinary.”

The images below are the first steps in this new side trip that the fossils (and Loel) has provided.

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