United States Post Office, Salem FL
I pass this place often when driving up and down US 19, it always fascinates me. There are more derelict buildings to the left, including an old motel. To me the scene is loaded with meaning, to be interpreted many different ways.
Unfortunately this is one of the last photos I made with my beloved Canon G 10. I destroyed it when the camera strap wound itself around my left shoe as I got out of the car, slamming it onto the road. Over the years I have made many foolish mistakes with my cameras, this was the most serious one.
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Jeffrey and Wesley hauling clam bags over the transom of their bird-dog.
[The water was so deep that the guys had to use the winch to haul up the clam bags, to which they had attached floating line previously, when the tide was lower. Unfortunately that prevented me from going overboard and photographing form the water, something I like to do.]
I was able to go out with Wesley and Jeffrey when they pulled some clams off Cedar Key. Photos to follow!
One of the materials I like to work with is Kraft paper. I have used it in the past for book covers and I have also printed on it with my Epson R3000. Made the above pinhole print the other day and was really pleased with it. We needed something over our bed so I decided to print a 7 foot cloud/sea landscape on Kraft paper and pin it up on the wall behind the bed. It brings the whole room together:
Finally finished the prototype of my 4×6 inch tri fold. I am pleased with the way it turned out. I printed it on two sided Red River Aurora Art Natural. The layout has ten pages for text/photos and I think it is a pretty neat design for presenting a series of images.
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I finally was able to get some prints to Jeanine, who runs the only oysterhouse in Cedar Key, and persuade her to take a couple of minutes from shucking oysters to let me do a portrait. As I have noted before, in all the years that I have gone out to the oysterhouse I have never not found her working. When I mentioned this to her she just smiled and said, ‘well, that’s what I do.’ So, she took off her apron and sat a couple of minutes, just long enough for me to get this portrait, and then it was back to shucking oysters!
When driving US 19/98 in Florida, I invariably stop at the Burger King in Perry. This Saturday evening was no exception. The cars and pickups were lined up to go through the drive-through. A couple of them had dogs standing on/in the back of the pickups, not an uncommon sight around here. This truck was beautifully lined up in front of the Burger King logo all lit up – but by the time I got my camera going it had moved – so I considered myself lucky to get this photo. It’s a bit cliche and a bit iconic I guess…..
My long title for this is:
The Pot of Gold That Never Was & The Lessons We never Learned…
The is a photo of a portion of my company’s position just south of the DMZ, in Quảng Trị Province – Viet-Nam. I took it in 1967 shortly before returning to the States. To me it is a visual metaphor for the mess we are in right now.
“How many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?”
I have the great good fortune to live withing a stone’s throw of a fantastic network of bicycle trails. A superbly landscaped and maintained trail takes me along one of the main highway arteries to the trail head of the St. Marks Trail, which lies atop the the narrow gauge railroad bed of the Tallahassee to St. Marks railroad. If I wanted to ride all the way to St. Marks from our place it would be a forty mile round trip. As it is I am totally satisfied to put in my 20 miles most mornings. The mileage app on my smart phone tells me that I am averaging just over 100 miles a week, which for right now is a nice, round number.
There is a small section along the trail in Wakulla County with an amazing assortment of interesting houses and structures. Here is a sampling, which I photographed sometimes from my moving bike, sometimes by actually getting off the bike and taking a minute or two.
Jeanine [oystergirl] who runs an/the oysterhouse in Cedar Key.
The negative for this was quite thin and probably more suited to a Cyanotype print. To me, the versatility of the digital negative is astounding and a wonderful addition to my photography.
[5×7 Arista.Edu, Variable Contrast RC, Semi Matte, about 8 minutes of shade/daylight exposure.]
Lumen print experiment. Digital negative exposed 4 minutes in full Florida sun unto a sheet of 5×7 inch Arista.Edu, Variable Contrast RC, Semi Matte. Scanned at 360 dpi.
Wesley pulling clams, Gulf of Mexico. He and his crew supply clams to Whole Foods.
Wesley wrestling with a clam belt, Gulf of Mexico. [The clam belt is a roll of clam bags with baby clams in it, ready to be staked to the bottom]
I drove by here it was a bar – alongside US 19/98, Florida.