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Tag Archives: Urban Geometry

A New Day For General Grant


Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
Washington, DC — March 2017
Sony a6300 + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM

This was shot shortly after the extensive renovation and restoration of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Washington, DC.  It had been slowly falling into disrepair for decades, but now is in spectacular condition.

Better Days Are Behind It


A local structure that used to be a church
Barnesville, Maryland — September 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

I wonder how many people think that a church should only be a church?

To me a church is just like any other structure built with human hands… it may have been constructed with a specific use in mind, but it should still be useful later when it has outlived the purpose for which it was designed.  This is one of those buildings; it started as a church, over time it lost the support of its parish community, and is now the storage facility of a local farmer.

Is this a bad thing?

I’ve seen other examples where churches have been turned into restaurants, homes, coffee houses, libraries, or a variety of other uses — and time-and-again I witness people that take issue with this.  Why?  How is a church different from any other building that has ever been re-purposed?

I don’t get it.

Feed Me


Williams Feed building
Dillon, Montana — October 2016
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Walking around a new town in the late afternoon is a great way to check out new sights and experiences.  We checked into a nearby motel in Dillon, Montana, after a long day of driving and proceeded to get out and stretch our legs — resulting in this image.

For some reason, Cindy was adamant about getting something to eat right after visiting this spot.

Early Morning In The Urban Canyon


Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, Maryland — September 2015
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH II
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

From one of my regular early morning visits to Baltimore.

Vintage Look


Interior room of Fort McHenry
Baltimore, Maryland — September 2015
Leica IIIf + Voigtländer Ultron 35/1.7 ASPH
Arista Ultra 100 + Diafine (stock) 3+3

I was totally surprised by the dated appearance of this image, as it looks like this straight from the negative and without any heavy Photoshop editing done to it.  In fact, the whole roll of film looks like this.  I seriously doubt if I can repeat the results again.

Textural Study


Waterman’s out building
Ridge, Maryland — August 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Anytime I stumble across a scene I think is worthy of exploring, I get my camera out and take some shots.

Art — Then And Now


I thought it would be worth trying to see if I could replicate the viewpoint that I had when I painted the watercolor scene in the upper left en plein air back in 1989. Continue Reading →

The View From Tom’s Place


The steps of the Jefferson Memorial, with the
Washington Monument in the background
Washington, DC — March 2017
Sony a6300 + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM

A dear friend of mine once referred to the Jefferson Memorial as “Tom’s Place”, and it’s a phrase that has stuck with me ever since.