April 1, 2020

     There is a lot of "wall art" around town.  Legal?  Sponsored?  Encouraged?  Tolerated?  Permitted?  All of the above or none of the above?  The chalkboard on the downtown pedestrian mall is an official scribble site.  The rest?  Who knows?  The retaining wall at the new 5th street shopping center was painted before the mall was barely open.  Is it a blight?  Is it art?  Can anyone decipher wh...

September 1, 2019

     We continue the black and white retro narrative with some photos of a nearby construction site. Trees are falling and apartments are going up everywhere.  The population of the city must be exploding.  Like most places, it's expanding outwards, along the interstate and major arteries, and around downtown.  Hotels and apartments and houses seem to be going up everywhere.  Where...

August 1, 2019

     In the last post, we saw the local band Mama Tried performing in a small nightclub.  An on-camera strobe made color photos possible at low ISO.  Without the strobe, the ISO maxed out at 12,800, and the colored stage lights were a nightmare for the white balance.  As promised, here are the ambient light photos in black and white, where we eliminate the effect of bad white balanc...

May 15, 2019

     It was late March when last I went down to look at the creek, but already there were sprigs of grass along the path.  Winter was tough.  There were lots of fallen trees.  In early spring you can still get to the edge of the creek, before the hedgerow thickens, so spring is the time to get into the weeds and photograph the late afternoon shadows.  During the summer only the path...

April 15, 2019

     The color photos of William Eggleston were something of an inspiration for the present website.  His oeuvre of photographing the ordinary offered a rationale for documenting the world around me -- just photograph the world as it appears.  And the world appears in color.  But most of the work of the great 20th century photographers was in black and white.  There is a directness...

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