Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lovely Bones

I stopped at the abandoned Warner and Swasey Complex at E 55 St and Carnegie last weekend to take a few shots of her lovely bones.  I know there have been plans in the past to restore the massive complex but I haven't heard anything recently.  It would be nice to see the skeleton resurrected.  As George Bernard Shaw would say, "If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance." 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Come Sit For Me

I recently setup a small studio in my house so I can work on my lighting portraiture skills.  These are a couple of shots from my first session.  My subject was my vintage Polaroid Land Camera 95A (1954-57).  I was specifically testing backdrops and lighting for a project I have coming up.   I think it was worth giving away 2 chairs, 2 side tables and 2 lamps to make the space.   Stay tuned, I'm going to be looking for people models to practice with soon.  Let me know if you're interested in sitting for me.  
                                                        "Come sit down here beside me honey
Let's have a little heart to heart
Now look at me and tell me darling
How badly do you want this part?
Are you willing to sacrifice?
And are you willing to be real nice?
All your talent and my good taste
I'd hate to see it go to waste"
- Eagles

Sunday, February 19, 2012

An Infinite Storm Of Beauty

“When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.”
― John Muir

A few iPhone4 images from a winter hike in the Cleveland Metro Parks, South Chagrin Reservation.  The complete set can be found here: 

Squaw Rock

Monday, February 13, 2012

Secrets In The Snow

The snow was falling hard and being whipped around pretty fiercely.  The temperature was in the mid-twenties and most would say it was the perfect Saturday morning to stay in bed and admire it through a frosty window.  But we haven't had much snow this winter and I didn't want to miss out on the crunch under my boots, frosted trees and buffeted solitude.   I knew where I was going.  It's where I always think to go when we're experiencing extreme weather, Lake View Cemetery.  This cemetery is the perfect canvas for riotous fall colors, bursting hills of daffodils or a blanket of fresh snow.  It always gives up new secrets in the way of history and architectural elements when you visit.  It's the perfect place to take pictures and to take a quiet moment of admiration.  It was cold, bitterly cold.  But I didn't want to miss the cemetery's latest collaboration with mother nature.  I stayed until my frozen fingers could no longer operate the camera.  I already anticipate the next visit and the next batch of secrets to be revealed.  A place not to be missed, especially in the snow. 

The full set can be found here:

iPhone Images: