Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Bring Me Her Head

Barbie head tree. Who knew it would turn out like this? The horror, the horror.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013

Haku Venus

Brightly, Loudly

As though staring into the sun, the crowd is mesmerized by the onstage spectacle. Black Sabbath performs in Irvine, CA.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Ingomar Club

An exemplary example of Queen Anne style Victorian architecture, the Ingomar Club was originally the home of William Carson. Designed and built by brothers, Samuel and Joseph Cather Newsom [contracted by Mr. Carson], the home was completed in 1883. The house is located in old town Eureka, California.

Zoltar Speaks

For some reason, this Zoltar's 
costume made the Prophetron 
look more like a pirate than 
a fortune teller. Not quite the 
impact of the original turbaned
Zoltar we all know from the 
film, Big.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Curly-Topped Cowboy

Benjamin F. Hickman

Mr. Benjamin F. Hickman was interred at Westport Cemetery in 1896 after a life of 56 years.

The Westport Cemetery was founded in 1882 at the north end of this small seaside town in Mendocino County, California. The cemetery occupies a very picturesque location situated on bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A nice spot to spend eternity.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Mary M. Charge

Ms. Mary M. Charge was interred at Stohlman Cemetery in 1912 after a life of 82 years. Like many Americans, Ms. Charge was an immigrant. Born in Germany, she traveled to America and settled, with family, in Sutter County. A land far from her ancestors.

The Stohlman Cemetery was founded in 1859 in Sutter County, California. There are 28 souls laid to rest in this small cemetery. The majority of its inhabitants were folks from somewhere else who decided that the rich soil of California was a good place to build a life.

It looks as though few people visit or care for this graveyard these days, but I was happy to stop and visit as I was driving through the area. I find that cemeteries can possess an incredible sense of history for a given place.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Bob Creek & An Incoming Fog Bank

Bob Creek Pinhole

Another image made with the Zero Image 2000. Film; Ilford Delta 400 at approximately 4 seconds exposure. Some digital exposure manipulation was done on this image.

Pigeon Point Pinhole

For the past few months, I have been playing around with a Zero Image 2000 pinhole camera. To date, I am listing all my shots as 'test images.' This image, of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse, was my first foray with color film loaded into this camera. Fujifilm Provia 400 at 3 seconds, cross-processed via C-41 [pushed one stop].


Sticker found on a newspaper dispenser; Newport, Oregon.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Chinese Temple: Oroville, California

The temple complex was built in 1863 by the then burgeoning Chinese population in and around the town of Oroville [located in Northern California]. This alter [shown], located in the Chan Room, is dedicated to Confucian meditation. The temple also houses rooms for Buddhist meditation and a council room that served the civil and cultural needs of the community. 

The temple now acts primarily as a museum and additional buildings have been added to house artifacts and art relative to the history of the area's Chinese community.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Koloid In The Garden

I've been having a bit of fun with the iPhone camera app, Koloid. 

Koloid mimics wet-plate collodion photography. I won't go into specifics about how the app works, but will say that once you get used to the developing stage of the process, it's loads of fun and some stunning results are waiting to be created right there in your phone; 19th century photography meets 21st century digital technology.

The pictures above were all shot in my garden. The flowers are of the following plants (from top to bottom): Sansevieria trifasciata, Stephanotis floribunda and Adenium obesum.

Hula Alley

Official Conscience ~ 18kt

Jiminy Cricket hat created by Stephen Lisjack

Friday, July 12, 2013

Optic Circuit

Collage — mixed media/found materials; approximately 7" x 5" [18 x 13 cm]

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Postcards: Alligators & Cheesecake

I'm not sure what "Us Florida alligators would rather bite than switch" means. Whatever that may infer, I find these postcards amusing. If not for their shear campiness, then for the horrible photo montage work that was put into them.

One Hat, Three Ears And A Blue Bow

Saturday, June 1, 2013

100 Strangers: 9 of 100

Meet Katherine. I met her and her friends at a local pub/brewery. Katherine is a college student majoring in literature. 

I asked her if she could tell me something that was unique about her and one of her friends suggested the pants story. Katherine looked a little reluctant about telling the tale, but she relinquished.

Some years ago, Katherine had converted to Judaism and became a practicing Hasidic Jew. Having not grown up in the tradition, she found that her wardrobe was not within the norms of the community, so she jettisoned all her pants. Over time, Katherine felt overly pressured to marry [within the community]. Marriage was not in her immediate life plan and the issue eventually lead Katherine away from the Jewish community. Sometimes the search for spirituality leads us to new places, unfamiliar places with practices that may clash with our core selves.

Katherine no longer practices Judaism and now has pants back in her wardrobe. I don't think the pants issue had anything to do with her decision to leave the faith.

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This image was taken with a Yashica ZoomImage 70se on Fujichrome Sensia 100. The Sensia film was cross-processed via C-41.

Unfortunately, after viewing this roll of developed film, it's come to my attention that the auto-focus on this camera seems to be having some issues. Even more unfortunate, between the time of finishing off this roll of film and its development, I dropped the camera onto concrete and several pieces of the body went flying off [oops]. I'm not sure if I can repair it and, considering the focusing problem, I'm not sure if it's worth my time. I really had gotten to like this camera; as far as low-end point and shoots go, it has a great feel to it. This was the second p & s camera I broke in the same week. What's up with that?

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Found Photograph: Everything Is Down

A friend of mine brought up some good questions about the ladies in the last post. I couldn't help myself, so I went back to the flea market, found the gentlemen I bought the negative from and asked him about the origin of the negative. It came from an estate sale in Las Vegas, NV. There were more 'mementos' from the estate to be had, so, shelling out a bit more coin, I walked away with a cache of photos, postcards and military records that once belonged to a Howard Landon Shaw. Mr. Shaw was from Ohio and served in the U.S. Army during and after WWII. Aside from being stationed in various camps here in the U.S., he also served in occupied Italy, near the city of Modena.

The posted photo, Everything is Down, also came from Mr. Shaw's memento's. However, I have no evidence that this is Howard Shaw. I can say that this photograph was most likely taken in Italy, circa 1945, as that it was among many photos of U.S. soldiers stationed in Italy. The man's costume appears to be an imitation of Harpo Marx.

It would be nice to think that these two photos, the saluting women and the Harpo with sign image, were linked to some visual correspondence while the young Mr. Shaw was stationed in Italy. 

Unfortunately, knowing more about the origins of these photographs has not answered the question, who are the saluting ladies in the photograph and where was the picture taken? Quite the contrary, I believe more questions have been raised. If you happen to know anything about Howard Landon Shaw of Westerville, Ohio, please leave a comment.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

William Archer & Other Found Materials

Collages: found materials and mixed media on cardboard. each piece is approximately 6" x 4" (15cm x 10cm). The above pieces are numbers 4, 7 and 11 in a series of 12.

The gentleman pictured in each piece is William Archer, a nineteenth century critic and playwright.