PHOTOS

The consummate documenter, I have five decades worth of photographs neatly stored in albums or chaotically tossed in boxes; a house fire would render me an amnesiac. I vaguely recall some of the better shots I have taken, and see them pop up from time to time on my screen saver. But this Website gives me an opportunity to preserve a few million bits and bytes of my most colorful memories.

Because my Dad was interested in photography, I began shooting when I was 5 years old, using a Brownie that had somehow survived his diaspora from New York to Kansas to North Carolina and back. It must have had an earlier generation’s fingerprints all over it – except on the lens, because Dad was always mortified about the prospect of a dirty lens. Next came a Hanimex Practica, then a Yashica with some great Zeiss Contax lenses; and then somewhere in my 30s, when my macular muscles were no longer cabable of their own auto focus, a switch to the more automated Nikons – an N70 and a D70 – with an occasional lapse back into the fully manual world of a medium format Koni-Omega or Holga.  Today it’s almost always my Canon EOS 60D.

The switch to digital was not hard, mostly because I just jumped right into the SLRs. But I have never been able to brook the idea of significant on-board manipulation, nor of the “digital darkroom.” That’s not to say I don’t love using a simple polarizer, or haven’t always benefited from clever cropping in the darkroom. But in this beholder’s eyes, macularly loose as they may be, a photograph is an attempt to bottle up an instant of reality; repackaging is beside the point, and maybe a little unethical. If you weren’t there at just the right miraculous moment of slanting sunlight, or if you didn’t turn around and crouch down to frame it properly — your fault. Better luck next time.

Waves and rocks in Bandon, OR, 1994

Waves and rocks in Bandon, OR, 1994

 

 

"Heading Home."  It's a Civil  War re-enactor walking back to his hour after the 150th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Antietam in Sharpsburg, MD, 2012

“Heading Home.” It’s a Civil War re-enactor walking back to his hour after the 150th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Antietam in Sharpsburg, MD, 2012

 

A now-covered field in West Virginia's Canaan Valley, 2007

A now-covered field in West Virginia’s Canaan Valley, 2007

Got my clicks on Route 66 (Santa Rosa, NM), 2008

Got my clicks on Route 66 (Santa Rosa, NM), 2008

 

Midtown Manhattan, 2005

Midtown Manhattan, 2005

Shadows of time, winter 2013

Shadows of time, winter 2013