Little Orleans

•July 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Little Orleans is a settlement adjacent to the C&O Canal at about mile 140.8 at the mouth of Fifteen Mile Creek. The canal crosses the creek on a well preserved aqueduct. There is a campground and boat ramp by the Potomac and just above these facilities is Bill’s Place, a favorite stop for bikers (leg-powered bicycles as well as motorcycles).

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Lonaconing Silk Mill

•July 19, 2015 • 1 Comment

I finally got a chance to visit the Lonaconing Silk Mill. Lonaconing is a small town a little west of Cumberland and south of Frostburg, Maryland. The old silk mill has been closed since 1957 and amazingly, all of the equipment and much of the material is still in place.

The owner has been opening it up for photographers for some time to generate bit of money for the most critical maintenance of the facility.

I’ve been aware for a while of various group trips out to the mill but it was only a few weeks ago that I found out about one at a time that I could go. I went with a group from the Antietam Photographic Society, which meets in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Here are a few images from that outing.

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East Broad Top Revisited

•July 15, 2015 • Leave a Comment

In August, 2014 I visited the East Broad Top Railroad facility and took the tour of the roundhouse and maintenance shops. Most of that activity was inside and I wanted to go back and explore the old buildings from the outside.

I went back last February and again this June. There was snow on the ground in February but only a few inches and it did not cause me any problems.

Then in June …

And finally, this infrared shot captured on the June visit.

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Walk Around the Interwoven Complex

•July 11, 2015 • Comments Off on Walk Around the Interwoven Complex

At one time the Interwoven Mill was the largest manufacturer of hosiery in the country. Long closed, it stands strong in the middle of the city of Martinsburg, begging for someone to turn it back to a productive space for living and working. One day a few months ago (when there was still some snow on the ground) I took a walk around the main complex, just thinking about what the possibilities might be.

 

 

 

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Dolly Sods in Black and White

•July 5, 2015 • Comments Off on Dolly Sods in Black and White

Dolly Sods is a wilderness area in the Monongahela National Forest about 10 miles west of Petersburg, West Virginia. The area sits on a plateau up do 4,000 feet above sea level at the top of a mountain ridge on the Allegheny Front. (Wikipedia)

The landscape is a combination of sandstone and quartz boulders an windblown trees and shrubs. The most striking location is Bear Rocks, where the views out to the east are spectacular.

I’ve been there several times to photograph and I am always fascinated by the way the large boulders are strewn about and seem to have been tossed there by some primeval giant. I think these geological subjects particularly lend themselves to black and white images. Here are several images from my last trip to Dolly Sods last October.





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Masters of American Photography

•June 29, 2015 • Comments Off on Masters of American Photography

This promises to be an amazing exhibit. Not to be missed!

WHAT: Masters of American Photography
WHEN: July 11 – October 25, 2015
WHERE: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown MD

Opening Weekend Program: “Modern American Photography” lecture by Robert Hein, Professor of Art, Frostburg State University: Sunday, September 13 at 2:30 pm
Closing Weekend Program: Gallery Talk by John Graydon Smith, Director of the Reading Public Museum: Sunday, October 25, at 2:30 pm

HAGERSTOWN, MD – The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to present Masters of American Photography, an exhibition of exceptional photographs on loan from the collection of the Reading Public Museum in Reading, PA. This extraordinary exhibition represents 100 years of the history of photography from the 1880s through the 1980s, with a particular emphasis on the first decades of the twentieth century. The exhibition includes iconic images by some of the most important artists in the history of the medium including Eadweard Muybridge, Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, and Paul Strand.

Themes such as portraiture, landscape, still life, and cultural history dramatically illustrate America during this period. Many of the featured works are vintage prints, made by the photographers themselves very close to the time the negative was created. Some are later prints, made by the photographers or their assistants at a later time.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Robert Hein, Professor of Art at Frostburg State University, will present an illustrated lecture, “Modern American Photography” on Sunday, September 13, 2:30 pm, at the museum. On the closing day of the exhibition, October 25, John Graydon Smith, Director of the Reading Public Museum, will speak at 2:30 pm in the exhibition gallery.

The exhibition has been organized by the Reading Public Museum, and guest-curated by Rachael Arauz, Ph.D.

“Juror’s Choice” Encore

•January 13, 2015 • 1 Comment

In case you missed it in Hagerstown, I will be showing the “Juror’s Choice” exhibit in the Fire Hall Gallery in Charles Town, WV. The exhibit is being shown in conjunction with the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative located in the Charles Town Visitors’ Center, 109 North George Street. The exhibit will be on display from January 29 through February 22. The Visitors’ Center is open 7 days a week for the public to view the art exhibit. The co-op is open 12-5 Thursday-Sunday for processing purchases.

I am looking forward to the reception on Saturday, February 7 from 3-5pm when I will be at the gallery to meet you and to talk about my work. I will also be sharing the gallery with accomplished fused glass artist Carol Scheydt, which will provide a double treat for a single visit to the gallery.

Not all artists submit their work to juried exhibits. The reality is that most of us have a very low “hit rate” and we frequently submit to shows and never have our work selected by the juror. But when it happens, it is is a form of validation of the work as well as a strong motivator.

The images in this exhibit were all  accepted by jurors in various juried exhibits, including the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland, The Delaplaine Arts Education Center in Frederick, Maryland, and others. These images are among my most successful work since I began showing my photography in 2006.

Below is a sampling of the images that are in the exhibit. Photographs viewed online are nice but I have always felt that ultimately, photography is about the print. The exhibit offers 24 large exhibit prints, some of which are the actual prints that were displayed in the juried exhibits. Naturally, the prints are available for purchase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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