Three Moments in Arlington National Cemetery. 2017

Arlington National Cemetary is a 'holy site' of American cultural life.  It is visually iconic and - if you let it - profoundly moving.  A representation of the human cost of statehood and identity. 

Here are three images taken during my visit in summer of 2017.

 A quiet reflective moment.

A quiet reflective moment.

 The classic tourist moment of honor and precision.

The classic tourist moment of honor and precision.

 A moment of isolation.

A moment of isolation.

All images taken in 2017 on 35mm photographic film.

  • Camera:  Canon F1-N
  • Lens:  Canon FD 50mm f1.4
  • Film:  Kodak Portra 400
  • Lab:  www.thedarkroom.com

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Five Reasons I Like to Photograph French Doors on Film

There are unconscious patterns that emerge when one looks at their own photographs.  It appears that while traveling in France, I like to photograph doors on film.  Here are five images that illustrate why.

#1 - Because they stand still and make it easy for beginners.

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  • Location: Saint-Emilion, France
  • Time: July 2001
  • Camera: Canon Rebel 2000
  • Film: Kodachrome 64

#2 - Because textures look amazing on black and white film.

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  • Location: Saint-Sulpice des Pommiers, France.
  • Time: October 2014
  • Camera: Fuji GF670
  • Film: Kodak Tri-X

#3 - And because the shadows really stand out.

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  • Location: Pau, France.
  • Time: October 2014
  • Camera: Fuji GF670
  • Film: Kodak Tri-X

#4 - Because the color contrast can be striking.

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  • Location: Madiran, France.
  • Time: October 2014
  • Camera: Fuji GF670
  • Film: Kodak Portra 400

#5 - Because the old buildings have great character.

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  • Location: Saint-Emilion, France.
  • Time: October 2014
  • Camera: Fuji GF670
  • Film: Kodak Portra 400

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Video: Walking Panama City's Casco Viejo with an Olympus Trip 35.

It has "Trip" right in the name, so you know that the Olympus Trip 35 was made for travel photography.  This is a 35mm film camera, beautifully metal to hold, and requiring no batteries.  The selenium sensor around the edges of the lens chooses the shutter speed and aperture.  You select the zone focus.  The film and the very sharp lens does the rest.

In this video, I wander the streets of Casco Viejo, the old quarter of Panama City, Panama, and see a neighborhood in the transition between decay and restoration.  With a roll of Kodak Portra 400 film in the Olympus Trip 35 and a Sony FDR X3000 perched on top, I have made a cool little movie showing off both the Camera and the Neighborhood.  I hope you enjoy it.

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A Polaroid Big Shot Review: featuring Willa Prescott. 2017

You feel like you know these images ... and you are probably right.  The Polaroid Big Shot was a favorite of Andy Warhol and many of his most famous work began with this camera.

This Polaroid camera is almost entirely forgotten.  A head-and-shoulders-only, weird-looking portrait machine, the Big Shot was made between 1971 and 1973.  It is entirely plastic and has a fixed-focus, requiring the photographer to do the "Big Shot Shuffle" to get focused images. Both the flashes (Magicubes) and the film (Fuji FP-100c) are discontinued, with prices on both rising by the day.  The future of the Polaroid Big Shot is as a curio on collectors' shelves.

But the Big Shot isn't dead yet.  When I discovered that I would have opportunity to photograph the lovely Willa Prescott, I knew that she would be the perfect subject for one of this camera's last adventures.

I purchased my Polaroid Big Shot from the Film Photography Project.

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Deep in the Volumes. Ann Arbor, Michigan. 2013