Thursday, December 31, 2009


...Will it go round in circles...

A happy new year to all. Peace and much love to all in this new year and may it find you all in new and better and more exciting times!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Just a Sunday

Who doesn't love looking at contact sheets. They are always kept so secret, with only final images ever making it to the surface. Then inevitably after years, you see a famous photographers contact sheets come to light, and I have always found it to be illuminating to see the process and the searching that it took to make that final image.

This contact sheet comes from a time I was shooting water alot, and there isn't really even a final image on here anywhere, I don't think, but as a whole I think this sheet looks good together. Some water to ponder on a Sunday while you relax. So relax, and ponder, cookies, or water, or poodles, or whatever you like...enjoy!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

More from the Park

This post is about shapes apparently. I didn't set out to do that, but in my somewhat random picking of images, its all shapes. These three pictures don't really speak much about the park, but they are simple, and I always like that. They are all looking up as well, so lets pretend this is a kids eye view of the park, a somewhat dark and brooding kid.


Sunday, December 6, 2009


After three days of good music, and even better friends, we have made our way back to our comfortable warm Boston home. Always nice to return after living out of bags and on couches for three days.

I've put up these two images because, well, it snowed for the first time this season, so why not throw up a few from Florida, last spring. And I just don't have many pictures of snow. A little irony never hurt anyone...

Happy Winter

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

More from Knobles

Just a few more from the park, this time a included some free range kitties we found that day...brothers on the prowl

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Closed for winter....

A few images from my trip to Knobels Amusement Park, in Elysburg, PA. I have never been here in the fall, when the rides are closed and kids are missing. Made for an obviously subdued atmosphere, considering any day of the week in the summer this place is packed with children and families. I will be posting more up from this location soon

Monday, November 23, 2009

Last from Centralia...

The last for now from this Centralia series. I have some other new work that will be coming up probably after the thanksgiving holiday. Some color work, maybe a few surprises, probably not...

After this trip to this all to strange town, I am endlessly fascinated by it. I plan on visiting here a few more times before the end of the year, and will be keeping tabs on the town progress. 2016 marks the towns centennial year, and one thing we saw while here, was a vault that is to be opened in 2016, so i'll see you all there!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Signs of life

One of my favorite images I made in Centralia. This was literally one of I think two remaining street signs in the town. Very old remnants of a time gone by. The only reason that it still stood was because about 20 yards up this "street" was one of the few remaining houses. a strange artifact...

Friday, November 20, 2009

More from the Mines

Three more from the trip through Centralia, PA. This town had such a sense of loss and memory, you could feel it everywhere you walked. It's not very often you are in a town any more where there is really no possibility of future, everything is in its past and will stay there.

I will be doing some more scanning this weekend of the color work from this trip, keep a look out for that. Im not sure the color work will carry the same emotions that these black and white images do, but who knows what little surprises are out there...Have a good weekend everyone!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Downtown Centralia, PA circa 1962 (above)

Here is a better look at what Centralia, PA looks like today. Where this is, is looking back down toward what was the town, from atop a scrap coal hill. The smoke you see coming out of the ground is not steam, but actually smoke from the fire that still burns underground today. There were many holes like these throughout the "town", they actually helped out our hands on this chilly day...

To my knowledge, there are only about 6 residents still living in the town, one of the few remaining houses can be seen in the distance of my photograph. A majority of the families were asked to leave through the mid 1980's due to health and safety concerns, by 1997 there were only around 44 residents in the town.

More images to come from this weird, and somewhat sad story in Pennsylvania's mining history

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Few New

As promised, here is a sampling of some of the new images I made throughout my rip to Pennsylvania last week. A majority of the scanning is now done so over the next few days/week, i'll be posting more substantial groups of images from the different place we got to visit and shoot at.

These three images come from three different stops along our trip. The top image is from an old church in the country near my home town of Shamokin. A very old church that, to my knowledge, doesn't get used that much anymore, my Great Grandmother went there. Next is from the old mining town of Centralia, PA. It is an abandoned mining town whose residents were literally forced to move due to an underground fire burning for some 40 years now, more on this very weird place later. And lastly, from Knobels Amusement park. It is a free admission theme park near my hometown, so in the fall, when the park goes to sleep, you can still get in and have a walk about, quite strange.

All of these places Are within 15min of the house I grew up in, and I had never been to any of them with my camera after all this time. It was great to finally get to these places and explore them. A friend of mine just reminded me of what an old friend used to say about shooting, and I think it fits here. "If you don't know what to shoot, shoot in your back yard" T.Petit

"Shed, Oak Grove"
"Wall Detail, Centralia, PA"
"Kiddie Wheel"

Monday, November 9, 2009


It's been 10 days since i've been back at my home base...My best girl and I traveled back to Pennsylvania for 10 days of visiting family, seeing some great music, re-connecting with friends, and also shooting lots of new images. I will have much to post over the next week once I get the film processed and scanned.

This image was taken a few weeks back while at the Topsfield fair. It has nothing to do with the fair but every now and then a picture of clouds makes me feel quite right. This one did, so I thought I'd share. Stay tuned to this blog and Kelly's Blog for lots of new images!


Saturday, October 24, 2009


A fitting image for a rainy fall day such as this.This was taken a few years back in a small town in a quiet corner of VT. The lake was just off to the right...

Friday, October 16, 2009

Inspiration Continued

"The Difference between the casual impression and the intensified image is about as great as that separating the average business letter from a poem. If you choose your subject selectively - intuitively - the camera can write poetry."
-Harry Callahan

"Eleanor, Chicago, 1948"
"Chicago, 1950"
"Eleanor and Barbara, Chicago, 1954"

All images © Harry Callahan

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

more new scans

Three more images from my time in Maine a few years back.

"Light and Grass"
"Two Trees"

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


From Robert Frank's "The Americans" This piece of writing always charged me up the first time I saw it back in school. Not only did I become an instant fan of Jack Kerouac from this piece, but it always made me realize that there is more than one way to experience photographs. That you can actually FEEL a photograph, and not just look at it, talk about it, theorize about it.

Frank's "The Americans" is on tour right now and is at the Met in NYC until January 2010. I know I will be making the trip down to the city for it. I have never seen any of Frank's work in person, and I hope that same "crazy feeling" bubbles right up in me...

Top image: Kerouac's hand typed first draft of the intro to "The Americans"
Credits: The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations, The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature. Reprinted by permission of John Sampas, Estate of Jack Kerouac.

Bottom: "Los Angeles, 1956" One of my favorites from the book

Friday, September 25, 2009

new scans

I had the chance to revisit my negative from Maine over the past two days. In them I found some more images that I had overlooked before. Some of these images I am scanning purely for stock reasons, but some also hold some weight with the others that have already been posted on here through the months.

The simplicity and calmness of this image are what I like. It also speaks alot about how the camp felt on a day to day basis. This image was taken right before dinner, as you can vaguely see Eric, the owner, on his way back from the pantry playing with his old dog Kita in the background.

it's nice

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Flak Photo and the Exposure Project

Andy Adams, over at Flak Photo, has recently started a section highlighting The Exposure Project's newest Book and the photographers in it. He will be featuring 7 of the photographers from the newest book in Flak's today's photo section. Stop by Flak over the next week to check out some of the great work by the photographers in our newest edition of the book.

Andy has been a long time supporter of The Exposure Project's mission as well as our individual artists and members. He has featured the work of Ben Alper in the Today's Flak Photo section, as well as doing a feature article on our 3rd publication. Be sure to check his site regularly for great work and informative articles.

Thank You Andy!!

House and Shadow, Pleasant Hill, California, 2006
copyright Daniel Farnum

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