Photography over 50 years

Ah, you won't find anything having to do with my nonprofit work. I've been taking photographs for the last half century or so and I thought I'd share some with you. I'm in the midst of converting about 2,000 negatives and slides as well as organizing my digital shots. These are my favorites thus far. I'll be posting new ones frequently.

To enlarge the photos, double click on the first one.

Abstracts, textures, shapes & oddities

I suppose most of my photos fit into "abstracts" or "oddities". But the ones in this section don't seem to fit into the other categories. I might have called this category "Miscellaneous"; in fact, I did at one point. But I didn't think the title did the images justice. 

Abstracts, textures, shapes & oddities

Buildings & such

Great buildings, I believe, don't stand alone; they exist and serve in the context of what's around them. Robert Campbell, Pulitizer Prize-winning architecture critic for the Boston Globe, and the curmudgeonly David Brussat, formerly of the Providence Journal, have taught me a lot...but I had already taken most of these photos. More to come.

Buildings & such

Nature

Though I've hiked the Sierras and the Smokies, backpacked the White Mountains and the Appalachian Trail, I'm the first to say I'm no Edward Weston. I tend to the odd branches and arrangements of trees. I usually leave my photos undoctored, but you'll find the occasional "neon" images. 

Nature

People

No question, my favorite "people" photographer was Diane Arbus (though Annie Liebovitz is pretty close). Arbus was fearless in confronting people straight on, and not just your regular tourists, but the people you want to stare at but are afraid to.

I don't have her courage, but I've captured some people over the year I still like to visit. 

People

Pipes, meters & hydrants

I thought my fascination with the passage of water, so to speak, was a fairly new obsession. I started photographing a lot of pipes and hydrants in New York City while I visited my son at Columbia University not too long ago. 

As I started digitizing old negatives, however, I found I've been caught up with pipes and the like for a long time. All the photos in black and white are pre-1990. I'll leave the psychoanalysis to you. 

pipes, meters, hydrants

Street markings

Essentially my photographs of the last 18 months, on the walk from my apartment to the library. I've become fascinated by street crossing and median lines, especially as they decay, fade, and are repainted. Art is all around us. 

Street markings

Street scenes

A lot of doubles with other categories. I need to digitize more quickly. I also need to get back to the streets.

Street scenes

Telephone poles

A recent experiment. I think it's mostly over. But enlarge the photos and you'll see what I saw, perhaps.

telephone poles
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