Monday, December 30, 2013

Behind the Scenes

Helloooo! Anyone out there? I know, it's my fault for not posting very often this past few months.....have been somewhat tied up with situations beyond my control. That's the truth....almost. Anyway, for those who might be following this site still, here is my final posting for the year. I thought I would pay homage to the people who toil behind the scenes, and keep the cogs and wheels turning. They are the unknown, but our world could not function without them....and sadly they are becoming fewer and fewer as time rushes on. It seems that everyone wants to be experts these days, and few realize that the real experts are the ones who know how to keep things operating. They are mostly found in the background....the trades people....remember them? They are a dying breed in these times of  the "overqualified" disillusioned....
Here's wishing a Happy New Year in 2014 and good health and just rewards for everyone!

Friday, June 14, 2013

A Sad Demise.....

This old violin was my musical "muse" for quite a few years, and a couple of months ago, I opened the case to find that the bow had become detached at one end, and the bridge had collapsed. The rosin inside its little box, had crumbled into tiny amber nuggets. What a mess! Upon first glance, I guessed that it would take considerable repairs to get it back into decent condition again. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it could still be of use. I just had to accept it as it was, and add a few items to make a story of sorts. So the roses from a Mother's Day bouquet were saved from the garbage bucket, and allowed to dry out or "age gracefully." They lent a certain mood to the photo, and in a way sort of speaks to the demise of many things in life....music included. Hope you enjoy it a little.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Mystery Mask.....

Recently, I posted a colour version of this mask on my other site. It was sitting up on a shelf at the Windsor Market, and its colours caught my eye. No one seemed to know the origin of it, and today I decided that it might make for a black & white photo as well. So, here it is, for those of you who might have stumbled upon this site. Hopefully you will see some merit in it also.....

Testing, Testing...

Things have been rather busy for us lately and tonight I finally got to play with my SONY a65 in the studio. It is still somewhat new to me, and is an upgrade for my old Maxxum 7D that I have thoroughly enjoyed using for the past 5 years or so. I bought it used from Adorama Camera in New York for a fraction of the original price. However, like everything else, the shutter mechanism became very unreliable and would often misfire, making a black or empty frame....hence the need for a replacement. This little collection was just a very quick set up, as I was curious as to how shiny metal, porcelain and frosted glass would appear when photographed on a sheet of black acrylic. The original was in colour, and I thought it would also look fine as a black and white rendering. It was not intended to be a work of art, and I was having a guilt attack for not posting on this site for so long. Hope you can find a little merit in it also....

Friday, January 25, 2013

Winter in New Liskeard, Ontario

It has indeed been a while since I last posted an image on here. It is winter now, and we just returned from Northern Ontario where the landscape is vastly different from Windsor. Since I did not get a chance to go out and shoot any snow scenes, I decided to go through some of my old Black & White negatives from years gone by and do a scan or two. This image was scanned from a 6 x 7 cm negative and I hope to actually make a darkroom print of it before too long. This scene may as well have been taken a week ago, because not much has changed. It was shot from the bridge that crosses the Wabi River in New Liskeard, Ontario. This is a very old building, and now houses a Doctor's Clinic.....can you imagine the heating bills when it hits -35 to -40 C. and stays there for days on end? The expense of upkeep for these stately old homes in the North must be mind boggling for sure.....Hope you like it.