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Rockland Lobster Trap Christmas Tree
Rockland Lobster Trap Christmas Tree

I just happened to be in Rockland as locals were starting to build the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree, so I made a few photos! Locals add another row of lobster traps to the annual tree, which Rockland claims is the largest such structure in the world. One of the tree builders helps steady a colleague. […]

The Dawson Cabin, Glady, WV
The Dawson Cabin, Glady, WV

At the end of October I had the opportunity to spend a few days at my family’s rustic cabin in the mountains of West Virginia. I’d been itchin’ to make some more tintypes of the place, including details of some of the artifacts and capturing aspects of life at the cabin. Over two days of […]

Birch Point State Park, Part 2 – Silver and Salt
Birch Point State Park, Part 2 - Silver and Salt

I went back to Birch Point State Park again – I knew there were a couple of photos I saw that I didn’t have time to make the last trip, plus there was the whole other half of the beach and woods to explore. I still didn’t make the photos I had in mind, but […]

The Tetons – The Book
The Tetons - The Book

Maine Media Workshops+College recently remodeled the old Haas lab and darkroom into the revamped Haas Lab for Alternative Photographic Processes and a new book arts studio, complete with presses and drawers of type and rolls of cloth. One of the TAs for the summer had some experience making books, so he got to hang out […]

Bad Little Falls, Machias, Maine
Bad Little Falls, Machias, Maine

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to ride up to Machias, Maine, with Kari, to make tintypes at the Blueberry Festival and Blackfly Ball there. That whole shebang didn’t work out so well, and the less said about it the better, but I did manage to make two tintypes of the short but emphatic […]

Down East Magazine, Monhegan Island
Down East Magazine, Monhegan Island

My first summer in Maine I spent a hot dusty day on Monhegan Island photographing students from Maine Media Workshops creating documentary videos. Long story short, Down East Magazine was recently looking for some images from the island and decided to run one of mine from that day – left side of the spread. So […]

A tintype a day…
A tintype a day...

I took a break to run over to the harbor again today. This time I implemented two lessons learned: One, bring a stabilizing device. In this case, a packet of oatmeal from the dining hall. Perfect. Two, leave my car running. This time around it took about 10 minutes from the time I pulled the […]

Muted Landscapes
Muted Landscapes

Back when I started to get excited about tri-color gum printing I thought I’d begin with some bolder colors – seemed obvious and somehow easier. Don’t know if it is either of those, but it made sense to me! As I’ve looked at other artists’ tri-color prints, and especially as I’ve researched watercolor pigments and […]

Photogravure Field Trip, 2014
Photogravure Field Trip, 2014

It’s that time of year again when Brenton Hamilton’s Advanced Alternative Processes class piles in a van and heads up to Trenton, Maine, to spend a day working in Alan Vlach’s photogravure studio. Since there are a lot of students and a limited amount of space Alan prepares the light-sensitive gravure plates ahead of time. […]

Tri-Color Gum Bichromate
Tri-Color Gum Bichromate

This post really should be more interesting than the title sounds. It’s not a chemistry lesson, I promise! A little over a year ago I started learning about historical photographic printing processes, or “Alternative processes”, as they are widely known, which is weird since they have been around since the beginning of photography. “Original processes” […]

Wyoming – Fine Art Prints
Wyoming - Fine Art Prints

I’ve recently become interested in two somewhat-related things: first, producing hand-made prints from my images, and secondly, creating distinct and coherent bodies of work. The first of these, then, are a series of prints from my 2010 summer in Wyoming. These were all printed in a wet lab using the ziatype process. Ziatypes involve mixing […]

Cyanotype toning
Cyanotype toning

My alternative printing process infatuation started a little over a year ago with the first foray into cyanotypes. I loved it, I spent hours in the lab cranking out cyanotypes, but relatively quickly moved on to things like ziatypes and gum bichromates. There are times I loved the cyanotype blue, but many times where I […]

Cape Elizabeth, Maine – Tintypes
Cape Elizabeth, Maine - Tintypes

This past birthday was “the big four oh”, so I wanted to do something fun, something a little more than just dinner and a bottle of wine. I wanted to go trekking in Nepal or something like that – definitely more than a dinner out – but there are several reasons why something of that […]

The Dawson Cabin – Tintypes
The Dawson Cabin - Tintypes

I finally talked Kari into going to our cabin. Let’s just say that she and I have different tolerances for cleanliness, wild critters, and modern conveniences like electricity and indoor plumbing. I convinced her the cabin would be a pleasant place to relax. Still weirds me out that this is backwards (a feature of the […]

Howe Point, Ducktrap River Bridge – Tintypes
Howe Point, Ducktrap River Bridge - Tintypes

Ducktrap River Bridge on Rt. 1 at Howe Point, Maine. My friend Joe needed a subject for his multimedia workshop project and I needed an excuse to get out and make tintypes in the wild, so we headed up the coast to Howe Point and set up shop. I was working inside my cramped darkbox, […]

Atrium Magazine (Ohio University)
Atrium Magazine (Ohio University)

Now that the print copy is finally out I can talk about my recent experiences working on two assignments for Atrium Magazine, the publication for alumni and friends of Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions. A while back I got connected with Jody Grenert, the man behind the magazine. He asked me to […]

Jackson Peak, 10741ft
Jackson Peak, 10741ft

Start location: Curtis Canyon trailhead End location: Summit, Jackson Peak Min altitude: Max altitude: 10,741ft (3274m) Min temp: Max temp: Jackson Peak Hike Notes 12-Jul-10, 16:45 – Start at Curtis Canyon trailhead. Met woman part way up: “It’s cold and windy,” and “it’s just you and me” (and she’s leaving, i.e., I got the mountain […]

Mark and Scott go to the Cabin
Mark and Scott go to the Cabin

Over Spring Break my friend and commercial photography grad school classmate Scott Marx and I headed up to the cabin for a few days of good food, wine, and shootin’ stuff. Fortunately Scott took care of provisions, so the food and drink was top-notch. Some of the finest dining the cabin has seen. As for […]

Lima, LA, Chicago
Lima, LA, Chicago

Max temp: 102F outside Vegas airport (I didn’t leave the airconditioned building), 87F at 1am in Chicago. Start location: Los Angeles, CA End location: Chicago, IL I celebrated being back by flushing toilet paper, ordering a coffee that didn’t come in concentrated form, and by drinking water from a fountain. This morning I actually opened […]

Last day at the clinic, Cajamarca, Peru
Last day at the clinic, Cajamarca, Peru

Today is our last day working in the Centro Medico “Padre Luis Tezza” in Cajamarca. Despite the fact that we were going to do some amazing sightseeing in the coming days, I don’t think any of us wanted to stop working and leave the clinic. The medical folks had a lot of patients, so it […]

Cumbe Mayo, Peru
Cumbe Mayo, Peru

Start location: Cajamarca, Peru Other location: Cumbe Mayo, Peru Min altitude: 8750 ft Max altitude: 11,550 ft. Today got off to a rough start, but it was all my own fault. A late night in Usha Usha, after a rich meal with wine and Pisco does not make for a happy day of hiking at […]

Clinic and the Mountains, Peru
Clinic and the Mountains, Peru

Start location: Cajamarca, Peru Other locations: Mountains outside of town towards El Galeno mine Min altitude: 8750 ft Max altitude: 11,700 ft Today was a slow day at the clinic – very few patients. Found out that all of the cleft palate patients I had intended to photograph had already been treated by another group […]

Clinic and Banos del Inca, Peru
Clinic and Banos del Inca, Peru

Location: Cajamarca, Peru [umap id=”34485″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] Max altitude: 8800 ft. After a couple of pretty intense days the pace has caught up with me. I managed to stay more or less on top of journal entries and photos for the first few days – adrenaline helps – but at a certain point I had […]

Second Day of Clinic, Cajamarca, Peru
Second Day of Clinic, Cajamarca, Peru

Breakfast is served from 7-8:30 and we leave for the clinic at 08:30. All I have to do is shower and get dressed – I could roll out of bed at 07:30 and have plenty of time. Today started with pan flute music at full blast at 06:30. Grr. Today is going much the same […]