The recent financial crisis has, shall I say, "left me with a lot of free time."
I came back from a vacation in February of this year to find my office's doors here in New York locked - really as much the fault of a couple of squandering executives as the state of the economy, but I suppose griping about that is best saved for the bar. Steady income has now been replaced with a different commodity - time. What to do with it? How to spend it? After years of working long hours (no snide remarks from the peanut gallery about me only being 29), I feel it's right and proper for me to spend a reasonable amount of it sitting on my stoop, doing nothing, beer in hand - enjoying life just because. Anyone in New York that likes a good beer and enjoys talk of photography, the New York Yankees, the Buffalo Bills, surfing, motorcycles, gardening, or the old BBC series "Yes Minister" is welcome to join me.
The rest of this new-found time is being spent on photographic projects and other photography-related ventures that could potentially allow me to make a living of this obsession I've had since my early teens.
I tend to post a bit of everything here, but since late 2008 I’ve focused mostly on industrial subject matter. My initial interest was in the geometric compositions that could be created when industrial forms were visually compressed (shot in telephoto). Oil tanks, grain elevators, lamp posts, utility structures – I suppose you could call it “abstract architectural” work. In search these forms, I ended up visiting many abandoned and decaying facilities where certain instances of decay were so interesting that I ended up going off task and turning my lens in their direction. Initially, I thought I’d like to show these old facilities and their decay in a positive light, as monuments to the glory of their past achievements (that’s often the sense I get when around them). Though I’ve gone to a number of sites with that in mind, the resulting photos that depicted that theme just haven’t been that interesting. The ones I’ve thought worthy of posting here have been the more isolated abstract shots of individual instances of decay – peeling paint, rust, cracks, grime, overgrowth, etc. The stages of natural beauty that occur as the man-made structures break down can be stunning.
Most every image here can be purchased, though I’m a big advocate of trading prints if you’re another photographer with quality work. Comments good or bad are always welcome. My apologies to those of you who had to put up with my blog recently telling you that "the text you entered was wrong" when trying to submit a comment. No, the blog wasn't scolding you. It was just a glitch that wasn't able to fix for a bit. If there's anything you'd like to talk about offline, I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, the kid in the picture below isn't mine. That's my nephew Nate.