January 9th thru January 15th, 2012
This is not a sports event. It is a concert (I think you call it a concert; maybe a gig) and the guys shove themselves forward ahead of the girls to get the front row to scream and sing (yell) along with the rock band on the stage. Mohawk Place in Buffalo is an experience all should take part in during the next visit to the city. It's like opening up your garage, calling all your friends and saying come on over and we'll bust your ear drums for ya!
For more images from Mohawk Place
December 12th 2011 thru January 8th 2012
My father is 86 years old today, January 8, 2012. He was born in this little house on a farm off Jewitt Holmwood Road in East Aurora, NY. I remember as a young boy, sleeping in the up-stairs bedroom while spending time with my grandfather and grand mother. It was cold in the winter and hot in the summer. My dad and my uncle Fred slept in a bed upstairs when they were young, and my father tells of waking up in the winter with snow on the blankets; the attic was so drafty (it wasn't yet then really quite a bedroom) . The only really change in the shape of the house, that I can recall, is attached to the woodshed at the back of the house (small roof to the left of this picture) was an outhouse. I remember as a very young boy thinking it a much more convenient location than having to go all the way inside. The story goes that when my grandmother finally managed to afford an indoor bathroom, my grandfather was opposed to the idea as that kind of thing really shouldn't be "inside" your house.
November 14th thru December 11th, 2011
Our first significant snow of the season hit this week. We are way behind in snowfall this year. Experience leads to the anticipation we will catch up. Justine, my oldest granddaughter, who is seven, was a the most beautiful candy cane in the ballet this week.
November 7th thru November 13th, 2011
An eventful week, PennState, Veterans' Day and Elaine and I were both in NY on separate trips. She for a school administrators' conference and I for a Canon Immersion Training Class. She got to stay at the Crown Plaza on Times Square and I got a Marriott Courtyard in Rye NY. Where's the equity in that? Anyway i had a great time in the Canon class. It also gave me an opportunity to shoot some more of the NYC Skyline. This view is from the top of the escarpment on Weehawken, NJ.
October 31st thru November 6th, 2011
This late part of autumn has been pretty nice to us here in Western New York. I call this 3D Leaf.
October 17th thru October 30th, 2011
Autumn is nearing its pre-winter phase. During a walk through Hunters Creek the trees were pretty much leaf-less. Still the beauty of fall is all around.
August 15th thru October 16th, 2011
Wow, it has been two months since my last entry in this best of the week thing. Stuff happens and things get in the way of the best of intentions. Lots of work, photography and a little bit of life has passed by. I had the opportunity to be in the Broadway Market on assignment
yesterday. This man, for twenty years has moved new produce out of the cooler every morning and the unsold items back in every night. I enjoyed the colors of his product, but mostly the dedication it takes to do what he does everyday. It made me think a line from a favorite poem by Robert Service;
"And each forgets, as he strips and runs
With a brilliant, fitful pace,
It's the steady, quiet, plodding ones
Who win in the lifelong race."
August 8th thru August 14th, 2011
It was a week of photography for me. First two days at the office then Wednesday through today it was vacation and spent most of the time on photography. Photographed the Selena Gomez concert Wednesday night, and the Rascal Flatts concert Friday night. Last night after everyone else (Elaine) was in bed, I threw my camera in the car and drove into the city. Tried to photograph Delaware Park, Hoyt Lake and the Delaware Park Casino, but it seems the police frown on folks wandering the park at midnight. Thus, this was my first and last picture from inside the park. I moved to sidewalks and bridges on the outskirts of the park and got the shot I used in the PaD gallery. Check it out . . . PRESS HERE
August 1st thru August 7th, 2011
This Sunday morning we woke to a humid slightly foggy almost rainy morning. The thought was possibly we could catch the sun coming through the fog in one of those classic images most landscape photographers would really feel fortunate to capture. Well it wasn't to be but the opportunity to traipse over the slippery shale bottom of the Cazenovia Creek under the Willardshire bridge made the venture worth it. This was as close to capturing sun coming through the early morning mist we were able to experience.
July 25th thru July 31st, 2011
It is interesting how people react differently when they're asked to have their picture taken. Most are happy to oblige, efficiently move together in a smile for the camera pose and snap, you take the picture. A few say no thanks and fewer respond especially for the camera. These folks standing in line for a Tragically Hip concert were the later and their spontaneity made me smile. How fun to be in a frame of mind for each of you as a couple to react in a moment so that all is fun and you show some concern for one another. I liked these folks.
For more images from the Tragically Hip Concert
July 18th thru July 24th, 2011
A big week for picture taking. The Motley Crue concert on Friday night, Saturday the Grain Elevators with the NTHP (Nation Trust for Historic Preservation) and again on Sunday the Richardson Complex with NTHP and Buffalo Unscripted. The Richardson building has quite a story as it was the former Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane. It is being renovated and will become a "boutique" hotel and retail space. This photograph was taken at the base of the renovated main staircase looking upward toward the second floor. I like how it turned out.
For more images from the Richardson Complex
For some history on the Richardson Complex
July 11th thru July 17th, 2011
Hot, hot, hot as I guess we all are. This image is from the remaining Larkin Building on Seneca Street in Buffalo. A new management group has purchased the building and is beginning a renovation. The National Trust for Historic Preservation arranged a photo shoot as part of a documentary they are making and about 30 photographers were afforded the opportunity to attend. It was interesting for me as 35 years ago I worked in the building in my very first accounting job. My grandmother worked for the Larkin Soap Company in the early '20s.
For a little history on the Larkin Soap Company...