More Rust Belt Beauty

March 6, 2017 § 2 Comments

“Rusted Beauty 1”

A few months back, I blogged about the beauty of a couple of rusty storage tanks in downtown Cleveland.  There’s something that intrigues me about the giant structures that were built when Cleveland was one of the thriving midwest industrial cities…an area of the country that years later, was derisively referred to as “the rust belt”.  Well Cleveland came back strong!  If you go back to any one of my many blogs about Cleveland, you’ll see all of the improvements we made through major renovation projects.  Unlike some other areas, the powers that be in Cleveland decided to leave some of these structures as a monument to our past.  For this blog, I concentrated on one structure.  When I photographed it, I didn’t know if it was part of a bridge, or some kind of crane and conveyor belt system for off-loading goods from ships that sailed the Great Lakes.  One of my closest friends saw one of the images and said she remembers seeing this bridge in operation when she was a little girl, complete with a bridge operator sitting in his booth making sure there were no collisions between ships, trains, or anything else.  Anyhow, like I said, all of these images are various views and angles of one structure.  Hope you enjoy them.

“Rusted Beauty 2”

“Rusted Beauty 3”

“Rusted Beauty 4”

“Rusted Beauty 5”

“Rusted Beauty 6”

“Rusted Beauty 7”

As always, thanks for looking!

Cleveland Urban Art

February 20, 2017 § 2 Comments

"The Kid"

“The Kid”

I love exploring the various areas and neighborhoods of Cleveland.  By now, it should be apparent to anybody who has followed my blogs, that I have an on-going love affair with my city.  There are so many people who have this mis-conception that Cleveland is hell, but for most Clevelanders, we know that there is so much to be proud of (o.k. we’re working on the Brown’s thing).  I especially love the art, whether we’re talking about the world renowned Cleveland Museum of Art, or the various murals you’ll find throughout the city.  I have a personal love for the work by the anonymous graffiti artists who share there work in dark alleys, under bridges, and on the walls of old buildings, which have seen better days.  Here’s a small sample of “Cleveland Urban Art”.  Hope you enjoy it!

"Prince"

“Prince”

"Chains"

“Chains”

"Girls Just Wanta' Have Fun"

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”

"The Wall"

“The Wall”

Thanks for looking.

Winter On The Northcoast

February 9, 2017 § Leave a comment

"Cleveland"

“Cleveland”

Winter on the “Northcoast” can be pretty daunting!  Winds, gray skies, and snow make this time of year my least favorite.  If you live a bit southeast of Cleveland like I do, on the edge of the “snow belt”, it’s even worse.  So far, this winter has been pretty mild, but I’m still counting the days till spring arrives.  It takes a little more effort for me to get out and shoot pictures this time of year, but there’s something beautiful about the starkness of buildings and other objects against the steely blue/gray sky.  You have less people in your shots, but that’s more than made up for with the abundance of geese!  Just be careful of where you step.  Here’s a number of images I shot last week.  Hope you enjoy them.

"Empty Bench"

“Empty Bench”

"Watch Where You Step"

“Watch Where You Step”

"Celebreeze Federal Building"

“Celebreeze Federal Building”

"Solar Panel Art"

“Solar Panel Art”

"Inner Harbor at Dusk"

“Inner Harbor at Dusk”

"Street Lights on Lakeside Avenue"

“Street Lights on Lakeside Avenue”

" Winter Flight"

” Winter Flight”

"Urban Art"

“Urban Art”

Thanks for looking!

Celebrating Color

December 19, 2016 § 5 Comments

"The Window Washer"

“The Window Washer”

I recently answered a question in one of my Linkedin groups.  The group is a Nikon user group, and the question was what made you choose Nikon.  Back in the early ’70s, when I decided to upgrade from the cheap camera I was using, I would frequent my local camera store and ask the sales people for recommendations.  Every one of them had a different opinion…Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Olympus, Pentax…boy was I confused.  Then I started browsing through the magazines and saw a series of ads by Nikon, featuring the work of various famous photographers who shot with Nikon.  There was Eric Meola, Jay Maisel, and Pete Turner.  The work that these guys did, blew my mind, especially the work of Pete Turner!  Pete did extraordinary things in color.  He had a tremendous ability for capturing what I call “in your face” color.  What he didn’t capture in camera, he created mind boggling images using slide copying machines and a very expensive Scitec machine(the spelling may be incorrect here).  Nowadays, we can do the same things using a Mac or PC and Photoshop, but Pete Turner was truly a pioneer when it came to image manipulation and especially mind blowing color.  It was due to Pete Turner that I decided I wanted to become a professional photographer!  I eventually went to the Cooper School of Art to hone my skills, but discovered that the courses were geared towards large format cameras and studio lighting.  Not only that, but my teacher was a still life shooter who shared a rep with Phil Marco, arguably the premier still life shooter of that time.  Marco’s style was dark and moody, and for still life, I fell in love with that style.  So I became two different photographers…in the studio, dark and moody, outside, bold color.  Of course, there’s always some cross-over depending on the subject.  Anyhow, my most recent blog was studio, so I thought this time, I’d share some colorful images…a tribute to the man who changed my way of seeing!

"Blue Bridge"

“Blue Bridge”

"Looking Up"

“Looking Up”

"Fire on Wheels"

“Fire on Wheels”

"Orange Car"

“Orange Car”

"Purple Sucker"

“Purple Sucker”

"Bridge and Abstract Sky"

“Bridge and Abstract Sky”

"Pipe Organ"

“Pipe Organ”

"Looking Out the Window"

“Looking Out the Window”

"Cough Syrup"

“Cough Syrup”

"Stirring the Drink"

“Stirring the Drink”

"Rollin' Down the Highway"

“Rollin’ Down the Highway”

"Big Fins"

“Big Fins”

Thanks for looking.

Still Life…My Brother’s Collections

November 14, 2016 § Leave a comment

"Kaleidoscopes 1"

“Kaleidoscopes 1”

Ever since I could remember, my oldest brother David collected things.  He’d travel around the U.S. and also to different countries.  Whether he was home or abroad, he was always visiting antique stores, art galleries and even thrift shops always on the lookout for interesting objects with which to decorate his apartment.  It was always interesting to visit him to see what new thing he had sitting on a table or hanging on his wall.  Sometimes he even had a unique piece of furniture such as the chair I always called the “leaf chair” that I’m including here.  He loved collecting chess sets, bronzes, paintings, and all sorts of things.  His favorite things were his kaleidoscopes, bronzes and his stereoscope and card set.  I hadn’t been in my studio shooting still life’s lately, but I figured what better subjects to shoot than my brother’s things.  Hope you enjoy the images!

"African Baskets"

“African Baskets”

"Bronzes"

“Bronzes”

"African Bronze"

“African Bronze”

"South American Objects"

“South American Objects”

"Chess Set"

“Chess Set”

"Kaleidoscopes 2"

“Kaleidoscopes 2”

"Leaf Chair"

“Leaf Chair”

"Music Stand and Albums"

“Music Stand and Albums”

"Pottery"

“Pottery”

"Paintings"

“Paintings”

"Stereoscope"

“Stereoscope”

"Vase and Plates"

“Vase and Plates”

"Wooden Objects"

“Wooden Objects”

"Animals"

“Animals”

"Cats"

“Cats”

One last note…on the “Paintings” image, the painting in the lower right corner with the blue and red swishes was done by my son in pre-school when he was 3-4 years old!  I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that my brother included it in his art collection.  As always, thanks for looking.

 

Rust Belt Beauty

August 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

"Rusted Beauty 1"

“Rusted Beauty 1”

I’ve lived in Cleveland all of my life…actually in a suburb a little southeast of Cleveland proper.  I still consider Cleveland my home, live and die with our sports teams (yeah Cavs!), and take great pride in The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and various businesses that call Cleveland home such as Sherwin Williams and Progressive Insurance.  I’m beginning to sound like a cheer leader!  No matter what Cleveland does, I still hear us referred to as one of the “rust belt” cities.  It’s true that Cleveland along with other mid-west cities lost a lot of manufacturing jobs.  We have our share of old abandoned factories, but there are still many producing products just like they did many years ago.  Last week, on one of my many photography field trips I take to photograph the sights of downtown Cleveland, I happened on an old manufacturing plant in one of the industrial areas.  To be honest, I have no idea what is being produced here, but I fell in love visually with the tanks and towers and winding stairs of this facility.  Here’s a sampling of what I call “Rusted Beauty”.

"Rusted Beauty 2"

“Rusted Beauty 2”

"Rusted Beauty 3"

“Rusted Beauty 3”

"Rusted Beauty 4"

“Rusted Beauty 4”

"Rusted Beauty 5"

“Rusted Beauty 5”

As always, thanks for viewing!

Cleveland Rocks…Some Unique Views Of The Rock & Roll HOF

August 2, 2016 § Leave a comment

"A Different View"

“A Different View”

A couple of weeks ago, when I was photographing the activities during the RNC convention, I wandered over to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  There was free admission that day, and I got in for the last 30 minutes they were going to be open to the public.  There was going to be a big private party later that day and they had to get ready for that.  I had about 30 minutes, and I wanted to capture some of our out of town guests as they viewed the exhibits.  After the Hall closed, I wandered around the grounds and photographed the building.  Now everyone with a camera standing outside the Rock Hall, has the same couple of pictures, from the same angles…me included.  Let’s face it, it’s a very unique, iconic structure, and I’m still thrilled that Cleveland was awarded the Rock & Roll HOF.  I do have a problem with the fact that other than a few years, the induction ceremony is held in N.Y.C.  Come on already…the Baseball HOF inductions are held every year in the little village of Cooperstown, not Yankee Stadium!  But I digress!  So I’m walking around the outside of the Rock HOF and I decided to get some unique angles.  The geometric design of the building is really great, and it affords many different possibilities for some cool images.  The day I was there, there was not a cloud in the sky, just a plain blue background, so I composited my views of the building with some cloud shots from my files.  So here goes with the images.

"Visitor in Blue"

“Visitor in Blue”

"Early Influences In Rock History"

“Early Influences In Rock History”

"Time To Relax And Reflect"

“Time To Relax And Reflect”

"The Rock Hall Theater"

“The Rock Hall Theater”

"Yikes!"

“Yikes!”

"We Don't Need No Thought Control!"

“We Don’t Need No Thought Control!”

"One More View"

“One More View”

Thanks for looking!