Evidence of an Existence — Time Ran Out

Time Ran Out

Time Ran Out

On a cold Sunday afternoon last weekend, a friend and I went out looking for something to photograph.  As I’ve done many times during the past few years, I guided my car out into rural Geauga and Ashtabula Counties in Ohio.  The recession of a few years ago had a severe impact on parts of these counties.  We came upon a deserted home and barn and stopped to take a look.  As we approached the house, we found that the front door was gone and the house was wide open all around.  Looking inside, the floors appeared to be intact and secure so we ventured inside.  The deteriorating clock was lying on a piece of furniture just inside the door and seemed symbolic to me, time had run out on this residence.

Where did they go?

Where did they go?

As we investigated further we found a home that seemed to have been abandoned but not emptied.  The open dresser was still full of clothes.

A sad reminder of past residents.

A sad reminder of past residents.

A photo album was left to deteriorate on the floor, showing children or grandchildren who perhaps occupied this farm house.

For Better and ......?

For Better and ……?

A Mother’s Day card signifying “better days” and perhaps sadly suggesting worse days to come.

Evidence of a human existence.

Evidence of a human existence.

Did the house go into foreclosure?  Did the family just up and leave?  Did they pass away and other family, if there were any, just abandon the property?  So many questions came to mind as we explored further.

The living room.

The living room.

The kitchen.

The kitchen.

The living room and kitchen, still full of furniture, cookware, dishes and another clock suggesting that at 11:55 something ended.

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What once appeared to be a very large barn, partially collapsed, now served as a canvas for graffiti.

The entire period of time exploring this property become increasingly mysterious and sad, wondering what happened to the occupants of this home and farm.  The possibilities are many and the days since shooting it have been full of wondering, imagining and writing stories in my head.  All sad however.

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Patty’s Farm – A Little Story

Patty's Farm, Medina County OH

Patty’s Farm, Medina County OH

A few months ago, while “barnstorming” with photo friend Debra Rozin, we came upon this farm in Medina County.  Attracted by the beautiful old red barn and the American Flag on the silo, we approached to get some nice shooting angles on the barn.

Staring back

Staring back

As we approached a group of cow’s came to on opening in a building in front of the barn to investigate the 2 photographers coming up the hill.

While photographing these cows a minivan pulled up and a lady by the name of Patty got out.  We learned that she was the owner, with her husband, of the barn and farm surrounding it on both sides of the road.  Patty was very friendly and offered to take these two city folk for a little tour of the farm and introduce us to some of her animals, mostly dairy cows.

Oink oink

Oink oink

On the way back to the pasture we passed a small pig pen and interrupted their rooting in the mud.

Patty leading us to meet her herd

Patty leading us to meet her herd

As Patty led us back to the grazing cattle a number of curious cows came up and wanted to meet us on a personal level.  They were very friendly and one began to push me from behind with a nose in the middle of my back.  They are beautiful animals and well cared for.

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Patty regretfully told us that she and her husband are the last in their family to want to run the farm. Once they decide to retire the farm will most likely be sold to developers and homes will be built on the land. The small family farm is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

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Full of Hot Air

Basking in the glow

It’s hot air balloon time again in Northeast Ohio and it seems like every weekend brings opportunities to photograph these beautiful vehicles.  A few weeks ago I attended the evening balloon glow at the Blossom Time Balloon Festival in Chagrin Falls.  The event allowed me and a small group of photographer friends to circulate up close and personal during the inflation and the glow itself.  These images were some of my favorites showing close-up details and some of the vibrant colors of the balloons.

Balloon Glow

Balloon Contrast

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A Phoenix Has Risen

Back in early 2013 I published 2 blog postings about the old abandoned Cleveland Trust Company.  It was a incredibly beautiful bank building which had become deserted for newer more modern facilities under newer and more modern names.  It’s future was uncertain at that time but this week it reopened as a new downtown Cleveland Heinen’s supermarket.  The first major supermarket in downtown Cleveland in many years and much needed by the masses of new urban residents who have made Cleveland an exciting and vibrant city once again.  As far as I can tell from photos and TV reports most of the original flavor (excuse the pun) has been preserved so I thought I would re-post those original photos that I shot in 2012.

It’s nice to see something old made new again!

Inside of a vault door.  They don't make them like this anymore.

Inside of a vault door. They don’t make them like this anymore.

Vault door detail.

Vault door detail.

Rotunda skylight by Tiffany.

Rotunda skylight by Tiffany.

Round vault door.

Round vault door.

A lone key.

A lone key.

Not like all the others.

Not like all the others.

Evidence of the past.

Evidence of the past.

I can’t wait to make a trip downtown to see this new supermarket!

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Vintage Bikes from Simpler Times

Old English Racers

Old English Racers

About a week and a half ago my shooting friend Debra Rozin and I took a little trip to the Simpler Times Vintage Bicycle Gallery on Cleveland’s west side.  Externally the old storefront and larger warehouse behind would not draw your attention, but inside was a treasure trove of hundreds of old bicycles and bike parts in various conditions. Some were relatively new and others were over 100 years old.  For me, I was instantly transported back to my childhood, seeing old 3 speed bikes that we referred to as “English Racers” with their Sturmey Archer gear shift levers and smaller heavy balloon tired bikes that looked just like my first bike.  My secondhand “English Racer” was made in America, but some of these were actually made in Great Britain.

The Cleveland made Road Master

The Cleveland made Road Master

A couple of the most pristine old bikes were Road Masters, made in Cleveland by the Cleveland Welding Company.  These were big balloon tired bikes with hand brakes unlike most balloon tired bikes I’d ever seen.

I’ll definitely make a trip back some day soon.  I saw some accessories there that I’d like to add to my own bike.  Owner Jef Janis, his uncle and another assistant could not have been more welcoming and interesting to talk to.  Jef is a great photographer and artist in his own right and really appreciated our interest and efforts to capture unique photos of his treasures.   If you are in to bikes and bicycling pay a visit to Simpler Times, you won’t be sorry!

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The World View

A Worldwide View

A Worldwide View

Friends have asked me occasionally why I started a blog.  Two reasons really:  1.  While I was actively trying to market my photography work, I wanted to get my work out there for people to see.  2.  I never liked to write but wanted to become more comfortable with it, so a blog would force me to do some writing.   The writing did get more comfortable, yet I still find it somewhat difficult.  As far as getting my work out there, I never dreamed that it would get the worldwide exposure that it has gotten.  Below is a listing of all of the countries and numbers of views from each that my blog has received during the past few years.  Not even close to some more popular bloggers, but mind boggling to me none the less.

The world has grown smaller and I thank all of you for looking at my photos and reading my words.  If you know of anyone else who would enjoy my work, please let them know about the blog.  It can be viewed on Facebook and LinkedIn and/or you can follow it by clicking on the follow button on the blog page.

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 24,128
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 1,836
Canada FlagCanada 1,326
Germany FlagGermany 910
Japan FlagJapan 745
France FlagFrance 594
Brazil FlagBrazil 427
India FlagIndia 382
Australia FlagAustralia 365
Spain FlagSpain 301
Italy FlagItaly 267
Indonesia FlagIndonesia 252
Mexico FlagMexico 213
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 206
Philippines FlagPhilippines 205
Thailand FlagThailand 196
Poland FlagPoland 195
Sweden FlagSweden 178
Belgium FlagBelgium 138
Russian Federation FlagRussian Federation 132
Argentina FlagArgentina 123
Korea, Republic of FlagRepublic of Korea 121
Malaysia FlagMalaysia 114
Turkey FlagTurkey 110
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland 108
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 101
Hong Kong FlagHong Kong 97
Finland FlagFinland 97
Taiwan FlagTaiwan 90
Greece FlagGreece 80
Denmark FlagDenmark 74
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 73
Portugal FlagPortugal 72
Colombia FlagColombia 72
Romania FlagRomania 71
Hungary FlagHungary 70
Norway FlagNorway 69
Ireland FlagIreland 69
Czech Republic FlagCzech Republic 68
Austria FlagAustria 66
Israel FlagIsrael 65
Singapore FlagSingapore 61
Chile FlagChile 53
Viet Nam FlagViet Nam 50
Virgin Islands, U.S. FlagVirgin Islands 44
Ukraine FlagUkraine 43
Serbia FlagSerbia 42
Pakistan FlagPakistan 41
United Arab Emirates FlagUnited Arab Emirates 41
Croatia FlagCroatia 33
Bulgaria FlagBulgaria 32
Saudi Arabia FlagSaudi Arabia 32
Slovakia FlagSlovakia 30
Egypt FlagEgypt 27
Lithuania FlagLithuania 25
Panama FlagPanama 24
Puerto Rico FlagPuerto Rico 22
Bosnia and Herzegovina FlagBosnia and Herzegovina 21
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of FlagMacedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic 20
Jamaica FlagJamaica 17
Cyprus FlagCyprus 16
Venezuela FlagVenezuela 16
Bangladesh FlagBangladesh 15
Slovenia FlagSlovenia 15
Ecuador FlagEcuador 14
Trinidad and Tobago FlagTrinidad and Tobago 14
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Sri Lanka FlagSri Lanka 13
Qatar FlagQatar 11
Georgia FlagGeorgia 11
Jordan FlagJordan 11
Lebanon FlagLebanon 11
Albania FlagAlbania 10
Estonia FlagEstonia 10
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Iraq FlagIraq 9
Peru FlagPeru 9
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El Salvador FlagEl Salvador 7
Cambodia FlagCambodia 7
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Uruguay FlagUruguay 6
Azerbaijan FlagAzerbaijan 6
Belarus FlagBelarus 6
Montenegro FlagMontenegro 6
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Oman FlagOman 5
Zimbabwe FlagZimbabwe 4
Botswana FlagBotswana 4
Malta FlagMalta 4
Tunisia FlagTunisia 4
Nicaragua FlagNicaragua 4
Suriname FlagSuriname 4
China FlagChina 3
Uzbekistan FlagUzbekistan 3
Cayman Islands FlagCayman Islands 3
Guatemala FlagGuatemala 3
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Sudan FlagSudan 3
Rwanda FlagRwanda 3
Jersey FlagJersey 3
Yemen FlagYemen 3
Moldova, Republic of FlagMoldova 3
Palestinian Territory, Occupied FlagPalestine, State of 3
Papua New Guinea FlagPapua New Guinea 2
Maldives FlagMaldives 2
Libya FlagLibya 2
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Fiji FlagFiji 2
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Grungy Gritty Still Lifes

Grungy Tool Bench

Grungy Tool Bench

When I hear the words “Still Life” I think of flowers, vases, tea cups and bowls of fruit, none of which are my “cup of tea”!  Yet, during the cold northeast Ohio winter I sometimes want to stay indoors and shoot something along the lines of a still life.  Last year, during a discussion with my photo friend Debra Rozin I realized that I could produce a series of more masculine still lifes and Debra even clued me in to a source of more masculine types of textures that I could add to my photos, Photomorphis.com .  With this in mind I started to accumulate items that I could use such as rusty tools, oil cans, gears, and other types of
“guy stuff”!

A few weeks ago, Debra, myself and another photo friend, Barbara Pennington, gathered in Barbs basement studio and started shooting some still lifes.  While Debra and Barb were shooting different items under artificial light, I set-up by a window and shot these two photos in natural light.

Folding Ruler

Folding Ruler

Now, when the outside temperature discourages me from venturing outside to shoot some photos, I can pull out my growing collection of gritty “guy stuff” and shoot away producing fine art images that don’t fit the norm for still lifes.

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