"A Ming vase can be well-designed and well-made and is beautiful for that reason alone. I don't think this can be true for photography. Unless there is something a little incomplete and a little strange, it will simply look like a copy of something pretty. We won't take an interest in it."  --John Loengard

Various Subjects

When I saw the above quote from John Loengard, I could only wish that I had been clever enough to say it myself. He has, in just a few words, summed up a great portion of my attitude toward photography. Hoot!--there are so many photographs that are nothing more than pretty pictures with predictable compositions and perhaps a splash of vivid color. They are boring photographs of interesting subjects. Our attention is better held by interesting photographs of boring subjects. I will make photographs of anything that I think I might like to see again, if I can create an interesting presentation of the subject. Generally, though not always, I look for strong graphic components that impart energy to a still image.

It's unlikely that you'll like every photograph on this web site, nor in the galleries of any other photographer. But I hope that you'll agree that the collection here is not just another batch of "pretty pictures."

Trail Guide Mr. Merkel's Window Collared Lizard Ford - 1915
Shadow Play Tracks North Parked Cars Ocotillo Weathered Oak Leaf and Ice Still Standing 93444 Chop Suey Haircut Impressions Mortality on Blue Black Canyon Skylight Through the Rocks Sunset and Salt Stagecoach to Bodie Blue on White Number 3

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Newberry Springs

Newberry Springs is about twenty-five miles east of Barstow, California. Route 66, "The Mother Road," takes travelers through the town. At roadside, there is the Bagdad Cafe, and a sign and the foundation remnants of a motel. The Bagdad Cafe was once called The Sidewinder. New owners renamed it The Bagdad Cafe for consistency with a movie that was filmed there. The movie was modestly received in the United States but was a big hit in France. So big, in fact, that it is included on the itinerary of French tour buses. I saw two of them during my last visit. The tours probably account for the majority of cafe clientele.

The Henning Motel is marked by a sign and small sections of foundation. It—the sign—appears in the opening scene of the movie. The motel and cafe suffered a dramatic decline when Interstate Highway 40 bypassed Route 66. The cafe is enjoying a revival, and is run by pleasant and enthusiastic people.

Bagdad Cafe The French Tour Welcome Committee
Nature Returns Bypassed

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Old Idaho Penitentiary

This penitentiary was removed from service in 1973. Currently, it is open for tours, with or without a guide. The prison is an interesting place to see and to learn about its history. It's also interesting to photograph. No tripods are permitted, so many opportunities are limited to what you can get using a wall or other support to stabilize the camera.

Outside The Pauly Door Utility Hallway
A Gated Community Up But Not Out Cell Rows

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And now for something completely different...

When creating the files to print my photographs, I'm mostly involved with just color balance and density (lightness and darkness). Occasionally, though, I like to experiment with digital manipulations. With an attitude of "if it's worth doing at all, it's worth doing in excess," I take digital alteration to bizarre and surreal results. Sometimes the effort is worthwhile.

Alice's New Adventure Richfield Corner Ray Charles
Chromatic Highway Through Pastel Guitars Darth Cobra Giant Mushrooms

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