A Bakers Dozen…

Best Laid Plans….

I started out giving myself a project of picking my 12 favorite shots from 2017 because…. well its that time of year… Anyway, that quickly got out of hand, so I gave up on that and changed the self assignment to pick 12 shots from 2017 that I like but hadn’t posted. That morphed into putting together a cross section of shots from 2017 that represented some experiments, diverse content, cameras and medium (35mm and Medium Format film, and digital). 12 grew to 13… Cuz I wanted the Meek Mill pic in there… So here it is.

Cameras Used: Nikon D300 (Digital), Nikon F100, Nikon FE2, Zorki 4, Yashica D

Films Used: TriX, Kodak Portra 400, HP5, Fomopan100

NE Philly Winter Sunset

Butler and Aramingo – looking south from the Lowes parking lot


The area around Castor and Armingo Ave – a neighborhood no man’s land between Port Richmond, Bridesburg, Kensington, Frankford, and Tacony – is an old industrial corridor whose mixed fortunes have followed the rise and fall of Philly’s manufacturing economy. Today big box stores, strip malls, vacant lots, light industry, rail lines, and abandoned factories coexist with working class rowhouse blocks and a new ‘luxury townhouse’ development. 

Shot on Kodak Portra 400 – Developed and scanned by local lab

Nikon F100 28-105 f3.5-4.5 AF-D Lens (75mm 1/320 sec @ f/ 5.6) 



Come To The Promised Land

Took some time this summer to go camping at Promised Land State Park in north east Pa. This part of the world has seen more than one boom come and go. The timber was clear cut in the 19th century ( the forests we see today are second and third growth), the coal and steel are gone and with them the railways. Once industry had extracted all the profits from the ground, the land was turned over to the state and the ‘taxpayers’ (that’s us) for ‘rehabilitation’.

For a hot moment there was money to made here as a mountain resort town but those glory days are long gone. Now we are left with the lake and hiking trails, the WPA built dams and campground, struggling working class communities getting squeezed by  New York City developers…. and a lot of empty space.


Color pics Nikon D300. Black and white images Nikon FE2 on Kodak TriX and Ilford HP5 film – developed and scanned by hand. Minimal processing in Adobe LightRoom.

Lenses used: Nikon 24mm f/2.8 AF-D, 50mm f/1.4 AF-D, 50mm f/1.4 AIS, 105mm f/2.5

Juniata Sunset

Juniata Park is one of Philly’s more bipolar neighborhoods… It always self identified as being part of the North East, but its feet are firmly in the ‘K‘. My Grandmother moved up here  ‘..from Lycoming St….’ right after WW2. They bought a brand new rowhouse on M St. (she always said the paint was still wet when they moved in) in a development being built on an apple orchard. She could look out her kitchen window at the apple trees, until they built everything up westward to G St. On the Eastside are the Carl Mackley Apartments, built by the hosiery workers union in the 1930’s and named after a striker who was murdered by scabs.

The demographics have changed over the years but it remains a strong home owning working class enclave. Over the years the realtors have stretched the boundaries of ‘Juanita’ all the way out to 5th and Hunting Park Ave, but the core neighborhood is nestled between ‘The Mackley’ on Castor Ave and westward out to G St where light industrial development starts.

We were down at the local supermarket so my son could practice his driving and the sky started to do this, one reason why you should always carry a camera…  I made him pull over while I took a few shots. The first cityscape is looking west on Wyoming Ave,  the 2nd looks south over the Tacony Creek wasteland towards the rock crusher (The supermarket and most of the surrounding commercial properties were built on what was once a small Reading Railroad branch line and freight yard that served the Frankford Grocery Terminal and associated industries).

The empties aren’t mine….





Nikon D300 w/28-105 AfD lens