Their Decay is the Green Life of Change


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All Nature Has A Feeling by John Clare

All nature has a feeling: woods, fields, brooks
Are life eternal: and in silence they
Speak happiness beyond the reach of books;
There’s nothing mortal in them; their decay
Is the green life of change; to pass away
And come again in blooms revivified.
Its birth was heaven, eternal it its stay,
And with the sun and moon shall still abide
Beneath their day and night and heaven wide.

One of my images from the airplane graveyard.  Love this old car sitting on top of a van.  People always ask me what it is about abandoned places that I love and one is the way nature starts to take over where we left a bruise upon it.  The power of nature is amazing.

Lady Liberty


I really enjoy using my IPhone to capture images.  It’s always on me and I love playing with apps to come up with some new and interesting images.  I don’t have to sit at a computer to create something which is very freeing. This is one of the images I had taken from the Ellis Island Ferry with my IPhone 6S.  I used a great app called Circular as well as a few others.  Added texture from an app called Mextures.



Peeking Out


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I love walking around New York City and I have a special place in my heart for SOHO.  I love the architecture, the cobblestone streets, the little cafe’s hidden down narrow streets. My eyes are constantly moving, catching glimpses of things.  I looked up and between two dark buildings I saw this beautiful building with a lions head gracing its roof.  That juxtaposition of light and dark always whispers to me to capture it in my little camera.


The Idea Came Like A Bolt of Lightning


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I was at Ellis Island a few weeks ago on a hard hat tour of the hospital.  The room above is off the morgue room.  The room just conjured up the word science in my head so I added a panel of gears on the left that I had photographed at the Carey Furnace in Pittsburgh, PA with one of the Abandoned America workshops.  The man is a vintage image from the Sum of All Crafts.   I wanted the image to have a painterly feel to it which I sometimes like to do. The lightning bolt is a symbol of an idea striking in one’s mind.  In this case I wanted it to be a scientist.


One Belongs to New York Instantly*

NYC on Speed

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*Tom Wolfe

I was down in Manhattan last Saturday and decided to play around with the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone. I tried using Hipstamatic when it first came out but had a really hard time seeing what I photographed through their little camera backs that were part of the app.  Very cool but not functional for me.  They came out with a Pro Mode version which displays a much larger view of what you are photographing plus the ability to play with the filters after you have taken the shot.  Hipstamatic allows you to choose the film, the camera lens and the Flash/Gel.  This gives me a lot more creative freedom.  The image above was originally photographed using Ruddy + Otto + Red Eye Gel.  I changed it to Aristotle Film + Pinhole lens. I photographed this from Grand Street looking down to Canal Street.  I feel the blurriness captures the energy I feel when I’m photographing this wonderful city.

To learn more on how to use the Hipstamtlc app and just great Iphonography inspiration and help I found Hipstography, Mobiography, and TheAppWhisperer to be the best.

Take your iPhone and any camera you have and just go out and have fun photographing the world around you.  According to this article, it’s great for your mental health!

The Whispering Silence of Snow

Lyda and the Swans Cropped 3 2 Ratio

Happy Easter!  You would think I would post flowers and spring like images but I decided to post a snow scene that I photographed only a few weeks ago.  It makes me appreciate this spring day even more!  The beautiful forest and pond were photographed in Armonk, New York on the corner of Byram Lake and Oregon Road.  I thought it looked so magical.  The woman is one of the vintage images I purchased.  The swans which you can barely see in the background were photographed at Croton Reservoir.

I am very excited to have three of my images for sale through Ai Bo Gallery.  You can purchase them through Ai Bo Gallery on Artsy, 1stDibs or Artnet.  They are matted but not framed.  The images measure 15.5″H x 15.5″W and with matting will be 24″H x 24″W.

Sunset in the Cranberry Bog

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I am posting late this week because I had such a wonderful day of shooting with four other photographers in the New Jersey Pine Barrens at workshop held by Rich Lewis. Rich offers two times for his workshop from 6 am to Noon so you can photograph the sunrise over the Pine Barrens or from 2pm to 8pm capturing the sunset.  I took the later workshop.  I have never been to the Pine Barrens which are located in the southern portion of New Jersey.  The Pine Barrens encompasses approximately 1 million acres of marshes, meadows, old cranberry bogs and pine forest.  It is breathtaking and you really need to be with someone who knows this area inside and out.  Rich Lewis does.  You can click here to find out more about Rich’s workshops.  I highly recommend his workshops.

The image above was photographed using my IPhone 6 plus and developed on my IPad Pro.  I used Affinity on my Mac to make a few changes to the image.  This was taken at sunset at an old cranberry bog .

The Somber Color of Embittered Winter*

Morgue Draws From Side jpeg from Cap1

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I photographed this in the Morgue Room at the Ellis Island Hospital.  I used my little Sony RX100 V because we are not allowed to use tripods, I took the train in and I wanted something nice and small that would easily fit in my pocketbook to carry around with me.

* From the poem “Nothing But Death” by Pablo Neruda

I Still Love You, New York*

View from the Ferry of Lower Manhattan

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I photographed Battery Park in New York City with my new little trusty Sony RX100 V from the Miss Ellis Island Ferry last Sunday.  Beautiful Spring day.  The Sony RX100 V is my new little carry around camera.  It fits unobtrusively in my pocketbook as well as in my coat pocket.  I bought it because I found I wasn’t carrying a camera with me anymore because of the size. Plus a lot of places I visit will not allow me to use a tripod so I like this little guy for those times.  I love my Fuji’s and will always be a Fuji girl but sometimes you just want something bigger than the iPhone but smaller than then my x100S.  The image above is straight out of the camera.  I shoot booth Jpeg and Raw with it but this image came out so well in Jpeg  I just didn’t feel the need to do anything to it.

*Ryan  Adams, New York, New York




The Clue in the Old FactoryI

Scranton Lace with Burgundy Lady Final 8x10

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I have always been a die-hard Nancy Drew mystery fan.  I still have my original collection on my library bookshelf.  I have been wanting to do a series of book covers that are similar in feel to the old Nancy Drew book covers so this will be the first one and I’ll be working on others down the road.

This was photographed at Scranton Lace with my Fuji X-T1.  I composited in another section of Scranton Lace to get the break through the wall and the landscape coming through the opening was photographed at Rockefeller State Preserves in Pocantico Hills, New York.

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