Wednesday, August 31, 2011


SHot a few blocks from my house last year with my reversed-lens Kodak Hawkeye camera.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Shot with the Pinwide pinhole attachment for my digital camera at Allen Gardens in Toronto.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

How I Spent My Summer Vacation Part 7

I spent a few days in Toronto, where I walked and walked (click on the photo to see a larger version).

Saturday, August 27, 2011

How I Spent My Summer Vacation Part 6

I visited my mom in Michigan and shot photos with my new Pinwide pinhole attachment for my digital camera.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

How I Spent My Summer Vacation Part 3

I shot lots of photos in Hyde Park and other Chicago neighborhoods (but not as many as I would have liked).

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

The new semester starts Monday at the school where I teach. Back in elementary school, it seems like my teachers always made students write about what they did over the summer. In the spirit of returning to school, this week I'll recap in photographs how I spent my summer.

Right after school let out last May, I went to a local forest preserve and shot some digital infrared photos. This is one of them.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Backyard Fence

Flowers peeking over a backyard fence. Not my backyard, it's my sister's house in San Francisco.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Holga Train Station

Here's a photo made with infrared film in my Holga camera last summer. It must have been beginner's luck-I shot a couple of rolls of infrared film in my Holga earlier this summer, and the results weren't nearly as good. I should do some more-I haven't done much shooting at all this summer with my toy cameras. Most of my shooting this summer has been with my digital camera, and my studio time has been occupied with making collages.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Shot on Queen St. West in Toronto when I was visiting there a couple of weeks ago. Maybe street photography? Traditional street photography emphasizes people, so maybe not.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Rain On The Bay

 A rainy day in San Francisco.  This is another photo that could be considered street photography.

Monday, August 15, 2011

On The Street

I don't consider myself a street photographer; in fact, I'm a little suspicious of that entire genre of photography (aside from Robert Frank, Martin Parr and Vivian Meier, and I don't consider Frank and Parr to be street photography). That said, I seem to do quite a bit of shooting 'in the streets', as it were, and I've recently seen some writing online advocating a broadening of what is considered street photography.

Here's an example of a street shot I made almost a year ago, last September to be exact.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mid-Century Modern

Here's a nice mid-century apartment building, located a couple of blocks from my house in Chicago. I shot this late last spring in digital infrared. There's quite a bit of mid-century architecture and commercial signage within a few miles of where I live. I really should be shooting it.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Toronto From The Tower

This is the Toronto skyline, as seen from the tower at Casa Loma, a ridiculously huge mansion built to look like a medieval castle. You can see the tower this was shot from in this photo I posted a few days ago.

Friday, August 12, 2011


I couldn't think of a title that seemed to fit this photo. Maybe it's because it's 2:00 am and I'm tired. Anyway, this was shot on the University of Chicago campus last fall. It's a construction site picture of the cool new library which opened on campus recently, with the actual construction site in the background.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Chicago Panorama

It was a beautiful day today, with perfect weather. I had some errands downtown, and used that as an excuse to go for a long walk to enjoy the day. I walked from Chinatown to the museum campus, where these photos were shot, and back again, about 4 1/2 miles round trip. The weather's supposed to be great tomorrow, so I may do something similar then.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Outer Sunset

Houses in the Outer Sunset, San Francisco, just a couple blocks from the Pacific Ocean.  I really like this photo a lot, but can't quite figure out why.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


An old building reflected in the windows of a modern high rise in Toronto.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Casa Loma

Here's a photo I shot at Casa Loma in Toronto last week. I used my Pinwide pinhole cap for this photo, and converted it to grayscale. Casa Loma is a lovely (and huge) home, but the guy who built it seemed a little crazy.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Toronto Panorama

Here's a quick panorama I shot last week when I was in Toronto. This is the corner of Yonge and Dundas streets, a busy shopping area that is always packed with people.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cool School

Wandering around Toronto last Sunday, I saw this really cool old school building. I love Modernist architecture, so I had to stop and shoot a few photos.

The smokestack behind the building has spirals of glazed brick running up it (I love glazed brick).

I did a bit of research once I returned home, and found a short article about this building in a Toronto architecture blog. I also found out that parts of the movie Hairspray were filmed here (the musical remake starring John Travolta, not the good one).

I'm a little jealous that I didn't get to go to school here!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Elvis Heads

I'm back from Toronto with a fresh batch of photos from my trip to post. Here's one I shot at Honest Ed's, a bargain store that's funny on the outside, but kind of depressing on the inside, as you can see here:

I couldn't help but think of exploited third world laborers when I was in this place.