Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cold Leftovers

Tree Shadows
Here are a few more shots that I liked from that roll of Rollei Retro 80s - they didn't fit my "Highbridge Post". I'd write a little more but we just got this micro drone in the studio - so yeah -back to the skies(photos soon).  

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bridge Studies in Black & White

High Level Bridge 2
On one of the coldest days last Winter I decided it would be a good idea to test out a new film at The Gorge. There were patchy clouds and I remember standing there waiting for the light to fall just right on the underside of the High Level Bridge. Frozen fingers aside I'm amazed by how many people I talk to who haven't wandered down to the Highbridge side of the Gorge - especially considering that pretty much everyone has driven over this bridge multiple times. The original High Level Bridge(this one replaced it in the 40's) was the tallest concrete bridge in the world when it was built. I still find the steel version pretty stunning.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ruin Porn

Hercules Engine Plant
"Ruin Porn," or shots of the many abandoned buildings that dot the rust belt, isn't typically my thing - but when the chance to wander through the abandoned Hercules Engine Plant in Canton dropped in my lap I didn't pass it up. 
I was in down there today shooting for Main Street Modern. Afterwards we were standing on the loading dock(below photo) and I pointed and asked, "Is that the huge empty factory you can see from the bridge coming into town"? They told me that it was the diesel engine factory that closed in 1999 and that there was an open gate. Adam and I decided to walk over and check it out. I've read many essays on the merits ruin porn-tourism/photography - but the simple fact is we all like looking at it - and as a photographer who likes to shoot everything I'm natural going to snap and share some photos.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Race at the Raffle 2015

CANAPI Race at the Raffle
On Saturday night I attended CANAPI's signature fundraiser, Race at the Raffle, at the Tangier Event Center. I had never been to a "night at the races" style event - but what a fun time it turned out to be. Or "Losing money for a good cause," as I put it on Twitter. This event combined a reverse raffle, smaller regular raffles with the horse races and bidding on horses. There was always something going on. Even though it was exciting that my reverse raffle number made it quite far I really enjoyed betting on the video taped horse races the most - but I learned I should probably stay away from the real tracks.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Akron2Akron IV: Wallhaven

Jason Segendy led the latest in the Akron2Akron neighborhood walking tour series in his longtime hood of Wallhaven. I've lived the majority of my adult life in the Wallhaven so I was interested to see what I had left to learn. We started behind Westgate Plaza near the awesome used book store, 'The Bookseller'.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Self and Others

Self and Others
Last night I stopped by the Summit Artspace to check out the opening of "Self and Other: The Photographic Portrait". Thirteen photographers had photos showcasing their "interpretations of the contemporary portrait". I really liked most of the work - great light, compositions, and prints. Some photo shows have me shrugging my shoulders but I would highly recommend seeing this one.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Heavy Flow

Dam @ The Gorge Yesterday I walked on the Highbridge side of The Gorge and snapped a few pictures - the dam was so intense though that I decided I had to head back over there today with my tripod and shoot some photos from the other side. Nothing I haven't done before - but it was still worth it. Even in the drizzle there were a lot of people out snapping cell phone photos of the heavy flow from the snow melt. The noise was intense. The only thing better would be if the dam was removed and we could see that water crashing over the actual Cuyahoga Falls...

Sunday, March 15, 2015

St. Patrick's Parade

St. Patrick's Parade
Yesterday I marched in the St. Patrick's Parade in Downtown Akron to support Patrick Bravo, an elected school board member. Everyone waved, passed out stickers and candy, while I did my usual - documenting the event with my camera. The rain had stopped just in time - and didn't seem to affect the turn out.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Torchbearers 12th

Torchbearers 12th Anniversary
On Thursday night I was at the Tangier in Akron for the 12th Anniversary party for the young professional, networking group Torchbearers. Torchbearers is much more than your typical business networking group though - they believe in actually doing something - and log thousands of hours of volunteer time in the community. It is an honor to be their official photographer.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Afternoon De-light

Yesterday I was working late on the studio renovations when I noticed the light streaming through the back door windows. I guess I had been kicking up some dust - so I picked up my camera.

Friday, March 6, 2015


iTowpath Meeting Last night I went to the Akron Civic Theatre to hear some of the results from public engagement meetings for iTowpath - a project aimed at improving the Towpath through Akron. Chicago-based Alta Planning + Design was the main presenter. I found many of the idea to be solid, and they had broken them into three phases - from long term, more expensive plans to the immediate, quick and cheaper solutions. I like the idea of more coherent signage and branding(and better signage too). They presented an artists rendering of what the entrance to Downtown from the bridge over 59 could look like. I think this should be one of the first things worked on. When you come out of the beautiful Cascade Locks section of the Towpath you are dumped into Downtown in the most unceremonious way possible - I have no doubt that many people unfamiliar with Akron turn around here. Some other ideas are obvious but necessary - such as better/safer pedestrian crossings.