The life of a photographer who likes to shoot just about anything.

Posts tagged “Black and White Photography


Paterson, Factory Worker

Paterson, New Jersey. My hometown.
The cradle of the industrial revolution in America.
To see more photos of Paterson – Link.
Photographs taken between 1970 – 1990.



The Zebra is a beautiful animal.

Light at the End of the Tunnel

tunnel, san francisco, california

The Tunnel to the Light.

Iceland Geyser

Iceland, Strokkur, Geysir, Geyser

The Strokkur Geyser in Geysir, Iceland. (Not a typo. The town has the letter “i”.)
Black & White photograph by my daughter, Ashley. She is a university art student graduating next year.

The Cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrimskirkja, the Cathedral in Reykjavik.
Standing before the church is a statue of Leifur Eiriksson.

Black & White photograph by my daughter, Ashley.
She is a university art student graduating next year.

Nighttime in Moab

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah, Nighttime, Night, Stars, Universe

The Universe and the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah.

Standup Bass…

Standup Bass, Musical Instrument, Music, Musician

…found lying down on a stage.

Little Girl

child, little girl, daughter

She does the laundry.

The Statue of Liberty…

statue of liberty, jet

…and the Jet.

A Family of Zebras


A beautiful animal.

The Sky over Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, Navajo Tribal Land, Navajo Nation, National Park

Looking down into the Canyon.

The Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building, New York City

A view of the iconic Flatiron Building in Manhattan, New York City.

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing

On a frozen lake, 2 men were ice fishing and one man, on the right, was observing.
My question, how is this fun?
Photograph made with medium format camera and B&W film.
Scanned with Nikon scanner for web use.

Winter Storm

Winter, Snow, Storm, Blizzard

The photograph was made with a medium format camera while it was snowing.
The film was developed and printed in my old darkroom.
The negative was scanned for digital presentation.

House in the Snow

Snow, Winter, Abandoned House

Photographed several years ago with a medium format camera and B&W film.
One of my favorites.

Comet Hale-Bopp

Comet Hale-Bopp - 1997

A friend asked me if I took photos of the SuperMoon/Lunar eclipse on Sunday (9-27-15). I had to tell her that I didn’t. I have been CURSED for years! Whenever there is an astronomical event on a specific day, it has “almost” always been OVERCAST. And, on Sunday, it was TOTALLY overcast again. The last time I took a lunar eclipse photo, and I’m not exaggerating, was in 1989.
In 1997 I was able to take photos of Comet Halle-Bopp because comets don’t come and go in 1 night. I had my Olympus OM-1 camera loaded with B&W film connected to my telescope. I took a series of shots, and not being sure of the exposure, timed them from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Also timing those exposures was done the old-fashioned way because I didn’t have a watch with a second hand. I had to count  – 1 mississippi, 2 mississippi, etc. The film was developed and the photo printed in my darkroom.

Statue of Liberty

statue of liberty, jet

Photograph of a jet in flight leaving from Newark Liberty Airport.
This image was made using my telescope.

1800’s School House

Capitol Reef National Park, Fruita School

Education in the 1800’s America.
The Fruita school in the Capitol Reef National Park.


Icicle, winter, freeze, frozen, freezing

That was the temperature outside my front door this morning.
I’m moving to the Equator this afternoon.

Sunset at the North Rim…

Grand Canyon, Sunset, Black and White Photography, North Rim

…of the Grand Canyon.

The Spy…

Home, Abandoned House, Front Porch, Refrigerator

Don’t you get the feeling that the refrigerator is looking out the window?

Photographed with a medium format camera,
B&W film and developed in my darkroom.

Monument Valley…

Monument Valley, Clouds, B&W, Black and white photography, fine art

…in black and white.

Grand Canyon and the Colorado River

Grand Canyon, Colorado River

The image above was inspired by Sebastiao Salgado. As a working photographer one might assume that I have a long list of photographers who inspire me. And one would be wrong. I have spent my life paying attention to filmmakers like John Ford and Alfonso Cuaron while only casting brief glances in the direction of photographers. But there are those exceptions and Sebastiao Salgado is one of them. I discovered his work years ago in the NY Times Sunday magazine article on the oil fields in Kuwait that Saddam Hussein blew up during the first Gulf War. Mr. Salgado’s images were breathtaking.

This past Christmas I bought myself his recent book “Genesis”. If you are in a bookstore, it is worth your time to, at least, take a look. My only criticism of the book is that it should have been printed in horizontal format, not vertical. I don’t like seeing his amazing images printed across 2 pages with the fold in the middle.

Faux Eiffel Tower

Las Vegas, Eiffel Tower

For the Memorial Day Weekend (starting today) my new book
(there are no) Answers to the Mysteries is available as a free download from Amazon.
(The book has nothing to do with photography.)
If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle app for Windows and Mac.
If you download and like my book, please give a positive review.

“Plato was quoted saying ‘Questioning people on their deathbed
only leaves us with many unanswered questions, or the
sudden realization that now we can never collect the money owed us.’”

From my new book (there are no) Answers to the Mysteries.