For the past 8 or so years I’ve been exhibiting my photos in various art galleries around eastern Connecticut – whether as a part of a photo club group exhibit, supporting a special event at the gallery or splitting the bill with another photographer. The summer and fall of 2014 will bring a change in that trend – from the end of May to the end of October, the Oliver Jensen Gallery in Essex, Connecticut will be hosting my first solo exhibit! The gallery, which occupies a room at the former Dickinson Witch Hazel bottling plant, now known as “River Valley Junction” at Essex Station, is named for one of the founders and chief visionaries of the Valley Railroad. The title of the exhibit will be A Dozen Miles in a Decade – The Valley Railroad from Old Saybrook to Haddam, 2003-2013 and will feature a selection of photos I’ve taken of the railroad, both day and night, over the past 10 years. I’m currently selecting the photos I’m thinking about hanging in the gallery, scanning film and making prints. As the date gets closer, I’ll post more details here, including information about the opening reception and when the gallery will be open for viewing. Also, there will be a tie-in with the Friends of the Valley Railroad’s 2015 calendar. More details on that will be coming soon as well…
In the meantime, be sure to mark your calendars – the opening reception will be Friday May 30, 2014 from 5-8pm, and will be open to the public. I hope some of you can make it down to Essex for the kickoff! Stay tuned for the rest!
For those of you on Facebook, click here for the event created by the Valley Railroad.
First off, I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. Hopefully everyone had a safe and joyous Christmas and holiday season. And to kick off the new year, I figured I’d pull together a recap of my 2013 photographic ramblings along the rails of the northeast – well, one favorite from each month, that is. Last year wasn’t exactly a stellar year for shooting, quantitatively speaking – only managing to get out a few times a month over the entire year, but I did get some decent stuff in those limited times trackside – including shots of CSX, Norfolk Southern, Providence & Worcester, PanAm Railways and the Valley Railroad. I went through and picked out my favorite shot from each month of the year, and I figured I’d talk a bit about each one here. So grab your favorite beverage, sit back and enjoy what you’re reading and seeing!
Continue reading My Top 12 of ’13
Just wanted to take a moment on Christmas Eve morning to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and all that! Whatever holiday you celebrate this season, please enjoy it with those who are closest to you – you never know what tomorrow will bring. Thank you all for reading along with me over the years, and I hope to post more in 2014 – I’m working on some different ideas featuring my work, and hope to have updates on that soon. But in the meantime, here’s a copy of this year’s Christmas Card – some folks got a print version of it, but I wanted to share an electronic version for the folks following here on the blog.
Click here to see a high-res version of just the photograph in the card, taken of the Valley Railroad at Deep River, Connecticut.
Thank you again, and I hope you have a happy and joyous holiday!
See you in 2014!
Pratt Cove Reflection
It’s a little after Black Friday, but I’ve decided to put a coupon up on the Store site where you can get 20% off your entire print order! The coupon is good until December 20, 2013, and is valid for any purchase made on the site! Discount only applies to purchases, and not shipping charges. Numerous sizes are available – from 4″ x 6″ all the way up to 20″ x 30″!
Coupon Code: 20PERCENT2013
You could also click on the Pratt Cove Reflection shot on the left and go directly to that photo…
I’ve added a bunch of my favorites to the store, but it’s by no means a complete catalog of my work. If there’s a particular photo you’re looking to get for that special railfan and you don’t see it up there, drop me a line and I should be able to add it for you.
Thanks and happy holidays to all!
November 15, 2013 marked the start of the North Pole Express season at the Valley Railroad/Essex Steam Train in Essex, Connecticut. And with the after-dark departures, spots in the towns of Essex, Deep River and Chester have been on my list of sites to photograph the steam train passing through the night. This year, I decided to kick off the NPE season a little differently – this time with my daughter shooting along side of me.
Continue reading Daddy-Daughter night – North Pole Express style
On Saturday November 23, 2013, I’ll be giving a presentation of my rail photography, along with the story behind the photos at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA as a part of their “Trains!” Family Day event (event info is here on the NRM site). The entire event goes from 1-4PM, and my presentation will have a 45 minute block in there at some point. The photos I’ll be selecting for the talk will be all taken in New England – both day and night, and some will have, um, humorous stories behind them.
If you attended the Mass Bay RRE picnic in Palmer, MA a couple years ago when I presented, it’ll be a similar format, where I show a limited selection of photos, and talk a bit about each, somewhat in-depth. The discussion can range from my thoughts behind the photo, the circumstances around it, or even what kind of bodily injury I incurred to make the photo. As was with the MBRRE picnic, questions and comments from the viewers will be most welcome!
Hope to see some of you out there!
My second week in NJ had me trying some new lighting techniques, as well as meeting up with friends again – For a recap, here’s the post from the first week. And being near Norfolk Southern terratory, there is always the possibility of catching another of their Heritage Units. Would I get that chance to bag another one of the classic paint schemes?
Continue reading Two Weeks in NJ – Week 2
The last couple weeks of September brought me back to northern New Jersey for work again, and of course I managed to get out and shoot a bit. I visited some of my usual haunts – both in daylight and under cover of darkness, as well as added a couple of others spots – including a late-night stop on the New York, Susquehanna & Western. This was also a trip where I aimed to experiment a bit more with my nighttime flash setups – I did mix that experimentation in with some of the more run-of-the-mill stuff. Read on to check it all out…well, at least the first week in this post…
Continue reading Two Weeks in NJ – Week 1
For today’s post, we’ll go back to the end of June when we as earthlings bore witness to the closest “super moon” of 2013 – or in more scientific terms the moon was at the perigee (closest to Earth) of its orbit while in the full phase. Honestly, it’s nothing truly rare, despite the Internet hype that usually precedes its arrival – it happens once about every 14 full moons. Even with the frequency of them happening, I wanted to photograph this event, but not just in the astronomical sense – I also wanted to include the railroad in the photograph. And one spot sprung to mind where it would be possible – the new Niantic River Drawbridge on the Niantic/Waterford town line.
Continue reading NAN and the Super Moon
Over the summers here in Lebanon, the town library (Jonathan Trumbull Library) usually has events for the kids every week, ranging from crafts to movies to animal demonstrations to performers. This week’s act needed a little larger venue to perform some of his act – since it involved sharp objects and fire. So instead of the usual show in the lower level of the Library, it was moved outside onto the adjoining Town Green, giving him plenty of room to put on his show. And he sure did use it all…
Continue reading Bending Gravity at the Library