Essex


A Visit to the Essex Shop 2

We’ll go back a couple months for this post – back to the start of June, where I headed over to the Valley Railroad shop in Essex, Connecticut over lunch.  Why would I head there over lunch?  Well, I received word that there was some activity on No. 97 – one of the Valley Railroad’s […]

Chip cuts the firebox side of a superheater tube

Valley Railroad fireman Bill F. throws a shovel full of coal onto No. 40's fire as the train was rolling north through Chester, Connecticut

Summertime inside a teakettle 3

Weather forecasts were calling for high temperatures approaching the 90s, coupled with fairly high humidity for Saturday July 30, 2016 – a pretty normal occurrence for mid-summer in southern New England.  Instead of seeking out the comfort of an air conditioned space, I headed out to do a little shooting – in an even warmer environment, the cab […]


Inspiration and Execution 1

As artists, we undeniably use other people’s work to stoke the creative fires inside our own imaginations.  Whether it’s re-making a photo that has been done before, taking pieces from multiple works and mashing them together into something of your own or just using it as motivation to move in a different direction, it’s all […]

Valley Railroad Mikado No. 3025 leads a North Pole Express train over the Old Deep River Road crossing in Centerbrook, Connecticut.  This photo was inspired by two photos - done 30 and 60 years prior.  The latter being the Pincus/Hart Jr. work "Night Ride 1985" taken at the same crossing, and Link's "Luray Crossing, Virginia 1955"  Lighting was three Alien Bee B800s and a Lumedyne 200 w/s

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2015 Calendar On Sale!

As the winter months approach, we start thinking about the coming New Year.  Along with the holiday celebrations, it’s time to get a new calendar to hang on the wall!  After a few years’ hiatus, there’s a 2015 calendar available with a year’s worth of my photographs – but this is something that I only […]


The Making of a Gallery Exhibit – the prep work 1

For this blog post, how about a quick peek into some of the work I’ve been doing to prepare for my upcoming gallery exhibit in Essex, Connecticut?  I figured something different might be kind of refreshing here – instead of the usual photos of what comes out of my camera, we’d take a look behind the […]

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A Dozen Miles in a Decade – a Gallery Exhibit 4

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 […]


My Top 12 of ’13

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 […]

Into the Darkness

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Daddy-Daughter night – North Pole Express style

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 […]