Another anniversary month is passing for this blog, it has been 14 years now. The site was up for renewal and I was going to erase it, the Pixelpost code is probably a decade old now, having been abandoned by the developers. Mike Adkins has offered to try to convert it to WordPress and so I bought a 30 day extension to see if it works. I\’ll try to post regularly these next few weeks and if you are still one of the very few visitors, don\’t be surprised if you get a parked page next month. You\’ll know the attempt did not work.
I\’ve enjoyed the blogging platform, it\’s more like writing or singing in an empty room with a few folks passing by and pausing at the door. In the end, you really do things like this for yourself mainly. Or at least you should. A friend once gave me this tiny book, a real treasure that I read from time to time, and it carried a message that your art needs a home if you are to survive and continue. This has been a good one.
Here is another shot of a life size pottery piece I photographed a few years ago. Last month, I believe, we were in Lexington and picked up some clay and I had quite a wait, which is a good thing. Always happy to see small businesses thrive and that lends time to explore with the camera.
Fingers are crossed!
Seems that signs have become the canvas of a new breed of street artists.
…not as easy as it sounds.\’
On a recent bike ride, I photographed the mural at Russell again. This mural advertised suits and overcoats for as low as $24.00. The Russell bridge was the first in the area and I suppose the automobile traffic to the merchants of Ironton Ohio provided competition to the ones in Ashland. The point of this wall sized advertisement must have been an attempt to divert some of these lost customers to Ashland, which now is about a 15 minute drive.
While out on a morning ride, I found this interesting hand-lettered sign.
We recently had out of town relatives visiting and asked us to dinner, I couldn\’t resist a portrait by this nice mural. We had a great time that evening.
Here\’s another shot from the weekend photo challenge at the Russell Depot park. The RU Cabin (evidently the usual name for it) is a small square two story building. It once housed men and equipment that controlled the flow of trains into the rail yards. One member of our photo group shared memories of his grandfather working in the cabin, his job was running switches on the top floor to control the train and tracks. Now all of that is done remotely from Florida and the building is a museum, though not open to the public.
This past weekend I participated in a photo challenge hosted by our new local photo group. The challenge was to produce interesting images at a very small park in our town. This area would be called a micro-park in some parts, it consists of a parking lot, the old train depot, a defunct railroad building called the RU Cabin, a small fountain, a caboose, and landscaped brick walkway with pavers engraved with railroaders names on it. In addition, someone had left out a very old rail pushcart of the sort you\’d use to move luggage around on. We had a fair amount of participation, I would call it a success. The park is interesting for the fact that you step out of your car and think there is not a photo to be found but then as you spend time, they appear all over the place. I made 2 trips there, I think you are more successful if you make a scouting trip and look through your lens and then return looking for the right light and for scenes that sort of gel within your mind. I still have two more shots in my mind, plus a number of ones that could be done as setup shots. I\’ll post a few of my images this week. The one today was posted to the photo group as a Velvia style color jpg, with this version above I have reverted to a desaturated one that I actually prefer. With modern screens, you really have no idea what your photos will look like to your viewers, the view from a Galaxy smartphone with the adaptive screen option turned on by default, for instance, gives a much different look than a calibrated monitor, in my opinion.