Giving Kodak a little love for week 12. Yes, despite what you have (or haven’t heard) Kodak is alive and kicking and still producing film (marketing it under the Kodak Alaris name). So when I had a chance to go visit Rochester I decided to give some exposure to the company’s iconic headquarters. The Kodak Tower, set a bit outside the main downtown area of Rochester, NY was built between 1912 and 1914 as the ‘nerve center of photography.’ Under the watchful eye of George Eastman, the firm of Gordon & Kaelber (Main famous Rochester buildings were designed by them and listed on the NationalRead More →

You may recognize this building from the 2006 film Transformers, this is Detroit’s massive Michigan Central Station. Designed in the Beaux-Arts Classical style with the interior lobby modelled after a Roman Bathhouse, complete with Doric columns. The station was completed in 1912, but the whole area wasn’t fully completed (including Roosevelt Park, from where I took this photo) until 1920. Costing $15,000,000 in 1912 to complete the station was never fully used. That’s right, the 18-story tower that rises above the actual station was never completed the top several floors not even furnished. But despite this the station hosted more than 4,000 passengers daily throughRead More →

A little bit of infrastructure porn for Week 10, inspired by some of Bill Schwab’s recent photos of this Bridge from the Detroit side of the River. As I was heading into Detroit for the weekend I decided to stop off and get a shot from the Windsor side. The bridge also serves as one of the busiest border crossings in North America, and is one of two ways to cross the Detroit river, the other being the tunnel (which I oddly enough took). Officially opened in 1929 it was designed to ease the congestion in the tunnel, without obstructing lake freighter traffic, and forRead More →

Returning to the classic combo, Tri-X and HC-110. Due to flooding on my usual route to and from work I had to take a road that I hadn’t driven in a while, and that’s where I came across this gem. It’s becoming fairly common these days in rural Milton to find old abandoned farmhouses, the field still being used by others now, but the old houses left boarded up. I’m a little ticked at myself for leaving the gatepost in the frame, but sadly it was the only way to get the house through the trees without having to put the camera on a weirdRead More →

Rain, rain on my face It hasn’t stopped raining for days My world is a flood Slowly I become one with the mud One of the first bands I actually really liked, and have now had a pleasure of meeting is Jars of Clay, their song flood is what inspired the title for Week 8. We continue to slog through a brutal winter in North America, but for a few wonderful days the temperature came above freeze…enough for it to rain on one of those days before dropping again. So I decided to stay inside and go a little abstract and catch the rain dropsRead More →

I was introduced to the small Indiana town of Crown Point last May by LeAnn and was instantly drawn to the 1873 Italianate/Second Empire historic Lake County courthouse at the center of the downtown. So I knew I had to include this beautiful building in this year’s project as well. Sadly with all the parking around the square it was hard to find a good angle, so this is the one I ended up settling on. Of course as soon as I started setting up the camera I soon found plenty of locals watching me closing, a young man with an Ontario plated car inRead More →

I’m a fan of craft beer, and plays on old cop show titles. I found myself in Toronto, so I decided that despite the cold I would lug my 4×5 all the way to the Distillery Disctrict (which is nothing considering Mat dragged his 8×10 there a couple years ago now). Since it was around lunch I decided to check out the Mill Street Brewpub. Now I had stopped in before for a pint and apps, but never for a full meal. I was not disappointed in either the beer or the food. It’s some place I will for sure be going back to! ModifiedRead More →

For anyone who is a fan of the Film Photography Podcast is probably aware of a fantastic photographer by the name of Jim Austin, or Jimages. Well week 5 is probably because of Jim, and his philosophy of slow photography. See, I took this photo before I lugged out the camera. I came across this scene the day prior, stopped the car got out an admired it, but didn’t take the photo then. I waited, a good 24 hours before actually dragged the camera out. It took me that long to build the final picture in my head. And while that is taking a riskRead More →

The one major landmark in the center of Mississauga, the hourglass shaped condos by Square One. I was always wondering where the best place to shoot them would be, so very early I started scouting out exactly where to shoot from. The best spot, the very top of the mall’s parking garage. Modified Anniversary Speed Graphic Schneider-Kreuznack Angulon 1:6,8/90 (Yellow 15) Kodak Tri-X Pan (320TXP) Meter: Pentax Spotmeter V 1/25″ – f/32 – ASA-320 Kodak Xtol (1+1) 8:30 @ 20CRead More →

At least my drive to work isn’t all city driving, there’s some suburbs, and my favourite section, the rural areas, which can be a pain this winter especially with the number of storms we’ve been hit with in Southern Ontario. This barn, when I first started driving past it almost ten years ago now was intact, part of an abandoned farm (my first experience with urbex). The fields around it are still used but the barn and the house are not. Sadly the decade has not been kind, storms, rain, snow and ice have knocked it down. Modified Anniversary Speed Graphic – Kodak Ektar f:7.7Read More →