It ended with an explosion, but this is how it started, the sun creeping up over the historic fort, the trees, earthworks, masonry redoubts and blockhouses, tangled abatis, and rows of white tents. This was the scene early Saturday morning as near 1100 military reenactors started to crawl out of their tents and start to put on their uniforms, ready to put on a show the likes the site, or the neighborhood had ever seen. You see this year marks the 200th anniversary of the bloody siege of Fort Erie, the last major campaign on Canadian soil during the War of 1812. Sure there wasRead More →

Nothing like making the best out of a bad situation, but at least it wasn’t raining. Week 32 I found myself again lurking around Cleveland, Ohio for the Northeast Ohio APUG meetup (NEOH APUG) hosted by the wonderful John and Dolly Powers. The Sunday found us down at the lake shore trying to get shots of these tug boats, the entire fleet of tugs for the Great Lakes Shipyard nearby. The morning rain storm turned into blazing overhead light, less than ideal certimstances to photograph in, but rather than risk it raining again later, I sort of looked around for the best spot in theRead More →

This is what happens when you don’t double check things, you get awful flare that takes out a whole top section of your photo. But rather than groan about it, I posted it anyways, because that’s a rule I laid out for myself. But enough about mistakes (I really should’ve swung the camera around and shot High Falls instead…) this is probably my favourite spot to eat in all of Rochester (Dog Town is a close second), the Genesee Brew House, a brew pub attached to the Genesee Brewery with a full selection of their beers and some pretty amazing food. Genesee traces it’s legacyRead More →

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. – Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower D-Day: 6th of June, 1944 H-Hour: 06:30 Yes, you read that right, today marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, Operation Neptune. As I type this, I can feel the tears stinging my eyes. Operation Neptune, was the code name given to the Normandy landings on the coast of France in an effort to push back the Nazis and dislodge them from the Atlantic wall,Read More →

Apologies for the delay in posting this, this past week was ‘Roid Week, so I was focused on getting the daily shots posted. This little white clapboard church sits at the end of a road in the town of Wallacetown, Ontario, south of Dutton, a good 15 minute drive from the 401. St. Peter’s Anglican Church is one of the oldest continually operating church in southwest Ontario, having been in this same building since it’s construction in 1827, only the H.M. Chapel of the Mohawks near Brantford, Ontario is older. I’m not often in this part of the province, and then it’s usually up nearRead More →

I sadly was unable to participate in the week long celebration of Instant Photography last year because I was in the Chicagoland region, but this year I went full force and worked on reducing my stock of expired Polaroid and Impossible material! I got the shooting started early over the weekend before ‘roid week so I’d have two days worth of material already stocked up. Day One – Jaite Depot Anniversary Speed Graphic – Fuji Fujinon-W 1:56/125 – Polaroid Type 79 Located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio, the Jaite train depot one served the company town, the town’s surviving building now serveRead More →

Returning to the beginning for me. One of my very first, actually my fourth image ever shot on 4×5 film was of this building, Hamilton’s Lister Block. The original block was constructed in 1886 but it was burned to the ground by fire in 1923, undaunted a fireproof (it was proved many times over it’s years being abandoned) building was completed in 1924. This beautiful brick and terracotta structure is one of the more iconic on James Street, and after it was abandoned was the first building in Hamilton that I explored, many a Saturday night was spent wandering her empty halls. But unlike manyRead More →

When I was booking my hotel for my last leg of my seven day adventure through the southern United States, I was intending on getting a hotel in Morristown, WV, for some reason Hotels.com ended up showing my hotels in Chambersburg, PA, I thought the two towns were closer together. Well they weren’t. But it turned out that Chambersburg is rather close to Gettysburg. Yes, that Gettysburg, the site of a vicious battle during the American Civil War in 1863. So I decided that I would go visit it. Now I had never been before, so I posed a question to my friend Ryan, whoRead More →

Man, the trouble is We don’t know who we are instead One of my favourite bands is a group called Jars of Clay, on their fifth studio album, and my favourite album cover of theirs, “Who We are Instead.” The cover features the band in front of these old silos, as a fan of abandoned buildings, I was drawn to this. When a fellow fan of the band noticed on Facebook that I was passing through Nashville TN this past week, and my original planned photo for week 16 stopped by a paranoid sheriff, she pointed me at the actual silos. I sadly came toRead More →

So despite the fact I was using an untested film holder that caused light leaks, I’m still pretty happy with this shot! I found this rail line in the rural areas surrounding my town and was immediately drawn to to, behind me an old metal bridge that takes the road above the right-of-way. It all reminds me of Cobalt, ON, but without the silver mine. After a long hard cold winter, it’s nice to have some warm weather (I was out in my spring jacket) and some bright blue skies. Always, Always, Always test out your film holders on ‘throw-away’ sheets before putting your expensiveRead More →