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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It Was a Time

A couple of weeks ago I picked up a roll of film that had been sitting in my Pentax for months before I finally got around to developing it. I grabbed it from Hunts where they explained that the company that processed my E9 film wasn't able to scan the frames onto CD so I had to wait until today to scan the negatives myself. I have to say, it was like Christmas come early when I saw not just these fantastic shots of Nubble Light in Maine, but also a few shots of Worcester State Hospital, now long gone. So enjoy!

nubble 35mm


WSH 35mm

Worcester State Hospital just before construction began earlier this year. This round building, the Hooper Turret is one of the buildings that will be saved

seat 35mm

Consistent with my typical moments of stupidity, it was either too cold for my film camera the day I shot this, or it could have been the hot tea I spilled on the camera...or I could have just loaded the film wrong. But this frame, despite being fuzzy and not quite what I originally had in mind, really came out great. The edges have an odd mist from the angle of the film when it fed through the camera and it looks like something I could possibly have found on the floor in the theater.

door shadowy

A doorway at Monson Developmental Center. Again, the frame didn't feed correctly but still created a pretty interesting vintage effect.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The View Through the Cemetery Trees

white shack

I apologize for overloading the number of shots on this set but for once I managed to process all of the photos I took the same day and I also figured out how to plug in the html direct from my Flickr account!

Mother nature ushered in the weekend under a shroud of rain and heavy fog. I decided to drive home to visit my parents and as I slowly made my way through the pea soup hanging over the town of Shutesbury, I took a detour to a beautiful old cemetery that had wisps of mist wrapped around every tree and every headstone.

gate 2rs

The gate on the main road of Shutesbury is a beautiful old New England rock wall with a wrought iron gate in the middle. The town was so quiet that only one car passed me as I stood on the opposite side of the tiny two lane road, shooting away.

gate rs

over the wall rs

pine tree 2

Rock walls are a hallmark of the New England landscape and this cemetery's boundaries are marked by low piles of stone that stretched back farther than I could see.


This obelisk caught my eye with the backdrop of fog and the bright red, white, and blue of the American Flag. With a little PhotoShopping I created what looks almost like a painting out of one of my favorite photos of the day.

obelisk 2rs

little red tree 2

little red tree

super fog

Across the street from the main cemetery was another smaller "yard" with a mausoleum nestled in between a triangle of trees, almost perfectly symmetrical.

feathery tree

Monday, November 10, 2008

Insufficient Shelter

Another site that shall remain nameless, this massive structure is one that I'm not sure I would even risk going inside of. It's been a long time since I've seen this kind of damage on a building. And though it makes me sound very old, back in the day I might have risked this place for the perfect shot but on this particular day, I decided to simply settle for an exterior.

A Patient's Last Look

Sorry for the long absence but I haven't had much of a chance to just take off with my camera lately. This shot will remain unlabelled as my quick visit to this campus came complete with a police escort off the grounds. However, there was something about this shot that really spoke to me as I circled the one and only abandoned building at this hospital. Between the perspective of the fence and the open door, it just felt very surreal to me.