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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Almost a New Year...

Caged Heat
It's only December 27th but I'm already considering my New Year's Resolution.
Of course part of my resolution is to carry my camera with me more often.
Another is to get my work "out there".
And finally, I promise to update this blog on a regular basis.
I plan to convalesce for just a few more days.
Then there shall be more photos!
Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

NEW Asylum Book

Most of you know that along with being an avid photographer, I am also a consummate bookworm. Recently while perusing Amazon's recommendations for me, "Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals" came up and I bought it immediately. I then took the time to check out Chris Payne's photography at www.chrispaynephoto.com where I was not disappointed. His work is amazing and his documentation of the demise of the state hospital is unparalleled. With a foreword by renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks (of "Awakenings" fame), this book is a must have in any library.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Black Dahlia...Revisited

This is the first time I have ever used the macro setting on my camera and my mother's red dahlia was the perfect subject for that shot. This flower reminds me greatly of the movie art for The Black Dahlia where the dead girl's reddish black lipstick is running down the side of her mouth.

dahlia diptych

Sunday, August 30, 2009


While I am indeed an Urban Explorer at heart, I'm still a girl. One of my coworkers who happens to be my twin separated at birth, turned me on to Polyvore.com where you can create quick pieces of art based on current fashion trends. Here's my first set that I did to keep busy tonight.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Photography and the Law

Some of you will notice that there are now numerous posts missing from my blog. Even though I regularly make an effort to historically document the places I visit, I have recently received a notice preventing me from documenting a fairly well known site. I plan to abide by the requests in this particular letter as I would prefer not to be prevented from working as a photographer in the future. Thanks for your understanding!

Thursday, August 13, 2009


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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Shooting Old Skool

This set was taken at Cathedral of the Pines with a Yashica 124 MAT G twin reflex camera from the 1960's. Occasionally I like the feel of shooting with film and 120 film is one of my favorites so I bought a couple rolls of black and white. All photos were tinted using Photoshop CS4.


Tower Gate

Gardens and Cemetery

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Youth of a Nation

A skate park in the inner city is a great place to people watch with a camera. You get such a unique cross section of society hanging out in a skate park. You get BMX kids...

ridin 002

ridin 014

ridin 066

You get the "hardcore" skaters...

ridin 046

ridin 054

ridin 055

And the future youth of our nation...

ridin 052

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Crosby Mansion

A second visit to the Crosby Mansion this summer yielded some pretty exteriors. While I haven't finished editing them all, here are a few of the more intersting, arty shots.

front door



barn door

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

House on Haunted Hill

A few weeks ago I was driving around my hometown with a friend when he suggested that we go look at the "haunted house" in Westfield. I had never heard of this house before, nor had I seen it as it's set pretty far back from the main road.


I have to assume that at one time Westfield Road, or Route 20, once curved right in front of this house but now, years later, the house is barely visible.


The story goes that the family who once lived in this house was murdered, the house then abandoned for decades. Certainly a story worth looking into.



Friday, May 29, 2009

Cape Cod

Falling behind is never a good idea but unfortunately it happens. Back in April I went out to visit my great uncle who was once a professional photographer and adman back in the 50's and 60's. Not only did I finally get a chance to see his portfolio from back in the day, but I got the opportunity to be inspired by just simply being around him and his wife, also an artist.
Crosby Beach Sky II

Crosby Landing was one of the first beaches I can clearly remember from my childhood when I used to vacation on the Cape with my parents and grandmother. My gram was very taken with the Crosby Mansion, the Crosby family's summer resort.

Unending Arches

Crosby Mansion Exterior

I have been lucky enough to photograph the mansion through it's decades of renovations. This time I even had the opportunity to photograph the interior. The rich wood paneling and Mission style furniture made me want to curl up in front of the hearth and never leave!

Writing Desk

Dining Room

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I <3 Graffiti

Sorry for falling off the face of the earth lately. I'm teaching, teaching photography, shooting weddings, copy editing for a photographer, and just released my book. I'm swamped. But not so swamped that I can't take shots of TRAIN GRAFFITI!!!!!

Train Graf Up Close

Train Graf II

Train Graf

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Royal Connaught...and a Brush With the Law

Today was an explore of epic proportions. It began with a group of us walking around Hamilton, Ontario for Doors Open. We visited an art gallery where I was yelled at by a very nice Jamaican man who caught me taking photos of the art with my BlackBerry. Apparently that's not allowed. Whoops. Then we moved on to a church that was supposed to be open but it turned out there was a wedding scheduled. So what do you do when nothing at Doors Open appeals? You open YOUR OWN door.

The Royal Connaught was once a beauty. Twelve stories high, she was an amazing beacon of luxury in downtown Hamilton with a ballroom, pool, and amazing architecture.

We had a fantastic time climbing all the way to the roof where you can see virtually the entire city including the ships we photographed yesterday down at the waterfront.

But that's not the best part. The best part is that some fat guy in a motorized wheelchair called the cops on us. Suddenly I'm hauling ass up from the basement to meet up with the rest of the group and we decide to pour out of the door all at once where the handicapped guy is sitting there, wearing all his gold chains and his pinky ring, yelling to the cops that there were "hundreds of them" inside the hotel.

So here's how I looked before that phone call. By the time we ducked into the Ramada Inn across the street I was wearing a bright yellow shirt, sunglasses and didn't have a camera. Then we moved on to a Dollar Store in the ghetto of Hamilton and watched the cops question the rest of our group (we had decided to split up). I'm being told that was not the ghetto but come on... it was ghetto enough for this poor girl from the States.
In the end, we all managed to meet back up in one place and get in our cars where a couple of us moved on to the nurse's quarters at a TB hospital in Kitchener which I will most likely post tomorrow. I'm now dead on my feet.
Thanks for the heart failure fat guy in the wheelchair! Here's to Hamilton's finest =P

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Summer Lovin'

It's summer already with the heat rising up above 90 degrees and everyone pulling out their shorts and bathing suits so here's a little dose of summer I like to call a 1974 Datsun. My best friend's car that makes me yearn for beaches and drag races. Enjoy!


sex on wheels

from the side

Tuesday, April 14, 2009



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Sunday, April 5, 2009

I Wish It Was Spring....

Oh how I wish it was spring... Yet every time it warms up, I turn off my heat, and hang up my sweater, and I wind up freezing! Instead I take photos that make me feel like it could possibly be spring...

red bike

st francis 1

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Danvers State Hospital Redux

building lean2

Danvers State Hospital, one of the most famous (infamous) Kirkbrides, was converted into condos this past year and opened its doors to its new residents. The Kirkbride still looks remarkably the same, still standing, looking out over the hill that was once its kingdom. So here's a modern take on the original Castle on the Hill.

looking up

building lean

exterior with moon


Monday, March 9, 2009

Open and Shut Case

The second installment of Grafton State Hospital became all about the doors and windows. A friend of mine said that one of his favorite aspects of my photography is how I play with light and as I've said before, I've begun keeping that in mind when I shoot. Because there is so very little left in this hospital, my eye was drawn to the doors and windows and the way the sun was flooding through.

When I walked into the day room on the second floor I immediately set my camera up to take this shot. The attic above had collapsed onto the third floor, causing the second floor roof to give way and cause this little mini collapse. Between the sunlight and the puddled water on the tile, this made for a great window shot with a hint of reflection on the floor.

blue drawers
Blue seemed to be one of the dominant colors on this floor and though it was obvious that this shot had been staged previously, I still was not going to pass up such a beautiful shadow play with the open drawers and the light streaming through the window in this linen closet.

isolation view
Each isolation room had a small hole cut into it for the staff to look in on the patients. This struck me as I was walking by and I decided to take a shot that would hopefully transform the otherwise exceptionally plain room into something a little more interesting.

blue room

three white doors

yellow window

linen storage