Inside out

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Contemporary Arts Center is a great architectural moment in our central district downtown.

There is one floor dedicated to staff and I was lucky to take a peek around, looking out from under one of the cantilevered slabs.

Inside and across from this view? A Mapplethorpe lingering temporarily from a recent exhibition. I saw this photo some 28 years ago in The Perfect Moment which caused a battle and obscenity charges against the CAC. Though the museum was later acquitted, it fired up the activist and artist within my high school senior self. The queer part didn’t sink in until later, but I figure the door opened just a little bit wider back then.

Yawning Tom

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A morning with the Hasselblad

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

I had a handful of hours with this beast of a camera with the threat of imminent rain.

I chose to do fairly straight-forward panoramas of the city from different perspectives: the Incline District in Price Hill, Mt. Echo, Bellevue Hill Park and Mt. Adams.

Two snapshots below. To see them in all their printed glory and our recreation of the daguerreotype, visit the Cincinnati room on the third floor of the Public Library through October.

Recreating a panorama

Monday, September 24, 2018

On September 24, 1848 Charles Fontayne and William S. Porter—using one of the earliest forms of photography, daguerreotype—photographed Cincinnati from atop a building in Newport, Kentucky, creating a sweeping, eight-plate panorama.

170 years later, I was lucky to stand with 4 other photographers to recreate the image with a technologically advanced Hasselblad camera for a FotoFocus showing.

In addition to the recreation we had the opportunity to borrow the camera and take more panoramas behind the city. It was nerve-wracking simply to hold the camera and I blame my shaky hand for soft focus on my shots, but oh what a thrill.

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Some hat tips are in order: Chris Ashwell from Cincy Stories that put this all together, and fellow photographers Sharee Allen, Maureen France and Tony Walsh.

Leaving Las Vegas

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Up at 4am to catch the flight back to Cincinnati.

I said there wouldn’t by many shots inside casinos, but seeing these old mechanical slot machines at the airport made me give in. Plus the whole day felt like a sleep deprived zombie.

The Neon Museum

Saturday, September 22, 2018

I’ve been to Vegas, oh, three times? And I’ve wanted to visit the Neon Museum each trip. Turns out? It’s not that far away from the bustle of the strip.

There are two parts: a garden of signs mostly no longer working visible day and night, and an evening experience called Brilliant that brings signs to life with projection mapping by Craig Winslow. Sadly missed the latter but enjoyed the whimsy, type, color and overall aesthetic in the garden.

More photos from the day


Friday, September 21, 2018

Up at 4am to head to Vegas!

What you won’t see? Much interior shots of casinos or gambling.

I didn’t get that gene, but I dig all the lights and colors.

There are a few more photos from the day.

The Decemberists

Thursday, September 20, 2018


The Decemberists show at the Taft was delightful.

Also? They have a great episode up on Song Exploder.