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A Solid Education

The lintel over the main entrance to the grand schoolhouse in Grindstone City, MI.  Built in 1909, when the grindstone industry was at its peak, the building now sits empty, surrounded by farm fields.

A Place To Sleep

Interior of one of the original slave quarters at Stagville Plantation in Durham, North Carolina.  The window is open, and the light streaming in captures  a piece of the sleeping mat on the floor.  Shot on Ilford Delta 3200 mediium format film using a Mamiya RZ67.

Yvette and Madhavi

Yvette, eight months pregnant with Madhavi.

Regret To Inform

My grandfather, Albert Evans,  was wounded twice during World War II.  I recently discovered that my grandmother kept both telegrams that she received from the War Department informing her of what had happened.  I wanted to share this discovery, and the story, via photography.  I paired my grandfathers Purple Heart with the telegrams, and his picture in uniform, in a series of photographs.  This is one of the images I have chosen to present.  My grandfather recovered from his wounds and came home after the war, but he walked with a limp for the remainder of his life.

Sleeping Barn

The Barrett Pig Barn is located in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District, part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, Michigan.  I first discovered this wonderful old barn in 2004.  I didn’t know it had a name, so for years I referred to it as the Sleeping Barn.  I returned to this spot at least three times since 2004, and every year, the barn looked a little more frail.  Finally, in the spring of 2009, the barn collapsed in a storm.  Volunteers quickly rebuilt the barn on the original foundation.  They did a nice job, but it is not the same.  This image was captured on that first visit in 2004.  Shot on infrared film using a Nikon F1, negative scanned and processed in Photoshop in 2009.

Water

There is elegance in simplicity.  Plain water in three wine glasses.  Glasses are lit from behind, with a scrim between the light and the subjects.  Shot on 120 tungsten balanced chrome film.

Portrait of Hilary

A split lighting portrait of Hilary.

Scheimpflug

This is the Great Barn at Stagville in Durham.  At the time of the Civil War, it was the largest agricultural building in North Carolina, home to more than 200 mules.  Today it is a creative application of the Scheimpflug Principle.  Photographed using a Sinar F1 4×5 camera and a 65 mm lens.

North Carolina Industry

Operator loading an embroidery machine at Freeman Metal Products in Ahoskie, North Carolina.

Colors and Lines And Ghosts

The strong colors and lines caught my eye when I first saw this abandoned cottage.  What makes the image work is the ghost hiding in the curtains.