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Various thoughts; I usually make these posts when I’m drunk.

Slo-Fi

Christmas 2012

While visiting my family for Christmas my sister returned to my brother a digital camera she borrowed. Sometime in 1998. I don’t know where they fit all the 1.6 megapixels, it’s only the size of a loaf of bread. Okay, okay, a slice of bread. A large slice.

Christmas 2012

It’s a Fuji MX-700, a very early point & shoot digital camera. It has a dial that you can set to “take a picture two seconds after you press the button” and also “timer”. Aside from a display in a museum of 20th Century technological artifacts, what can you do with such a beast? I had some fun after setting it to B&W and clearing the huge 8MB Smart Media card — it holds about 10 photos at 1024×1280, and my 134-in-1 card reader actually has a slot for it. The camera does an okay job in its own right and squinting through the viewfinder is cute. I can actually see how this would have been a good investment for taking small photos of things for sale on ebay, after faxing a photocopy of your drivers license to confirm your account, tied to your free Juno email address. That was just me? Okay.

Christmas 2012

I thought I might keep it as my own overwrought version of Instagram for B&W still lifes and vintage clothes. Turns out it has some bad pixels plus that’s a stupid idea. It’s interesting to see how far we’ve come though. Fun fact: this camera was actually rebranded as the Leica Digilux. Almost enough reason to keep it. Almost.

2012 Troy Victorian Stroll

Victorian Stroll, Troy NY

It was overcast. very, very overcast.

Victorian Stroll, Troy NY

Between an early brunch, “caroling” at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (try to sneak into a box seat), a trip to the Confectionery wine bar, and a late night booze n’ do’s session, it was a long, overcast day.

Victorian Stroll, Troy NY

Sorry these are not terribly victorian-y photos, the costumes tend to be the least interesting part. See more in a Troy NY slideshow. I like that town.

Troy Night Out, 11.28.2012

An old friend of Laura’s, Amanda Rogers, was in town to play at Design It Together for Troy Night Out. Check her music out, but if you catch her live you might hear a bonechilling rendition of Creep. She followed The Midnight Society who are the only folks I’ve seen (yet) to add both kazoo and stylophone to their set. Enough links for you? No? Well turns out Amanda Rogers is also a Star Trek: TNG character too. There goes my mind.

Water Street, Troy NY

Amanda Rogers at Design It Together, Troy NY

Design It Together, Troy NY

Uncle Sam Garage

Uncle Sam Parking Garage, Troy NY

I’m realizing that a lot of my photography is moving away from large sets of single subjects in one shoot toward a more “snapshot” approach that fits into a much broader context of long-term bodies of work. I’d still like to show some of that work here though, so this is that sort of experiment.

Lark Fest and Pearlpalooza 2012

Hey! It’s been kind of quiet here lately, hasn’t it? Sorry about that. Hopefully you got to check out some of the stuff that’s been keeping me busy, namely Lark Fest and Pearlpalooza, two of the outdoor music festivals here in Albany. Lark Fest is in fact billed as the largest street festival in New York. Is that possible? That depends on what your definition of “is” is. I miss the ’90s.

Lark Fest 2012, Albany NY

Lark Fest’s music lienup this year was, at least on paper, not that exciting. Guess what, this guy up here was excited, so I could be wrong.

Lark Fest 2012, Albany NY

Yeah if there was any Dubstep it would have been at the silent disco, but hey, reprazent. See those clouds? I hated those clouds all day.

Lark Fest 2012, Albany NY

All Over Albany posted about this tattoo hearse.

Lark Fest 2012, Albany NY

There were breakdancers with casually jaunty shadows.

Lark Fest 2012, Albany NY

Balloons! Spongebob and Elmo balloons! It wouldn’t be an Albany festival without them.

There’s mere in a short slideshow.

Pearlpalooza was full of WEQX heavy-rotationers including Matt & Kim, local band done good Phantogram, and Robert DeLong who puts on an impressive one-man show even though I’m not positive everything he does on stage has anything to do with music? Still he’s an impressive drummer. Those were just on the main stage though! The local stage had good stuff too including Mirk who also has an excellent drummer. And a saxophone. If only they could fit a giant bottle of Jägermeister into their set.

Pearlpalooza 2012, Albany NY

Speak of the devil, there’s Mirk, and and giant bottle of Jägermeister!

Pearlpalooza 2012, Albany NY

I didn’t find the “Future UFC Stars” tent but apparently someone did.

Pearlpalooza 2012, Albany NY

There was a lack of seating.

Pearlpalooza 2012, Albany NY

Except for the best seat in the house! Let’s hope the United States Postal Service sticks around for at least another year.

Pearlpalooza 2012, Albany NY

Guess what, it rained. A lot. Sort of during the show. I’ll give a shout out here to the Victory Cafe who had the best awning around. Seemed like folks stuck around to enjoy the music even in a torrential downpour. Good for them.

As usual there’s a slideshow here too. Okay, I know, this is not exactly what you expect of concert photography. Well guess what, my buddy James has you covered. I think he did a better job than the press photographers. You tell me.

2012 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region

I’m pleased to announce that I have been awarded the Albany Center Gallery Board of Directors Juror’s Award in the 2012 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson regional. It’s a huge honor and I extend my appreciation to everyone who helped organize the show and all involved on the ACG board. You can visit the exhibit through September 8, and there will be a “show and tell” night July 17, at 8pm. Please stop by, the space is excellent and all of the art on display is wonderful.

Dundas Castle, Roscoe NY

Dundas Castle, Craigie Clare NY

This is going to be quick, as it’s another site I visited some time ago and haven’t had the time to write up until now.

Dundas Castle, Also known as Craig-e-Claire, in Roscoe, also known as Craigie Clare, New York, is an unmistakable structure along an unassuming river in southern New York. If you can find the road that runs along the Beaverkill, you can find the castle. I use the world “castle” liberally; this was a house built to look like a castle, in the same way Disney movies look like real life.

Dundas Castle, Craigie Clare NY

I’m not sure there’s much to say about this place. It was supposedly built by an immigrant in the style of an Irish castle, for his wife who eventually went insane. While the general outline was finished it was never lived in, the family having never come together. There are lots of ghost stories about this, which I don’t totally believe; if you’re curious, here’s a good overview.

Dundas Castle, Craigie Clare NY

As the home was never actually lived in, it was mainly barren in a way that our typical sites aren’t. It was obvious that this was a sterile place from the beginning, which was a bit odd. The “castle” itself was expansive, multiple floors with dozens of rooms plus dining halls and servants’ quarters. We visited during winter so underground areas were frozen over. I didn’t get the same feeling of history here as in other sites we’ve visited; nobody actually lived here, so the only signs of use were from previous visitors, mainly vandals.

Dundas Castle, Craigie Clare NY

The architecture is exquisite, with lots of arches and gothic touches. Some of the exposed areas are fortified with crenelated walls and towers, and the masonry is remarkable.

Dundas Castle, Craigie Clare NY

Dundas Castle, Craigie Clare NY

Overall this was not one of the more exciting sites I’ve visited. It’s easy to find, and thus often visited; we ran into two other groups while there. Vandalism has taken its toll and as it was never used, there’s no real story here. Still, it’s an interesting bit of history in southern New York, one man’s attempt to translate the majesty of old world construction to New England. If you’re in the area, it’s worth driving by to check out.

Dundas Castle, Craigie Clare NY

You can view a slideshow of my photos, as well as photos from Sebastien, our partner for the trip DB, Through Z’s View, Brain NY, and Paul Takes Photos. Enjoy!