15-01-03 Nightlight On The River




Join me and my talented colleagues this Friday, December 12, for our first book signing event. The event at the International Center of Photography will feature limited edition signed and numbered copies published by ICP.EDU Books. Editions range from 20-50 as the artist desired. (I personally went with 33). The event takes place at the ICP Museum Bookstore, 1133 6th Avenue, between 6p-7:30p.

Thank you for all the wonderful notes of support and encouragement around the book release.


I have spent the last 4 months going through my Hudson River archives to pick the 43 images for this release. I can truly say that this edition is a synthesis of the past 4 years of my work but the major emphasis is on images from 2011. Setting that boundary on myself meant that a number of my favorite images are not included.  But it allowed me the freedom to go back and look at 2011 somewhat dispassionately and without the personal drama of that year. A number of “new” images populate the book, images I, inexplicably to me, passed over the first, second, third, and fourth time I approached this work. Other images, once favorites but since discarded, came back to the front and insisted on being included. Others have been on top from the beginning and stayed there.

Today’s image taken on 12/9/11 didn’t come close to making the final cut but I like it nonetheless because it is reminder that the Hudson is a working river.

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5-10-14 Travel Theme: Rivers

But I cried a river
A river for him
That’s deeper and wider
Than I’ll ever swim
The heart it will harden
The sorrow will dim
But I cried a river
A river for him

So weep for the sons
And the dear darling daughters
For the passing of time
And the parting of waters

For all who have passed through
This world long before me
To a far distant shoreline
Where no one waits for me

Emmylou Harris

Rivers. H’mm. Rivers. The travel theme from Ailsa at Where’s my backpack? is rivers. That is a tough one…

I wonder if I have any pictures of rivers…

December 7, 2011 @4:14pm



Some other river views:











12-6-13 Travel Theme – Symbol

In honor of one of the truly great people of our lifetime, Nelson Mandela, Ailsa has picked Symbol as the Travel Theme of the week.  Fortuitously, I spent some time yesterday shooting an act that I regard as symbolic of the end of summer.

If you read yesterday’s post (here), you know about the boats that fill the Hudson with water. That, however, is not the only thing they do. They also symbolically show the begin of summer and winter when they visit the 79th Street Boatyard.  When you see the Miller family of tugboats on the water with a crane you know that the season is definitely here.

Approaching the roundup

Approaching the roundup

The herd has no idea of what is happening

The herd has no idea of what is happening

Here little doggie

Here little doggie

Got ya!

Got ya!





Until next year

Until next year

A few other looks at symbols:

Travel Theme : Symbol | Moments In Life

Symbol | @vannilla

Travel Theme: Symbol | travelicius

Weekly Travel Theme: Symbol | Lillie-Put

Travel theme: Symbol | Without Strings Tied

The Camino de Santiago | Foto Challenge

Travel Theme: Symbol | Wind Against Current

Travel Theme: Symbol | Ese’ s Voice

12-5-13 I Bet You Didn’t Know This

After months of truly lousy connectivity, innumerable phone calls and technician visits I finally bit the bullet on Monday and decided that the internet was going to work in this apartment no matter what it took.  After days of phone calls and technician’s visits and transfers from the call center in India to the call center in ? where the level 3 technicians reside, moving the modem and router about the apartment, pinging, pinging and more pinging I think we finally have internet back up and running and to make it all worthwhile, running much better than it ever has. (Knock on a forests worth of wood). That is by way of saying it may take me a while to catch up with all of your published writing and shooting over the past days.

That has nothing to do with the title, does it? I am about to let you in on a little secret that only some folks in NJ and NY who live near the river know.







The river does not have its own water supply! We, the taxpayers, supply the water. These gentlemen usually only work at night. Must be an emergency…

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10-15-13 The Hudson, The Bridge and The Lighthouse

The river roads collect the tolls
for the passage of our souls
through silence, over woods, through flowers and snow
and past the George Washington Bridge,
down from the trails of Breakneck Ridge,
the river’s ancient path is sacred and slow

Dar Williams

click on any picture to get a full size view strip

9-28-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

“Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera will all but take you by the hand.”

Margaret Bourke-White

The Weekly Photo Challenge is Saturated.

My first view was actually taken on a very cloudy drizzly day and I worked it over good to saturate it.  Darkroom, Lightroom, Photoshop…the tools are handled differently but it is all the same.

Boro Walk

I took my second view  on a bright sunny day with a subject already deeply saturated in color. I adjust the white balance and made one other change. I shot this in Camera Standard but used Lightroom to change to Camera Vivid.

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Here are some other examples from people who took the challenge:

Weekly Photo Challenge : Saturated – Some Birds and A Barn | I see beauty all around by rob paine

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Processing the life

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated « Leya

Weekly Photo Challenge / B4 Retouch: Saturated (Take Off) | What’s (in) the picture?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | small house/BIG GARDEN

Resaturated | Purple Rosemary

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Ritva’s Art too – Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated – Blossoms | Aylin’s Wonderland

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Foto de Moto

Weekly Photo Challenge : saturated | Mon beau manoir

Weekly Photo Challenge: SATURATED | Pictures From Her Window

Down on Rue St Denis | Beyond the Brush

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Uncle Spike’s Adventures

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | The Land Slide Photography

6-18-13 Early Days

This is one of the earliest shots I took of the river before I had any idea I would be spending a significant part of the next three years photographing it.

When I shot it, back in October of 2010 I thought of it as an epic picture about the power of the river and the boats and barges that travel it day by day. Now I think it is romantic and perhaps even a bit sentimental. I still like it though.

Earl River

Travel Theme:Texture — 9-15-12

Texture: That is Ailsa travel theme this week.  This is one at which I may very well take several passes. (Can’t be ending a sentence with a proposition, can I grammar mavens?).

When I think texture, I immediately think of the river.  I could do a whole month of posts (or a book), just charting its textural changes from source to mouth but two will do for the day. In honor of the theme, I worked on these two photographs more than I normally do.

From the camera

After processing