Frozen footprints, Houghton’s Pond

Boston, MA 03/18/2015
Frozen footprints in Houghton's Pond.
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It’s been a vicious cycle of freezing and thawing in Boston, and I noticed the other day as I was driving to an early morning job in Cambridge that the sunrise over the ice on the Charles River was reflected particularly well. The ice has ceased being white and is now a glossy clear shade, [...]

Back to the darkroom

Boston, MA 02/03/2015 
Bare trees in the snow after a blizzard.

The first film I've developed myself in 14 years.

Ilford HP5+ 400 
Developed for 8 minutes in straight Xtol. Diluted Heinz vinegar as the stop bath because I forgot to buy the real stuff.

You may have seen on the news that it’s been snowing in Boston.  A lot.  Let me be clear: we just got a Biblical amount of snow.  It’s like winter is Shaq and is just dunking on us.  Over and over and over. In a fit of creative energy after I finally dug my car [...]

Vinalhaven on film

Vinalhaven, ME 08/15/2014
The falling tide surges out of The Basin, Vinalhaven, Maine.
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The adventures in film continue: Last week I went on my regular summer trip to Vinalhaven, a lobstering island off the coast of Rockland. Normally I bring my DSLR and never take it out of the bag, but this year I decided to throw practicality to the wind and travel to the island (on a [...]

The return of film

Dedham, MA 08/05/2014
Phalaenopsis Orchids.Alex Jones /

A little over 2 weeks ago, I indulged a longing desire I’d been trying to repress for quite some time and bought a 4×5.  A big honkin’ view camera with bellows that move up down, left and right, geared knobs to manually focus with, and a piece of ground glass in the back to compose [...]