Wednesday, October 22, 2014
First I saw the blue sky at dusk, then I noticed the old-fashion street lamp, and thought it would make a nice photograph. While shooting I realized that most of the leaves were missing on one tree, and some were missing from the other. Oh boy, it was a reminder that Winter is coming on! Brrrrrr.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 10:08 PM
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
There are really nice gardens at the George Eastman House, and I always photograph them when I visit there, no matter what the weather. Here's the thing - I have always photographed gardens in color. But I have this book of extraordinary black & white photographs by the English landscape designer Gertrude Jekyll who lived from 1843-1932 in Surrey, England. She photographed her own garden, which was legendary in its design. So here's the thing - it is easy for me to photograph in color, but shooting gardens in black & white is hard. So for that reason I always try to do it. This is one of my attempts. I do love the luscious gray tones that black and white photography produces.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 8:36 PM
Monday, October 20, 2014
I have a bunch of photographs that I hadn't gotten around to posting before leaving for Rochester. I showed you one picture from inside the museum. This is a photograph of one of the memorial reflecting pools on the plaza outside. This part of the memorial is stunning and sublime. It is a brilliant idea, and beautifully executed. It is impossible for me to put any of my feelings into words, other than to say that you should really come and see this.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:14 PM
Sunday, October 19, 2014
It was raining as I made my way toward Rochester on Route 96, up above Ithaca. As I drove by this field, I recognized it immediately. I have driven by this field for at least forty years. Seriously. A farmer started storing old equipment there long before I started coming by. Strangely, I have never stopped to take pictures here. But the view of this old truck in the rain stopped me in my tracks! It just seems beautiful surrounded by fall colors. If I had to guess, I would think this truck dates back to the 1930's or 1940's. Perhaps one of you will know.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 10:11 PM
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Halloween is approaching soon, and so Kathy and Jo Anne decided to make masks for the occasion. They start with thin molded cardboard bases that fit your face, then they use white glue and industrial strength blue hand towels to build up features on top of the cardboard. So in the condition they are in now, they are half-done. Even at this stage, they are really creepy, aren't they? They have done more work since I took this photo, so I will have to do a shot when they are finished.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 10:25 PM
Friday, October 17, 2014
As part of the homecoming events today, there was a fancy luncheon, and then a visit to the RIT archives, where the curators had arranged a whole collection of items from 1964 for us to look over, including copies of the student newspaper and photographs. Oh, and the tiger. "Why the tiger?" you might ask. Well, in 1963 a tiger cub was acquired to be the RIT mascot. It was so cute, and students would lead it around the campus on a leash, and bring it to sporting events. Within a year or so it got too big, and I guess too dangerous, so the tiger was given to the Rochester Zoo. We learned today that it died in the zoo at about age 2. So they brought the remains of the tiger to a taxidermist, and now "Spirit the Tiger" lives on in the archives.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:28 PM
Thursday, October 16, 2014
These students at Rochester Institute of Technology, my alma mater, are sitting in rapt attention, as you can see. What could possibly be that interesting? The answer is "us." By us, I mean eight guys who graduated from RIT back in 1964. We have returned to the school for our 50th anniversary! Wait, that means I must be really old! The group of us talked a bit about the path of our careers, and about how we, as film shooters for more than half our lives, managed the switch to digital photography. The students, of course, have known only digital imaging. We hope it was an interesting presentation, and I didn't notice anyone falling asleep. Below is a photograph of some of the panel members. I think there are about 14 of us who came back for the reunion. It is astounding to me to think that we were once here, went out and lived our lives, and that fifty years later we return and our lives intersect, once again.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 8:12 PM