Into The Great Nowhere

I’ve been doing some kind of drive by, or drive through shooting for years. This photograph was actually made in black and white on Tri-X film. The color comes later, much later. Like last night while I was playing around. I was much younger when I made this picture. I don’t think that I’d driveContinue reading “Into The Great Nowhere”

A Long Time Ago

O nce upon a time I lived in Los Angeles. My habit of wandering around began years before, but it was revived when I lived there, this time in color. I was looking around on Sunday near what was then called, “The Blue Whale,” when I saw it. A 1930s gas station. It was stillContinue reading “A Long Time Ago”

Golden Los Angeles

R esearch, research, research. As I dig through my archives I remember pictures that I forgot. I shot this picture for Lonely Planet, but not for their guidebooks. It was for their trade books which most people call coffee table books. I didn’t shoot the entire book, just a chapter or so. At the timeContinue reading “Golden Los Angeles”


I want sushi right now. It costs more than a house. Instead, we bought a new espresso maker. It’s the bomb. It’s really for touring, but we just had to test it before we hit the road. So, we bought five pounds of Lavazza beans. Five pounds ought to be enough to test it, right?Continue reading “Creativity”

In A MatterOf Time

L os Angeles. One time a few years ago, I was photographing a chapter of a book. It was about the downtown area. You think beaches when you travel to Southern California. That would have been fun. But, oh no. My assignment was for downtown. So, I did my best and before you knew itContinue reading “In A MatterOf Time”

The City

The City. There are two meanings. The simple one. I made this picture in a city. And, the more regional one in which San Francisco is known as The City. So, I made this picture in The City. I’ve been digging around a lot in my archives and found the base image, which I madeContinue reading “The City”

A Longer View

More freedom. Really the same freedom. As yesterday. Just a different look at it. I like “compression” shots. They help to make a crowded scene look really crowded. They add a “stacked” look. They help urban pictures look really urban. Bottom line. They help my vision. Yes. I used a long lens. I don’t use it to getContinue reading “A Longer View”

I Got Free

Finally. I got loose. They can’t catch me. I headed straight to Chinatown. In San Francisco. I took pictures. I ate. I took some more pictures. I ate again. In a moment of kindness I bought a lot of take away food for the others. Not that they deserved it. Sheesh. The pictures. I tookContinue reading “I Got Free”