Saturday, January 24, 2015

January 24, 2015

Today’s photo is a bit on the mediocre side, notable in this project mostly as the first time so far that a photo has featured people (however non-prominently).

The value here lies in the story behind it. Or more specifically, the story behind the bank building in the left-hand side of the shot. It’s a fairly ordinary bank building now, but back in the 1860s this spot was the location of the Union Theater, once considered the most prominent theatre venue between St. Louis and Sacramento.

The part of the theater’s history that intrigues me is a December 1863 performance of Richard III featuring the soon-to-be-infamous John Wilkes Booth in the lead. Documents unearthed after the Civil War clearly identify Booth as a Confederate agent. Though he might have been in Kansas merely pursuing his calling as an actor, it’s at least possible that his real purpose was to spy on Federal military activity at the fort.

Monday, January 19, 2015

January 19, 2015

“It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see.”

-Anais Nin

Friday, January 16, 2015

January 16, 2015

So what’s better: that holiday decorations are still up in mid January or that mid January feels like late March?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

January 15, 2015

Air bubbles frozen in the ice of Brush Creek. Tiny pockets of molecules doing a slow dance in their cells, waiting for the spring sun to release them.

Friday, January 9, 2015

January 9, 2015

Going abstract this evening. I love the double line effect a little camera shake produces with a cat’s whiskers.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

January 8, 2015

Tonight I came dangerously close to missing. But I’ve been fooling around with a new remote strobe trigger. And I got a new desk chair. This shot is a combination of the two new arrivals.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January 7, 2015

This afternoon we were briefly invaded by a huge flock of starlings. They kicked up a fuss on the roof and in nearby trees, driving the cats to distraction.

Though this shot isn’t the clearest (shutter speed too slow), it’s an interesting image. And I don’t suppose 365 images need always be picture perfect.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

January 6, 2015

Because of course if the old stove goes out on the deck awaiting a new home, the wind pretty much has to blow the tarp off. And naturally the snow follows swiftly thereafter.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

January 4, 2015

The first snow of the new year. It didn’t amount to much, but still it seemed prudent to back out of the parking spot on the street.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

January 3, 2015

Today the Christmas decorations came down. The sun atop the tree lost a chip when the tree blew over earlier in the season.

Friday, January 2, 2015

January 2, 2015

At a coffee shop in the Northland, waiting for a friend.

Why do I want to add “feelin’ nearly as faded as my jeans” to the end of that?

That’s my 2014 “I never” Facebook list on the iPad screen.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January 1, 2015

And so begins another attempt to successfully pursue a 365 project.

The photography gods smiled upon me this afternoon. Upon arrival at my parents’ house, we ran over a pile of jellybeans dumped in the street.