Some Photos From Frostpocket Circa 2014

For some reason, I was exploring photos I took during a visit to Frostpocket, circa 2014. I wish it was more accessible, and friendlier for drop-in visits, because Frostpocket really is a beautiful hundred acres.

Anyway, all of these photos were processed in my digital darkroom today, but taken in September 2014.

Click to embiggen, if you wish…

Red Maple In The Rain

Red Maple In the Rain

It did rain many of the days I was there, but not hard enough to keep us inside.

Stories We've Heard So Many Times Before

Stories We’ve Heard So Many Times Before

Leaves in water is a cliché, but still fun to photograph.

Act As If You Had Never Been Away

Act As If You’ve Never Been Away

Easier said than accomplished. Especially when the wind blows your subject around and you can’t get a proper focus quickly enough.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

Moss And Stone

Moss And Rock

and George’s shoe…

Wingham Classic

Wingham Classic

In Phil’s house. Presumedly wood burning, and presumedly worth something now that it is such an antique.

Birch Roots

Birch Root and Rock

I didn’t get a great photo of this but it was nonetheless impressive. Life is for the living, even birch trees attempting to get nutrients out of a rock.

One Door Will Open

One Door Will Open

The lovely colorful chaos of nature.

Mycology Test
Mycology Test

I have no idea what this fungi is, nor would I attempt to eat it, but it is aesthetically appealing.

It All Spoke Together – Triptych

I took this photo in the Cook County Forest Preserve somewhere in 2015, and processed it in my digital darkroom on October 22nd, 2021.

I like some aspect of all three versions, and instead of discarding 2 of the three, decided to publish all three as a sort of triptych. If and when I print them, I’d like to make a 3d triangle sculpture, and hang it on a thread so it can rotate.

These are the thumbnails, but the image is better when bigger, imo.1

It All Spoke Together - original

The original version of the photograph. I especially like the golden reflections of tree trunks in the pond. Also the faint reds of the leaves at the bottom right.

It All Spoke Together - tinted

The tinted version speaks a different emotional language, achieved by using cross-processing2 of Ektar film. Maybe I’d use this as my LP album cover, when I release that sometime in the future.

It All Spoke Together - mono

The black and white version, using Fuji Neopan 16003 is more stark, yet beautiful because of it. There aren’t quite enough visual clues to ascertain exactly what this is a photo of until the viewer studies it for a moment.

  • 35.0 mm f/1.8
  • ƒ/3.5
  • shutter speed 1/50
  • ISO 100
Footnotes:
  1. Click it to see a slightly larger version at Flickr []
  2. in emulation []
  3. in emulation, of course []

How Long Must I Keep My Eyes Glued To The Door

How Long Must I Keep My Eyes Glued To The Door

I took this photo on August 6th, 2021, and processed it in my digital darkroom on August 12th, 2021.

ƒ/1.8 at 1/160

35.0 mm prime lens

ISO 125

I think this was embedded in a church wall, but I could be wrong. Maybe it was a former priest’s apartment? I cannot recall. Somewhere in the Gold Coast, probably on Dearborn, if memory serves.

Is the face a Christ? Seems like it could be, though the broken nose reminds me of the Egyptian sculptures, and the conspiracy that the noses were broken off because they were African, or other reasons.

I liked the inherent decay of the sculpture1 and the expression of this man. So seriously sad.

I was listening to my vinyl collection; tonight I played Bob Dylan’s often disparaged album, Street-Legal, which I happen to think is pretty good. By the way, Jerry Garcia recorded a good cover of Señor (Tales of Yankee Power), as did Willie Nelson with Calexico, if you are keeping track.

Senor, senor, do you know where she is hidin’?
How long are we gonna be ridin’?
How long must I keep my eyes glued to the door?
Will there be any comfort there, senor?

This seemed appropriate for a Christ embedded on a stone wall…

Footnotes:
  1. wabi sabi []

A Desperate Plan

 A Desperate Plan

…click to embiggen

There is a short story waiting to be written about this moment in time. The dog walker’s expression is one of surprised guilt, but why? Is the smoker following him? His bodyguard? Or an innocent bystander?

Alleys are the beating heart of a city.

I took this photo on on March 2, 2018, and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 11, 2021.

ƒ/4.8
60.0 mm
1/125

Above Ground Sounds

Above Ground Sounds was taken on January 7, 2016, and processed in my digital darkroom December 22nd, 2020 at 4 AM when I couldn’t sleep.

Above Ground Sounds

Click here to embiggen. You probably should.

Approaching Northwestern University campus from the south, in Evanston one sunny winter day, I liked how the over-turned dumpster echoes the buildings in the background. Everything1 is technically wrong with this photo, but I like it nonetheless. The cropping is weird, the angle is a little off, who cares. I think it would make a great album cover – there is even some empty space for lettering.

Footnotes:
  1. well, many things at least []

Lobby Ceiling Millennium Biltmore Hotel was uploaded to Flickr

Los Angeles

1923 standards are different…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_Biltmore_Hotel

embiggen by clicking
https://flic.kr/p/2jZnF92

I took Lobby Ceiling Millennium Biltmore Hotel on January 31, 2013 at 12:37PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on October 26, 2020 at 09:32AM

Confutatis Maledictis was uploaded to Flickr

or something

embiggen by clicking
https://flic.kr/p/2jKPfRp

I took Confutatis Maledictis on September 24, 2020 at 03:23AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on September 24, 2020 at 08:50AM


Obviously, didn’t take this photo at 3:23 AM in my local time, but there is some bug in the system that insists upon subtracting 5 hours from this automated time stamp. Usually doesn’t matter, but this photo is not of a moon.

confutatis maledictis

According to Google Translate, this phrase means, “Doomed”, but I don’t think that is completely accurate.

Wikipedia has two translations of this phrase from the Dies irae:

When the wicked are confounded,
Doomed to flames of woe unbounded,
Call me with Your saints surrounded.
Once the cursed have been silenced,
sentenced to acrid flames:
Call me, with the blessed.

Truthfully, Mozart’s Requiem came on my iTunes shuffle this morning, and I liked the phrase. Only later did I wonder what confutatis maledictis really means, and researched a bit (including asking my brother who studied Latin in school).

Name The Thing Without Naming It was uploaded to Flickr

reflection, Chicago’s Loop

embiggen by clicking
https://flic.kr/p/2jGABiX

I took Name The Thing Without Naming It on April 09, 2017 at 05:42AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on September 14, 2020 at 12:41PM

The Streets Are Filled With Vipers was uploaded to Flickr

Alley, Wicker Park

embiggen by clicking
https://flic.kr/p/2jFEwyV

I took The Streets Are Filled With Vipers on September 26, 2015 at 12:28PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on September 11, 2020 at 05:32PM

Where I Can Find Some Peace and Rest

Where I Can Find Some Peace and Rest

Rain, Chicago.1 

Tri-X 400, in emulation. 

Nikon D7000
85.0 mm f/1.8 

Aperture: ƒ/4.5
Shutter: 1/50
ISO: 400

 

I took this photo December 22, 2014, and processed it in my digital darkroom on August 16th, 2020.

I’ve taken many photos of the Lake Street bridge over the Chicago River over the years. I should collect them all in one place. Maybe later…2 

Footnotes:

  1. Click to embiggen []
  2. Title partially nicked from Peter Tosh. []

Random Acts of Malevolence Against the Haymarket Riot Memorial was uploaded to Flickr

Pointless destruction.

Does the orange paint symbolize anything? The only orange thing I can think of is the current resident of the White House. This did happen after Trump promised that Saturday night was going to be MAGA Night, whatever that means.

embiggen by clicking
https://flic.kr/p/2j7QBQz

I took Random Acts of Malevolence Against the Haymarket Riot Memorial on June 01, 2020 at 03:35AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on June 01, 2020 at 10:34AM

Hands Beginning To Tremble was uploaded to Flickr

Fog, Chicago downtown

embiggen by clicking
https://flic.kr/p/2j4gd2S

I took Hands Beginning To Tremble on May 19, 2020 at 06:04AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on May 21, 2020 at 09:59AM

Strange Spells Chanted Silently

Strange Spells Chanted Silently

 

Lake Street in the rain

I took this photo on November 17, 2015, and processed it in my digital darkroom May 3rd, 2020. Click to embiggen

Tools:

Nikon D7000
35.0 mm f/1.8
ƒ/2.5
35.0 mm
Shutter -1/60
ISO 100

Tri-X 400, in emulation, provided via a Photoshop filter (Exposure 5), plus some other tricks-of-the-trade, including using a gold reflector, and other techniques to accentuate the rain.

A while ago1 I purchased a raincoat for my camera: basically a thick, transparent plastic sleeve with a drawstring at one end. The drawstring is used to wrap tightly around the end of the lens, and the rest of the camera is contained within the sleeve, and thus kept dry. It works pretty well actually, except changing camera settings is a bit tricky, as is focusing, sometimes.

Footnotes:

  1. probably before this photo was taken, but maybe not, who can remember []