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Walking Through Daisy Town

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Spending a month in Europe a few years ago has really elevated my appreciation and love of old architecture and the many stories of peoples lives that had interacted with those structures. So, when fellow camera peep Bob Clark asked if I wanted to join in on his Photowalk @ Elkmont, I was down for the journey. The Little River Lumber Company established the town of Elkmont in 1908 as a base for its logging operations in the upper Little River and Jakes Creek areas. As the Elkmont valley was slowly stripped of its valuable timber, Townsend began to advertise the area as a mountain getaway. In 1909, Little River Railroad began offering the Sunday “Elkmont Special”— non-stop train service from Knoxville to Elkmont. In 1910, an affluent group of Knoxville hunting and fishing enthusiasts formed the Appalachian Club and purchased what is now “Daisy Town”. They built the Appalachian Clubhouse for use as a lodge and within a few years, several club members built cottages, and the club evolved into a mountain getaway for Knoxville’s elite. Most of the lifetime leases on the rustic cottages at Elkmont expired in 1992, and ownership reverted to the National Park Service. However, in 1994, the Wonderland Hotel and several of the rustic cottages were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. I had never visited Daisy Town before so I did not know what to expect and packed along my D600, Leica R4 & Nikon FE packed with Ektachrome 200 and a empty Nikon F100. 35-70 glass on the film cammies, a spare 85mm f/1.8 and my everyday-everywhere 24-85mm glass. I did actually fire 2 or...

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Whimsical Works

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I have added a new favorite to my “Whimsical Collection” – The concept came to my mind one day while browsing the shops at The Wheel in Pigeon Forge. It was about a month later, but finally “The Duck Family” is ready and already a 14×20 Wrapped Canvas hangs in the bedroom.     It was actually the store where I found Stewart, who is the subject of “Hopscotch“. Also in a 14×20 wrapped canvas already hanging in my bedroom before any of my gallery outlets have a print.       “Horse Play” was originally a piece  was just playing with and not having any intentions to make it a public gallery release. Funny thing was, when I first took it to The Turning Leaf Gallery in Blue Ridge, GA… It sold in the first 15 minutes of being there.       “Po Side In” started from a photo challenge between me and fellow photographer John Jacobs. As he dropped by my artist day at The Turning Leaf Gallery in Blue Ridge, GA, He made note of passing by the submarine, so I issued the challenge to see what we could come up with.       “The Big Show” is based on a character (the muscle guy) that hangs out at a mini-golf course in Gatlinburg, TN. Another one of my personal top 5 favorites of all my works.       In all fairness to Gumby, I had to produce “Gumby At The Water Park” since his pal Pokey was already a sensation in my “Horse Play”...

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The End of C-41… or pretty close to it.

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Just a few months ago I was testing some old film cameras to see if they still functioned properly, and subsequently took the exposed film (C-41 process) to Walgreen’s for developing and scan to cd. Never really thought about how much longer this service would be available… I guess we just always figured that someone was doing it. I was certainly glad to know if I wanted to shoot some color film, I could get it processed and scanned. Until Now!!! As I just wrapped up shooting a roll of Kodak BWC (Black & White C-41) and went to the Walgreens I had previously had process my film. And to my surprise it appears that Walgreen’s no longer does this service “in-house” anymore. In fact said it would be about a week before I got the film back. Funny thing is that when I first got into photography, that waiting a week to see your results was quite normal. Unless you shot and developed black & white film and printed the images in your own darkroom. But in the age of gotta-have-it-now, it seems that even waiting an hour to get film processed and then scanned to a CD is too long of a wait. Since I had purchased a vintage Nikon FE and even more vintage Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens, I was really eager to see the results from a test roll of BWC I shot. As I had then planned to go out and shoot a serious roll or two, over the holiday weekend. One of the sad parts of it all, is in how we preserve moments...

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Biography – Commercial Printing Journeys

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When I was in High School and had the opportunity to attend the vocational school located in the same building, I jumped on the offer and signed on for “Graphic Arts” class. Since I was already taking the maximum of art classes in my regular curriculum, I figured it was just an additional “art” class I could take. When I had my first day of class and saw all the printing presses, I realized it was a bit more than “art” but still had an interest in learning the craft. There was also a darkroom for processing of litho film and making negatives of the work to be printed. Since I already had my own film photography darkroom at home, I figured this would give me a slight edge on the rest of the class. The teacher saw a quick advancement in my abilities and quickly moved me from the bookwork into the darkroom and onto the presses. I was able to learn a AB Dick 360, Multilith 1250, Chandler & Price Letterpress, Ludlow Lead Typesetter and assorted bindery equipment. Even before the first year of class was completed I applied and got a job running the letterpress department at Modern Press. I had at my disposal a set of 3 assorted C&P presses and a linotype lead typesetter. Although it was 1978 and letterpress was even a dinosaur back then, you could still find one in use in a shop every now and then. I also had a large 40″ paper cutter and eventually ran the shops AB Dick 360 7 Multilith 1250 on occasion. But like many print shops...

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New Works – April 2015

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“Hue Number 420” A scene from sunset over the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains. Available in the web shoppe at www.gallery5.biz       The MITTY 2015 Historic Racing Action from Road Atlanta See the Facebook Album of images Or view the deluxe slide show of MITTY images at www.doctorsid.com/the-mitty     “Sphinxster” Traveling down the Parkway through Pigeon Forge, you can spot this scene in Walden’s Landing. Available in the web shoppe...

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Black & White Film Workshop

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There are countless amounts of Photography Workshops and Schools out there, all claiming to show you how to use your new digital camera or get better at taking photos. But wouldn’t you like to go back and explore some of the roots of photography and dive into the aspects of shooting film. The Photography Experience will offer Workshops in Shooting and Developing Black & White Film. The workshop includes information about camera settings and exposure, a roll of Tri-X film, use of developing tanks and chemistry… plus scanning your freshly developed negatives to a CD. If you do not have a 35mm film camera, The Photography Experience has one you can use… So now you don’t have an excuse. If you have always wanted shot shoot and develop black & white film, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. As an added bonus, the works of the participants of The Photography Experience B&W Film Workshops will be featured in the next issue. For more details and sign-up...

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