Thursday, February 6, 2014

Listen to the Pictures Part 2

Parts 1-4 of the audio piece created from field recordings made during the walks along the Moshassuck River. Recordings were made over a period of about 9 months.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Listen to the pictures: Conanicus' Bow audio

 The first section of the Conanicus' Bow audio montage. Created from field recordings made on the project walks along the Moshassuck River.

The full audio will be available on Saturday when the show opens.

Providence in Siver invades AS220 Project Space

 Providence in Silver goes up at AS220. We open on Saturday. Come on down and see some great photography by Warren Eve, Paul Shelasky and John Nanian, and some pretty good things by Erik Gould too. Thanks to Neal at AS220 for making the installation so smooth.

Paul Shelasky hangs his excellent street work
John Nanian hard at work

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

So long Pete, it's been good to know ya.

Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen performing at the Lincoln Memorial Obama Inaugural Celebration Concert.

Much more great info here at

Friday, January 24, 2014

New work: Conanicus' Bow @ AS220 Project Space

Opening on Saturday February 1st. Providence in Silver: photographs by John Nanian, Warren Eve, Paul Shelasky and Erik Gould  @AS220 Project Space, Providence RI.

I'm very excited to be part of this group show and to show some new work. 40 photographs with text and audio.

 A walking meditation, Conanicus' Bow grew out of my attempt
 to walk the Moshassuck River, only 8.9 miles in length, flowing from Lincoln RI to the bay at Providence. Used and abused, this river makes its way almost unseen through a built landscape including former textile mills, a casket factory, three cemeteries, a major rail line and an interstate highway.

I relate my experience in photographs, words and field audio.

"Even under the open sky it is difficult to see and to get to, well guarded by a thicket of trees and vines and exit ramps. There's water there? Hiding in plain sight until comes a rainy spring and with great flood announces to the unlucky that although it may be your house or workshop YES indeed: a river flows (temporarily) through it..."
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Monday, September 2, 2013

Woonsocket RI / Working methods flashback

Coffee & CreamBeef Barn, Greenville Rd.

Woonsocket RI, a set on Flickr.

For Labor Day. Process flashback. I made a number of the pictures in this set with a baby Crown Graphic camera and 6x9 roll film back. I thought at the time that I wanted to continue a view camera method: camera on tripod, ground glass focus and framing, but with a smaller camera and 120 film. So I got a baby crown and a very nice 65mm Super Angulon lens. On 6x9 that works out to be very close to the same angle of view as a 28mm lens on a 35m camera. Perfect I thought. I got a bright screen to help with the focus, the SA was an f8 lens. I also got two graflex roll film backs, locating the later versions with the rollers installed. Should be quick and light, compared with a 4x5 or 8x10.
Still, even with the rollers in the backs I could see that that film flatness was less than ideal, in fact it was pretty bad. No problem I thought, the lens stopped down has such depth of field I won't have any problems with lack of focus. This was true. However the lens couldn't help with architecture turning into ribbon candy near the edges of the frame, in focus yes, straight no. For landscape it would be fine, but facades, not really.
This and the very limited range of movements brought this experiment to a close, but at least I tried it.
Always fun to wander around Woonsocket.