We Rent Houses – W. Pratt St., Baltimore

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Technical information:
Camera: Wanderlust camera with Caltar-W 90mm lens
Film: Ilford PF4+ 4×5″ EI 400
Paper: Ilford Multigrade Classic

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Jesus Is Lord!!! – Baltimore

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Technical information:
Camera: Wanderlust camera with Caltar-W 90mm lens
Film: Ilford PF4+ 4×5″ EI 800
Paper: Ilford Multigrade Classic

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Chair, Baltimore

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Technical information:
Camera: Wanderlust camera with Caltar-W 90mm lens
Film: Ilford PF4+ 4×5″ EI 800
Paper: Ilford Multigrade Classic

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Women’s Day

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I was going to offer my images this year without comment but made the decision to make an exception for this one.  There have been numerous pictures of people with signs and I photographed my share.  I had my favorite and initially wanted to present it to everyone but though otherwise because it was NSFW.  I will, however, provide this link for those who have been forewarned.

I decided to share this image because I have not see it anywhere.  The toilets that were provided, at least the one I used, were provided by Don’s Johns.  Because of the obvious inference the company’s name was covered, but this covering was removed on a couple for everyone to see.

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Inauguration Day

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Technical information:
Camera: Wanderlust camera with Caltar-W 90mm lens
Film: Ilford FP4+ EI800

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On Their Own

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Technical information:
Camera: Wanderlust camera with Caltar-W 90mm lens
Film: Ilford FP4+ EI400

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On the Way to Morgantown

On the Way to MorgantownTechnical information:
Camera: Wanderlust camera with Caltar-W 90mm lens
Film: Ilford FP4+ EI400

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Henneman Avenue

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Occasionally tours are offered at the old A. Hoen & Co. Lithographers building in Baltimore, which has been abandoned since 1981, and at some point I may offer some of the images taken there a month ago. Before the tour I did some wandering in the area, testing my Travelwide camera (noted in the previous blog entry).

This particular image is of Henneman Avenue, which offered more activity than a number of the other streets I walked along. What struck me was the mixture of nicely kept homes with those that were completely abandoned.

This is the last entry within that misfortune known as the year 2016. I have decided to try something not done in the past decade/500+ posts of this blog, which is to just display the image with little or no comment.

The Braddock Equivalents series gave me a chance to show images that were not about the object photographed, but more about the feelings I had at the time I photographed the object. At least for the subsequent year I will post images that may or may not conform to this idea (I am currently working on some images in both categories). I may post relevant technical information, as there are some who ask for this, but I do not want this to be considered to be a technical blog.

So let’s see what 2017 brings – certainly something a bit better than 2016.

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Stability

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Stability is the search for something reliable, something that will be there when we get back. So we nail it down, square it off, and expect it to be predictable. But everything tends toward entropy, so perhaps it’s best not to get too complacent.

This image was printed on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper with homemade AZO silver gelatin emulsion, and is part of the Braddock Equivalents project.

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Alfalfa

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I am in the process of getting rid of most of my cameras – selling some, giving away others (anyone want an Argus C-3?). I find it too much of a distraction to have shelves of cameras I no longer use, and feel that someone else might be able to enjoy them instead.

I sold one on eBay a while back for more than expected, and attributed that to having included images from the camera.  When I decided to sell the Travelwide I got on Kickstarter a few years ago (using my 90mm lens) I took it out into the field to photograph.

This is a handheld 4×5″ camera and I was using a reducing back so that I could test it out with some 120 film.  The only 120 I had available at the time was ISO50 speed, so hand holding was tough (full open the lens is f8) but showed the proof of concept. I was in East Baltimore and photographed this guy who was selling alfalfa.  We spoke for a while and I do not really remember much about exactly what he had, but he certainly was interesting and passionate about his product.

The problem came when I used the camera with 4×5″ Tri-X – it was so much fun to use that now I am rethinking selling the camera. I’ll post some of those images soon but for the time being I think I’ll hold onto the thing (and perhaps get more Tri-X).

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