Posted on May 26, 2015
The first school in Mosherville opened in 1847. It was followed by a frame schoolhouse in 1857-58 and then this schoolhouse in 1872. Built at a cost of $2800, the building originally had two rooms serving grades one through ten. As the town grew it became a an eight-grade school. The school closed in 1967 and is currently the home of the Ladies’ Aid Society.
The school is on North Street next to a church built in 1862. The church has held non-denominational services since 1947. Hope you enjoy the images from a bygone era.
Posted on October 17, 2014
The traditional proverb, “The eyes are the window of the soul.” (attributed to many authors), suggests that windows are for seeing in as much as for seeing out. In the 19th century windows were very important as the primary light for most tasks. Many windows (especially with glass) were a sign of wealth. Taking pictures with windows in them is a good photographic challenge; as getting the light right both inside and out can take some work. What do these windows say to you about 19th century America or even 21st century America?
Posted on September 17, 2014
Last week, Pat and I roamed the roads to Lansing to photograph in Michigan State University’s botanical gardens. When we couldn’t find any parking anywhere near the gardens, we roamed the roads back home. Here is a small sample of what we saw.
Posted on June 19, 2014
I am not sure what makes windows such a fascinating target for photos. Perhaps it is the reflections or maybe it is the questions windows seem to raise. In any event, here are some window shots from last week. What are your thoughts about windows?
Posted on February 18, 2014
These additional windows are more the star of the show than those from last Friday’s post. The first is from an alley in Jackson, Michigan. It is not colorized. The whole back wall of the building – including this window – is painted blue. Likewise, the blue caboose window was found this color, in this setting. Shifting to purple, the next window is a compliment to the purple door. The final window is a second-story window in Jackson’s train station. Both the window and the reflection capture the architectural beauty of this historical landmark. Happy reflections.
Posted on February 14, 2014
“Window dressing” refers to the practice of “dressing” storefront windows or, alternatively, adding something that is superfluous or over the top. Today I am focusing [pun alert] on the former definition. In each of these four pictures, a window or part of a window brings life and energy to what would otherwise be a rather boring photo. In the first, the small portion of window sill brings life and context to the simple beauty of a cobblestone wall. While mostly invisible, the windows in the second image add depth and contrast to this museum coffee shop. In the third image, the window plays a small, but important, role in giving interest and proprotion for the viewer. The last capture uses a bit of window from a downtown bordered up store to give meaning and heightened value to its surrounds. Let a window speak to you today. More windows on Monday.
Posted on February 5, 2014
Those that know me, as well as those that have been following my photoblog, know that I can be quirky. In taking photographs I often look for the unusual within the usual. So today and Friday, I thought I would share some quirky photos of things that stuck my fancy. Hope at least some strike your fancy too.
Posted on August 12, 2013
Bliss in Blissfield comes from finding keepable photos on a day forecast to be partly sunny but turning out to be the sun’s day off. (To be fair, the weather folks weren’t specific about what part of the planet would be mostly sunny). Somewhat frustrated by the poor lighting conditions, we went to Blissfield for lunch at the Hathaway House Stables.
Our dining area provided the lantern shot. The unusual six-faced barn roof is from a barn behind the restaurant. The barn window comes from the same barn (note how the barn wood frames the left of the window). The smiling Officer Friendly (or Kelley) consented to a picture in her cruiser surrounded by her technology. The picture is a double portrait as you can see yours truly in the near window.
So even on a cloud mega mania day you can still take pictures and find bliss.
Posted on May 31, 2013
My friend Pat says I am weird. Although I prefer the term “unique”, she may be on to something. When we go on our photo morning trips together, we often seek out different perspectives or even different subjects. What makes art interesting is that it is a very subjective process, both in the viewing and the creating. We are all alike in one way: we are each different.
Here are three images from a recent photo outing. The car image was taken during a coffee break. The other two are from Ella Sharp Park in Jackson, MI.
Looking for art in unusual perspectives, subjects, or angles heightens our creative energy. Maybe these images wouldn’t have occurred to you. They occurred to me because Pat is probably right and I am of the opinion that normal is highly overrated. I would love to hear your thoughts, whether or not you agree with Pat. 🙂