Below are a random selection of portfolios drawn from the hundreds of places I've visited and photographed over the years. They are in no particular order and I will occasionally change out what is being shared.
Fort Steele and Jeffrey City are two interesting places in central Wyoming. Fort Steele was a frontier fort build to defend the Union Pacific Railroad in the 1800s. It is now a state park with a few standing buildings, fireplaces, foundations, and various other features. Jeffrey City is a town north of Rawlins that is largely abandoned. During the middle 20th century the local uranium mines and mills supported a much larger population.
In March of 2018 my younger son James and I took a road trip to Arizona. We stopped at a variety of places along the way. One of the stranger locations was the ghost town of Two Guns. It's located along Route 66 and was established in the early 20th-century as a roadside attraction. It had a zoo and various amusements. The site is also the location of a tragedy - the Apache Death Cave. In 1878 a group of Navajo warriors massacred 42 Apache warriors as retribution for a previous attack. I actually went down into the cave. It had a melancholy feeling.
Between 2016 and 2018 I was part of a cultural resources team that documented the historic resources along the I-70 corridor in Denver that were going to be affected by the demolition of the 1960s era viaducts and the expansion of the new highway. I took almost 1000 photographs. Here are about 70 that show the range of places.
Every few years I try to take my younger son on a photo expedition during his spring break. This year we took a whirlwind 4-day trip across the Mojave Desert. Many of the stories from this trip are told on my Instagram feed.
In the winter and summer of 1987 I made two extended trips to Sylvania and Bowling Green, Ohio, to visit my extended family of Grandparents, Aunts & Uncles, and Cousins. This area has been called the "Victorian Midwest" and it clearly shows in the architecture and décor. My family didn't live in actual Victorian mansions, but there's still a clear expression of that sensibility. I remember putting a great deal of effort into this project, but I've only exhibited two of the photos. Looking back at these images from 34 ago, I'm seeing them more as a historic record of a distinct time and place. The portfolio is pretty large, with about 175 images.
In June of 2004 and 2005 I vacationed in New England and visited some cool historic sites towns including Yarmouth, Newburyport, Gloucester, Boston, Salem, and more. I visited some of the oldest homes in North American. I didn't take nearly enough black and white film photos, but here are a few.
In October of 2019 I traveled to Arizona to photograph an archaeological site for the National Park Service. I decided to make a side trip to this amazing ghost town called Ruby. It's about 16 miles from the nearest town in a mountainous area just three miles from the Mexico border. It was the largest and most intact privately owned ghost towns I've ever seen or heard of.
From 1942 until 2008 this large property located northeast of Denver functioned as a United State military production and storage facility for chemical weapons, bombs, and rocket fuel. Habitat restoration and demilitarization efforts on the site started in the middle 1980s, and in 1992 Congress passed the Refuge Act. By 2004 the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge was open to the public under the administration of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. I've visited the site about five times since 2015. It's an odd mixture of history and nature that's worth visiting.
In July of 2018 I traveled to Yellowstone National Park to photograph a historic fire tower on the top of Mount Washburn. I also gave myself a day to photograph some of the parks famous natural beauty. Nothing can fully prepare you for the almost other-worldly scenes. You will see there are two parts to this portfolio, the architectural photos and the artistic landscapes.
Since the early 2000s, the Montezuma Valley in Southwestern Colorado has been experiencing something of a rebirth of the apple growing industry. The Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project has been surveying and promoting conservation efforts at many historic orchards. In 2015 I had the pleasure of getting a tour of the Neal Family farm. It was amazing, and I even got to eat several heritage apples straight off the tree.
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