This is a gallery of miscellaneous shots, including some street photography and rural views. My travel pictures, particularly those of Paris, are in some other galleries on this site. This gallery is not . chosen with any particular objective in mind, although I should perhaps have one, but there are pictures I like, for various reasons.
Michele and my dearest friends, John and Karen Huff, married off their youngest daughter in May of 2017, and I took some pictures. This is Kathleen in the middle of a crowd singing and dancing to "YMCA." I love the exuberance in the picture, and I especially love it in black and white. Fort Wayne, May, 2017.
Karen Lieberenz, 1974
Karen is a lifelong friend of mine. We have known each other since junior high school, and attended Indiana University together in the 70s.
Duffy napping by the lake
This is my dad in the Summer of 2017, sleeping on the deck at Birch Lake. He had been ill for a couple of months and is still not up to par here, but for 91, it's not bad.
Claire with Ria
Ria is my son's dog, a normally rambunctious Labrador/Coon Hound mix. Claire is my granddaughter, who loves animals. Ria was atypically gentle in this moment.
Carly Swendsen, 2016
Carly kind of grew up in and around Elkhart Civic Theatre and the Bristol Opera House. I captured this image during the run of our production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. It seemed right to reduce the image to almost a line drawing.
David Robey, 2016
ii - Paris, 2015
In December of 2015 I took my second trip to Paris. My first was in 2000, and was only a weekend hop from Germany where I was working with a client. This visit had a tremendous impact on me. What they say about Paris is all true, its beauty, its atmosphere, and its people -- scratch that. What a lot of people say about the French, that they are snooty and abrupt with foreigners, is not true. I found most of the French in Paris to be warm, helpful and a joy to be around.
Anytime is great for a trip to this city, but December is kind of special because the city, particularly, the Champs Elysée, is decked out for Christmas. It's not too cold, although it can be a bit rainy, so the weather is conducive to walking, which is generally the best way to see the city. Bring good shoes and take your time.
Walking is probably the best way to see Paris in-depth, but for a quick overview, the hop-on-hop-off bus tours are perfect for first-time visitors. One gets a sense of the size of the city, locations and a bit of history through the little earbuds that come with the ticket. For photographs, you really must sit up top in the open air, and that's where this photo of the Eiffel Tower peeking up above the buildings was taken.
From a café across from the Opera Garnier
Beats me why I like this. I have a number of pictures of this, including a snippet of video from this scene as well. The front steps of the Opera are in the background. I like the semi-hidden face of the diner. Great place to watch people and enjoy an espresso. December 2015
Eiffel Tower from the Trocadéro
I cannot remember what the statue is but there is so much statuary in Paris it's hard to keep track of it. I like this misty, foggy, moody treatment of this area that has seen so much history, including a visit (and famous photo) of Adolph Hitler about where all those people are standing.
Old woman on the Avenue de l'Opera
This is taken looking up the Avenue with the Opera Garnier in the background at center. It seems a little strange to see someone like this on what is one of Paris' more cosmopolitan streets. Paris, December 2015 .
Girl with bicycle
It's not her bicycle, but it completes the picture. I took this photo from the open area in front of the Louvre. It's actually a crop from a larger, less interesting scene. I think I like the black and white version the best. Paris, December 2015.
Street Experiment, Paris, December 2015
This shot is relatively unremarkable except for all the advertising on the sides of the buildings. This is just a Photoshop exercise which I think is kind of interesting.
It was a rainy evening in Paris. I was sitting under an awning having a glass of wine and this couple came walking by and stopped in front of me. It was almost as though they were posing for a catalog shoot. I was able to take several photos of them against the grey-blue of the evening sky before they moved on. Paris, December 2015.
Scooter Boy, Paris
This is one of those shots that one grabs the best one can. I saw this kid, dressed in a rather grown up way, on a scooter and got two shots before he zipped away. This one is the best, even though it's not perfect (the bench breaks up his form), but I like it as a souvenir shot. Paris, December 2015.
Busker, Paris, December 2015
This guy was playing the most typical of French accordion music at the bottom of the steps leading up to the La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre. Better known as simply the Sacré Cœur. For a Euro he was happy to pose for a picture. This is more of a street portrait, and if I'd thought about it I would have waited until the girl in the background was done taking her pictures. But it's still a fun shot.
iii - Paris 2016
These are pictures from my third visit to Paris, in December 2016. My viewpoint was different this time. My first visit was in 2002 and was just a weekend hop-over from Schwelm, Germany, where I was working at the time. My second visit really gave me a chance to drink in the city by foot, and my pictures reflect this. This trip, I was more familiar with the city and its layout, and I think my sense of what Paris is about changed a little. Not sure this is clear, but as I add photos to this collection, maybe my feelings about Paris on this visit will become so.
iii - montmartre doorway
In December 2015 I shot a series of photographs through a café doorway that opened onto Rue de Steinkerque, one of the streets that goes uphill to the Basilica. It was warm for December, but the street was uncrowded. The existing foot traffic up and down the hill created an interesting dynamic.
iv - chicago
My son lives in Chicago so I get up there often, and we do some photo walks occasionally. I find these walks to be very relaxing, and they give me a unique perspective on this ever-changing city.
The view from 52.
On a sunny, windy day from my brother's 1 West Superior apartment, 52 floors up. Chicago, June 2017
Clark and Division, Chicago, Illinois
Hard to say why I like this picture. It's so normal in Chicago, but perhaps it's the relative lack of people that makes it interesting. Two people crossing the same street, worlds apart. April, 2017 or thereabouts.
The Second City and Dave
In 2016 I took a year of comedy writing classes at The Second City in Chicago. I loved it. This was something I never really knew was possible until my son's fiancée suggested I might like to take some classes there. She was in the improv program; I chose writing. Wonderful experience for a guy like me to meet and work with some young smart folks.
Dylan Dufour, Chicago 2017
Photo walk with my son on a cold Sunday.
Inside The Second City
The Second City trades a lot on the famous folks who have been a part of its mainstage casts and student body. This panoramic presentation of famous faces is in the second floor lounge area, and it can be seen from the North Avenue side of the building.
Bridge on Clark Street, Chicago
Very often when I visit Chicago, my route out of town is down a long stretch of Clark Street from around Chicago Ave down to 22nd Street where I catch the Ryan Expressway. It's always more interesting than taking the expressway from Lake, even if it's sometimes slower. I like this fairly iconic bridge over the Chicago River.
Chicago Music Maker
Buskers are everywhere in Chicago, as they are in most major cities. Caught this guy out the car window.
Guys with briefcases
Taking pictures out of the car window seems to be a specialty of mine. These two are an interesting juxtaposition. June, 2017, Chicago.
vi - theatre
For nearly 40 years, I have had a relationship with theatre, and specifically one theatre - Elkhart Civic Theatre - in the 120-year-old Bristol Opera House. I've taken a lot of pictures over the years in this building, as well as in other theatres when our group has travelled. These pictures are generally more personal than artistic, but I hope they are of interest.
Jeff Barrick and backdrop
Jeff Barrick is a scenic painter and has done a number of wonderful backdrops. Here he is working on a front olio for our production of Zombie Prom in 2015.
vii - indiana
Indiana is a state with a lot of variety. Most of the pictures here will be from my stomping grounds, the area of Northern Indiana just south of the Michigan state line. Some of it is rural, some of it more citified. Some of it is metropolitan. From the Amish communities to the industrial Elkhart area, to Notre Dame, this is where I live.
Car wash 1
The Rocket Car Wash has been in business in Elkhart, Indiana since before I can remember, at the same location, as far as I know. I sometimes like to drive slowly around an area (city or rural) to see what pictures appear out the window as the car moves. This image, with the glowing sky behind and the sign itself softly light, jumped out at me and I couldn't resist. This was a cold December evening and the shot was made with the iPhone 7 Plus.
Evan's Sidewalk Cafe
It's not really a sidewalk café. It used to be called the Cow Bell, but it's been Evan's for at least 20 years. Daily specials, breakfast and lunch, basic, but good, diner food. And they know you by your first name. Taken in 2017 with an iPhone 7 Plus.
I've been getting my hair cut at Kent's Barber Shop for at least 12 years, maybe more. Kent's is an actual barber shop, not a hair salon that does men's hair as well as women's. You go in, you talk to Kent of Jeff (his son, who also cuts hair), wait no more than ten minutes usually, and you're out in 20. Perfect. Taken several years ago with the iPhone 4s.
viii - minneapolis 2017
These are images from a street photography workshop in Minneapolis in May of 2017. The teacher was Valerie Jardin.
These two young people seemed to greet us at one of the entrances. They were very friendly to our group and Valerie Jardin asked them to pose for the class. After several poses facing the camera, I positioned them forehead to forehead, and asked the girl to push the young man's hair back in a kind of caress. It turned out well, I think.
I had tried to get a decent picture of this interesting looking lady in the entry way of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, but didn't get anything particularly good. Then as I was sitting on a bench in the main lobby, she sat down next to me, along with what appeared to be her daughter. Of several shots, I think this is the strongest.
Playing in the circle
There's a rotunda in the Mia that has a dome three floors up where an animation of rolling rocks (asteroids?) moves constantly. This little girl and her baby sibling were moving in and out of the carpeted circle on the ground floor. She is obviously interested in the images in the dome. And in rolling around while her brother weaved in and out of the frame.
Farmer's Market Vendor (pottery)
This man was not particularly interested in chit-chat until I actually bought one of his pieces (a coffee cup, of course), and then he got real friendly.
Minnesota art gallery buckaroo
A slightly out of place hat in the art institute.
Little girl playing in the rain
Waiting for a parent to bring the car around while another parent watched them were several kids just outside the main door of Mia. This little girl stopped playing to look at the man with the camera for just this moment.
This was an accidental capture of a girl working in one of the shops in the artsy district of Minneapolis during a major arts event. I discovered that people don't really question a guy taking photographs too much in situations like these, especially when there's the likelihood that press and PR people may be about.