Red Rock Canyon, NV

Las Vegas on Velvia Part 2 – Red Rock Canyon

Like I said in Part 1 – Lights!, this was shot on Velvia 100 of unknown age. Stored in a garage fridge that freezes in the winter, it aged somewhere between 5 and 15 years.

Living in Michigan is a very flat earth experience. No in the “whole earth is flat” way, but the landscape here is rather featureless compared Pennsylvania or upstate New York. There are some hills and sand dunes and stuff in places, just not where I’m at. I was super excited then to go out and see some

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Vegs lights

Las Vegas on Velvia Part 1 – Lights!

Last year I had the opportunity to spend a couple days in Las Vegas. I’m not the gambling type, but I took the opportunity to shoot several rolls of film. With all the color and vibrance my first thoughts went straight to a roll of Velvia 100 I’d had in my fridge for years. I couldn’t tell you how old it was but I’m thinking at least 5 years old though possibly up to 14. I know I bought it fresh, just really no idea when. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Still it was my first pick. I wanted

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Phila mass turb

Just like the Philadelphia Mass Turbulence of 1947

Books oddly ordered and scattered about a room in Detroit’s Old Cass Tech High School building. The doors at this 4000 student capacity building were locked in 2006, contents and all. In the rust belt locked doors never stay locked for long.

A pretty good sized group of film photographers went on this trip back in 2009. Sadly the building was razed in 2011. When I was there it was like an 8 story Call of Duty map or something. There

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Lee Plaza Ball Room

Back in the Urbex Saddle

So a lot of my portfolio is urbex/rurex stuff. Urban decay, modern ruins, the subject fascinates me. Photographically it’s so interesting. Abandoned structures are places out of context. We have contexts for schools, hotels, factories, etc. When the building is empty, when the windows are blown out, when the ceiling tiles

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Betcha didn’t know that thigh high leather boots date back to the 1920s!


Who knew? Apparently thigh high, stiletto, fetish, leather boots date back the the 1920’s.
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Bettie Page wore a similar boot for a photoshoot:

It’s kind of bizarre (pun intended) but even people with no interest or fetish for foot ware find these ridiculously sexy. Perhaps because they are the shape of a woman’s whole leg.

OMG look at all those negatives!

Boxes stacked on boxes between full filing cabinets. Drool….

Bette Page negs alone are worth north of $700ea! As a b&w printer it’d be magical to just have access to that collection for a year or more. So much pinup and movie star fun could be had. I can’t imagine what the auction house valued that collection at. It bottles my mind.

Motel Fetish in it’s 2nd printing!


I was just flipping through my Taschen catalog and noticed that Chas Ray Krider’s “Motel Fetish” is in it’s second printing!

This is really good news if you’re an analog (film) photographer and/or enjoy pinup. Before this second printing I literally waited YEARS before a 1st ed print in fair-poor condition became available for less than $50. I think I got mine for just under $25 but most were $50+ Now it’s available for the entirely reasonable price of

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