K-Chuck Radio: In honor of Kris’ birthday…

My son Kris just turned 33 today.  I will say this – there are moments when my son’s musical tastes match up with his father’s – and then there are moments where his playlist is as far away from my musical tastes as anything can be. So in honor of Kris’ birthday today … I…

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A final trip to Altamont for 2019 …

So I did my Sunday trip to the Altamont Fair – ostensibly to see if my picture had claimed the People’s Choice award (it didn’t, a photo of a snowy squirrel did)… And I also made a pilgrimage to the Arts and Crafts building, which I did not do on Tuesday, to see if there…

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Five Tickets to Ride Day and Night

After my recent success in mixing vintage Verichrome Pan film with Kodak Instamatic film (88 Minutes in Chinatown), I wanted to try this splitfilm trick again.  And I wanted to create something that was a “day versus night” exposure, using the lights of an amusement park or the midway of a county fair to build…

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood, August 17, 2019

Good morning, my wonderful blog readers.  Today will be a great day, I promise this – seeing as this afternoon, my high school friend Alfreida Tillman’s niece Nakia will have her book signing today.  The book, about Nakia’s grandmother (and Alfrieda’s mother), “The Adventures of Li’l Margie,” will be featured at a book signing at…

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24 miles from Shakedown Street…

I have some detractors – well, I call them “family” – who will say that I would travel a thousand miles to get a photograph, but I wouldn’t travel across the street to visit them. Well, yeah.  The photograph trip is more enjoyable than visiting my family. Such is the case last Sunday. I took…

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“Holy bats, Batman … that’s a bat, man!”

So I’m driving back from Syracuse last Monday, as part of the proverbial “Drive of Shame” (as I mentioned before, of the nine entries that I submitted to the New York State Fair, only two this year – Farrell in Aerochrome and Mittsu No Yuki – were rejected), and I thought about stopping by my…

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Altamont Fair 2019 photo results…

I changed up my routine this year.  My routine for the first day of the Altamont Fair is to drive over to the Fairgrounds as soon as I possibly could (the second after the clockout whistle blows on my day job), and then eat a meal at Josie’s on the Fairgrounds, and walk into the…

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My 2019 Altamont Fair entries are …

So here’s the deal. The Altamont Fair opens today. And in 2009, I entered my first photos in the Fair’s Fine Arts competition. It wasn’t until 2011 when I earned my first ribbons for my work. by 2013, my photo of an Icelandic sheep, The Jumbuck, picked up my first Altamont blue ribbon.  That was…

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So which (3) pictures made the Iowa State Fair photo salon in 2019?

Dang, this has been bugging me all summer. Last July, I received the Iowa State Fair Photography Competition’s yellow postcard o’ doom.  The one where they tell you if any of your pictures made the cut – if any won awards – or if none of your entries were accepted. I was very fortunate this…

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The New York State Fair postcards o’ doom are here…

I knew they would be in the mailbox. The postcards o’ doom. All with postmarks from Syracuse. Nine entries – six photographs, three artworks.  Nine little postcards, each one representing nine acceptances or nine rejections, or any combination of the same. Over the past few years, the postcards o’ doom have been a veritable albatross…

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