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Hello 2021! Time for an update …

Hello 2021! Time for an update …

Despite the lack of posts here, I have been working on my art. A few projects that are in the works or wrapping up: Industrial Heartland seriesI still need to wrap this one up. I took photos last year, edited them, but didn’t get around […]

Ghost Pumpkin rising

Ghost Pumpkin rising

My adventures in 4×5 homemade pinhole photography continue, this time with Rollei APX 25 film. Exposure time was ~55 minutes. The collage photo used two continuous dish lights, as my LED lights’ batteries drained about 20 minutes into the second shot. I’m using a Jobo […]

So, … I kind of built a camera

So, … I kind of built a camera

I ordered the 0.5mm pinhole on EBay as well as the film back, but everything else was from scratch. I didn’t have a proper router table and hobbled one together from scrap wood. Some of my cuts weren’t perfect, although it seemed to get the job done.

The photo of the ghost pumpkin is a direct positive print on 4×5 Harman photo paper exposed for about 85 minutes.

I processed it with a 2520 Jobo and then did a sink rinse.
A mid-build shot on the makeshift router table.
The mostly followed plans.
Abandoned Americana, No. 7, on Exhibit through Oct. 10

Abandoned Americana, No. 7, on Exhibit through Oct. 10

Earlier this year, I unveiled my “Abandoned Americana” series, and No. 7 earned a spot in the “Voices of the Midwest” exhibit at the Fine Line Creative Arts Gallery in St. Charles, Ill. The exhibit runs now through Oct. 11. I also filmed a brief […]

Depot Light

Depot Light

The covered platforms of the former depot offer nice examples of asymmetrical architecture, including the overhead light and beams.

Dwight Depot

Dwight Depot

The former train depot in Dwight offers beautiful architectural details (as we’ll also see in tomorrow’s post).

Fire Chief Reflections

Fire Chief Reflections

Reflections of the past in the glossy enamel of the Fire Chief gas pump.

Texaco Station

Texaco Station

During its heyday, Route 66 would at times be clogged with bumper-to-bumper traffic. It’s easy to understand why so many service stations line the road. What’s more difficult to imagine is that in 1937 a pedestrian tunnel was built in nearby Odell, Ill., to allow […]

Mini-Billboard

Mini-Billboard

Cars fly past Dwight on nearby I-55, and the interchange has a typical assortment of fast food and gas station options. A little to the east lies a former Texaco station, complete with a mini-billboard.

Mobil Station

Mobil Station

Not everything along the Route is in good repair, and in some cases, such as this former Mobil station, the rust and abandoned look is displayed with pride.

Winnebago

Winnebago

I love this cute little Winnebago trailer, circa 1953, and the texture the water creates on its sides.

Standard Sign

Standard Sign

This service station features painted shingle siding. All along the Route, there are points of interest like this one, and many feature an audio recording that you can play to give you the historical context of the place.

Standard Service

Standard Service

Buckle up for my Route 66 mini-series! Over the next two weeks, I’ll post photos from a late-march trip along a portion of Historic Route 66. While this series runs, I’ll be working on the last series in this series: Industrial Heartland. Eaves, Chris (March […]

Americana, No. 7

Americana, No. 7

This image is part of my Americana Series coaster set, which is available for sale at MidnightOwl.Gallery. Eaves, Chris (Aug. 18, 2019). Americana, No. 7 [Photograph]. Burlington Township, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 40mm, 1/200 sec., f11 at ISO125.

Americana No. 6

Americana No. 6

I’ve revised the name of this series, which previously was “Americana Still Life, No. #.” This image is part of my Americana Series coaster set, which is available for sale at MidnightOwl.Gallery.

  • Eaves, Chris (Aug. 18, 2019). Americana, No. 6 [Photograph]. Gilberts, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 30mm, 1/80 sec., f9 at ISO125.

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