Hackberry Arizona

Hackberry is an unincorporated community in Mohave County. Arizona, United States. Hackberry is located on Arizona state road 66 (former U.S. Route 66) 23 miles  northeast of Kingman. Hackberry has a post office  which serves 68 residential mailboxes with zip code 86411. 
A former mining town, Hackberry takes its name from the Hackberry Mine which was named for a hackberry tree in a nearby spring.Prospector Jim Music helped develop the Hackberry Silver Mine in 1875. Mining of various metals developed the town, sending it from boom to bust based on fluctuating commodity prices.

Digital Downsizing

My Wife and I are in the process of downsizing. We had a large home that was great for raising our children but now they are gone it is way to big for the two of us. So we have been in the process of cleaning out, selling off and giving away stuff that we no longer need or use. It is amazing how much you can accumulate over the years.  The same thing goes for my photography I have thousands of photos that I have taken that are stored on hard drives, dvds cds, thumb drives  and in the cloud  probably which most I will not use or look at anytime soon. I like what Ansel Adams said “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop;” and that is something that I need to work on.



Are We Missing Something?

2017 California Cross Country Trip

On a recent visit to Downtown Las Vegas, I was able to watch  the Fremont Street Experience, which offers free nightly shows featuring 12.5 million lights and 550,000 watts of amazing sound. As I stood there watching the show I could not help but notice so many people attempting to capture this awesome show on their phones. I thought to myself wouldn’t sometimes  it be better if we just put down the phone and just take in the experience. I think at times we miss out when we don’t.


World Wet Plate Day 2017

 Today we celebrate World Wet Plate Day!A tintype of a speed graphic camera.
May 6th 2017
Every year, we celebrate the World Wet Plate Day the first Saturday in May. Block your agenda for this 8th edition. Organize your Wet Plate Day event and have some fun.

What is a Wet Plate Day?
World Wet Plate Day is a day to celebrate the work of the artists who practice it today. Wet Plate Collodion is the photographic process of pouring Collodion onto a plate of thin iron or glass, then exposing and developing that plate while it’s still wet. This process was the primary photographic method from the early 1850s until the late 1880s. It replaced paper negatives/Calotypes (Talbot) and Daguerreotypes (Louis Daguerre). The current revival of the Wet Plate process is due in large part to the ubiquity of digital photography and because of the unique Collodion “signature” and aesthetic.

Who We Are and Why We Do This
From reenactment tintypes, to still life ambrotypes, to studio portraits, photographers have embraced the ethereal look, handmade process, and arcane yet simple materials of Wet Plate. Wet plate photographers can be artists, engineers, wilderness travelers, studio operators or backyard hobbyists. But they all have been deeply impacted by this beautiful technique.

Mechanical System-a system that manages the power of forces and movements to accomplish a task.

 I have always been fascinated  with mechanical things. Whether it be a vintage watch,  clock, or typewriter, I find that the inner workings are like of work of art with all the levers, gears, springs coming together to perform a task. That is one reason I like to collect and use vintage film cameras, there is something about adjusting for distance, aperture and shutter speed then cocking the shutter and look at the subject and take the image. It makes me slow down and see things a little differently.


Solomon’s Castle


I recently had the opportunity to visit this unique place out in the middle of nowhere. Mr. Solomon was a very eclectic, humorous and creative artist transforming ordinary items into beautiful artwork.

Located in the tiny town of Ona in Hardee County, Florida, Howard Solomon’s unique home is three stories tall and covers 12,000 square feet. This medieval-style castle was built entirely by Solomon himself, utilizing reclaimed and recycled materials. The shiny exterior of the castle was made from discarded printing plates, and the “bricks” on the road to the front door were stamped onto the cement.