Presence Exhibit

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Mora Valley Oil Company - Cleveland, New Mexico 
This scene in the heart of Mora Valley, New Mexico, glowed with down-home Americana spirit. Vintage building, classic style gas pumps, trucks, tractor, big sky...
The granddaughter of the original gas station owner found the image on the internet and wrote to me, "Thank you for taking this photo. It brought a tear of joy to see something so dear to my family as it used to be in the "good old days".

Hess Gas Station - Hudson, NY

This Hess Gas Station provides a wonderful contrast to the image of Mora Valley Oil Co. taken many years before.  The two photographs must be appreciated side by side.  Same merchandising concept, different era.

Water Tower -     Housatonic, Massachusetts   

Housatonic dates back to the 1800s and was formed around textile and paper mills. At its peak, Monument Mills, a textile manufacturer, occupied five factory buildings and employed 500.  The mill closed in 1956.  

 

Aermotor Windmill - Claunch, New Mexico
   - Bird’s Eye view from atop the windmill blades

Claunch is a near ghost town, yet it survives today - Population 18 in recent census.   The Community Church is the white building in the background.

World Trade Center - New York, New York

Location at the foot of (old) Cortlandt Street and West Side Drive.
Taken while construction was still underway at the WTC complex,
Circa 1971-72

Downtown Restaurant & Bar - New York, New York

A popular after work hangout for construction workers in the downtown area.
Signs in window - "Rheingold Beer", "Schaefer Beer", "Topless Dancer".

39 Whitehall Street - New York, New York 

Even on a quiet Sunday afternoon, 39 Whitehall Street, summons up ghosts of Viet Nam Era resistance, demonstrations and bombings.  The 100 year old building, originally built for the Department of the Army, was the infamous induction center where draft age young men reported by order of the Selective Service System for pre-induction physical examinations. 

In the song, “Alice’s Restaurant” (1967), Arlo Guthrie,described "Whitehall St" as the place "where you got injected, inspected, detected, infected, neglected and selected.”

St. Patrick's Cathedral -  New York, New York

Location: 5th Ave at Rockefeller Center.   The building under construction is Olympic Tower.

 

SanFrancisco Church - Golden, New Mexico

 

 

Church and Cemetery - Maine Coast

(Exact name and location not recorded)

 

Bridgeport Community Church - Bridgeport, California  

Sign of the times -  "Sunday School 10am" (painted over)

 

 

Barn - Near Warwick, New York

 

Old Barn - Near New Hope, Pennsylvania

 

Levi Strauss Wall Sign - Sonoma, California

Levi Strauss Overalls - The Two Horse Brand --- “A New Pair Free if they Rip”

Side Porch, House - Pasadena, California

Side Porch, House - Cranberry Island, Maine

Tree of Life - Cranberry Island, Maine

 

 

Dancing Trees - SUNY Campus, Purchase, NY

 

Trees - Vallejos, California

Creeping Tree Roots - Connecticut

At the bank of the Connecticut River

 

Zabriskie Badlands - Death Valley National Park -  California

 

Sand Dunes - Death Valley National Park - California

Photographing on sand dunes is challenging.   It's usually windy with sand blowing constantly around your feet and sometimes rising high into the air.  Protecting the camera and lens is most important.  Positioning tripod legs on sand is difficult.
 

 

Rainy Evening Beach - Hammonasset State Park - Madison, Connecticut     

A time exposure on a gray, rainy evening. 

 

Yosemite Falls - Yosemite National Park - California    

Made in the midst of a heavy rainstorm. 

Storm Cloud - Schwabacher Landing - Near Jackson, Wyoming

This remarkable cloud appeared quite suddenly and morphed into a nondescript shape just as quickly.  As it passed overhead, heavy rain poured across a vast swath of land. 

Note the single small tree at the center and top of the distant ridge.  The white spot adjacent to the tree is a parked SUV -  The vehicle provides interesting gauge of scale for the image.

 

Storm – Looking toward Inyo Range - Owens Valley, Near Lone Pine, California

This portion of the Owens Valley, is an awesome sight. Millions of boulders from the formation of the Sierra range are strewn over thousands of acres.

Dancing Clouds / Active Sky - near Sutter, California 

An array of clouds above a hilltop farm displayed a wonderful "dancing" quality.
The clouds were soft and subdued against a bright blue mid-morning sky.
Filtration darkened the sky to reveal the cloud formations.