I need  your help today as I’m very interested in what you think of this image.  I can’t put my finger on it, but for some reason I really like this image.  It just resonates with me.  There’s arguably nothing really to it other than some nice lines and textures, but it’s by far my favorite from a quick shoot at the Pacific Mill complex this past weekend.  I asked my wife about it, and she didn’t see much in it, and I would really like some other opinions.  So please let me know what you think.  Good.  Bad.  It doesn’t matter.  I’m just curious if anyone else has any kind of reaction to it.  

At the end of the day, I guess that’s the beauty of what we do as photographers.  There is no right or wrong.  What matters is what you like, what inspires you, and whatever it is that drives you to create your work.

Stone Exterior

For all the times I’ve photographed the Stone Mill, and there have been many, this composition is one I had never tried to capture before.  As soon as I looked up from this spot the other day, I knew I wanted to get these three sections of the building together in a single image.  I loved the peaks and angles of the roof line, as well as the parallel lines from the shadows, and thought it all came together well.  Unfortunately the sky was pale blue and boring, so I played around with some textures to give the image a bit more life.

These sections of the building house the stairways, as well as some unique little rooms and spaces full of terrific details to photograph.  Bob Lussier and I are very excited about bringing our first workshop participants through these places this coming Saturday as part of the Historic Mills Photography Workshops.  Although this weekend’s event is full, we have another one coming up on May 18th.  Please visit our website for more information and to sign up.


The word facade comes from the French language, literally meaning “frontage” or “face.”

This is the facade of the Stone Mill in Lawrence.  As you can see, it is full of textures.  And colors.  And lines.  It also has a history.  And significance.  A past and a future.  I’m drawn to it because its “face” conveys it all.

Concrete Walls

I posted a similar shot from here this past summer that was a vertorama of this awesome room on one of the upper floors of the Stone Mill in Lawrence.  Today’s image is a more “standard” view of the room, but one I like very much.  The simplicity of the three windows, the lines created by the wood, and the amazing textures in the walls make this one of my favorite shots of this iconic mill.

And speaking of mills, good friend and fellow photographer Bob Lussier and I met with the owner of the Everett and Stone Mills in Lawrence yesterday to discuss the possibility of conducting photography workshops in their space.  The meeting went quite well, and as a result, Bob and I are teaming up to start Historic Mills Photography Workshops!  Look for more details here and on Bob’s site in the coming weeks.

Mill Workshops


This past weekend, I found some willing and able partners in Bob Lussier and Mike Tully to explore the abandoned factory of the former Cape Ann Tool Company in Rockport, Mass.  We met early in the morning to first do some sunrise shooting at Annisquam Light, and then headed over to the old factory for a little urbex shooting.  I had been wanting to shoot here for a while, and this place did not disappoint.  It’s a huge space, and the three of us immediately split up to explore all the gritty spaces and details for several hours. 

This image probably isn’t going to be my favorite from the shoot, but with limited time to dive into the shots yesterday, this was the first one I decided to process.  These tracks lead to the door in the back of the factory, which happens to back up to Pigeon Cove in Rockport.  An old truck axle was an odd thing to find here, and I liked the contrast of tracks and truck parts in the same space.  Stay tuned for more images from this place in the coming days.


I took this image over the summer during a trip to Long Island, and had pretty much left it for dead in my folder of misfit images.  That is until I started playing around with the new Perfect Effects 4 from OnOne Software.  I rarely use textures in my images, but with this shot the applied texture helped fill in for what was originally a somewhat boring sky, giving it new life.

While on Monhegan Island in Maine, one of the things I wanted to explore was this shipwreck at the southern end of the island in an area called Lobster Cove.  This was the D.T. Sheridan, a 110′ steel tug that ran aground in heavy fog in November of 1948.  As you can see, the hull is completely rusted through, and is slowly deteriorating on the rocks.  It was a blast exploring all its rusted goodness, with so many photo possibilities.  I didn’t get to spend nearly enough time here, but I hope to get back again soon.


Just a quick post this morning.  This view was captured looking through one of the openings (windows?) in the outer wall of Fort Constitution in Portsmouth, NH.  The fort is located right next to Portsmouth Light, which was what I originally planned to shoot that morning.  As I was exploring the area, I thought the view of the pre-dawn sky through the fort was quite interesting as well.

Have a great weekend.

Yes, it’s time for another edition of “I’m Not Sure Why Wednesday” where I share an image that I’m not really sure why I shot it, but was pleased with how it turned out.   The photo safari I participated in last weekend took place mid-morning when the sun was harsh and bright.  As a result, I wandered the various alleys and side streets looking for things to shoot where the sun was either not visible, or at least less harsh.  I’m not really sure why I pointed my camera at this particular building, but when I processed the image that night, I really ended up liking the textures, colors, and details.  Would you have taken this shot?

Happy Friday everyone.  Just a quick post for today.  In addition to all the interesting equipment and architecture at the iron works, I was also looking for some of the details to photograph as well.  The varying textures of the wood and the iron hook made this a no-brainer for me.

Have a great weekend.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/11, 70 mm, 3 brackets