About Jeffrey

I photograph a wide variety of subjects, but mostly urban landscapes and industrial decay ... New Topographics-type stuff, but not quite. I enjoy photographing familiar scenes in an unfamiliar way, so as to present them in a new and different light (terrible pun intended!) For the past few years, I've been photographing almost exclusively at night because: 1) Thanks to my then-very busy day job (and today, looking after my elderly father and disabled sister), this was the only time of day I had available for photography, and 2) I've come to enjoy the very different look / mood / feel that nighttime light provides my images.

About prints: I love them! For me, a photograph doesn't truly exist until it's printed on paper, so by all means, I'm happy to make them available to others one way or another. My preferred size is 12"x16" or 10"x15", depending upon the format of the camera I used, but I can print larger or smaller if necessary. If you are interested in acquiring one, drop me a note, as I'm sure we can negotiate an arrangement that will make both of us happy (usually a print swap, where you give me one of yours for one of mine, but I'll take cash, too!) :-)

As for comments, I appreciate them regardless of whether you like an image or not. In fact, as much as I enjoy reading praise for my photos, I actually prefer to read comments that question or challenge me, as I find I learn more from them, and learning, combined with practice, is what will ultimately make me a better photographer. So please don't be shy and do feel free to share with me your thoughts! On the other hand, please don't be offended if I don't "return the favor" and comment upon your photos in return. I'm not anti-social -- well, not completely! -- but I approach art in a very intuitive manner (i.e., on a gut level, without much forethought or analysis) and as such, I struggle to respond to what is a visual medium in a non-visual way. Frankly, I simply don't feel either qualified or comfortable discussing art ... if I had more facility with the written word, then I wouldn't need to take photographs!

Photography Equipment

Although I have very definite preferences about the equipment I use and none of it has been chosen casually or haphazardly, sharing that information here somehow seems inappropriate in view of this site's emphasis on images and not equipment. Enjoy my photos (or not, as the case may be) for what they are and if you really want to know more about the equipment that was used to capture the photons of light reproduced here or any of my digital darkroom techniques, drop me a note and I'll answer any questions you have.*

I suppose this is the place where I should also point out that every image you see here has been "processed" in my "digital darkroom" to some extent, just as my film-based images were back in the days when I still printed them using traditional wet-chemical technology. Because I consider my photographs to be documentary in nature, I'm quite restrained in what I'm willing to do to them and I absolutely draw the line at cloning objects out of the image (not even a cigarette butt!) or compositing elements into them, or engaging in any of the HDR or filter-based shenanigans that have become so common these days. If you see something in one of my images -- be it a building, a cloud, a shadow, or even a piece of trash -- then you can be confident that's how it existed when I captured it. My goal in processing images is to compensate for the limitations of today's technology and share with the viewer in two dimensions the experiences I have personally had in three, rather than to use photography as a alternative to painting or drawing in order to realize an image that exists only in my head. YMMV...

* Prior to 4 Sep 10, all the images I posted here were captured using various micro-4/3 bodies and Panasonic and Olympus lenses; after that date, however, the majority of them have been captured using a Contax 645 body, a small collection of Contax/Zeiss lenses (35mm / 45mm / 55mm / 80mm / 140mm), and a Phase One P30+ medium-format digital back. Yes, this means I've finally decided to take digital technology seriously as a medium for capturing images -- bye, bye film! -- as well as for printing them, which I started doing in 1997.

10 Jun 12 Update: I recently replaced my m4/3 travel camera outfit with a Fuji X-Pro1 and the 18mm / f2 and 35mm / f1.4 lenses. To my delight, I discovered this camera is surprisingly sensitive to infrared light, so I have started shooting IR images again as well, something I had started doing with a Panasonic DMC-LC1 that I modified to remove the "hot filter" in front of the sensor, but which I have not used for several years now owing to its 5MP file size, which limits the size of my prints to just 6"x8" or thereabouts.

13 Jul 12 Update: I'm also using a Fuji X100 on occasion as well.

7 Oct 12 Update: The Fuji X100 is now gone (it was too similar to the X-Pro1 for me to justify keeping both) and I'm now using a couple of PC (i.e., perspective control or "shift") lenses with the X-Pro1 for much of my architectural-type photography. I'm also (finally!) able to use my all-time favorite lens -- a Zeiss-designed Contax N 17-35/f2.8 zoom -- on my X-Pro1 via a Chinese-made lens mount adapter, albeit in a very clunky manner.

4 Apr 13 Update: A Fuji X100S found its way into my hands today. Only time will tell whether it goes (as its predecessor, the X100, did a few months after it arrived) or stays (as the X-Pro 1 has for more than a year now)...

16 Sep 13 Update: I have been using my Fuji X100S a lot lately and have decided that it's an amazing camera, especially for "street photography." There is no way I will part with it unless/until something similar but better comes along. It's small enough to carry with me everywhere, but takes photos with high enough quality that I can mix the prints with those from my medium-format "big rig" and it is not immediately obvious which were taken with which. It's a real gem of a camera!

13 Jul 14 Update: I've started experimenting with a Sony a7R body and am presently using with it a Contax N 17-35/f2.8 lens via an adapter. As I noted above, this is my favorite lens of all time and because the a7R has a full-frame, 35mm format sensor, I can once again use it as an ultra wide-angle lens (i.e., the effective focal length when the lens is set at 17 mm is -- wait for it! -- 17 mm, not 26 mm, which is the case when it's mounted on a camera body using an APS-C format sensor, such as the Fuji X-Pro1, or 35mm, which is the case when it's used on an m4/3 camera body.)

16 Mar 15 Update: I acquired a used Sony RX1 two days ago and dropped it this morning, somehow damaging the focus motor in the lens such that the camera is showing an error code on the rear LCD and now refuses to focus, either automatically or "manually" (which is actually electronically, as the lens has no focusing helical.) 8^(

15 Apr 15 Update: For less than the cost of having Sony repair my broken RX1 -- and thanks to a very generous gift from a very good friend -- I have purchased a second, used RX1. I have also purchased a Ricoh GW-3 .75X wide-angle converter, which screws onto the RX1's lens and shortens the focal length to approx. 26.5 mm, effectively providing me with a second, wider lens. With the RX1 lens stopped down to f8, the image quality with the lens converter attached is still very, very good and it will make the RX1 suitable for use as my lightweight travel camera. NOTE: I have discovered that it's possible to mechanically focus the lens after all, via the macro ring, which means my broken RX1 can be focused the old fashioned way. Accordingly, it has been pressed into backup service.

April, 2017: During the fall of 2016, I briefly started photographing again using a Sony A7R with my much-loved Contax N lenses. Initially, they were used along with a pair of FrankenKameras* I cobbled together from bits and pieces of other cameras I already had on hand, but after I accidentally broke and then replaced both my original A7R body, as well as its replacement, financial considerations -- or more specifically, the lack thereof -- forced me to switch back to my pair of RX1s, because I could neither justify nor afford to buy a third A7R body.

However, thanks to a very generous friend, who made a third Sony A7R body available to me at the end of the year, I was back at work with one or the other of my FrankenKameras as of the beginning of 2017. By the end of January, though, it had become clear that my aging eyes weren't performing as well as they did when I was younger and composing and focusing with even a fairly fast f2.8 lens was starting to prove to be a challenge for my nighttime photography.

So I started exploring alternatives and ended up replacing the Contax N 17-35/f2.8 lens with a Sigma Art series 24-35/f2 lens. The extra stop of light really does make a noticeable difference when I am composing photos in the dark and among its many other favorable qualities, the lens is bitingly sharp, which is a characteristic that, IMO, enhances my photography. (That said, I do miss the 17-23 part of the Contax N lens' focal range, but that's a compromise I had no choice but to accept.)

In late March, I also stumbled upon a used Cambo Actus camera body for a price I was willing to pay. I'm not sure I can afford to keep it, unfortunately, but for now, I'm happily using it with the A7R and Sigma lens.

In June, I was loaned a 35mm/f2.8 Contax lens by a forum member who was curious as to how well it would work when used with a Cambo Actus. Specifically, he was curious about the size of the image circle it projected and the potential range of movements -- tilt, shift, swing, etc. -- that could be achieved with it. To my surprise, its image circle was large enough to provide for an adequate range of movements and when I was offered the lens for a modest price, I bought it. I subsequently purchased four more Contax lenses and have been using them pretty much exclusively since July 2017.

* I ultimately ended up with two final versions: FrankenKamera, Sr., a modified Toyo VX23D-based medium-format view camera and FrankenKamera, Jr., a modified Cambo Wide DS-based medium-format technical camera. The former offers rise/fall/shift/tilt/swing movements on both the front and rear standards, but is bulky and heavy to use in the field, whereas the latter is much smaller and lighter, but offers just front rise/fall and rear shift movements.