My first zine

During COVID it was not possible to travel as much as I had been doing. I therefore confined myself to walks in the immediate vicinity of my house and started a series of photographs, which with my usual lack of inspiration I decided to call “Around the Neighborhood”. I defined this as meaning anywhere that I could walk back and forth to from my house.

I intended to make a photo book out of these these photographs, but it quickly became apparent that I risked having too many pictures for a single photo book. Also there was a danger that the task of selecting appropriate pictures, processing, editing, sequencing etc. would become so overwhelming that I would become paralyzed and not produce anything at all.

For a while I had wanted to try producing a Zine and this seemed like a good time to finally get around to it. I therefore decided that instead of a single photo book I would try instead to create a series of Zines. This is the first in this series.

The subject is a single tree in a nearby woodland. I’d already taken a number of pictures of it but on this occasion I decided on the spur of the moment to attempt an exercise that I’d recently read about. This exercise consisted of taking thirty six photographs of a single subject all at once (See: A Photographic Exercise).

Quite easy at first, but after about twenty photographs increasingly more difficult. In fact at that point I almost gave up, but I stuck with it and in the end found it to be quite useful. I’m the kind of person who will walk up to a subject, take a few pictures and then move on. This exercise made me slow down and look more carefully. Indeed, towards the end I was noticing things, which I had already walked past a couple of times.

New York Botanical Garden – The Grounds

I recently went to the NY Botanical Garden in The Bronx. I’d been there several times before, usually to see the annual Orchid Show. In the past I spent almost all of my visit at the show, so this time I decided to explore those parts of the garden that I had not visited before first. Note that I said ‘first’. I did intend to see the Orchid Show, but not until I’d taken a look at the rest of the Garden.

Above: Daffodil Hill. I heard a number of visitors saying that it was not as spectacular as it usually was. I don’t know about that but it certainly looked pretty spectacular to me.

Waterfall on the Bronx River.

The Stone MIll. Originally built in 1840, the current structure was the third mill on the site. The mill used the Bronx River to power the waterwheels that produced tobacco and snuff. The mill was abandoned in 1870 when the company moved to New Jersey and was later purchased by the City of New York for parkland. It wasn’t until 1937 that the mill was officially transferred to the Garden. It’s houses a small museum and is a popular wedding venue.

Daffodil Hill again

Still more daffodils.

Bridge over the Bronx River.

Along the MItsubishi wetland trail (I think)

The native plant garden

Words fail me.

One of the many trees in bloom.

Taken with a Fuji X-E3 and Fuji XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS II

Around the Neighborhood – Treeman Lives!

Last November I posted about strangely human looking tree that I called Treeman (See: Around the Neighborhood – Treeman). I’m pleased to report that, despite tree limbs and in some cases entire trees falling around him/her/it, he/she/it made it through the Winter unscathed. Had even one of the major limbs fallen the whole effect would have been spoiled.

Taken with a Fuji X-E and Fuji XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 R LM OIS