Monumental Retaining Wall

A somewhat non-typical view of the Gateway Arch. Kinda fun. All in all.

– all in all it was…

– just a brick in the wall…

– all in all it was…

– all just bricks in the wall…

– Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd

About this image: digital photograph, lightly modified

Hesburgh Library, University of Notre Dame

Here are some random flowers I photographed outside the Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame. There is a reflection pool just beyond these plantings, but I had to crop it out as this entrance was being worked on during our visit and there was construction ‘stuff’ everywhere. Even with the  low vantage point I  had to airbrush out high-reach equipment, etc. Oh well. Good excuse to go back… right?!

Byron ‘Buster’ Bluth (*describing his new construction job*): “…I like it here… and the language these guys use… rough! One of the guys told me to take my head out of my bottom and get back to work! (*cackling laughter*) My bottom!”

Tony Hale – Arrested Development

About this image: digital photograph, lightly modified

Take a Right at the Motherwell…

Why, it’s gallery 338 in the St. Louis Art Museum. Looking into gallery 337. You know… just in case anyone was curious. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Will Hunting: “You paint that?”

Sean Maguire: “Yeah. You paint?”

Will Hunting: “Nuh-uh.

Sean Maguire: “Do you sculpt?”

Will Hunting: “No.”

Sean Maguire: ” Like art? Do you like music?”

Will Hunting: “It’s a real piece of s**t.”

Sean Maguire: “Oh. Well, tell me what you really think.”

– Matt Damon & Robin Williams – Good Will Hunting

About this image: digital photograph, moderately modified

Hartford M.E. Church

When I came across this striking church in rural Illinois (est. 1876) I was tempted to grab some overalls and a pitchfork and rock an  American Gothic pose. Maybe next time. Have a great weekend everyone!

Pssst… just between you and me I removed two ‘contemporary’ basement windows and elongated the whole building a bit, etc. Don’t tell anybody, okay?

About this image: digital photograph, moderately modified

Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance

Growing up we had four or five channels on television, and most days that wasn’t much to get excited about. Yet every fall, as the leaves took on their fiery hues and a fresh crispness filled the air something extraordinary would happen… the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame would storm onto the football field that doubled as my very own living room.

It was a show like no other. I would imagine myself defending that hallowed field of green, pushing opposing quarterbacks past their end zone, back to wherever it was from which they had dared to come; exhilarating the faithful under the watchful gaze of Touchdown Jesus… not in our house!

As you might imagine, when Annabelle and I found ourselves passing through South Bend, Indiana, there was no way I could keep from running around that familiar golden dome… a campus I had never set foot on, yet had visited a millions times.

So, just for today, please pardon the sentimental imagery and clumsily nostalgic prose. I am a terrible writer, but this… is Notre Dame.

Not to mention I’m totally expecting pity points in the form of a full-tuition MFA scholarship. Totally. Dude.

Transcripts available upon request. 😉

About this image: digital photograph, moderately modified

Point Betsie

Anybody have a light?

I wonder if this thing runs on a 60 watt?

Does this remind anyone else of a foghorn? How about Foghorn Leghorn?

I say, I say I need a nap. Or more caffeine. Or both. Can you tell?

Oh yeah, I almost forgot… this is Point Betsie, in Frankfort Michigan. Yup.

About this image: 35mm Ilford film scan, lightly modified

Home, Sweet Home

Last Monday Annabelle came to visit me at and I went to the Zoo.  I might have secured a gig in the exhibit above… it was eerily similar to looking in a mirror. E-E-AH-AH *translation* ‘S-up?

(I’m anticipating a certain comment on this one… who will it be… who will it be?)

About this image: digital photograph, lightly modified


I’ve been posting a lot of  heavily edited images lately, so it seemed appropriate to go simple today (although this photo has been airbrushed extensively). I mean, honestly… downspouts, light fixtures and Christmas decorations? It’s almost like people were trying to live in this house! Who’d have thunk it?

About this image: digital photograph, moderately modified

Rooftop – Alton, Illinois

Hey, hey, it must be random rooftop day! Aren’t billboard support structures great? Oh, and rooftop water towers, too. There’s something very… ‘built’, and imposing about them. Or maybe it’s just that they remind me of Empire Records. Which has an excellent soundtrack. And isn’t too shabby a movie, either.

Warren: “Who glued these quarters down?”

A.J.: “I did.”

Warren: “What the h*** for, man?!”

A.J.: “I don’t feel the need to explain my art to you, Warren.”

– Empire Records

About this image: Holga/35mm film scan – moderately modified

Abandoned Schoolhouse

I’ve got… ‘the block’… just lost for words today. And I write this stuff out in advance. I swear. But my dog ate my homework.

Anyway, here’s a fake Van Dyke Print (abandoned one-room schoolhouse in Walsh County, North Dakota) to look over while I try put together a script for tomorrow’s show. Please stay tuned…

About this image: faux van dyke print – digital photograph – highly manipulated