Voyaging: Reed City, Mich.

Americana Everywhere Some small towns—I'd say most small towns, at least around here in northern Michigan—encapsulate small-town life and living: local ice cream shops usually called something great like the Cone Corral; cars pulled up side by side, windows down—their drivers catching each other up on the latest news; meanwhile, historical buildings that were once…

Voyaging: The Treaty Fish Co., Peshawbestown, Mich.

Ed and Cindi John The temperature was well below freezing and the wind was making sure it stayed that way. As my boots made the crunch...crunch...through snow and ice while trudging toward a fishing boat, a seagull delivered a side-eye glance to see if I'd be worth following; it judged correctly and flew away. Peshawbestown,…

When My Camera was Stolen in Prague, or, How I Started Appreciating Film Photography

My First Trip Overseas I had no job. I had very little money. I had a camera though, an early digital SLR. My last post-college internship was completed and it seemed that, even though times were lean, now would be a great time to head overseas. If not now, when? I'd long dreamed of traveling…

Voyaging: Beaver Island, MI

A Beautiful Lake Michigan Island It was a calm summer day in the small northern Michigan town of Charlevoix, Mich. The smell of diesel fumes from idling engines floated in the air as Meg and I were waiting aboard the 1962-built, 95-foot-long Beaver Islander ferry, prior to heading for the small but mighty Beaver Island…

Voyaging: Kalkaska, MI—a.k.a. Trout Town, U.S.A.

A Very Quiet Town When an itch to explore a place quivers my shutter-button finger, I know it's probably because I haven't been to that place in a bit. Such was the case when I aimed my steel steed toward the village of Kalkaska, Mich, about a half hour away. As with most trips lately,…

Voyaging: Walking Through Cadillac, MI in Spring

Street Photography in Cadillac Situated in the lower eastern section of northern Michigan's Wexford County, you'll find Cadillac. It's unofficial claims probably outnumber the official ones, but I'll fill you in with what I know. In 1975, the rock band KISS performed there for the high school's homecoming, which is memorialized on a giant stone…

35mm Film Photography and Color

Search for the Color There was an evening recently, that I'd made the decision to travel downtown to make images. It was an easy decision: The light was nice and it'd been a while since I'd last photographed. There was something about this trip though that was different from the many others. After making a…

Appreciating the Vertical Image

Seize the Vertical With 35mm film cameras, DSLRs, mirrorless...MOST cameras, it takes some extra maneuvers for the vertical frame. Horizontal photos are easy: You hold the camera, right hand at the right and left hand at the left. For verticals though, do you put right hand over the left? Or do you hold it the…