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My Current Favorite Tree. My Pet Tree

I’ve always had a great fondness for trees. There was a plot of land behind my father’s house that was more or less my playground as a kid. It was a woods was filled with stately old trees. That plot of land (much to my father’s chagrin) sold and now has a house built on it. Still, a fondness for trees, and especially urban trees that live out their lives more or less paying little attention to what humans are doing below them, endured. The landlord has told me that the house I’m living in was built in 1910. It’s reasonable that the tree has stood about as long as the house has, and was part of the original landscaping of the lot. There is a large stump in the middle of the back yard, –a sister tree that must have been a match for size of its brother that is still standing. I am not one for new-agey/spiritual beliefs, but I do find the presence of a venerable old tree in my backyard to be calming. Frequently when I am at home I can be found perched under it.

I am often noted to be a sort of whimsical human. I do talk to trees, –who in turn don’t say anything, but simply listen.

This spring, when the weather changed, I took a series of photos of my pet tree as it began to leaf out. The photos were taken with an Olympus OM-1 35 mm camera, and Fuji 400 film.

I hadn’t intended these for sale, it was more a project of selfishly documenting something meaningful to me. Still, if someone made an offer for a print, or even the whole series, I’d be more than happy do that for those who asked. There’s many way I can think of that these photos as a series together would make a very beautiful piece framed imaginatively.

 

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Sketches, misc.

This page is for miscellaneous sketches, rough drafts of ideas, and for random bits of art I have created.

 

Here are a few more sketches, most from recent months:

Female figure, pencil and oil pastel. 8" x11" on paper

Female figure, pencil and oil pastel. 8″ x11″ on paper

 

Street Vendor 1930s, pencil on paper.

Street Vendor 1930s, pencil on paper.

 

Woman, mixed media, on paper 8 1/2" x11"

Woman, mixed media, on paper 8 1/2″ x11″

 

Dapper man, colored pencil on paper.

Dapper man, colored pencil on paper.

 

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Cafe Lasi Palatsi, Helsinki, Finland. My partner’s favorite cafe there.

child with violin

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Oil pastels on paper, sketch. From a photo of the DV tour.

Charcoal sketch of BP CEO, Tony Hayward

Examples of hospital art

Oil Pastels on paper, sketch of the corner of Lark and Washington, Albany NY.

Digital Image, Albany Rural Cemetery, HP digital camera. Altered in iPhoto.

Digital Image, T-Max 100 film, Pentax SLR. Altered in iPhoto.

Taken out the window of a friend’s apartment. Background Empire State Plaza, Minolta digital camera. Edited in iPhoto.

Albany snowfall.

Emergency demolition, Albany, NY. 2010. edited in iPhoto.

Fayette, Michigan, Pentax 35mm camera.

Still Life, Kodak digital camera.

“Driveway, Poughkeepsie, NY” Pencil on paper, sketch.

Photography: Urban Ruins, with commentary

The house that started it

I have always been fascinated with photographing abandoned buildings. This image is the house that started the fascination. It is a picture taken on a Pentax 35mm SLR when I was a high school student, taking a photography class. The house was an abandoned farmhouse near the home I grew up in, in rural Saratoga County. The house no longer stands. It was on a piece of property owned by my father, and my father had to demolish it because local teens were using it to party, and it was dangerous.

As a teen, I spent time inside the house. It was a real curiosity to me for how the stair-well to the second floor wound behind the living-room fire-place. There was a hole in the roof, and grass grew out of the second floor. An upstairs room had a soiled mattress in it, and stacks of pornography. This house would eventually lead me, in a round-about way, to the topic of my Masters thesis.

Fayette 1999

Fayette, Michigan

Fayette was a former industry town, near Escanaba, Michigan, where my mother grew up. The town smelted iron ore, and shipped it around the Great Lakes. When smelting methods improved, the town was abandoned. Eventually, the town became a tourist attraction, and, I think, a national park. During one of my visits to family, we visited Lafeyette, and I took these with a Pentax 35 mm SLR. These images were taken in 1999:

Fayette, Michigan

Fayette, Michigan

Fayette, Michigan

kilns, Fayette, Michigan

Town, Fayette, Michigan

Albany

Digital image, poor quality, side view, St Joseph's Church

In 2002, I moved permanently to Albany, NY, to go to college. I photographed many city land-marks with an HP digital camera. Because the files had to be transferred from computer to computer over the years, the quality of those images is poor, and most of my photos from that time are unrecoverable.

Albany has a rich history, and many of its historical landmarks have fallen into disrepair. Nevertheless, Albany remains a rich tapestry for my photographic interests. Here are some examples of significant, and insignificant urban ruins I have shot in Albany.

St. Joseph's Church, Arbor Hill, Albany

HP digital camera, Park South neighborhood, Albany

Refrigerator Building, north Albany. It recently caught fire.

Another shot of the same building, Kodak digital camera.

For my camera lens, This building has been the gift that keeps on giving. Not only is it prominent entering downtown Albany by car or bus, the damn thing burned for three days and is still there. One-time a cold storage warehouse, it’s massive and stark. Abandoned for decades, a one-time contractor entered the building to take scrap metal. The building caught fire and spewed smoke over Albany for days. The train tracks that run through north Albany (some are still in use) run practically up to the door, and the condition of near-by structures are hardly better. I’ve gotten a lot of shots over the years within blocks of this building.

Broadway, Albany, NY

Another doomed Albany building. From the outside it appears the roof has partially collapsed. This is about a block from major city attractions, only several blocks from the State Capitol.

Abandoned building, Near the Knickerbocker Arena/Times Union Center, downtown.

Madison Ave, Albany, NY

Train tracks, North Albany.

Former Trinity Church.

Image of Trinity Church. An out-of-town landlord bought this historic building, and let it crumble until it was lost to an emergency demolition. The building shares an architect with land-mark buildings in NYC and DC.

State Hospitals

When I was a literacy teacher in a GED program, I became interested in the architectural style of psychiatric hospitals popularized by Thomas Story Kirkbride. My interest in Kirkbride hospitals wedded my architectural and photographic interests to my literary and academic interests. I would eventually write my masters thesis about the Kirkbride hospitals. When I first floated the idea to my graduate adviser, I was pretty sure there was no way the school and department would let me take my degree with a paper written about Foucault’s theories, as they relate to an architectural style of state mental hospitals. I got proven wrong on that point. Here are some images so far of sites (and former sites) of the state hospitals my academic research focused on.

Out-building, former site of the North Hampton, Mass Kirkbride

Driveway, at Hudson River Psychiatric Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

While I was a teacher in a GED program, I developed a casual interest in the psychiatric reform movement of the latter half of the 19th-century. Since most of my academic research focused around the 19th-century, it was pretty natural to let a personal interest coalesce with an academic one. So, I wrote my thesis about Kirkbride hospitals, and the “Moral Treatment” movement.

Hudson River State Hospital (formerly Hudson River Lunatic Asylum, Poughkeepsie, NY), Kodak digital camera

Hudson River State Hospital, Kirkbride. Film photography, Olympus OM-1

 

Ruined barn, Bethlehem, NY. Kodak digital camera.

 

Port of Albany, Kodak digital camera

(more to come)

About Eleven Images

The purpose behind this blog is to share, and promote my work as a visual artist. I have been a painter and sculptor, a photographer and have worked in mixed media. I studied studio painting briefly at Skidmore College, right out of high school.

My work is influenced heavily by the abstract expressionists in the U.S. in the thirties through the nineteen-fifties.

As a photographer, I use both digital and film cameras to take my pictures. Recently, I have become interested in using simple software tools to manipulate digital media.

still life

About the artist: Robert B. Eaton (Rahb Eleven) in native New Yorker who grew up in rural Saratoga County, and has been a long-time resident of New York’s capital, Albany. He works as a free-lance writer and has performed regionally in the industrial/electronic scene as both a DJ and musician. He has also appeared and assisted with stage performance and appeared in film as an actor.

Abstract Image, digital camera, edited in iPhoto