5-10-2015Here is my Saint Joseph Project Statement:
I did not pick Saint Joseph for a Photo Project. The Place grabbed me and kept pulling me back. From the first trip to Saint Joe in the early 1970's I was addicted. when sleeping I dream of my walks through this wonderland of a preserved past time. Around every corner, I found a new View, a Treasure Chest of Images just waiting to be harvested and preserved.
Saint Joseph is in many ways an island of a City, an Oasis in the Midwestern Prairie. Usually Overlooked, Driven Around or Zipped Past on the Interstate. Some Folks just fly over this cluster of souls living in this ancient time capsule, having no idea of the treasures and stories that are just a short distance away. It exists on its own, once destined to be the Queen City on the Missouri River now just a fragile skeleton hoping for salvation and recognition. Saint Joseph is like a Fading and Aging Prom Queen. During the years of Confidence and Growing Commerce, Believers built an unbelievable City of Riches. With some Bad Luck and Poor Timing, the Dream Slipped away. This little city, was out on the Midwest Prairie all on its own. It was close to the emerging powerhouse - Kansas City, but isolated enough to develop its own flavor and identity without too much influence from the Mega City to the South. Most days I love to drown myself in the Richness and Blur of Colors and Grittiness of the old town. Sights, Sounds, Taste, Smells, the Texture and Spirit of this Place and I try to grab it all through a lens. I want to snag and squeeze all the intensity and glow of the Place etching it in an image. Remember as a kid, you caught fireflies and put them in a bottle with holes cut through the lid for air? This is what I dream of capturing in my photographs, when I shut off the lights, I want the glow of the captured images to glow in my mind and I hope, in my audiences' eyes. I find a common thread in my travel adventures in the NorthEast, South & Midwest. Once you leave the large city areas, you find the real texture and colors of these regions. There is so much peacefulness and friendly people along the Roadways. If you haven't traveled the backroads, you will be in for a treat when you hit the road. The Old Roads that parallel the Interstates are rich with Interesting Textures, Smells, Signs, Folk Art, Fences, Landmarks, People, Politics, Grit, Foods, Crumbling Relics, Speed Traps, & just a Great Time! There are no Boring Places, it's all about Attitude & Priorities! I have become aware with the passage of the years that the true, dedicated photographer is a lonely figure, hunting the image, always with a hair trigger finger on the shutter, Ready to pounce and capture the moment for eternity.
Several of my Saint Joseph Images are on Display at the Saint Joseph Museum starting in May 2015. These Pictures are part of a semi-permanent group exhibit that will remain on display for several years.
Bob Travaglione has been seriously making pictures since 1968.
His work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, textbooks, websites, museums, galleries and in social media.
11-1-2014 Signs, Decay, Nostalgia, Low Prices ~ It is not the just the Signs, it is entire sections of this great old city. But as a matter of fact, it is all of America. Rural and Urban and even Suburban. The differences between the lives of the top 20% and all the other citizens is expanding. If we allow so many of our people to slip thru the cracks and allow the money people to control the government, we are more than likely heading for our own "French Revolution". This time period like the Great Depression gives great views to capture for documentary photographers, but pictures aside, many people in our country are struggling every day of their lives. At this rate we will get into an ugly pattern of generational poverty and ignorance. Follow the Money and you will find the source of most of the problems.
4-18-14 MY 10 FAVE APPS ~ Number #1 - Geotag Photos Pro ~ In preparation for Photography Meetups & your Own Personal Projects you may want to consider adding Geotagging to your images. For your own info and the historical reference for future photographers and researchers, it is worth the effort to add this data to your image files. It is at both Google Play and at Apple. The only thing that you must do with it, is to set EXACT matching Times on your Phone & Cameras. And I did say Cameras! I have used this app with 3 cameras at once. It does not use any camera battery power. It works like magic when you get back to your workstation and make the magic happen. I start my App when I arrive at the shoot and have it record the coordinates every 30 seconds. I give it a name like 4-18-14 Saint Joseph and Start it. I use my phone all day and never touch the app. It works in the background. When I am done shooting I go to the app and stop it. At that time, if you have a good signal on your phone, it will let you upload your info to the cloud (free with the app).. After you load your images on the computer at home, you open the Geotag Photos Pro App which you have installed on your desktop or laptop and find the data under 4-18-14 which you have uploaded earlier. Follow the instructions for each camera's images and the tags are attached to your photo files. MAGICAL!
I have only used the $4.99 version.
This is one of my Top Faves of All Apps!
4-13-14 Camera Choices ~ Olympus & Fuji ~ I shoot with both of them. The Fuji is easier to handle and feels better, day in and day out. I also use an old Panasonic GH1 that someone converted to infrared and sold to me on eBay. I like the OM-D E-M1 and am getting used to it, but I still have senior moments with the menus and non-logical ways of doing things. I want to keep my foot in the door with the micro 4/3 cameras, because I have a couple of nice lenses that I really like. For battery life, I have the same experience with all of them. I shoot for about 6 hours at a time with no flash. I use the viewfinder mainly, but I do use the LCD screens a fair amount. I can almost get through approx 4 hours with all of them. I bracket 3 exposures and shoot RAW/JPEG with all of them. I have bought the cheap batteries and little chargers at Amazon for around $24 which includes a cordless charger and 2 or 3 batteries. These work great. I guess I get about 400-600 average total shots for all of these little cameras. I more than likely will sell the OM-D, because I still feel dizzy with the menus and too many choices of settings. Some people like this sort of thing. If I sell, I will buy a cheaper Panasonic G6 with the 14-42mm lens to use with my M4/3 lenses. I feel very comfortable with the layouts of the Panasonic and Fuji Cameras. I wish Fuji would make some cameras that take the M4/3 Lenses. Fuji does include nice Pre-Sets for JPEGS on their machines and Adobe Camera Raw now has these film formulas as options for RAW Conversion. I hope my rambling makes some sense to you.
4-8-14 Kansas City's West Bottoms ~ "These Old Places" make such compelling images because we lived, worked, matured and enjoyed these types of buildings when they were vibrant and in use. There is a deep sadness in our hearts and spirits to see the passage of the landscapes of our lives.
3-16-14 ~ The Saint Joseph Project continues to take up large amounts of Time and Soul. The Old Place keeps dissolving & disappearing with every pass through the hilly streets. I started on a smaller scale with film back in the 1970's. I wish we had digital available back then. I wasted so much good time in darkrooms.
12-29-13 ~ Another Year is wrapping up in my continuing Picture Making Work in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Over the years I have given the project several names, "Time Capsule of Joe Town", "Last Millennium Relic" and "Dissolving into Fading Memories" - Several Friends keep pushing me to consider putting these images in a book. The Work Continues. Someday I will do an E-Book so many people in the future can study Saint Joseph, Missouri as it was during the Pioneer, Industrial, and Early Technology Eras. This time period overlaps and includes both Film and Digital Capture. I find the E-Book easier to read and the "Hot Links" make the whole experience so much more complete. But for now, I keep shooting all the time, because it is disappearing right before our eyes. We are heading towards a world where everything is homogenized and corporatized. If you feel isolated now, the Powers that Be have more of the same in the Works for the Consumer not for Human Beings.
12-10-13 ~ Every Trip I make out, following an Old Path.... just like People, the Old Places and Views Vanish from the Landscape. Time is a Rough Customer!
12-5-13 ~ Photographer David Vestal has passed away. To any Photographer who spent many days in Darkrooms and learned on Film and Pushed Exposure using Acufine know and followed this photographer's advice on Technique and the Work Ethic. This is one of the people that have made taking Photographs the Wonderful Art it is Today. VIP David Vestal !
11-25-13 It is crazy to display dead things, burial or cremation would be more appropriate. This is more about "Bragging" than Art or Common Sense. Ivory, Animal Furs, Stuffed Trophy Animals are a Primitive Need of humans who want to warn others not to mess with them, they are "Certified" to kill and bring your dead body into their Cave and display their War Trophies. As Photographers, we need to document our world, including the results of man's triumphs, creations, losses, wins and all the relics of our activity while here during "Our Short Time"! Documentary Photography spans the Hideous and Glorious, Anything that we as the photographer find the need to display. The Photos themselves are our form of Trophies, displaying what we saw and feel others should see, think and discuss.
7-10-13 I take the pictures to see how they look as flat objects. I like to look at the little items that are scattered around the rectangle. I really love the post processing on the computer, especially changing the Mood, Tones and Blurred areas.
I do like to walk, I do feel safe with my camera, it gives me a reason to be in a place. If asked I either say I am taking pictures for the government or scouting for a movie production company. Anything at all that is wild and different, it gives the people something to tell their friends about. I have been doing the photo thing as long as I can remember, since when I was in the Boy Scouts. When I first thought about photography, I was hesitant, because I could feel that taking the machine in my hands would set me on a life long path which would determine my life's path. It really has, I have seen and experienced places, people and events that I would have missed, if I was just walking by. I do hope to capture a handful of special images on a roadtrip this summer.
6-23-13 The Pictures seem to be bubbling up, deep inside of me. I feel I have already made each shot, while I am snapping the shutter... so many dreams over the years and then a constant search to capture the elusive spirit & view that is waiting around the next bend of the road.
6-20-13 Don't worry about it... the camera will protect you from all the evil doers! You are programmed at birth to see and share and it is a lifelong affliction!
6-1-13 I read this quote and it really hit me, "If only there were a longer time between epiphany and epitaph ~ David Glaser" It made me think of All Photographers, That we need to live a life to have empathy and insight into the glimpses of our short timeline that we manage to capture, that will connect to explorers in the future.
5-5-13 Photographers are the real editors, because if we do not push the button, there is no debate!
3-28-13 Photographers and Artists are just Explorers... Obsessive "Looking" & "Wanderings" inspire their Creativity and Work Flow. Hungry Artists investigate the Forgotten & Hidden parts of our world to recharge and refocus their person vision. The "Cast Off" "Rusty" and "Decaying" Places and Objects are their Muse.
3-24-13 Saint Joseph - A Living, Breathing Relic in NorthWest Missouri. It is 2013 and the years have flown by as I am drawn deeper into this long term project... so much continues to disappear.. observing time in a small geographic area is eye opening!
3-18-13 Saint Joseph, Missouri USA ~ Sometimes I think I am possessed by the Obsessive Quest to collect these Fading Places for the Future. Hopefully, someone in the Future will find them interesting or important enough to figure out a good use for this Glimpse of Saint Joseph in the late 20th and early 21st Centuries.
My Photographic Study of Saint Joseph has become a real Collection. So many of these Views I shot between 2004 and 2013 are now Gone or Altered. I am stunned how fast Life Moves. When you work on a small area for a long time, you almost become part of the place. When you come back each time, you start to feel more and more connected. I have black and white negatives from the 70's to 90's that I need to start scanning and putting in order. I made many photo outings to Saint Joe during these years. Immersing yourself in one big project is such a satisfying project. Commitment to a Long Term Project is well worth all the money, work and time. You can really end up with something in your life with substance and value.
I really hope that you are enjoying the images.
P.S. ~ Photographers Commandment #1 ~ Always take your Shot when you are there! People, Places and Things suddenly disappear and you will always have a Hole in Your Heart if you missed the moment!
12-3-12 I bought the NEX6 three weeks ago with the kit zoom... I too am enjoying the auto ISO. The kit lens 16-50mm is wonderfully sharp and the the images have lush color. I bracket in 1/3 stops and my camera seems to overexpose 1/3 in bright sunshine and underexpose 1/3 stop in deep shade. The 16-50 is a power zoom which I do deeply dislike. It is as annoying as a Point and Shoot with the T & W Lever zoom control.. It is very slow and jerky in it's zooming range. But for now I will use it and sell it when a wide fast zoom appears on the market. I just got back from 2 weeks in New Mexico and the camera never let me down. I recharge it in the car with my Ebay 120 volt Power inverter while driving to locations. I am very satisfied with my little miracle machine.. it has perked up my spirits and creativity. Small is definitely a Good Thing! This is a link to my Flickr page.. the five pictures starting on Nov 27 are all from the NEX-6... I had a great trip thanks to wearing the camera around my neck, wherever I went! www.flickr.com/photos/fotoedge/
11-13-12 I was thinking about what I would put into my Resume if I ever needed one. It would be so different from what I envisioned when I first picked up a camera. I spent some time working on the balcony of KRESGE'S (the Original parent of Kmart) at 12th & Main in KCMO. I remember the great Deli just below us with the daily smells of lunch being prepared. This was so different from what turned into a cold, retail box store. The place was as busy as Grand Central Central at Lunch Time. I used to shoot large format B&W portraits and develop the photos right up on that balcony at Green's Portrait Studio. We used an 8x10 Ansco View Camera with a split back and had at least a dozen sessions every day. I do wish the old place was still there.
9-29-12 One and a Half Years ago my buddy Jack (now 14) had a tumor (the size of a football) removed from his stomach area along with his spline. The vet said most pups can make it 6 months after this... but Jack is still with us, he is old but just more of a friend than ever before. I have had about 20 dogs in my life and it has all been worth it.. Life would have been a lot emptier without any of them.. Sometimes we had 3 at a time. Once for a few weeks we had 5 in the house when kids moved back in. Dogs are the Best Invention! Take Lots of Pictures of your Warm Doggy Buddy.
9-5-12 Missouri... St Joe, all the Cities of this State have the Unique Advantage of being able to Breathe and get your Thoughts together, with just a short drive, you can hear nothing or see no evidence of any other Soul.
8-8-12 In a note to Kirk Tuck on his Photography Blog, the benefits of using an Electronic Viewfinder for Exposure Compensation is discussed... this new tool has given me a leg up on not burning out highlights in a scene......My Comment on Kirk's Daily Blog on his Visual Science Lab-Your working method with the NEX-7 in aperture priority mimmicks exactly the controls in aperture priority of my Olympus OM-D. The left top dial is for the control of the aperture and the right one is to control exposure compensation. With the OM-D's in-body 5-way stabilization, I can use any lens I need with no worries about shaking.. the scene through the EVF is under control, as I see vividly the results of my exposure compensation... It is not so much a particular camera...the secret is an excellent EVF that gives photographers direct control of their decisive moment...easy, easy... and very predictable.
8-6-12 Overall... this was the best weekend in quite a while... Sunday's Air was stunningly pleasant after the past 3 months...and I spent the day in Saint Joseph walking, greedily breathing the cool air while adding to my collection of photographs of this "Living Relic" Missouri River Town. Plus!... to put a cherry on top - I sold a wonderful For Sale By Owner Home near Smithville Lake.
5-30-12 I am afflicted with an all consuming ailment! I spend hours wandering the backroads and alleys of America. Musty, Moldy, Rusty, Overgrown, and you got my attention! I am a hunter of Fading America.
5-22-12 Joplin on our Mind at today's one year anniversary of the most destructive tornado in history. 160 Souls left that little Missouri City that day.
PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE CONNECTED..... The Link between serious photographers is that we stop because we see something glimmering out of the corner of our eye and become obsessed with capturing the Soul of a Place, Person or Thing. We make the shot from our own personal perspective and based on our own life experiences. This same event can occur many times over decades and generations, certain places are magical and have an inner energy drawing the "Moths" to the Light! I do believe in a Universal Consciousness that drives our choices in what we include in a Frame. We are connected with the people who have stopped alongside these roadways of eternity.
5-19-12 We just can't shoot the pictures fast enough, such beauty just dissolving in front of our lenses! Surreal, Beautiful and just part of the Circle.
5-18-12 Saint Joseph, Missouri USA ~ Sometimes I think I am possessed by the Obsessive Quest to collect these Fading Places for the Future. Hopefully, someone in the Future will find them interesting or important enough to figure out a good use for this Glimpse of Saint Joseph in the late 20th and early 21st Centuries.
4-28-12 My Photographic Study of Saint Joseph has become a real Collection. So many of these Views I shot between 2006 and 2012 are now Gone or Altered. I am stunned how fast Life Moves. When you work on a small area for a long time, you almost become part of the place. When you come back each time, you start to feel more and more connected. I have black and white negatives from the 70's to 90's that I need to start scanning and putting in order. I made several photo outings to Saint Joe during these years. Immersing yourself in one big project is such a satisfying project.
I really hope that you are enjoying the images.
4-07-12 Photographers Commandment #1 ~ Always take your Shot when you are there! People, Places and Things suddenly disappear and you will always have a Hole in Your Heart if you missed the moment!
3-20-12 The Square to me has a direct connection to the Lens - A Circle fits exactly in the Square with the exact negative spaces surrounding the Circle to the boundaries of the Square. I think a photographers brain is trained by using each of the formats while shooting so they can better envision the "Look" before pressing the shutter. The darkroom or photoshop cropping works great, but I really feel that a new photographer should learn the basics of previsualization. I shot the Mamiya C33 and C330 and then a Bronica for years and I do have that size etched in my brain and eye. I also have the 6 X 7 from my Pentax 67 and the 35mm frame also tucked away in my mind's library. I crop like a maniac on most images, but sometimes I find it best to predetermine a photo project that will all mesh together, being shot in a single time period in a single format. You can still crop but only proportionally within the original aspect ratio. There are no real rules in photography, to me these ideas make a weird kind of sense.
2-28-12 Today marks 14 years since my stepson Ryan died from an aggressive brain tumor. I think of him often when I walk different streets looking for photo opportunities. He worked for Greenpeace and walked many streets, knocking on doors in his campaigns for cleaning up our environment. Walking does give me more chances for seeing new things and interacting with all types of Americans. It is one thing that is still free!
1-12-12 As a Photographer who was born in Mid 20thCentury and started working with images in Black and White Tri-X and developing in Rodinal and HC110 dilution B for years, this change over to digital has been just about Terrifying. I made the switch away from film in Dec 1999 and had quite a long and still not complete Learning Curve.
I do think that other photographers in my generation have been going through the same tramas and battles with the electronic images that we are involved with. We have wanted to have the quality we had become so used to when using Film and Chemicals, but no one will deny how digital has cut our costs. The flexibility and quick feedback of Digital has allowed us to "Shoot into the Light!" No fear of wasting precious and expensive film and processing! We are finally able to experiment. One benefit over the B&W Darkroom is the loss of the hours in the dungeon with the strong chemicals and dark emptiness of time slipping away. More time up on earth with the living and breathing world! I think we all have been looking for the Holy Grail of Image Quality from Digital Cameras at an affordable price, and the upgrades and changes in one model to the next have emptied our meager funds trying to stay with the best available image quality. Our Gateway to Fine Image Making has become the Computer. Like it or not we all had to deal with this cold and impersonal machine that does not know Art from a Tax Return. It is just a file to this electronic Beast, and we had to learn to tame it, to practice our obsession of picture making.
12-19-11 END of YEAR & Thoughts on being SOCIAL
I got used to be alone most of my waking hours and almost feel that other people disrupt my thoughts and obsessions. I started taking pictures at about 16 years of age on a Boy Scout trip to Washington DC with a plastic 127 camera and started hitting the streets looking for something which I have no idea what it is. Looking for peace, satisfaction & the answers to our human lifes while wandered the earth? I love coming back and looking at the pictures of the day and thinking about what I have seen and people I have run into. So... to me it has not been important to be a "Social" person. There are Social People who can hang out with other Social People. Life to me is way too short to sit around socializing and not experiencing the flow of time in this world. So... for my sanity, I have never tried to be a player in this "Time Sucking Social Thing" that is so important to some folks. You are doing just fine if you are happy with yourself and not worrying about the "Social" So-Called Normal...which to me is Not Normal.
04-17-11 VACANT STOREFRONTS, GHOST TOWN VIEWS, CITIZENS living on the Streets... Are we in the 2nd GREAT DEPRESSION and haven't been told? Quite possibly. As I walk and look and talk with people in these old neighborhoods, everyone is touched by the economic and job loss problems. The Scenes could be from the 1930's, the decay and sense of hopelessness has appeared. It is important that as Street Photographers, we continue with the documentation of our times. Also taking notes and carrying a journal would help with the history we are recording.
03-20-11 ST. JOSEPH PROJECT ~ Photographer ~ Wandering Explorer of the Almost Forgotten -
St. Joseph, Missouri as my Inspiration, Muse, my Pep Pill to shoot long and hard.... St. Joseph is kind of a time capsule. It has definite boundaries as it's edges slip back into MidWestern Wilderness. I have become addicted to the old cobblestone streets of this Missouri River Town. The people are happy and there is always things going on. Very alive little city in an old rough shell.
My In-Depth project with over three dozen trips to St. Joseph, Missouri. I would make an appointment with myself to spend a day several times a month in this image treasure chest of a little city.
A Friend emailed me... You're killin' me with all these great signs, Bob. What a treasure-trove of them! I don't know how you get any work done. My Reply..Since I am a Realtor, I wander around most days with buyers always keeping my camera in the trunk. I even pull out the camera when I am with the clients and take pictures. It is a serious obsession and addiction and it is contagious!
Since I only pass through life one time, I need to grab these little bits of quickly disappearing connections to our past. People do understand the urgency to record our world.
03-12-11 I have been giving a lot of thought to the pictures that I make. Even when I am lying in bed, I think about the places and colors and textures of these Crusty Relics that I am obsessed with. Many have disappeared within a month of taking their picture. I dream of walking and wandering streets of unknown cities and seing Signs, Windows & Reflections, Shadows, Blurs of People passing thru their lifes. It is hard to concentrate on anything else when it is a nice bright day and I have a full tank of gas. I do feel the best when I come home with at least one good picture from a day of exploring.
09-20-10 I am a Good Photographer but my Day Job and Life Work is Real Estate Agent. I do think Real Estate has been a good Match to allow me the freedom to be out on the streets everyday. Nothing is perfect, but I enjoy my Real Estate Clients & Friends & Fellow Realtors - Plus.. Real Estate keeps me Grounded to the Real World!
02-13-10 RoadSide Photographers - We all need to keep working fast because time passes quickly and we lose an old sign or landmark every couple of hours. It is a monumental task and some day, some future people will really enjoy having access to all of these wonderful images we are putting up on the Web! It is a lonely assignment, because not many people have the patience, time and gasoline it takes to pursue our goals.
01-31-10 Dream RoadTrip.... Hot Cars, Gorgeous Chicks, Blue Skies, Classic Motels, Glowing Neon along Route 66, - Why are we drawn to this Dusty, Jumble of Broken Signs and Fading Memories? -
Yes... We all are looking for our AMERICAN ROOTS & living our AMERICAN Memories along this narrow ribbon of a road cutting through our Heartland.
There is a Dedicated Group of hardworking photographers on FLICKR working in the same GoldMine of Imagery of Hard Core Deep Feelings of an American Time Period that haunts the American Mind's Eye.
12-28-09 Route 66 is wonderful, but you can travel just about any old American Roadway that has been bypassed by the interstate in the 1950's & 60's and find a lot of our national beginnings or foundations of our current lifestyles. The biggest rule is to make "The Trip" the "Big Deal" and not the destination.
11-22-09 This year - 2009 was a rough year financially for my family. With the slowing down in Real Estate, my income has taken a hit and the transactions that I did close were all nail bite-ers! Appraisals, Inspections, Changing Guidelines, Credit Denials all played their part. The money loss isn't the real problem, Time away from picture making and Flick Friends has been painful. Real Estate Sales can quickly devour your whole life. I did start a new In-Depth project with over a dozen trips to St. Joseph, Missouri. I would make an appointment with myself to spend a half day a couple times a month in this image treasure chest of a little city. I will start getting a chance to catch up on the work of my Flickr Contacts now that Holidays and Winter are at our doorstep. I have many kindred spirits in many of my Flickr Friends. They are serious about their own work and projects. I hope the whole world has a great economic year in 2010! And by the way, I would vote to Obama again!
10-30-09 A Friend emailed me... You're killin' me with all these great signs, Bob. What a treasure-trove of them! I don't know how you get any work done. My Reply..Since I am a Realtor, I wander around most days with buyers always keeping my camera in the trunk. I even pull out the camera when I am with the clients and take pictures. It is a serious obsession and addiction and it is contagious!
Since I only pass through life one time, I need to grab these little bits of quickly diappearing connections to our past. People do understand the urgency to record our world.
09-27-09 St. Joseph, Missouri as my Inspiration, Muse, my Pep Pill to shoot long and hard.... St. Joseph is kind of a time capsule. It has definite boundaries as it's edges slip back into MidWestern Wilderness. I have become addicted to the old cobblestone streets of this Missouri River Town. The people are happy and there is always things going on. Very alive little city in an old rough shell.
07-02-09 At the end of June 09, I got a good deal on a Lensbaby. Although some may consider it a gimmick or toy, I has totally re-energated my photography.
It is giving me the opportunity to re-visit some of my favorite picture places and see them in a totally new and Off-Kilter Light! There are many shots that get trashed and I would not use the LB if I were paying for Film or Chemicals, but with Digital, it is a perfect marriage of Speed and Beauty!
06-03-09 My pictures for sure are not beautiful. They may even be painful to some viewers....Harsh, Gritty, Scarred, Worn, Peeling, Delilapidated Fragments from our Society's Century of Industrial Progress?
04-26-09 REPENT ~ Wrote a article for the REVIEW KC Arts Magazine ereview.org/2009/04/26/revelations-of-roadside-art/
09-26-08 There is a common thread running through the work of about 100 people posting on Flickr. Many times, we take the same exact pictures without ever seeing the work of the other photographers. There is a certain Obsession, Compulsion, and Dedication that make us take the Longer Route on our Lives' Journeys to capture a dissolving and rusting link to our collective pasts.
08-17-08 Summer Time is a season of missed blessings! On one hand you have the warmth and lack of wind, rain and snow, but here in the MidWest you start to Slow Down as the Humidity and the Temperture Increases. And now as in the Frigid Air of Winter I start questioning if I really need to carry that heavy camera and equipment around? But Photography is always the same for almost 200 years:
If you don't have your Camera, you don't get the Picture! So I push on, day in and day out. I do realize that the only cure for a Slump is to keep working. Sure, I have to shoot a lot of Lousy Clunker Pictures, but just one really nice picture every week makes up for all of the disappointing ones. I guess the whole point of this rambling is that I just want to point out that "Our Masterpieces" may be just around the next corner. Flickr keeps us all involved and talking and seeing, so for the time and money, it is almost a miracle!
07-16-08 Today I went over the 100,000 View Mark on Flickr.
04-29-08 at 10PM tonight I hit the 90,000 View Mark on Flickr. If I could only afford to Quit Working my job, I could do another 90,000 in 6 months, plus I would be able to view a quarter million other Flickerites' Images. This is real addictive stuff and very amazing.
02-01-08 Everyone is saying that you need a Blog in every business. I guess this is my Picture Blog...I don't know how any one finds the time to write all those words in a blog. An Image is Cleaner, Stronger and can Preserve Moments. Over this weekend the Flickerites have viewed my pictures over 80,000 times. When I started in May 2006, I thought a 1000 views were be a feat. Many of my co-flickeronians have surpassed 200,000 Views! I sure wish I had been born a little later so I never would have spent all those damp, dark days in darkrooms. This whole interaction of all of our minds electronically is really almost a miracle. Thanks to all the Picture Contributers for making this such a Rich Place to Communicate.
10-13-07 A TOY CAMERA? Thanks for all your great Comments & FAVS! Many of you have asked about this new Canon G-9 RAW shooting Point & Shoot. To this point, these are my non-tech guy impressions........
I have been using the G9 for about 2-3 weeks now. I have not sold the 5D. I like the G9 as a camera to always have with me. I have to shoot at 80,100,200 ISO or the Grain is awful. I have to set the exposure to about -2/3 to not clip all the highlights. It is built like a little tank. The lens is sharp and the colors are great. I always shoot in the best JPEG/RAW combo setting. I have to use the Canon Software to process the RAW files because ADOBE & BreezeBrowser Pro don't support it yet. I wish the lens was wider than 35mm but I know there is a screw on adapter to give it a 26mm view. I like the camera more and more as I use it. I am getting used to composing on the back GroundGlass with the Grids in place. The Viewfinder is awful because of the parralax error and I cut off sides and tops. I hate the long lag when shooting RAW. But it is a small camera and I haven't seen one better out there. I can shoot over 400 images on my 8GB Kingston SD card and this is at the Best JPEG/RAW settings available. I am spoiled with the Canon 5D, but I do need a Walk-Around everyday camera. So all in all, it ain't that bad a deal if you realize what it is and keep it set on P, TV, or AV and of course a low ISO and shoot in RAW. Please let me know if you have more questions.
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I think we are afflicted with the same ailment! I've spent 5 hours today 7-7-07 wandering Lexington, Missouri and along the Missouri River Road. This is a place that is as old as the hills! It is Musty & Moldy with scaly Bricks and plenty of driftwood and Rust! I feel drawn to many of these places. It takes me hours to travel 2 or 3 Miles. Most of my friends hate to travel with me, they say I am a pain in the ass! I dream of these old images all the time, I previsualize them before I get to the location. This new group, William Christenberry Road Group, brings all the lunatics together in one place. Now I can quickly get my Fix of these Crusty, Lush Images!
Somedays I just have to drown in the Richness and Blur of Colors and Grittiness of our world. I want to grab and squeeze all the intensity and glow on to the inkjet paper. Remember as a kid, you caught fireflies and put them in a bottle with holes cut throught the lid for air? This is what I dream of capturing in my photographs, when I shut off the lights, I want the glow of the captured images to glow in my mind and I hope, in my audiences' eyes.
I find a common thread in my travel adventures in the NorthEast, South & Midwest. Once you leave the large city areas, you find the real texture and colors of these regions. There is so much peacefulness and friendly people along the Roadways. If you haven't traveled the backroads, you will be in for a treat when you hit the road.
I really have never had a boring trip in "Any" State. The parallel Old Roads are rich with Interesting Textures, Smells, People, Grit, Foods, FarmProduce, Speed Traps, & just a Great Time! There are no Boring Places, it's all about Attitude & Priorities!
I have become aware with passage of the years that the true, dedicated photographer is a lonely figure, hunting the image, always with a hair trigger finger on the shutter, Ready to pounce and capture the moment for eternity.
A few of my Flickr Associates have asked about my Favorite Photographers. I have many plus many more!
Here are several of the ones that come quickly to my mind..
Walker Evans is my top choice! Diane Arbus is my 2nd Choice! Growing up in the NYC, NJ, & Eastern PA area, gave me the chance to visit many sites of thier pictures such as Allentown PA, Greenwich Village, 42nd Street, All of Lower Manhattan & Phillipsburg NJ . These areas are still rich in the pictures many of us have an "Eye" for. If you don't know the work of some of these photographers, Google them and you will find some Beautiful Images! Keith Carter, David Plowden, William Christenberry, George Tice, Jack Spencer, Burk Uzzle, Art Sinsabaugh, Elliott Erwitt, Robert Frank, Wright Morris, Todd Webb, Bernice Abbott, Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, Margaret Bourke-White, Charles Sheeler, Clarence John Laughlin, Andre Kertesz, Brett Weston, Johan Hagemeyer, Karl Struss, Ralph Steiner, Lisette Model, Joel Meyerowitz, William Eggleston, Arthur Tress, Joel Sternfeld and Jeff Brouws. I am sure that you will see much of what you like to photograph in the work of these photographers
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J.G. Park says:
"FotoEdge has a gift for finding and preserving the beauty, character and rich details of small Midwestern towns, both in their optimistic pasts and stoic presents. I owe a great deal of credit to him for inspiring me with his excellent photography to stray from the city borders and start exploring the unique towns and "in-between" places of Missouri, to witness what they once were and what they are now."
July 5th, 2009
Bob Ramsak says:
"A friend recently asked if I had seen a touring photo exhibit of the American midwest, or flyover country, which he didn't manage to see while on display in The Netherlands. I told him no, but suggested he visit FotEdge's photostream for a taste of what he missed. Bob's is a fabulous tour of this widely disparate and largely misunderstood vast tract of the U.S.A. ALWAYS worth a daily visit, but be warned: you're likely to spend more time than planned."
March 26th, 2009
"Bob, is one of my early inspirations. Way back when I was still a bum sleeping in boxes, he was a photographer I looked up to. I've even bought some of this work over 17 years ago. I had no camera then other than my old Nikon point and shoot that seldom worked. I joined a local camera society, but felt uncomfortable after a year and left the group of many fine people. Bob was a respected member of that group. I was not!
Some members were gracious and kind, others were (let me say kindly, otherwise) Bob the few times I meant him was supportive and friendly. He may never remember me, but we are friends now through Flickr. Thanks Bob..........."
December 14th, 2008
"My favorite authors, Dickens, MacDonald, Burke, all have something in common: they write about the times and places they know best: Dickensian London, JDM's South Florida, JL Burkes New Orleans. Whenever I put a slide show of my Flickr Favorites on to keep me company as I work in the office, I can glance at the screen anytime and see another favorite picture for a moment. There are two artists whose work I never mistake for anyone else - Adrian, of Adrian's Art, and Foto-Edge. I'll most likely never get to see Adrian's world close up, but I live in Bobs world every day. His eye and respect for the subjects he shoots are quite evident, and he turns what are for me everyday scenes into memorable vignettes, pictures which make me look anew at what I took to be mundane and passing objects. What more could an artist ask his work to do?"
August 7th, 2008
Dania Hurley says:
"Bob's been a contact of mine for almost two years now and I can say that I look at his daily postings with as much eagerness now as I did when I first discovered his work. He does great things with color, and has a great eye for the little things that make America what it is."
May 11th, 2008
"I absolutely love all of Bob's pictures. The colors, the crops, the angles, are all inspiring. I just feel good when I look at them. I am reminded of Robert Frost's poetry, in the way he captures a moment. God bless you Bob. Keep shooting."
March 8th, 2008
B Kap says:
"Bob's has a phenomenal sense of balance while using spectacularly vibrant colors to paint an American Classic with each and every capture.
A bow to you! You sir, are truly an American Master!
Thank you for your encouragement and comments on my photostream. Your words always lift me up.
Let's road trip soon!
February 8th, 2008
"Bob strikes me as a midwestern poet with a camera. His iconic images of a vanishing American heartland are both beautiful and necessary. His photostream is well worth taking your time in...to drink it all in...the signs, the streets, the forgotten buildings and businesses. A joy and a treasure to view."
January 12th, 2008
"Bob has an eye that can only be described (by me to others) as the 'Digital Norman Rockwell'. I appreciate the composition and color in each image, and somehow it makes me think of simpler times. Bob, thanks for listing me as a contact and I look forward to more fine exhibits... Cheers, Mike"
December 11th, 2007
"A tribute to the American vernacular... a modern day Walker Evans!"
August 29th, 2007
"If someone wanted to gain an understanding of what is meant by “Americana”, I’d immediately point them to Bob’s work. His pitch-perfect talent for capturing those places that reach back into the country's collective consciousness and take the viewer on a trip through America's present and not-so-distant past is enviable. His photos speak directly to the heart of folks living in the United States and invite those outside to come for a visit and see the best of who we are. Grab a lemonade, prop your feet up on the porch and enjoy the journey. :-)"
June 24th, 2007
Earl - What I Saw 2.0 says:
"I always look forward to seeing his fresh shots. He has a solid feel for things that last, things that refuse to be forgotten, things that persevere. A lot of people lived their lives in the places he photographs, and their efforts live on in every capture.
There is a lot to see along the road and on the side streets - and here is your opportunity to explore them."
March 3rd, 2007
Tim Freh says:
"Although I live in Europe, I can see the U.S trough Bob Travaglione's eyes. He makes great pictures, so please look to them.
Ook al woon ik in Europa, toch kan ik de verenigde staten zien, door de ogen van een bewoner aldaar, namelijk: Bob Travaglione. Hij maakt mooie foto's, dus neem de moeite om ze te bekijken!"
December 7th, 2006
"Bob is a kind of genius. He catches an idea, a dream, a remembrance... of America. His pics are full of worlds, but we can't be sure there is somebody to read them. Bob shows how will be his world - after the human being disappearance."
December 1st, 2006
"Getting to know Bob through flickr has been a treat. His photos are always well thought out, well composed and well lit. He has a dedication to sharing part of his world with the flickr community and two things are obvious to any viewer of his photos: 1. He enjoys what he does 2. He does it very well.
Keep posting Bob, I look forward to all your future photos on flickr!!"
November 7th, 2006
"Before I joined flickr I thought I was the only one who bothered taking pictures of fading items I found in my everyday life. I couldn't have been more wrong. Flickr has shown me that several people share my fascination with nostalgia and among those who do Bob is one of the best. He has a great eye for subject matter and a fantastic ability for composing the shot. His photographs make me smile at remembering things from the past that are gone or nearly gone and make me appreciate the things I still have around me. Thank you so much for sharing, Bob."
October 5th, 2006
"I can travel around the U.S. with your photos. Thanks a lot."
September 15th, 2006
"FotoEdge/Bob's pictures are the most amazing pictures you will ever see. He has traveled all over and has captured so much and I am so thankful he has shared his amazing talent with us. Each picture is more amazing than the last. I don't know how he does it."
September 13th, 2006
- Bob Travaglione
- May 2006
- Kansas City, Missouri
- Excelsior Springs, Missouri, USA
- I am:
- Male and Taken
- Blurring through a Lifetime!
- BobTrav [at] GMail.com