Closeup image of a Steam Engines drive gears.Mechanicals

“Mechanicals,” a closeup image of a working steam tractor’s drive gears.

This image of drive gears from a steam tractor was almost never published and at one point I thought was lost forever along with a lot of my images. Two months ago I suffered a hard drive crash and gained a new brick paper weight.  No problem I thought, until one late night trying to recover the images on the crashed disk I erased my other archival backup!  I live in a rural area, the cost of backing up terabytes of files on the cloud is cost prohibitive.  My flower images were gone, my flower photos were gone, this worked image was gone except in the unworked raw form.  Luckily enough my raw images from the past two years of shooting were on another still working hard drive.

Funnily I didn’t panic, nor did I go into hysterics; although more then a few four letter words were said quite loudly.  For the most part what I thought I had lost were older images and all my archived commercial work.  No big problem I thought; it was old work which I had relied on for so long; it was time to move forward.  Maybe it was shock.

Talking to my friend Gary Brown I decided on a whim to try and recover the information.  What I thought would be a expensive proposition only cost me $70.00, and in the end it was money well spent.  Upon receiving the restored erroneously formatted hard drive I realized it wasn’t my fine art images that were important, but the images long forgotten of now passed on pets, the images of Audrey and of the good times spent with both.  Gary was right, the images were memories of the past and how far I had progressed in life and photography.

Lesson learned, disaster averted, and smiles were brought to my face remembering Ed, Capustahead, Cricket and the good times spent with them and Audrey.


Antique Steam Tractor Firebox

The raging inferno inside a steam tractors firebox.Antique Steam Tractor Firebox

I am a fan of all things mechanical; the older the better.  For some unknown reason I have a special spot in my heart for anything steam and/or kerosene powered. Audrey says I love all things rusty, but this is not necessarily so.  What I do love is photographing the restored details, the wear, the tear, and the workings of these behemoths.  I can be lost for hours photographing these machines, climbing up onto them with the owner’s approval, climbing underneath for a closer look and sometimes merely moving my camera inches for another composition.  “Antique Steam Tractor Firebox,” is one of many images not yet published.




Fuschia and Time.

Closeup photograph of a Fuscia Flower

Fuschia,  June 2017.

With life and work I have have little free time and free time is used to work on my images and photography.  Over the past year I have been working on a series of photographs; call it a project if you want.  This Fuschia photograph is not one of them, and hence the problem.


I of course posted this on my Facebook page, and three Facebook group pages.  At last count this image has garnered over 300 likes and comments in social media!  None of my “project” images comes close to that.  Every year when the mood strikes me I venture out the door and proceed in taking what Doug Lingard, the first photographer who hired me as an assistant as “happy snaps.”  It amuses me for the moment. Every year, when posted on social media, the results are the same; hundreds of likes.


Most of the time I photograph what I like the most; the “mundane,” the unoticed and because of the nature of the beast “likes” and “comments” are few and far between.  Most of the time it is industrial architecture, the old, the overlooked, the “new landscape.”

My photography habit and computer is funded from print sales only. Maybe I should spend more time on presenting the flower images for galleries and sales.  Leave a comment if you want.