Friday, December 30, 2016

Dragon at Rest

A real Hail Mary shot. Mostly in the dark, with just faint light coming from the left. Opened the lens to f1.8, shutter speed 1/15 and held it rock steady.

Asian Town Center, East 38th St. and Superior Avenue, Cleveland. Canon F1, 50mm, T-Max 400.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Shakespeare and Me

Neither looks very happy about having a picture taken. Cleveland Public Library, 09-01-16.

Modern Depression

Young homeless woman sleeping on the sidewalk. 09-01-16.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


One of Cleveland's more interesting characters. Canon EOS 3, Ilford Delta 400.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Mutual Burlesque

The demise of an early 20th century commercial building on East 105th Street in Cleveland revealed the tattered but colorful remnants of a large poster advertising the appearance at the Empire Theater on Huron Rd. of the Mutual Burlesque company. Mutual evolved from the Columbia Amusement Co., founded in 1915 by Samuel Scribner and I. H. Herk as a "clean" burlesque circuit (or "wheel"). At the same time, Scribner and Herk founded the American Burlesque Association (a.k.a. the American Wheel), featuring stronger fare, including dancers bumping and grinding and blue humor. In 1922, the partners had a falling out, and Scribner created the Mutual Wheel to replace the now-defunct American Wheel. Falling revenues led Scribner to allow bare-breast tableaux in the shows, as well as the removal of dancers' tights.
The Empire Theater in Cleveland, at 750 Huron Road, was demolished around 1925, which gives us a good idea of just how old this signage is — nearly a century!


 Cropped from the playbills for Mutual Burlesque. 08-02-16.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Mildly Strange Stuff

Wouldn't be a convention without it. RNC Cleveland 2016.

Convention People

What a great variety of people in Cleveland during the RNC 2016!

Angry Confrontation

Tempers flared when a far-right Christian group began haranguing the crowd with homophobic and racist hate speech. Fortunately, there was no violence, thanks to a line of state troopers who arrayed themselves between the two sides.

Taking a Break

Overheated protester takes advantage of the splash park at the newly renovated Public Square, RNC Cleveland 2016.

Signs of the Times

Plenty to read at the RNC 2016 in Cleveland.