It Ran When I Parked It!

One of the better samples from a long running series I keep swearing I’m going to create called “It Ran When I Parked It.”

We saw this abandoned late-40s GMC truck in a field near Taos, New Mexico in August of 2006.  There’s a good story about why we were in Taos that summer.  It has something to do with the unfinished biography of T. Townsend Brown… an important meeting that turned into an ambush / gangbang / fiasco.  I probably should have taken the hint and walked away from the project then but… nooooo…..

At least I got a cool photo out of the experience.  The color treatment was devised as part of a print-making class at Nashville State Community.   Need to make more like this…

It Ran When I Parked It!

Near Taos, NM Coordinates: 36°23′38″N 105°34′36″W

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Urquhart Castle
The “Watercolor” Version

I have been experimenting with some new software that lets me take the hard, realistic quality of a photographic and render it into something a bit softer and more impressionistic – like, in this case, a watercolor painting.


This is image is based on one of the photos I shot as we approached Urquhart Castle, an enormous medieval ruin on the shores of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.  The original photo is here. <

I like this one better (the cropping helps, too). Yesterday I couldn’t spell “artist” and today I are one…

@historicscotland @getolympus @visitscotland @GreatBritain @TwitterUKUrquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness near #Inverness —

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Wester Ross “Watercolor”

Experimenting with new software (Topaz Simplify):

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All Roads Lead to Wester Ros – Scottish Highlands
@Glasgow @Dumfries @AberdeenAngusUK @KingdomOfFife @historicscotland @welovehistory @GreatBritain @TwitterUK —>>> I’ll he returning to the UK Oct 8-22, #Glasgow, #Dumfries, #KingdomOfFife #AberdeenAngusUK, then…?? Looking to make new friends and contacts, open to ideas for photo destinations re: historic sites, #castles, #abbeys, and above all #ruins Please DM with ideas/suggestions or follow @driver49. CYA in October? <<<— #instatravel #travelgram #photooftheday #thebest_capture #ig_masterpiece #nuriss_tag #awe_inspiringshots #pro_ig #global_highlights #igworldclub #ig_select #editoftheday #capture_today #waycoolshots #featuremeinstagood #igcapturesclub #ig_masterpiece #ig_great_pics #picoftheday #instadaily #bestoftheday
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Steel Wheel

The drive wheel of the Jacobite Steam Train locomotive – Fort William, Scotland – October 10, 2012

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Drive wheel of the Jacobite Steam Train – Fort William@Glasgow @Dumfries @AberdeenAngusUK @KingdomOfFife @historicscotland @welovehistory @GreatBritain @TwitterUK —>>> I’ll he returning to the UK Oct 8-22, #Glasgow, #Dumfries, #KingdomOfFife #AberdeenAngusUK, then…?? Looking to make new friends and contacts, open to ideas for photo destinations re: historic sites, #castles, #abbeys, and above all #ruins Please DM with ideas/suggestions or follow @driver49. CYA in October? <<<— #instatravel #travelgram #photooftheday #thebest_capture #ig_masterpiece #nuriss_tag #awe_inspiringshots #pro_ig #global_highlights #igworldclub #ig_select #editoftheday #capture_today #waycoolshots #featuremeinstagood #igcapturesclub #ig_masterpiece #ig_great_pics #picoftheday #instadaily #bestoftheday
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Enough About Me…

Clark Buckner, New Media Strategist

Clark Buckner, New Media Strategist

…what do you think of me?

Back in May, 2014 I had occasion to sit down and chat with Clark Buckner from TechnologyAdvice.com (they provide coverage content on medical billing solutions, cloud-based platforms, software solutions and much more; also be sure to also check out their Tech Conference Calendar).

So here’s 8 minutes of me regaling Clark with stories about…. me.

The occasion was the Wordcamp (WordPress) conference last spring here in Nashville.  We got to talking and I started to tell Clark him a bit of my background and what all I’ve been doing for the past two decades since I arrived in Nashville.  Apart from being seen at at lot of these tech and start-up events with my camera, I tend to travel a bit under the radar and incognito…. so I suspect Clark was a bit surprised at some of the stories.  And I didn’t even get to the part about how “I used to be Jimmy Buffett...” (long before I got to Nashville).

Steaming Over The Viaduct

Another frame from Scotland in October 2012.
One of the big attractions in the Scottish Highlands is a day-long excursion aboard the Jacobite Steam Train – a vintage steam engine pulling visitor-laden passenger cars through some of the most dramatic scenery in Europe.  These days the highlight of the trip is passing over a bridge called the Glenfinnan Viaduct – which is a bridge that the Hogwards Express goes over in some of the Harry Potter movies.   The trip is sorta marketed now as a ride on the Hogwarts Express – which of course, it isn’t, but it’s fun to pretend.
And, of course, in the movie, the train if filmed from a helicopter flying over the viaduct as the train goes over.  It’s a lot hard to get a decent shot when you’re actually ON the train.  About the best you can do is put your arm out the window and fire away…
More from the Jacobite Steam Train here..

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Jacobite Steam Train crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct as in @HarryPotterFilm@Glasgow @Dumfries @AberdeenAngusUK @KingdomOfFife @historicscotland @welovehistory @GreatBritain @TwitterUK
I’ll he returning to the UK Oct 8-22, #Glasgow, #Dumfries, #KingdomOfFife #AberdeenAngusUK, then…?? Looking to make new friends and contacts, open to ideas for photo destinations re: historic sites, #castles, #abbeys, and above all #ruins Please DM with ideas/suggestions or follow @driver49. CYA in October?
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©2014 paul@cohesionarts.com aka @driver49

This Guitar Kills Fashion

Hopefully readers recognize the irony.  If not, look here.

I went down to Lower Broadway in Nashville last Saturday afternoon to rub shoulders with the tour-eye.  I was actually on a particular mission (which was aborted after about an hour of futility) and wasn’t really planning to do any “street photography” but as soon as I saw this guy on a corner, I tossed some dollars in his guitar case (not enough, sorry), and started this shooting.  And then this couple came by. Make sure you read her t-shirt for another dose of irony.
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These Ruins Are Forever

Yet another attempt to come to grips with my “ruin lust,” this time in the form of a “graphic meme” that I posted to Instagram:

These Ruins…they last forever, yet serve as a testament to what does not endure. – Kinloss Abbey, Scottish Highlands – October 2012@Glasgow @Dumfries @AberdeenAngusUK @KingdomOfFife @historicscotland @welovehistory @visitscotland @GreatBritain @TwitterUK #glasgow #dumfries #aberdeen
I’ll he returning to the UK Oct 8-22, #Glasgow, #Dumfries, #KingdomOfFife #AberdeenAngusUK, then…?? Looking to make new friends and contacts, open to ideas for photo destinations re: historic sites, #castles, #abbeys, and above all #ruins Please DM with ideas/suggestions or #follow @driver49. CYA in October?
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The Old Dead and The New Dead

The Old Dead and the New Dead – Kinloss Abbey, Scottish Highlands – October 2012
I have been posting images from my two recent (2012 with Ann, 2013 by myself) trips to the United Kingdom, experimenting with Instagram/Twitter hashtags to see the posts might lead to some new contacts and or friends when I return later this year.   So far…. not so much.
This is the ruin of Kinloss Abbey on the northeast coast of Scotland.  Ann and  I found it by accident in the fall of 2012.  We’d been to the top of Cairngorm Mountain via the “Funicular Railway” (Google it), didn’t find it all that interesting (might have had something to do with the sub-freezing temperatures and the fact that they didn’t let you out of the visitor center…), so we came back down and just started driving around.  We made it as far as the village of Lossiemouth, and found Kinloss on our way back to the B&B where we were staying in Aviemore.

@Glasgow @Dumfries @AberdeenAngusUK @KingdomOfFife @historicscotland @welovehistory @visitscotland @GreatBritain @TwitterUK #glasgow #dumfries #aberdeen
I’ll he returning to the UK Oct 8-22, #Glasgow, #Dumfries, #KingdomOfFife #AberdeenAngusUK, then…?? Looking to make new friends and contacts, open to ideas for photo destinations re: historic sites, #castles, #abbeys, and above all #ruins Please DM with ideas/suggestions or #follow @driver49. CYA in October?
@getolympus #rainbow #photooftheday #thebest_capture #ig_masterpiece #nuriss_tag #awe_inspiringshots #pro_ig #global_highlights #igworldclub #ig_select #editoftheday #capture_today #waycoolshots #featuremeinstagood #ig_masterpiece #ig_great_pics
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