More Developments, New Images!

There have been even more new moves lately. I have a few new images to share here, and new features of my new site at J.GalloPhoto.com that’ll be really cool for all of us. I’ll give you the recent photos first, so as to build the suspense!

Lately I was feeling a little far from the things that turn me on creatively. To beat those doldrums I’ve taken up a few of my all time favorite activities. First, I’ve been running quite a lot lately and as always its making me feel more awake, more alert and in control. Giving myself time to get into a rhythmic meditation is clearing my mind and letting me focus back on that creativity. Second I went down to Portsmouth for the sunrise and made a few HDRs. Its really nice to have a good consistent practice like this, I need only to wait for a partly cloudy sunrise. The sameness of the technique means I can have the gratification of turning out a pretty striking image, but more important that sameness pushes me to try something fresh. Shooting the cranes, and dry docks are new and really different subject matter for me. This was a restorative project, being both familiar and a kind of stretch. I hope you like them:

** News! **

So, I’ve been posting new photos from many jobs and varied locations to this blog for a long time. This has given you, dear reader, the opportunity to see my latest work, and to “like” those images as you see fit. But recently I’ve begun a transition to my new site at J.GalloPhoto.com and this is bringing some really cool new stuff. I’m proud to announce that from the gallery pages of that site, not only can you view many of my images in beautiful full-screen slideshows (with no watermarks!!), but you can like, share, tweet, email, link to, and even purchase them to have for your very own! So once again, I urge you to check them out! Thanks!

Images from the Asylum

Originally known as “Kings’ County Asylum” this huge complex is perhaps more commonly known as “The Psych Center.” The former Kings Park Psychiatric Center was the subject of some documentary projects and countless local ghost stories. Such stories are to be expected in the case of an asylum which grew in the heyday of the pre-frontal lobotomy and electroshock therapy. This now disused psychiatric hospital which was founded in 1885 as a partially self-sufficient “farm colony asylum” and grew to its peak in the 1950s is now part of a 520 acre state park. So with all that history, this project was a long time in coming. As anyone knows, the projects that are just around the corner, most convenient or ostensibly easy are not always the ones that we tackle in a timely manner. In my case this was about an hour and a half of photographing (and 2 or three hours spent in processing) about 5 minutes from my home. As a park, a few of the colony-asylum’s buildings have been renovated for use as offices and maintenance garages, but most remain barred, and boarded decaying and being slowly reclaimed by nature. This inevitable breakdown of our great human endeavors makes for wonderful imagery. With the fuzzy and dark history of this particular place, you can almost see the pain of its one time inhabitants.

It was many times that I had told myself this would be a great location to do some HDR images. Mostly this was because my running habit brought me through the park with great regularity. But like so many ideas, it seems the very convenience of it was what prevented my accomplishing it. Now that plans for dismantling many of the site’s buildings are underway, the deadline was set. So, again, a simple external force is what helps me overcome my resistance. Even so, I’m pretty excited by the images that turned out. I hope you enjoy them too.