Author Archives: Chensel

On Broadway.

They say the neon lights are bright… Manhattan is the place folks.  I get up to The Big City every now and again, often just to wander the streets with my cameras.  The trick is to get up and out before all the people muck everything up with their walking and commerce and nonsense.  I […]

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Bowling.

My Dad used to take my brother and I bowling.  I took my son once, maybe twice.  I am by no means a bowler.  I am, however, drawn to the alleys.  I see one, I photograph it somehow, finding some aspect that is compelling. Looking for lost dreams, no doubt.

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Girls in their summer clothes, or: I never photographed a barn.

In the Spring of 2007 Bruce Springsteen recorded Girls in Their Summer Clothes, a song that was subsequently released on the Magic record.  It is a brilliant song.  And it has nothing to do with girls, or summer. In the same vein, I have never photographed a barn.  I don’t drive hundreds and hundreds of […]

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A brilliant Sunday. Ohio, October 2014.

An early start with a plan to drive through Ohio and the day was too good to be true.  The light was brilliant, the clouds were out and I had all day with nothing to do but see the beauty of the land. As long as I live this perfect day will stay with me. […]

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At the end of a dead end road in Tennessee.

Sometimes you don’t know you’re off the highway until the car is up and over the shoulder, down and into the field.  It sorta feels like that these days, crazy people shouting crazy people things and all sense of order slipping away, cars and trucks sliding off the road to parts unknown.  So maybe we […]

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Find your own Yosemite.

I have many go-to locations when I need to take the muse out of the bag.  Adams had his Yosemite, Ford had Monument Valley, Avedon had the white background, LaChapelle has a big pallet of color. Snow adds a new element, obviously, and every now and then I find the chance to get out and […]

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The Mississippi Big Dog.

Covered ground in Mississippi last Spring, from Laurel up to the timber country north of Philadelphia. Timber is the Mississippi big dog and the market is, therefore, flooded. Everybody knows somebody that can cut your trees cheap. Sure thing mister, Buster and me, we can give you 10 dollars a ton. Maybe not the best […]

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Why black and white?

  Why indeed.  Why hang a black and white print, or several prints, in your home or office? Because black and white imagery lasts. Black and white is compelling. We stop to look. We attach the classic elegance of the well made black and white print to the space we are in.  The subtle tone […]

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Steve in America.

I had seen him earlier as I took a break from the gig.  I was walking outside on a street in Big City America.  He was just settling in for the evening, some sort of bed laid out in an oddly appropriate space.  He had a book with him.  It was his sign that made […]

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Cason’s. Virginia, December 2014.

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