The Ever Changing Storefronts in the Early Sunday Morning Overcast
I woke up at four-thirty, and after tossing and turning decided that it made sense to go photographing. I have not done much in downtown Arcata for a while, so that is where I went. I think that I worked for about an hour and a half, and I think that there are several keepers.
Most of what I photographed today are buildings that I previously shot over the past five or six years. During those years, many of the buildings were re-purposed. The paint schemes almost always are altered.
I encountered a few interesting people this morning. All I can say is “what ever happened to our mental health care”. Some of the folks can be a bit intimidating while they are still afar as they verbally shout down their demons, but they seem to be calmer and almost polite as they come close. It makes me think of how a scared dog will bark, but once it gets a good sniff, that it calms down.
How things looked in 2010 on the same block.
Arcata, CA, USA
About Thomas Bethune
THOMAS ALLEN BETHUNE
I have been interested in photography for most of my life. I started taking photographs with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera when I was eight years old. My early subjects were trains and engineered structures as well as landscapes and family portraits. My interests and vision have matured, but the subjects that catch my eye continue to be of the same genre as my earliest visions.
A neighbor man had a darkroom, and he showed me the basics of camera operation and darkroom processing. I took courses in art and photography in high school and college. I worked as an apprentice to a commercial wedding and event photographer, and I was in charge of a recreational dark room while I was in the military. As an adult, I earned a bachelor’s degree in photography from Humboldt State University. My experience with film formats included 35mm, 2 ¼”, and 4”x 5”. I exhibited at galleries near my home in Arcata California, and in Santa Fe New Mexico.
All my current work is digital. I am scanning many of my legacy negatives and slides. I sometimes process and print the scanned negatives. I often post them on my blog. I process all of my prints with archival media.
An award winning fine art photographer living in a redwood forest.
Director, Redwood Art Association, Eureka CA
Co-curator, F Street Foto Gallery, Eureka CA
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