Thursday, July 4, 2024

4th of July Suburban Ghost Towns


4th of July Suburban Ghost Towns

The year we discovered that the neighborhood streets in Troy would be deserted while everyone gathered at the river, Frear Park, Grandview Ave, and RPI to watch the fireworks from Troy, Green Island, and Albany, changed everything. Suddenly, we could ride our bikes down the middle of the street, through intersections, and down Hoosick Street without a car in sight. It felt like we had the world to ourselves, and it was addictive. What we were experiencing was kenopsia—the eerie atmosphere of a place usually bustling with people but now abandoned and quiet, like a school after hours, the downtown of a city on an early Sunday morning, or an empty subway platform—an emotional afterimage. This feeling sparked my love for photographing abandoned places. I still seek out that feeling and attempt to capture an image of it whenever I get the chance.

After that day, the 4th of July for our group of friends became more than just 3D monster movies on WPIX, broadcast from the top of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, fireflies, and tabletop video games. It became the one night a year when we could have the streets to ourselves, if only for a few minutes. We would roam freely, exhilarated by the rare stillness, the quiet echoing our laughter as we navigated the empty avenues. The city, momentarily ours, felt like a hidden world waiting to be explored. It is a reminder of the words of Albert Einstein: "To retain the sense of wonder in adulthood, we must never lose our childlike curiosity. The important thing is to never stop questioning."

That night, and every 4th of July continues to remind me of those childhood adventures and the friends I shared them with, and of the Collar City dressed up in the lights of fireworks and the blue haze that followed.

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Monday, July 1, 2024

Breaktime | 07.01.2024


Breaktime | 07.01.2024
Troy, New York

A restaurant worker takes a break from the kitchen to have a quiet moment in a back alley in Troy, New York. 

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Thursday, June 27, 2024

The Ruins of the Original Hoffman's Playland | 06.27.2024








 
The ruins of the original Hoffman’s Playland in Latham, New York | 06.27.2024
These were taken from outside the fence in the parking lot. The property is posted. Please don’t trespass.

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Friday, June 21, 2024

Stars Above and Below the Canopy | 06.19.2024


Stars Above and Below the Canopy | 06.19.2024
Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton, New York 

A glimpse at the night sky through the fireflies and foliage. Captured from a camera placed on its back on the forest floor.

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Halfmoon Sunset | 06.12.2024


Halfmoon Sunset | 06.12.2024
Halfmoon, New York

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

South End (Hopper) | 05.23.2024


South End (Hopper) | 05.22.2024
Albany, New York

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Nipper Weathering the Storm | 05.08.2024


Nipper Weathering the Storm | 05.08.2024
Albany, New York 

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Monday, April 22, 2024

Jack's Oyster House | 04.22.2024


Early morning sun fills the former Jack’s Oyster House, now permanently closed and up for sale. Jack’s had been in business since 1913 and had been frequented by every New York governor since.
Albany, New York

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The Teddy Roosevelt Gargoyle | Albany, New York


 The Teddy Roosevelt Gargoyle hiddon on the facade of the former D&H Building
Albany, New York.

You can read about its history here.

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Friday, April 19, 2024

Ethereal | 04.16.2024


Ethereal | 04.16.2024
The Spirit of Life
Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, New York 

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

The Unknown Faces of the New York State Capitol Building, Albany, New York

The Unknown Faces of the New York State Capitol Building, Albany, New York 

Here’s another spotlight on the distinctive features of Albany's architectural landscape: The New York State Capitol Building. Much like its remarkable counterpart, the Deleware and Hudson Building, located further down the State Street hill, this structure is adorned with hidden meanings and intricate stonework details. Constructed over a span of 32 years, from 1867 to 1899, it was spearheaded by three teams of architects. The construction carried a staggering cost of 25 million dollars, equivalent to 774 million dollars in today's currency. 

A meticulous fusion of Italian Renaissance, French Renaissance, and Romanesque influences distinguishes the structure from any other in the Capitol District area. 

Embedded within the stonework are lifelike sculptures of numerous individuals. After completing the commissioned faces that were included as a nod to historical figures promoting in New York’s history, the stone carvers—many hailing from places like Scotland, the United Kingdom, and Italy—were granted the liberty to carve personal memories into the sandstone. Some chose to immortalize the countenance of their wives, while others opted for the youthful likeness of a beloved daughter. Both inside and outside the building, an array of stone faces can be found. Some depict prominent figures from the State's history, while others reflect the individual whims of the carvers. Many of these faces are encircled by intricately carved details relevant to the person they portray. Here is a collection of these remarkable stone portraits, along with other concealed meanings and carved elements adorning the Capitol.









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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Albany In Bloom | 04.10.2024


Albany In Bloom | 04.10.2024
SUNY Administation Building, Albany, New York

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Sunday, April 7, 2024

Found Gargoyle | 04.06.2024


Found Gargoyle | 04.06.2024

If you've followed my previous project mapping the ruins of Grafton Lakes State Park, you'll understand my fascination with uncovering the hidden history of our public lands. Here's a medium-format image capturing a fierce gargoyle just off the grounds of Saratoga Spa State Park. Traditionally, gargoyles were thought to ward off evil spirits, so stumbling upon one in such an unexpected location suggests there may be ruins nearby waiting to be discovered.

You can read up on the ruins of Grafton here: https://www.johnbulmermedia.com/search/label/Ruins?m=1


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Sunday, March 31, 2024

Remembrance | Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery


Remembrance | 03.31.2024
Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery
Medium Format Image 

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Monday, March 25, 2024

Penumbral Eclipse | 03.25.2024


Penumbral Eclipse | 03.25.2024

This morning’s prenumbral eclipse of a Worm Moon at 3:12 AM. A penumbral eclipse occurs when the outer shadow of the Earth (the penumbra) partially covers the Moon. Unlike partial or total eclipses, where the Moon enters the Earth's darker inner shadow (the umbra), penumbral eclipses are much more subtle because the Moon only passes through the outer part of Earth's shadow. This results in a slight darkening of the Moon's surface, often difficult to distinguish without careful observation. The subtle nature of penumbral eclipses is due to the fact that the penumbra is not as dense or dark as the umbra, resulting in less noticeable changes in the Moon's appearance.

The term "Worm Moon" refers to the full moon that occurs in March. It is named after the earthworms that tend to emerge from the soil as the ground begins to thaw and spring approaches in the Northern Hemisphere. This full moon marks the transition from winter to spring, signaling the awakening of the earth and the start of planting season for many agricultural societies. The name "Worm Moon" has its roots in traditional Native American and colonial American naming of moons based on seasonal changes and natural phenomena.

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Moon Dog | Nipper and the Rising Moon



Moon Dog | Nipper and the Rising Moon
Albany, New York

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Saturday, March 9, 2024

Red Albany Skyline | 03.07.2024



Red Albany, New York Skyline | 03.07.2024
In Honor of the American Red Cross
Albany, New York 

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Sunday, March 3, 2024

William Kennedy Interview | 02.29.2024




I had the privilege of spending an incredible two-and-a-half hours with William Kennedy, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ironweed, amongst other classics. We delved into discussions about history, photography, and writing for a project I'm currently working on. Hearing his tales about the vibrant Albany portrayed in his books was an absolute delight. Sincere thanks to Brendan Kennedy.

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Stairway, Port of Albany | 02.28.2024


Stairway, Port of Albany | 02.28.2024
Albany, New York 

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

The Ruins of Mount Ida | 02.25.2024
















 The Ruins of Mount Ida // Troy, New York 

These remnants are all that remain of the once-thriving houses at the base of Mount Ida in Troy, New York. Amidst the ruins, one discovers numerous footings, stairways embellished with handmade railings, foundations, and small compartments. Strewn about are bricks harking back to the early 1900s, clam shells, shattered apothecary bottles, and remnants of handmade fencing. 

Perched atop Mount Ida, Prospect Park in Troy, New York, graces some of the city's most picturesque terrain. Rising 285 feet above sea level, Mount Ida offers sweeping vistas extending up to 20 miles.
Spanning 80 acres, Prospect Park nestles between Congress and Hill Street, crowning the summit of Mount Ida. The park's original design dates back to 1903 and is credited to Garnet Douglass Baltimore, a local landscape engineer and the first African-American graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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