Tarmac ribbons criss-crossing the landscape, dusty back roads twisting between the cool shadows of ancient pines, and less traveled pathways connecting present to past, all I wander, seeking, seeing, with my keyboard and camera capturing scenes and stories to share with you.

Now in its seventh year, this venue has become an important part of my life, a place where I can express my thoughts and feelings about the things I see and do, hoping the process brings me a bit closer to friends and family who enjoy sharing my sometimes chaotic and often nonlinear observations and ideas. A journal, I suppose, but one with which I find pleasure in thinking others are alongside me on my journey.

Comments, thoughts, or just a friendly chat, use the response box below or email me at patrickgroleau@gmail.com.

January 9, 2012

DOWNTOWN WATERVILLE


... melissa, at barrels community market on main street in waterville, just a few steps up the street from my apartment ... seemingly a long, long time ago, melissa was one of my students ... now she's all grown up, a wife, mom, and working hard to make our community a better place ... me, of course, i'm even more grown up, i guess, always a dad, and, i suppose, it's fair to say that for awhile i'm taking a little break from the 'working hard' thing ...

NIKON D200-SIGMA 17-70MM@60MM-F/4-1/30TH-ISO1600 

DOWNTOWN WATERVILLE


... angles, shadows, a contrast of visible forms and hidden functions, this is the provence of classic black-and-white photography ... obviously transportation for a hardy new englander, or, perhaps, a teenager for whom winter is simply the time of year when leaving the house is always to the refrain, "put on your coat or you'll catch your death of cold," can you find the obscure detail that provides clue as to why this bicycle might've been so carefully parked on ticonic street ...

NIKON D200-NIKKOR 18-135MM@100MM-F/8-1/500TH-ISO100

FIRST BLOG POSTING


... this first posting is of my daughter, adrien ... for the photographers among you, this image was captured with an 'old-fashioned' 35mm camera using ilford xp-2 black-and-white film (not silver, but a dye based film that can be developed in standard c-41 'one hour' color processing machines) ... a nikon coolscan v-ed was used to bring the image into photoshop, where it was dust spotted (development standards not being up to my own) and contrast corrected ...

... enough of all that ... to the picture takers it is the moment, captured, for moms and dads it is awareness we need not arrive in heaven in order to know the faces of angels ...

OLYMPUS OM2n-50MM-F/1.8-1/15TH-ISO400