Time and Technology

October 17, 2010

B&W photograph of Oregon Ridge Boarding House

Copyright 2007 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Although I did not know to call it a “photo essay” at the time, my first photo essay was created at Oregon Ridge.  As indicated, the photograph above was made in 2007 and was not part of that original essay, which was made using film and traditional darkroom techniques.  Several prints from that series are on display in the Oregon Ridge Nature Center.  Once I switched to digital capture,  I stopped using film completely and so have returned to many of the old “film” locations in order to “update” my files.   Oregon Ridge has long remained a favourite.

Oregon Ridge is located just north of Baltimore, Maryland and was a thriving iron ore mining community known as Oregon Ridge Town in the 1800s.  If you were a bachelor working at Oregon Ridge, you would have lived in the building pictured above.  As the technology of the industrial age progressed, Oregon Ridge became less and less viable as a business and eventually the mining ceased altogether.  The last residents of the buildings vacated in the 1950s. Read the rest of this entry »

Fall at Last

October 15, 2010

Maryland reservoir under drought conditions

Copyright 2010 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

We have just finished one the hottest summers on record.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has reported “…the June-August summer was the second warmest globally after 1998…” In addition, many areas of the East Coast experienced drought conditions over this same time period (National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) here and here).  So, even with snowmaggedon, the local reservoirs are in bad shape. Read the rest of this entry »