Monthly Archives: September 2005


September 25, 2005
Elijah Cobb’s Home and Studio
Cody, Wyoming

Photographed the community of Emblem this evening! Great folks and it all came together quite well, not in an small part due to Ms. Lori French, the postmistress at Emblem. Twenty six folks showed up and it went like clockwork. Thanks to all the folks at Emblem and a special thanks to Lori!

How did this come to pass one might ask? Well, we left the Big Horn Mountains as I began to think about doing a side project of portraits of small towns and communities (under 50 population). Both Heather and I though it would make an interesting body of work and I began to churn it over. A few miles down the road we ran through Emblem, Wyoming and the sign said population 10. Seemed like a good place to start so we stopped at the post office but it was closed, after 12 noon don’t you know. We got the phone number and called the next day and talked to Lore, the postmistress. She liked the idea and she offered to help coordinate the photograph. We dropped off a flyer at the post office and Lori talked it up. Sure enough almost everyone showed up and we made a great image. Look for it in the work from the road section in the coming months.

If you have a small town or community you think I’d like to photograph please email me at

sign says population 10 but look at all the folks!

Town Portrait with me and Heather

detail of first Town Portrait

September 24, 2005 Elijah Cobb’s Home and Studio Cody Wyoming

September 24, 2005
Elijah Cobb’s Home and Studio
Cody, Wyoming

Been a great couple of days, here at Elijah’s. Developed over 300 sheets of 4×5 film and got to see all the images since leaving Omaha. Have done some strong stuff. I need to find a way to process film in the airstream with this cold ground water problem. It’s important to see the work as I shoot it. Would allow me to correct the problems and see how I am seeing as I go along. An excellent example of this is the Old Faithful work. I was unsure as to how much movement I wanted and sort of thought I wanted less. I ended up shooting twice as much film, so I could have it both ways. This also severely limited the amount of images I had to work with as the longer exposures where by far the best. Opposite of what I though. If I had the ability to run film that evening I could of done more with the longer exposure the following day. Must find a solution in the coming weeks

Have wondered around Cody a bit and me some very interesting people but still feel Cody is more of a one night tourist stop than anything else. For example there is no real leather shop in town to but supplies. Enjoy the folk’s we’ve met and the landscape is magnificent though and we have truly had a good time at Elijah’s.

Tomorrow I do my first town portrait.

Elijah at Sunset

The three of us


after 300 sheets of film!


September 21, 2005 Elijah’s Cobbs Home and Studio

September 21, 2005
Elijah Cobb’s Home and Studio
Cody, Wyoming

Arrived back in Cody early this afternoon with a broken camera and an invite from the photographer, Elijah Cobb to park the Airstream outside his studio and use his darkroom to get my film processed.
But first the camera must be fixed. The mount that the tripod screws into has come loose ( stripped threads that hold it in place) and where can we find a camera repair guy in Wyoming. I figured a machine shop could do the jog as well and a hell of a lot cheaper so we calld Marty MacLennan owner, of Park County RV Inc. He had done such a great job on the brakes I was sure he would know of a machine shop who could fix the camera.
Sure enough there was one right across the street from him so off we went. Arrived at C&C Welding around 3pm and met Charles Wittick the owner. I showed Charles the problem and explained I was desperate need of the camera now! Charles introduced us to Jeff Marvicsin, his machine shop expert and within in minutes Jeff was at work drilling out the old screws and by 3:30 the camera was better than ever! So I high recommend
C&C Welding
North Blackburn Street
Cody, Wyoming
As with Marty the folks at C&C went out of their way to get the problem fixed right away so I could keep on working.
Then it was off to meet Elijah.
Elijah Cobb came to Cody about 11 years ago after 18 years in New York and still have a great deal of the old New York City Energy, but is a gentle soul. He spends his days here doing some commercial work but has focused on his fine art work and I felt an immediate kinship with him. His studio is a whimsical place, with wildly imaginative, artistic vignettes of found objects of every description. Mummified birds, elephant skulls and a deer’s backbone with the skull still attached lay waiting for Elijah to add his ingenious colored lights to them and make his photographs.
After a brief get to know you I was ushered into the darkroom and among trays full of drying deer skulls and buckets of soaking antlers I went to work.

Jeff Marvicsin at work on my camera

fine art of camera repair

Elijah’s Darkroom


Camp at Elijah’s

September 20, 2005 Yellowstone Camp

September 20, 2005
Fishing Bridge Camp

The day started out cloudless so we decided to stay and have another go at Old Faithful. But as sunset neared the clouds rolled in so we went in search of other bits and pieces and found a herd of Buffalo by the side of the road. Did a few interesting things. Down the road a bit further we ran into the most brilliant sunset. Good end to the day and out time in Yellowstone. Tomorrow back to Cody to run film and regroup. Plan to stay at Elijah Cobb’s home and studio. One of the photographers who lives in Cody and has offered me a place to run film. Looking forward to meeting him. Have really liked the work of his I have seen in the past. Then a film drop and this weekend I’ll do my first town portrait. You don’t know about that yet, but I’ll fill ya in later. Then back through Yellowstone to Jackson to hook up with Mike and Lorene Kravit, remember them, from the Bisbee Arizona days.
All in all Yellowstone has been a magical trip. Such great country and animals, although we never did see a bear or get to photograph the human photo animal pack. Around each bend is something new and almost foreign to what we are use to. Rivers with steam and geyser all other the place. Buffalo wondering down the road and a climate that runs from warm and sunny to snow all in the same day. This is the perfect time to be here, it must be super crowed in the summer. The atmosphere is a bit restrictive though, with far too many No and DO Not and Stay Out signs but I guess it’s necessary in this day and age.. Perhaps the perfect illustration of this was the little fat guy with his family over at Mammoth Terraces.
He’s got two big rocks in his fat little hands and his wife and two kids in tow. So he walks over to the railing and says to his family “How hard you think that stuff is? And wham throws a rock- I mean a big rock right at this ecosystem that’s been evolving for thousand if not millions of years and clobbers it. Who knows how many thousands of years work of work this fool undid. So as his kids giggle and his wife smiles, as they walk off with him juggling his other rock he says, with a laugh,” well I guess it ain’t that hard”. So yep I guess those signs are necessary. Almost got in his face but what’s the point. I ain’t gonna teach him or his kids anything and besides we where all to shocked to react. In retrospect I wish I’d gotten his license plate and reported him to the rangers.
Makes one wonder what we are evolving into. For many years people lived here in harmony with this land. Now we want to “make life better” and in the process destroy all we’ve been given. Someday soon we are all going to have to reassess our priorities or suffer some heavy consequences.
Tomorrow we leave Yellowstone

September 19, 2005 Yellowstone Camp

September 19, 2005
Fishing Bridge Camp

Not a cloud in site. Spent all day at Old Faithful. Best Light is the last blow of the day, just before sunset. Have still not found the mysterious human photo animal in a large enough pack to make that photograph. If it’s sunny tomorrow we’ll spend another day and search them out as well as stop at Old Faithful at dusk. Enjoying the time here and hope I’ve made some strong image of Yellowstone. I do like the Spirit here.

Yellowstone diesel

Waiting for Old Faithful

Old Faithful evening

Old Faithful evening 1

Old Faithful evening 2

Old Faithful evening 3

September 18, 2005 Yellowstone Camp

September 18, 2005
Fishing Bridge Camp

I think all the animals had a meeting last night and decided to work with me today. Great images of Bison and Elk and that is saying a lot working with a 65mm.

Have come to realize that when photographing, in the National Parks, trying to create pristine images of animals or landscapes, for that matter, that look like they are in the wild is rather passé. Leaving in the roadways, building or fire hydrants adds a key element to these images and give them a true sense of place. Took me a good part of the day fighting with the photographs until I had this epiphany and then the photographs almost made themselves.

I have yet to photograph the strangest animal in the part. The human animal walking around with tons of photographic gear. I saw one pack today but was not quick enough. I hope that tomorrow we find another pack and they will allow me to do a portrait. Very important species of the park and I hope to be able to document them.

Truly a great place to work however I am quickly running out of film find myself being a bit too conservative on how much film I shoot. Hopefully Polaroid will come through with more film soon. Have to send another portfolio to them next week.

Without the continued help of folks like Polaroid, my Private Clients (God Bless Them!) and the folks at The Gallery at The Katonah General Store, Elizabeth Larkin and Myron and June Goldfinger this trip would not be possible. Despite all my bitchen I say a prayer of thanks each night that Grandfather has sent you my way. Hokahey!

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Mamoth 2

Heather at Mamoth


Buffalo and Heather

Buffalo and Child

Buffalo in our Camp

DMK shooting Buffalo

Elk 1

Elk 2

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Three Buffalo

Two Buffalo

Two Buffalo 1

Yellowstone River

Yellowstone Falls 1

Yellowstone Falls 2

Yellowstone River 1

September 17, 2005 Yellowstone Camp

September 17 2005
Fishing Bridge
Yellowstone Camp

Woke up to rain that turned to snow as we drove up into the higher elevations. Glad the trailer was left at camp. The snow increased and at the top of the pass the road was closed so we headed back down. Made a few good images but I’m having trouble photographing here. The animals, especially the elk, pose in perfection as I set up my camera and just as I’m ready I get a look like “ya liked that huh?” and they walk off. Perhaps I’m paranoid but it sure seems that way. The landscape is so varied and I feel at home in the meadows and with the distant vistas but in the forests it’s a different story. Very difficult for me to find order within the chaos of the trees. I watch the other photographers here, which there are many, and the all have long-very long- lens. For the animal work it is obvious why, but also with the landscape- being able to isolate the subject from the background becomes very important. Using the wide lens is demanding much more thought, and it’s forcing me to understand the order within the chaos, or perhaps simply to accept the chaos as it is and record it. Yellowstone will be a learning experience. I have been focusing on the vistas, geysers and obvious stuff but tomorrow I’m going to force myself to walk among the trees.
Henry is quite the unhappy puppy here! The park is so very restrictive and he spends his days mostly in the car. Questions like, Why can’t I swim in that water, Why can’t I chase that bear, Why can’t I play with the people in the campground??? Seem always in his eyes.
The park is weird, even at this time of year it’s crowed and where ever you go there are people but no one speaks to each other. It’s like coming to the wilderness to seek solace and finding tons of people there. Your chooses? go home or pretend all those people aren’t there. Everyone is friendly but it’s like being in NYC no eye contact and as little interaction as possible. It must be insane during high season. Overall impression is that the park is designed for folks to stay in one of the big resorts and take the tour bus to all “the spots” then go home. Very little focus on individual exploration. Even now the parking lots around the park are crowded- you mush have to wait hours to park during the high season.
It is truly a magical place, though, and a good learning experience for me. I do wonder if I am limiting myself with the exclusive use of the wide lens but it is part of the trip and I ain’t gonna change now. It forces me to keep getting closer and closer to what I am photographing and to understand the relationship of thing. It’s interesting to try and do intimate work with a wide lens.
Hopefully the clouds will clear and my bright blue sky is on the horizon.

Henry Waiting

Buffalo Car

Buffalo Walking in Line

Buffalo in snow by Car

Driving in Snow

Driving in Snow 2

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dmk shooting Lake Yellowstone

dmk shooting trees


Excelsior Gesyer

Heather at Excelsior Gesyer

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Sunset Yellowstone

September 16, 2005 Yellowstone Camp

September 16,2005
Yellowstone Camp

Arrived here yesterday afternoon. Cody was a complete bust. Neither the stores nor galleries held our interest for long and we felt a bit depressed by the time we headed out. Tried to connect with a few folks of interest in town but to no avail. So much for my candy store it was all nutra sweet.

As the altitude rose so did our moods and by the time we arrived in Yellowstone we were back on the bus so to speak. If only we had the bus I’ve about 300 sheets of film to process and the film drawer is overflowing. Within the next week we have got to stop and run film.
Yellowstone is a candy store. Buffalo, Elk, Geysers and spectacular landscapes around each bend in the road. Up at 6 am this morning to catch the fog over Yellowstone Lake then west and north chasing the Geysers. Stopped at Old Faithful but need to wait for a cloudless sky to make it work. One of the few times I’ve looked for a blue sky with no clouds. Coming home tonight we go to watch the full moon rise over the Yellowstone River and walking Henry I was treated to a falling star.

Churning Caldron

Churning Caldron 2

dmk shooting churning caldron




Moonrise 1


September 12, 2005 Cody Camp Cody Wyoming

September 12, 2005
Cody Camp
Cody, Wyoming

Well some days the bear bites you, and some days you bite the bear. But some days you bite the bear and then the bear bites you back. Today was such a day.

Had a great drive from Greybull into Cody. Countryside is truly amazing and as you approach Cody the Rocky Mountains come into view. True there was snow on them and that for told the next leg of the trip but magnificent never the less. I even got a good landscape of an old farm house on the way.

Arrived in Cody and set up camp and got directed to Mr. Marty MacLennan owner of Park County RV Inc.
244 N. Blackburn Avenue
Cody, Wyoming 82414
307-527-GORV (4678)
toll free- 866-627-4678
cell- 307-272-6558

His card reads Let the “RV DOC’ diagnose and repair your RV 15 years experience. Parts, Sales, Warranty work, mobile service, Factory Trained and Insurance Claims. And after meeting and working with him I am sure it is all true!

When you hit a strange town with no brakes it can be the start of a really bad day. Not if Marty is around! After he found out we were travelers and lived in our rig full time he went right to work and got us up and running . It did take a long time but only due to the amount of work that was needed. We ended up replacing both brake assemblies. The old ones had to be some 40 years old and should have been change out years ago. It’s amazing we got as much use out of them as we did.

As well as being a great RV guy Marty also made a superb subject and another portrait is in the can.

Meeting folks like Marty makes one feel good about a town and I gotta tell you this could be a great place to settle down at the end of the journey. The landscape and people could keep me busy for a good long while. Thanks Marty!

So now what, it’s late and we both are a bit disheveled- our camps the last few days have been dry- so no showers and I’ve spent the day being Marty’s assistant so to speak and we look a mess but what the heck it’s Cody, Wyoming they gotta be use to folks just off the trail so off to town we go. As we drove down the main street I noticed a photography gallery and swerved to a stop. Downtown Cody is a candy store for me as Heather so aptly remarked as we got out of the truck on mains street. Lots of stores with what looked like authentic Indian stuff and good Cowboy stuff and two photography gallery to boot.

Mr.Marty MacLennan

Farmhouse Wyoming

driving into Cody on HWY 14

September 11, 2005 Greystone Camp Greystone Wyoming

September 11, 2005
Greystone Camp
Greystone, Wyoming

Grand day traveled only 50 miles but met some great people and did some fine portraits. After leaving Sibley Lake we headed west down HWY 14 through the Bighorn Mountains. Up here the mountains are speckled with high mountain pasture and many ranchers run their cattle up here during the summer months. Sure enough, it was not long before we passed some ranch hands working cattle by the side of the road. Great photograph so we found a place to turn around ( yep, a few miles down the road) and headed back.
Only two problems the sun was hot and white over head and as we rounded a curve they pass us going the other way. Shoot, a few miles down the road we found another turn a round and headed west again. After a few miles the road started down the mountain and we figured they were long gone. Then through a cut in the trees we saw their horse trailer down in a gulch and sure enough we found a forest road going off in that direction. Well, I reasoned if their big old horse trailer could go down and turn around so could our very small and getting smaller all the time airstream, so down we went.
At the bottom of the road we had the pleasure to meet Mr. Wayne Barnett- owner of the Barnett Ranch and Clint and Carrie Besaley. After a round of introductions and some small talk portraits where in order and I did two very good ones! The sun went behind the clouds just as I began so I had wonderful soft light! Wayne’s family has been ranching in the area for generations and we learned a lot about the operation in these mountains.
Turns out that not only do Clint and Carrie run cattle but they do very special leather work as well. They made both of their own saddles, special design with all the features they need but super lightweight for mountain work, as well as knife sheaths and many other very special leather items. Their address is Box 628 Greybull, Wyoming 82426 if you’d like to write them about a leather project. I mean their work is good.
October 15th is when they will bring the cattle down the mountain for the winter and we got an invite to come back and photograph that. If we are still in the area we won’t miss it for the world.
So off we went heading west again and passed a great old school house with a for sale sign. Again turned around and drove in to meet Mr. John McGough of Shell Wyoming. Had a good visit with John, he is a very gentle man with deep concerns for the historical side of life. I enjoyed his company immensely. John bought the old school house in the ‘80’s and has been restoring it. Quite a super job he has done but is now moving on to other projects so it’s up for sale. You can see it at:
He is having some problems with the site so you may need to check back but it is a very cool old building and the remodel is excellent! If only I was ready to settle down…… After the second portrait of the day with the sun going behind the clouds again giving me that wonderful soft light we were on our way. Just a few miles down the road we entered Greybull and found our home for the night. Only sad note of the day is that the trailer brakes faded and let us half way down the mountain on HWY 14. But not too worry the truck breaks are strong and tomorrow after we reach Cody we’ll deal with it.

Dang where ever we go there we are

Let’s see that’s Heather then Clint and Carrie Basaley, me and Wayne Barnnet

Wayne showing me some of his photographs of ranch life- they where quite good.

should this be titled “Worken Cowboy”?

Heather, John McGough and DMK at his stone school house-gallery-bookstore

Leaving John’s