Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Shakey Photo Project

It was very exciting to be part of the Chicago Photobloggers group. It was through this group that I met Bill Vaccaro and Ron Slattery who created the Shakey Photo Project. Believe me when I say I was surprised to be included in the group of 31 photographers who were sent cameras and even more surprised when someone first referred to me as a photographer.

Here's my photo of the observation silo.

And a barn....

or course, because I'm all about the barns.

The interesting thing about both of these buildings is that they were saved from the march of development and certain destruction when the Peck family donated the Italianate farmhouse, barn and silo to the city of Geneva. The Park District took ownership and responsibility for the large property. The barn has been converted to a multi-use space, used for meetings and exhibits. The silo has a circular staircase and two viewing platforms that look out over the former farmland which has been returned to prairie.

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Houston - we have a problem!

As of yesterdaym, all my digital cameras are broken! I have three, a small point-and-shoot which has a broken latch on the battery door; a larger Fuji that went kablooey yesterday and now only takes photos that resemble ultrasound images; and a big, expensive Nikon that has developed problem recording to the memory card. OH MY......so many cameras, so many problems. They were all purchased around the same time period and lo, they're breaking down in the order of their purchase.

I'm off to attempt repairs or to purchase something inexpensive to tide me over until I can effect some repairs. What's a blog (or a shop) without photos? If I was Maya Angelou I'd be able to paint with words alone.


Lisa D. said...

Nice photos - I love barns too, and old abandoned farmhouses.
Good luck with camera repairs!

LDF said...

Love the barn. I love old buildings! My camera has had duct tape on the battery hinge this past year, but it seems to work. Only thing is, the duct tape leaves "stickies" when I peel it back to take the battery out to recharge! Cheers!

StefRobrts said...

What a coincidence - as I'm reading your blog I'm on hold with Canon customer service trying to trade in my broken camera so I can get back to what I love - taking pictures! Good luck with yours, I'd get twitchy if all my cameras broke at once!

Vee said...

Lovely photos, Suzanne. Of course you are a photographer and an artist who does paint with words alone, but it is still awful for all three cameras to be down at the same time.

Karen Deborah said...

No we must have cameras! I have a little Cannon sure shot and love it!
Come by my blog and see if you would like to participate in a little idea.

Cottage Rose said...

Great Photos Suzanne they are so gorgeous... hope you get one of your cameras fixed... just to weired that all three broke like that,,, must have been on a timer...lol


angelsister1951 said...

love the photos
try a new card for the nikon i had a bit of a problem with that too the card wears out.... cheap fix if that works....

Nezzy said...

This Ozarks chick just loves a good barn pic. Sorry about your cameras, for the love of technology!

I find my kids shying away from the lens of late and hearing words like....this is gonna end up in Moms blog. I have to giggle a little, the adult punks bought me the darn thing last Mother's Day so I could post pics in my blog. Heeeheehe!!!

From the hills and hollers of the Missouri Ponderosa, have a wonderful New Year and God bless ya'll!!!

Jody Blue said...

Your are our Midwest Mia and you do a lovely job!

Anonymous said...

This blog is great! Thanks for your hard work on it.

Jayne said...

Yes, Maya Angelou can paint with words. This is yet another reason why I follow your blog: you appreciate so many of the same things I do, including an appreciation for Angelou! Cool. Have a happy new year!

David C. said...

Since it's a few months since you wrote this post, you've probably resolved the battery door problem. For future reference, gaffer's tape is good for fixing problems like that. It doesn't leave a residue like duct tape and the adhesive lasts through many tapings and untapings.

Congrats on being part of the Shakey Project. I saw some of Bill Vaccaro's work, including the book, at a local gallery recently.

I managed to pick up a Shakey camera on eBay. I have a number of toy cameras, and it is definitely one of the worst, if not the worst--fixed focus, fixed aperture, loose winding of film, etc. Having said that, occasionally a good picture comes out of it--like this one.