Our first week at Sheila and Jack Schneider’s house would have been our tandem trip week—and the weather was wet and rainy. One more reason we were glad we weren’t riding. I thought about starting this blog that week but was distracted by a long-awaited goal—it was time to say goodbye to my iWeb web page (for Susan C. Larkin Photographs) and start a new web page. IWeb is no longer supported by Apple and Tim said my page looked “old”. Wordpress would have more features. But I didn’t want to start. I didn’t know how to start. Last semester I took an online class in making WordPress webpages and did the work project—a pet rescue page—but I never started my own page. Some of you might be pointing out that this tandem blog is a Word Press page. My response is that it is a blog, but not a static page. There are lots of reasons I can create for not starting something new. But somehow after months of stalling I was ready to start. So instead of starting this blog, I completed (with lots of help from Tim) A Closer Look: The Photography of Susan C. Larkin. I welcome likes and comments to my new page. Publicity is a good thing:-)
But what about the rest of this trip? Did I lock myself inside this wonderful house and do nothing but computer work? Not at all. My Block Island Project this year was to walk around the island—on the beach. Some people accomplish this in one or two days, I think with the help of automobiles—one at the beginning of the walk and one at the end. I wasn’t ready to even think about such a trek. We didn’t have a car on the island and we weren’t staying all that near the start or the end of the hike.
I made the trip in small segments. First I rode to the starting place and left my trike.
Next I walked along the beach—enjoying the sea air and looking for photographs. At the end of my walk I made my way back to my tricycle and rode home again. The next day I resumed where I left off. I had two cameras this year. First I had my iPhone, the same camera I took last year. The new vacation camera (Tim got it for me for my birthday:-) was a SONY Cyber-shot DSC-RX100. I wanted a camera that was better than the iPhone but not so large as my Canon D50. I am now a permanent vest-wearer with an iPhone in one pocket and the SONY in the other. For this blog I took all the photographs of hands (more about that in a bit) with the iPhone and the rest with the SONY. It isn’t as good as the Canon D50, but it’s smaller. I can control the focus, take photographs in RAW, it has a full-sized sensor, and it takes movies! I’m very happy with my new camera. It’s always with me. I also brought a new tripod—a SLIK Sprint Pro II, thanks to the recommendation of Manuela Amzallag. Thank you Manuela. I love the new tripod for travel. It’s large enough and light enough to suit my needs. I started a journal of my beach trips, but after I over-filled the GPS map (which I was going to transfer to the computer and include in this blog, but forgot the cable), I gave it up. Following are a few highlights, in no particular order. I also visited some of my favorite trails. There are over 25 miles of trails (plus the beach which is open to the public all the way around) on Block Island.
What hand photographs? I started the hand project last year in photography class. With my teacher, Harry Littell’s, encouragement, I have been taking hand photographs with my iPhone. Here are a few I took on this trip.
We stayed on Block Island for three weeks, but during the second week I made a short trip off island to Albany. Harry Littell entered several students’ photographs in the SUNY Art Exhibit in Albany in Fall, 2012 and Spring, 2013. Three of us were nominated for the SUNY Best in Show exhibit at the NY Museum. On June 18 SUNY held a reception for all students who had pieces in the show. It was an opportunity to see other student work from across the state, and Harry gave me instructions, “When you go, take lots of pictures.” So I did. I left the island on the morning of June 18. Instead of taking the ferry, I did something new—I flew!
I stayed overnight in Albany (thank you Jean McPheeters for suggesting a hotel near the museum) and visited my friend Louise Clarke in Providence the next day. I left the van in Point Judith and took the ferry back to Block Island. It was an interesting two days away and I was especially glad to see Louise—but I was also glad to be back.
Our final adventure was a visit to the island by a group of Stanley Steam Cars. They arrived on the ferry last Tuesday and spent the day touring the island. We met them at the ferry with camera and questions. I left out the pictures of antique cars I took at the NY Museum, but this set wasn’t just parked! I’ve never seen a steam car in motion before.
And that’s the story of our three-week stay at the Schneiders’ house on Block Island. It’s a wonderful place to spend the month of June. Roses are everywhere.
Thank you Sheila and Jack. We hope to see you again next year.