Life on Film & Digital Media: Whitefish Point

Growing up I had the Atlantic Ocean less than twenty miles away and the Long Island Sound a mile away and I’ve never been a beach person. However living so close to these beautiful waters the one thing that has always intrigued me are “Lighthouses”. There is something very romantic yet mysterious about a lighthouse and their keepers.

This past summer we had the opportunity to visit the Upper Peninsula of Michigan along Lake Superior. We found ourselves at Whitefish Point 73 miles northwest of Sault Ste. Marie, MI and the impressive Soo Locks. At Whitefish Point you have the Great Lakes Ship Wreck Museum and the extremely cool Whitefish Point Light Station.

At this point in our trip I was having a camera crisis of Biblical proportion. I had run out of film for one of my cameras and ordered more. The camera shop in New York City did not ship my order promptly and I never received the film. No biggie I thought to myself I have my digital camera so I’m all set. We get all the way to the Soo Locks and I’m just as excited as a kid on Christmas morning. Grabing my camera from the camera bag I turn it on, I compose my very first image of the largest lake freighter to sail the Great Lakes entering the locks. I depress the shutter release and the earth suddenly has come to a screeching halt. There it was in digital text, the dreaded Canon Error 33 message, my shutter had failed! East has now become west, up was now down and to say I was pissed is the understatement of the 21st century. Two cameras and none were functioning. If I had to submit to a blood pressure test at this point they would have admitted me. I resorted to using my cell phone and we eventually we went to lunch. After lunch I calmed down just a tiny bit but was still steaming. Getting ready to leave Sault Ste. Marie and thinking desperate times require desperate measures. As a last ditch effort I ran into one of the gift shops hoping the camera Gods would be merciful on me. Sure enough sitting on the counter of the gift shop was a Polaroid disposable camera. I Forked over the $8.00 feeling like I had just won a major award and literally ran out the door. We were now on our way to Whitefish Point. http://www.shipwreckmuseum.com

Whitefish Point Light Station, Whitefish Point, MI July 19th 2016. © Joe Geronimo
Whitefish Point Light Station, Whitefish Point, MI July 19th 2016. © Joe Geronimo
We invite you to experience a night or two at historic Whitefish Point, home to the oldest active lighthouse on Lake Superior’s Shipwreck Coast. This is the original U.S. Coast Guard barracks building, constructed in 1923 for the Whitefish Point Lifeboat Rescue Station. It has been meticulously restored by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society with assistance from Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Department of Transportation. July 19th 2016, © Joe Geronimo
Michael & Max getting their feet wet in the cold waters of Lake Superior. Whitefish Point, MI July 19th 2016. © Joe Geronimo
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Some men are Baptists, others Catholics; my father was an Oldsmobile man.

What better way to start the holiday season than with a throwback of the Christmas Story house. While passing through Cleveland, OH during our summer vacation we took a few hours to stop and take the tour, it was awesome! The house is the original from the movie and restored perfectly. While inside you can handle an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle, witness the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window and experience the taste of Lifebuoy soap, you can basically touch everything. Heck they even provide you with pink bunny suits if you choose to look like a deranged Easter Bunny! I myself could not resist and transformed into a pink nightmare. Sadly Dwayne’s Photo ruined that roll of chromes during processing. The words Ohhhh fuuudge were repeatedly used! Only I didn’t say “Fudge.” I said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the “F-dash-dash-dash” word!

If you are passing through Cleveland I highly recommend you stop and take the tour,  I TRIPLE-dog-dare ya!

A Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Joe Geronimo
A Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Joe Geronimo
Getting my mouth washed out with Lifebuoy soap. Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Julie Geronimo
Getting my mouth washed out with Lifebuoy soap. Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Julie Geronimo
My pink nightmare Michael!!! Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Joe Geronimo
My pink nightmare Michael!!! Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Julie Geronimo
Max under the kitchen sink, Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Julie Geronimo
Max under the kitchen sink, Christmas Story House, Cleveland, OH July 10th 2016. © Julie Geronimo

Bicentennial Barns: Madison County NY

I’m a huge fan of Bicentennial barns painted by Scott Hagan “http://barnartist.com” of Ohio. From 1997 to September 2002, the Ohio Bicentennial Committee commissioned artist Scott Hagan of Belmont County to paint a barn in each county with the committee’s logo and colors. Nearly 2,000 barn owners volunteered their barns to be painted. In the end, Hagan painted 101 barns freehand, including one in each county. One was destroyed by a tornado shortly after its painting and was replaced. The barn painting program was conceived as a cost-effective way to advertise: each barn cost $1,500 to paint, about $500 less than the rent for a billboard. The painted barns celebrated the state’s 200th anniversary in 2003. By 2013, many of the painted barns had faded or been repainted or torn down. Hagan went on to paint barn advertisements across the country.

Between 2004-2006 16 barns were painted with the Madison County Bicentennial Logo by Hagan. In 2006 Madison County celebrated its Bicentennial. There are 15 barns one in each of the Counties towns and the city of Oneida. Bicentennial barns give people the chance to witness the work of a master and curator of a lost American art form.

On August 20th while traveling in Madison County I had the the opportunity to photograph 4 of the 16 barns. My plan is to photograph the remaining barns over the next year or so.

Cheers!

Madison County Bicentennial barn 3232 Route-13 Cazenovia, NY August 20t 2016. ©Joe Geronimo
Madison County Bicentennial barn 3232 Route-13 Cazenovia, NY August 20t 2016. ©Joe Geronimo
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Madison County Bicentennial Barn East Lake Road DeRuyter, NY August 20th 2016. © Joe Geronimo
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Madison County Bicentennial barn Route 20 Eaton, NY August 20th 2016. ©Joe Geronimo
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Madison County Bicentennial barn Route 12B Madison, NY August 20th 2016. This barn is enormous! ©Joe Geronimo
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Madison County Bicentennial barn Route 12B Madison, NY August 20th 2016. This barn is enormous! ©Joe Geronimo

Postcards from the Road

We recently have just come off our summer vacation. I think this was one of my favorite vacations to date. We rarely get the opportunity to visit with Julie’s family as they live far away. Rather than blah, blah, blah about what we did while on vacation I’m going with a different approach. I think you’ll be able to travel right along with us via postcards from our 2,737 mile journey. So buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Cheers………..

July 10th-13th:

And we didn't even shoot our eye out!
And we didn’t even shoot our eye out!

Postcard Toledo

July 13th-16th:

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July 16th-20th:

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July 20th-21st:

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Photo of the Week:

Ohio Bicentennial Barn Holmes County. ©Joe Geronimo 2012.
Ohio Bicentennial Barn Holmes County. Kodak Ektachrome 100 ©Joe Geronimo 2012.

This weeks “Photo of the Week” is of the Holmes County “Bicentennial” barn near Holmesville, Ohio. I photographed this barn in 2012 while traveling. Ohio Celebrated it’s Bicentennial 1803-2003 and artist Scott Hagan completed his five-year mission of painting the Bicentennial logo on at least one barn in each of the 88 counties in 2002.

Christmas 2003: #tbt

During the Christmas holiday in 2003 we traveled west to spend time with Julie’s family in Ohio and Michigan. Our boys at the time were young with Michael being 4 1/2 and Max at 18 months. I have such wonderful memories of the holidays spent with family and this was no exception. I cannot believe that these images were taken 12 years ago, how time does fly.

Merry Christmas to you!

Michael Christmas Eve 2003 Ohio.
Michael Christmas Eve 2003 in Ohio.
Julie & Michael Christmas Eve 2003.
Julie & Michael Christmas Eve 2003.
Michael & uncle Dave Christmas 2003 in Ohio.
Michael & uncle Dave Christmas 2003 in Ohio.
Michael & Max Christmas Day 2003 in Ohio.
Michael & Max Christmas morning 2003 in Ohio.
Max Christmas Day 2003 in Ohio.
Max Christmas morning 2003 in Ohio.
Max, aunt Christine & Uncle Rick Christmas Day 2003 in Michigan.
Max, aunt Christine & Uncle Rick Christmas Day 2003 in Michigan.
Julie's sister Beth and husband Dave Christmas Day 2003 in Michigan.
Julie’s sister Beth and husband Dave Christmas Day 2003 in Michigan.
Julie, Max & Grandpa Christmas Day 2003 in Michigan.
Julie, Max & Grandpa Christmas Day 2003 in Michigan.
Julie & Max Christmas Day 2003 in Michigan.
Julie & Max Christmas Day 2003 in Michigan.
L-R: Julie's sister Christine, Mom, Julie and sister Beth Christmas Day 2003 in Michigan.
L-R: Julie’s sister Christine, Mom, Julie and sister Beth Christmas Day 2003 in Michigan.
Julie's sister Beth and nice Liz Christmas Day 2003 in Michigan.
Julie’s sister Beth and niece Liz Christmas Day 2003 in Michigan.
Dad & Max Christmas Day 2003 in Michigan.
Dad & Max Christmas Day 2003 in Michigan.
One many Christmas trees that adorned Julie's sister Christine & husband Rick's home during Christmas 2003 in Michigan.
One many Christmas trees that adorned Julie’s sister Christine & husband Rick’s home during Christmas 2003 in Michigan.