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Another from the same 'Royals' series.  The hustle and bustle of the season is slowing down personal art time, but here's some of the latest ....
by sMacThoughts on Dec 7, 2016

First Pinhole Polaroid of the Season

10 second exposure on a lovely summer day by the Hudson River in a little park between Soho and Tribeca in NYC. Taken with this camera: The Arunas Cigar Box Pinhole with Polaroid back....
by sMacThoughts on Jul 6, 2016

Redhead in Blue

Continuing with my 'Stepchildren' series....
by sMacThoughts on Jun 15, 2016

Sticker Sightings

It's a secret thrill to come upon something I made on the streets of NYC.  I don't always have a camera with me, but when I do....
by sMacThoughts on May 5, 2016

I Made the Huffington Post!

In all the excitement, I forgot to mention here that I was featured there on March 10.  The only reason I even found out about it is because the gallery where I'm currently showing this piece sent me the link.  Pretty cool.  Here's a s...
by sMacThoughts on Mar 28, 2016

Thursday's Screenshot

Work on my 'Stepchildren' series continues.  I start with a scanned sketch, paint in Adobe Photoshop, all on separate layers.  When a file gets to be a certain number of layers, say, 15 or so, I save a flattened version, rename it with a nu...
by sMacThoughts on Mar 12, 2016

Krappy Kamera 2016

So I'm in this year's Krappy Kamera show at the Soho Photo Gallery in Tribeca.  Though it's not my first time to be selected,  it's always an honor to take part.  The show opened yesterday, with the reception happening two nights ago.
by sMacThoughts on Mar 3, 2016

'The Stepchildren' Series

I'm currently working on a series of redheads, all painted digitally with my Wacom tablet.  In the end, I'll compile them into a small book or maybe even a 'zine' called "The Stepchildren".  ...
by sMacThoughts on Feb 25, 2016


Test prints of some illustrations.  It's snowing outside, and warm inside.  Hope all who are dealing with the blizzard are safe and sound.  I'm going out in it in a while, and from the looks of it out my window, I'd benefit from some g...
by sMacThoughts on Jan 23, 2016

Three in a Row

I currently have some photos in a small group show at Lightbox Gallery, which is located in Astoria, Oregon.  I've never exhibited on the west coast, so it makes me happy.  Check them out if you are in the area.
by sMacThoughts on Jan 11, 2016

Uncovering The Magic

In a recent post, I spoke about scanning the 'duds' - those photos which came out either way too overexposed or underexposed.  I showed examples of an underexposed Polaroid, and my scanning methods used to uncover the magic hidden within.  ...
by sMacThoughts on Oct 13, 2015


From acid to butter to mild vanilla....Tourists checking out fake goods on Canal Street, NYCWeeds growing out of a sidewalk against a cement building.Apparently a crash test dummy has made off with the cab.A member of my toy collection.  Hitting...
by sMacThoughts on Sep 12, 2015

Why Scanning Film Is An Endless Task

There's a reason my film scanning is a never-ending process. First, I am always taking pictures, so the rolls of film and stacks of polaroids continue to grow. Second, since the majority of my cameras are low end and quirky, they can cause doubl...
by sMacThoughts on Sep 10, 2015

End of Summer

Well, I tend to cling to summer for as long as the weather cooperates, but I guess for many, the Labor Day weekend which kicks off today is the last hurrah.  Back from the beach house, ending my official annual summer vacation, I'm adjusting to...
by sMacThoughts on Sep 4, 2015

First One on the Beach

... gets to chose their spot.
by sMacThoughts on Aug 24, 2015

You Never Know...

So, it's not very easy to write a post and add pictures from an iPad, but I going to try.  Recently, I went through some of my old Polaroid film stores, and some I had, assuming it was no good, but liked the old packaging and graphics, made me s...
by sMacThoughts on Aug 3, 2015


Some time back I doodled a bunch of cutesie 'flapper' looking girls.  If you've seen my Facebook Page, you may have seen this particular pencil sketch.  I'm working on digitally painting a large scan of this sketch with variations in the ov...
by sMacThoughts on Jul 16, 2015

Shoreline Abstract

Taken on a very foggy day, at the beach with a cardboard box pinhole camera I made.  Just enough image to get the gist of it.  That 'dot' a bit left of center is a couple walking along the coast.UPDATE: Not a couple, but a man and his black...
by sMacThoughts on Jun 30, 2015

Brownie Holiday

This camera is one of the easiest to shoot.  It uses size 127 film, which is less common, but not difficult to find.  There are zero settings, no "cloudy" vs. "sunny", no "near" vs. "far".  Just point at the subject and click.  An...
by sMacThoughts on Jun 25, 2015

Scanning Film

When I scan my film, I usually scan several versions of a single frame.  This, for example: original on the left, more neutral in the middle, and b/w on the right.  Taken with a toy plastic Holga TLR camera, using Lomography's RedScale film...
by sMacThoughts on Jun 21, 2015

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