Well here is the finsihed bathroom as promised. I have a few spots to do touch up painting on and then waiting on the shower door to be made / installed. The color scheme was very simple sweet molasses and ultra pure white. The The cabinet is from Home Depot and as well as the mirrors all in what they call Java color. The towel cubes along the wall are actually from IKea. The tile work is all Glacier white floor and the shower is a snow white. Lots of fun when you get to be creative in your own home and I think as far as a guest bathroom goes for those that stay over night at the house, I thinks its pretty cool.
Many of you may be wondering where I have been of late. Well, of course it’s winter and as all families this time of year go through the cold and flu cycle; we just happened to get a double helping x5. Now that the sickness is under control and we seem to approaching spring fast, last week I picked up where I left off on the home remodel. About 5 years ago we bought a wonderful old home here in Covington, Kentucky. Certainly one of the larger homes that was extremely well-built. It has just over 4,000 square feet and was built around 1917 for the purpose of housing the Nun’s of Saint Augustine. In the 1980′s the church sold the home to Kentucky Baptist Home’s and operated the home as an adult care facility; I won’t go into the condition in which it was when we took possession, suffice it to say we had to gut the whole interior and start over. The driving force for the acquisition of the home was price, space, and construction. The home itself is extremely well-built. All brick, solid foundation, original slate roof, and many, many more features that just made the home a must. Since our move in and initial remodel and updating of home systems, the third floor has remained in essence as it was when we bought the home. The bathroom on the third floor has been an eye sore and a constant reminder that I can’t just look the other way. So a little over a week ago I picked up the hammer and started. As you can see the previous owners were not too concerned with looks just functionality. As far as space goes this is a very nice size bathroom that just lacks lighting and color not to mention updated cabinets and fixtures. So with a plan in mind and finally the time on hand I began. One of the first things you will notice is the previous owners used a shower stall insert which by design covered the third dormer window which they boarded up. This reduced the light in the bathroom itself and left a dangling tooth on the exterior of the house which created an eye sore according to the wonderful but observant neighbors. Next week I will reveal the new bathroom and offer some interesting insights into updating old homes with new looks.
February 9th, I spent the evening with the crew at The Loft, in Covington, Kentucky. We had a fabulous time. I was able to capture a good number of photos and wanted to post them where everyone can view them. If you would like to order prints please do so. If you have any questions, concerns or would like to invite me to take photos just drop me a line.
Pass word for accessing the images is loft
Often we get just the right shot and Ponto did it on this one. During our last snow The Ledger Independent posted this image on their Facebook page. I have looked at this image about 40 times since than and if I had to pick an all time favorite that characterizes this wonderful region of Kentucky this would be it. Mason County and the area hold one of the State’s greatest collections of early American styles and history. If you are looking for a place to visit and find your heritage this is a must go.
Ponto, you are my shinning star!
“When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Cincinnati because it’s always twenty years behind the times.”
- This quote has been attributed to Mark Twain, but until the attribution can be verified, the quote should not be regarded as authentic.
Well I for one can almost agree with Mr. Twain. Friday night was certainly unseasonable for us along the Ohio River, but it did offer a great night for walking around Fountain Square, seeing people at work and play, and using my time wisely to take some wonderful images of the Cities pride and joy found at Fountain Square. Even though I only spent about an hour around the fountain I was so entranced by the vibrant colors that wash over the square that it didn’t feel as if I was actually taking pictures. Instead it felt like I was in the midst of something magical that happens every night. The Square was alive with people from every walk in life, all enjoying the time being spent. The few that congregated around the fountain were so nice and considerate towards me that I felt almost out of place. The great night that I had on the Square has encouraged me to make it a point to sojourn more into the cities night life and capture the nature of Cincinnati at night. Surprising as it may seem, many local residents still believe that when the sun goes down the city rolls up it’s streets. I don’t think that the case and certainly if it your perception than we need to change it.
If you would like some general information on the lovely fountain in the heart of the city check out this. Cincinnati Fountain Square Wiki.
Now that the 2012 year is over, I’ve taken the time to pull my favorites together and offer them in a hardbound book suitable for the coffee table or for those I-Pad readers available for the tablet readers. One of the key elements of photography is getting your prints sold so I have also uploaded the entire collection of images to Image Quix for you to order copies; If you are so inclined to do so.
I wanted to thank everyone for an exciting year and to let everyone know 2013 is going to be even greater. I have a lot planned for this year so keep watching more will be announced.
One of the first things you see when you come into Covington via north US 75 is the beautiful German Clock tower. Our city is a wonderful collection of architecture and style with a magnificent German influence. If you are traveling through the region stop by and let us amaze you with what we have to offer as a gateway city.
This bridge opened December 1st 1866 and for me represents not only John Roebling’s genius but our inherent desire to connect with others. This is a great way to start out 2013 don’t you think? I have a serious need to build a resource list of qualified associates that are willing to work with a photographer/ artist. Often I find myself putting together a photo shoot concept and then realize I need this or that. So I think the best way to approach this is to advertise so to speak and build up a list of associates that I can call upon when needed. In essence, NETWORKING. As many of you have noticed I tend to do macro and landscape photography. I really want to get into the more lucrative model industry as well as the fine art realm. The Art part is not a big concern for me at this point simply because of my connection with Northern Kentucky University’s Studio Arts program. So that leaves developing a network of associates who can work with me in the Model industry. So now that we have taken the long way around this post here’s the purpose of this one.
I am looking for Qualified Make-up Artists / Stylist (for male and female models) that are willing to work various locations in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. Qualified individuals should have their own equipment and provide there own supplies. Interested persons must be very professional and willing to sign confidentiality agreements with photographer when necessary. Credit for work will always be given accordingly. Photographer is open to helping qualified persons build their own portfolio if desired. Interested persons should understand that this is not an employment offer from Dave Ivory Photography. Persons interested should understand that this is considered a SUB-Contractor, 1099 position. The Studio will pay a negotiated rate either by hour or day including travel depending on the needs of the Studio.
Please submit via email a current resume including samples of work. If you have questions or need additional information please post in comments or via email. You can email me direct at email@example.com
Over the last several years I have been asking myself how can “New Age” media improve the outlook for Public Historians? What role does social media play in today’s understanding of the past? What other avenues exist that Public Historians have not adapted to? All of these questions are forerunners in the advancement of our relationship to the past. Often we loose sight of the goal–to educate the public–when challenged with new tools through specialization. Tools such as: video, digital photography, online databases, word processor software, publishing software, or a hundred other components that never seem important till you have to find someone who is able to meet the need.
In the past decade Public Historians have found their market in schools, museums, public organizations, government, and private business. They have acted as the authority on preserving an interpreting history for the general public. Today I would like to challenge the Public Historian’s to take up the pen and the press when it comes to spreading the good word. In today’s market everyone believes in specialization example in point; you have Public Historians and Historians, You have specialization in American and European history, You have specialization in whats called the museum fields or contract history. Of course that’s just a small example of what is really out there. As a student of history, we are taught methods of research and writing but never taught publishing? Why? Are we not as concerned with the method of dissemination as we are with the method of collecting, interpreting and preserving history? Or do we just accept that our papers, theses or dissertations will be published in some journal that we submit to or that our draft will eventually find its way to a publisher and become a book by magic. I challenge this status-qua in light of the digital age of “New Media”. I challenge the Universities, public and private organizations, and Historians alike to embrace and acquire the skill sets needed to take concept to research and research to print all within the confines your office.
Now, I wouldn’t challenge you without offering the tools necessary to achieve it. Just recently I acquired two rather good books on the subject. The first is Pariah Burke’s ePublishing with InDesign CS6, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2013) and Sandee Cohen, Diane Burns’ Digital Publishing with Adobe InDesign CS6, Adobe Press Books, (2013). Both are fantastic introductions on how to design and publish books and ePubs with Adobe InDesign. If each Public Historian was taught the basics of this powerful software, the Public Historian would become the master of their own realm of specialty. It’s not rocket science and frankly even without prior exposure it’s rather easy to learn. I believe the goal of the Public Historian is to educate the public and what better way to do that than via digital medium of any format. The challenge is there and the tools exist for each person to learn this skill and offer it to their respective organizations. It’s not a specialization, but rather a requirement much like research and writing.
Winter time often brings with it snow and what better way to see life than to find it nested in the trees. In those back yards, you will find creatures both large and small enduring yet another season of urban life. Remember when the ground is frozen and snow caps drape the trees to put out extra food for those in need. Remember though when placing out extra’s not to do it too close to the house or where you keep your garbage cans less you invite trouble unto your stoop.
Happy New Years!