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Placid Bay Inn

Lake Placid, New York was home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics and sits in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, so it’s been a tourist destination for decades. Motels like the Placid Bay Inn, at 2187 Saranac Avenue (New York State Route 86), offer affordable accommodations for vacationing families.

Bri O on the St. Lawrence River

In this series, model Bri O poses along the St. Lawrence River, mostly with Boldt Castle in the distance. We took some pictures at the wooden gazebo at the Thousand Island Marina on Wellesley Island but only a few came out. This is my favorite spot on the St. Lawrence. I love the history and romanticism of Boldt Castle. Bri’s jacket also contrasted nicely with the snow.

Fairground Inn Family Restaurant

Sign for Fairground Inn Family Restaurant at 852 Coffeen Street in Watertown, New York. The Fairground Inn, an Italian-American restaurant, was opened by the Coleman family in the 1930s.

Phil’s Gift Shop and Ellis Bros Furniture

Phil’s Gift Shop and Ellis Bros Furniture still exist in Binghamton, New York, but you can no longer drive past these vintage signs, which are located in the Washington Street pedestrian mall downtown. Ellis Brothers Fine Home Furnishings was founded in 1900 and has occupied the same location for over a century. Phil’s Gift Shop, owned by the Ellis family since 1939, moved north to 136 East Service Road (along Interstate 88).

Eira Angelic in Shironuri Style

Last year I decided to up my photography game and finally bought a professional camera. I’ve largely been taking pictures of vintage signs, monuments, and landscapes, but recently I decided to branch out into photographing models. I’ve been lucky to work with a few here in Upstate New York, including the incredibly talented Eira Angelic. She makes her own costumes and does her own makeup, and she created this dark Shironuri Style for our photo shoot. Shironuri is a Japanese style using white face paint. It looks particularly cool contrasting with the snow.

The Black River in Winter

The Black River originates in the foothills of the Adirondacks and flows west to Lake Ontario in Upstate New York. It gets its name from its dark-colored water, stained by natural tannic acid from slowly moving through vegetation in the Adirondacks. I took most of these photos from a bridge in Watertown, but got a couple of shots in Dexter, Brownville, and Great Bend as well.

Fort Ticonderoga from Mount Defiance

Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain in New York, from Mount Defiance. I had to pull out the 70-300mm zoom lens for this one.

Ivory Soap and J.A. Mareness Groceries

Ivory Soap and J.A. Mareness Groceries ghost signs. Found at the back of 7573 S. State Street in Lowville, New York.