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People at Work

Mapping the Ocean Floor

Meet Peter Holmberg Physical Scientist. This blog post is a collaborative effort.

Peter was in the middle seat between Mary and me on the plane(my sister likes the aisle, I like the window) from Seattle to Anchorage.

I said he’d be a great subject for my People at Work Series.

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I’m going to let him tell you what he does…..

“I work at NOAA’s Pacific Hydrographic Branch as a Lead Physical Scientist.
My job entails mapping the ocean floor and compiling the data to nautical charts.
We use multibeam and side scan sonar for measuring depth and object (like ship wrecks) detection.
Data are processed (tides application, vessel motion correction etc) then refined and generalized to a usable scale on nautical charts as depths, contours and features.  
The link to Office of Coast Survey where you can view or download nautical charts.

Here is a video which is the embodiment of how we use multibeam sonar data to map the ocean floor.  Though this is a laser sensor projected onto sand instead of a sonar bouncing sound off the ocean floor.”

 

Thanks Peter.  It was so great to meet you. Thanks for writing back with the correct details about your work.  I thought the black and white version made it feel more “seriously scientific”😉

 


Wooley Mama’s on Apple Street- Omak, Washington

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Meet Laura Hayner.   And Shadow.  What a sweet doggie. She follows Laura everywhere.img_2902

She is spinning fleece of some local sheep.

Here’s a skein of some of her handspun yarn from a spinning workshop. It was a grab bag of different fibers and has a really cool and varied look to it.

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Spoiler Alert for Christmas Gifts-  Made in the U.S.A.- World’s Warmest Socks for Winter.  I’m sure she’d be happy to send you some.  They are thick and cushy. Perfect in a big boot or to wear around a drafty house.

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img_2904Thanks Laura for welcoming us to your lovely shop.  Love the name of your store.

Thanks for showing us your logo.  My sister likes the buttons she bought, too.

I enjoyed seeing your spinning and will enjoy knitting all the yarn I bought and shipped to myself.  It’s great you get your fiber from local ranches and farms- 4R Ranch in Tonasket and Good Farms in Okanogan for two.


Alaska Railroad Conductor

Meet Will H.  Our conductor on the train ride from Denali to Anchorage. Army veteran. They even slowed the train so we could photograph Denali and two other mountain ranges which were all completely visible on a beautiful clear day.

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Although we are back in NYC and I like to keep the blog in RT, now that computer access/internet is available, I want to post some photos I had in my real camera not iPhone.


Metal Restorer-People at Work

Meet John.  He restores metal downtown. Lots of metal.  

I spoke with him when I was downtown for lunch on jury duty selection day. 

 John used to teach shop but it was difficult to land a full time teaching position. 

How about these doors that have been restored? 

Here’s the BEFORE.  Check out left top corner 
I have to return to photograph some elevator doors he has restored. I should have asked him if he redtored the ones in the City County Building?Bronze elevator doors post, my guess? yes.


Hart’s Artist Consignment- Carson Street- South Side

Meet Claudia Hart- People at Work Series-  Artists’ Consignment Shop OwnerIMG_2960Watermelon Onsesie (tie-dye) by artist Susan.  (yes, I bought two!)

IMG_2961There it is, tucked in the middle with the green awning. 1905 Carson St., SouthSide.

 


Making Kettle Korn at Fleatique

People at Work series. Sunday morning at Fleatique-Tarentum PA, 

A former colleague, Jen, called yesterday evening to see if I wanted to go to Fleatique and I’d never been.  Jen’s  been going since her daughter was in a stroller and she’s now headed to High School in the fall.

Meet Dustin Hall. Two Korny Kettle Korn. 

You’ll find him at Festivals, Fund Raisers, Arts and Craft Shows, Car Shows, Bazaars and Charity Events.  He gets the kettles from a place in Ohio and he told me they are not old as I thought.  It’s hot work.  His son and daughter help him at his booth.IMG_0564

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IMG_4934Thanks Dustin for allowing me to photograph the making of the kettle korn today.


David Lujan of Gallery Black Lagoon

People at Work Series.

From the April wedding in Austin, Texas.

David Lujan co-owner(with his wife) & curator of Black Lagoon: art+ yoga and artist.  He tended the bar at the wedding celebration and made the little fairy chairs out of the champagne tops. He was sketching a tree house for his daughter, as I remember.  I must carry a reporter’s notebook to write down the details.

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Available light portrait of David Lujan

fairy chairs  The Fairy Chairs he created from the champagne bottle tops.

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The Sixth Generation of Wagner Shoes

People at Work Series.

Meet Mark Wagner.  The sixth generation of Wagner Shoes.

I needed some replacements for my tired shoes so I went to family owned Wagner’s on Butler Street.

(My mother said to never skimp on shoes, mattresses or tires)

I posted a blog about Wagner Shoes  since 1854 in Lawrenceville – October 2010

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Mrs. Wozniak’s Very Last Day of School

The First Grade at Sacred Heart Elementary School is going to need to fill a very big hole, left by the retirement of Mrs. Wozniak.  I had the privilege of going to photograph and document her very last day of teaching First Grade.

Our sons met at this school in 1989 and are best friends still.

I got there before the children came into the classroom and got a tour of her room.  Each classroom has a different nationality theme and her classroom is Australia.

 

 

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All of the students walked to 8:30 mass, the church is next door. Father recognized Mrs. Wozniak before his homily and the cat was let out of the bag that she is retiring as the students did not know this information prior to his announcement.  The nice part was that it gave the older students a chance to hug and appreciate her, remembering being in her class and all that they learned from her.

 

When the class returned to their room, they sat on the carpet listening to The Giving Tree and Mrs.Wozniak showed them the gorgeous ceramic farewell plate (with all their names) that they helped make ( the homeroom mother organized that effort)

Thank you for your dedication and service, Mrs. Wozniak. You will be missed!

Enjoy your retirement. You deserve it!


Good Plumbers are Hard to Find

A fellow blogger, Yvette,  asked me how many of these People at Work portraits are in the series.  I have lost count!  I started this project a long time ago.  I will know soon, though, once I dig in the archives.

Yesterday I  posted Piano Tilting, Tuning and Repair as part of my People at Work Series- Primarily Pittsburgh.

What I didn’t mention is that I was invited to have a show at Panza Gallery in Millvale in July -July of 2018!  This gives me plenty of time to photograph new People at Work.

I’ve had a lot of people working in my house this year, too.

When I taught photography at high school, I shared my People at Work portraits to students so they could a variety of  people doing different jobs.  I think that’s how the series started.  I’d engage with the person working and talk to them about my project.

Now I’ve made up some postcards and it adds some legitimacy to the project and keeps me on track and determined to work on photographing new and interesting portraits.

You may remember seeing some of these People at Work on the blog already.

Craig Morrow on the Left from Bicycle HeavenMark Panza at work, framing,Ron Ray  slicing strawberries for his funnel cake business, and at the top right Brye with her delicious baked goods at her and her husband’s excellent coffee shop- Zeke’s.  My middle portrait is the cotton candy man from PNC Park.

Today plumber Pete Tomkins returned to replace my bathroom faucets. He already put in a hot water heater.  I found him through my electrician  Scott, (I still need his photo) who put in the breaker box so Dan McDonald could install my new furnace.  It’s a regular family tree.

I had photographed Pete a few weeks ago when he installed the hot water heater.Thanks for agreeing to be in the show People at Work- Primarily Pittsburgh.

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Thanks Pete, for entrusting me with capturing your wonderful good nature!

 

Seriously considering what to do next about my old plumbing???