Potty Break & New Ideas.

While leading tours, inevitably someone needs a potty when we are in the middle of nowhere!   Well, while out at the Eureka Mines area in Death Valley, wouldn’t you know we find an outhouse!  Unfortunately it was not usable as it had been left behind (no pun intended) for a long time.  That and Chuck Kimmerle being the spoil sport that he is, immediately told the gang that we could NOT USE IT!.   

Regarding the image.  This is an image I would never had considered until I met Chuck.  This is very much inspired by his work and style of processing.  Since spending a week with Chuck, I feel my vision for and the processing of my B&W images has improved dramatically.  Till this time, I would not have seen the possibilities in this type of scene nor would I understand how to process it.  Another visual memory for my memory bank.

Regarding yesterdays excellent guest post from Arthur Ransome, I forgot to add a link to his wonderful website.  I have gone back to do that but wanted to encourage you to so again here.  Clicking on the highlighted link will get you to his site.  Thanks again Arthur!!

This entry was posted in Arthur Ransome, B&W, Chuck Kimmerle.


  1. ellery March 13, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    Good stuff!
    Arthur and Chuck are wonderful photographers.

    • ellery March 13, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

      Of course you and Dare are too!
      That’s a given!

  2. ellery March 13, 2013 at 7:43 pm #


    • john8276 March 13, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

      Are you drinking again Ellery? 🙂

  3. Chuck R March 13, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    I was blown away when you showed that to me on your laptop! Chuck has certainly given me a new perspective and tools to work with.

  4. Chuck Kimmerle March 13, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    Well, in my defense it is usually a bad idea to use a doorless outhouse with a dozen camera-toting explorers meandering about.

    Very nice photo, John. I think the fairly dramatic presentation and loose composition really emphasize the remoteness of this small, but important, structure.

    • john8276 March 13, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

      Why thank you Chuck! And I suppose you have a point about the outhouse….

  5. Arthur Ransome March 14, 2013 at 12:56 am #

    What is it about old potties that throw normal, well balanced photographers into a state of frenzy???? I have seen photographers literally threaten to push over another photographers several thousand dollars worth of kit just to get positioned to get the shot… Crazy. I will be posting my version soon :-). Great shot JB

  6. Karl March 15, 2013 at 12:42 am #

    Very interesting and clean image. It is very interesting on the different perspective between what you saw and I saw. The solitude of the outhouse did not catch my eye. But its location did … why on the top of the hill when the house was located down below. I guess that the owner did not realize that “XXXX flows down hill”.
    By the way, my perspective of the building was of the weathered steps, siding, and interior.

    • john8276 March 15, 2013 at 1:04 am #

      And this is what makes photography fun Karl. We each see thing differently.

  7. Karl April 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    This post triggered my thoughts on how I saw this subject. I added your post on my website and included my perspective. New ideas on old subjects always catch my interest.

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