I keep coming back to this sweet little park, a 300 acre park that has been around since 1894. It is just a few miles from Fitchburg State University, in a little city that has seen its fair share of challenges in recent years. I have photographed it digitally, and now with Polaroid. I wanted to take the Model 230 Land Camera into the downtown area, but decided against it for personal safety concerns. Ironically enough, there is a photographer downtown who has some classic Polaroid cameras in his windows, including an Automatic 100, and a 110/B. How he has not become the victim of a “smash and grab” in that city, completely baffles me.
There was a fire here a few years ago, and the little stone house that was damaged a few years ago is being rebuilt by the local vocational school. You can’t see it in these frames, as it is off to the left. You can see the gazebo off on the other side of the water, and it is used in the summer and fall for many weddings.
As notated in my last blog update, I recently downloaded and installed the wonderful little Polaroid Dust & Scratch Removal (Polaroid DSR) software. It can be operated as a standalone app, or a Photoshop filter. With the high contrast and dark landscapes here, I think these images all benefitted tremendously from the software. As did my Photoshop sanity. I would much rather be out in the field taking shots like these, instead of being huddled over my computer for hours, clone stamping out dust.