Monday, July 27, 2015

In Awe. My afternoon with the Discovery.

There are always those moments in history where people can remember where they were when it happened. For me, there are five events that stand out in my mind that I can remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard about them.  Four of them involve the Space Shuttle program.  I remember the day in 1977 when the Enterprise first rode the wind on its own after being released from the back of the 747.  It was a hot August morning and my Mom and sisters were wanting to leave to go shopping at TJ Max in Farmington but I wouldn't leave until I saw it land.  The next is the Sunday morning where I sat in front of the television with my Dad in 1981watching the Columbia blast into the heavens.  Then, in 1986 when the Challenger incident occurred.  Then lastly when the Columbia met its fate on a cold Saturday morning in 2003.
Through it all until the programs end, I was a fan of the shuttle program.  I was born just weeks before Apollo 11, so all through my life the space program had been a part of it.  So when I had a chance to go and see a shuttle, the Discovery, at the Air and Space Museum I jumped on it.  But the added bonus is seeing a piece of history like the Enola Gay. And of course seeing all the other war birds from aviation history.
If you ever have a chance to go see one of the surviving shuttles on display, you really should.  It is truly inspiring.














Monday, July 13, 2015

Remembering our path to independence in Bolivar

This past weekend, Fort Laurens Museum once again hosted their annual "Revolution on the Tuscarawas" event at the site where Fort Laurens once stood.  Fort Laurens was the only fort built by the Continental Army in the territory that would eventually become Ohio.  It's a beautiful site and as I always say, is worth the trip to visit.  Especially during this event.  I've shared some images on my Facebook page from the event.  Kudos to all those who put their time and effort to keep an important part of Tuscarawas and Ohio history alive!


Had an incredible time this weekend at The Revolution on the Tuscarawas event at Fort Laurens Museum just outside of Bolivar, Ohio. #MyTuscStory
Posted by Andy Donaldson Photography on Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Everybody needs a little time away...

This past week was an incredible experience.  Me and my family haven't had a proper vacation for a few years now and we decided it was time to change that.  Good friends of ours live just a stones throw away from Lake Michigan in the city of Holland and we took a week to go visit.  Having been raised on the eastern side of the state outside of Detroit and had spent time "up north" as well, I had a pretty good idea what Michigan was like.  That was until we went to the western part of the state.  It's a totally different environment over there.  The area feels a lot like an east coast Cape Cod more then part of the industrial nature of the eastern portion of the state.  The Grand Rapids area has a growing economy and a lot of the area around it is reflective of that.  I had always said that if I was looking for a change in the "day job", Pittsburgh or the greater Grand Rapids area would be the place for us.  After this week, the thought was only solidified for wanting to migrate over there.  The natural beauty of the lakeshore as well as the people make it a truly welcoming environment.  
I would hate to give up all the beauty around me here in Tuscarawas County, but, this makes a strong case for change ;-)
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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Back to the blog!

I realized this evening while watching the Cleveland Cavilers play game 5 that I haven't updated this site lately.  So what have I been up to?
First, I've been spending a lot of time posting to my Facebook page when I get out and about taking pictures.
Since my last post, I have gotten out to shoot, but, I've tried to take more time when I shoot being more conscious of what I want to shoot and slowing down.  Of course the ultimate in slowing down is getting back under that stars and trying to capture some of the beauty of Zoar with the stars in the sky.


I've also been continuing my work for the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau capturing many of the fantastic events and places around the county!
I've also taken the camera with me to see a great show!



But what I'm most happy about is that I've been able to continue to grow my business!  I was asked by a local artist group, The Rustbelt Monster Collective to take pictures of their individual panels of their art for a book as well as work on building my portrait business as well.  I'm proud to announce the launch of the "Studio to Go!"  It's more then a photo booth that you see at parties.  It's me bringing the studio to your event.  I bring the backdrops and lights but also my computer and printer.  I'm able to provide you and your guest with studio quality portraits and prints that same night.  No order forms or having to wait for your prints to come in the mail.  So if your having a reunion, dance, formal event or other get together, please feel free to reach out to me for more details.  

 So thanks for stopping by the blog. I promise I will try to get some more content up here soon.  In the meantime, please like and follow along on the Facebook page!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Throw Back Thursday - The Zoar Hotel

Built in 1833, the Zoar Hotel is likely one of the most recognizable buildings in Zoar. It was always a bit of a mystery to me though.  I had always wondered what it looked like on the inside.  The hotels interior had been closed for many years but during the Zoar Harvest Festival in 2013 I was given the chance to explore the building on my own.  Well, my wife was with me too. It's really an interesting piece of architecture and it was easy to get lost in thought imaging what it looked like in its prime. 
Looking for something to do on a cold winters night, I decided to take another look at the images and rework them a little.  This winter is really bringing out the black and white in me.  I promise, that will change once spring rolls around.
(Click on the images to enlarge them)