Welcome to the Roc, no, not The Rock (and now you all have Sean Connery’s voice in your head and you’re welcome), but The Roc, or Rochester, New York. While today the city is a far cry from the booming industrial and photographic centre it once was. The city still has a charm to it. And I am a big fan of photographing the city and some of the sites that are still there. So I took a short trip to visit my friend Andrew, his wife Catie and their son John for Week 21. Also managed to catch up with Alex K as well as we wandered through some of the city.
But how do you define Rochester as a city. Is it Kodak? The company’s world headquarters still tower over the High Falls Historic District, and the George Eastman House is open as a museum and centre for the preservation of the photographic arts. Maybe you can define it by the Genesee Brewing Company with some excellent beers and soon set to be one of the largest breweries in the USA? Or maybe Rochester is Nick Tahou’s Garbage Plates? Or the abandoned subway? There is still a lot in Rochester and lots to photograph and see.
But despite everything the city has seen many changes over it’s history, from it’s start as a 19th century port on Lake Ontario that was raided during the War of 1812. It is today a city I still love to visit and photograph. And these seven photos really can’t completely define the city.
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Distagon 50mm 1:4 – Rollei RPX 25 @ ASA-25
Blazinal (1+25) 6:00 @ 20C
Meter: Pentax Spotmeter V
Scanner: Epson V700
Editor: Adobe Photoshop CC (2015)