Talk Tompkins

Talk Tompkins is a series of portrait photographs of and audio interviews with some of the varied people that make up my home county in the Fingerlakes region of upstate New York. The county contains a "bubble" of prosperity flowing from Cornell University and Ithaca College. However, I'm paying attention to the many town, village, and rural communities more than to academics or students.

A selection of imges is below. The full project with the interviews is here.

The photographs are taken with a 4x5-format sheet film camera - final prints are 30 x 24 inches.

The exhibit was part of 150 Years and Counting, the sesquicentennial celebration of Tompkins County Public Library. 

Talk Tompkins is supported in part by an Artist in Community Decentralization grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Community Arts Council of Tompkins County. The installation at TCPL is made possible by a grant from the Gannett Foundation.

Carl Seamon, West Danby. Superintendant of Highways for the Town of Danby

Ariel Gold, Ithaca. Coordinator, Jewish Voice for Peace, Ithaca Chapter

Baldev Singh Sekhon, Ithaca. Owner, New Delhi Diamonds Restaurant

Jean Walters, Ithaca. Co-founder of Finger Lakes Chapter of NAMI - The National Alliance on Mental Illness

Stacey Becker, Brooktondale. Owner of an earthmoving company, wrestler.

Steve Woinoski, Danby. Resident of White Hawk Ecovillage

Charles Rhody, Ithaca. Staff member, South Side Community Center

Sara Brown, South Danby, with plough horse and daughter Sheila. Garlic farmer

Edward Bailey, Line Cook Manager, State Diner, Ithaca. Graduate of Cornell Prison Education Program

Beatrice Dennis, Age 103. Ithaca and Groton. Hospicare in-home service client.

Gary Schilling and Helen Nancy Race, Ithaca, on Valentine's Day. Guests of Loaves and Fishes Free Meal and Advocacy Services Program


Dickyi Dolker, Ithaca. Tibetan Exile