Anal photo collectors value the signature more than the photo.

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Article Dedication

in honor of

Jack Delano & Alvin Langdon Coburn

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Years ago I had written to a photo collector that impressed me with an article they had written. I offered them a present of a couple of 11 x 14 prints of any of my photos. They wrote back saying they didn’t want anything since they never heard of me.

If they said they didn’t like my photos, that is fine. But to only go by a name told me the anal photo collector is more interested in collecting names and signatures than in the love of photography and the actual image itself.

Unsigned photos are not worth much. An ‘unsigned’ vintage contact print by Lewis Hines sold for $110.16 in January 2017.

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I’ve seen some very shitty work out there priced in the thousands of dollars just because of a name and signature. If your idolized by the art world, even your shit is golden.

Here is one of Winogrand’s beauties with a price tag of $3500.00  The signature is worth more than the photo, if it was an unsigned Winogrand it may sell for $30 to $50. If it wasn’t by Winogrand, it would not even be worth $10.

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2015/09/26/generic-photography-is-pretty-much-worthless-nowadays/

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Towards the end of Winogrand’s life he had a driver cart him around L.A.’s Miracle Mile while he shot thousands of random photos out of the car window of anyone on the street.

Winogrand didn’t care what he signed his name to, virtually any photo would do. All he cared about was printing $. Once Winogrand learned he could print $ he went on a shooting spree taking over a million photos…of garbage.

Here is one from Robert Frank with an asking price of $9000

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With my work as a curator for The Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection, most of the photos I acquire are unsigned and the photog is unknown. I don’t care who shot the photo – all I care about is the image…

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Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection

The Flappers artists' book 2016 by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

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Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection

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Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection

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While it is nice, there is no need to know the author of a photo unless your an anal photo collector…iconic images always stand on their own.

The other benefit to building a collection of unknown, found photography is that it can be done on a very meager budget. Many of the photos I acquire cost just a few dollars each.

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From Girls of the Beat Generation

A forthcoming 6 volume artist’s book series by social documentary photographer Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/girls-of-the-beat-generation-artists-book/

A complete list of artist’s books by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/artists-books-by-daniel-d-teoli-jr-2/

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Engaging the Enemy Frigate…preview

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In honor of

Fred  ‘Cinerama’ Waller & Paul Mantz

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Engaging the Enemy Frigate, is a hand-printed artist’s book of vintage homosexual erotica from the Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection in a limited edition of 50 signed and numbered books and 2 artist’s proof books.

The book is 124 pages in length with 62 photographs. It is finished with frosted clear plastic covers with hand rounded corners, marbled end sheets and spiral bound.

Book size: 5-½” x 6-½”

Maquette is shown for illustration – all specifications are pro forma.

ISBN: 978-0-9967108-4-8

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From Gender Benders from the 1970’s

a limited edition artist’s book by

Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/genders-benders-from-the-1970s/

A complete listing of artist’s books by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/artists-books-by-daniel-d-teoli-jr-2/

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Robert Frank’s elevator girl…Isn’t it wonderful that we have proof sheets to study?

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in honor of

Underwood & Underwood

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Isn’t it wonderful that we have proof sheets to study?

With the digital age, proof sheets are not used much nowadays. For me, I usually trash everything that is not a keeper. Although I do have a master record on the original SD cards which I use as film.

I used to think Frank’s elevator girl was a candid until I saw the proof sheet. Same thing with Elliot Erwitt’s bulldog…

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Digital photogs can still make proof sheets. Here is a ‘how to’ on it.

http://www.dpmag.com/how-to/tip-of-the-week/how-to-make-digital-contact-sheets/#

Backup link to article:

https://web.archive.org/web/20160417012613/http://www.dpmag.com/how-to/tip-of-the-week/how-to-make-digital-contact-sheets

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Sex Machine with Vacuum Nipple Stimulator ~ circa 1930’s / 40’s

Selection from Iconoclastic Reporter artist’s book

Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection

A complete listing of artist’s books by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/artists-books-by-daniel-d-teoli-jr-2/

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Streaming radio…Megaton Café…a blast from the past!

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When I’m printing artist’s books I get kinda bored. I like to listen to radio as I’m printing. Sadly FM radio is pretty much crap nowadays. I tried watching TV, but I make too many mistakes trying to keep 3 inkjet printers running. While I can print a book with 1 printer, it is too time intensive for printing books in bulk.

Eventually I gave up on FM radio and switched to internet streaming radio. I like streaming radio much better, there is a huge diversity available and very little commercials and BS.

Megaton Café is one of my fav streaming radio stations. They cover 1920’s to 1950’s…swing, jazz, big band and oldies. They are ‘nuclear bomb age’ themed…crazy!

http://www.megatoncaferadio.com/

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The commercials are wild, they are all vintage.  The ‘duck and cover’ commercials bring me back to when I was a kid growing up in L.A. in the 1960’s. Every month they would test the bomb raid siren on the last Friday of the month.

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Duck and Cover 1951 Bronx, NY

When we heard the siren we would get under our desks and put our hands and arms around our head as we crouched into a little ball. We never gave it any thought, just something we would do. Thought it was as natural as apple pie. Well it was a different world back then…

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We would go in the record store and sample the 45’s on a row of turntables.

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Blister gunner M.E. Padilla 1953 – 98th Bombwing, Korea

The US had finished up WWII and was still battling communism in Korea in the 1950’s. My dad used to take me to the Army Surplus store on the weekends.

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UFO’s and flying saucers were the pre-sputnik craze. This was shot July 16, 1952 in Salem, MA by S.R. Alpert of the U.S. Coastguard.

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Schoolboys 1951 NY.

The world didn’t have 2 billion cell phone cams at large back then. Even so, photography was still a popular pastime for many.

…well enuf reminiscing…back to printing!

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Do you really want to use tap water for mixing darkroom chemicals?

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I’ve tested a fair amount of tap water in the US and found it to be a poor choice for mixing up darkroom chemicals. Sure, you can use it, but if your after the most consistent and best results in your processing efforts, then distilled water should be your choice of water. When you see what is in a gallon of tap water you can see tap water can be pretty filthy stuff.

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In the early 1970’s we used to pay a couple bucks or less for a premixed gallon of D-76, Dektol or fixer at Mel Pierce or Pan Pacific Camera. Freestyle was another source for cheap chemicals. As a kid I used tap water in L.A. for any chemicals I mixed up in my darkroom, I didn’t have any extra $ for distilled water. Back then I used the kitchen or bathroom for my darkroom. Still I produced some decent work in my makeshift darkrooms.

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Vintage 1974 Agfa Brovira print left ~ Modern 2012 Hahnemühle Ultra Smooth Matte Inkjet print right

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A camera fondler on one of the photo forums wanted to use a coffee filter to filter tap water for his darkroom chemical mixing. Most of the film devotees of the current era are of the anal type. They love the chemistry process more so than producing iconic images. (At least that is what I see from the majority of them and the crap they produce on film.)

Even so, you would think their anal nature would be all over distilled water to obtain the purest and best form of liquid gold for their wet processing instead of trying to use a coffee filter. So, let me set the anal wet darkroom processors straight as to what is actually in their water, or at least what could be, as water varies greatly by region and municipality.

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Above: Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Wheeling, WV unfiltered tap water. Required an acid cleanup.

Water Source: Ohio River

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested:11.23.16

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Above: Distillation residue from 1 gallon of the same Wheeling, WV tap water above that was filtered through a double layer of paper coffee filters. Required an acid cleanup.

Water Source: Ohio River

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested:11.22.16

Well, so much for the coffee filter idea…

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As I have been traveling around the US shooting for my project The Americans…60 years after Frank I have picked up samples of tap water from various locals.

Here are the residue results of distilling tap water, well water, spring water, melted snow water, rain water and purified water (processed and filtered tap water.)  At the end of this post are tests for water filters, filtering water pitchers, a self-fill water vending machine and a water distiller.

If you filtering your water for darkroom use the ZeroWater filter tested the best. The vending machines also did an excellent job at cleaning up the water.

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Municipal Tap Water:

Wheeling, WV (tap)

Pittsburgh, PA (tap)

Martin’s Ferry, OH (tap)

St. Clairesville, OH (tap)

Steubenville, OH (tap)

Cadiz, OH (tap)

Woodsfield, OH (tap)

Moundsville, WV (tap)

Bridgeport, OH (tap)

New Martinsville, WV (tap)

Beech Bottom, WV (tap)

Detroit, MI (tap)

Morgantown, WV (tap)

Dallas, TX (tap)

Knoxville, TN (tap)

Richardson, TX (tap)

Cambridge, OH (tap)

Thornville, OH (tap)

Chillicothe, OH (tap)

Charlotte, NC (tap)

Cleveland, OH (tap)

New York City, NY (tap)

Jersey City, NJ (tap)

Harrisburg, PA (tap)

Bethlehem, PA (tap)

Philadelphia, PA (tap)

Myrtle Beach, SC (tap)

Walton, KY (tap)

Troy, IL (tap)

Oak Grove, MO (tap)

Topeka, KS (tap)

Oklahoma City, OK (tap)

Wright City, MO (tap)

Brazil, IN (tap)

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Well, Spring, Rain, Snow and River Water Tests:

Melted fresh snow water (Ohio Valley)

Rain water (Ohio Valley)

Smithfield, Ohio (well water unfiltered)

Ohio River (raw river water)

Woodsfield, Ohio (spring water unfiltered )

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Bottled Water:

Tyler Mountain (spring)

Kroger (purified)

Niagara (purified)

Crystal Geyser (spring)

Absopure (purified)

Crystal Geyser (spring)

Polar (spring)

Valley Pure / United Dairy (drinking)

Ice mountain (spring)

Fiji (spring)

Evian (spring)

Deja Blue (purified)

Aquafina (purified)

Great Value / Wal-Mart (purified)

Great Value / Wal-Mart (spring)

Icelandic Glacial (spring)

Giant Eagle / Creekside Springs Water Company (spring)

Deer Park (spring)

Disani (purified)

Kroger (spring)

Kroger (drinking)

Kroger (distilled)

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Water Filters:

Brita

Pur

ZeroWater

Berkey

Glacier / Water Island / Kroger self-fill water vending machine

Primo / Culligan / Wal-Mart self-fill water vending machine

Water Distiller

Water pollution as well as water scarcity is in the news a lot nowadays. Distilling water is a quick acid test you can do to find out what residue is in your water. It is amazing what is in your water that you can’t see.

Distillng does not give you the results for bacteria content, chemicals, radioactive or volatile components that will boil off as gases. But it gives you a glimpse as to what is in your water after you boil off the water as steam and condense the steam back into water leaving behind the heavier waste components that won’t boil off.

I had heard that fracking is causing water to become radioactive in some areas, so I have tested some of the water samples for radioactivity.

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 Above: Wheeling, WV tap water test #1

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Wheeling, WV city tap water. The water left a brown residue that has a foul smell. The resulting distilled water has to be distilled a second time to make it taste like spring water that has been distilled once.  I don’t know what the brown residue is, but the toilets and many factories dump waste into the Ohio River and that is where most of the tap water comes from.

Water Source: Ohio River

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: April 2015

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 Above: Wheeling, WV tap water test #2 *

Distillation residue (test #2) from 1 gallon of Wheeling, WV city tap water. I retested the Wheeling tap water in the winter to see if there was any seasonal difference between test #1. The water left a brown residue. Not too much of a smell this time around, but the residue was loaded with grit and debris. The area circled in red had free-flowing grit in it that can be readily scooped up. Bottom line for Wheeling, WV tap water test #2…the water is dirtier, but smells better.

* See test results at end for running this water through a PUR, Brita and Zero water filter pitchers.

Water Source: Ohio River

Tested: January 2016

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 Above: Pittsburgh, PA – (Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority) tap water.

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority city tap water. The water left a brown residue that has ‘cooked’, but not disagreeable odor.

Water Source: Allegheny River

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: April 11, 2016

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Above: Martins Ferry, OH tap water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Martins Ferry, OH city tap water. The water left a very light brown residue with no odor.

Water Source: Various Aquifer Wells – Route 7 Ohio

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: March 2, 2016

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Distillation residue from 1 gallon of St. Clairsville, OH city tap water. The water left a heavy, claylike residue that became hardened and could not be removed without a 6 hour acid bath. Very light brown residue in the residual liquid with no odor.

Water Source: Reservoirs located on Vineyard Hills Rd. and Reservoir Rd. St. Clairsville, Ohio with 6.45% well water purchased from Belmont County Safety Sewer District  (Data from 2013 water quality report.)

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: March 7, 2016

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Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Steubenville, OH city tap water. The water left a brown liquid residue with some odor.

Water Source: Intakes at mile marker 65.3 of the Ohio River. (Per city water report 2012)

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: March 26, 2016

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Above: Cadiz, OH tap water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Cadiz, OH city tap water. The water left a brownish liquid residue with some odor. Heavy buildup requiring a long acid bath to remove.

Water Source: The Village of Cadiz public water system uses surface water from Tappan Lake, which was created by impounding Little Stillwater Creek. Two secondary sources, Sparrow Reservoir and two public water supply wells at the Cadiz well field, are maintained as back-ups but currently are not in use. (Per water report 2014)

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: March 29, 2016

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Above: Woodsfield, OH tap water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Woodsfield, OH city tap water. The water left an almost clear liquid residue with no odor. Cleanest sample of tap water tested to date.

Water Source: Two reservoirs on Whittenbrook Run supplemented by pump on Sunfish Creek.  (Per village of Woodsfield water report)

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: April 6, 2016

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Above: Moundsville, WV tap water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Moundsville, WV city tap water. The water left a clear liquid residue with no odor. One of the cleanest sample of tap water tested to date. Did not require an acid cleanup.

Water Source: Deep wells

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: May 6, 2016

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Above: Village of Bridgeport, OH tap water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Bridgeport, OH tap water. The water left a clear liquid residue with no odor. Heavy mineral content with some white flecks. Residue went up the side of the entire boiling pot and lid. Required a heavy acid cleanup.

Water Source: 5 Ground wells

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: May 8, 2016

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Above: New Martinsville, WV tap water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of New Martinsville, WV tap water. The water left a clear liquid residue with no odor. Heavy mineral content went up the side of the entire boiling pot Required an acid cleanup.

Water Source: 5 wells drawing its water from the Alluvial Aquifer.

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: May 15, 2016

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Above: Beech Bottom, WV

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Beech Bottom, WV tap water.  Residue went up 3/4 the way of the boiling pot. Heavy, calcified residue on bottom. Required 3 acid baths over a 10 hour period to clean up.

Water Source: Various wells

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: June 29, 2016

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Above: Detroit, MI

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Detroit, MI tap water.  The water left a dark brown liquid residue with no odor and moderate solid residue. Required a 30 minute acid cleanup.

Water Source: The sources of supply to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department System (DWSD) are the Detroit River and Lake Huron. Water from the Detroit River is taken through the Belle Isle intakes and is treated at the Northeast and the Springwells Plants. The water taken from Lake Huron near the City of Port Huron is treated at the Lake Huron Treatment Plant. (per city water report)

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: July 2, 2016

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Above: Morgantown, WV (Clinton Water District)

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Morgantown, WV (Clinton Water District) tap water.  Liquid and solid residue was pretty minimal. Required a light acid cleanup.

Water Source: ?

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: July 16, 2016

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Above: Dallas, TX

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Dallas, TX tap water.  Dark brown liquid residue, strong unpleasant cooked odor. Required an acid cleanup.

Water Source: Dallas currently obtains water from area reservoirs: Lake Ray Hubbard, Lake Lewisville, Lake Grapevine, Lake Ray Roberts and Lake Tawakoni. We also have plans to use Lake Fork and Lake Palestine in the future when water demands increase. All of Dallas’ water supply comes from surface water (water from reservoirs or rivers). We do not use any ground water (water from wells), although Dallas does sit atop an aquifer. (per City of Dallas website.)

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: July 25, 2016

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Above: Knoxville, TN

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of  Knoxville, TN tap water. Distillation left a medium brown liquid residue with a small amount of solid waste that required a light acid bath to clean up.

Water Source: Tennessee River

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: July 26, 2016

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Above: Richardson, TX

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Richardson, TX tap water. Distillation left a dark brown liquid residue with a small amount of solid waste that required a light acid clean up. There was a good deal of rainbow discoloring which may mean a high amount of chemicals in the water.

Water Source: Since 1965, Richardson has obtained its water supply through a contract with the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), a quasi-state agency created by the State legislature in 1954.The NTMWD treats and distributes water from Lake Lavon impoundment reservoir, Lake Chapman, Lake Texoma and New Bonham Reservoir. (per City of Richardson website)

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: July 27, 2016

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Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Cambridge OH tap water 7.28.16 m

Above: Cambridge, OH

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Cambridge, OH tap water. Distillation left a brown liquid residue. Required an acid clean up.

Water Source: Cambridge Reservoir (per phone call to Cambridge water dept.)

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: July 28, 2016

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Above: Thornville, OH

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Thornville, OH tap water. Distillation left a cloudy brown liquid residue. Required a light acid clean up.

Water Source: The Village of Thornville maintains two drilled wells for their water supply. The wells are considered ground water. They are located at 112 W. Columbus Street, Thornville, Ohio. The Village of Thornville treats the water minimally by adding a form of chlorine to ensure its safety while it is delivered to your home. (per Village of Thornville  website)

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: July 29, 2016

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Above: Chillicothe, OH

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Chillicothe, OH tap water. Distillation left a muddy brown liquid residue. Required a light acid clean up.

Water Source: Eight wells part of the Teays Valley Aquifer, OH

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: September 9, 2016

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Above: Charlotte, NC

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Charlotte, NC tap water. Very clean tap water, little residue, water residue almost clear. The cleanest tap water I have tested to date.

Water Source: Catawba River /Mt. Island Lake /Lake Norman

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: September 22, 2016

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Above: Cleveland, OH

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Cleveland, OH tap water. Not much solid residue, water left a brown liquid residue.

Water Source: Lake Erie

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: September 27, 2016

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Above: New York City, NY

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of New York City, NY tap water. Not much solid residue, water left a brown liquid residue. Water was collected from new construction at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Required a light acid clean up.

Water Source: 19 reservoirs and 3 lakes which extends 125 miles north and west of New York City.

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: 10.20.16

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Above: Jersey City, NJ

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Jersey City, NJ tap water. Some gritty residue, water left a dark brown liquid residue. Some deposits up the side of the boiling pot as seen on left and right of photo. Did not require an acid clean up.

Water Source: Boonton Reservoir, NJ

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: 10.21.16

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Above: Harrisburg, PA

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Harrisburg, PA  tap water. The water left a light brown residue.

Water Source: Main: DeHart Reservoir. Susquehanna River secondary emergency source.

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: 10.22.16

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Above: Bethlehem, PA

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Bethlehem, PA tap water. Residue went up most of the side of boiling pot. Water residue looked cleanish, but it was hard to tell as mineral deposits absorbed most of the leftover water.

Water Source: City of Bethlehem’s water comes entirely from surface sources, namely the Wild Creek Reservoir, Towamensing Township, Carbon County, in a watershed that covers 22 square miles and the Penn Forest Reservoir, Penn Forest Township, Carbon County and Polk Township, Monroe County, in a watershed that covers 17 square miles. This primary water supply is located 22 miles north of the City. The Tunkhannock Creek, Tunkhannock Township, Monroe County provides a supplemental supply to the Penn Forest Reservoir. Dual transmission mains can carry up to 47 million gallons of water per day to the City’s water filtration plant in Lehigh Township and from there to the distribution system. (per City of  Bethlehem website)

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: 10.25.16

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Above: Philadelphia, PA

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Philadelphia, PA tap water. The water left a brown liquid residue.

Water Source: Philadelphia’s water intakes are on the Schuylkill River, which is fed by streams whose sources include treated effluent from sewage plants. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Water_Department

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: 11.6.16

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Above: Myrtle Beach, SC

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Myrtle Beach, SC tap water. The water left a dark brown liquid residue with lots of granular solid waste.

Water Source: Waccamaw and Pee Dee River

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: 11.14.16

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Above:Walton, KY

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Walton, KY tap water.

Water Source: Unknown

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: 11.15.16

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Above: Troy, IL

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Troy, IL tap water. Granular residue covered the entire boiling pot and lid. Required an acid cleanup.

Water Source: 4 wells in Collinsville, IL

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: 11.16.16

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Above: Oak Grove, MO

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Oak Grove, MO tap water. Required an acid cleanup.

Water Source: Various ground water wells, no specifics listed at website.

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested:11.17.16

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Above: Topeka, KS

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Topeka, KS tap water. Required a light acid cleanup.

Water Source: Kansas River

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: 11.18.16

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Above: Oklahoma City, OK

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Oklahoma City, OK tap water. Distillation residue contained a high amount of minerals. Granular residue covered the entire boiling pot. Required an acid cleanup.

Water Source: https://www.okc.gov/departments/utilities/about-your-tap-water/water-supply-sources

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: 11.19.16

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Above: Wright City, MO

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Wright City, MO tap water. Distillation residue contained a high amount of minerals. Granular residue covered most of the boiling pot.

Water Source: 3 ground water wells.

http://www.wrightcity.org/pdf/SKM_364e16062316270.pdf

         Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: 11.21.16

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Above: Brazil, IN

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Brazil, IN tap water. Water left a brown liquid residue.

Water Source: Ground water wells located along the westerly edge of the Walnut Creek in Putnam County.

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: 11.21.16

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Above: Snow Water Tri-state area of Ohio – Pennsylvania – West Virginia

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of water derived from melted fresh snow. It has a slightly disagreeable odor and brown residue with lots of dirt in it. (circled in red.)

Water Source:  Melted fresh snow from Tri-state area of Ohio – Pennsylvania – West Virginia. Collected approximately 1/2 hour after snowfall in 1-1/2 foot deep snow pile.

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: January 2016

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Above: Rain Water Tri-state area of Ohio – Pennsylvania – West Virginia

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of collected rain water. Water residue was clear, slightly off color brown with lots of dirt.

Water Source:  Rain water collected off asphalt shingled roof and through gutter system during a torrential rain storm. Water was collected at 10:30 PM after allowing rain to wash roof and gutters for 15 minutes.

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: July 16, 2016

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1 gal Smithfield Ohio well water distilled

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Above: Smithfield, Ohio well water – unfiltered

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Smithfield Ohio unfiltered well water. The water left a large amount of granular and pasty residue with a cooked odor. Close-up photo of finger shows the paste like character of this residue. There was heavy residue throughout the distillation chamber. There was even residue on the lid of the distiller – that was a first. The residue shown on my finger was from a small 1 inch area of the bottom. There was enough residue in the bottom of the pot for a dozen or more fingers. There was no residual water was left after distillation as the residue absorbed it all.

Water Source: Smithfield, Ohio well water – unfiltered

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: March 15, 2016

Below are the before and after photos showing one cities municipal filtering efficiency by taking their source Ohio River water in its raw state and processing it through their water treatment plant.

Raw unfiltered Ohio river water Raw unfiltered Ohio river water c;loseup The river water has a high degree of visible solids in it. I took the sample during a weeklong dry spell so the muddy runoff would be minimal.

Below: Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Ohio River raw, unfiltered water.

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of unfiltered Ohio River water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of unfiltered Ohio River water closeup

Below: Distillation residue of the above Ohio River water after it has been run through the water treatment plant.

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Even after water has been processed through a water treatment plant it can pick up chemicals and debris from the holding tanks, pumps and delivery pipes. The treated water showed more sandy residue in the distillation sample than the raw river water.

Water Source: Ohio River

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: April 17, 2016

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Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Woodsfield, OH unfiltered spring water 5.12.16

Above: Woodsfield, OH Unfiltered Spring Water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Woodsfield, OH unfiltered spring water. The water left a very light brown liquid residue with no odor. Heavy mineral content at bottom of boiling pot. Required an acid cleanup.

Water Source: Aquifer Spring

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: May 12, 2016

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  Above: Tyler Mountain Spring Water.

Water Source: Various fresh water springs in PA and MD.

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: April 2015 above / Retested April 11, 2016 below.

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Tyler Mountain spring water. It has no odor or brown residue. Looks like it has a lot more minerals in the white residue. Water is processed with charcoal filtration and U.V. light sterilization.

Below is a re-test of Tyler Mountain Spring Water done on 4.11.2016. The sample spring water had a strong chemical taste. When I distilled a 1 gallon sample, the water produced a very different picture than the Tyler Mountain spring water sample above.

The re-tested sample showed very little minerals and some staining. While the distillation residue looked clean, this water sample was the worst tasting water encountered to date. This underscores the fact that distillation does not show up everything that is in the water.

You would think drinking spring water would be pretty safe. Surprisingly there are many recalls with bottled water from various water producers.  You can Google ‘bottled water recall’ to stay up to date.

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Above: Tyler Mountain Spring Water / Re-test

Water Source: Various fresh water springs in PA and MD.

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: April 11, 2016

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 Above: Kroger purified water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Kroger purified water. It has no odor or mineral residue. The bottle says the water was processed by advanced filtration, ozone and reverse osmosis.  I was really surprised how clean purified water can be.

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Water Source: Irving, Texas – Lake Chapman or Lewisville Lake is main source.

Tested: April 2015

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  Above: Kroger / Niagara Bottling purified water.

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Kroger (Niagara Bottling LLC) purified water. It has no odor or mineral residue. The bottle says the water was processed by reverse osmosis.

Kroger Purified Drinking Water

Water Source: Borough of Hamburg, PA.

Tested: January 2016

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1 gal Absopure Plymouth Michigan distilled

Above: Absopure purified water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Absopure purified water. It has no odor or mineral residue. Water is processed with reverse osmosis, multi barrier micron filtration, U.V. light sterilization and ozone.

Water Source: Plymouth, Michigan municipal water supply.

Tested: January 2016

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Above: Crystal Geyser Alpine spring water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Crystal Geyser Alpine spring water. It had a cooked odor. For bottled spring water this sample had a tremendous amount of distillation residue and left the residual water brown. It greatly surpassed any other bottled spring water tested for dissolved solids. Residue was up the side of the entire boiling pot and covered the distiller lid. Distillation pot required a 2 hour acid bath to clean it up. Bottled water was processed with advanced filtration and ozone according to website.

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As can be seen in the photo of the bottle the sample was taken from – perfectly clear water can hide lots of things in it.

Water Source: Canajoharie Springs – NY

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: April 13, 2016

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Above: Polar Spring Water.

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Polar Spring water. It had a cooked odor. This sample had a tremendous amount of distillation residue. Residue was up the side of the entire boiling pot but stopped short of the distiller lid. Finger shows one swipe on the bottom of the distiller.

Water Source: Roaring Run Springs – Roaring Run, PA

Radioactive Test: N.A.

Tested: April 18, 2016

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Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Valley Pure Drinking Water closeup

Above: Valley Pure Drinking Water (United Dairy)

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Valley Pure Drinking Water.  This sample had a tremendous amount of distillation residue for bottled water. The boiling pot required an acid cleanup. Water was processed with charcoal filtration and ozone per bottle label.

Below is the municipal water distillation sample before it is filtered and bottled as Valley Pure water. It seems the Valley Pure sample of bottled water has more residue in it than the actual city tap water that it was taken from. Although, it is not the exact water that was processed by Valley Pure as this sample below was distilled March 2, 2016.

1 gal Martins Ferry OH distilled

Water Source: Martin’s Ferry, Ohio municipal water.

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: April 19, 2016 (Valley Pure) & March 2, 2016 (Municipal Water / source)

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Above:  Ice Mountain Spring Water.

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of  Ice Mountain Spring water. This sample had a large amount of distillation residue. Residue was up the side of the entire boiling pot but stopped short of the distiller lid. The water residue had a slight brown color.

Water Source: Various springs in Michigan: Sanctuary Spring – Rodney MI, Evart Spring – Evart MI, White Pine Spring – Evart MI.

Radioactive Test: Normal.

Tested: April 22, 2016

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Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Fiji Spring water

Above: Fiji Spring Water.

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Fiji Spring water. Light residue was 2/3 up the side of of the boiling chamber. The average spring water can be cleaned up with a 45 minute acid bath and a quick wipe out with a bottle brush. The Fiji sample had very heavy residue on bottom that 2 separate acid baths over 6 hours would not clean up. It took a 3rd acid bath and heavy scouring to finally clean it up. Without acid baths the residue is hardly touched by scouring pads alone. As the hardened deposits are dissolved little by little in the acid it starts to neutralize the power of the acid to dissolve more of the residue.

Water Source:Fiji

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: April 23, 2016

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Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Evian Spring water

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Above: Evian Spring Water.

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Evian Spring water. Residue completely covered the boiling pot and lid. This distillation produced a tremendous amount of small explosions throughout the entire distilling process. The explosions were so severe that they blew out the electric cord from the boiling pot. If you are familiar with cooking meat in the microwave, then you know about the explosions I am talking about. The explosions lasted about 5 hours. The residue cleaned up with scouring only and did not require an acid cleanup. If your after mineral water Evian seems to be the champ.

Water Source: Cachat Spring – Evian, France.

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: April 25, 2016

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Distillation residue from 1 gallon of DejaBlue purified water

Above: Deja Blue Purified Water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Deja Blue purified water. It has no odor or mineral residue. Water is processed with reverse osmosis, charcoal filtration, U.V. light sterilization and ozone.

Water Source: No disclosure

Tested: April 26, 2016

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Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Aquafina purified water

Above: Aquafina Purified Water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Aquafina purified water. It had a very small amount of gritty residue.

Water Source:  No disclosure

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: April 26, 2016

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Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Great Value (Walmart) Drinking Water

Above: Great Value / Wal-Mart / Magnetic Springs Water Company Purified Water.

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Great Value / Wal-Mart / Magnetic Springs Water Company purified water. Processed with reverse osmosis.

Water Source: Municipal water Columbus, OH

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: April 27, 2016

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Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Great Value (Walmart) Spring Water

Above: Great Value / Wal-Mart / Magnetic Springs Water Company Spring  Water.

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Great Value / Wal-Mart / Magnetic Springs Water Company spring water. Processed with ozonation. Clean water, no minerals.

Water Source: Pine Grove Springs – Lancaster, OH

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: April 27, 2016

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Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Icelandic Glacial Spring water

Above: Icelandic Glacial Spring Water.

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Icelandic Glacial spring water. Results showed a small amount of mineral residue. Required an acid cleanup.

Water Source: Ölfus Spring – Iceland

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: April 28, 2016

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Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Giant Eagle - Creekside Springs spring water 5.1.16

Above: Giant  Eagle / Creekside Springs Water Company Spring  Water.

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Giant  Eagle / Creekside Springs Water Company spring  water. Left a good balance of minerals. Required an acid cleanup.

Water Source: Columbia County, OH

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: May 1, 2016

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Distillation residue from 1 gallon ofDeer Park Spring Water 5.2.2016

Above: Deer Park Spring Water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Deer Park spring water. Good mineral mix. Residue went up 40% of the side. Required some acid cleanup.

Water Source: Frontier Springs – New Tripoli, PA and various springs in PA and MD.

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: May 29, 2016

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Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Disani purified water with minerals 5.3.16

Above: Disani Purified Water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Disani purified water with added minerals for taste.

Water Source: No disclosure

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: May 3, 2016

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Above:  Kroger Spring Water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Kroger Spring Water. Great amount of minerals up 90% of the side of the boiling pot. Reminded me of Evian as it had small explosions while distilling (although much less than Evian) and the residue cleaned up easily with no acid cleanup required.

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Water Source: No disclosure

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: August 29, 2016

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Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Kroger Drinking Water 8.30 (2)

Above:  Kroger Drinking Water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Kroger Drinking Water. Was pretty dirty compared to purified water. Brown liquid residue, required a light acid cleanup.

Kroger Drinking Water

Big difference in Kroger Drinking Water as opposed to Kroger’s Purified Drinking Water as shown below.

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Water Source: No disclosure

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: August 30, 2016

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Above: Kroger Distilled Water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Kroger Distilled Water. No residue to speak of. A small speck of dirt, otherwise clean.

Water Source: No disclosure

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: September 3, 2016

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 PUR, Brita, ZeroWater, Berkey Black Filtering Water Pitchers and Glacier / Water Island self-fill water vending machine.

Below: Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Wheeling, WV test #2 tap water that was used for testing all of the following water filters.

1 gal Wheeling - Ohio River tap water distilled 1.28.16

Below: Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Wheeling, WV test #2 tap water after it has been run through the PUR Ultimate 7 cup filtering pitcher.

PUR 7 cup water filter results using whg wv tap water

The next photo is a close up of the leftover grit in water after PUR water filter processing.

PUR 7 cup water filter reults whg tap water 1.28 cu

The tap water treated by the PUR filter still ended up tell-tale brown. Although it is a lighter brown than distilling 1 gallon of the same water without the use of the PUR filter.

Below: Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Wheeling, WV test #2 tap water after it has been run through the  Brita 10 cup filtering water pitcher.

Brita 10 cup water filter results Whg WV tap water 1.28.16 (2)

The Brita 10 cup filter water pitcher left a lot more residue than the PUR filtering pitcher. There is loose sandy residue shown circled in red that the PUR filter removed.

Below: Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Wheeling, WV test #2 tap water after it has been run through the  ZeroWater 12 cup filtering water pitcher.

ZEROWATER 12 cup water filter results Whg WV tap water 1.28.16

The ZeroWater 12 cup filtering water pitcher did the best job. The ZeroWater 12 cup filtering water pitcher produced highly cleaned water with no resemblance to the original Ohio River tap water that was filtered through it. Really amazing. The filtering process is very slow, but the results speak for themselves. While not perfect filtering…it is close to it.

Between the 4 filtering pitchers tested, ZeroWater was the only one that did not require an acid cleaner used on the distiller due to mineral and residue deposit buildup. The ZeroWater left virtually no residue in the distiller.

Below: Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Wheeling, WV test #2 tap water after it has been run through the Berkey Black filtering water dispenser. Two Berkey Black water filters were used in the test.

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The next photo is a close up of the leftover grit in water after Berkey water filter processing.

1 gal Big Berkey water filter close up

Brita, Pur and ZeroWater filtering water pitchers were tested: January 2016. Berkey Black water filter dispenser was tested March 2016.

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Below: Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Wheeling, WV  tap water filtered through a Glacier / Water Island / Kroger self-fill water vending machine. Very impressive results. With your own bottle it is .39 cents per gallon.

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While I don’t have a sample of the raw tap water run through the vending machine, on average, this is how the Ohio River sourced tap water tests.

Below: Before and after photo of efficiency of Glacier Water vending machine filtering.

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1 gal Wheeling WV tap water processed with Glacier self service vending machine

Water Source: Ohio River

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: April 12, 2016

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Below: Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Triadelphia, WV tap water filtered through a Primo / Culligan / Wal-Mart self-fill water vending machine .

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Primo - Culligan- Walmart vending machine purified water

Water Source: Triadelphia, WV municipal water

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: April 28, 2016

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An H2O Labs water distiller was used for all tests. An Inspector Alert Radiation Monitor was used for radioactive testing.

Here is an efficiency test of the H2O Labs water distiller. I used the well water from Smithfield Ohio for the test shown below:

1 gal Smithfield Ohio well water distilled

The resulting 1 gallon of distilled water was distilled a second time. Here are the results below:

Distiller Test 2

I took the water from the second distillation and distilled it a third time. Here are the results below:

Distiller Test 3

My conclusion is that the H2O water distiller is about 99.9% effective. The second distillation left a clean boiling pot with only the faintest brown coloring stain in it. The third distillation left virtually nothing but the slightest of rainbow discoloration.

As an added feature on some water distillers you are able to further filter the distilled water with charcoal filtration. All tests done here have been distilled only with no further filtering done on the water samples.

Note: 

I do not have a financial interest nor am I promoting any of the products mentioned in the tests.  I personally drink spring water, distilled spring water and commercially produced purified water.

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Staten Island Ferry (candid)

Selection from The Americans…60 years after Frank artists’ book

by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

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Sex machine with vacuum nipple stimulator c 1930’s / 40’s

Selection from Iconoclastic Reporter artist’s  book

Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection

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Wanna shoot in NYC but don’t have the $$. No problem…you can do it on a broke bohemian’s budget.

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Article Dedication

in honor of

Paul Theroux

“A society without jaywalkers might indicate a society without artists.”

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  I have always been self-funded with my photography. Since I’m not rich, being on a perpetual budget and cutting expenses to the bone is nothing new for me.

bare-bones
/ˈberbōnz/
adjective: bare-bones; adjective: barebones
reduced to or comprising only the basic or essential elements of something.
“a bare-bones version of the story”

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My keyboard

As such, I am sensitive to the plight of the poor, struggling artist that wants to take on a project but can’t afford doing it. So, let me propose a bare-bones shooting marathon for broke photogs that want to shoot in NYC but can’t afford it.

NYC is a stupendous place to shoot, every aspiring as well as serious street photog should have the experience of working in the capitol of street photography. Doing it bare-bones may not be pretty, but it will still allow you to get some NYC action in on a very meager budget. And for the non photog bohemians that want to see NYC…sure, come along for the ride!

Being a born bohemian, I have always concentrated on doing my art rather than trying to make a living. Consequently I’ve never earned / had much $ to blow on projects.  If I can get by with some food, a roof, some SD cards and batteries I’m good. But that is how it usually is with most artists. Money is one of those irritating needs that can sidetrack an artist from concentrating on doing their art.

Bo·he·mi·an
/bo’heme?n/
noun: Bohemian; plural noun: Bohemians; noun: bohemian; plural noun: bohemians
1. a native or inhabitant of Bohemia.
2.a person who has informal and unconventional social habits, especially an artist or writer.
“the young bohemians with their art galleries and sushi bars”

Well, you probably wont be eating at sushi bars if your a broke bohemian. Most artists don’t do art to make lots of money, they just care about producing their art. No one is saying it would not be nice to make some money. But for me it would have to come as a ‘no effort’ offshoot from my own work and not as the prime goal. The only time money comes into the discussion with me is when I ask the question…do I have enough money to do the project?

W. Eugene Smith is a textbook example of the dedicated bohemian sacrificing life and family in order to do their art…

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This was Smith’s famed ‘jazz loft.’ I think the rent was $40 a month.

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When Smith needed some cash he would pawn cameras and lenses. I had read when Smith died he had $18 in the bank.

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Smith made use of a broken window as matte box.

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W. Eugene Smith’s photo through the broken window pane.

When I first started in the late 60’s I got by on very little. I just needed a 100 feet of expired film from Freestyle, a few 10 cent film cassettes and a gallon of D-76, Dektol and fixer. (See footnote a).

A roll of 100 feet in-date Tri-X from Pan Pacific Camera on La Brea was about $7. If you were broke, Freestyle used to sell repackaged movie film for about $2.75 to $3.50 per 100 foot roll. For the real cheapskate, Freestyle had 100 foot rolls of oddball film for about $1.50. Your BW chemicals were about a buck a gallon for Microdol-X, D-76 and fixer.

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Popular photography July 1962 Freestyle Sales Co. advertisement

Those were the days…everything was a lot cheaper back then, so panhandling a quarter or a buck went along way.  You could even get a meal for a buck or under in the 1970’s. Nowadays photography is a real money sucking activity.

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Los Angeles Diner 1971

Even if you not into people photography, the NYC’s architecture is jaw dropping. Once your shoot there your spoiled for shooting anyplace else when it comes to street work.

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Bohemians View NYC

Personally I’m more into people than buildings, still I’d like to get some shots of NYC from the top of the Empire State Building. It cost $54 to take the elevator to the top. If you want to skip the long lines then expect to pay $80 for faster VIP service. I never have gone up since the cost is outside of my limited budget. I make due with the bohemians view!

Actually, when it came to NYC I could never afford to shoot there until I started to camp out in Jersey City. And while it still was not affordable, it was ‘doable’ budget wise for a few days. ($55 a day for parking your tent or $65 a day to sleep in your vehicle + taxes.)

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Now, if your truly broke, then the ‘cushy’ Jersey City campout is going to be too expensive for you to swing. Beside the daily rent, you have to factor in gas and tolls roads if you drive and PATH cards from NJ to NYC.

There is also a big drawback to staying in Jersey City, it takes me 12 minutes to walk to PATH and sometimes another 30 to 50 minutes one-way to get onsite before I start shooting. If your already in Manhattan, as I will propose below, you will be way ahead of me. You won’t have to waste travel time back and forth to NJ.

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Here is the formula for the broke bohemian on a bare-bones budget that wants to shoot in NYC…

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Sad Buskers Times Square  Infrared flash photograph (Candid)

You will have to decide if what I am about to tell you is right for you. This was written by a bohemian for bohemians. What works for me may be wrong for you – you may get killed or hurt if you do this. Take responsibility for your own actions and don’t blame me for a bad outcome.

The first thing you need is a one-way Greyhound ticket to NYC. If your in Philly, Boston or Baltimore, your in luck, you can get a one-way ticket for $10 to $12. And Pittsburgh isn’t far behind at $28. What a deal! You can get to Manhattan cheaper than it would cost you to drive – the Holland Tunnel toll is $15 alone.

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Why get a one-way ticket? Well your broke. To come home you panhandle and get the fare while your shooting in NYC. If you got enough money upfront for a round trip then I highly suggest buy it. If you do buy a round trip you will save lots of money by buying ahead.

You can’t always get the cheaper ticket price unless you travel a week or more in advance, so you have to plan ahead. You can check out the rates at the library’s internet if you have no smartphone. (All I have is a $75 a year Tracfone from Wal-Mart.) All in all, having a R/T ticket in-hand is the best policy. You can relax and know you can get back home.

But as I said before, I’m writing this post for the brokest of broke bohemian, so that is who it is tailored to. I believe in making a project a reality for any artist no matter how meager the budget. If you’re looking to do your NYC shoot the traditional ‘camera fondler’ way, look elsewhere for advice. Go to Fodors, Airbnb and Priceline and see what you can put together…but for the rest of us bohemians…this is how we roll!

If you’re in Cleveland or L.A., then you had better come up with the money for a round trip upfront. As the $ you will need for a return ticket is a lot higher than a ticket back to Philly. (One way Cleveland = $48, one way L.A. = $129) You may have problems trying to panhandle that amount of $ in a short time.

…and I should warn you, NYC can be a pretty cold place for beggars.

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Times Square Food Vendor  Infrared flash photograph (Candid)

As long as you can get to the internet / smartphone you can get the cheapest Greyhound fare. Sign up for Greyhound Road Rewards and get lots of perks, including 10% of your first ticket. You can also save $ with student and veteran’s discounts. You don’t need a credit card to buy a ticket online, you can reserve your ticket online and pay for the ticket at an agent with cash.

Once you reserve your trip you will get a itinerary confirmation via email or phone.  You only have a two days to pay for it if you’re paying cash. Usually the Greyhound agents are 7-11’s, but not all 7-11’s are agents. All you have to do to find an agent is to plug in the zip code of Manhattan your staying at and the website will give you a list of local agents…there are tons of them in NYC.

Here is a map of the zip codes of Manhattan

http://www.citidex.com/map/zipco.html

The 7-11’s don’t sell tickets offline without a reservation confirmation, they just are agents. There is a $5 ticketing fee for R/T and $2.50 for one way tickets on top of the ticket price. And don’t forget, you will need a valid photo I.D. for boarding the bus.

To buy a Greyhound ticket offline check with:

Port Authority-Greyhound
625 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018
(212) 971-6325

If you want to travel in comfort you can take the train instead of the bus, but you will be paying a ton more money. The cheapest red eye Amtrak starts at $55 from Philly and they go up from there into the hundreds of $ for a one-way ticket.

Although I shoot a lot in NYC, I’ve never flown into NYC and stayed at a hotel. I can’t afford it. Actually, I seldom stay in a hotel wherever I go…I boondock. I sleep in my vehicle at Wal-Mart’s, rest stops, casinos, hospital parking lots, truck stops, gas stations, restaurants, a secluded side street…wherever I can get safe sleep. The closest I may get to a hotel is to sleep in their parking lot. I just can’t afford $75 to $100 a day for a hotel, I can barley afford the gas.

Back in the 1950’s you could get a cold water flat with the toilet ‘down the hall’ in the Village for $20 a month. Big artists’ lofts were not much more expensive than a flat. But those days are long gone. Nowadays, the artist must be very sharp to survive and do their art.

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Cold Water Flat  Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection

When I need a shower every few days I shower at a truck stop for $10 – $13 or use the rest stop or supermarket bathrooms to wash up in. (When you sponge off in the bathroom stalls carry 2 small, wire ‘S’ hooks you make to hang up your clothes on the toilet door. Some doors don’t have clothes hangers any more.)

If your located near California you may want to fly into NYC as the R/T ticket on the bus is approaching what you pay for airfare. (About $375 R/T from L.A. via air)

From what they tell me, JFK is preferable to fly into if your using public transportation to get into town and LaGuardia is somewhat cheaper and faster to fly into, but a little harder to get public transport. But this information varies with who I talk to.

JFK seems pretty easy to get to the subway. You take the JFK Express/Air Train to Queens and change to an E train to Manhattan. For LaGuardia you take the M60 bus to the subway.  Someone else told me taking the Q bus makes it is easier to get to the subway via LaGuardia than JFK. I dunno, you check out all the details for yourself.

Here are a few links for JFK and LaGuardia airports that will help you get into Manhattan. Even if flying in, you still use the rest of the broke bohemian plan I lay out here.

http://web.mta.info/mta/planning/sbs/Q70SBS.html

http://www.panynj.gov/airports/pdf/JFK-system_map.pdf 

http://laguardiaairport.com/getting-to-from/by-public-transit/

If going by bus, use this Greyhound bus station as your final destination in Manhattan.

Port Authority
625 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018

If you have a friend in NYC see if you can stay with them. If not, then your home away from home will be at:

Grand Central Station
89 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017

If you have a friend in Hoboken, Newark or Jersey City to stay with them you can take the PATH into NYC. It is very easy, just more expenses and time consuming…but at least you got a house to sleep in and a warm shower.

If your friendless in NJ and NYC, then when your finished shooting for the day, you curl up on the floor in a corner of Grand Central, homeless style. (If you don’t like to think of yourself as homeless, then think of yourself as hobo’in. If none of those options appeal to you, stop reading now…your not bohemian enuf!)

In an intro to his review on Amazon of  Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900-1939 by Virginia Nicholson, Lleu Christopher distills what fuels the bohemian life.

“Nicholson has a genuine appreciation for the bohemian spirit, and acknowledges the sacrifices made by many obscure artists, poets and others existing (often marginally) at society’s fringes. For some, the idealistic decision to forsake conventional society for a life dedicated to art, romance, poetry or perhaps a vaguer idea such as beauty or authenticity was never rewarded with any kind of material success. Was there any compensation for those living such marginal lives? Nicholson makes the case that for many, a life dedicated to art, romance and freedom is its own reward. For those who embody the bohemian spirit, material comforts and security are not worth the price of suppressing one’s creativity and individuality.”

You can also bed down at Penn Station for a change of scenery, as well as the subway. If you don’t like sleeping on the floor, go to a busy transport hub for safety and sleep on the bench.

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 ‘Poverty denotes the lack of necessities, whereas simplicity denotes the lack of needs.’ ~ Dervla Murphy  

You goal, while on the street, is to travel as light as possible while taking all the basics you need to get the job done. Work on simplifying your street kit to the bare essentials.

At least you wont have all your life’s possessions to haul around…

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If you do sleep on the floor and don’t have a pad, bring a trash bag to sleep on or find some cardboard. The floor can be kinda grimy. Sniff out your spot to make sure it wont ‘stink you out’ when your trying to sleep. In a pinch you can also use 2 subway maps folded out to sleep on. They are a little under 2 x 3 feet each.

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If you have a few extra bucks pick up a Z Pad. They fold up and weigh next to nothing. Strap it to your pack and you got a cushy and warm pad for sleeping on. If your not sleeping well you wont do your best work shooting. Being young sleeping on concrete may not phase you, but as you get older you may need something cushy to get some sleep.

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In the daytime, Central Park is also a sleep option for getting in some winks. If you’er something of a vampire by nature, shoot most of the day and night and sleep daytime in Central Park. Find an area that is kinda quiet, put in some earplugs or use toilet paper to plug your ears. It also helps if you can get some eye shades. Wal-Mart had some shades for a buck last time I looked.

Some parts of Central Park are OK to sleep in day or night, other parts are not. Study it up before you bed down at night there. But generally speaking, near the richer areas are safer. The city has gotten tougher and may ticket you or arrest you if your caught sleeping in the park at night. You check it out…

http://nymag.com/nymetro/urban/seasons/summer/9377/

Although it is probably too expensive for the broke bohemian, the Pacsafe is a good tool to prevent theft when your on the street / subway sleeping. I bought mine used on eBay. Don’t attach it to a pole and leave it, security may think it is a bomb. Stay with your gear.

If you can’t afford a Pacsafe, them sleep with your arms woven through the pack or rig a bike lock you can attach to the pack and your belt and use the pack for a pillow. If you using a pack as a pillow with no lock or security someone could rip it out from under your head and take off with it.

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Another security option is to use long nylon ties to secure the pack to your belt or someplace on your body while you sleep. Just make sure you have a knife or a pair of dykes to cut the strap.

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While your on the bus and at rest stops you shoot. Same thing in the subways or on the trains. Every step of your journey going and coming…shoot. Make the most of your trip.

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Subway NYC (Candid)

Grand Central has nice clean bathrooms and a big, beautiful interior that you can bed down in for some sleep at night. It is a good place to start panhandling some of the money you will need to get back home, but be low key about it.

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Grand Central Station NYC (Candid)

I mean, you are homeless right? So while your sleeping put out a cup or sign saying ‘anything helps to get a meal’ or ‘stranded and trying to get a bus ticket back home’ and maybe you will wake up with some loose change. Just write it big and clear so it is easy to read.

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Busker Las Vegas

Here is a rundown on sleeping pads. I recommend the 3/4 Thermorest, that is what I use myself. It rolls up into hardly nothing. (But I think it may be extinct now.) I bought an old, beat up one at a thrift store for $5.  It has a slow leak and only holds air for 6 or 7 hours, but it gets me by.

https://thehikingtreeblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/pct-for-newbie-selecting-a-pad/

A Metro card is about $31 a week for unlimited use.

http://web.mta.info/nyct/fare/FaresatAGlance.htm#Fares

Sometimes you can find a discarded card that is empty and you can refill it with a 7 day pass without having to buy a new card. You can save $1 if you do this. Just scan it in the reader to see what the balance and stats are with the card. (If you are 65 or older or have disabilities you can save 50% on the weekly unlimited Reduced Fare Metro Card.)

http://web.mta.info/metrocard/

If $31 is beyond your budget, then you can always panhandle swipes from arriving passengers. (You wont have much luck from outgoing passengers as the unlimited card can’t be used for 18 minutes after the last swipe for the same route.) You can also use the Metro card for bus rides. (That was what I was told. I never use the bus.)

If someone asks you for a swipe, ask them for .50 or a buck. When your packing up to go home, see if you can sell your card with the remaining balance to someone for a deal. If you bought a weekly pass it will expire worthless when you leave, so try to get something out of it while it is alive.

http://gothamist.com/2016/04/18/subway_swipe_nypd.php

http://web.mta.info/nyct/fare/FaresatAGlance.htm

http://web.mta.info/nyct/maps/subwaymap.pdf

Whether you’re boondocking in your vehicle or sleeping on a city street, it is always good to have a plan B, C, D and Z if things don’t work out with plan A. Another option for sleep is on the subway trains…

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Subway NYC (Candid)

Late at night the subway is not as busy. You can stretch out on one of the seats.

How To Sleep On The New York City Subway

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-york-homeless-subway_us_56291c1be4b0aac0b8fc0729

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bratton-warns-new-yorkers-no-sleeping-subway-article-1.2519090

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/24/new-york-subways-sleeping-homeless-people

http://nypost.com/2016/02/10/the-joys-of-sleeping-on-the-subway/

When it comes to subway sleepers, the city wavers between trying to clean up the subway or letting it go.  I’ve slept on the train and never had a problem or had a cop bother me. Whatever you decide, be careful if you sleeping on an empty train.

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The lower Manhattan area I work in is about 13 square miles, (Manhattan total is 22.82 square miles, 13 miles long and 2.3 miles wide at its widest point.) So if you got good shoes and feet you can just walk around without a Metro card and shoot while your walking. If you want to go to Brooklyn to expand your territory, walk across the picturesque Brooklyn Bridge. You will have photo ops for the entire bridge walk.

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I’m old, got bad feet, ankles and legs. So I am limited on my walking. That is why I don’t cover much of Manhattan. Even taking the Metro everywhere and cutting walking to a minimum, my feet and legs act up bad. Some days I just stand on the corner and take photos of people walking by as my feet are so sore. Not a good way to do street work, but that is how it can be when you get old. So make the most of your photography while your young and have the health and energy to do it right.

Being young, you can cover all 5 Boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island. The 5 Boroughs encompass over 300 square miles, so don’t expect to cover it all on one trip. The point is, one can never see it all when it comes to NYC. Everyplace you wander has outstanding photo ops, so you will be shooting day and night.

Free NYC and vicinity maps can be had at any 24 hour subway booth. The map does not have all the streets in it but you can get to the area and ask directions for fine tuning things. Subway maps are also on the wall in every train and subway station.

http://web.mta.info/nyct/maps/subwaymap.pdf

If you want a more detailed street map, you can get a free ‘Where® IN New York Map’ at most hotels  You can ride the ferry to Staten Island for free. Take the Metro to Whitehall St. and your there. Great photo ops on the Ferry as well as Staten Island.

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Staten Island Ferry – NYC (Candid)

For the ferry I think you take the downtown 1,4,5 R or W trains. You check it out, I’m no expert, I still get lost all the time. But that is the beauty of NYC, you can’t get ‘too lost’ in Manhattan. You can pretty much see the WTC from anywhere in lower Manhattan.

For food you can live very well on Subway sandwiches. Tons of locations in Manhattan. Even one at your home base.

Grand Central Station
52 Vanderbilt Ave
Manhattan, NY

You can get ‘the sub of the day’ for $3.50. If you want to pick and choose, order subs with a good mix of protein and vegetables. Always ask if they can pack it with some extra meat and veggies when they build them custom. Try for low sodium meals so you wont have to drink too much and wont have to pee so often. While public bathrooms can be found in NYC, they are not always easy to find when your bladder is bursting.

You can also find some greens in Central Park during the growing season. Forage for dandelions greens, purslane, etc. Get a book on foraging before you leave from the library and study it up. Don’t eat wild mushrooms unless you want to die. Now, I’m not up to date with all the laws in NYC, so do your foraging stealthy. I had heard a guy was arrested (albeit decades ago) for criminal mischief for removing vegetation from the park.

I always try to pack a few envelopes of powder milk on my trips. I can mix some in a bottle of water and get extra nutrition or make some reconstituted milk for cereal. If you do mix milk in your one and only water bottle, make sure you rinse the bottle well when your done.

Diane Di Prima (the photo below is probably one of her from her art model days.) used to buy a nickel cup of coffee in the 1950’s, dump some of the coffee out and load it up with milk for nutrition and sugar and energy. That is how you must be with you if your a broke bohemian. You always have to be looking out for that ‘little extra’ to make it.

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If your panhandling efforts do not pay off after a day or two after arrival I suggest you cut back on your food allowance to save that $ for a ticket home. You also need to get more aggressive at your begging. You can try going from train car to train car on the subway and asking for spare change to get back home. Tell people your stranded and are trying to raise a few dollars for a bus ticket home. Your not lying, your not doing it for a day job to buy heroin, your telling the truth. Here are some tips:

http://www.wikihow.com/Panhandle

If you have a talent for entertainment also consider busking. Just keep in mind whatever props you bring should be small so they don’t interfere with your main goal of shooting photos. A harmonica or flute would be good…a guitar, violin or typewriter would not.

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Free Poetry  Busker Subway NYC (Candid)

If your too broke for a daily Subway sandwich, get a jar of peanut butter and a loaf of cheap bread. Maybe you can scrounge some jam packs and plastic spoons at the local Mac D’s. You will be too broke to buy jam, so the cheap bread and peanut butter is about it for you. You need something to spread the butter, so get some plastic cutlery. And don’t forget to check out Central Park to supplement your diet with foraged greens.

While your at Mac D’s, if someone leaves an edible portion of food and takes off, clean off the table for them. Put the tray on the dirty rack and pocket the leftovers. If they are going to trash some of their meal ask if you can have it. May not be pretty, but it beats eating out of the trash can anyway.

Here is the deal, you can’t make a career at it, in other words, don’t overstay your welcome. Get a tray or two and take off before you call attention to yourself and they ask you to leave. You can always go to another shop, tons of them n NYC. Once your done eating…start shooting! (See footnote b)

Also check with small food shops, markets, green grocers, fast food, cheese shop, bakeries, etc. Ask them if they have any produce or food they are trashing. A lot of time the food just has a small defect or mold spot on it.

Carry a small penknife for cleaning up food you find. Just don’t carry a monster knife the police will hassle you over. Every city has their own laws, so check it out. If you get an orange you can peel the orange skin very gingerly and leave most of the white pulp on the orange to eat. It is nutritious and helps fill you up.

http://www.shareable.net/blog/how-to-dumpster-dive-eat-free-fight-waste

http://www.greenhighfive.com/ultimate-guide-dumpster-diving/

If your too broke for a jar of peanut butter and a loaf of cheap bread and don’t want to clean off the leftovers, or dumpster dive, check out…

The Bowery Mission:

https://www.bowery.org/programs/compassionate-care/meals/

or

http://www.foodbanknyc.org/our-programs/direct-services/community-kitchen

They may also help you with a place to sleep for as few days. There are lots of other places you can get some charity food if your broke, research it before your trip. I’m giving you a lot here, but I can’t breastfeed it all to you…

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Newlywed couple on their honeymoon

If the food pantry feeds you, offer to do an hours work in exchange for the food. Bohemians can fall into the trap of ‘the world revolves around me’ syndrome. Give back a little once in a while.

Now here is the bottom line with food…if your healthy and normal weight, you wont starve to death for 4 weeks if you don’t eat anything. So don’t be so frantic if you miss some meals. Just drink some water, as you can die of dehydration in a week if you don’t drink anything.

If your going the broke bohemian route I recommend you go to NYC in the Spring or Fall. When the weather is cool, or maybe I should say comfortable. You wont sweat as much, there are less bugs, less need for showers and you wont need to carry heavy clothes for the cold.

Another benefit of cool weather trips is you wont need a lot of water to drink. Bring a water bottle when you head out for your trip and keep refilling it on the road. Just be sure to rinse it out one in a while so the water does not get too funky.  Keeping de-funked can be a challenge when you living on the street.

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Barefoot homeless man with soiled pants eating from the trash – Los Angeles

For showering or clean up you got a few options. The best one is to get a day pass for free from the YMCA

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Just email any of the NYC Y’s ahead of your trip and they will send you a day pass. Or you could print out this one. (Although the design may change and mine may not be up to date.) And don’t forget to bring a padlock for your locker. Bring a small disposable face towel to dry off with after your shower and a mini bar of hotel soap.

You can also wash up in the bathrooms at Grand Central. It used to be you could bed down at a Y for $5 in the old days. Now it is more like $150 a day in NYC. Well, time moves on and that is why you freeze time, isn’t it…you can stop time!

If your too busy to shower at the Y, bring along a mini pack of wet wipes to clean your ass up so you wont end up in one of my photos.

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In the old days you could rent a locker for .25 to .50 at the bus / train station. When terrorists got to work the lockers were all taken out. Too easy to store a bomb in the lockers. Nowadays, if you need to park your gear you can do it for about $8 – $10 a day per bag at Schwartz.

http://schwartztravel.com/_index.php

Take old underwear and trash them when your done to lighten your load. Weigh everything you take and keep the weight to a min. It is no fun carrying around a lot of stuff on your back day and night.

A boondocking trick for getting by with 1 pair of underwear is to turn them front to back and in and out to get 4 uses out of them. You should get 8 days out of them easy, then trash them.  Wearing 1 and taking 1 should yield you 14 to 16 days of wear minimum.

In an emergency you can wash you clothes in a bathroom sink and set them out to dry in the park on a tree or bench…but did you really come to NYC to waste time doing laundry? A less time intensive way to dry your washed socks is to hook them on your backpack to dry. As you go about your biz they will dry in a few hours.

This is what I use for shampoo…it is 3-1/2 inches long and fits in the palm of your hand.

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Keep your hair crew-cut and you can prob just get by with a rinse in the sink and blow dry with the bathroom hand blower. Better still is to cut your hair all off and shave off your body hair too – hair holds grease and bacteria. If your only going to take a shower or two on your trip you an use the mini shampoo for your hair and as a body soap. That will save you from carrying extra weight.

A superlight nylon windbreaker works great for cold and rain. If it does rain, go shoot inside subways and the museums. I think the Met only asks for a donation for a ticket. If so, give them what you can spare. If your broke, go panhandle .50 and give that to get in. Lots of photo ops as well as inspiration in art museums.

Girls have to be extra cautious, I don’t rec you go the  ‘living on the street route.’ Save up a little extra, take the bus and go to a hostel. But, if you must sleep on the ground, get some good pepper spray and don’t look too pretty…if you advertise, you may get a customer. I use this in the Rustbelt, but it is illegal in NY /NJ. So you decide what to use.

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The safest route for a girl wanting to boondock is to park at Weehawken Ferry public parking lot, preferably in a van for privacy and pay $19 a day to park and take the ferry back and forth to sleep in your van or car. Just do it stealthy, as the Ferry lot frowns on boondocking.

Port Imperial Garage
500 Port Imperial Blvd
Weehawken, NJ 07086

This plan will add the cost of a weekly ferry pass to your budget and they are not cheap. Don’t try to boondock at the parking lot at the Jersey City marina on Marin Blvd. It is cheaper, ($13 a day) but if 24 hour security catches you boondocking they will boot your vehicle and you will have to pay a huge fee to get it unbooted.

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Whether male, female, trans, androgynous or bigender, if you’re living in your van or car these items can come in handy…

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Luggaloo…put a disposable bag in it before taking a shit!

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Urinal bottle…Save $8 and use a water bottle you find in the trash. But not as easy as the wide mouth urinal.

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And a ‘Lady J’ for the gals

When sleeping in your vehicle leave the windows cracked about 1/4 inch to allow for air circulation. A sleeping bag, power inverter to change 12v to 110v and a 12v battery charger for your camera and cell phone are also useful. Almost a must for stealthy boondocking is tint or cover the windows for privacy. If you don’t have a sleeping bag find some newspapers to lay out for insulation and get an old blanket at the thrift store.

A boondocking trick I use is to make a  25% alcohol dilution with 75% water in a quart bottle. I use that on a washcloth to clean up. Then I rinse the washcloth out with water and go over my body to wash the alcohol off. This is only good if you have a vehicle to live in as carrying around big bottles of liquid get heavy while on the street.

Vince Lombardi Park & Ride in NJ offers a possibility for (male) boondocking.

https://www.njtransit.com/pdf/bus/T0321.pdf

Be advised the transit does not run all the time from Vince Lombardi and it can be dangerous to sleep there. I wont boondock there unless it is an emergency.

If you need a camera for your trip check out the early Pentax DSLR’s or an Olympus M4/3. A Pentax K100D Super 6MP DSLR w/18-55 DA zoom lens can be had on eBay for $85 – $100. If you want a prime, the old Pentax manual 50mm f2 lenses go for $15 – $25 each.

If you think 6mp is no good, think again. Beside not being good form under the auspices of ‘beggars can’t be choosers,’ I’ve put many 6mp photos into museums and curated collections round the world.

Here are 3 examples of what you can do with 6mp’s…

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…no museum ever asked how many mp’s Faces of Gentrification was.

Uncertain Future copyright 2005 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Steeplechase 2005 Copyright Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

But, the ‘bargain of bargains’ for the bohemian photog is the 12mp Olympus E-PL1 M4/3. They go for next to nothing on eBay. You can pick one up with the kit zoom for $75 and up. While your at it, pick up an back-up body for $45. When you’re on the street you have to be self-sufficient. The last thing you want is for your only cam to go on the proverbial fritz and your trip is ruined.

I used M4/3’s extensively for almost a year. They can produce outstanding results for such a small package. The downfall of the M4/3 is they are hard (at least for me) to manually adjust on the fly. I’m an old film photog and used to the manual controls we had on our film cams in the 60’s-70’s. I’m just no good at figuring out these new menu driven cams. With the M4/3 I would have to shoot it on the dummy setting.

Here are some examples of what an M4/3 they can do…on the dummy setting.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHomage to Weegee 2012 copyright 2012 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Twenty-Six Roadkills artists' book no.18 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Fallen Soldier Memorial Copyright 2012 Daniel D. Teoli Jr mr

Don’t forget to bring some lens tissue and a small bottle of lens cleaning fluid. If you don’t have any, stop by B&H and ask if they can help you out with a free clean job. They may also let you plug in to charge your battery.  You can also use toilet paper you pick up and some water or fog from your breath to clean your lens. TP from public toilets also works good as a Kleenex substitute if you get a runny nose.

When you get back home, showcase your NYC work. Make a blog called Bohemian on the Street or View from the Street or whatever you like. Photos are meant to be viewed, don’t let them die with you, get them out there. When you save up enough $ for another one-way to NYC hit the road again for some more photos. The more you visit NYC, the more comfortable you will get shooting there.

You can also make an artist’s book with your work. While book printing cost $, any broke bohemian can make a website just like this for free using your local libraries internet. Or you can make a pdf book and put it on the net.

Speaking of free internet…here are some options for free internet and USB charging options in NYC.

https://www.link.nyc/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LinkNYC

Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT)
625 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018

Apple Store
767 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10153

Apple Store – World Trade Center
185 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007

Also check out hotel lobbies, fast food shops, libraries, etc. for a charge.

A good travel guide on NY is DK’s Eyewitness NYC.

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Get it from your library for free or buy last years edition for .05 (plus $3.99 shipping) on Amazon. If you buy the book you can rip the pages out that you want to save weight carrying it. Comes with a good NYC map as a bonus.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1465410511/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me=

Cargo pants or cargo shorts make good travel clothes. Lots of pockets and they hold up under abuse. I like camo color myself, as they don’t show the dirt.

Spring is round the corner, better start planning your trip. Who knows…if you take eye pleasing photos that don’t offend anyone maybe a camera company will sponsor you for cushy junket trips where you can actually sleep in a cheap hotel with bed bugs for your shoot.

Good luck on your photo journey!

Footnotes:

(a)  When I first started to shop at Freestyle’s old location in 1969/70 they were more of a dusty warehouse type of shop with rows of shelving you could dig through. I remember buying some ex-military 4 x 5 glass plates that had expired in the early 1950’s. They still worked great! Freestyle specialized in expired military surplus film back then.

(b) I told someone about cleaning off the tables to eat the scraps and he could not bring himself to do it. I thought back when I had eaten some scrap apples the animals left behind partially eaten on the ground. I just washed them off and cut away the portion the animals ate…they were delicious!

(c) Photos of Greyhound bus, products, map and YMCA day pass are from the internet and used under the auspices of ‘fair use’.

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From Girls of the Beat Generation

A forthcoming 6 volume artist’s book series by social documentary photographer Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/girls-of-the-beat-generation-artists-book/

A complete list of artist’s books by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/artists-books-by-daniel-d-teoli-jr-2/

 

De Wallen Graffiti 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Change in posting timeline for 2017

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During much of 2016 I had been sending in a minimum of 4 posts a month, scheduled every 7-9 days. In October 2016 I began reducing my posting schedule to a minimum of 3 posts per month or 1 post every 10 days.

Due to a lack of time and being overwhelmed with photo projects I will have to further cut back on my posting timeline. It is very easy to end up in the trap of being a slave to your blog. You can end up writing your life away.

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Force Feeding the Sex Slave

Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection

Starting in 2017 I will be sending in a minimum of 2 posts per month. New posts will be scheduled for the 14th and the 28th of the month.

As was the case prior to this change, I may send in quick, off the cuff posts if they fit into my schedule. So, 2  posts a months is a minimum and not maximum.

Weegee Infrared Flash Reenactment Pop Mech April 1956

Weegee reenacting his infrared flash theatre photography technique.

When it comes to color prints, you never, ever display your original irreplaceable color photos for long periods. They are just meant to be taken out and looked at once in a while. You display color copy facsimiles, not the originals.

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In honor of

Condé Nast & Mathew Brady

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Over at the APUG forum a photog mentioned how he was working on a corporate photo collection and much of the color work had faded away over the decades. Well, the APUG bozos banned me, so I will have to answer it here.

When it comes to color prints, you never, ever display your original irreplaceable color photos for long periods. They are just meant to taken out and looked at once in a while. You display color copy facsimiles, not the originals. All these expensive color prints collectors buy will fade badly if they are kept on constant display. And as the expensive color collector photos fade badly they will become more worthless over time.

The finest pigment inkjet prints wont fade in direct sun exposure for a year or more. But, give them 1-1/2 or 2 years of sun and they will start to fade a little. Now, if they are kept in dark storage then the prints should last for centuries.

Eastman Kodak Dye Transfer prints will start to fade in a few months of direct sunlight. They are the worst color imaging media out there other than some Type C color paper Freestyle used to sell in the ’70s…it fades away in dark storage. The best Type C paper I’ve tested is Fuji Crystal Archive. It is almost on par with pigmented inkjet prints, but is not as good as the best inkjet prints for dye stability.

One camera fondler on the APUG forum claimed that dye transfer prints were the best for archival stability. Dye transfer prints are one of the worst color imaging media for archival dye stability. Yet, I’ve seen dye transfer prints going back to the 1950’s (and one much earlier vintage example online) that were still vibrant…but they were in dark storage for most of that time.

What follows is taken in-part from my  book: Dye Stability Testing of Color Imaging Media Edition II by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Homage to Weegee copyright 1974 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Homage to Weegee – Cigarette Caught in Mid Flight ~ Hollywood, CA 1974

The image pictured above is from a scan of an 8 x 10 work print made in 1974 that was supposed to be trashed. The work print escaped the trash can by mistake and somehow survived 38 years hidden from sight as a bookmark.

The original negative to the image as well as any final silver gelatin prints I had made were all lost in a flood. So the work print was all I had to work with to recover the image.

When I found the work print I was able to get a usable digital image from scanning it and some Lightroom adjustments. But the original work print was of poor quality and had mottled shadows and blacks….that was why is was headed for the trash can.

Many digital photographers I talk with tell me they seldom make prints. They just view their work on the monitor or on digital photo frames. This ‘no prints required’ method is one of the benefits digital photography can provide us.

But, this benefit would also work against the digital photographer if they would ever lose their digital masters. The lack of a physical negative / chrome is one of the shortcomings of digital imaging when it comes to preservation. But, we can come close to the benefit of film with a 4 x 6 (or optimally a letter size) master print.

With a high grade scan of our master print we can always recover 90% of the original image if we would ever lose our digital or film master. The master print for the digital photographer is what the physical negative is for the film photographer.

Here are a few of my photos that were lost in a 2001 flood. The only reason I can show you these is that I had some small 2 x 4 to 3.5 x 5 inch snapshot prints of them stored at my mom’s house. I was able to recover something with a scan of the prints.

Santa Monica Copyright 1984 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

House on Fire V12 Copyright 1972 Daniel D. Teoli Jr mr

Pigsheads Copyright 1983 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Santa Anita Copyright 1983 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mrmr

When scans are done correctly, they can yield excellent results.

Dye Transfer print versus Inkjet Print scanned copy Daniel D. Teoli jr. mr

The above photos show a scan of an original Eastman Kodak dye transfer print. I then made a second generation inkjet print from the scan of the dye transfer print.

I married the original dye transfer print and the second generation inkjet print and scanned them to show comparison results. I didn’t use a high priced scanner or printer to do the tests. I used a consumer model Canon printer from Wal-Mart costing about $80 and a $200 Epson scanner.

Now, no scan is as good as the original. But, you can see for yourself, it is hard to tell which is the original dye transfer scan and which is the scan of inkjet copy print made from the dye transfer print.

Top Photograph – Dye Transfer original is on the bottom half.

Bottom Photograph – Dye Transfer original print is on the right side.

This test tells us 2 things:

1) Scans can recover about 90% of the image quality from an original.

2) Inkjet printers can equal or surpass Eastman Kodak’s dye transfer process when it comes to image quality. (In addition, dye stability tests I’ve run show pigmented inkjet prints will outlast an Eastman Kodak dye transfer print when it comes to dye stability by leaps and bounds.)

For the dye stability tests photos in this post,  I cut or masked the media in half. One half of the media was put in sunlight for 6 months. The other half was stored in total darkness. After 6 months of sun, the 2 halves were married and scanned. The half exposed to the sun was marked with an ‘S’. The half stored in the dark was marked with a ‘D’.

Below: Eastman Kodak Dye Transfer Print fade test of vintage 1954 prints.Dye Transfer print fade test after 6 months of sun Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr.

Test results show Eastman Kodak’s dye transfer prints to have very poor dye stability when exposed to light. Dye transfer prints will start to show notable fading in just 2 to 3 months of exposure to sunlight. But they do have very good good dark storage dye stability. As best as I could tell, the vintage dye transfer prints used in this test showed no noticeable fading in 65 years of dark storage.

I’ve fade tested vintage dye transfer prints from 1950’s to 1970’s and the test results are the same…very  poor dye stability to light.  I don’t do bullshit estimates either. I do actual fade tests as taught to me by the master dye transfer printer Bob Pace whom I worked with in Hollywood, CA in the 1970’s.

The oldest know dye transfer I’ve come across is a pre-commercial production piece about 80 years old and still looked good. But when it comes to dye stability, the king is the pigmented ink jet and laser print, possibly surpassed only by the old Cibachrome prints. Bob Pace had some old Cibachromes in his lab’s display window. The emulsion was all cracked up from the sun – but the colors were still vibrant.

Dye transfer prints shown are by: Dean Child, US Color Print Portland, OR

Below is a metal print on aluminum, something that is very popular nowadays.  The sky faded a good deal after 6 month of sun.

Bay Photo Aluminum Sheer Matte Fade Test 2015 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. m4

Pole Dancer Ros County 2012 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

Below is an Epson inkjet print exposed to 1 year of sun with no noticeable fading. I use a lot of gloss optimizer in my printing and wondered about its archival characteristics. I decided on giving Epson’s gloss optimizer a 1 year sun stress test, not 6 months.

Here is a quick shot of the test results with my P&S Sony.

Epson Gloss Optimizer Test 1 Year Sun Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

After the 1 year test period was over I married the 2 halves for comparison. The black lines show the edges where the gloss optimizer extends. One year of sun produced no change to the gloss optimizer that could be seen with the eye. The results area also a testimony to Epson’s Ultrachrome archival pigment based ink.

Here is the original digital file.

Freemont Street No. 2 copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

The point of fade testing is to show you that different media has different dye stability. So choose a media that is fade resistance for your master prints.

Additional color imaging media fade tests:

http://fadetesting.tumblr.com/

De Wallen Graffiti copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.