It’s Another Daisy Hill Anniversary

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

In today’s post we veer away from photography (again) and get a little personal…

People often ask me, “where is Daisy Hill?” Our home sits atop a small hill that I named Daisy Hill as a homage to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm where Snoopy and his siblings lived until they were sold to their owners. The reference first appeared in a May 4, 1965 Peanuts strip. My Daisy Hill is a small, lightly wooded lot in a 10.4-square mile community, that includes Bingham Lake, were I often make photographs. The community is located about 25 miles south of Denver and according to the 2010 census has population of 10,517, up from 7,253 from the 2000 census.

Eight years ago today, Mary and I moved here from a rural community that was located north of Denver, a distance of about 50 miles from Daisy Hill traveling via the E470 toll road. The above self portrait of us in our living room was made this same date eight years ago just after we got the keys to our new home. The three tone Mondrian-style paint scheme behind us was one of the first things to go replaced by the light tan color that covers the rest of the room.

One of the many things the new house offered was a newer, nicer but not necessarily larger office for me. But it has two windows and a glass-paned door that lets me see the outside world and I can catch a glimpse of the mountains in the distance. Instead of shooting in an unfinished basement next to the furnace and my model train layout as I did in my old house, I now have a dedicated 11×15 studio space in a finished basement. Near the studio is a work room that has only been partly successful. It was originally conceived as an image, book and magazine archive as well as a place to make fine art prints but the used large format printer I purchased ended up being more trouble than it was worth. I hope in the future, “when my ships come in,” that I can get a new printer to produce fine art prints for sale.

Since many people have written asking about my model train layout that was often featured in my reviews and articles in Shutterbug magazine, here’s an update: My previous layout was large—8 x16 feet—and I was without a layout in the new house until November 2016. Because of my newfound interest in LEGO, this new, smaller layout features noth Lionel and LEGO trains. Shortly after setting it up, I shot a short video of the layout that you can see here on Vimeo. The layout has changed considerably since 2016 and I promise to post an updated video real soon now.

If you think that I’m happy here on Daisy Hill that is an understatement, I am deliriously happy here. But Mary keeps talking about moving to warmer climes (It snowed here the day I was writing this and it’s been really cold this month) so ya never know…


 

You can learn some of my portrait lighting tricks and techniques from  Studio Lighting Anywhere, which is available from Amazon.com, where new copies are selling for $28.60 with used copies at $9.86 as I write this. The Kindle version is $19.99, for those who prefer a digital format. If you bring this, or any of my other books, to a workshops or Coffee & Camera events I will be pleased to sign your copy.