291 Hours

Nude, Scotland, 2004

I see that my last blog entry was way back on October 24, well over two weeks ago.   I had hoped to have made another before now, but unfortunately, something called Hurricane Sandy got in the way of that.
On Monday, October 29, I was at home having a video chat with a friend on Skype.  Then everything here went dark.  That was around 4:30 pm.  Things here stayed dark and very cold for the rest of last week.  Then last weekend.  Then this past week.   Heat and hot water were restored in my building this past Tuesday night, so that made things better, but darkness still reigned.
Finally, last night, around 7:25 pm, after roughly 291 hours in the dark – more than 12 days – power to my building was restored.
Now comes the job of trying to catch up with things.  I called my homeowner’s insurance company a few days ago to make a claim for all of the food in the freezer and refrigerator that had to be discarded.  I threw the stuff out a couple of nights ago, and today I scrubbed down the interiors of the unit.  I’ll try to do some food shopping tomorrow to try to refill it somewhat.
Regarding photography, I had developed all but nine rolls of film from my August trip to Maine and Canada when the lights went out.  Now it’s time to finish off the remainder. During one of the earlier days of darkness, there was enough light coming in during the daytime to allow me to begin filing the film into pages, which will permit me to begin scanning soon.
For now, please enjoy this photo of Alison from 2004.

About Dave Rudin

Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.
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