A Measure of the Disorder

A Measure of the Disorder

Today, George Cassidy Payne offers some of his favorite photographs taken over the last several years. Each photograph includes either a link to the original story or a related story.

Photography by George Cassidy Payne

I.M. Pei’s Wilson Commons Building at the University of Rochester

From  I.M. Pei’s Wilson Commons Building: A Contemporary Mastery of Method

Red Tailed Hawk in Mt. Hope Cemetery

From Mt. Hope’s Subconscious Side: Symbolizing Life and Death in America’s Oldest Victorian Cemetery

Saratoga National Battlefield

From Saratoga: Turning Point of the Revolutionary War

East Main Street, Rochester, NY

See Saying goodbye to the “Downtown: The Way It Was” photos

The State Capital in Albany, New York

From Albany After Hours

Highland Park, Rochester, NY

See Highland Park over two years

The Lyric Theater, Rochester, NY

From The Lyric Theater: East Avenue’s Apotheosis

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, NY

See A bust of Frederick Douglass at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Elmira Correctional Facility

From Wit and Repartee at Woodlawn: A Secular Pilgrimage to Mark Twain’s Gravesite in Elmira, NY.

John Burrough’s Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury, NY

From Return to Woodchuck Lodge: Rediscovering John Burroughs for the First Time

Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester, NY

See Too much fun After Dark at the RMSC

Corn Hill Neighborhood, Rochester, NY

From The Spirit of Corn Hill Lives: Photographing Rochester’s Most Historically Diverse Neighborhood

Two men walking together next to The Metropolitan, Rochester, NY

From The Metropolitan: a stellar example of “late modern” commercial architecture

Genesee Valley Park, Rochester, NY

See The difference between softball and kick ball: Shotgunning

Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester, NY

See Living the Native American way of being at Haudenosaunee Days at the RMSC

Louis Kahn First Unitarian Church, Rochester, NY

From Seeker of Light: Re-Viewing Louis Kahn’s First Unitarian Church

Rose in the Maplewood Rose Garden, Rochester, NY

See Celebrating the roses of Maplewood. But like Sam Patch, Talker is Gorged

Spectacle Lake, Southern Adirondacks

Spectacle Lake, Southern Adirondacks

See Abandoned Farm: A Gallery of Photographs by George Payne

About The Author


Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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