Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

LouFest 2017

Posted in Adventure, art, beer, family, Interlude, Jason Gray, links, nikon, Park, perception, photography, prime lens, prime lenses, St. Louis by Jason Gray on September 11, 2017

Don’t go into the light, Carol Anne.

LouFest is an annual music festival held in St. Louis’ Forest Park that combines national headlining music acts with local upstarts on three stages with a veritable village in between of art tents, food and drink vendors, retail, carnival activities, a kids area and more.



Interlude: Happy B-Day, Forest Park!

Posted in art, Jason Gray, learning, links, photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on June 24, 2016

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Today, one of St. Louis’ most beloved attractions turns 140 years old.  However, when we celebrate the origin of Forest Park, we should also celebrate the beginnings of O’Fallon Park and Carondelet Park because it was only with a promise to build the other two that St. Louis residents agreed to pass the ballot measure necessary to build the city’s now preeminent greenspace.

I’ve written pretty extensively about all three parks for Photo Flood Saint Louis (click links above), so instead of rehashing the parks’ histories, I thought that it would be more fun to challenge how well my STL readers know each one.  In the comments below, challenge yourself, and identify which park goes with which image (ie. Image 1=xxxx Park).  Now, let’s see how well you know your city parks….

*Answer key in comments.


September 11th Memorial

Posted in awareness, photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on September 16, 2011

You may not have realized it, but last Sunday was the 10th anniversary of the tragic planes crashes of September 11th, 2001. I know, you would think that somebody would have already reported on this! Maybe that it would even be all over the media….

Sarcasm aside, the recent flag memorial that was installed on Art Hill in St. Louis’ Forest Park really is an incredible visual statement. In an event titled, “America’s Heartland Remembers September 11th, 2001”, several local sponsors teamed up with over 100 police and firefighters to erect nearly 3000, American flags on the hill looking over the Grand Basin. Each flag represents an individual who died on that day, and will be sold for $20/each, with the proceeds going to families of 9/11 victims, at the close of the exhibit.

When you stand looking out over the field of flags, with every one of them fluttering in the wind, you can not help but be moved by the gravity of what is represented.

All pics Nikon D300 with Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G lens.


New Photographs

Posted in 35mm, art, black and white, film, photography by Jason Gray on March 4, 2011

As promised, here is the first round of work that I have been producing on 35mm, black and white film. Last January, I enrolled in courses at the St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, which gave me access to a great, black and white film lab. Since then, I have been working on a group of pictures that centers around a wooded area in Forest Park (the urban park of St. Louis). I have made a few exceptions to that, as you will see. Enjoy.

All Nikon N80 or N8008s with Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D or Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G lenses. All of the image are hand-developed and printed, and then scanned on an Epson Expressions 10000XL Scanner.


Back to the Construction

Posted in art, photography by Jason Gray on November 3, 2010

I decided that I would return to an old, photo subject for me on here, the ongoing construction at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Enjoy!

All Nikon D50 with Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Lens.

More after the jump–>

Non-Vanilla Ice

Posted in photography by Jason Gray on February 11, 2010

This post is kind of a part two to the previous one. I basically zoned in on some of the patterns frozen (pun intended) within the ice of the Grand Basin and adjoining canals. The fish shot I thought was interesting. Not sure exactly what is going on there, but there were severed fish-heads all over the place… Enjoy!

All Nikon D300 with Nikon 50mm f/1.8E (manual focus) lens.

Frozen Forest Park

Posted in photography by Jason Gray on February 10, 2010

Loyal Hours of Idleness readers, tonight I braved life and limb to bring you photos from the tundra of Forest Park. O.k., it wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t easy tromping around in my dress shoes and socks through the cold; nor was it warm by a long shot. However, my years in Chicago seemed to prepare me well, and, I admit, it was pretty fun to get out and do some real, outdoor shooting.

All Nikon D300 with Nikon 50mm f/1.8E (manual focus) Lens.


Forest Park at the Grand Basin

Posted in photography by Jason Gray on November 18, 2009

All Nikon 8008s with Nikkor 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5 AF Lens attached and Fuji Superia 400 Film.

Forest Park is beautiful any time of year….


Wandering Around Forest Park, Again

Posted in photography by Jason Gray on August 10, 2009


All Nikon D50 with Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D Lens attached.


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