Saturday, August 10, 2013
I had been teaching commercial photography at the MAINE PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKSHOP all week but I got a special assignment back in Boston that I could not pass up. My assistant and I drove down late the night before the job and were well rested for the early morning shoot. The only problem was I was supposed to present at the weekly "all-campus" lecture that same night. We finished the shoot a little late and set out on the long journey back to Rockport, Maine. Traffic was terrible. We crept along behind vacationing tourists, slow moving RVs and an inadequate highway system.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Like "Skylines" wherever I travel I try to photograph the uneasy relationship of urban environments with the bodies of water near them: oceans, lakes, waterfalls, etc. Many major metropolises are situated on famous rivers. Areas, regions, countries, continents are defined by the rivers that run through them. Whole civilizations exist because they developed on a river. Many have flourish, but some have perished. Agriculture, industry, transportation and technology have relied on their vagaries. Seasons and epochs have been measured against their ebb and flow. Art and romance and song feature them significantly. They are the arteries of our planet.
Each river I have visited is famous long before I arrived. Songs have been sung, myths have grown. Each has contributed in the history and growth of its region in such a way that the two are often synonymous.
The river is everywhere.
A river is alive. Day and night it flows. Every moment it grows and every moment it is gone.
--Manuel Bandeira, Life is a River
These are some of the most notable from my extensive collection:
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Photography on the USA Network show THE MOMENT
Airing on April 11, 2013 at 10pm
Once in a lifetime you submerge down the rabbit hole into a mirror opposite world – Wonderland, if you will. Mine started with a simple phone call, out of the blue. The kind of phone call you could never anticipate.
I was sitting in my studio, alone. The man on the phone introduce himself as producer for a new reality television show. The premise was to fulfill the wishes of weekly participants who wanted to resurrect a career they had to abandon earlier in their life. Now I am not a fan of reality TV. Cannot stand the Kardashians or The Apprentice. I have never seen any of those dance shows or singing shows. I watched Honey Boo Boo once to see what all the hulabaloo was about. Even so, I indulged the voice on the other end of the line. They were looking for a "mentor" who would coach the prospective, in this case sports photographer, towards her dream. A decent concept.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
We have all found ourselves slogging through swamps, soaking wet, cursing mosquitoes and the heavy camera bag we are lugging. RIGHT? Or scaling the side of a snow covered mountain and swearing to yourself about the load of lenses obeying the laws of gravity? I have. It gave me the idea for this blog.
Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person's spine is abnormally curved. It can be congenital or caused by disease but my doctor tells me mine is from many years of carrying my photography equipment on my left shoulder.