The town of Southwest Harbor, Maine, held it’s Memorial Day parade this morning at 9 AM in remembrance of those men and women who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. For a parade that barely lasted 10 minutes, it was packed with all the essential ingredients that make an event like this so enjoyable to attend. It had marching bands, fire trucks, adorable children, active duty
In 1977 I spent two months driving from California to Maine in a Volkswagen van named Amazing Grace. “Gracie” and I left San Diego on March 1st, meandered across the country, and arrived on Mount Desert Island on April 30th. By April 31st I knew I had found my new home. I lived there for the next five months and returned nearly every year until 2013 when I moved here
Johannes Vermeer was a 17th-century Dutch Master whom many consider to be the greatest painter of all time. I recently studied his work for a class called “Looking at Images” that I took at Acadia Senior College from instructor Lydia Goetze. Coincidentally, I also happened to just see a wonderful documentary called Tim’s Vermeer which chronicled the attempt of Tim Jenison to discover how
This morning the MDI Photo Club met on Eagle Lake to shoot and socialize (translation: take pictures and talk about photography). Located in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert island, this pristine body of water is nearly two miles long and about a half mile wide. This time of year its frozen surface hosts ice fisherman, cross-country skiers, and on this day, a dozen photographers eager
Though “selfie” is a relatively new term, photographers have been taking self portraits since the 1800’s when the daguerreotype was the latest imaging technology. For my selfie, I wanted to try something I had never done before: photograph a naked model in the shower. Now that I’ve done it, I can honestly say, it’s not as glamorous as it sounds, but it was a lot of fun. Well, it started
Last night the Southwest Harbor Library on Mount Desert Island held a Lantern Walk. “As the days start to grow shorter we start to think about light and ways we can celebrate it. A lantern walk is an observance of the changing season.” In preparation for this event, all were invited to come to the library the Thursday before to make lanterns. Janice was there as a volunteer helping the
Today we walked to the end of our street to watch the last .2 miles of the 2013 Mount Desert Island Marathon. The finish line was a 5 minute walk from our house. And all those people ran 26.2 miles to get there! The race also included a half marathon (red bibs). Maybe someday I can run the 13.1 mile course, but for today, I had a lot of fun taking these shots and listening to the crowd
Yesterday I went to Burlington, Vermont and hung out on Church Street. The purpose of the visit was to try the Fuji X-E1 camera that my friend Werner and I rented. I wanted to see how well it would work for street photography. Below are some of the images I shot to test out the camera, see what it was like to use, and find out what kind of images I could get from it.
Last January we had the pleasure of photographing the lovely and talented Alyssa Talbot, a Burlington, Vermont actress. We shot these images in our studio on a cold and snowy winter’s day and had a lot of fun in the process. The 9-Up image at lower left demonstrates the result of an exercise we sometimes do to help people loosen up. Janice will say an emotion like “sad” and the subject
The Franciscans Project
During the month of November 2011 I shot portraits of 35 brothers and sisters from the Church of the Crucified One in Moretown, Vermont. This is a group of laymen and laywomen who have assembled together to take vows modeled after the Third Order of Franciscans.
The purpose of the project was to capture images of this diverse group of people and