Old Friends

Last week, while looking for some family photos,  I stumbled upon a folder of unedited from a 2012 trip to Florida.  I remember what a great morning it was taking bird and nature photos.  Sadly, the next day I learned of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the folder was put aside and forgotten.  I wrote these thoughts a couple years ago but, I…

Time Marches On

The forces of nature are powerful but, even they cannot withstand the test of time.  Nothing can.  It feels, too often, that time passes slowly when, in fact, time is fleeting.  We mistakenly assume there will be more time; another chance or another day.  Time is not on our side.  The clock and calendar move at the same…

Why

Years ago, during high school, I had a teacher who continues to influence my life today.  During English class he would often suggest that the only question needing to be answered in our work, or our lives, was “why”.   In photography the process of creating an image means first answering the questions of why as well.  Why that place.  Why that moment.  Why that setting. …

Travel and Enjoy Every Place

Every trip, no matter how near or far, should inspire photographers to learn and create.  Wherever you may roam it is important to take the time and educate yourself about the people, their history, their culture, and the local lore.  Once there, immerse yourself as much as possible and, temporarily, leave home behind.  The more you invest in learning about…

Abandoned Dreams

People, as a whole, share many common traits despite a global array of diversity and individuality.  Despite our many differences everyone has hopes and dreams for their future.  Some dreams are big; some are small.  The pursuit of our hopes are sometimes hesitant steps forward while others are giant leaps of faith.  Either way, sadly,…

Something Out of Nothing

In photography, and life, there are times when you seem destined to come up empty.  You set out toward a goal with the best of intentions but, conditions change and it appears there is nothing to be salvaged from what you see.   Despite the gloomy outlook there is something there; there is always something there. …

Have a Heart

There is no shortage of beauty in the world but, I do believe there is a lack of appreciation for it.  Every day, wherever we may go, our senses are assailed by beautiful people, captivating things, and stunning scenery but, sadly, too often, we do not take the time to absorb the value of what, or who, is…

Creating on the Go

As a photographer I am on the go a lot. In the course of a year I take tens of thousands of images and in every scenario I want to create the best images possible. A significant part of the creative process is having the right tool for the job. When Bob and I are…

Higher Learning

Higher Learning I still love books.  Despite the internet, tablets, and electronic media there will always be a need for books.  I love how they look, feel, and smell.  More importantly, I value the wealth of information they contain and the imagination they inspire.  Learning and exploration is only a library away. I remember as…

Doomed

Nature, in the midst of its many beauties and wonders, features daily struggles for survival. Wildlife endures many injustices of sickness, cruelty, and suffering. So do we The People. Often it is difficult to understand nature’s cruel paths but, it is even more difficult to witness fate in action be it in nature or on…

True Beauty

She was born on a farm in western Pennsylvania 79 years ago today. Her family did not have much but, they grew up in a time when not much was needed. They grew things, they made things, they fixed things, and they had each other. Farm life meant hard work, being humble, hardship, gratefulness, and…

Rising

Spent a lot of time today finalizing many of our hotel arrangements for our 2015 photography workshops. I kept pouring coffee, the steam kept rising, and the plans kept coming together. I love that! 2015 is going to be another great year at New England Photo Workshops. Our calendar will be ready in the next…

Winter Guest

I doubt they will join us for the winter with the same bountiful presence that they did last year but, even to see one of these beautiful birds is thrilling. Found this guy just perched on a dune waiting, and watching, and waiting, and watching. I shot some still images but, decided to make a…

Cold Fall

Beauty, comfort, and peace can be as fleeting as an autumn leaf. Quickly, and sadly, sweet colorful warmth is too easily replaced with cold disregard. Seasons change and lessons get learned: or so we like to think. We live in such a beautiful world but, sadly, ugly history repeats itself, every day, around the globe,…

Eye Contact

I appreciate all wild animals but, for me, some are a bit more exciting to see than others. Seeing a wild animal in its natural environment and observing their behavior is thrilling to say the least. Getting to photograph them is an even greater thrill. Last week the stare of a beautiful owl reminded me…

Fallen

To everything – turn, turn turn There is a season – turn, turn turn And a time to every purpose under Heaven October is brilliant. Autumn arrives after months of anticipation but, the seasons’ finest moment, October, is fleeting. Each year, for as many years as I can remember, there exists in me a heightened…

Standing Out

I love photography; all photography. I do my best to be the best photographer I can be. I like portraiture, I like nature, I like scenics, I like night photography, I like black and white, I like sports, action, and so much more. But, my true love of photography is rooted in the outdoors and…

Time Well Spent

I love being a photographer. Every adventure, no matter how near or far, inspires me to explore and discover more about the world I live in. My desire to learn fuels my even greater need to create images that reflect how I feel about what I see. The photographic process gives me so much more…

A Revealing Fog

Over two hundred years ago our fledgling nation stood, bravely, against the mightiest empire on earth and declared its independence. Needless to say it was a murky period in our history that was ripe with uncertainty and fear. Defeat seemed a far more realistic conclusion than freedom but, conviction is a powerful thing. This past…

Night Light

Most often when I want to take pics of my kids, they see me coming with my camera and run in the other direction. So, I was in total shock yesterday when my 12 year old daughter asked me to take some portraits of her in downtown Haverhill like we did one time last summer.…

My Mom – Jan

I love my Mom… very much. I wish I was more like her. She is the kindest, most gentle, considerate, honest, hard working, generous, compassionate, creative, selfless, and loyal person I have ever met. She has been an amazing mother to me and my two beautiful sisters for 54 years. Not once in that time…