Sometimes assignments come along where you find yourself working really hard and simultaneously really really enjoying yourself! This is precisely how I felt when Down East Magazine sent me to the town of Belgrade to photograph some of the magic that is Maine in the summer time! The biggest challenge here was photographing a summertime lakeside town, after labor day. There was a very small window between when the leaves started to turn and there were still enough people around to have everything feel like summer. Fortunately, I had a couple of really amazing connections, and some committed friends to help out! There is no way this story would have turned out without their help!
I recently had the pleasure of photographing Deborah Walters for Rotary International! She paddled her kayak from Maine to Guatemala, a staggering 2500 miles to raise awareness and money for Safe Passage. Safe Passage is an organization dedicated to helping children living in garbage dumps in Guatemala find shelter and schooling.
In a effort to create more work more often I am undertaking a monthly personal project. Finding inspiration and ways to look differently at the world you so often see can be difficult. So often we are so focused on the world that we know we forget to look around and forget to see things in a new light.
After a long winter and cool spring the flowers opened slowly here in Maine. I begin noticing the Forsythia blooming before everything else, it’s common for these little yellow reminders of a winter’s passing to arrive ahead of everything, but This year they seemed to be way ahead of everything else! I started noticing that there were only barren tree limbs, small budding leaves and vibrant forsythia flowers. It was a damp and grey Sunday afternoon hanging out with friends that a thought struck me, what about using all these flowers and a backdrop set against their respective complementary color. I turned to my friend Jessica and asked “do you own a purple shirt?” It was with this the project began.
I wanted to push myself beyond what I might normally, I’m not sure I achieved that but I feel with most personal photo endeavors it added a little bit to my skill set.
To close out 2016 Down East Magazine sent me up to Millinocket Maine to photograph Gary Allen. Gary is well known in the distance running world, and is the founder of the Millinocket Marathon. If you are not familiar with Millinocket, it is an old mill town that has seen tough times in the past decade. It’s always inspiring to get to work with people making a positive impact on the world. It was also extra special to have a subject like Gary who was very patient and understanding about what it takes to make a good portrait. Here are a handful of images, some of which are outtakes, from the short time in Millinocket.
Publication: Down East, http://downeast.com/marathon-man/ Subject: Gary Allen, https://www.facebook.com/GaryAllenInfo/ Photo Assistant: Clayton Simoncic, https://www.instagram.com/claytonsimoncic/ Writer: Kathryn Miles, http://www.kathrynmiles.net/
Late last year I had the pleasure of photographing Origin USA, for Down East Magazine. Origin USA is a manufacturing business specializing in making Gis, the uniforms used in jujutsu, as well as a multitude of other preformance wear products. They are based in central Maine which made it that much cooler to see a company creating jobs in this state. It was fantastic learning about how most of their machinery has be rescued from closed down factories around Maine, repaired and brought back to life.
As a photographer I love the challenge of working with a space that is already established, especially in a factory setting. The challenge of trying to create images in a busy space and within a tight timeline is what really gets me excited about editorial assignments.
Feel free to check out the whole article: http://downeast.com/originusa/
Publication: Down East, downeast.com Subject: Origin USA, originmaine.com Photo Assistant: Thomas Hout, www.instagram.com/pho_thom/ Writer: Amber Kapiloff, http://amberkapiloff.com/