The longer I am a photographer the more I realize that curiosity is truly what drives me. I have always loved science with the nearly the same passion as photography. Heck, I went to school for medical photography. This curiosity was never more evident than when I was working on this Cannabis story. I sometimes worry that I ask too many questions when photographing subjects and don’t take enough pictures. I strongly believe that often times being well informed makes for more compelling images. Enjoy a brief glimpse of Maine’s blooming Cannabis industry.
Every year one billion pounds of blueberries are produced worldwide, 100 million of which are Maine wild blueberries. If you’ve ever had Maine wild blueberries you already know they are very different from the larger cultivated variety most people are familiar with. They are smaller in size, richer in flavor, and have been reported to contain double the antioxidants of cultivated blueberries. This year, between new trade tariffs, a weaker Canadian dollar, and a growing production worldwide the wild blueberry farmers of Maine have been advised to leave some of their fields unharvested to help steam the falling prices of wild blueberries.
Some years ago now I was assisting my mentor and former boss, Martin Schoeller, on a shoot in New York. I recall we were on the east side of the city along 11th ave racing around the corner to catch the last of the sunlight. Someone on set said “Oh that sunset! Make sure you get that!” To which Martin semi-jokingly replied, “Sunsets are for amateurs.” I have thought about this moment and the subsequent images that were created on this shoot countless times. I suspect what I recall most was the fact that Martin photographed his subject entirely in natural light (which so rarely happened), and this fact has cemented those images in my brain for years now.
The other thing that has played over and over in my head is the sentence “Sunsets are for amateurs.” I think about this all the time when I compose a shot with the setting sun in the background, lens flare crashing through the frame. Or every time I point my camera at a sunset along the Maine coast. It feels like sometimes I can’t help but look at a sunset, and in time I have grown to appreciate the challenge of making an images that utilizes only the sunset as a light source. I found these images while organizing some hard drives today, they are from the last sunset of 2016.
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/