Apr 152015

In preparation for an upcoming photo Meetup I spent the afternoon at my favorite spot in Essex County: Gloucester, Massachusetts where 300 years of fishing tradition continue, amid economic hardship, tough fishing restrictions, and offshore competition.

The reflections and colors of the harbor have held my attention for 30 years. Today, I was lucky to visit The State Pier when the trawlers Endeavour and Challenger were unloading their catch of herring. The result of several days fishing in the Hudson Gorge, the herring were being loaded on two flatbed tractor-trailers for a trip to Deer Isle, Maine for distribution as lobster bait.

Reflections in Gloucester harbor
New Propeller on a wooden boat at Gloucester Marine Railways shipyard.
Old Pier Reflections
Blue Reflections
The new pier in Gloucester
Dories built and rowed in Gloucester
Lobster boats
This old lobster boat may need a lot of help.
Unloading Herring
The Dragger Endeavour
Sunset on the Annisquam from The Cut Bridge.

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Apr 132015

I live in a small town north of Boston where as the saying goes, “they roll the sidewalks up at night.” Nevertheless, there still is some color after the sun has set.

Cravings at Colonial Spa
Harts Hardware
Gazebo, Wakefield, MA

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Apr 122015
The crocuses are up
The line at Cravings stretched from the register to the door.
And plenty of soccer showmanship.
A spirited game of volleyball by Lake Quannapowitt.
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Apr 072015
Boston area roots band Acousticana

Boston area roots band Acousticana


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Mar 252015

Today I began work on a new project to photograph makers of musical instruments in the Boston area. Bill Tippin of Tippin Guitars in Marblehead, MA welcomed me to his shop on the waterfront. A master luthier with over 30 years of experience making fine instruments, Bill specializes in crafting and repairing steel string guitars for finger-pickers and flat-pickers. Each instrument is custom built for the owner, considering the style of music, technique, and sound preferred by the musician. Recently he has parlayed his devotion to deep sea fishing into a sideline for his shop — custom made fishing rods.

Shaping the braces on a spruce top.
Shaping the braces on a spruce top.
Shaping the armrest.
Shaping the armrest.
Sanding with 1000 grit paper
Sanding with 1000 grit paper.
A guitar will take 9 coats of lacquer before it is finished and perfect.
Tuning a 1937 Martin OM28 before shipping to customer. Repair work included internal work to improve sustain and new frets, saddle and bridge.

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