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The Boston Symphony Orchestra was a frequent client for me in the early 80’s when I was first testing the waters of professional photography. I made this shot from a little window in the stage door, just large enough to position a 300mm lens. Absolute silence was required.

Harry Ellis Dickson was named Associate Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra in January 1980, and he was also founder, Artistic Director, and Conductor of the Boston Symphony Youth Concerts, as well as a member of the Boston Symphony’s Orchestra’s first violin section.

Axe Women Loggers of Maine

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Women loggers competing at the 200th Topsfield Fair, in Topsfield, MA

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Faster Than the Wind — Iceboat on Cape Ann

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Iceboats have been around since the mid 18th century. Today, lightweight racing craft like this one, are still sailed by lovers of speed, the wind, and sailing. Sailors wait for good windy days like today, before the ice has been discovered by skaters.

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Under the Zakim Bridge in Boston

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Last night I roamed around the city park beneath the dramatic Zakim Bridge connecting Boston and Charlestown.

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Tomatoes and Flowers

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Verrill Farm in Concord, MA draws me in for many visits during late summer when their 48 varieties of tomatoes — mostly heirloom — and the sweetest corn are harvested. As soon as I arrived home I made a pot of gazpacho.

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Pipe Organ Makers — C.B. Fisk, Inc., of Gloucester, MA

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I recently visited the factory of C.B. Fisk, makers of pipe organs in Gloucester, MA. A team of about twenty seven highly skilled craftspeople build instruments that are close relatives of the organs used by Bach in the 1700’s. Superficially, the workspaces resemble common machine shops and woodworking facilities, but there is more than meets the eye. Built to very tight tolerances, a large organ for a church can take up to six months to complete — and that does not include shipping and assembly. A 1/16 scale model of each organ is built by the shop’s designated model-maker, and each organ is dry-fit in the plant before shipping. Visit my posts about Tippin Guitars, Haynes Flute. S.E. Shires, Co. (brass instruments), and Christoper White Violins.

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Boston Violin Maker Christopher White

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In late August I visited S.E. Shires, Co. to photograph the crafting of custom trumpets and trombones.

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Butterfly Racer

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Not many people know that I photograph swim teams. It takes me back to my junior high school years when I attempted to be a fast breaststroker at the Y on 14th Street, Manhattan. This shot was something of an accident. My strobe didn’t fire and instead of a frozen sports moment I got this impressionistic shot.

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How to Make Trumpets and Trombones

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In late August I visited S.E. Shires, Co. to photograph the crafting of custom trumpets and trombones.

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Barefoot on the trail

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