Edward Steichen: Twentieth-Century Photographer

An exhibition of the work of photographer Edward Steichen. Showing at The deCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA until March 19.

You may have discovered Steichen as I did in the exhibition catalogue of the great “Family of Man” show, curated by Steichen in 1955. The photographer’s ground-breaking work helped photography gain recognition as an art form in a world of skeptical art critics. Marvel at his dramatic portraits of Hollywood stars, still life compositions, high-fashion, flowers, and city scenes.

Rock Balancing

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Concord, MA — Walden Pond. On a warm mid-winter afternoon a man I only know as “Sam” was practicing the Zen-like art of rock balancing. So devoted to these projects, he once suffered a broken finger when a stone fell.

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.

YMCA swim racer, butterfly

A young swimmer at a YMCA pool shows off his butterfly stroke.

Autumn Pond at Peak Color

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New Hampshire sunset

Autumn sunset with peak color on a lake in New Ipswich, NH, USA

In spite of the drought that has dried up New England since the summer, the fall color has turned out to be surprisingly good. Here’s a shot that uses 3 different exposures to capture the wide dynamic range of this scene. I use Photomatix Pro to create fine HDR images.

This photograph is available as a fine art print or, licensed from commercial use.

 

 

 

Outgoing Tide

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Parker River Refuge, Plum Island, outgoing tide

The outgoing tide reflects the amber hues of the setting sun at Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newbury, MA. I love the abstract nature of this image and how it seems to mimic an Alaskan glacier. The sky above was amber-hued, the sand coarse and reflective.

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. This is the third installment of my series on musical instrument makers in New England. The Shires plant in Hopedale, MA has been making brass instruments for devoted horn players since 1995. Most of the men and women who work here are musicians too. They’re using computer guided cutting tools and machines, early 20th century apparatus,  lots of small and large welders, and plenty of hands-on work to make each perfect instrument.

Visit my posts about Tippin Guitars and Haynes Flute.

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Springtime Forest

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An afternoon walk in the woods near home, showcasing the bright green of early June. (All photographs are available for commercial licensing and fine art prints.)

The fern path

Cinammon ferns in a forest of beech, oak, and white pine.

Cinammon Fern

Cinammon Ferm, Osmundastrum cinnamomeum

Rotting Tree

Rotting Tree in Breakheart Reservation, Wakefield, MA

Barefoot on the trail

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First good barefoot traverse of a flooded trail this spring.

First good barefoot traverse of a flooded trail this spring.

Beantown Buckaroos

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Last night I had the pleasure of photographing The Beantown Buckaroos, a new Boston-area western swing band. Look for them at your favorite music venue in the near future, playing with plenty of twang, and interpreting the songs of Bob Wills and more.

A new western swing band in the Boston area.

Contact me today to talk about scheduling photographs of your band!

Flute Making In Acton, MA

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As part of my new series celebrating musical instrument makers in New England, I visited Wm. S. Haynes, makers of flutes in Acton, MA. Founded in Boston in 1888, the company is the oldest flute-maker in America, producing fine custom-made silver, gold, and platinum instruments for discriminating musicians around the world.

To learn more about Wm S. Haynes Flutes, click here.

To see photographs of my visit to Tippin Guitars in Marblehead, MA, click here.