Fort Ann National Historic Site Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia

There is something about the tension between the canon and the boys pose, almost as if he is falling on the battlefield, that I like about this shot. Fort Anne National historic site, Annapolis Royal ,Nova Scotia.

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Deceive Ecstasy.

by Paul Shoul on October 7, 2014

 

free couch in the rain

Deceive Ecstasy.
Three things I noticed out in the world today that gave me reason to pause.
First is that an old couch with a “Free” sign in front of a house after a rain storm is either sad and desperate or incredibly optimistic, I can’t decide which.
Second was a bumper sticker I saw on the back of a car going over the Calvin bridge that said,“Get a taste of religion, lick a witch”
Finally were the the first words in alphabetical order of the seemingly random spelling lists on the inside cover of my new Mead spell-write steno book;
“Abrupt Bachelor Calendar
Deceive Ecstasy.”
Whoa.

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The Lobstermen of Cape Breton Nova Scotia

by Paul Shoul on August 22, 2014

 

Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia: Joe Gillis, a 3rd generation lobsterman, works the ocean off the cliffs of Inverness with his two sons Alex and Daniel. Jim Turner is the newbie, learning the trade. They set 300 traps. At 70lbs each dry, the task of setting, hauling and stacking the traps, and coiling thousands of feet of rope is a mammoth job. The rewards are the hundreds of Nova Scotia Lobsters caught that day. Joe insists they are “the best in the world” Later that night, feasting on a pile of the huge steaming crustaceans, I have to agree.

For more info on travel to Nova Scotia go to: novascotia.com

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Eating Prince Edward Island

by Paul Shoul on August 21, 2014

seafood chowder terre rouge pei

Checkout my new slide show, Eating Prince Edward Island on Gonomad.com

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A lion in luxury, Portugal

by Paul Shoul on August 4, 2014

Stone lion at hotel Quinta das Lagrimas, Coimbra Portugal

A stone Lion peers out from the entrance to Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas in Coimbra Portugal

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Greetings from PEI

by Paul Shoul on August 2, 2014

cows in a field on Prince Edward island Nova Scotia

Greetings from Prince Edward Island

Tourismpei

 

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Sir. John A Macdonald PEI

by Paul Shoul on July 30, 2014

sir. john A Macdonald sculpture on a bench in PEI

On a bench at the corner of Queen and Victoria Row In Charlottetown, Prince Edwards Island, sits Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. MacDonald. Cast in bronze by artist Michael Halterman, he leans forward, as if in mid thought, engaging whoever occupies the next seat. Public art is often hit miss but this one really works and at least you can still use half of the bench. But, Sir. John wont be giving up his seat any time soon.

 

Want to travel to PEI? Check out: Tourism PEI

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Food & Function

by Paul Shoul on July 27, 2014

food and function jornal cover excipient foods

Photography is a thoughtful process. It is the “seeing” that is the hard part. One of the things I love about the job is figuring out the concepts behind a new assignment.

I got a call from David Julian McClements, a faculty member of the Food Science department at Umass Amherst. He asked if I was interested in doing the cover for Food and Function, the journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry in London.

The assignment was to illustrate his research on “Excipient Foods: Designing Food Matrices that Improve the Oral Bioavailability of Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals”. David gave me a list of ingredients that would be appropriate: salad dressing, yogurt, cream, sauce, vegetables, vitamins, berries, and fruit.

This all kind of terrified me but after reading his paper and pacing around for a few hours I had a plan. I went to Dave’s pet food city and bought a small glass aquarium. At wall mart I found cheap canola oil and fish oil and vitamin E capsules. Then to Stop and Shop and Serious market for berries olives and fruit.

I filled the aquarium with a 2 inch layer of the oil and started cutting thin slices of the food and arranging the ingredients in the oil. I also drizzled a small amount of balsamic vinegar and shook up the tank to create some bubbles. I shot from above and lighted it from underneath with a Paul C buff Einstein studio flash. The camera was a Canon 5Dmk11 with a Canon 100mm 2.8 macro lens.

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cape breton island horses, Nova Scotia

On the road to Inverness, on Cape Breton Island in  Nova Scotia, I was driving in the stunning late afternoon light searching for an image. I stopped to shoot this barn, and the horses appeared topping it off. It was a lucky shot, but as my father used to say, “luck favors the prepared”

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Liverpool Lighthouse Lookout, Nova Scotia.

by Paul Shoul on July 18, 2014

Liverpool lighthouse lookout Nova Scotia

Liverpool lighthouse lookout, Nova Scotia.

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Running from Arthur on the Confederation Bridge, New Brunswick, Canada.

July 15, 2014

Tweet A friend just asked me if I was in Nova Scotia Canada during tropical storm Arthur, the answer is yes! I drove fast, just ahead of the storm from Prince Edwards Island across the 8 mile long Confederation Bridge to New Brunswick and on to Truro Nova Scotia. The bridge was closed to trucks [...]

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Sunset Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

July 14, 2014

Tweet Wow. That was my new favorite word on Cape Breton island and it popped out of my mouth every direction I looked. Wow. I just returned from a two week trip through Nova Scotia and after driving 2,046 miles I am already planning how to get back to this beautiful place. Stay tuned for [...]

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Nova Star

June 28, 2014

Tweet My journey to Nova Scotia began on the Nova Star ferry from Portland Maine to Yarmouth. The cabins are super comfortable and the showers are hot. Dinner and breakfast is served and although I showed great restraint, there is also a casino and a bar. Set sail at 9;00 pm and arrive refreshed and [...]

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Repo men, License Plate Recognition, The Scan Artist, Popular Science

June 26, 2014

Tweet Repo: Writer Bob Parks and I collaborated on the story ,”Scan Artist” in this July’s issue of Popular Science. We spent some time in Cleveland Ohio with one of the countries largest and most technically advanced repossession companies, Relentless Recovery. I have to say that liked them quite a bit. Colorful characters living an [...]

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Coimbra Portugal, Street Photography

June 23, 2014

Tweet Some day, I hope to be an old man feeding pigeons in the park.

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Tower of Belém, Lisbon

June 22, 2014

Tweet The Tower of Belém stands in defense of the city of Lisbon on the banks of the Tagus river. Constructed between 1514-1521, it is a UNESCO designated world heritage site. For more info on the Torre de Belém, go to: Visit Portugal

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Serra da Estrela Natural Park Portugal

June 20, 2014

Tweet Serra da Estrela natural park is located on the highest Mountain range in central Portugal. The landscape and spectacular views are dotted by incredible boulder formations, some of which resemble people and others that were utilized as shepherds homes and as retreats many years ago for tuberculosis sufferers who came for the healing powers [...]

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Preview Mass Magazine cover June 2014

June 17, 2014

Tweet Check out my new cover of Steve Sanderson and other stories in Preview Massachusetts Magazine

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Portugal Street Photography, Coimbra

June 11, 2014

Tweet The light, as it races against shadow on the narrow streets of Coimbra, is spectacular. Check out: Fado ao Centro For more info on travel to Portugal go to: Visit Portugal

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Machado de Castro National Museum Baby Jesus

June 7, 2014

Tweet   The Machado de Castro National Museum in Coimbra Portugal has a spectacular collection of sculptors. But with all due respect, the bizarre baroque baby Jesus thing freaks me out. They must be the the models for the original Chucky horror movies.  

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Cafe A Ginjinha Espinheira, Lisbon

June 5, 2014

Tweet When traveling to Lisbon, a pilgrimage to Cafe A Ginjinha Espinheira Rossio is mandatory. A small closet sized bar with only room enough for three people, they serve one drink, the Ginja. Developed by a Galician friar, Ginjinha berries ( sour cherries) are steeped in brandy and served in shot glasses with a berry [...]

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Lisbon street photography: Quay of Columns

June 2, 2014

Tweet Lisbon Portugal has just risen to my top cities of the world list. It possesses all of the attributes travelers are looking for: Amazing food culture, safety, an incredible historic city center and above all the consistently friendly Portuguese people. It’s easy to walk, bicycle or simply pull up a seat at the plethora [...]

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Thailand Coup

May 22, 2014

Tweet This image is from Thailand in the Royal Palace in Bangkok 2012. I loved traveling there, just as has every other traveler I know who has been lucky enough to make the trip. I send good wishes and support out to the Thai people after the Military Coup that was executed today. The whole [...]

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Hadley Asparagus

May 12, 2014

Tweet Finally, the Asparagus are here. For me, their arrival is the defining point in the year when winter is truly over, and the bounty of spring begins. These are from my favorite farm stand, Alligator Brook Farm on rt. 47,  in Hadley, Ma, the “Asparagus Capital of the World.”

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ACLU reunites family, in broader challenge to immigration detention

May 6, 2014

Tweet ACLU immigration client Richard Gordon reunites with his family. For more information on the work the American Civil Liberties Union is doing to help people held under Mandatory Immigration detention, without the oppertunity to post bond, go to this link- ACLU

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Preview Massachusetts. May 2014 India House cover

May 1, 2014

Tweet Here is this months cover I did for preview Massachusetts Magazine from the India House restaurant in Northampton MA. Follow this link to read the full issue on line.

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Maple Corner Farm, Granville, MA.

April 2, 2014

Tweet Yesterday I shot for CISA, (community involved in sustaining agriculture) out at the Maple Corner Farm in Granville MA. What a spot. The Ripley family  has been farming continuously since 1812. Outside of the sugar shack where I made this image, stood the large iron reducing pots of Leon Ripley’s father. Inside the wood [...]

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Rachel Maddow on OZY

March 31, 2014

Tweet I have watched media change and the bumbling efforts by the main stream to change with it. It’s exciting to see something like OZY that embraces the new reality of news. OZY promises to be “Smarter, Fresher, Different.” Well they obviously have the smarter end of the equation down because they are using my [...]

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Cell Phone Soldier, Colombia.

March 30, 2014

Tweet The cell phone soldier, Bogota Colombia, 2013.

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Seeing the light. Photography at UMass Health Services

March 20, 2014

Tweet Now and then I get a client that wants me to push the limits and come up with interesting images. Kudos to Communications & Marketing Director Karen Dunbar Scully whom I have been working with at Umass. I have been shooting various departments for them, and we took what could have been a rather [...]

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