Maple Corner Farm, Granville, MA.

by Paul Shoul on April 2, 2014

maple corner granville,ma photo by paul shoul

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 stacked lined walls, maple sap, gathered from hundreds of trees is fed into a huge wood-fired evaporator. Steam fills the air as the sap reduces and concentrates into a sweet syrupy gold. One taste and it’s clear why everybody is smiling, and Leon’s grandchildren, Cate and Lilie, seem to have endless energy.

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Rachel Maddow on OZY

by Paul Shoul on March 31, 2014

Rachel Maddow and  the American flag

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 image on the front page for the article “Air America and the rise of Rachel Maddow, the changing voice of the American left”
I remember when Rachel was scheduled to come to the studio, I had no idea how I was going to photograph her. That morning I found an American flag in the trash, and an image was born.

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Cell Phone Soldier, Colombia.

by Paul Shoul on March 30, 2014

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The cell phone soldier, Bogota Colombia, 2013.

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eye exam Umass health services photo by Paul Shoul 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 dry eye exam into another realm. Our model, Stephanie Somra was great to work with. I’m looking forward to the next round of shoots.

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Rebecca Guay Interview, Preview Mass.

by Paul Shoul on March 17, 2014

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What a pleasure it was to meet artist and illustrator Rebecca Guay. Her house is somewhat like a painting, the light was fantastic. Follow this LINK to Read her interview in Preview Massachusetts magazine by James Heflin

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IFrances Crowe anti nuclear peace activist

I just came back from the 95th birthday celebration for the unstoppable peace activist Frances Crowe, hosted at Umass by Amy Goodman of Democracy now. Frances was glowing. It felt good to be in a packed house, all there for the same reasons. To give recognition to Francis, hear Amy dish out the facts, and to celebrate ourselves,

our community, and a common mission of trying bring some sense back into the world. It’s all out there, happening now. All we need are more people like Frances in the trenches and Amy on the airwaves, and an independent, uncompromisable media. A voice of the people, by the people, to tell the real story. As Amy said,” Americans are compassionate”, “when they hear the truth”.

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Bela Restaurant Preview

by Paul Shoul on March 9, 2014

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Here is a LINK to Mark Roessler’s, and my Preview Massachusetts review of Bela vegetarian restaurant in Northampton MA.

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Chaa Creek Belize

by Paul Shoul on February 21, 2014

chaa creek belize organic garden

A guide at Chaa Creek in Belize tends to the lodges organic garden. As one of the first Belizean Rainforest  Eco lodges, Cha Creek has delighted visitors since 1981 with luxurious thatched roof accommodations and  fantastic food in a wild jungle setting. For more info on how to visit here go to : chaacreek.com

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Victorinox Swiss Army, Swiss Tool Spirit Review

by Paul Shoul on February 5, 2014

victorinox swiss army, swiss tool spirit

 

As a traveler and a photographer I work in environments from jungle rivers to editorial and commercial photo shoots. Where ever I go, I always have a multi tool in my kit. It is as necessary to me as my passport. My newest addition is the Swiss Tool Spirit from Victorinox Although the Swiss Tool is relatively lightweight at 5 ¾ oz, this is no toy, it is built like a shiny little tank. Each of the tools are easy to access and lock securely in place. They will not buckle, break, or close on your hand when you put some torque on them.The needle nose pliers/wire cutter folds out fluidly, the handles provide a strong and secure grip. Made of stainless steel, the cover surface is polished beautifully. The combi-edge blade, saw, and file are all incredibly sharp and functional

 

An amazing thing happened when I photographed the Swiss Tool. I got out my hot glue gun to stand it up vertically as I do for many small products, placed it on the light table first for positioning, and to my amazement, it balanced perfectly on the tips of its pliers all on its own. This level of hand craftsmanship and attention to detail is present in every aspect of this impressive multi tool.

For more info on the Swiss Tool go to Victorinox  $119.50

  1. screwdriver 2mm
  2. nylon pouch
  3. hard wire cutter
  4. wire stripper
  5. metal saw
  6. crate opener
  7. metal file
  8. screwdriver
  9. can opener
  10. wire cutter for thin and soft wire up to 40 HRc
  11. lock release
  12. scissors
  13. wire bender
  14. wood saw
  15. individual springs
  16. screwdriver 3mm
  17. practical Spirit combi edge blade
  18. wire scraper
  19. coupling for corkscrew
  20. reamer
  21. multi purpose hook
  22. needlenose pliers
  23. cap lifter
  24. screwdriver 6 mm
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Hu Ke Lau-Preview Mass.

by Paul Shoul on January 31, 2014

hu ke lau dancer

I love the Hu Ke Lau restaurant in Chicopee Mass. Hula dancers, comedians, and huge scorpion bowl drinks filled with a quart mix of every booze known to human kind. The food is great. I spent  some time in the  gigantic kitchens, busy places pumping out modern Asian cuisine, along with my old time favorite American Chinese dishes like their famous Pu Pu platters and fried rice. There is also a sushi bar and a create your own stir fry station. The truth be told, they are having a better time down in Chicopee than we are in Northampton. We have some great restaurants with fabulous farm to table food, and some mighty fine music, but for atmosphere and sheer fun, when the whole crowd took to the stage after the Hawaiian show and started dancing, it beat any night out , any where. So, please don’t pass the Grey Poupon” pass me over one of those chicken fingers, that glass with the blinking ice cubes and ask that hula dancer if I can by her a drink!

To read the whole article in the current issue of Preview Mass magazine go to this LINK

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Top Ten Photos 2013

January 17, 2014

Tweet Check out my gallery on Gonomad.com of my top ten photos for 2013

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Preview Mass-The Blue Heron

January 16, 2014

Tweet   Check out  the January issue of Preview mag. http://northamptondaily.ma.newsmemory.com/special.php?pSetup=northamptondaily_preview

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Jang Song Thaek Starving Dog Food

January 4, 2014

Tweet I just could not help myself.

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Victorinox Spectra 26″ Travel Case

December 29, 2013

Tweet Victorinox, maker of the famous Swiss Army knives, is a brand the world has come to expect great things from. Their Spectra line of luggage continues a tradition of rugged well built products designed to make your life easier and more secure. I have spent a little time with the Spectra 2.0 26″ travel [...]

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Obama Selfies with Jang Song Thaek Surface

December 13, 2013

Tweet What strange worlds we live in. The hubbub over the Obama selfie taken at Nelson Mandela’s funeral became the headline of the day, ripe fruit to dig into by a public obsessed with photographing themselves. Across the globe, the young North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, Dennis Rodman’s pal, executed his uncle Jang Song [...]

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El Secreto; Ambergris Caye, Belize

December 8, 2013

Tweet El Secreto is a luxury hotel on the beach in Ambergris Caye in Belize. Thatched roof rooms all come with their own iPod to run the electronics hidden behind the rustic decor. The food is first class. Massage, snorkeling, a great bar, a pillow menu, and an endless beach make this a great get [...]

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“And God Said” Ernie’s garage, Northampton, MA.

December 5, 2013

Tweet I found this film I made in 2010 of an Orthodox Jew I met outside of Ernie’s Garage in Northampton. We made a deal, If he would let me take his picture, then I would let him him wrap me in the Tefillin.  Oy vey….

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Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve-Belize

December 4, 2013

Tweet The Hidden valley inn and Reserve is located on 7,200 acres of preserved wilderness in the Maya mountains of Belize. It is not what you would expect in a country known for beach life and the worlds 2nd largest barrier reef.  1,000 ft waterfalls,, jungle trails,  and incredibly diverse wildlife exist in a vast [...]

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Charlie Rubio is a Real Man

November 25, 2013

Tweet Charlie Rubio is a real man. That’s what I concluded recently while we were swimming together with the sharks in Belize. Either on his new travel TV show scheduled to be broadcast on Fox TV in Mexico, or on his radio shows, Charlies dynamic and honest personality shines through. ” What you see is [...]

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When Photos Collide

November 15, 2013

Tweet When photos collide: Alabama and Spain.

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Scorpion Under Glass, Belize.

November 13, 2013

Tweet Lydia grabbed me by the arm and hurried me down the path to her room.” Come with me, you have to see this!”.

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Belize: Workers in Paradise

November 11, 2013

Tweet Behind the the five star resorts around the world are the legions of workers arising before dawn, cleaning up paradise.

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San Antonio, Belize. Children on the Road to School

November 8, 2013

Tweet   On the road to Hidden Valley Inn and reserve in Belize I spent a few hours in San Antonio, a small village of 1000 Mopan Maya.I photographed these children on the road to school.   Flying to Belize? Fly Avianca  

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Swimming with Nurse Sharks in Belize

November 7, 2013

Tweet   Looking over the edge of our boat in the Hol Chan Marine reserve, our guide is tossing sardines off the side. From the depths, a group of 8ft nurse sharks gathers fighting for the bait. Everything in my mind and body screams “don’t jump in, this is crazy!” but the guide has taken [...]

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A moment in time: Working Belize

November 1, 2013

Tweet A moment in time. A man at work in Belize sits in his truck  in a small town having lunch when the mad photographer appears out of nowhere draped in cameras asking politely if I may take his portrait. ” Yes my friend he says, are you on Facebook?”

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Welcome to Belize, Jungle living in comfort at Chaa Creek

October 31, 2013

Tweet It’s morning in Belize and life is good at Chaa Creek, a luxury eco lodge deep in the jungle of Belize. The food is great the rooms are spacious and there is lots to do at this special place. Last night I was guided through the rainforest to check out the creatures of the [...]

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John Reily Aka Johnny Memphis. Northampton, MA.

October 28, 2013

Tweet Last night John and I set out to take some images of him for his new CD,” Truck eating bridge” John is an good friend and a great song writer. He wanted some motion in the shot and it had to be taken near the bridge. The two of us, laughing at how old [...]

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Growing Old With Grace

October 24, 2013

Tweet Growing old with grace. Somewhere in Western, MA.

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United Way of Hampshire County 2014 Campaign Video

October 21, 2013

Tweet I am so pleased to be working with United Way of Hampshire County. Check out their new 2014 Campaign Video featuring my images from community partner programs funded by United Way.

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Goodbye Melvin Shoul. Thank you for my life

October 2, 2013

Tweet Shoul, Dr. Melvin I., age 91, of Newton on Monday, September 30, 2013.  For 64 years, he was the beloved husband of Rohna (Isaacson).  Loving father of Mark Shoul and his wife Ruth Suyenaga, Paul Shoul, and the late David Shoul. Cherished grandfather of Kenji Shoul and Maile Shoul and her husband Sean Nolan, [...]

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