Updated on March 19, 2015
My heart goes out to Tunisia and to the families of those killed during the terrorist attack the Bardo museum in Tunis yesterday. I traveled to Tunisia in 2009. I remember being somewhat nervous before the trip. It was my first time in a Muslim country, I am Jewish, and Israel was bombing the hell out of Gaza at the time. When I brought this up to a Tunisian woman I had met, she said ” don’t worry, we do not think all Jews are the Israeli army, just as we do not think that all Americans are George Bush….. that would be crazy” With so many Americans lumping all Muslims together with terrorist extremists, I found her statement to be refreshingly intelligent. I was greeted with open arms in Tunisia, it remains one of my favorite trips and regardless of this attack I will be going back.
Updated on February 23, 2015
Senator Elizabeth Warren held an open house at her office in Springfield Mass Thursday. It was packed with supporters and state and local officials. MoveOn.org was there to deliver a message to her, “Run Warren Run” They delivered a petition to encourage her to run for president signed by 9,030 Massachusetts residents. Afterwards she headed up to Northampton , MA for a stop at the Bluebonet diner with Northampton mayor David Narkewicz
Posted on December 22, 2014
Travel with pets. Waiting to board a plane in San Juan Puerto Rico.
Posted on December 12, 2014
I’m very happy to be in Nevis. Beautiful does not quite do justice to this small island in the Caribbean. No chain stores, no chain restaurants, only 12,000 residents , It is incredible.
For more info on travel here go to Nevis Island .com
Updated on December 3, 2014
I had a fantastic time fishing the Emerald Coast of Florida with Captain Billy Teem and his crew of the ” Fish N Teem” boat in Destin. Check out the link below for a slideshow of the trip to Destin , Ft.Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island on: Gonomad.com, Florida: Fishing in the Emerald Coast.
Updated on November 12, 2014
Coming into Harbor walk village in Destin after a day of fishing on the gulf. It may be getting colder in the East, but the sun is always shining in Florida. For more info on travel to Destin and Fort Walton Beach, go to:
Posted on November 6, 2014
Check out my new story “Lost and Found a Road Trip to Nova Scotia, PEI and Cape Breton on Gonomad.
Posted on October 26, 2014
I just got back from 3 fabulous days on the Emerald coast of Florida. Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier in Fort Walton is a great spot to fish or just grab a beer and watch the sunset.
For more info on travel to the Gulf go to: Emerald Coast
Updated on October 20, 2014
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.
Posted on October 7, 2014
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
Updated on August 23, 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
(Click on any thumbnail for a full size slideshow)
Posted on July 30, 2014
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
Updated on July 27, 2014
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.
Posted on July 23, 2014
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”