Posted on September 17, 2017
On Pico Island in his home distillery,Augusto Silva shows me the fruits of his labor from which he makes his sweet liquor.His stone walled vineyards of Verdelho grapes are within the Unesco World heritage site in the Criaco Velha wine region on this tiny Island in the Azores.
Posted on September 12, 2017
A happy accident. Often I “drag the shutter” when shooting flash. Using a shutter speed of 1 second or more, the speed of the flash freezes motion while the background swirls. While Photographing this dancer in Costa Rica with this technique I happened to catch the flash exposure of two other photographers
Posted on September 7, 2017
What a pleasure it has been to work with the Compass Youth Collaborative and the Compass Peace builders out on the streets of the North end of Hartford. Only an hour away from Northampton yet worlds apart. Looking forward to another day out in the community with them.
Posted on August 12, 2017
Check out my new story from Extremadura Spain on Gonomad https://www.gonomad.com/95815-extremadura-spain-trujillos-conquistadors-plasencia
Posted on May 1, 2017
Extravaganja 2017 Northampton, Mass. It takes a village to light a bong.
Updated on February 16, 2017
The Johnny Memphis Band. Luthiers, East Hampton,MA.
Posted on December 26, 2016
I’m very happy to be in the winter addition of Taproot. ” the magazine for makers, doers and dreamers”. These are first hand stories from people sharing their real life stories. I photographed Emmet Van Driesche’s article , ‘Taking Over The Farm” about his Christmas tree farm in Conway , MA. Great guy, great story.
Posted on October 18, 2016
Follow this link to check out my images from Nevis.
Updated on September 26, 2016
Chef Andrew MacLeod (right) winner of the Garland 10,000 dollars Chef Challenge at the P.E.I. Shellfish Festival last Sunday, dishes out a heap of steaming mussels in Competition with chef Mark Andrews.
Posted on June 16, 2016
Thousands of people attended a candlelight vigil in Northampton, MA. last night to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting.
Posted on June 13, 2016
Bernie Sanders supporters protest Elizabeth Warrens endorsement of Hillary Clinton at the World war II club in Northampton Ma. yesterday.
Updated on June 1, 2016
Remembering the Springfield tornado. Five years ago today, a tornado tore through Springfield MA. My friend, radio jounalist Nancy Cohen and I covered it and she has a wonderful radio piece on NEPR today looking back on the effects. Here is the link. http://nepr.net/news/2016/05/30/five-years-after-tornados-thrashing-a-springfield-community-strives-for-progress-unity/
Updated on March 6, 2016
What a pleasure to work with United Way on this video. My Goals for the images were to show real people in the real world getting real help. I think we nailed it. Special thanks to Sony Music Entertainment and Five for Fighting for granting license to use the song ‘ Superman”.
Updated on January 3, 2016
1/2/2016 Bernie Sanders was heckled today by a Donald Trump supporter at a rally and speech at the Umass Amherst fine arts center.
The man stood with a sign that read” Obama is a christian like Bruce Jenner is a woman.” He was quickly escorted out of the building.
Updated on November 23, 2015
Flying Aer Lingus. Great people,spectacular service, but………………….
A few weeks ago I flew Aer Lingus from Boston to Rome and back again with a layover in Dublin. I fly a lot, and like anybody who does, I have opinions about air lines. What I like, what I think works, and what I absolutely hate.
Flying these days demands self control and patience. I know I am going to be waiting in lines, strangers will jostle me for position. I will be searched, sprint to make connecting flights. I will pay too much for bad food. If I make the flight, I will then be crammed into a small tubular flying petri dish for many hours, hoping not to fall out of the sky. All I expect an airline to do is to try their best to make it as easy as possible.
Aer Lingus has some of the best staff I have ever encountered. They were personable, efficient and well, really funny. As a photographer I love observing people who were good at their jobs. As a passenger, I was grateful. They helped me snag the last Aisle seat. They dealt with a sick passenger with kindness and seemed to enjoy the abundant personal requests made of them.
Dinner and beverages were served with a smile, The seats were pretty comfortable, plenty of box office movies, and I have to say that the food was damn good for economy class.
In Dublin, thanks to Aer Lingus I had pre arranged access to use the business class lounge.
What a fantastic thing to have a comfortable lounge seat, free wifi, a fine selection of beverages, and a buffet style breakfast bar. There are two floors with a quiet section in the rear of the 2nd floor. A nice oasis to escape to.
Now for the but……………..
With all the good things I had been feeling about Aer Lingus, I was not expecting the comedy of errors clown show that was my return home flight from Rome to Dublin.
- Arriving at the check in desk, it was closed. I had to ask information to find out it had been moved to another terminal. No small thing and a long walk.
- Finally ticketed, I was told the wrong gate for the transfer bus.
- The transfer bus deposits you in a small terminal with too few chairs and just a small coffee shop. Eat before you get there, you are trapped.
- 40 minute wait in line after the flight had been called.
- Plane boards from both the front and the rear. Mayhem and gridlock in the isle as folks squeeze past each other. This was actually the most comedic moment of my whole trip.
- US bound passengers must clear US customs in Dublin. No customs forms given out on the plane before landing.,
- Rush to customs, Crowd gathers to fill out forms, get in line. We are individually told that we cannot be seen and must wait until our luggage arrives. We wait…. and wait. Get back in line.
After clearing customs we all sprint to make the flight to Boston. A kind of solidarity of shared struggle had enveloped the group. One man said,” I hate this” A lady said, ‘ I fly them because they have the best price, it’s worth it” Another woman looked up and said “ and the people are great”
That’s exactly how I felt. Aer Lingus has a reputation for good service, good people for good reason. I would fly with them again with delight, but watch out for the Rome connections.