Posted on May 21, 2007
This goes out to the crew at Mama Iguana’s in Northampton MA. Fabulous food and a bar stocked with over 90 tequila’s is a recipe for a great time. It’s hard to stop. Thank God I live in a small town where your friends look out for you. Special thanks to Rob Murphy for getting my sorry ass home safe.
Posted on May 19, 2007
This is Max Hartshorne, owner and editor of Gonomad.com sucking down a cup of Matte, a stimulant tea, in Patagonia Chile. Max and I traveled the length of Chile together and are off again in few weeks to Denmark. Most of our trips at Gonomad are taken alone or with small groups of journalists from other publications. I am thrilled when we get the chance to travel together. Max is a veteran of the road and we push each other to really get to the heart of a place and to try new things. He did not need too much prodding to try the Matte; in fact, he was talking about it before we even got on the plane………for purely professional reasons of course.
Posted on May 15, 2007
Hundreds of students and faculty protested today at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst today over the planned presentation of an honorary degree to former white house chief of staff Andrew Card at the Graduate Commencement 2007. According to the protesters, “Card was instrumental in crafting the set of lies that Bush used to to justify the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq, we don’t want a liar and a criminal to be honored by our university”
Posted on May 14, 2007
This is the Palm Terrace at the Placencia Hotel in Belize. Of all the fabulous meals I had on this trip, this was my favorite. The new executive chef , Antonella, fresh from Italy, made us whole Red Snappers fresh from the sea that flowed underneath our feet.
Updated on September 19, 2011
These are images of the amazing Melecia Banks, from the Belize tourism board, and yours truly on the day we swam the giant whale sharks off the coast of Placencia, Belize last week. Its hard to tell from this picture , but this is one big fish. This one was about 25 feet long and they reach up to 50 feet in size. Its hard to describe what bobbing around in open ocean with something the size of a bus is like.
Posted on May 7, 2007
This is Franklin, an eighty year old man I photographed last week in Placencia. For me, he is the face of Belize. A witness to the changes and development of this sleepy coastal town into a major tourist destination, he was sitting on the back of a truck in front of home and seemed to take it all in with a sense of stoic amusement.
Updated on September 18, 2011
I ran into Kurt Vonnegut’s daughter Nanny the other night at Northampton’s new hot spot Mama Iguanas. She lives in town and her father was much loved in the area. There was a constant flow of people offering their condolences. It is sad the Kurt has passed, but his was a life well lived. I shot this portrait of her and her husband Scott Prior a few months back for the Interview page of Preview Magazine.
Posted on April 17, 2007
A resident of Florence MA tries to wade through the flood waters to his home on Meadow Street after being evacuated due to The Heavy storm that has soaked this area for the past three days. This farm house is directly behind the old Pro-brush building where I have my studio. Over a hundred of us were evacuated yesterday as the water from the Mill River started flooding the basement.
Posted on March 18, 2007
The only way I know to absolutely prevent a hangover is not going to a Big Bad Bollocks show in Northampton, at the Iron Horse on St. Patrick’s Day. If you do, you are going to have a blast, and it is going to hurt in the morning.
Posted on March 14, 2007
This is a group portrait I shot last night. Some of this country’s best known writers and an actor read from the works of writers and activists who had, at one time or another, been barred from or pushed out of the United States because of their views or perceived associations.
Participating in this event honoring the First Amendment will be:
Charles Coe, author of the volume of poetry Picnic on the Moon;
Martín Espada, author of 8 books of poetry including the recent Republic of Poetry;
Cathi Hanauer, author of My Sister’s Bones, Sweet Ruin and editor of The Bitch in the House;
Daniel Jones, author of After Lucy and editor of The Bastard on the Couch;
Elinor Lipman, author of 8 novels, most recently My Latest Grievance;
Roland Merullo, author of 6 books including Revere Beach Boulevard and Golfing with God;
Lesléa Newman, author of 50 books including Jailbait and Heather has Two Mommies;
Floyd Patterson II, musician and actor in one-man play about the life of Paul Robeson;
Pat Schneider, author of 9 books including Writing Alone & With Others and Another River;
Suzanne Strempek Shea, author of 5 novels among them Lily of the Valley and 2 memoirs;
Barry Werth, author of 31 Days, The Scarlet Professor, Billion-Dollar Molecule and Damages;
Jane Yolen, author of over 280 children’s books, works of fantasy and science fiction.
Updated on September 18, 2011
Cindy Sheehan, who became an anti- war activist after her son Casey was killed in the Iraq war, spoke at the First Church in Northampton, Mass last night to a full house. Her message was simple and clear. “ When the Bush crime family killed my son, they killed the wrong person, I am only one person, but I will see that they are all held accountable for what they did”. Sheehan called on the crowd to join with her in demanding the impeachment of president Bush. “ This is our country,” she said” It is up to us to save it”
Posted on March 10, 2007
So… I am always pleased when I find someone with as sick of a sense of humor as I have. While walking through a park in St. Kitts, one of the lovely representatives from the Island who was showing us around, added her hands to this shot I was taking of these Aids awareness card board cut outs that were scattered around in an area frequented at night by young lovers. This was one funny woman, who’s name I shall not reveal for her own protection. Although she was a gracious and fine person I did not believe her for a second when she told me that she had never been in this park before….
Posted on March 8, 2007
Travel is an amazing thing. I shot the top image yesterday on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean; of the beautiful Marriott Resort and Royal beach Casino that I had the pleasure of staying in. Above are children getting out of school at the base of the Mt. Liamuiga volcano that I had climbed the day before. Waking up with palm trees swaying in the 80-degree breeze was a sharp contrast to sitting in a dead car freezing to death at 2;00 am this morning in the long-term parking lot at JFK Air Port in New York. Just when I was about abandon my car and grab a flight back to the island, the courtesy van appeared in front of my car to offer me a free jump. I did not get his name, but that guy saved my butt, and renewed my faith in New York.
Updated on September 21, 2011
I found this potato in a field in Idaho and knew it would come in handy. It’s a teaser for my new story on Boise coming up soon at Gonomad.com I send this out to my friend Kathy Brown from Twin falls Idaho. Click on the image for a larger view.
Updated on May 11, 2010
It is the Chinese New year and Clara, the owner of the Great Wall restaurant in Florence Massachusetts did it up right. She had a big crowd for these dancers today. Last night she invited her family and a few lucky friends for a feast. This is the year of the pig, and she not only stuffed us with Lobster, Peking duck and squid, she roasted two whole pigs. I traveled to Taiwan last year and her food is as authentic as you can get in the USA. Happy New Year!
Posted on February 15, 2007
This is today’s cover of the Valley Advocate. I shot it over the weekend at The Elevens, a music club in beautiful downtown Northampton. The singer at the mike is Tim Minor. Check out the link to the Advocate to read the entire story.