2019 Crescendo Magazine

“So, what do you do?”

I tell stories. When on a plane or at a mixer, and the inevitable “what do you do?” question arises, I generally tailor my answer based on the audience. Quite often I reply that I am a publisher, because I have been publishing books and magazines for nearly three decades. But, since the subject of […]

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Kill Your Darlings

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft King’s recommendation to writers came to mind recently, as I was preparing a small (10 works) exhibit of my landscapes for inclusion in May’s Art Walk. First […]

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Scanning the Pasvik Valley for boreholes.

The Kola Superdeep Borehole

This is an excerpt from Driving Down Russia’s Spine, a book about three journalists’ (one American, two Russian) 6000-km trip down the full length of Russia, from the border with Norway to the Black Sea. The trip took place in October 2015, and this is one of the first episodes. The trip also produced a […]

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The Other Montpelier

During a recent vacation out West, we were traveling toward Yellowstone along a Blue Highway, and became intrigued that the town of Montpelier, Idaho was directly in our path. So of course we stopped in to take a look. Montpelier, ID, population about 2500, was settled in 1864, and sits in high desert country, tucked […]

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Is There a Seven-Second Rule?

You have seven seconds. As the internet would like you to know, this is how long you have to make a first impression. And that holds not just for a meeting in person, but for a website or LinkedIn profile as well. Except, hold on… another study says you may not even have 7 seconds, […]

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Vermont Life

It is always exciting to see another issue of Vermont Life arrive in the mail. And not just because it is a beautifully designed magazine with interesting feature stories. Sure, there’s that. But it’s also exciting to find out if they picked up any of the images I submitted for their front of book section. […]

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Consistency Matters (A Quick Case Study)

We are visual creatures. Even when we tell stories orally, we like to “paint a picture,” set the scene, and help the listener visualize our story. The reason is simple: images help us remember things better. So we should always pay close attention to the images we use to represent ourselves – they reflect the […]

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Today is the day! After 2 years of work, over 30,000 kilometers and a month of traveling and interviewing centenarians in Russia, Poland, Belarus and Finland, we are dropping the documentary film (i.e. putting it on sale for streaming)! Now just a billion photos to sort through and several chapters yet to write for the book. […]

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The Rich Variety of Fall

It has been a busy fall on the photographic front. And a wonderfully diverse one. Like most people, I get bored with monotony, so it has been great to be shooting all sorts of assignments and projects this season, from picnics and forest walks, to senior pictures, real estate, and studio headshots. I even got […]

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Studio One

Come this fall, I have been doing photography professionally for about six years (and as a journalist for 20+). To this point, most of that work has been “in the wild”: events, environmental portraiture, editorial, and on location. But over the last few years I have repeatedly thought how nice it would be to have […]

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More Joy, Less Judgment

I was procrastinating this morning, thinking of ways to avoid going out into the -2.9 degree weather (citing the temperature in tenths of a degree gives it dramatic effect) to shoot or run errands, when I stumbled across a really fine New Yorker article by George Saunders about Grace Paley. I love reading how great […]

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Liz at The DrawingBoard

Montpelier Merchants

I have started working on a Meet the Merchant project with Montpelier Alive, and along with environmental portraits of the owners, and interior shots of their stores and merchandise, we decided to create Cinemagraphs of each downtown proprietor. What is a Cinemagraph? Well, it is sort of a mash-up of a still and video image. […]

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Mountaintop Wedding

A week ago, I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful marriage of Amanda and Brian (whom I met last fall under rather serendipitous circumstances). Originally, they had asked me to shoot what was to be their conventional wedding, but then they decided to elope and asked if I had any ideas for a good outdoor […]

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Montpelier March

Today’s Women’s March on Montpelier brought the largest demonstration in memory to the capital (the Burlington Free Press estimated 15,000, SevenDays 10,000), clogging traffic in both directions on I-89. The weather was warm for January (just 35 degrees), and the gathering was a colorful, energetic display of free speech, full of music, Muslim rappers, a surprise […]

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Amanda and Mike

Saving a Farm

Thanksgiving is a good time to think about where our food comes from, about what it takes to nourish and encourage farms, to preserve Vermont’s living, agricultural landscape. Well, first it takes money – lots of money, from a variety of sources. Second, it takes farmers – the people who want to work the land, and who know what […]

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