Photography 101: The Natural World

Beauty and Wonder Abound

Nature is meant to be lived.

Nature and the Natural World is best enjoyed not through a window or a photograph, but first hand and up close.

In order to witness the magic,

Nature needs to be experienced.

Coming Soon…

To a book of poetry near you!

White Mountain Poems

I’m quite pleased to announce that the book “White Mountain Poems,” by New Hampshire author Jeffrey Zygmont, will be hitting the shelves very soon. Along with the photographs from three of New Hampshire’s most talented photographers, will be nine of my images, including the one you see on the cover.

Very exciting indeed!

Why Does That Surprise You?

“Really, you’re an auto mechanic?”

The steeple of the North Church in Portsmouth, NH stands tall above the downtown rooftops. The late day sun casting a beautiful pink-orange glow on both the church spire and the clouds in the sky. Hints of the seasons first major snowfall still cling to the many rooftops. 

For some strange reason the thought that I fix cars for a living takes people by surprise. The idea that an image they profess to love was created by someone who gets grease under his fingernails seems completely foreign to them. As if creating art and having one of the bluest of blue-collar jobs is somehow mutually exclusive.

I don’t get it. Is there some “standard” career path that artistic people are supposed to follow that I’m unaware of?

While a few people upon seeing my photographs have expressed surprise that my “real” job in not that of a professional photographer, (I can’t thank you enough for that one Cindy!) Most know that is just a dream for the time being, and that I do “something else” to pay the bills. So when clients or buyers find out what that “something else” is, a look of total bewilderment comes across their face. I can almost see their brain working as the try to reconcile the art before them and their image of a dirty, greasy, auto mechanic.

I’m not complaining nor am I even the slightest bit offended by their surprise, I just don’t understand it. Maybe if more of my photographs looked like the one below, would they be less surprised?

air brushed skull and flames on a Chevy El Camino drag car

Maybe I’m not alone in this, what is your “real” job? And are people surprised that someone in your field can create something beautiful, whether it’s photography, painting, or some other art form? Id love to hear your experiences.

Or, if you’re one of those that are surprised at the images I make coming from a “grease monkey,” Why Does That Surprise You?

Re-Igniting A Passion.

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”  Norman Maclean,  A River Runs Through It

A fly fisherman standing in the middle of the Cocheco River, casts a dry fly.

Long before I ever picked up a camera, I was an avid fly fisherman, though I’m not sure “avid” even begins to describe my love of the art of casting a fly. Back when all I thought about was achieving a perfect, drag free drift, I spent as much time in the mountains chasing fish as I do now chasing sunrises.

There was something so peaceful and relaxing about casting a dry-fly to rising trout. And there is nothing like the satisfaction of catching a wary trout on a fly I’ve tied myself. Unfortunately fly fishing has taken a back-seat to photography the last few years.

The legs of a fly fisherman standing knee deep in the water, net hanging from his hip, stands patiently waiting for a fish to take his fly.

The photos seen here were all created by request for someone who contacted me looking for fly fishing photos to give as a gift. Since I had no fly fishing images in my portfolio, I was eager to get right on it and create a series of images from which they could choose.

Little did I know that I would also be receiving a gift in the process. A gift in the form of a rekindled desire to cast a fly, to be on the water attempting to entice a fish into accepting a hand tied fly.

Having been so busy getting my photography off the ground, I hadn’t realized just how much I missed fly fishing until I started making these photos. The rods will not be so neglected this coming year.

The legs of a fly fisherman standing in the ripples of a stream. Landing net and line, being gently pulled by the current.

Saving the best for last, if only because these were the ones chosen, these last two, both 20″ x 30″ (51cm x 76cm) canvas gallery wraps, are to be Christmas gifts for someone who will hopefully be very happy with what Santa brought them.

A Sage 1 weight fly rod with an Abel TR Light reel, leening up against a stream side rock, with a waterfall as background. Long exposure giving the water going over the falls a smooth, silky look.

A Sage 1 weight fly rod with an Abel TR Light reel, leening up against a stream side rock, a wooden landing net as backdrop

My New Years Resolution for the coming year, put the camera down more often, and pick up a fly rod.

See you on the river!

BUY LOCAL ART!!

Night time photo of the north church in Portsmouth, NH. Vertical image of the well lit steeple in the background, and a nicely decorated Christmas tree in the foreground.

Give the gift that lasts all year long.

It’s that time of year again, the time for holiday gift giving. What better way to do it than to give the gift of local art. Since nobody really wants to fight the crowds on “Black Friday,” just to buy the same gift a thousand others have bought (do they?), why not give a unique, one of a kind piece of art from a local artist or crafts-person?

Starting today, November 20, and lasting through December 10, I’m offering 20% off site wide with the coupon code: BLACK20. That’s 21 days of Black Friday savings!

Thank you, BUT…

Here’s the important part. While I would be very appreciative should you choose to give one of my images as a gift this Holiday season, the main point of this post is this:

BUY LOCAL ART!!

Support your local photographer, painter, woodworker, sculptor, well you get the idea. Avoid the Mall and the Big Box stores, support the arts and BUY LOCAL!

Impressions Of Autumn

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Dedicated to Valentina. She asked to see more abstract images, and I’m happy to oblige. Enjoy!