This shot marks the first attempt at a panorama…and I thought what better place to feature than the lovely waterfront in the South End. The little presentation here doesn’t do the scene much justice – click the photo for a larger view…the red barn on the waterfront was a nice central focal point and a nice contrast in color against the blue and yellowish afternoon sky. Definitely a neat shot and definitely needs a lot of work before it can be a knockout – just wanted to share something a bit different. As I recall – it was a chilly afternoon, but the cool clouds in the sky made it well worth losing feeling in my fingers.
Oftentimes we take for granted the fact that Portsmouth and the NH/ME seacoast played a vital role in the freedom of the United States. The area is rich with history, as it was originally a rich and successful port in the trading of various goods, with many Brits in the newly established colony and the convenient access to the Atlantic Ocean etc. not far.
It’s these various facts that seem to rise into my head when I see places such as Fort McClary in Kittery, Maine. When I see fortifications lining the coast such as these, I can imagine soldiers either waiting aimlessly for nothing to happen – or a concentration of people hunkered down, surrounded by tons of ammunition and ready for who knows what. I’m thankful that we still have some wonderful places to enjoy such as this…and others including Fort Stark in New Hampshire and others lining the coast from Maine to Massachusetts.
If this photo feels a bit warmer to you than the recent snow-laden images, it’s because it was taken on a gorgeously warm summer evening in August. The commercial fish pier looks more like a postcard than a working portion of Portsmouth’s waterfront when it’s sandwiched between the green water and the orange and blue sky at sunset.
After a taste of warmth and then a fast return to the bitter cold…with plans to warm back up later this week again, I thought it would be fitting to remind everyone that in a few short months we’ll have our decks back…and will be able to enjoy some outdoor dining just like this inviting scene on Espanola Way in Miami. I went for a walk during an otherwise quiet weekend, and wanted to explore this neat outdoor cafe section of town. It’s filled from block to block of art galleries, cafes, restaurants…and just had an overall relaxed feel. I can’t wait until more of the snow retreats and we can spend more than a few minutes outside without having to wear gloves.
Be sure to check this one out in large form by clicking on the image to see the dashing looking waiter earning his title…waiting.
Familiar parts create a new scene…a freighter heads out to Portsmouth Harbor from its stop upriver…the Memorial Bridge is up, the Moran Towing tugboats are at work instead of at rest in their usual spot…and the Martingale Wharf is unobstructed and in plain view with its new brick skin. A heavy vignette creates a nice dark circular frame around the image…all of which make this a shot that I totally love. Hope you do too.
It has without question been a ridiculous New England winter…and this image of Sanders Fish Market on Marcy Street provides further evidence. The pastel buildings lining the waterfront along Marcy Street are a favorite of mine…and I especially like the fact that you can stroll into the market and pick up some fresh locally caught fish. The snow and the icicles make this frigid scene feel a bit less welcoming, but if you make the trip you won’t regret it.
The latest installation at The Gallery at 100 Market is now hanging through April 15th. Do yourself a favor and go visit to see some incredible paintings, photographs, and of course – my series that I selected specifically for this show: “Above & Beyond”. The shot above is a glimpse of the series hanging on the 3rd floor, which have been mounted in gorgeous custom cherry frames with some anti-glare glass and featuring a few of my favorite photos.
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