The Button Factory is a rehabilitated old mill building anchoring an end of Islington Street, and home to dozens of talented artists and artisans. The building is oozing with character inside and out – and it is definitely one of the treasures in town where the vibrancy of the art culture remains strong.
Sunset over Portsmouth and Kittery as seen from the Memorial Bridge. The weather cleared just in time for an incredible sunset, with some fast moving clouds over head and some beautifully intense light. Glad I got my camera back from repair just in time to catch this beauty. More to follow, as always!
The circus that is the world of New Hampshire in the year before a primary has officially begun. Donald Trump made a few stops throughout town after flying into Pease in the morning…and heading to a fundraiser at the 100 Club sometime after lunch. The crowds on Hanover Street spoke volumes to the fascination we have with all that is celebrity and political.
On another note – I wanted to share an image of The Hancock in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. I love this structure and its beautiful glassy facade that reflects all its neighbors.
Today is a very strong image that will always have a special place in my heart. I’ve been visiting the archives lately with my camera being in for repair…and came across the photos from this evening last spring. It will always stand out in my mind, and will always be an amazing gift from my Grandmother Grace. Such intense sunlight and richly textured clouds to capture the incredible color.
Today’s image is the first shot in a new series – Eat & Drink | Portsmouth. The first installation in the series is the richly colored bar of Ri Ra Portsmouth, featuring wood imported from Ireland and a cool mosaic floor and wooden barstools that all come together to create a warm atmosphere and a comfortable place to enjoy a pint. The restaurant is probably better known for its bank vaults and gorgeous domed ceilings, which you’ve seen before and will likely see again.
ALSO – tune in to Portsmouth’s WSCA FM today at noon to hear me on the radio with Mark Miller of Seacoast Business Connection. Head over to WSCAFM.ORG for more details or tune in to 106.1FM to hear us from 12-1pm.
Another beachfront image from the serene coast in Rye, New Hampshire (courtesy of the Hasselblad). I love the subtle and natural tones of this shot, and the rich contrasty details – all set off nicely by the smurf-blue house with the oceanfront view. I was going back and forth with what to post for the image today…and decided to stick with this week’s decidedly “water” theme. I hope you enjoy – and stay tuned for some architecture and streetscape images next week.
After chronicling the progress of the The Martingale Wharf project over the past couple years, it is finally in its final phase – and I must say, it looks like it’s going to be an awesome addition to the waterfront. The modern details (wire balconies and some granite on the facade) on the brick structure help it stand out from an otherwise ordinary addition. The new deck is absolutely massive, which is accessed from a nice granite/cement/brick stairwell that leads down to the waterfront and provides access to all the other decks. I can’t wait to enjoy a few evenings outside while watching the sunset and doing some top notch people watching. This looks like it will be a great spot to do all of the above.
Every single time I head to the ocean, I find myself at peace and relax and in awe of the ridiculous size of the body of water. Waves fascinate me to no end, to the point that I often take a hundred photos of little nuances in the wave pattern as they roll, break, recede, etc. This shot was taken with the Hasselblad H4D-31 camera that I had the good fortune to demo – and this is a cropped version of a larger shot. The quality of the shot helped me bring out a ridiculous amount of detail in reaching the final image you see here. I hope you enjoy.
The two sources for fun on the water during the summer months in Portsmouth, NH are the Heritage and the Thomas Laighton. The Heritage is an awesome little old-school style yacht (with a bar on deck) that is great for a late evening sunset cruise out towards Whaleback Lighthouse…as featured above covered in snow. Below is the Thomas Laighton in the heart of the harbor-cruising season in years past, full of people ready to enjoy a long evening out on the water. The Laighton is definitely a larger boat that heads out for longer periods of time…also offering a great time and a great way to enjoy the seacoast.