Market Street Salt Piles

Market Street received a recent facelift when the sidewalks were torn up and replaced with new brick walkways and period lighting.  I must say, despite however expensive it must have been, it’s a nice classy look for that section of town.  The salt piles look as rustic as even along with the mural of the US Coast Guard Eagle adorning the entrance to Granite State Minerals, but the walkways are looking sharp and will be well lit during evenings from now on.  Hopefully the new design will help curb the queueing up of the massive salt trucks along Market Street on cold winter mornings.

Also – be sure to check out the new “Exhibits” tab listed above the header!  I hope to use this as a guide to where you can see a display of my work in person…as long as there are exhibits to share with those interested throughout the Seacoast.

The Clocktower | North Church

It’s no secret I’m an admirer of architecture.  This has me looking up and around all the time, checking out the lighting on rooflines, down alleys, at facades, etc….and this weekend it had me admiring the light on the North Church’s clocktower steeple.  I loved the blue sky and the rich intricate details of the structure.

This was a handheld HDR shot with the 50mm f/1.2L lens that I rented last week.  The lens is so fast that within milliseconds I was able to capture the 3 exposures needed to process the shot.

Fort Stark | New Castle, NH

I was out riding my road bike over the weekend, and decided to visit a couple streets that I hadn’t been on in a few years.  I meandered down Wild Rose Lane in New Castle after spotting the sign for Fort Stark, saying it was open for the afternoon.  I decided to investigate….the fort played a fairly critical role in the Seacoast’s military history through the wars of the 20th century….and the “Ordnance Machine Shop” seen in the photo above featured a cool map with lights depicting various guns at the forts in NH/ME/MA from Cape Ann in Rockport, MA all the way north to Biddeford, ME…including how far their various weapons could fire out into the ocean to deter enemies.

Pretty darn cool to see some of the working history of the New England seacoast. One of the coolest parts was the gun propped in the middle of the Machine Shop that had formerly been fixed onto one of the cement columns overlooking the harbor at Fort Stark.

North Church Clocktower

The Clocktower of the North Church is a beautifully restored piece of architecture, serving as the beacon of Portsmouth from throughout the seacoast.  I was happy to catch some rich sunlight on Saturday evening after coming in from an afternoon harbor cruise that I wrote about earlier this week.

I’m not sure I’ll ever get tired of seeing the canvas prints at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital…and hope it’s the same for you all.  I just wanted to provide a sense of scale for the project…below is a shot of me at the installation, which I was able to share with my family this weekend for the first time.  The staff at the front desk was very cool and kind in letting us just hang out for a bit.  Great place, great people.

A Very Proud Artist

A Memorial Bridge Afternoon

The fate of the Memorial Bridge is still in question, and the bridge replacement plan has been in the news for the past couple weeks again – as the Maine-New Hampshire Bridge Connections Study will be due to both states (at a cost of $1.5 million to complete) sometime around August.  It’s sounding like the Memorial Bridge will come down and be replaced, as its life span has been reduced to one year by safety engineers.  I’ll definitely miss its craggy & rusty appearance hovering over the Piscataqua River…and I’m very curious to see what might go up in its place.  In the meantime, I’ll be sure to take a few hundred or so photos while I still have the opportunity – and encourage you to do the same.

This was one of the very first exposures I ever took with my new 10-stop Neutral Density filter.  Thanks to the filter – you can see the bridge structure nice and sharp while the dock and the water has much more blur due to the flow of the river and the movement of the dock & boat.

Atrium | The Portsmouth Regional Hospital

I am very honored and excited to share with you the completion of the project that I’ve been a part of at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital!  As I wrote about in this post HERE, I have been working with architect firm JSA, Inc. and David Maurand of designPhase:3 to select photos and have artwork printed for the installation in the hospital’s $67+ million dollar expansion project.  In keeping with the nautical and seacoast theme, we selected 12 images that fit the feel of the space, with each photo featuring a part of the waterfront or a tie to the water…with the two widest prints measuring in at 7′.  The images are overlaid on top of a beautiful nautical map of the New Hampshire Seacoast – and every canvas print featured in the installation can be identified on the map below.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this project, especially local printing firm Infinite Imaging who did a beautiful job bringing the photos you see here at the site everyday to real life, exceeding even my expectations.  Image4 installed the hardware that the prints are mounted to…and I finally had the great pleasure to meet some wonderful people from The Hospital this week, and I continue to be flattered and humbled at all of the kind words that people have shared.

The new wing will officially open for business on Monday morning at 4am – so stop in anytime after that to see the massive prints in person, and the beautiful atrium space that features a fireplace, some historical installations, model ships, sails, slate, granite, and beautiful oil paintings that will be installed soon as well.  An exceptional project indeed!

Hilton Garden Inn on The Hill

Atop Portsmouth’s historic North End neighborhood sits several old colonial homes that remind me of what it must have been like to walk around town 100-200 years ago.  Along with those historic homes that are now part of the historic condominium made on site to protect the buildings sit several redeveloped parcels including the Hilton Garden Inn (which is across the street from the notorious bomb scare on Hanover Street), with the Portwalk Place project just down the hill on the same block.

All in all it’s a beautiful area, becoming more so as the redevelopment of the Parade Mall real estate continues to enhance the curb appeal of this growing part of town.  I like this particular shot because it captures the new bricks of the Hilton along with the Piscataqua River Bridge and the Sarah Long Bridge together with the colorful historic homes located in the Northern Tier.

Ceres Street in the Fog

Earlier this week, the weather was pretty darn hot – and the mornings were ridiculously foggy.  I’ve always loved these stairwells on the back of the Ceres Street rowhouses, and the thick misty fog only added to the aura they bring to the streetscape.  The brick walkways and leading lines are cool, and my favorite part might be the flower petals that have fallen from the hanging plant that are strewn around the watermark.

Come visit tomorrow for some shots I snapped from the 100 Club – where Catapult Seacoast held its latest event in the Business Speaker Series that featured the fascinating mind of thinker/painter/scientist/filmmaker Chase Bailey of Left Bank Films.  Some beautiful shots await…

Fresh Pavement on Market Street

One of the many projects that the City has taken on since the start of the Spring was the replacement of the sidewalks on Market Street with new brick sidewalks.  I think that some of the older sidewalks were brick anyway, but thankfully this month marked the completion of the project in this section of town – with fancy new brick sidewalks for all to enjoy, and more importantly, a smooth road surface (with new yellow lines to keep everyone on their side).   Things are looking good on this section of Market and the sidewalks are currently being replaced and widened next to the salt piles and the Sheraton.  I can’t wait for everything to be complete and for all the orange cones to be retired for the season.

The Atrium at Portsmouth Regional Hospital

I am incredibly excited to share with you today a project that has been in the works for the past month.  As many of you know, the Portsmouth Regional Hospital undertook a $63 million expansion project to enhance and extend the high level of healthcare provided to greater Seacoast residents back in 2007.  The multi-year, phased expansion, which was formally approved in April by the state of New Hampshire, will add nearly 68,000 square feet of new construction and more than 88,000 square feet of renovations to the existing facility.

I am very privileged and appreciative to announce that I have been working with the design team including local architectural firm JSA, Inc. on an art display that will be featured in the new atrium space in the new wing!!  In total, there will be twelve pieces totaling OVER 100 SQUARE FEET OF PRINTED CANVAS featuring entirely Philip Case Cohen originals!!  All of the pieces we selected for the installation have a tie to the waterfront or the seacoast…featuring lighthouses, the commercial fish pier, tugboats, historic waterfront…etc.  The install should be taking place in the next week or so and will be available for viewing to hospital visitors.  A grand opening will likely follow later in the Fall.

Also working with JSA, Inc. is David Maurand of designPhase:3 – who has envisioned and artfully put together the rendering shown below and coordinated to have the infrastructure constructed that will hold the canvas prints that will be on display.  Working in concert with David is Image4 of Manchester will be constructing the hardware and infrastructure of the display.

Local printing firm Infinite Imaging has done an incredibly beautiful job bringing the photography you’re used to seeing here at The Daily Portsmouth to life on the canvas pieces (against the orange wall in their new HQ at the top of the post and below), with beautifully rich color and accuracy (and also very quickly!).  What’s exciting is that of the 100+ square feet of canvas, there will be two pieces that are 7′ wide and several others 4′ wide.  I cannot wait to see them hanging in the new space, which is incredibly inviting and fitting for placement in Portsmouth’s hospital – complete with a gigantic nautical map featured on the wall that will be holding the prints.  I hope you’ll visit the space to check out the gorgeous design (and of course the canvas prints that will complement the space!).