A few last minute signatures on the prints that will be in the show at Kennedy Gallery on Market Street during the month of March. I always love the challenge of going through the archives to find some quality stuff. It’s a great exercise to realize what you’ve learned and how your eye has developed. I realized that I might cringe at some of my older shots – but I have that much more appreciation for the challenge of shooting regularly and posting every day, as I’m sure I’d be doing more of the same work if I wasn’t trying to grow. We narrowed the selection down to sixteen of my favorite scenes from the Seacoast that would look beautiful on a wall. I hope to see you on Friday night and hear your thoughts!
A few details on the opening:
What: Art ‘Round Town
Where: Kennedy Gallery | 41 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH
When: Friday, March 2nd from 5-8pm
A serene winter scene from last year on the seacoast in Rye, NH to kick off your weekend. I like the otherworldly sort of feel to it and the sense of calm and emptiness. Stay warm and enjoy!
It’s been a very busy few months. Days have been full of working and planning, nights have been full of home renovations, all to get ready for our wedding day. Steph and I are overwhelmed with excitement for our big day, July 16th, where we’ll be getting married at the Wentworth by the Sea Country Club. This incredibly gorgeous and picturesque setting on the waterfront suits us perfectly.
Thanks to everyone for staying tuned here at The Daily Portsmouth – and I promise to get back to a regular schedule once things calm down, the house is finished, and we are happily married! Thanks to everyone who helped us get here, and to everyone who has made it so special.
In 2011 I’ll be starting a new series featuring the Storefronts of Portsmouth. Today’s image captures many things I love about Portsmouth. A quaint storefront of a local business, a richly painted entrance, a shop nestled up against others alongside, a brick sidewalk, the warm glow of a shop where you can meet people (not a robot on some website). Gus & Ruby Letterpress is a cool stationary and invitation boutique on Congress Street, which moved during 2010 from its former location of a little spot on Market Street near the salt piles. It’s always a great thing when a business needs to move to a bigger space in order to meet the needs of its customers…it means business is thriving. I had the chance to visit the shop a few months back, and loved how much detail and thought went into decorating the interior. I love capturing detail, though I’m not always the best at creating it – so it’s always fun to see what folks come up with. Stop in to see them sometime.
Saturday morning I was venturing around town with my camera and armed with the Hasselblad Zeiss glass. It is a 100mm lens…which means that the focal plane of the lens is much further than what I’m used to. I typically shoot in the 24mm range and love to shoot wider (meaning lower) whenever I rent a lens. That’s what helps me get so much information and so much landscape goodness in my typical scenes. When Steph and I ventured out running/cycling, I decided to stick with one lens – and brought the 100mm so I forced myself out of my comfort zone in an effort to sharpen my skills. I’m also currently experiencing some serious computer heartburn, so I’m not able to survey the majority of my shots – but I was happy to come away with this quintessential New England seacoast scene.
This boat, “Sagamore” is moored on Sagamore Creek….an inlet stream from the Piscataqua River inland from Portsmouth Harbor. Makes me want to hop on the boat and head out into the open ocean.
Today’s images feature the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse located at Fort Constitution…as seen from the outside. (Earlier this week I featured the geometric beauty of the interior staircase). If you haven’t been – I can’t encourage you enough to catch one of the open houses…if for nothing else than to take a stroll and enjoy the view from the top of the structure…and marvel at the really old structure (that has a fresh coat of paint).
As I’ve posted recently – the Wentworth Marina is a place where you can see yachts that are ridiculously large – see a gorgeous sunset, and enjoy a delicious meal with a view. Latitudes is perched just over the Wentworth Marina and is a great spot in New Castle to enjoy a meal out on a deck away from the throngs in downtown Portsmouth in case you’re in the mood for something a bit more laid back.
New Hampshire has the nation’s smallest coastline of any state with an oceanfront location. That doesn’t mean it lacks for anything – this shot taken from Great Island Common in New Castle depicts the state’s simple coastal beauty. The sun was setting at my back when I was snapping this shot, casting a soft glow on the horizon and over Whaleback Lighthouse off in the distance.
I though the rock formations were pretty cool and made for some interesting movement in the frame.
I’ve always enjoyed my sunset stops over at Great Island Common in New Castle. I was struck by the gorgeous orange glow of sunset this particular night, with not much going on in the sky for clouds…it still managed to be a subtle yet stunning sunset. The light was hitting this walkway so it was catching parts of the wood – so I headed right over. I am always a fan of symmetry, so when a scene presents itself like this – I go for it with the shot.
One of the neat parts about this particular image is the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse that is tucked under the railing on its left side.
The grounds of the Wentworth By The Sea are gorgeous. I was back in this neck of the woods this afternoon, so decided to see if I could find some new things to snap shots of. Despite being here numerous times before, I never wander too far from the bottom of the hill where I’ve captured a few shots of the hotel that I have really liked. I stumbled across these adirondack chairs that I’m sure have been there for a very long time, but until this afternoon I hadn’t ever seen them – and today I could definitely appreciate the luxury they provide to those who plop down in them to relax for a few. Looking forward to when I can unwind in one of these!