Last Light from the Memorial Bridge

To end the weekend, I decided to head out and see what the clouds were doing – and I found myself walking the Memorial Bridge so that I could have a clear view towards the sunset on the horizon.  The wind was steady and unforgiving, but I managed to get a few solid shots before wandering up and down the waterfront. The sun had just retreated behind the Sheraton, but its rays were peaking out from behind the clouds, which paired nicely with the steady stream of the Piscataqua River as the tide went out to sea.

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Portsmouth from Across The Water

I must say, there is a lot that I love about this photograph.  How distant the subject feels, yet so intimate because of the vignetting and the soft smoothness of the water….That the scene is warm with the evening sunset’s glow, yet signs of an industrialized location are evident with the power lines and the cranes and salt piles on the horizon.  The leading lines of the power lines pass right over hotels of the downtown area and reach towards the waterfront.  Lots of great elements….but mostly, I love the colors and the transitions. I hope you enjoy one of these little elements as much as I do.

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 Stairs to the Sheraton Harborside

On a warm summer day last year I was taken by how inviting the steps to the Sheraton Harborside were, especially with such a beautiful sunset looming overhead. I loved how the stairs and their symmetry draw you up towards the tent over their deck, and together with the brick tones and the green of the trees & grass served as all too familiar a reminder that I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring!  I’m anxious to get out and enjoy the extra hour of daylight we now have – I think it will lead to some new variety of shots.

Portwalk | The (former) Parade Mall

The old Parade Mall building, a scar on Portsmouth’s landscape from the urban renewal efforts back in the 60s or 70s…is no longer.  This shot captures the building in its nearly completely demolished state on June 20, 2009.  As of June 30th, the building is completely gone…and will become the new Portwalk redevelopment, which is slated to beautify the northern tier of the city and better tie in the area near the Sheraton to the Vaughan Mall (and further to Congress Street).  I loved the blues on the cars and the bike and the hint of it in the sky.

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Article in Foster’s here: PORTWALK

Portwalk | The (former) Parade Mall

The old Parade Mall building, a scar on Portsmouth’s landscape from the urban renewal efforts back in the 60s or 70s…is no longer.  This shot captures the building in its nearly completely demolished state on June 20, 2009.  As of June 30th, the building is completely gone…and will become the new Portwalk redevelopment, which is slated to beautify the northern tier of the city and better tie in the area near the Sheraton to the Vaughan Mall (and further to Congress Street).  I loved the blues on the cars and the bike and the hint of it in the sky.

Full size here:  FLICKR

Article in Foster’s here: PORTWALK

The Hill | Northern Tier

The Hill in Portsmouth’s Northern Tier (now sandwiched between the Hilton Garden Inn on Hanover Street and the Sheraton Harborside on Deer Street), consists of old historic homes formerly located in Portsmouth’s North End, which was formerly the city’s predominantly Italian neighborhood.  The homes were saved and relocated to their existing locations, now known simply as The Hill.  The buildings give the area some unique character… but the Northern Tier will continue to be a changing place as well, as the Parade Mall is slated for redevelopment and as the proposed Westin conference center is built across the street from the Sheraton.  Will be cool to watch the process.

Full size here:  FLICKR