Inside the Red Door

Literally…this shot was inside The Red Door on State Street.  A tucked away spot in Portsmouth that you should try and check out for yourself sometime….I’ve previously featured the venue’s interior as well as its notorious door for which it’s named.  Here’s a bit of a different shot from the recent bridge and cityscapes…will return back to those on Sunday and next week!  I’ve also made an investment in a new toy, a Carl Zeiss 21mm….so far the clarity and the colors look to be promising and inspiring, eager to put it through its paces.

Welcome to State Street | The Ribbon Cutting

The Who’s Who of Portsmouth as far as State Street Improvements are concerned can be seen below in the ceremonious Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held on Friday afternoon at 3pm at the intersection of Pleasant and State Streets.  Above, Mayor Tom Ferrini’s hands can be seen holding the grand improvement plans as signed by many of the folks involved…along with the ribbon.

Below, the City Manager (John Bohenko), Mayor Tom Ferrini, owner of Puttin’ on the Glitz Assiah Russel and Assistant Mayor Nancy Novelline-Clayburgh (one of the owners of Cava can be seen in the background) can all be seen enjoying the big moment.  I must say, it’s pretty cool and a relief to see this long in-the-works project come to its final phase.  There was an awesome turnout of people who shared the same sentiment, who came to celebrate. I’m very excited for the Portsmouth Art Exchange at 220 State Street, who has been very eager to see its sidewalks take shape – and where I have a good amount of work available for sale.  Stop in to see Jane and tell her I sent you – she’s a sweetheart.

Below, something a little different….the sun climbs over the hill at Fort Foster on the seacoast in Kittery, Maine.  I love this little tree and the bench that sit overlooking the waterfront. If my memory serves me correctly, the shot was taken with my Hasselblad Carl Zeiss 100mm lens…definitely a beauty.  Have a great weekend!

Rejuvenation | State Street

As I promised earlier in the week, I’ll begin to feature the “evolved” look of State Street.  The sidewalks have been jazzed up with bricks all the way from the Memorial Bridge entrance and near Prescott Park down to the Pleasant Street intersection at The Rusty Hammer and all the way to my parking spot at 325 State Street.  Without question it’s a new look, complete with street lamps (all freshly adorned with pine wreaths for the holidays), sidewalk trees and nice bumpouts to moderate the flow of traffic – all which result in a handsome new look for the streetscape.  I hope all the merchants are feeling good and enjoy some peace and quiet after the long year everyone has had…and that 2011 will reap some of the benefits.  I almost can’t believe it’s been as long as it has, but also can’t believe how much has really been accomplished.  Now when are we going to bury those overhead powerlines?

The Red Door on State Street

Consider this a preview of a series I’ll be embarking on in the next week or so…in which I’ll detail the nearly completed State Street improvement project.  This instantly recognizable door some (or remarkably unrecognizable for others) is located on State Street towards the Memorial Bridge and Prescott Park.  I’ve always enjoyed this nondescript yet withered door, and loved the play of light/shadow on it in the early afternoon sunlight.

The Chef's Table | State Street Update

State Street’s facelift continues.  While I was driving home and treating my car to the luxurious new pavement on State Street, I realized that the new street lights were actually lit!  Along with the new pavement and brick sidewalks (that are well on their way to being done), the city had turned on the street lamps on Thursday night.  After realizing the street had a whole new look (finally), I decided to stop and snap a couple photos to prove it.

It was after I stopped that I met Eddie Sargent, the Chef/Owner of The Chef’s Table.  Eddie was kind enough to get out of the way of what he thought was my shot (even though he wasn’t in it)…so I went over to say hello.  Turns out he had just installed the new sign, which looks great.  I loved the clean look of the new sidewalks and the granite stairs welcoming guests into the building, and the new sign was the icing on the cake.  Hopefully – in a few more weeks, we’ll get State Street back to enjoy for ourselves, free of delays, construction cones and dust clouds.  Below – see what a difference a day makes.  Both shots were taken around 1pm at lunchtime…

The Music Hall | State Street Construction

The Scene @ Five featuring The Daily Portsmouth was a great success at The Music Hall.  Chris Curtis, Monte Bohanan and Mike Marchand and the rest of the team at The Music Hall made sure everything went as smooth as glass.  I had a great time meeting some great people and seeing friends during the 1 hour+ slideshow….and answered some great and interesting questions from photographers and non-photographers.  Thank you to everyone who took the time out of their evenings to come check out the slideshow and say hello.  The shot above was taken just before heading in – the solitary light on the closed box office underneath the instantly recognizable banner was a good gut check for me before getting things rolling.  The shot below was taken during lunch earlier in the day – I love the posters and appreciate the chance to appear on the schedule of the local treasure (interesting light during this time of day, with some neat reflections in the windows).

Below – as a Friday treat, here’s an update on the State Street Construction that you’ve been reading about in the papers.  The street has definitely been closed, with no signs of pavement at the State/Pleasant Street intersection.  The road looks like a bit of a warzone (and it feels like one on the car) amidst the intact building facades and brick walkways surrounding the street.  I can’t wait to get the gift of our new State Street, with no sign of construction and some nice smooth roadway surfaces and some brick sidewalks and street lamps.  I almost can’t believe that State Street actually looks like a street, but I can’t wait to prove it and snap a few shots once it’s all done.

At The Red Door

One of Portsmouth’s hidden night spots is The Red Door.  Many of you know what I’m talking about – and others probably have no idea (just as I didn’t back in the day).  The Red Door gets it namesake very simply from its entrance – a red door on State Street, right next to Dos Amigos.  When I’ve ventured up, it’s always been an interesting night – usually including a fancy cocktail of some sort and/or a beer.  I’m not ashamed to say that one of my favorites is the espresso martini (as a coffee addict it’s right up my alley).  The place has a definitively laid back feel and lounge style seating with its comfy couches. They have both live music and DJs hosting depending on the night of the week – stop up sometime to check it out.