18th Annual Spotlight Awards

I am very surprised and thrilled to report that I have been nominated for Outstanding Photographer in the Visual Arts category of the 2011 Spotlight Awards!  It’s an honor to be nominated alongside such incredible local talent, which includes nominees Carl Austin Hyatt, Bear Kirkpatrick, Doug Prince and of course, Michael Winters – congratulations to all. 

Many thanks to the Portsmouth Herald and the jury – looking forward to a fun evening on April 19th at The Music Hall celebrating the seacoast’s rich cultural scene.

11th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival

This weekend, the 11th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival has descended upon Portsmouth for four days of films, filmmaking, discussion, schmoozing, and an all around great time.  If you have time – try and catch a film at one of this year’s venues – the NHFF team and Vital Design have once again done a phenomenal job of organizing and orchestrating a ridiculous amount of talented people to produce a great event.  Check it out!

New Hampshire Film Festival 2011

I am very happy to share that the cover art for New Hampshire Film Festival 2011 includes one of my coastal images.  Local firm Vital Design created the graphic and handles the marketing for the festival, and does a great job putting everything together for the whirlwind event each year.  

The New Hampshire Film Festival is a phenomenal event that brings a wide array of engaging, funny, thought provoking, etc. films to our gorgeous little coastal town.  The Music Hall and various other venues throughout the city dedicate the weekend to screening the selected films from the various submissions received from around the country and around the world.  Last year was my first time attending, and I thought it was crazy that we had such a community of film professionals right here in Portsmouth, as well as VIP events, panel discussions, and plenty of people looking to have some fun. I encourage everyone to catch at least one film in the Music Hall, especially if you’ve never been, and to check out a panel or two.  Looking forward to seeing this year’s list of films!

The Music Hall Loft | Congress Street

I had the great pleasure of photographing a few of the attendees and the gorgeous venue of The Music Hall Loft in their first event in a new series dubbed “Digital Portsmouth”.  I’d never been inside before, but it features an intimate theater, a cool bar, beautiful photos of musicians and performers adorning the modern build out of the entrance.

Attendees of the event, organized by NH Tweet Up and The Music Hall, it featured speakers from Raka Creative, Vital Design and Leah Creates.  I enjoyed hearing a bit about each firm’s recent work and specialties…looking forward to more events. Kudos to all who worked to put it together!

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.

Misty Waterfront | The Daily Portsmouth at The Music Hall

Today’s image is representative of the wet weather we’ve been having this week (when I got stuck in the worst downpour of the day on my way to Googie’s for lunch).  It’s also representative of the city itself – a fitting image for an evening when we’ll take a look at the last year and a half of images that have graced the screens here at The Daily Portsmouth, in an hourlong slideshow at The Music Hall at this month’s Scene @ Five!

The fog begins to clear on the Memorial Bridge, as its fate became a bit more certain this fall with a commitment from various parties to replace it entirely.  The Martingale Wharf building has received its brick face on Bow Street, and the green screen shields the waterfront side of the building before it gets its exoskeleton.  The Moran Towing tugboats stand as stoic as ever docked in their home, and The Heritage remains quiet – docked for the winter season until harbor cruises return with warmer weather in the spring.  I had a blast gathering images (good and bad) dating back to the early days – and I hope you give yourself a chance to come watch the show in the fancy Founder’s Lobby at The Music Hall.

I’ll be raffling off a 16″x24″ gatorboard (ready to hang) print and also a 20″x30″ print on Thursday night – with all proceeds to benefit The Music Hall and The Portsmouth Museum of Art!  It’s important to support our local cultural spots who strive to bring us opportunities to experience and engage in arts of all kinds.  I’m thrilled to raise some money for some worthy institutions. Raffle tickets will be $2/each or 3 for $5.  Buy a few and maybe you’ll have a nice holiday gift for that special someone!  Hope to see you at the event.

Wentworth-Coolidge Under a Gorgeous Sky

As I was revisiting the archives this evening – this majestic sky caught my eye and I thought it was time to further investigate this set of brackets.  The late evening had some nice soft light on the Wentworth-Coolidge as it sat perched on the coast of the Piscataqua and got a bit of a facelift.  I can’t get enough of the mustard clapboards and the rich green grass.

Also – I wanted to give everyone a heads up that they’ll have an opportunity on Thursday night at The Music Hall’s Scene @ Five event to purchase raffle tickets to win a 20″x30″ print and possibly more pieces as well!  ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE MUSIC HALL and another local non-profit yet to be determined.  I hope you’ll consider buying a ticket or three…to support our local organizations that give so much back to the community!