Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I love doing photo shoots with actors, b/c they are generally ready for anything!  Need me to take off my clothes ?  No, please not here in public.  I don't want to have to bail you out of jail.  This goes out to one special actor and model and he knows who he is.   Or like this past Sunday, Bess Welden (one of Portland's finest actors, playwrights, directors) telling me she was fine with getting into the icy waters at Jewel Falls.  But before we went to do the outside shots, she brought along a few props that would look good in closeup shots.  But where to shoot in my house?  Too much art on most of the walls, except for the stairs going up to the 2nd floor.   By this time, our two mini Schnauzers - Mica (black) and Tucker (gray) - were beginning to get very interested and I had to take this shot.

Which makes me wonder how effective they'd be at really protecting the house.  Sure, they'll bark and sing the song of their people - Schnauzer yodels - if you click here at :36, it sounds like our guys.

The show is Legbala is a River - a one woman show centered on the wife of a doctor who goes to Africa to treat Ebloa patients.  It will run at Mayo Street Arts Center from June 8th to the 17th.  If you live in the Portland Maine area, you really should go see it.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Shooting Future Stars

There's a new theatre company here in Portland, Maine - Theatre Ensemble of Color - or TEoC, the brain child of Rene Johnson, a wonderful actor and stage manager.  I offered to shoot one of their workshop meetings back in March when it was still winter at Mayo Street Arts Center.  Now the snow is just about all gone and it was all of 65 degrees yesterday - yes I saw people in shorts, ah Maine!  Here's a couple of photos from that shoot.

Rene (right) warms up members of TEoC with some ballet exercises.

Mother and daughter dance duet

Not sure who this was, but I loved the silhouette in front of the stained glass window.

The other thing which might make you a future star in the photo world is to get some photos in a major magazine.  But how does one do that?  The always excellent site run by Rob Haggart has a great article about a guy who did some strategic planning before coming to NYC to pitch editors on his work.  A great read - HERE.

I can see the buds on the lilac bush in my backyard.  I'm very excited!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Back from the Big Apple

Even though members of the Professional Women Photographers were surprised to see me at the reception, I'm so glad we went.  Amazing to be in such a great street photo show at #JaditeGallery on the west side.  Am on the train as I write this and am delighted that I've figured out a way to do this on the iPad... since my laptop isn't working and I need to bring it in to #TechPort on Monday morning.  We did old things (like drinks at the Blue Bar at the Algonquin) and new things - going to the Met Breuer (which I'll cover on the Ann Tracy blog).  Here are some photos from the night.  And I'm delighted that my photo make the poster!

Well I tried to get the photos from my android phone to my iPad, but no dice.  So now it's three weeks later and I'm finally finishing this post.  The highlights of those three weeks include getting some kind of crud that was going around; having to take a bus to Boston for a doc appointment while I was still sick b/c it had taken me a month to get that appointment; doing something to my right shoulder requiring a couple weeks of physical therapy - not that I was lying around eating bon-bons.  But I did rescue a few photos for documentation of it all.

My photo is the one on the top with the bamboo frame

People were captivated by it.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Women's March Portland Maine

It's a good thing I love taking photos, because I don't like being in crowds of any kind, very claustrophobic that way.  It's so bad that I won't get into subway cars or elevators if they are too full.  So while my heart was marching with everyone else in Portland today, I was using my eyes and very cold hands to take some photos - to witness and document!  What I loved (and brought tears to my eyes) about this march is how inclusive it was - men, women, kids, dogs...

was impressed that this dude was wearing a suit!

Love the expression on this kid's face

Monday, December 12, 2016


"We are happy to inform you that our juror, Meryl Meisler, has accepted the following image for the Jadite Gallery/PWP exhibition Scene on the Street:

One Legged Man Doing Pushups, Malacon, Havana

Opening Reception: Scene on the Street
February 2, 2017 6:00pm
Jadite Gallery
413 West 50th Street
New York, NY, 10019 

I'm having thoughts about going down for the reception.  Will I see you there?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Giving Thanks and Havana Cars

Here's to a lovely Thanksgiving to you and yours.  I'm making turkey and neighbors are bringing sides to our feast tomorrow.  But in the meantime, if you're one of those cyber shoppers after Thanksgiving, here's a LINK to my Havana Car wall calendar which is up at Vista Print.  Makes a great one-of-a-kind gift for just about anyone!  I would be so thankful if you either got one or share this!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Viva la Havana coche

That's right!  I've finally put that #Havana Car Calendar together and it's now available - but not on the sales site, you need to contact me directly from this blog.  They are 13 x 8.5" when opened up and put on your wall and are only $15, plus $5 shipping and handling.  They are all based on trips to Havana in 2013 & 2014.

If you're in the area and want to visit the studio, we're having an open studio and holiday pop-up shop here at Running With Scissors, 250 Anderson St., in Portland's growing Bayside neighborhood, on Saturday, Dec. 10th from 10 am to 4 pm... come by for some cider ...