Ode to Ginger Man – Redux

I decided to bring back Ginger Man. Mari and I originally created “Ode to Ginger Man” in 2004. I created a graphic and Mari a poem which we than put up on the web. Ginger Man traveled world wide and visited US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Because of the expanding presence of video on the web, Ginger Man is now back for a richer experience for his fans.

1972 to 2009


From 1970 to 2000 I was photographing and printing in the darkroom constantly. Around 2000 two things happened: 1. I began a business with my brother and 2. The digital revolution hit photography. The business relationship with my brother did not work out (I am still running the internet based business). The digital revolution forced me to reconsider photography and I stopped using my darkroom and started exploring the computer. Continue reading

Russell Donnellon at Sarasota Farmers Market

I met Russell when he came to my house to have his portrait taken. We connected on many levels, with one being music. I went down to the Sarasota Farmers Market to make video and photographs of Russell and this video is the result of that time. I wanted to have Russell’s music in the background as I photographed people’s reaction to him. Russell is at the Farmers Market about once a month and if you are in Sarasota, you can see and hear him at The Cottage in Siesta Village on Wednesday and Sunday Evenings. More about Russell Donnellon.

Manatee Drinking

One morning I was having my second cup of coffee when a pod of Manatees showed up. I had heard that they like fresh water, so I had Mari hold the hose while I took some photographs. This Manatee was no more than ten feet from us.

Balinese Dance

Sari

A little while ago I offered through a local Sarasota newsletter to make free portraits. I had a number of replies (some of which can be seen in the previous post). Sari is a Balinese dancer and she came back for a second secession. I created a slideshow of her dance and posted it on YouTube.

Sari says: “This classical Balinese dance is based on a romance that appears Continue reading

Sindy

It has been quite some time since I have posted something here to this blog. Other life’s chores have taken precedent.. Sindy, Mari’s friend of over twenty years, came to visit from wintery New Hampshire. She was gracious enough to let me turn my camera on her and create some portraits. I think the results were quite good as you can see.

Sindy has been focusing on creating rainbows in her life, hence the background music for the slideshow.

Sacred Sarasota Ceremonies

Mari and I since we have been in Sarasota have been invited to and participated in a number of sacred ceremonies. We have met some wonderful people through these ceremonies. I have made a number of photographs and thought it would be nice to collect them all in to one slideshow. So here it is.

Good-Bye Waltham & WMAA

For 34 years I have lived and worked in my studio at 144 Moody Street. Mari and I came back to Waltham after being in Florida for a year this past May to pack up all our stuff and make a permanent move to Sarasota. Our stay in Waltham was so short and busy with packing, that I realized on my return to Sarasota, I had not had a chance to say good-bye to Waltham and the Arts Community.

Update 10/27/10 Boston Globe Article.

The following is a brief history of the beginnings of the arts community in Waltham along with two slide shows. Continue reading

Maji

Why Venice?

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This is a first in a series of Black & White Portraits I will be posting. In most cases I will be posting a short video interview so you can get some idea of what the person sounds like and looks like when they are talking. In addition there will also be a series of B & W portraits from one or more sittings. I work with natural light, so the portraits are all taken outside.

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I met Maji many years ago up north in Boston. Maji was one of the first participants in Dance Freedom which was a dance organization begun in 1968 in Cambridge. Dance Freedom is a smoke free, alcohol free, barefoot dance environment where any kind of dance is acceptable (as long as it is non harmful).

Maji now lives in Venice (part of Sarasota County). I reconnected with Maji at the Drum Circle. For anyone who has been to the drum circle at Siesta Key or Nokomis, Maji is a regular participant, wearing his jesters hat. He also spends time on an organic farm in Costa Rica with his wife. Earth Rose Organic Farm.

As all previous photos in my posts, these photos were made with the Canon G10. The video was also made with the Canon G10 and was edited in Final Cut Express.

Siesta Key Drum Circle

Here is another video slide show of photographs I made from a few trips to the Siesta Drum Circle at Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota (also included are a couple of photographs from Nokomis Drum Circle in Nokomis). Mari and I met sixteen years ago at a weekly event called Dance Freedom in Cambridge, MA and the drum circles down here have a similar flavor to them where anything goes dance wise. Although in the case of the drum circles here there are more watchers than participants. This drum circle according to their web page (www.siestadrumcircle.com) began twelve years ago. Continue reading