Marion • 45 Second Portrait


Marion is a student at New England College who was with a group of other NEC students attending a lecture at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.  I was sitting in the back row of seats when I saw his hat across the room, and instantly wanted to take a portrait of him.  While people were still finding their seats, I ran out to the car and grabbed my camera bag.

After the lecture ended and as people were standing up to leave, I ran over to him.  “Hi, I’m Sid.  I’m a photographer, and I love your hat.  I’m wondering if you’d allow me to take a portrait of  you?”

“Sure!” he said.

I didn’t want to take up much of his time, and I didn’t want to fiddle around with flashes or anything, so I grabbed Marion, brought him out into the hallway outside of the NHIA auditorium and positioned him underneath one of the ceiling lights.  He tilted his head just so that the light from the ceiling touched his nose and mouth.  I had him close his eyes.  I found my exposure, and grabbed about six shots, and then thanked him and let him go.

I love this shot.  So simple.  So elegant.  45 seconds.  Sometimes everything is pretty much already lined up and all you need to do is arrange the elements so they completely fall into place.

Thank you, Marion.

Squares & Squares & Squares

I am obsessed with things that have my name on them.  Especially square things.  Since making this logo I’ve used it as a watermark, I’ve used it as a leather stamp, and I use it for my business cards and as little square stickers.  I plop this little square logo everywhere I can think of.  For some reason it makes me smile.

A new round of business cards and stickers arrived today.  I wanted to share 🙂

A Camera Caught in the Wild

A FujiFilm X100s, caught in the wild, grazing near a lake at Beaver Brook Park, Hollis NH.

Captain Plunger for Yankee Magazine

Captain Plunger • Yankee Magazine Jan/Feb 2017

Last year I got my first assignment from Yankee Magazine.  I got to spend a freezing February morning with Bill Jones’ alter ego Captain Plunger as he prepared for his yearly plunge into the freezing waters of Hampton Beach for the Penguin Plunge put on by the New Hampshire Special Olympics.  Bill has been doing the plunge since it’s inception, and over the last 17 years he continues to be the one individual who raises the most money each year.

Captain Plunger • Yankee Magazine Jan/Feb 2017

More images of Captain Plunger after the cut:


M.A.S.K figures

I’m a big toy guy.  I grew up an only child, so a lot of my time was spent playing with toys and making my own little universes inside my head.  One of my favorite toy lines in the 1980’s was Kenner’s “M.A.S.K.” line.  These were cars and trucks that would slightly transform into other types of vehicles or weapons.  For example, a gull-wing door Chevy Camaro could turn into a flying jet-car.  You can see more examples of what the toy-line looked like by visiting the M.A.S.K. Collector’s Guide.

I had most of the first two waves of the toys and cars, and as it was some of my favorite toys I did everything I could to preserve them and make sure they lasted.  In fact, I still have two boxes of the cars and figures in my parents attic, and while visiting recently I went though everything to see how it has lasted since my childhood days.  Most of the stuff is in decent shape; a few things have been lost, but a majority of everything has still survived multiple moves.  I grabbed my bag full of figures and laid them all out on the studio floor one morning.

I also have an obsession with toys that wear hats and helmets.  I don’t know where it comes from, but if it has a hat that can be removed, it’s a safe bet I’ve had it at one point or another 🙂

Anyway, here are my M.A.S.K. figures.  I can still remember most of their names.