Sights like this one are some of the finest in New England if you love rural areas and farmland. With the Green Mountain’s as a backdrop the river valley’s of Vermont have been fertile farming areas for a long time, and they were shining brightly on this early autumn afternoon along the winding roads.
The old pathways that wind through Minuteman National Park are a sight that I take in often, mostly as a jogging spot but it’s also one of my favorites for making pictures too. They were the lands where the early stages of the Revolutionary War took place and I often wonder how different they must have looked back then. However, even as the years roll by these historic farmlands have grown with vibrant vegetation but they are still the same gorgeous trails and pathways through the lands just outside of Boston.
There is so much to love within the rugged and vintage landscape of Vermont and when I am up there I find myself driving from spot to spot with a limitless availability of spots to explore. The history and tradition of the barns nested on the lands is fascinating as well as pivotal to our history here in the New England area, and while most of the barns have a weather beaten and worn in look to them, it’s precisely why they shine with so much architectural beauty and they have become a staple of the landscape of the area.
The machines and equipment that help farmers create a successful harvest of the land deserve all the appreciation in the world. This International 1066 tractor has probably seen at least 50 winters come and looks ready for many more years to come. They are a staple of the New England farm landscape and this one was parked with a stunning barn backdrop atop the green grassland’s before the colder days settle in soon.
Working within the landscape of Vermont this summer has surely been one of my highlights of the past few months. As much as people feel magnetized by the autumn colors, I have say that personally I feel the full of life feeling that the landscape has within the summer months is probably my favorite season. I did a lot of land and farm scenery during my travels, and there were several days that had morning light more magical than my own dreams of landscape imagery.
Summer mornings in New England have a special quality of light to them especially with the warm days of summertime. I was out exploring a few days ago and came upon this scene of stark contrast between the rising sun and layers of cloud inversions within the valley’s of Vermont. The contrast between the darkness and light was striking and provided a summer scene filled with mood and attitude.
It goes without saying that 2020 has been a year of strange days for our whole planet, and all the time inside and away from people sure made some travel time around New England feel wonderful over the past few weeks. As much as many people think of Vermont for it’s autumn colors I have a profound love for the landscape during the summertime when things feel as alive and as green as scenery can get.
I am excited to be sharing some new print work with some of these magical landscapes from the past few weeks.
Waves have a wonderful quality about them in that they are all fleeting moments. No one is exactly the same as another, and they arrive and vanish before our eyes with a magic and resonance that is a thing of beauty.
While there is a hardly a bad spot on this earth to watch the waves, I would have to say one of my favorites is from along the sandy shores of Nantucket. This one was a cold evening on the island with storms and big surf on the way but a hint of color out there on the endless horizon as well making for a classic scene along the landscape at Miacomet.
2020 has probably been the strangest and craziest feeling year that most of us have ever lived through. It’s scary, uncertain, dangerous, and has a sense of unknowingness that is almost impossible to draw parallels to. As much as I want to return to the hustle/bustle of doing hundreds of creative shoots a year like usual, it’s instead been a lot more reflecting and refreshing past work which has been fun in it’s own way.
In giving this blog space a refresh I hope to make it a place where I can talk and reflect upon singular images and offer some storytelling and thoughts on the processes I go through in finding and creating images with an impact.
Metaphorically the moment feels like an unpredictable storm, one in which we know will pass over eventually but it’s hard to know when. I have great hope that like this picture below, someday the current storm will clean and we will find sunny days ahead.