Snow in Nantucket. It a rare sight but a beauty for sure. These were taken a few weeks ago.
After a great deal of thought and planning (and testing) we made a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. Our last trip to the Big Island was over 20 years ago and this island (and the world) was quite a bit different. It was also a time before we had children. This time we spent about a month in a small rental house on the west side of the island and spent our days exploring, hiking, playing board games and reading. We all fell in love with the Big Island. It’s so peaceful, the people are incredibly kind and the food was delicious. I’m completely addicted to loco moco and Kona coffee.
It was a very special trip and I am happy we were able to spend it together as a family.
I brought along two cameras, a medium format Hasselblad (square images) and a 35mm Leica M6. And many rolls of Kodak film.
A few months ago, we had our first snowfall. The next morning was magical and I managed to get my lazy bones out of bed, grabbed my camera and made a few exposures.
(Camera: Hasselblad 503cw // Film: Kodak Portra 400)
We have always wanted to rent a RV. Daydreams of getting an Airstream and exploring the southwest or perhaps the Pacific northwest. One of those things on the wanderlust to do list. But we never did it.
So a few weeks ago, we rented a RV. It wasn’t as cool as an Airstream. While new-ish, it looked like it was straight out of the 70s. But getting a RV rental isn’t easy as many of them are taken this time of year and that is especially true during this pandemic. Our original plan was to drive north into Vermont. But the campgrounds in Vermont discouraged visitors from Massachusetts given the Covid cases spiking in our county.
Instead we found a campground in the Berkshire Mountains. We loaded our clothes, supplies, food, coffee(!) and camera gear and headed west. Driving a RV is quite different than our electric sedan. The RV is massive, it’s loud and drives like a boat. But it’s super fun. A feeling of indepence. We had everyting we needed in our little house on wheels.
The fall colors in the Berkshires were fantastic and so was the crisp morning air that greeted us each day. And it was fun to get away and just enjoy time together hiking during the day and relaxing each evening in our camper. We missed having our daughters with us on this trip but they are in college now. I can totally picture my son getting a RV with his friends when he’s older.
I am grateful for our getaway. I’m now even more excited for a future trip to the southwest :)
(Color photographs made with a Hasselblad 503cw and Kodak Portra film. Black and white photographs made with a Leica M-A and Kodak Tri-X film. Developed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab in California).
A few weeks back, my wife and I made a day trip to New Hampshire and spent the day exploring Mount Cardigan. We heard about this place many times over the years but this was our first time. It was one of those magical fall days, the weather was crisp and the colors of the season was a real treat. The hike itself took about 4 hours round trip. The last 1/4 mile up the face was super challenging but felt great at the top.
(All of these photographs were made with a Mamiya 7ii and Kodak Portra 400 film. Developed and processed at Richard Photo Lab in California.)
During the first few months of sheltering in place, I have not been terribly motivated to make photographs. Too much on my mind I suppose.
But I’ve been trying to get out there more of late and it feels good.
(All photos made with a Haselblad 503cw and Kodak Portra 400 film)
Trying to take in the beauty of spring even though the heart is heavy with everything going on.
Earlier in the year, prior to our shelter in place mode, we made a trip to St Barts. As I look back on these photographs I am immensely grateful we were able to have this time together as a family.
(Photographs made with a Pentax 67ii and a Yashica T4 on Kodak Portra 400 film)
A few months ago, I made a short trip to Paris. When I look at these photographs, it truly feels like a lifetime ago.
(The color photographs were made with a Mamiya 7ii camera and Kodak Portra 400 film. The b&w images were made with a Leica MP and Kodak Tri-X 400. Developed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab in California)
Last month, I made a return trip to Paris. I am not sure there is a more beautiful place than Paris in the fall. The air was crisp, the leaves were turning and seemingly everyone was outside.
This trip was brief like my summer visit and also work related. More on that subject in a future post. But I did manage to get out a few hours each day to make some photographs.
(All color photographs made with a Mamiya 7ii and Kodak Portra 400. Black & white photographs were made with a Leica MA and Kodak Tri-X 400 film. Developed and scanned at Richard Photo Lab)