"Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.".
Here's to Saint Brigid, Ireland's great female patron saint!
St. Patrick is celebrated around the world every March 17, but St. Brigid ("Mary of the Irish") is less well known outside of Ireland, where she is held in high regard.
The tale as we know it is as follows....
There was an old pagan Chieftain who lay delirious on his deathbed in Kildare (some believe this was her father) and his servants summoned Brigid to his beside in the hope that the saintly woman may calm his restless spirit. Brigid is said to have sat by his bed, consoling and calming him and it is here that she picked up the rushes from the floor and began weaving them into the distinctive cross pattern. Whilst she weaved, she explained the meaning of the cross to the sick Chieftain and it is thought her calming words brought peace to his soul. He was so enamoured by her words that the old Chieftain requested he be baptized as a Christian just before his passing.
St. Brigid's Day is linked to the pagan Celtic festival of Imbolc, heralding the return of spring on February 1. The Celtic Goddess Bríd was regarded as a goddess of healing and the ancient Celts acknowledged her on this day as the day that signaled renewal, new growth, and escape from darkness.
I entered darkness to take this photograph in Ennistimon County Clare, Ireland as I stepped into an abandoned cottage with a rotting roof and soft floor. In the well-lit kitchen (it had no roof), I discovered this Brigid's Cross on the aging wall with beautiful patina. Hand made Brigid's Crosses are found all over Ireland. This cross is thought to keep evil, fire and hunger from the home in which it is displayed.
“The secret to modeling is not being perfect. What one needs is a face that people can identify in a second. You have to be given what’s needed by nature, and what’s needed is to bring something new.”
I first met model ballerina Hayley Hite while teaching a photography workshop at the Temple to Music at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island. We were shooting a gaggle of bellydancers and I noticed a mother taking pictures of a little ballerina girl next to the Temple. Experience has taught me to be open to what is seemingly serendipitous so I introduced myself and asked if Hayley would mind posing with the belly dancers for a couple of shots. She was reluctant and shy at first but quickly revealed a natural ability to be in front of the lens.
Her mother, Jen was exceedingly supportive and they are quite the pair!
Since then, Hayley has modeled for numerous workshops and recently performed at the Rosecliff mansion in Newport with the Island Moving Company’s “The Nutcracker”.
We are thrilled to have Hayley return to the Creating Your Vision workshop on Sunday, February 16, 2020 in Natick, MA.
Open to all~
Photo cred: Donna Moore Wright
Outtake from the “Outside the Box” series where co-collaborators David Lee Black and Matthew J. Peake interact with the custom photography set with photographer extraordinaire Gene Chambers taking the pic from below.
“Outside the Box”
This exhibit endeavors to take a process which is traditionally two dimensional and present it as if it were 3D. This is a figurative exhibit, and as such it will allow the viewer to see the subjects as if they were suspended in a block of ice, from all four sides and from the top and bottom as well, merely by walking around the cube.
Who says a block has to be on its side? Two characters interact, expressing opposing emotions or attitudes, not immediately clear to a viewer on a single panel, and only discoverable when the viewer circles the entire cube in a search for clues.
The Past, the dark unfathom’d retrospect
The teeming gulf, the sleepers and the shadows
The past, the infinite greatness of the past
For what is the present after all but a growth out of the past?
“Lil Red Barn” recently sold and when the collector inquired about the backstory, I realized that I shot “Lil Red Barn” long ago while hiking on the Long Trail in Vermont with my late great friend, Jamie Smith. Jamie was an avid outdoorsman, musician, biker, craftsman, father and friend to all. I miss him dearly.
I am sure he would chuckle knowing that this photograph not only sold in limited edition but was also commissioned by Peak Organic Brewing of Portland, Maine for its label.
Life is but a fleeting moment.
Had a super fun time shooting with chef Jordan Mills at Nylo, a boutique Hilton hotel in Warwick RI.
Don't let her badass look fool you, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Jordii is a sweetheart and a talented chef!
“Let me be one of the upward and outward lookers, not one of the downward and inward lookers.”