I had some great photography sessions this year and I wanted to thank all my clients for entrusting their 2016 memories with me. Here are my favorite photographs from this past year. I wish everyone a happy new year!
In late August/early September, I traveled with a friend to Central Oregon for two weeks of mountain bike-packing. Mountain biking was my first real passion. When I was a kid, I would build trails through the woods in my backyard, grab my Huffy and ride them back and forth all day. In high school, I would ride my bike miles to my friend’s houses. I escaped the stress of college by riding the trails behind my dormitory. Within the last ten years, however, rock and ice climbing distracted me from my bike. I’ve spent many days and nights in mountain ranges all over the country climbing or simply backpacking. I had never gone on a multi-day trip with my bike. Here on the east coast, it’s hard to piece together a mountain bike trip as the trails are confined to one area in twisting and looping singletrack that lead you right back to where you started. When I was researching this trip, I discovered that out west, one can travel for many miles, across states, almost entirely on dirt. We decided on Central Oregon, a place we’ve both never been, and planned out a 300 mile loop with over 100 of those miles on classic, high quality singletrack. I turned 40 this year, I was excited to pay tribute to my love for mountain biking which initially brought me into the woods, a sport that eventually led to my discovery of the mountains and my place in this world.
I had gone back and forth as to whether to bring my camera. I knew I’d eventually decide to bring it, but the focus was on riding, navigating and camping each day. I only brought my 18-55mm/3.5-5.6G kit lens which, on my Nikon DX body, was very limiting. Our route started and ended in Bend. We’d pass through arid scrubland, pine forests, on the banks of crystal clear blue lakes, lush river valleys, old growth forests, mountain ridges, lava fields and crater rims. All the while, glaciated volcanic peaks rose above us. The variety of the environments we biked through was jaw-dropping and the scenery was equal to that. If I could, I would have spent a month biking that same route and spending days with all my camera equipment capturing sunrises, sunsets and everything in between.
Here are some images I did capture along the way.
He has a quiet intensity about him as he walks around his small studio. The music is loud and felt as it pulses through the room. I’m fiddling with my gear and taking test shots, trying not to get the paint that covers the desk, canvases, small table and floor on my camera or my clothes.
Nick and I met a short time ago at a bar not too far from his apartment and painting studio. The bar, Area 23, is home to one of his many commissioned murals. This one covers a large portion of one of the interior walls. It’s a mix of hard lines and vibrant colors with softer, almost watercolored scenes. There’s a giant UFO, a city, a desert, a pint of beer and bats flying out of a head. But that’s not his style, nor is any of his other works.
His latest project involves doors and the human body. I’m surrounded by 7 wooden doors, each painted with a unique half finished work of art. Each door representing a system of the body, and not just the traditional systems such as the digestive, muscular and skeletal. Nick looks past the large anatomy textbook on his bookshelf and reaches for something more metaphysical. His thesis behind this project lies scribbled in notebooks and a pile of small pieces of wrinkled paper that rest on top of the book.
His ideas, theory and inspirations behind the door project is like his style, ever evolving. He began the project after coming out of a painful time in his life. Painting his view on the human anatomy systems was an expression of his emotions and inner thoughts about why and how we feel as we do. I get a sense of dread looking the nervous system door and find the muscular system door to be almost atrophied.
Nick grew up in Rhode Island, spending his childhood near the ocean as he grew fascinated with the nature and power of the waves. He now resides in Concord, New Hampshire after an accomplished college career studying all forms of art and writing. I snap photographs as we talk, drink beer and look at his work. I enjoyed the three dimensional aspect of the skeletal system and he explains how he feels everything can be a medium for art, not just his oil paints and canvases.
The door project is about halfway done, and I’m looking forward to returning to see, and feel, the final pieces.. even if I did get paint on my new clothes.
Nick can be reached by email at email@example.com and at 603-340-4630.