Tuesday, July 20, 2010


I've been doing a series of images for the Vermont Performance Lab, who invited three choreographers to do residencies in southern Vermont this summer.

(As always, you can click on any image to enlarge it.)

Candice Salyers teaches dance at Smith College, and does wonderfully thoughtful dance pieces that unfold slowly and beautifully. The venue for this performance is the alley outside the Hooker-Dunham Theater in Brattleboro. As you can see, the light is beautiful.

In this performance, Candace is poking fun at her tendency to feel as though she is under attack as she goes through life.

She realizes that many of the things she worries about are insignificant and pose no real threat to her well-being, much like these little toy soldiers.

Lately she's been wondering whether the things she feels are attacking her have really been sent to protect her.

Candace will be performing this piece next summer in Brattleboro.

This is one of my favorite images. It could be in Europe, or Brattleboro.

In this piece, Candace has written something in chalk on the pavement, and covered it with Valentine's candies.

During the dance, she gently and lovingly gathers the candies into her apron, revealing the message below.

She slowly stands and releases the candies to break on the pavement below.

If you have a chance to come see Candace's performance next summer, it is a thought-provoking and hopeful series that I found mesmerizing.

To learn more about VPL's schedule (they will have a third choreographer here in August) check out their website at http://www.vermontperformancelab.com/

Thanks for taking the time to look at these images!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Marlboro College Commencement

Marlboro College recently asked me to photograph their commencement.

(You may click on any image to enlarge it.)

Commencements are right up there with weddings and reunions when it comes to event photography. There are a range of emotions, as students celebrate their four years of hard work, and say good-bye to friends and teachers.

Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, Marlboro's president, welcomes the students and their parents.

I'm always looking for three things in creating images at events—the first is finding beautiful light.

The second is catching a moment—a fleeting gesture that is four or more years in the making.

The third thing is composition—highlighting an interaction in the midst of many interactions, focusing on simple, poignant moments.

One of the joys of event photography, whether it is a commencement, a wedding, or performance art, is recording a powerful and important moment so that years from now, we can return to the image and be reminded of the details, the feelings, and the memories of that day.

I loved the light in this part of the room!

Members of the Class of 2025?

The good-byes begin.

Long-time friends bump into one another.

A parent meeting one of her son's favorite professors.

There were a lot of beautiful colors on this sunny spring morning.

Heading off to the next adventures that life has in store.

May your day be filled with new adventures as well!

Thanks for taking a moment to look at these images.