Harkins Photo Blog

Word for Our Time with Artist Susan Gaylord

Posted in Personal, Portrait, Product by harkinsphoto on August 8, 2017

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Working with artist, calligrapher, presenter Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord. I had the pleasure to have Susan in my studio earlier in the year to photograph a series of prints she made with a very special message in this time of twitter blast and fake news. But I will let her books introduction explain it all:

Words have always been my ballast and my anchor. I believe in their power. While I understand the saying “actions speak louder than words,” I believe that words can be where actions start. Throughout history, words have provided the spark to begin change and the sustenance to carry it through.

Words For Our Time is a series of artworks based on eight words: strength, hope, truth, peace, justice, love, courage, and compassion. Each was created from one large sheet of paper that was torn into separate sections. After the writing was complete, the pieces were sewn back together in an act of healing as I mended the torn paper and made it whole. They remind us of what is important in our personal and civic lives and provide encouragement and support in these difficult times.

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

You can check out how to order her book at this link.

Lowell Folk Festival 2017

Posted in Architecture, Event, Personal, Portrait by harkinsphoto on July 30, 2017

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A special Sunday blog post on this weekends Lowell Folk Festival 2017.

I enjoyed a great parade and some beautiful twilight views as the music played all around the city last night.

You still have an opportunity today to head back to Lowell and enjoy one of best free festivals and lot’s of ethnic food.

Sunset Dinner at the Newburyport Range Lighthouse

Posted in Architecture, Editorial, Food, Landscape, Personal by harkinsphoto on July 27, 2017

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Thanks to a friends gift, Janet and I spent a wonderful evening with dinner and a sunset at the Newburyport Range Light House at 61 1/2 Water St. Newburyport MA.

We were first met by Lighthouse Preservation Society proprietor Jay Highland. We then proceeded five flights of stairs to the top of the lighthouse. After a little history lesson Jay took our dinner orders and we explored the view for the next few hours.

Enjoying my coffee and dessert we made our entry into the log book and relished the quiet and serenity of the night.

Homage to Women in Infrared

Posted in Landscape, Personal by harkinsphoto on July 20, 2017

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After a recent Lowell Walks tour with Paul Marion I came across the sculpture Homage to Women by artist Mico Kaufman. The sculpture stands in a small park on Market St. in  Lowell, MA.

In just the right light and with my infrared camera the foliage in the background gave a vibrant look.

More Emma at the Andover School of Ballet

Posted in Personal, Portrait by harkinsphoto on July 5, 2017

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I introduced Emma in my previous post from our shoot at the Andover School of Ballet.

We continued our shoot that day doing some portrait views and jumps. She was great throughout the whole session and I was very happy with our results.

Emma Portrait in BxW at the Andover School of Ballet

Posted in Personal, Portrait by harkinsphoto on June 28, 2017

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Emma is the daughter of friend and writer Liz Michalski and when I saw some of her ballet jumps on social media I knew I had to do some portraits of her.

Ms. Kristina the director of the Andover School of Ballet granted us permission to do the shoot on a recent Sunday and I took the opportunity to try multiple sets of lighting and activities. More to come.

Still Life Ballet Shoes at the Andover School of Ballet

Posted in Personal, Still Life by harkinsphoto on June 13, 2017

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From Baseball last week to Ballet this week.

A still life view found on the wall at the Andover School of Ballet.

More to come.

Author David Daniel in the Studio

Posted in Personal, Portrait by harkinsphoto on April 10, 2017

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A new guest in the studio a few weeks ago for a portrait with author and writer David Daniel.

I met David several years ago in Lowell MA for a photo session and I realized then he was the author of one of my favorite mystery novels featuring the detective Alex Rasmussen.

We planned a portrait session at my WAS studio in Lowell.

He graciously gave his time and brought some props and ideas to the session.

Greek Independence Day with Vintage Views of Lowell Ma

Posted in Event, Personal, Portrait by harkinsphoto on March 24, 2017

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Bringing out the archives to celebrate Greek Independence Day March 25th.

I originally shot these views for the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission with then executive director Fred Faust in May of 1980.

This display of young dancers were from the Hellenic American School in Lowell MA. Do you recognize anyone?

Portrait with Annie N.

Posted in Personal, Portrait by harkinsphoto on February 21, 2017

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Back in December I had a visiting student Annie Niemaszyk a future Marketing and Communications professional, who does well at her own photography and video work.

We had a great time discussing the commercial photography business and I took the opportunity to do a few test views with my new camera.

Check out Annie’s Instagram and  YouTube sites at these links.