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Color Photographs of William Eggleston

New Dyes Boy © William Eggleston

William Eggleston's exhibition at MoMA in 1976 changed the perception of color photography as an artistic medium. READ MORE...

Meeting Claire Joyce

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Claire Joyce is my great niece born on the same day as both her paternal and maternal grandmothers. [READ MORE]

Danby Vermont Grain Elevator

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Taconic Music in Manchester Vermont • November 26, 2016

The Taconic Music Chamber Group performed at the Manchester Library on  Saturday, November 26th. The program included Antonín Dvorák's String Quartet in F major, op 96 "America" and the Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, op.34 of Carl Maria von Weber.

Thanks Giving – November 24, 2016

Together, holding hands, we give thanks // For our gifts of health and opportunity in this world // For the food we eat and the clothes we wear // For those who labor for our benefit // For old friends, new friends, and friends not yet known // For the diversity of our world and [...]

The Day Before a Winter Storm – Manchester, Vermont

A Child’s Portrait – Saxton’s River Vermont

A Beautiful Day in Danby Vermont

Lucy – Portsmouth, Rhode Island

The First Dance

Portsmouth, Rhode Island • October 29, 2016 • Anna and Andrew's Wedding Day


“...I will wait for you, do you understand? No matter how long. I will watch from beyond to make sure you live every year you have to its fullest, and then we’ll have so much to talk about when I see you again… ” ― Jeaniene Frost    


“Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ... this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn't, it is of no use.” - Carlos Castaneda                                       [...]

Rte 7 Pownal

Ice Cream Solves Everything...

On Gathering Information

Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll [...]

Bode Speaks

"Here’s why I will be a good person. Because I listen. I cannot speak, so I listen very well. I never interrupt, I never change the course of the conversation with a comment of my own. People, if you pay attention to them, change the direction of one another’s conversations constantly. It’s like having a [...]

The Fabric of Dreams

Our revels now are ended. These our actors, as I foretold you, were all spirits, and are melted into air, into thin air: And like the baseless fabric of this vision, the cloud-capp'd tow'rs, the gorgeous palaces, the solemn temples, the great globe itself, yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, and, like this insubstantial [...]

Annual Inspection

This is the first in a line of 277 cars. Thank goodness there are three guys on the job. Hey, this is Vermont! • Bennington, VT • March 16, 2016

One Morning

It was raining lightly when I woke early one morning. The color of the lichen on these trees popped in the watery glaze of such a fine mist. I grabbed my camera and went out to the edge of the field, raised the lens, carefully framed the shot, and the battery died. I won't repeat [...]


Falling through the treetops, Puddles in the sand, Coming through the window, It glistens on my hand.

On Seeing Clearly

We never see a tree, we see the tree through the image that we have of it, the concept of that tree; but the concept, the knowledge, the experience, is entirely different from the actual tree. Here one is surrounded by a great many trees, fortunately, and if you look around you, as the speaker [...]

That Which Binds Us

I stand among you as one who offers a small message of hope, that first, there are always people who dare to seek on the margin of society, who are not dependent on social acceptance, not dependent on social routine, and prefer a kind of free-floating existence under a state of risk. –Thomas Merton

Presidential Politics

Only eight months to the November election • Londonderry, VT • March 8, 2016

East Poultney Green

Before taking a shot Higgins says he reads the table. He registers the layout, observes the opponents frame of mind, weighs the score, predicts the strategies, recalls errors, calculates the risks —probably loosen his collar if he wasn’t such a smart dresser, and only then takes the shot. –Hurricane Higgins • Snooker Champion* • Poultney, [...]

White Creek Barn on Rte 313

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye. –Antoine de Saint Exupery • Rte 313 West • White Creek, NY • March 8, 2016

Man Reading a Newspaper

"Words are pegs to hang ideas on." - Henry Ward Beecher • Manchester, VT • February 2016

Albany Airport

At the airport in Albany, NY this morning, Betty greeted us at checkin and asked that passports and boarding passes be out and ready for security. We marveled at all the decorations on her jacket lapel and asked what they were for. Many years of service, she said. We chit chatted for a few minutes [...]

Beech Leaves

Beach Leaves from last year cling to branches holding a place for new growth to come. Manchester, VT • February 25, 2016 • photo: ©John Sutton 2016

The Battenkill River

A warm late afternoon in February standing on the bridge at Benedict Crossing; looking west along the Battenkill flowing with white river ice. • Arlington, VT • February 16, 2016 • photo: © john sutton 2016

Valentine’s Day 2016

Sitting with Leyla in a coffee shop across the street from this building at the intersection of Grove and East Main Street, Poultney, VT. It’s a little after 5pm. No traffic on this Valentine’s Day afternoon. I'm reading Patti Smith's memoir, Just Kids. Her description of a short stay at the Allerton Hotel off seventh [...]

Waiting for Tuna • Coco the Cat

Coco waits for her daily teaspoon of tunafish. photo: © john sutton 2016

A Backcountry Road • White Creek, NY

Traveling east on route 67 in White Creek NY toward North Bennington, Vermont. photo: © john sutton 2016

Carpenters for Hillary • Manchester, NH

Spectators wait for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to speak at a  February 3, 2016 get out the vote rally two days before the primary vote in Manchester New Hampshire. photo: © john sutton 2016

Hillary Clinton Rally in Manchester, NH

A  spectator photographs presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaking at the  February 3, 2016 get out the vote rally two days before the primary vote in Manchester, New Hampshire.  photo: © john sutton 2016

Cameras on Hillary Clinton – Manchester NH

Media pool photographers  wait for the Hillary Clinton get out the vote event to begin on February 3, 2016.  photographer: © john sutton 2016

Stealing is a Crime – Brandon Vermont

An untended roadside stand along route 7 just north of Brandon Vermont offers items for sale. photo: john sutton 2016

Stringing A Violin

James Banicki, Head Luthier at Vermont Violins, Burlington, VT strings a violin at his workbench. photograph: ©john sutton 2016

Vermont Violins

John Nickels, luthier, works at the bench in the Burlington, Vermont workshop of Vermont Violins. Photograph: © john sutton 2016  

A Dress Tie – Vermont Statehouse

A tie worn by a legislator at the Vermont Statehouse. January 16, 2016. photo: ©john sutton 2016

Early Morning Frost

An early morning frost on Dunham Rd. in Arlington, VT. • December 2015 • photographed by John Sutton

A Day At The Carnival

Three girls from the Dorset Horse Show enjoy a ride at the Arlington Recreation Park Fireman’s Carnival in the summer of 2014. • Arlington, VT • Photograph by John Sutton