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An Unknown Flower

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Leyla went for a walk last week and told me she had seen this most beautiful pure white flower with yellow accents, blooming in large bunches on a tall tree with twisting branches and trunk.

Before the Concert

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Backstage, I observe silently. My role circumscribed by a porous partition, I am seen, acknowledged through subtle cues, but not spoken to.

Sharp or Soft Focus Photographs

Sharp or Soft Focus Photographs post image

Photographs that are sharply focused are often considered better photographs; better than those that are softly focused. Whether focused sharply or softly, each has it’s place. For me, an image with a softer focus can be more lyrical, more appealing, have a flexible quality that lends itself to a greater range of interpretation, is not Read More

How to Photograph a Small Town

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Feel the significance in a place, and identify some of the elements that make it so. Suspend rational thought and slow down. Notice time of day and block elements of light, dark, and contrast. Follow leading lines, define distinct elements and notice points of intersection. Realize the weight of symbols and seek a point of Read More

A Vase of Peonies

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Like everyone else, I have my strengths and weaknesses. One of my weaknesses I think, is that I’m botanically challenged given that I have a very difficult time remembering the names of flowers. I confuse petunias with nasturtiums and lilies with begonias. However much I try I just can’t seem to keep the proper name Read More

End of Day

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We went about quickly, so windy, chasing the sunset, chasing the end of day. Reflecting on what was left, what might yet become, it was an occasion of special celebration, held gently in the last drops of a quiet summer light, filtered through a silhouetted lens, lingering showers slipped from red-ribbed vaulting clouds. Jackson, NY Read More

A Photograph on Sunderland Hill

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A photograph can be taken of the same subject 100 times and each will be different. For each of those 100 photographs the time of day will be different, the day will be different, the season will be different, you will be different, how you are feeling will be different, and the way you compose Read More

A Path Chosen

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In 1978, when I was 23 years old, I wanted to become a luthier, or violinmaker, and started looking for ways to make that happen. One of the people I talked to about following that path was Jacques Francais, a stringed instrument dealer whose shop was on 57th street just west of Sixth Avenue, in Read More

Blue Fences

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Fences confine, contain, partition or enclose. Practical, symbolic, or utilitarian, a snow fence –for example– protects against the accumulation of snow in certain places, and guarantees its increase in others. The same is true for wind-blown and drifting sand. Fences can be plain, ornate, or austere; made of wood, steel, or stone. They keep out, Read More

Summer’s Beach: A Universal Memory Receptacle

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Rational linear thought dissolves on a tide of slow hot wind; dancing kites spy beach and volley balls; sun glasses cap floppy hats on an ageless mix; wisps of vapor roll across a cloudless sky; pretty girls and handsome boys, hard bodies, and baby feet; Chevy Bel Aires, red Ramblers, and ’56 Fords  hiss along Read More

An Ice Cream Friendship

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A friend of mine lives in this cozy little house and is one of the wittiest and most engaging people I know. Many years ago she endeared me to her when not long after we moved to Arlington, Vermont, she knocked on our screen door and handed me a half gallon tub of the most Read More

The American Flag, Patriotism, Geraniums, and Taxes

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“We [Americans] are the lavishest and showiest and most luxury-loving people on the earth; and at our masthead we fly one true and honest symbol, the gaudiest flag the world has ever seen.” ––Mark Twain (1835-1910) “Why fight for a flag when you can buy one for a nickel” —Ezra Pound (1885-1972) “Patriotism is supporting Read More

Saratoga Springs, NY

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I drove to Saratoga this Friday afternoon to visit the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and collect information about acquiring a press pass for the upcoming racing season.  The season begins mid July and runs through Labor Day and my hope is that I’ll be able to gain access to the entire Read More

Steel’s Welding

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‘One should not be paid for having a head and hands, but for using them.‘ – Elbert Hubbard • Arlington, VT • April 22, 2017

Taconic Music

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Joana Genova-Rudiakov, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic director of Taconic Music, Manchester,Vermont.   Between 2001 to 2016 Joana and her husband, Ariel Rudikov led the Manchester Music festival in Manchester, Vermont. In 2016 Joana and Ariel branched out and founded Taconic Music, also located in Manchester, VT. Taconic Music organizes concerts, develops young artist programs, supports a music Read More

How To Make Great Photos With Your Smartphone

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Sometime last year I was asked for suggestions about out how to take better pictures and become “A Photographer”. My advice was that doing so all depended on the subjects being photographed and that making good photographs had less to do with gear than it did knowing how to see. I suggested that it would be just fine to use a Read More

Color Photographs of William Eggleston

New Dyes Boy © William Eggleston

The recognition of photographer William Eggleston in 1976 at a Museum of Modern Art exhibition in New York featuring his interpretation of the American Vernacular, changed the perception of color photography as an artistic medium. Through Eggleston’s  lens discarded air-conditioners, shabby street corners, vending machines, filthy Coca-Cola bottles, old posters, telephone phone poles, electric wires, street barricades, stop 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. How is that for a coincidence! We met for the first time over during this Christmas holiday and what a delight this beautiful child. Sixty years separate us in age and I pray that when she reaches my current time of Read More

Danby Vermont Grain Elevator

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Taconic Music in Manchester Vermont • November 26, 2016

Taconic Music in Manchester Vermont • November 26, 2016 post image

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

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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 Read More

The Day Before a Winter Storm – Manchester, Vermont

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A Child’s Portrait – Saxton’s River Vermont

A Child’s Portrait – Saxton’s River Vermont post image

A Beautiful Day in Danby Vermont

A Beautiful Day in Danby Vermont post image

Lucy – Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Lucy – Portsmouth, Rhode Island post image

The First Dance

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


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“…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


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“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                                       Read More

Rte 7 Pownal

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Ice Cream Solves Everything…

On Gathering Information

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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 Read More

Bode Speaks

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“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 Read More

The Fabric of Dreams

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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 Read More

Annual Inspection

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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

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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 Read More


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

On Seeing Clearly

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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 Read More

That Which Binds Us

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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

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

East Poultney Green

East Poultney Green post image

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, Read More

White Creek Barn on Rte 313

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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

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“Words are pegs to hang ideas on.” – Henry Ward Beecher • Manchester, VT • February 2016

Albany Airport

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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 Read More

Beech Leaves

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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

The Battenkill River post image

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

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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 Read More

Waiting for Tuna • Coco the Cat

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

A Backcountry Road • White Creek, NY

A Backcountry Road • White Creek, NY post image

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

Carpenters for Hillary • Manchester, NH

Carpenters for Hillary • Manchester, NH post image

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

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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

Cameras on Hillary Clinton – Manchester NH post image

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

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

Stringing A Violin

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

Vermont Violins

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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 Dress Tie – Vermont Statehouse post image

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

Early Morning Frost

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

A Day At The Carnival

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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