Keep it Local – Marblehead School of Music

In the past, I had maintained a Keep it Local theme highlighting local businesses with photos taken during the Winter parking snow ban.  For a while now, I have been posting more Experimental images on Friday which was due in large part to a dearth of images of local businesses.  As I searched for a suitable image for today's post, I happened upon this one of the Marblehead School of Music taken in early December at dawn. I had gotten to the National Grand Bank parking lot early that morning in order to photograph the Christmas Tree.  Having arrived a [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:06:00-05:00March 22nd, 2013|Categories: Keep it Local|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Keep it Local – The Stores on Washington Street

Have I mentioned how much I love the parking ban?  I know that it can be a royal pain but I could never capture a scene such as this with cars parked along Washington Street.  The absence of cars removes much of the dating that can happen with photographs and allows the viewer to imagine this street as it was ten, twenty or a hundred years ago.  Only by looking at the signs such as Mahri, Candy Pop Sweet Shoppe, O'Ramas, or Captn's Bakery can you place this scene as belonging to December 2012.  The stores of Old Town make [...]

By |2014-04-20T14:48:47-04:00January 11th, 2013|Categories: Keep it Local|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Keep it Local – Marblehead Little Theater

Ever since I read about the Marblehead Little Theater building out a new vestibule, I've wanted to get this image.  During the building, I was actually fortunate to be taken up to the (now closed) tower and captured a few scenes for my From the Rooftops series. On this December morning, I was waiting to shoot the Christmas tree at the National Grand lot and walked around the block while waiting for the sun to rise and the light to gather.  I was thrilled to see the Marblehead Little Theater without a car out front and with a few great [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:06:05-05:00January 4th, 2013|Categories: Keep it Local|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Menorah at Marblehead Savings Bank

I had been on the lookout for an outdoor menorah to photograph in town but a drive by Temple Emanu-El, the JCC, Sinai and Hillel came up empty.  I turned to the All Marblehead page and received the hint about Marblehead Savings Bank from Lisa Indelicato (another photographer in town).  So on the eighth night of Hanukkah, I headed out to photograph it fully lit.  I arrived at the bank a bit early but watched as the sun started its decent toward the horizon.  I realized that it might dip at just the right angle for a sun star and [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:06:06-05:00December 20th, 2012|Categories: Keep it Local|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Keep it Local – National Grand Bank

Last Wednesday, while running errands including depositing some checks at the National Grand Bank, I asked about the timing of the lights for the Christmas tree in the parking lot across the street.  I ended up meeting and speaking with Jim Nye, the bank president, and he offered to turn on the lights at dawn the following morning so that I could photograph the tree. I spent some time on this morning shooting that tree and walking around School, Essex and Pleasant Streets to capture some other businesses.  As the light began to show in the morning sky, I decided [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:06:06-05:00December 14th, 2012|Categories: Keep it Local|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Keep it Local – Boston Ballet

I thought I had run out of 'Keep it Local' images but happened upon this one taken in November of last year.  Just as in yesterday's image of sunset over Leggs Hill, I again had my camera gear with me without any real intention of shooting.  I had gone to the Y to play squash and, on leaving turned and noted dancers at the beam overhead.  I quickly grabbed the camera and had time for this one image before the dancers moved off. I was struck by the contrast of these dancers against the facade of the building.  Black and [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:06:12-05:00July 27th, 2012|Categories: Keep it Local|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Keep it Local – Captn’s Bakery

This week's Keep it Local entry is one of the newer businesses in town - Captn's Bakery on Washington Street.  Captn's Bakery opened in early June at the site of the Sea Gull gift shop.  Since opening their doors, the bakery has been turning out artisans breads, bagels, pastries, cupcakes and always seems crowded (at least every time I pass by).  I actually had to wait a solid 20 minutes for the place to empty out a bit before taking this picture.  It worked out well as the clouds opened up in front of and behind the store so that [...]

By |2014-04-20T14:48:48-04:00June 15th, 2012|Categories: Keep it Local|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Keep it Local – Grown Ups 2

As many of you know, the movie Grown Ups 2 is filming in town and will be closing Lafayette street today to shoot a scene that may look a lot like the one you see above.  On Wednesday night, I was returning home from photographing the new pier at Stramski beach and noticed that the Ice Cream House was complete.  The lights were on for a night game and I immediately pulled over with a shot in mind.  I set up and tried a few compositions before settling on this one.  The light was fading fast and the field lights [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:06:15-05:00June 8th, 2012|Categories: Keep it Local|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Keep it Local – Liberty Henry and Me

When I first started the Keep it Local series, I took note of various businesses in town and especially those with interesting store fronts.  Liberty Henry and Me met those criteria when it was located in a small space on State Street but I could never get the right light there. On Wednesday, I was dropping off my 2013 16-month calendars at the Hooper Mansion when I saw that the store had moved and taken up residence on the corner of Washington and Hooper Street.  The door was open and the sign perfectly reflected off the polished wood floors.  I [...]

By |2014-04-20T14:48:48-04:00June 1st, 2012|Categories: Keep it Local|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Keep it Local – Summer at the JCC Pool

On Sunday, I went for a bike ride with my son down the old rail trail.  On a whim, I decided to stop at the JCC and see if the pool had been filled yet.  It was a warm day with a strong sun and perfect skies and when I saw that blue water, I knew that Summer had arrived.  A bit of talking got me access and I set about trying to capture the feeling of setting your foot in the water for the first time in the season. For those who are not aware, the JCC offers a [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:06:16-05:00May 25th, 2012|Categories: Keep it Local|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments