It’s a good day when I can try something new. And when I can leap headfirst in a whole new world, it’s an even better day.
This Montana girl spent yesterday exploring New York City and just generally playing tourist. Lot of firsts—first train ride, first time on the subway, first time on a good-sized sailboat, first time on a metro bus, and, yeah, first time in New York. I spent most of the day wandering around by myself. Traveling with friends is fantastic, but sometime’s it’s pretty damn freeing to travel solo. Conversations start, I can stop and capture photographs whenever I want, and the destination is open to interpretation. That said, still pretty damn fun to meet up with friends for drinks at night!
Love visiting new places and just watching people. Realities are different everywhere you travel, and it’s hard to beat the simple act of just sitting on a street corner and watching folks go about their days.
Exploring a bit more today, then back to Vermont tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s a top edit of a few gratuitous tourist shots.
Fourth of July. Craig, Montana.
Hey gang. Sorry for the radio silence the past few weeks. A few rather significant project have risen their heads and life has turned into a rhythm of write—edit—web work—write—edit—web work—sleep (maybe). Rinse and repeat. There’s been a bit of trail running and some yoga thrown in, but that’s about the size of it. I’m pretty stoked to announce some big changes in the coming few weeks, including a new website showcasing a selection of new work and a new stock representation partner.
A couple of pretty awesome new projects are in the works. I’m off to NYC on Monday—my first time in the city. While this Montana girl cringes at the thoughts of skyscrapers and seas of people, I’m also ready to play with some street and architectural photography. Couple of work meetings, but I’ll have time to just explore the city. When in Rome, right?
In two weeks I’ll be on a plane somewhere over the States, making my way up to Alaska to be the Artist-in-Residence at Bristol Bay Lodge for the week. Looking forward to time on the tundra once more, hopping little planes, chasing salmon, and cruising new water. Something pretty special about seeing a fishery for the first time.
Wishing I was back in Craig to celebrate the Fourth with the gang at Headhunters—say what you will about Montana, but we know how to celebrate. And the good guys and girls at Headhunters put on a proper party. If you’re in the area, hit up Craig for some BBQ, fireworks, drinking, and all around good times. Wherever you are, get outside, breathe in some fresh air, sweat a little, go for a run, chase some fish—just get out and live.
Happy Fourth, all.
The full glory of summer at Mountain Palace, on Montana’s Missouri River.
I broke down my typical gear for a fishing-related assignment this morning on Chi Wulff. Talking bags, tech, and all the good stuff. Questions? Leave a comment and I’ll shout back.
Adventures are best taken barefoot. The Palmer House, Charleston, SC.
I’ve spent this past week down in South Carolina on assignment for Orvis, visiting a series of vendors who handcraft remarkable goods in the Deep South. While much of the work is on the writing side, I brought along the camera and got a few shots throughout the course of the week. Looking forward to returning to Charleston someday and really spending some time exploring the streets of downtown!
Turkey feathers are examined and prepped at Brackish—home of the original handcrafted feather bow ties.
Enormous supplies of star anise at Bittermilk, ready to flavor the company’s elusive cocktail mixers.
Someday… a long trip on a freighter.
Thanks to American Angler for running a series of Missouri River images in the July/August issue. Always a pleasure to work with this publication, and to see shots of one of my favorite rivers in print.
‘Til the next visit to Craiglandia. Cheers.
Mountain Outlaw, glossy, mountain-filled goodness of a magazine that it is, just selected one of my portraits as a finalist for their portrait contest. The shot ran in the summer issue, and is now open for the public to vote on. Eight finalists were chosen, and the audience favorite wins some swag. So, help a girl out and please go vote! Voting is now through 1 September, and you can vote once per day.
The portrait, shot last June on Montana’s Missouri River, is of Duck, an angler every kid should emulate as they grow up. The guy is a true gentleman, and fishy as hell.
Matt Shilling and Oliver White hunt for bonefish, bluefin trevally, and whatever else might be around. Anaa, French Polynesia.
After a few weeks of travel-related hiatus, I’m back on the weekly Sunday Vermont Chronicles post writing for Chi Wulff. Head on over for a brief write-up—and more images—of the recent expedition to Anaa.
In Vermont for this next week, then heading down to South Carolina for a few photo shoots and writing research for Orvis. After that… who knows.