PHOTOGRAPHY

Projects, Projects, Projects!

Another nasty winter, our collective Vermont souls were desolated by the lack of snow, beauty replaced by a grey wasteland of frozen earth, again a roller coaster of temperature swings, and a new precaution many Vermonters practice–a pair of boots (often insulated Muck boots) equipped with cleats or small metal coils (they do not puncture…

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Peter Miller’s Squashed Gallery Sale

  You slide down the ladder, bump on the ground and there you are—whacked. Happens. So then you get up and hope the joints work. Yes, that’s me, Peter Miller. So I have been Vermont Broke. The photography business internationally is in the dumps, thanks to some greedy CEO’s in the stock photo business. The digital…

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Peter Miller Re-invents Himself

I just couldn’t afford it,” said Peter Miller, Former Vermonter of the Year and author of the  award-winning books Vermont Farm Women and A Lifetime of Vermont People.“My expenses were over the top and my income was plummeting. It became obvious to me that my house was a liability and I couldn’t afford to keep it…

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Picture a Blob in a Field

So I have finished writing, editing and photographing A Lifetime of Vermont People. I have traveled through the pain of a book that had to be reprinted so it is over a month past its deadline. So I wait. And wait. Time to get my psyche and body back in shape. Yesterday I went out…

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You Still Shoot Film???

Do you shoot digital?” is a question I am asked so many times. The reason is I shot my first film photographs in 1950. My first digital photographs were published in a 24/7 America, 2003. Took me a while to adjust. Yes I shoot digital. And I also shoot film. I have a number of…

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Of Farmers, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, and Vermont.

In the November 27 Sunday edition of The New York Times, on the edit page, Lawrence Downes wrote a historically introspective piece titled Of Poor Farmers and ‘Famous Men’. The essay was about the powerful book, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, by James Agee, a writer who one critic said wants to write the…

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The World Trade Towers: Memories of a Photographer

September 11, 2001. Colbyville, Vermont.  333 miles north of Manhattan. “Something awful has happened! An airplane hit one of the Trade Towers!” yelled a friend through the darkroom door. I was making prints for a book on Vermont farm women I rushed upstairs and watched the Trade Tower burning. Then I saw the other plane…

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Visions of Place

The Vermont Folklife Center (www.vermontfolklifecenter.org) in Middlebury has a photography show that includes myself, Richard Brown and John Miller. It is called Visions of Place and attempts to show how our photographs reflect the changing sense of what Vermont was, is, or will become. Each of us has written a self analysis of what our…

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