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Photo of sign showing submarine sandwich shop

A photographic journey

I went to an antique camera show the other day, and the room full of film cameras and lenses got me thinking about my own photographic journey.  Now I watch enough reality television to know that everything is a journey these days.  But I’m not talking about the journey from obscurity to 15 minutes of […]

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Red Nickel photo display at Newton Open Studios

Lost and found: Newton Open Studios 2013

I usually devote the day after an art fair to three things: Recuperation, reorganization, and reflection. Recuperation because these shows are exhausting, physically and mentally.  Reorganization because there are things to do — unload the car, put away the magnet-making supplies, find a home for stray pieces of bubble wrap, update my mailing list. Reflection? […]

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Welcome to Las Vegas sign

City of lights

It’s been a few days since I came back from a photo-centric trip to Las Vegas in search of vintage neon. First on the to-do list: Photograph the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Designed by Betty Whitehead Willis, the sign has greeted visitors since 1959 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places […]

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Selected Pinterest boards for Susan Bregman

Pinning away

By now you’ve likely heard of Pinterest the latest social networking tool to captivate users. If not, here’s a quick overview. Pinterest is an an online bulletin board that allows people to assemble, organize, and share images.  Unlike other social sharing sites, like Facebook or Twitter, Pinterest is based on visual content. Launched three years […]

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Palm tree and roller coaster plus yoyo ride

Myrtle Beach Mission

I had a few free hours on a business trip to Myrtle Beach last week so I grabbed my camera and set off in search of adventure. My mission?  To bypass the hotel’s suggested destination of Broadway at the Beach — home to Planet Hollywood and the Hard Rock Cafe — and to look for […]

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Two photos of Thunderbird Motel, one at night and one by day

Chasing the Thunderbird

Reno is a strange town. It has a river, a fledgling arts scene, and a lot of history.  But mostly it has casinos.  Behind the glitz and attempted glamour of the big-name casinos — El Dorado, Silver Legacy, Circus Circus, and Harrah’s — is a string of old motels, pawn shops, and other reminders of […]

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Photo of the Modern Pastry sign

From Mod Podge to metal

Remember a while back (okay, almost a year ago) when I wrote about new ways to mount my photos? It was a great idea but let’s just say I overestimated my skills in that area. I spent some fun time at art supply stores learning about adhesives and protective finishes and the difference between Mars […]

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Four New England landscapes from Hockman photo calendar

My favorite things

I’ve been on Etsy for just over a year now — as a seller and as a customer — and I have found some extraordinary items. First, a quick introduction to Etsy for those who may not be familiar with it. Etsy is an online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods.  Sort of like eBay […]

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Photo of South Pacific neon sign in black picture frame

Unexpected connections

Sometimes it’s not about the sales. I take something away from every art fair. Maybe it’s the epiphany that led me on the path to a new body of work. Maybe it’s a new connection with a fellow artist. Sometimes it’s a new piece of information, like learning about Red Nichols (and his Five Pennies!), […]

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