May 102010

Bill Ziegler, aka “Wild Bill” is the owner of Wild Bill’s Nostalgia Center in Middletown, a store that sells an incredible cluttered diversity of pop culture collectibles from the last fifty years. Vibrant graphics of pop icons adorn the exterior of the building along with a 60s VW Beetle, the world’s largest Jack-in-The-Box popping out of an old silo and possibly even the world’s largest bobbing head doll (Guinness Book doesn’t have a category for that one yet).

Even though bright mid-day sunlight is my least favorite part of day to photograph people, the position of the store’s front dictated the time. An additional portable strobe was used to fill in the harsh light.

Wild Bill was photographed for Distinctive Directories, a publisher of regional business directories throughout Connecticut.

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May 042010
Campus Gone Wide

Despite a camera case full of lenses, sometimes nothing is wide enough to encompass a desired view. Where once specialized cumbersome wide angle and panoramic cameras were required, now it can be achieved by multiple exposures and stitching software with the additional flexibility of choosing any wide angle of view. The above image is a 220 degree view of the beautiful shoreline Avery Point Campus of the University of Connecticut in Groton taken on a recent spring day.

Additional panoramas of UConn’s Avery Point, West Hartford and Storrs campuses.

May 012010
Desmond Tutu

I recently had an assignment to photograph Desmond Tutu, the South African archbishop emeritus and winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize. Tutu, who won the Nobel for his work against apartheid, was the featured speaker at ceremonies ordaining and consecrating Bishop Ian T. Douglas as the new bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. More than 2,000 people attended the ceremonies held at the new Koeppel Community Sport Center at Trinity College in Hartford.

As Tutu was leaving the stage at the end of the ceremonies, he had to walk by a steel drum orchestra playing lively caribbean music. I saw another facet of the remarkable man’s charisma when the 79 year old archbishop danced and sashayed his way out delighting everyone around.

Here are a few more images from the event.