ImageGuy

My photography, my art, my thoughts.

Time To Catch Up

It is amazing to me that it’s been about eleven months since I posted to this blog. Life slips away much too quickly and the days fill with things to do. But I will post a couple of catch up blogs to get back to current, though they can’t possibly cover everything.

Things got a bit crazy last September when my wife and I decided to separate. Unexpected for me, but not surprising. Long story that I won’t elaborate on here. So I began looking for a place to rent and assembling some furniture that I would need since splitting households always leaves one lacking in some of the things you’ve been accustomed to. I know this from experience (long story again).

In the mean time, still working some part time projects at the Art Museum and doing my photography. I was approached in late October by Linda Harris to produce a book to be a gift for her Dad documenting his records of his time in the military. She persuaded him to give her access to many of his documents and photos under false pretenses, then allowed me to photograph them and prepare the book.  I shot his dog tags and designed a cover, laid out the book including some stock photos of ships he had sailed on. It was printed in time for Christmas and was a huge surprise.

book cover

I took a short photo excursion to Elmira one weekend in early October that yielded some nice images. A few of these later were processed using Topaz Labs software and included in my new TOPAZ II book. The deer were in a field with some horses outside of Horsehead.

deer in a field

Elmira yard

street scene Elmira

In early December it was rehearsal at the Youth Bureau with Running To Places for the upcoming production of Hairspray.

rehearsal 1

rehearsal 2

The day after Christmas I was shooting a family portrait on the Cornell campus. A chilly day, but fortunately it was a winter with little snowfall.

family portrait

On January first, I teamed up with my fabulous daughter, Tessa, and her partner, Ariel to shoot pictures for, and produce a book cover for their friend, Dana’s new book. The scene is one from the story and Tessa and Ariel had decided how they wanted it to look, so we set about making it happen.  It was shot in a patch of virgin woods in Trumansburg during the day, then Photoshopped to look like moonlight.  We found some stock photos of blue flames and set the picture on fire.  It was great fun.

book cover

Later in January came the actual Running To Places production of Hairspray at the State Theatre.  I’m sorry I didn’t get up my usual fullblown posts for the last few presentations this season (see my next few posts). I’ve hardly had time to edit the pictures, much less post them to the blog. But needless to say, it was an amazing, fun, comical and entertaining show with great performances.

hairspray 1

hairspray 2

hairspray 3

hairspray 5

hairspray 4

hairspray 6

hairspray 7

hairspray 8

hairspray 9

I began working full time on January 1st for good friend, Shai Eynav, at his company Spider Holster.  I had been doing trade shows with them and working part time late in 2011, but Shai asked me to come on board full time and I immediately said yes.  Late in January it was off to New Orleans for the Trade Show at Imaging USA. I love New Orleans. It was my third time there and I took advantage of every morning to go out and shoot ahead of the trade show hours.

new orleans 1

New Orleans 2

New Orleans 3

The best pictures came from the area down around Frenchman Street in the Jazz district.

New Orleans 4

Later in February, it was back to Las Vegas for WPPI. This is one of the biggest trade shows of the season, focused primarily on Wedding Photographers. It always makes for some great antics at the hotel. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas….NOT!

Vegas 1

Vegas 2

Vegas 3
Bob is up for anything!

Vegas 4

No sooner back from Las Vegas, and it was back to shooting Running To Places and their production of Oliver at the Hangar Theatre.

Oliver 1

oliver 2

oliver 3

oliver 5

oliver 6

oliver 7

oliver 8

oliver 10

oliver 11

In March it was back to New York for Photo Plus Expo at the Javitts Center, the big New York photo expo and trade show and in April it was time for me to move into a new place. Back to living on my own (which is fine) and now having some room for office and a small studio, a place to store all of my framed art instead of constantly moving it around every time my daughter came home (I was storing it all in her room) and only a mile from work which is saving me a ton in milage and gas.

That brings me up to Spring of this year. Next post, I’ll catch things up even further.

Glad to be back.

All images are Copyright © George Cannon, All Rights Reserved.

Images from Running To Places productions are available at http://imageguy.zenfolio.com. 30% goes back to Running To Places.

Senior Pictures with Thomas

I’ve know Thomas’s mother, Sally, for about 25 years. So I was delighted when she contacted me to shoot Thomas’s senior pictures. Thomas is a tall, thin young man with thick hair, a great smile, and easy going personality.  We even happen to have the same birthday so I felt an immediate connection with him. Thomas plays tennis and enjoys hanging with his friends. “A typical boy” according to his Mom.

Thomas1

thomas2

Ithaca’s Stuart Park is nearby Thomas’s house so we drove over there to get some shots by the lake under the big willow trees. In scouting the location I had been struck by the view down the railroad tracks that pass by the park and just had this vision of Thomas standing down the tracks, so we made that shot and I’m so glad we did. I think it’s my favorite from the afternoon.

thomas3

We did a series over at the arboretum and then moved over to the Arts Quad at Cornell. The afternoon light was beautiful and I’m really happy we postponed a day to get this beautiful fall afternoon sun.

thomas4

Thanks, Thomas. It was a great shoot.

All photographs are Copyright © George Cannon – Images.

Great Senior Session with Kevin

I’ve know Kevin  as well as his brother Nathan and sister Erin for a few years because of our involvement with Running To Places. Kevin is a fabulous young actor as are his siblings. He has played lead roles for R2P including an amazing performance as Romeo this year and a stunning part opposite Alex LoPinto in The Last Five Years (see previous post) last season.

Kevin’s family bought a portrait session I donated to an R2P fundraiser and we got together a couple of weeks ago to shoot his senior pictures and a few new head shots.

kevin1

kevin2

Kevin is a really handsome young man with a great outgoing personality. Easy going and relaxed in front of the camera, his stage work helped him take direction like a pro model.

kevin3

kevin4

We shot pictures in his neighborhood, on the downtown streets, and then over at Buttermilk Falls State Park.

kevin5

kevin6

Thanks, Kevin.  You make my job really fun and satisfying.

All photographs are Copyright © George Cannon – Images.

Senior Portraits with Paige

Paige contacted me for senior portraits after seeing some pictures I took of Rachel who goes to the same school. We had a little problem coordinating dates because of weather but finally found a beautiful afternoon. Paige enjoys tennis in addition to school studies, especially French and History. Our first shots were down at the school tennis courts.

paige 1

Paige picked out a few outfits including a lovely dress with a lace skirt and ruffled top. After the tennis shots we headed off to the Cornell Campus.

paige2

paige3

Paige is a lovely girl with fair skin, a strong jaw line, great smile, and deep dimples, and gorgeous hazel eyes. She changed into a great orange top and we drove over to the arboretum, one of my favorite locations.

paige4

paige5

A beautiful girl with a great variety of expression. Thanks Paige.

All photographs are Copyright © George Cannon – Images.

Senior Portraits with Phebe

I shoot all my senior portraits on location, so was pleased to get an email from Phebe asking if I could do her senior pictures at her farm with all of her animals. Phebe is an amazing girl, confident, talkative, relaxed, great in front of the camera, not to mention, beautiful. Fantastic hazel eyes and a very bubbly personality. Plays beautiful piano and loves her myriad of pets.

phebe 1

When I arrived, she had a variety of outfit choices to look over and then I asked her to give me a short tour of the farm so we could pick good spots for pictures. Her farm was a perfect location for a great senior portrait shoot. So many settings and so picturesque. We started inside so the sun could get a bit lower and shot at her piano. Eventually her one indoor cat came to be a part of the project as we had hoped.

phebe 2

We shot a few more pictures in the parlor then moved out to take out the horses. Phebe has two horses that she really adores. The first was a bit edgy and uncooperative, so we spent more time with the other. They are both beautiful animals and made for great pictures.

phebe 3

When Phebe had shown me around the farm, she said she particularly wanted some pictures down in an old tree covered roadway, so we took their huge white dog that guards their sheep from coyotes and walked down to this beautiful light dappled old road.

phebe 4

phebe 5

We picked other beautiful spots in the barn, on the front porch, and in the wonderful old swings that hung from the big maple in the front yard, finishing out by the roadside, accompanied by their pretty Golden Retriever.

phebe 6

phebe 7

It was a delightful afternoon shooting an amazing young woman. Thanks for a perfect afternoon and thanks for the delicious pears you sent home with me.

phebe 8

All images Copyright © George Cannon.

R2P Closes 2011 Season with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Running to Places Theatre Company finished their 2011 season at Ithaca’s State Theatre with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in late August to the delight of adults and children, many of whom came dressed in costume for the event and greeted the characters after the shows.

Cinderella 1

cinderella 2

The starring roles went to Engy Hassan as Cinderella and Matt Avery as Prince Christopher.  Both these young performers have strong beautiful voices and added grace and magic to the stage. Whether in quiet moments alone in the stepmother’s house as in “In My Own Little Corner” or in duets like “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful”, both Engy and Matt gave wonderful performances.  Todd Petersen’s choreography, as always, had these two floating across the ballroom floor as enchanted lovers should.

cinderella3

cinderella 4

cinderella 5

Extremely strong supporting performances were brought to life in the characters of the stepsisters, Grace and Joy, played with such humor and delight by Haley Evanoski and Natalia Rathburn, and guided by their mother, played by Allison Mollenkamp. The girls you love to hate were great fun in their disgusting habits and hilarious costumes. Kudos to Michelle Roy for great costume design. Grace and Joy won my heart with their great duet, “Stepsister’s Lament”. Fabulous, girls!

cinderella 7

cinderella 7

cinderella 8

cinderella 9

cinderella10

Another marvelous performance came from Jewell Payne as the Fairy God Mother.  Her powerful voice and elegant stage presence gave wonderful life to the character. Lisa Podulka also gave great supporting performances as Leona the Steward, with strong expression and energy and showing her talents both singing and dancing. Rebecca Woods and Felix Fernandez-Perry played the roles of the King and Queen with delightful duets and good humor.

cinderella 11

cinderella 12

cinderella 13

cinderella 14

Tyler Perry designed beautiful sets, simple and effective, to bring us into the story book production complimented by lighting by Max Doolittle and the pit orchestra led by Richard Montgomery brought the story alive with great music.

cinderella 12

cinderella15

cinderella16

cinderella 17

A wonderful family production and great finish to an amazing season. Hats off to all the cast and supporting crew, to Gail and Joey and everyone who works so hard to support this great local company of performers. Our community appreciates you and are lucky to have you all. Now, onto next season, bound to be even better if that’s possible. Congratulations Running To Places on a great season!

cinderella17

cinderella18

cinderella 19

cinderella 20

All images are Copyright © George Cannon. Images from this show and all Running To Places season shows are available for purchase at http://imageguy.zenfolio.com with a portion of the sales going back to support Running To Places. Order your favorites today.

“We are all different”… A Testament to the Power of Faith in Delaware, Ohio

I just returned from Delaware, Ohio, after delivering a car load of my daughter’s dorm clothes and supplies as she starts her junior year at Ohio Wesleyan University. While we are in Delaware, I usually get up early (as my wife prefers to sleep in a bit) and take my camera and head into town to shoot in the early morning hours. When we were there in November of 2009, I happened upon a trailer residence on one of the Delaware streets that was heavily decorated. So I stopped, of course, to shoot this place for my Ornamental America series.

delaware 1

delaware 2

delaware 3

On the recent trip, I happened back down the same street to take another look and discovered that the place had changed a bit with new decorations. So I stopped again to shoot some new images. This time, however, I was rewarded with a very serendipitous experience as I walked around the side of this glorious setting. I say “glorious” because I am so intrigued by places like this and this one is a true standout in my series.

delaware 4

delaware 5

delaware 6

As I walked around the side of the house, by the small garage space, I found the trailer’s owner, squatting in the entrance, dipping into a can of yellow paint, to spruce up the color on an iron railing. I introduced myself and was fondly welcomed by Jim Van Buskirk. Jim is a retired gentleman who has, for years, decorated the outside of his residence with all manner of trinkets, statues, tools, signs, and other artifacts, found items and, as he explained to me, things that people just bring him. We spoke for a while and as we spoke, Jim began to relate to me how this project, the ever changing whimsical exterior, is what he does to, one, occupy his time, and two, to fight depression. Then he began to relate his story to me.

delaware 7

delaware 8

Jim, as I said, is retired. For years he had problems with severe nervousness and was on medication for it. Jim was alone since the death of his wife and most of his friends were dead too. He had survived a bout with colon cancer. His wife passed away from kidney failure after an overdose of Percocet. His son, who was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic had been on medication and was told he was not allowed to drive. After being warned and caught driving for the third time, he was imprisoned for 18 months. While in prison, he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Jim fought to see his son, but was consistently denied. After finally writing a letter to the governor, he was able to get his son released to a hospital, but he died two months later. Jim’s daughter worked for the mental health facility in Delaware. While being visited by one of the patients who she had had in her home many times, the patient got agitated and violent. She managed to get him to leave. He later came back to her house with a deer rifle and shot her and her young daughter to death. Jim, as might be expected, suffered from severe depression. As I listened to Jim’s story I thought to myself, “how have you managed to survive all the tragedy in your life? It’s a wonder you haven’t just checked out.”

Jim said, “come inside with me, I want to show you the inside.” We went into his trailer and I was amazed. He said, “this is what I do. I don’t sleep much, so I have to keep myself busy.”

delaware 9

delaware 10

Jim explained to me how he had eventually realized the depression medication was keeping him drugged up and unable to function. He went to the doctor’s office and in front of his doctor, threw the pills in the trash. He said, “I’m not taking this stuff anymore.” The doctor told him, “we won’t be responsible , Jim”. And Jim said, “You’re not responsible, I am.” He told me he quit “cold turkey” that day and has not taken anything for his depression since. He said to me, “I’m not a religious man, but I do pray. And when I feel nervous or depressed, I just stop and say a prayer. Then I just go on.” And he smiled widely.

delaware 11

I took pictures of Jim’s house and visited with him for quite a while. I thanked him for talking with me and he said, “Thank you. You made my day.” I left so filled with awe and inspiration and the strength and sustaining faith of this simple man, his friendliness, his since of joy and imagination that could not be extinguished. I will visit Jim again when I return to Delaware. I need that reminder of how lucky I am, how blessed. Thank you, James A. Van Buskirk.

delaware 12

Images are Copyright © George Cannon, All Rights Reserved.

Return to Utah with Spider Holster

To me, the canyon country of southern Utah is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Grand, expansive, spectacular, and colorful in the most amazing ways. I traveled there years ago when I took a four week photo trip across the country.

After many years, I had the good fortune to make a trip back to Utah this month, thanks to Spider Holster and my good friend, Shai Eynav. Shai is the inventor of Spider Holster and if you have never experienced it, it’s the ultimate camera carrying system. No straps, camera is carried on a waist belt and the weight is on your hips, not on your neck and back. Check it out at Spiderholster.com.

Spider Holster with medium format Pentax

We left from Elmira, New York to go to Salt Lake City for the new Outdoor Photography trade show in conjunction with the Outdoor Retailers Expo at the Salt Palace. This is the largest convention/trade show that takes place all year in Utah. So big that the Salt Palace can’t hold it all. We were there to represent Spider Holster and hopefully sell a bunch of them to the outdoor photo enthusiasts, but alas, the photo show was not well attended. Certainly nothing like PPE in New York or WPPI in Las Vegas, where we’ve done so well. But it’s the first year for this show, so maybe it will improve in the future. Shai and I were traveling with our good bud, photographer Bob Kaussner and Spider Holster engineer, Joe Crum. It was my first time doing more than passing through Salt Lake City, so we got to explore a bit in the off hours.

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake downtown at night

I was impressed with the city, very clean, well kept, lots of flowers and landscaping. Downtown seemed to have a lack of night life, a major contrast to NYC or Las Vegas. Perhaps it’s the Mormon influence. We did take a tour through Temple Square, the heart of the Mormon Church in Utah. Temple Square is a large walled compound surrounding the Mormon Temple (not open to tourists evidently), the Morman Tabernacle, the Assembly Hall, the Tourist Center, and some other buildings.

Mormon Temple

Morman Tabernacle Organ

We entered the Tabernacle to see where the choir performed and there were met by two young ladies, missionaries for the church, who took us under wing to show us around and explain much about the buildings in the square and the history of the Mormon Church. They took us across the street to the new (built in 2000) Comfort Center, the new conference center that now is the setting for performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The auditorium is spectacular, huge, sprawling, with an enormous organ and choir loft and seating, with the main floor and the huge balcony, for 22,000 people. And not a column, support, post, or obstruction of any kind to block the view from anywhere in this enormous space. It’s truly awesome.

Comfort Center Auditorium

View from the balcony of the Comfort Center

Confort Center 2

Comfort Center 2

Almost as amazing is the rooftop, a few floors up, with waterfalls, and pools, trees and plantings, and a spectacular view of the Salt Lake City skyline. We went back on Thursday evening to shoot the sunset from the roof and hear the choir rehearsing.

Comfort Center 3

Salt Lake pano

Approaching storm at sunset over Salt Lake City

choir rehearsal

Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearsing

temple 2

We took our rental car for a drive one evening up to Park City to walk the downtown streets and had a great meal at Chimayo, an upscale restaurant on the main drag. We were about to leave after looking at the menu and feeling it too expensive, when the owner offered us a two for one special and convinced us to stay. Glad we did. The meal was amazing including the local Utah brew pub beers. As we were heading back to the car, we stopped in Michael Fatali’s photo gallery to talk with Michael and his wife. The conversations went on for quite a while as we visited and viewed his impressive gallery of large format landscape images of the canyons and red rock country. Michael seemed to take great pleasure in showing us his work as well as a couple of his unusual collectables. A giant camera lens from the U2 spy plane that weighed in at over 300 pounds, and the original HAL computer from the movie “2001, A Space Odyssey”. What a serendipitous day.

Bob and Joe

The following day we drove west of Salt Lake city, past the Great Salt Lake, and then south into the Stansbury mountains, taking a road that lead up to a camping area in the Wasatch National Forest. A nice afternoon drive with some great scenery, then back to town.

utah landscape 1

utah landscape 2

utah landscape 3

We happened upon the Red Iguana, another fabulous discovery we had made a couple of days earlier. Amazing Mexican fare, authentic and delicious, with a selection of the most incredible molés you could ever experience. You’d never know how amazing this place is to look at the outside of the building, except for the lines that form as the evening progresses. We ate there twice and would probably have again had we been in town longer. Highly recommended.

The trade show only ran two days and on Friday we packed everything and transported it over to Fedex for shipment back. Joe caught the redeye flight back that night leaving Shai, Bob and me in Utah. We caught some early rest and got up at midnight, piled into the rental car with camera gear and headed south to try and catch sunrise at Dead Horse Point overlooking Canyonlands and the Colorado River, north of Moab. It was supposed to be about a four plus hour trip. What we didn’t anticipate was the repaving of I-15 going on during the night. We were caught in a massive traffic jam for almost an hour. This was followed by getting off at the wrong exit which had us traveling for miles through parts of the suburbs with continuous traffic lights, slowing us at least another half hour. I was thinking we’re not likely to make sunrise, but we pressed on. As it turned out, we arrived with about 45 minutes to spare and were there by ourselves to await the sunrise under an amazing star filled Utah sky. Standing there in the dark, we did not know what to expect to see when the morning light finally arrived. But we were blessed with beautiful light, a scattering of clouds, and a spectacular view.

sunrise at Dead Horse 1

dead horse landscape 1

canyonlands 1

dead horse sunrise 2

We spent quite a while climbing about, shooting the canyons and incredible view as the sun rose higher in the sky. Eventually we left Dead Horse Point and drove further down the highway out onto Island In The Sky. This is a huge plateau that was used through history as a place to herd cattle and horses because a very narrow place, called “the neck”, could be fenced easily and isolate the entire plateau.

Shai and Bob at Dead Horse

utah landscape 5

view from Island in the Sky

We left Island In The Sky and headed down to Moab to get some breakfast, then drove back north to Arches National Park. We explored here into the early afternoon, shooting, despite the bright sunlight of mid-day.

arches 1

arches 2

To fill the afternoon and wait for the late day light at Arches, we drove south about 60 miles to the lower entrance of Canyonlands National Park where Church Rock sits beside the highway. A brief stay there with more pictures, then back to Arches.

canyonlands 2

newspaper rock

Newspaper Rock in Canyonlands National Park

We stopped once more on the road back at Wilson’s Arch, a huge stone arch along side the highway. Bob and I climbed up to the arch to let Shai shoot us from the base, then he climbed up as well. I should do more of this kind of hiking. It reminded me of my childhood days climbing about on the back of Stone Mountain outside of Atlanta.

wilson arch 1

Bob at Wilson Arch

Once back at Arches, we shot for about another hour, then back in the car to head back to Salt Lake City. We got back near midnight after battling another paving traffic jam making it a 24 hour whirlwind tour with great pictures and well worth the effort.

arches 4

arches 6

My thanks to Shai and Spider Holster for giving us all this incredible experience. I love Utah’s spectacular landscape. I need to get back to the desert and the canyons again, it lifts my soul and helps me to realize how miniscule I am in the midst of nature and the open sky.

canyonlands pano

All photographs are Copyright © George Cannon, All Rights Reserved.

R2P shows off “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at the State Theatre

Running To Places Theatre Company presented “Thoroughly Modern Millie” from July 29th through the 31st at Ithaca’s State Theatre as the next to last show in their 2011 Season.  Next up will be Cinderella again at the State. A fantastic performance as always, this time headlined by Wynter LaTorre-Osavaska as Millie, Marcel Merwin as Jimmy Smith, Rachel Harrington as Mrs. Meers, Emily Behrmann-Fowler as Miss Dorothy, Austin Brecht as Mr. Graydon, and  Salma Arif as Muzzy, with great support from Sam Bobertz and Chunmei McKernan as Ching Ho and Bun Foo and a host of other cast members.

millie 1

millie 2

millie 3

millie 4

millie 5

millie 21

Outstanding performances came from Wynter, Emily, and Marcel, and fabulous humor, personality, and entertainment from Austin and Rachel. Austin and Emily were particularly great in “Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life / Falling In Love”. And I thought Millie’s (Wynter’s) star performances came in “Jimmy” and  “Gimme, Gimme”. Rachel played the wicked Mrs. Meers to great delight, and Marcel shined in “What Do I Need With Love”.

millie 6

millie 7

millie 8

millie 8

millie 9

millie 10

Elaborate sets designed again by David Arsenault set the stage for an amazingly professional feeling as one scene after the other changed and shifted to create an array of settings with fabulous color and character. The sets get more elaborate and sophisticated with each show. The company has come so far from its first season and just continues to grow and produce more exciting shows with each production.

millie 12

millie 12

millie 13

millie 14

millie 16

Todd Peterson choreographed great dance numbers for this show with tap, jazz, and ballroom performances. Marcel Merwin showed off his considerable dance talents in “What Do I Need With Love”.

millie 16

millie 16

millie 17

millie 20

So a standing ovation for all the cast, crew, and orchestra for another outstanding R2P show. You give us all such joy with what you bring.

millie 22

millie 23

Images are Copyright © George Cannon. Images from this show and all Running To Places productions are available at http://imageguy.zenfolio.com. Purchases help support Running To Places.

Gulf Coast on the 4th

I was fortunate this year to once again spend the 4th of July on Florida’s beautiful Gulf coast. I was also fortunate to have a show opening there at Amavida in Rosemary Beach on June 25th showing some of my abstract works. My thanks go out to Arix Zalace who worked very hard to get the show up and make it look great in the space. And I was very pleased that the image used to advertise the show sold on opening night. So thanks to Arix, Dan, and everyone at Amavida.

Florida 1 abstract

The Gulf Beaches were gorgeous when I arrived. Last year everyone was in a panic over the big oil spill, fearful it would reach this area, and it almost did. And many stayed away last year. But the “Emerald Coast” was fortunately spared. The temperatures were upper 90’s most days and the daily showers that seem to form rarely made it to the beach area. And despite the high gas prices and continued sluggish economy, the beach communities were packed for the holiday week.

Florida 2

Florida 3

Florida 26

Florida 27

My daughter, Tessa, left Ohio Wesleyan at the end of May after a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands and went straight to Florida to work all summer. So I was so happy to be able to spend a couple of weeks there with her and her girlfriend, Ariel. Otherwise I wouldn’t have seen my daughter all summer. Not that I got to see her that much even when I was there since she and Ariel were working jobs in Seaside and also doing internships at Zoo World in Panama City.

Florida 4

Florida 5

Florida 6

I had the great opportunity this year to visit Zoo World while the girls were working there and see some things up close and personal including an encounter session with the two new baby Bengal tiger cubs. Tessa and Ariel were helping with shows, handling lizards, snakes, and birds for families to see and experience up close among their many other tasks. The facility at Zoo World is relatively small as zoos go, and is dependent on admission fees and donations for its operation. But it has a nice collection of beautiful animals and I am greatful to them for allowing my daughter the opportunity to work and learn during her summer break.

Florida 7

Florida 8

Florida 9

Florida10

Florida 11

As I have in the past, I attended the Fourth of July parade in Seaside this year. It is so Americana, with families dressed in red, white, and blue; children waving flags; beauty queens in convertibles; fire trucks and decorated cars; people throwing mardi gras beads and candy to the crowd. People line the parade route early with lawn chairs and local companies and organizations march down the main drag of 30A through Seaside entertaining everyone. It’s a patriotic American statement typical of so many communities in our country on that day and I love the atmosphere. The evening is always topped off with fireworks up and down the beach. It’s picturebook America.

Florida 11

Florida 12

Florida 13

Florida 14

Florida 15

Florida 16

I continued, while there, to document my vision of old and new Florida, the interesting juxtapositions of ticky-tacky souveniers and old Florida homes against opulent mansions and grand beach houses. It’s an interesting mix and I love the visual dichotomies. I also took some time to drive over to St. Andrews, a historic village by the bay on the outskirts of Panama City, and into downtown Panama City on a Sunday morning when the streets were virtually deserted. St. Andrews has a number of historic buildings and large oak trees with Spanish moss. And like other areas, both old Florida houses and new Florida mansions.

Florida 17

Florida 17

Florida 18

Florida 19

Florida 20

Florida 21

Florida 21

Florida 22

Florida 23

When I left to return to New York, I took some time to shoot in the small communities in southern Alabama, and on the second day, some time off the main highway on a foggy morning in middle Virginia. All in all, a wonderful trip with some great images.

Florida 24

Florida 25

Florida 26

Florida 26

A big thank you to my father-in-law, Art and his wife, Cheryl, for their ever gracious hospitality and generosity. You make us all so comfortable when we are there. It’s always such a long wait to get back.

All images are Copyright © George Cannon, All Rights Reserved.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 31 other followers

%d bloggers like this: