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Day and Night in Kennebunkport

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By , February 10, 2015 6:55 pm

A few years ago I was shooting in Kennebunkport on a day after a snow storm at Christmas time. I went back to some locations more than once during the day to capture them in different light. This past year when looking for an idea for my Christmas card I reviewed the images and realized I had shot the tree from the exact same vantage point, both day and night.  And there was the idea! Below is a case study of how it all came together.


The Art of Travel Photography

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By , May 11, 2014 9:21 pm

I am so pleased to announce that this image has been selected by Kurt Mutchler, photo editor at National Geographic magazine, to be included in “The Art of Travel Photography” exhibition, at the Photo Place Gallery

parking lot in Sedona

Parking in Sedona

More info here

The Art of Travel Photography

June 2nd through June 27

Juror: KURT MUTCHLER, photo editor at National Geographic magazine

at PhotoPlace Gallery

3 Park Street

Middlebury, VT 05753

How to enjoy Acadia when the park is closed!

By , October 3, 2013 4:54 pm

Acadia was the first national park whose land was donated entirely by private citizens. I think they would be terribly disappointed that this week you could be considered trespassing if you walk the trails and carriage roads in the park. But Acadia is very interwoven with the villages and public roads and those same people who created the park, and others who followed, also set other lands aside. So do not worry, there is still plenty to see and you can still experience Acadia!

Sunrise is beautiful as seen from the Shore Path in Bar Harbor where you can watch the fishing boats start their day and view the Porcupine Islands.


Enjoy sitting on the rocks at Blagden Preserve on the  Indian Point Peninsula on the western side of Bar Harbor on Western Bay. It’s a bit of a walk from the parking lot but worth it!


Plenty of public roads have great views of Acadia. Below is the Bass Harbor Marsh as seen from  Rt. 102


And while you’re exploring don’t miss the quaint fishing villages on the quiet side of the island.


Back on the east side of the island the village of Northeast Harbor is rich with gardens and paths not inside the park but many made by or preserved by the same founding fathers of the park.

Elliot Mountain Trail is available from Thuya Gardens and other nearby trails.


Asticou Terraces and Gardens are beautiful in the fall



And while you’re in Northeast Harbor , see the harbor and visit the art galleries and shops in the village.


Nearby, in Seal Harbor, is Little Long Pond, this area is surrounded by carriage roads that are on private land but open to the public (no bicycles allowed)


And from there you can walk on the carriage roads  to Cobblestone Bridge which is right on the edge of this private land (not in the park) according to my maps. (and confirmed by Friends of Acadia)


Cobblestone Bridge is always a favorite for hikers on the trails and walkers on the Carriage Roads alike.

Below, Sargeant Drive along Somes Sound offers beautiful views of the Sound and Mountains


And of course Bar Harbor is still full of night time activity!Hodges-1209-9136-D2

For a map and more ideas check out this post by Friends of Acadia.

NESOP Faculty Exhibition

By , October 3, 2012 9:24 pm

The NESOP Faculty Exhibition is October 1-November 9

Opening Reception October 4 from 5-6:30

"Boatscape #1"

"Boatscape #1"

I am showing “Boatscape#1”, but I am most excited about getting to see the work of my fellow faculty members. I have had a sneak peak and the show is fabulous! And if you go make sure to take in the Stairway Gallery featuring Fran Osborn-Blaschke’s “brave paintings”, and “Ruby Hazzard Gets Mugged” , 10 NEW black and white photos by Ruby Hazzard.

For more info  about the faculty exhibit go to

My boatscape series is an on going series exploring light reflecting off of water and onto the sides of boats. The name of the series came from how I see them. From the moment I put my eye to the camera they  don’t look like boats anymore, I always see them as landscapes. I was a little afraid I would be the only one who saw them that way but it turns out others see it too. Here is one of my most recent ones. This one is not in the show but  is on my web site with more from the series you can see them at

"Boatscape #5"

"Boatscape #5"

Somes Sound from the Water

By , June 22, 2012 5:38 pm

I have photographed along the shores of Somes Sound many times over the years but last summer when Down East magazine asked me to shoot Somes Sound from the water I set off to explore a whole new view. Though I had seen some parts of the area by boat in the past, I can now say  that I have photographed the Sound from, a tour boat, sail boat, a lobster boat, and in Somes Harbor by kayak.


The author focused the story on sailing but if you don’t sail or own a boat, you can still enjoy getting out on the water. There are  many tour and rental options available all over the island. Below are a few shots not in the story and some info to go along with them.


The Sea Princess’s scenic nature cruises are narrated and include great information about the area and the wildlife. The cruise leaves from Northeast Harbor, passes by Bear Island Light,  tours over to Southwest Harbor and then up into Somes Sound. The Sound is quite long so they only go a little more than half way and then turn around, but that covers most of the Acadia shore and  the most impressive views. You can learn more about them at


Looking toward the Northeast Harbor side of the Sound (below) you can see the swim club and houses that dot the shore. Closer up you can see details of homes, boats, and see the cars along Sargeant Drive where most people take in the fabulous views by land.


For those who have their own boat one of the unique outings is to go to Abel’s Lobster Pound by boat.  Abel’s is nestled in the trees along the shore where  you can dock your boat and enjoy a meal inside or out, right on Somes Sound. More info at


But my favorite part of the Sound is Somes Harbor by kayak. However if you are not a resident there is really no access to put a boat in directly into the harbor area. And kayaking all the way down the Sound is only for the very experienced kayaker in my opinion. So a private charter of a touring boat is probably a better option for seeing the area. One place you can do that is in Southwest Harbor is at Quietside Cruises and Sail Acadia.

That said, here are some images taken while kayaking in Somes Harbor. I love kayaking around all the little islands and coves!



For anyone planning to camp on MDI one of the spots you might check out is the Mount Desert Campground located on Somes Harbor. They have beautiful sites AND canoe or kayak rentals are available (for their campers only), right at the campground!!!  The photo below shows a small bit of the camp and kayakers.See more at



At the end of the day late light warms the shore and the boats in Somes Harbor create a peaceful scene.

You can read the article by Will Bleakley in Downeast Magazine here

20 year anniversary

By , March 13, 2012 6:39 pm

The 2012 Bar Harbor Guidebook just came out and I realized that it has been 20 years since I began working with the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. I am so happy that they chose one of my images to grace the cover on this special year!


In 1991 I was already a professional photographer working in an advertising studio but my personal work was primarily focused on Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Realizing that I had begun to produce a large body of work,  I contacted the design firm, M & M Graphics, who produced the Chamber of Commerce book. M Louise Shaw, owner and designer, told me they usually took their own pictures but she’d be happy to show some of mine to the chamber too. She did and the chamber members chose one of mine for the 1992 cover. That began my relationship with M&M Graphics and the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. A few years later when Louise went on to open her own gallery I began working directly with the chamber.

I have worked with many wonderful people there, starting with Risteen Masters and now with Chris Fogg, Executive Director.  I also work closely with the design firms too, to provide photos that meet their needs.

I am constantly shooting new images on MDI, and no matter how much I have shot I always dedicate one week every year to shooting specifically with the Chamber of Commerce in mind. I am aware of new store fronts, and new park improvements, that need to be photographed. On that week I am up and shooting in Bar Harbor  before sunrise every morning and keep shooting into the evening every night. This allows me to provide new and up to date images every year.

Now I am realizing images that, started as personal work, and then found a commercial purpose, are actually beginning to be a documentary account of Bar Harbor at the turn of the century. Here is one series

2 lobster signs frame the businesses on Main St. 1995

2 lobster signs frame the businesses on Main St. 1995

Duffy's lobster sign is replaced by a fisherman approx... 2000

Duffy's lobster sign is replaced by a fisherman. approx... 2000

and suddenly a moose appeared,  2009

...and then a moose appeared.... 2009

And of course, if you’ve been in Bar Harbor recently you know the Quarterdeck is gone and  it’s time for a new photo as soon as the construction at the corner is complete.

You can download a copy of the 2012 Harbor Chamber of Commerce Guide Book here

Follow up to April “Where in Maine ?”

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By , May 28, 2010 3:31 pm
entrance to the balcony

entrance to the balcony

Now that the answer has been revealed I can tell you that my photo of the theater in Down East magazine’s April  “Where in Maine” was the Criterion Theater in Bar Harbor.

The Criterion Theatre was purchased by Anthony & Erin Uliano in May of 2007 and immediately turned over operation to The Criterion Theatre and Arts Center, a non-profit corporation. You can learn more about the theater on their web site at

The Criterion Theatre and Arts Center mission is to make arts and theatre more accessible to all on Mount Desert Island and beyond, through diverse programming, workshops, and community events. They continue to show top rate movies too!

The Criterion Theatre built in 1932 is on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Theatre has 877 seats.

One very special feature of the building is its “floating” balcony, one of a few of its kind. Not only is this free-hanging structure an architectural feat, it also offers some of the best seating in the house. The balcony is divided into nine sections (loges) separated from each other with half walls and from the back corridor with velvet curtains. Originally rented out by the box to the town’s wealthy summer residents, these seats are now available to all, and offer an excellent birdseye view of the screen and stage

While attending a couple of events last year I had time to get some interior shots. Here are a few more…


view of balcony box seats and theater seats

view of balcony box seats and theater seats

on the balcony level

on the balcony level

Fabulous art deco design, even the rest room signs!

Fabulous art deco design, even the rest room signs!

Art Deco sign recently restored

Art Deco sign recently restored

To see more from last year’s events check out my Island Light blog at

Where in Maine?

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By , February 17, 2010 10:10 am

DownEast Magazine ran this image in the “where in Maine?” section. Familiar scenes really do look different in winter!Hodges-2009-12downeast

They have revealed the location  in the magazine so now I can tell you it is Bass Harbor!

Maine’s prettiest harbors

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By , August 29, 2009 6:36 pm

September 2009 cover

Down East magazine ran a survey for readers to choose the prettiest harbors in Maine. Camden placed #1 but my image of Bar Harbor made the cover! (Bar Harbor placed # 2)

Two other harbors on Mount Desert Island also made the list and my images were used. In Northeast Harbor, my view is from the pier looking up into the harbor. In Southwest Harbor, my view is from the dock at the Claremont. It is very similar to the view you get from the Manset  shore area of Southwest Harbor too.

Southwest Harbor

Southwest Harbor

Northeast Harbor

Northeast Harbor

To see more images of these harbors go to

New Work

By , June 11, 2009 2:37 am

I am preparing new work to be shown Redfields Artisans Gallery in Northeast Harbor, Maine. In addition to the new series which will be announced soon, my water series will also be on view through the fall.

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