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Love and Happiness in the Fall

Love and Happiness in the Fall

For two weeks in October since 2009, I’ve documented the annual festival of new musicals for NAMT. When this year rolled around, the added dimension of the fest’s 30th Anniversary Gala - #NAMTFEST30 - brought the realization that I’ve been the official photographer for a full one-third of all of them. A bit daunting of a thought that’s been, and it proved motivation to take stock.

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For some background, each year the National Alliance for Musical Theatre receives about approximately 250 submissions for eight slots in its fest. The selected pieces get about 10 days of rehearsal with restrictions on the lengths of each, the amount of props that can be used (none), costuming (none) and length of the performances (50 minutes each)

During my tenure as the NAMT photographer, I’ve worked with three different and wonderful festival directors -- Kathy Evans, Branden Huldeen and Ciera Iveson -- all of whom were present. While each has brought their own individual stamp, the good news is that there is great focus on maintaining consistency and continuity. Every year builds and fosters the sense of tradition, and, as such, there is a very tight formula the festival dances to. For me, after ten years, the familiarity I’ve gained with the parameters makes the job much easier and that much more enjoyable. Agreed, as Chaucer said, familiarity can breed contempt, but, “Ladies and Gentlemen!” such is not the case with this Festival. Each year gathers its own infinitely surprising crop of 8 new musicals that never fail to entertain. Indeed, many go onto great success. For example, in 2013, I photographed an unknown couple from Canada, Irene Sankoff and David Hein, who had entered their effort about a silver-lined side story of the tragic 911 events. It was entitled COME FROM AWAY. Today, that entry is a Broadway smash and Sankoff & Hein were back at NAMT to perform at the Gala.

Documenting the fest means that so many ‘familiar’ faces become friends from around the globe. They arrive every year either to participate or simply to enjoy. There are people like the incredible songwriting team of George Stiles and Anthony Drew from London who have had three shows at the Festival over the years, and who, as they are in NY rehearsing their own upcoming Broadway show, dropped in to perform at this year’s Gala VIP reception -- and somehow in the midst of all their activity they found time to mentor a team new to the festival. Rhys Jennings and Darren Clark also of the UK brought their fun, raucous and sexy yet thought-provoking THE WICKER HUSBAND ( @WickerMusical )-- a blend of English folk music and storytelling in service to a serious consideration of ‘the other.’

Additionally, even as I dash from rehearsal-to-rehearsal and show-to-show, the phenomenal energy of all the effort around me keeps me going without a thought. The shows always incorporate top theatrical talent in support of either novice or accomplished creative talents with an incredible amount of hard work, discipline and dedication. One extra key reason for looking forward to the Fest each year is that there is a tremendous abundance of love and happiness that resonates through the entire two weeks of rehearsals & performances.

While many shows are dedicated to the application of high craft for the sheer joy of entertainment, the Festival is devoted to a tradition of diversity, inclusion, open-mindedness, and the exploration of the full gamut of societal issues, not to mention inventiveness and imagination. Therefore, at least 50% of the shows work on a serious and challenging level both thematically and musically.

As a for instance, XY is a musical by Oliver Houser developed with Hunter Bird concerning the challenges and stigmatization faced by someone born with sexual anatomy that does not fit ‘normal’ gender definitions. What is discovered is still something that relates to timeless universal themes of dealing with our pasts no matter who we are thus stressing the sometimes forgotten fact: we are all human. The play was developed with the participation of InterACT, an advocacy group for intersex children, members of which were present and who I had the pleasure of meeting.

Regardless, whether participating or watching, everyone lifts the entire effort and all involved off the ground providing a unique spirit.

My tenth year, therefore, was elevated yet higher. Many thanx to all of the composers, writers, directors, actors and musicians, stage managers, tech crew members for the incredible and inspiring work; and thanx to New World Stages for the great facility within which to work. One key point: words cannot say enough for the great NAMT team. It’s always awesome to work with you.

For one last bit of perspective -- if I seem to be exaggerating the positive benefits of this event, let me just point out that during the ten days of my involvement this year, all festival participants walked by or were only a block away from the post office in Manhattan where it was revealed in the news one of the many pipe bombs sent by a Trump supporter was discovered; and I ended one day heading home to check the list of victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh to see if there would be anyone I knew having a past connection with the community of Squirrel Hill. These are terrible and dark times for our country and it’s efforts like those at the NAMT Fest that provide a much-needed counterbalance of peace, love and happiness.

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Ric Kallaher

Ric is: • a Professional Portrait Photographer specializing in working with small business owners towards enhancing their B2B online goals via executive portraits as well as images that tell the story of a business with on-site photography of facilities &/or product photography ; • an experienced Events Photographer who spectacularly documents high end awards shows and high-society special events, especially in regard to the People of Advertising, Media, Arts and Culture. • an insightful image-maker with a detailed eye who helps interior designers bring their work to life. • an award-winning wedding photographer who helps couples document their special day. Ric's Photographic Mission: To artfully create strong, provocative & transcendent visual records of meaningful relationships & significant moments. Additionally, Ric is a trained actor and experienced music producer who has often been heard applying his voice over talents to ongoing advertising campaigns. He has been the voice on national campaigns for the likes of SuperValu Grocery Stores, Texaco, Kendall Motor Oil, Campbell's Soups and more. He has even appeared ON-camera in an ad for Comedy Central as a scream therapist. His is represented by Ann Wright Reps.

Above it All . . .

 A “Make It Special” Event: the 40th Anniversary Symphony Space Gala at Capital

A “Make It Special” Event: the 40th Anniversary Symphony Space Gala at Capital

Concentrating these days on art, video and portraits, I no longer document events as much as in the past. While often fun and visually interesting too many planners overlook the long-term possibilities when it comes to visual documentation and therefore pay too little attention to the necessary details of preparation and execution, let alone the budget. However, when a significant event comes along that encompasses full-on portraits of key attendees it always captures my interest.

Such was the case earlier this year for the 40th Anniversary Gala for New York’s Symphony Space. I was contacted by the organization because, as I was told, my work for them in the past had made those occasions very special and, as such, they wanted my approach again for this year’s event. Well, flattery will get you everywhere. And as my work back then had always encompassed the opportunity not just for event documentation but performance & resulted in some of my favorite studio-like portraits it was even more enticement to say “yes.” Sweetening the mix was the fact that the event would be held at Capitale, one of the truly grand event spaces in the City.

 Blind Boy Paxton

Blind Boy Paxton

There were outstanding, if too short, headline performances by the incomparable blues artist Blind Boy Paxton and the soulful powerhouse that is Liz Vice.

 Liz Vice

Liz Vice

Above it all, the main floor that is, there is a bit of a catwalk/balcony that not only provides a special vantage point for “the wide shot” but also will lead you to a section of the building where there exists two, very grand rooms (probably once, in its initial incarnation, having been offices for the old bank’s officers). One of these with it’s red-velvet curtains, modern lounge chairs and gold walls was embodiment of dramatic. My assistant and I had a fun time setting up a 10-light array to portray the performers for the evening’s festivities.


Meanwhile, for film lovers, especially fans of the Coen Brothers, on the heels of yesterday’s dramatic hearings in the Senate, I greatly appreciated this note regarding Stephen King’s reaction, including as it did an astute reference to a favorite film of mine, worth noting.

https://mashable.com/article/stephen-king-brett-kavanaugh-tweets/#pOo_Gi.YBiqT


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Ric Kallaher

Ric is: • a Professional Portrait Photographer specializing in working with small business owners towards enhancing their B2B online goals via executive portraits as well as images that tell the story of a business with on-site photography of facilities &/or product photography ; • an experienced Events Photographer who spectacularly documents high end awards shows and high-society special events, especially in regard to the People of Advertising, Media, Arts and Culture. • an insightful image-maker with a detailed eye who helps interior designers bring their work to life. • an award-winning wedding photographer who helps couples document their special day. Ric's Photographic Mission: To artfully create strong, provocative & transcendent visual records of meaningful relationships & significant moments. Additionally, Ric is a trained actor and experienced music producer who has often been heard applying his voice over talents to ongoing advertising campaigns. He has been the voice on national campaigns for the likes of SuperValu Grocery Stores, Texaco, Kendall Motor Oil, Campbell's Soups and more. He has even appeared ON-camera in an ad for Comedy Central as a scream therapist. His is represented by Ann Wright Reps.

"We now return you.."

“…to our program already in progress:”

Shadow Man

...as I was saying, it’s been a busy year. The most interesting part, though, was the . . . “interesting” part: the revelation of an off-the-grid distant relative from Mississippi, one R. A. Smith, who also happens to be an artist. This connection has led to an ongoing, very stimulating, and challenging mixed media collaboration. It has transported me to a variety creative zones -- some of them new, some of which have only been dormant. Communicating as we do via old-school processes might seem to slow things down yet with many concurrent pieces in the pipeline there’s actually an exciting amount of productivity going on. One of the early efforts is shown above.

Here’s a couple of things I’d like to pass along:

Probably the most influential cultural experience I so far in 2018 was a deep re-entry into the world of David Lynch this year. At some point in the winter I binged on TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin_Peaks_(2017_TV_series). I’ve always been a fan but this collection exploded my thinking -- it has a very slow start (like 3 episodes worth) but it’s worth the wait. Several episodes feature some of the most incredibly original, cinematic expressions of the surreal I’ve ever witnessed. Naturally, this led me back to rewatch all of the original TWIN PEAKS tv series (and finally finish the second season which wasn’t as bad as recalled) as well as FIRE WALK WITH ME which has aged like a fine wine with layers previously unnoticed. Tumbling further down the rabbit hole I rewatched MULHOLLAND DRIVE (truly brilliant) as well as the incredibly visceral mobius strip that is LOST HIGHWAY. All of these are highly recommended. If I get started on BLUE VELVET or I’ll be here for days.

For all you artists out there, Lynch is also the subject of a documentary THE ART LIFE. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lynch:_The_Art_Life. If you’re someone like me who wonders why it can’t “just happen”, well, take heed: there are some good lessons here.

Speaking of the artists in documentaries: AMERICAN MASTERS http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/ has four new ones on Eva Hesse, Elizabeth Murray, Andrew Wyeth and the guy who gets my vote for one of the great geniuses of art in the 20th Centure, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Which circles me around to last September’s BDay when on a trip to LA and the Broad Museum I had my first real face-to-face encounter with the work of Basquiat. https://www.thebroad.org/art/jean%E2%80%90michel-basquiat/untitled. I checked to make sure there hadn’t been an earthquake or tremor because the ground shook under my feet. I’ve been gulping down all of the info I could get on him ever since. It’s taken this long because, probably like many, during his lifetime I was buried under the onslaught of absolutely racist BS that substituted for art criticism of him and his work during his lifetime. In truth, the man was an incredibly knowledgeable and deliberate artist of great depths and complexity whose output in such a short span continues to astonish. The only disappointment is that we’ll never know what he might have done in later years.

‘til next time, you can find me in the Black Lodge.

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Ric Kallaher

Ric is: • a Professional Portrait Photographer specializing in working with small business owners towards enhancing their B2B online goals via executive portraits as well as images that tell the story of a business with on-site photography of facilities &/or product photography ; • an experienced Events Photographer who spectacularly documents high end awards shows and high-society special events, especially in regard to the People of Advertising, Media, Arts and Culture. • an insightful image-maker with a detailed eye who helps interior designers bring their work to life. • an award-winning wedding photographer who helps couples document their special day. Ric's Photographic Mission: To artfully create strong, provocative & transcendent visual records of meaningful relationships & significant moments. Additionally, Ric is a trained actor and experienced music producer who has often been heard applying his voice over talents to ongoing advertising campaigns. He has been the voice on national campaigns for the likes of SuperValu Grocery Stores, Texaco, Kendall Motor Oil, Campbell's Soups and more. He has even appeared ON-camera in an ad for Comedy Central as a scream therapist. His is represented by Ann Wright Reps.

THE THRILLS, SPILLS & DAREDEVIL CHILLS OF (gasp) ORGANIZING, Pt 1:

Finding Buried Treasure

The Star Ferry Box

Butterflies in the stomach.  Nail-biting terror.  Gut wrenching anxiety that can often lead to head-in-the-sand, hide-under-the-covers panic attacks.  This is what many of us face when confronting the need to organize.  Actually, though, there is hope for our kind..

One sidebar of setting up my new website was facing the need to reorganize my photo library and the getting the thrill of rediscovering old favorites, some almost totally forgotten.  Given years of work as a professional photographer with thousands upon thousands of images to manage, it’s not that I wasn’t organized.  I couldn’t afford to not know where image files were.  Unfortunately, with software, imaging capabilities and output requirements constantly in flux, my system had been developed on the fly.  On the good side, as far as assignment work was concerned, a management system that I adapted from the method of Scott Elias back in my ‘80s music days, held up amazingly well.  In mere moments, I can track down the location of a client’s image from a decade ago.  

Locating my own work?  That’s been another story.  The problem was that I’ve always organized work in a calendar year system.  Along with my client projects, each year contained of set of my personal images.   Often captured on the fly, however, some really cool images were easily buried and forgotten.  I did have a separate Lightroom library for my “portfolio” work but my entries were haphazard.  The collection didn’t necessarily coincide with how I organized galleries on my old site.  This time around, when I couldn’t find images I knew I’d like to not only show but also SELL online and which, shall we say, were not easy to locate, I had no choice but to knuckle down and throw myself down into another rabbit hole.  It was frustrating, of course, as it could only delay progress on the site but I knew it would be worth it.   After all, when a purchase order comes in, the inventory had better be easy to locate!

Lo and behold, I rediscovered images from quite awhile ago, before I officially set out to be a professional photographer that brought on a rush of sensation.  One particular set was from my year as an expat living in Hong Kong in 1996/7 -- the period known as the Handover, when rule reverted from the British Empire back to China.  It was an exciting time to be there.  Then, I wasn’t so interested in ‘documentation’ (maybe in retrospect I wish I had been) as much as the art of photography.  As such, while I did some color work, my preference was infra-red 35mm film.  Infra-red is a challenging and difficult format & process but, to me, it was worth it.  The properties of that type of film produced photos that evoked an almost dream-like state that appealed to me quite a bit.  Finding myself living at that particular time in such a foreign place often seemed like a dream and so it all fit together nicely.  Seeing again, one of my favorite photos from that time, an image attempted almost as a lark since in the growing darkness that was present I never really expected any decent results to emerge, was particularly satisfying.  I went so far as to turn out a print to use on a box I made to store some inks and colored pencils. 

In the Bear Cave
Big Buddha
Hong Kong Star
The Scaffold Builders in Happy Valley
Travel - Landscape

So, if you need some exciting thrills in your life, try some organizing.  You might be surprised by what you uncover.

 

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Ric Kallaher

Ric is: • a Professional Portrait Photographer specializing in working with small business owners towards enhancing their B2B online goals via executive portraits as well as images that tell the story of a business with on-site photography of facilities &/or product photography ; • an experienced Events Photographer who spectacularly documents high end awards shows and high-society special events, especially in regard to the People of Advertising, Media, Arts and Culture. • an insightful image-maker with a detailed eye who helps interior designers bring their work to life. • an award-winning wedding photographer who helps couples document their special day. Ric's Photographic Mission: To artfully create strong, provocative & transcendent visual records of meaningful relationships & significant moments. Additionally, Ric is a trained actor and experienced music producer who has often been heard applying his voice over talents to ongoing advertising campaigns. He has been the voice on national campaigns for the likes of SuperValu Grocery Stores, Texaco, Kendall Motor Oil, Campbell's Soups and more. He has even appeared ON-camera in an ad for Comedy Central as a scream therapist. His is represented by Ann Wright Reps.

A CRAZY IDEA

We're experiencing yet another winter storm here in Montauk.  So, it seems like a good day to relate the story behind a recent photograph.

One day back in January, I received a phone call from a lady who had been referred to me by the Montauk. Chamber of Commerce.  Joan is an elderly woman who lives somewhere back towards the middle of Long Island and she had, as she put it, a “crazy idea” for a gift she would like to give to her son in celebration of his upcoming retirement.  She was wondering if I might be able to help.  Since she knew her son loved Montauk, her idea was this: would it be possible for me to go out to the point and get a photo of the Lighthouse just as the dawning sun peaked over the horizon, here’s the catch, on the exact first day of his new post-work life?  I could only smile as a I scratched my head at this wonderfully whimsical notion.  “Everyone thinks it’s kinda silly,” she said in her very cheery, optimistic voice, “but I really like it.  Don’t you think it’s a neat idea?”  Joan had no way of knowing that she was asking this question of a guy who, shall we say, has a lifetime of experience with pursuing crazy ideas.  I knew immediately that this commission was not going to be the job that would pay for my new ‘whatever’ but, just as immediately, I said, “YES!”  

Now, of course, I had to give Joan a few caveats.  “Joan, I have to remind you that, while the sun does still come up every day, we don’t always see it.  Especially in Montauk.  Especially in February.”  And, wow, this winter has been a doozy of drizzly days, storms, blizzards, etc.  We’ve had five days of overcast skies and rain, followed by a day of “mixed sunshine” followed by a fives days of overcast skies and rain.  I wondered if she wouldn’t just be as happy to take one of my photos from previous, fair weather dawns that I already had in my library of the sun coming up out at the point.  She liked what she saw, but, no, the idea was that it had to be THE day.  “Okay,” I said, “We will make it a date and cross our fingers.”

Then: the day of her son’s retirement shifted back a few days.  Oh, no!  That day and the next were “on hold” to photo a corporate event in the City.  I checked quickly with my corporate client to see if there had been an update.  A day later the news came back that . . . the corporate presentation to be photographed had been pushed back a week.  Whew!  Joan’s new date was free!  Bullet dodged.  

Of course, the weather on the run-up was the worst.  The original day that had been scheduled was a TOTAL washout, but . . .  the forecast was improving.  

And wouldn’t you know it?  February 27th, the Tuesday we had secured, dawned with mild temperatures and not a single cloud in the sky.  It was like magic.  Not only were the colors spectacular but with all the rain, they were also clear as a bell.  In addition to Joan’s requested composition, I was able to achieve four other keepers of my own, which of course I emailed her in case she wanted an option.  But she stuck true to her original notion -- the lighthouse with the sun just on top of the horizon line.  We also decided then to add a line of text on the image so that her son would know that the image was created, as Joan like to put it, “that exact first day of the rest of his life.”  The next day, the sky began to cloud over again and the forecast turned dim.  We quickly consulted with her local lab and delivered the image file which was immediately printed up as a giant poster and ready for Joan by Friday morning. By that afternoon, a northeastern storm began to rage through all of New England and the mid-Atlantic.

When Joan got home, though, she called me.  She said with a big smile that you could hear over the phone, “Oh, Ric, you should see your work.  It’s beautiful!”  And that brought my own big smile.  Sometimes there’s nothing like “a crazy idea.”

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And here's another crazy idea -- you can have your very own image like this one if you head on over to "Hat Tricks For Sale" & check out the items I have for sale there.  Who knows?  You might even get a crazy idea of your own.

 

Lighthouse Dawn 022718
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Ric Kallaher

Ric is: • a Professional Portrait Photographer specializing in working with small business owners towards enhancing their B2B online goals via executive portraits as well as images that tell the story of a business with on-site photography of facilities &/or product photography ; • an experienced Events Photographer who spectacularly documents high end awards shows and high-society special events, especially in regard to the People of Advertising, Media, Arts and Culture. • an insightful image-maker with a detailed eye who helps interior designers bring their work to life. • an award-winning wedding photographer who helps couples document their special day. Ric's Photographic Mission: To artfully create strong, provocative & transcendent visual records of meaningful relationships & significant moments. Additionally, Ric is a trained actor and experienced music producer who has often been heard applying his voice over talents to ongoing advertising campaigns. He has been the voice on national campaigns for the likes of SuperValu Grocery Stores, Texaco, Kendall Motor Oil, Campbell's Soups and more. He has even appeared ON-camera in an ad for Comedy Central as a scream therapist. His is represented by Ann Wright Reps.

Road Chase on the Lost Highway

Montauk

It was a long week.  There was the stress-filled prep to launch the new website; there was a weather-dependent commission to photo the lighthouse at dawn on a particular day (in two weeks of foul, wet weather THAT day turned into on the of the best ever); and, yes, there was the weather to contend with.  That light on that one way was so exceptional, however, that a little extra effort could not be denied.  So, I eased my old friend out early from winter hibernation and we went on a jaunt to chase down the sun on the Lost Highway.  It was a gem.

And if you have time today, please check out the new site -- it's not only about portfolios, etc. I've got a neat new ecommerce section "Hat Trick For Sale" where you can get an early start on your Holiday Shopping and save $$ doing so since I've got a New Site Celebration Discount going on.

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Ric Kallaher

Ric is: • a Professional Portrait Photographer specializing in working with small business owners towards enhancing their B2B online goals via executive portraits as well as images that tell the story of a business with on-site photography of facilities &/or product photography ; • an experienced Events Photographer who spectacularly documents high end awards shows and high-society special events, especially in regard to the People of Advertising, Media, Arts and Culture. • an insightful image-maker with a detailed eye who helps interior designers bring their work to life. • an award-winning wedding photographer who helps couples document their special day. Ric's Photographic Mission: To artfully create strong, provocative & transcendent visual records of meaningful relationships & significant moments. Additionally, Ric is a trained actor and experienced music producer who has often been heard applying his voice over talents to ongoing advertising campaigns. He has been the voice on national campaigns for the likes of SuperValu Grocery Stores, Texaco, Kendall Motor Oil, Campbell's Soups and more. He has even appeared ON-camera in an ad for Comedy Central as a scream therapist. His is represented by Ann Wright Reps.

New Day / New Site

Having been more marathon than sprint; more patient persistence than snap/slap’n’dash -- the dawn of my new site launch is finally here.  It has all the bells and whistles: a Blog, several Portfolios, and, absolutely key, the very thrilling ECommerce section complete with my Grand Opening Super Duper New Site Celebration introductory 10% discount, and more.  Aside from completing the architecture so that people can actually visit it, however, the truly exciting part for me is that it is actually less “the finish line” than the “starting line.”    Hopefully, the launch is more a beginning of the new mission.  

For a bit of background, the concept behind the entire endeavour is for it to be organic.  In the past, there was “me working,” or “me looking for work” while the site existed as a kind of electronic portfolio.   This, at first, was a huge plus.  When I first began seeking work as a professional photographer the initial task was to have a portfolio.  It was a classic Catch-22 -- how could you get work if you didn’t have work to show you could work?  These portfolios were huge, heavy physical tome-objects that kept many a bicycle messenger in business.  Further their weight was exacerbated by the fact that they also were very very expensive.  The resultant limitations were obvious -- there was only so much work you could physically or economically afford to show.  Ah, but times were changing: websites offered the possibility of both affordability and flexibility.  Yet, they, too had limitations.  Sites required entirely new skillsets, there was only so much they could do outside of whizz/bang design and, if you couldn’t do it yourself,  there again was that “expensive” factor in the form of costly designers.  But times indeed were rapidly changing.  Along came platform services that offered adaptable templates where you could have cool design while making stamping it with your own look.  This was great, yet there remained a shortcoming.  Namely, these versions still felt like a static proposition -- the digital equivalent of a book that focused on the ‘greatest hits’ and sat there until the next time an image was worthy of being added.  For up to the moment stuff, it was much easier to post something on Facebook.  One could get easily lost in a new form of the Tower of Babel.  Additionally, I never wanted to be only an assignment photographer but also an art photographer.  and to be able to offer my efforts for sale meant another huge and separate effort requiring, curses!, an entirely different online platform.

Fortunately for me I stumbled onto the work of a guy by name of Austin Kleon (if you are in any way associated with our new “gig” economy, I highly recommend you check him out).  He describes himself as a “writer who draws” and he has a couple of super-cool, best-selling little books out entitled “Steal Like an Artist” and, especially, “Show Your Work.”  Reading his essays, following his blog, and closely studying his output totally opened my eyes to a brand new way of approaching all that I was doing.  This charted a path to bringing it all together.  His point of view de-emphasizes the idea (and accompanying pressure) of trying to be an authentic  “genius.” Instead, he promoted becoming more of the Brian Eno-coined environment “Scenius”.  In other words, we’re all influenced by others, all ideas are “stolen”.  Therefore, he said, stop worrying and procrastinating because you think you should make yourself into the “one and only”.  What’s key is to put a personal tweak on whatever influences you; share and credit your influences; and, most importantly “show your work!”  He emphasizes doing this by setting up an all-functioning website of your own and, rather than sharing blindly on Facebook, he encourages blogging.  It’s a direct path to informing/entertaining friends and followers with what you see along the way.  Significantly, it provides a direct and immediate path to where there can be active participation in and support of your output.  It’s a kind of home-grown, support-your-local-artist process residing in the global cloud.

After digesting all of this, here I am with my new site. The intention is that it not be a static representation of me.  Rather I’ve designed it to be an active, changing, growing organic part of who I am and what I do.  Therefore, it’s a place that someone can drop in from time to time and at any time to find something new and different.  To be honest, it’s thrilling to have taken all this in and to have acted on it.  

So, welcome to the new blog, welcome to the new site.  I hope that if you’re looking for original photography you’ll check out my portfolio and get in touch.  If you’re looking to decorate your home or office, please consider my Hat Trick Studio photo art output which is now available here  for sale.  Addtionally they make awesome gifts as well! Speaking of ‘for sale’ let me remind you that for my “Grand Opening” everything is also ON SALE -- 10% for 10 Days.  Enjoy!

Sun/Light/House
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Ric Kallaher

Ric is: • a Professional Portrait Photographer specializing in working with small business owners towards enhancing their B2B online goals via executive portraits as well as images that tell the story of a business with on-site photography of facilities &/or product photography ; • an experienced Events Photographer who spectacularly documents high end awards shows and high-society special events, especially in regard to the People of Advertising, Media, Arts and Culture. • an insightful image-maker with a detailed eye who helps interior designers bring their work to life. • an award-winning wedding photographer who helps couples document their special day. Ric's Photographic Mission: To artfully create strong, provocative & transcendent visual records of meaningful relationships & significant moments. Additionally, Ric is a trained actor and experienced music producer who has often been heard applying his voice over talents to ongoing advertising campaigns. He has been the voice on national campaigns for the likes of SuperValu Grocery Stores, Texaco, Kendall Motor Oil, Campbell's Soups and more. He has even appeared ON-camera in an ad for Comedy Central as a scream therapist. His is represented by Ann Wright Reps.

MONTAUK REELS OVER NEW OCEANFRONT HIGH-RISE DEVELOPMENT

Montauk

"These developers came in and built almost an entire new city seemingly overnight, right under our noses, without any prior approvals or even filing a plan.  We tried to fight them but they had deep pockets and delayed every effort until it was too late.  Don't think this can't happen in your neighborhood.!

Truthfully, the first part of the above 'quote' is a joke; the last sentence not so much.  About ten years ago I was almost literally dragged into meetings by my neighbors that made me aware of just how much effort and money is being spent behind the scenes by certain entities to transform the natural beauty of this area into something quite different.  The Montauk area is a fragile ecosystem that already is showing signs of strain under all of the recent development.  Fortunately, it historically has had a fairly strict and practical zoning system.  Technically, though, we are a hamlet and part of East Hampton.  Yet there are always constant, ongoing motions by a small handful who would like to see Montauk as its own corporate entity which would therefore allow for major rezoning.  You can guess where that would lead.  Local taxes would skyrocket as those looking to make a big quick buck would seek to overbuild in an area already vulnerable to the surges of global climate change.

This is one reason I very proudly support the efforts of the great folks led by Laura Tooman over at The Concerned Citizens of Montauk.  They're knowledgeable people who spend great effort to inform the citizenry and to keep a watchful eye on our beautiful natural resources.  Power to them!  Please check them out and support them if you can.

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Ric Kallaher

Ric is: • a Professional Portrait Photographer specializing in working with small business owners towards enhancing their B2B online goals via executive portraits as well as images that tell the story of a business with on-site photography of facilities &/or product photography ; • an experienced Events Photographer who spectacularly documents high end awards shows and high-society special events, especially in regard to the People of Advertising, Media, Arts and Culture. • an insightful image-maker with a detailed eye who helps interior designers bring their work to life. • an award-winning wedding photographer who helps couples document their special day. Ric's Photographic Mission: To artfully create strong, provocative & transcendent visual records of meaningful relationships & significant moments. Additionally, Ric is a trained actor and experienced music producer who has often been heard applying his voice over talents to ongoing advertising campaigns. He has been the voice on national campaigns for the likes of SuperValu Grocery Stores, Texaco, Kendall Motor Oil, Campbell's Soups and more. He has even appeared ON-camera in an ad for Comedy Central as a scream therapist. His is represented by Ann Wright Reps.

Travel Tips from the Lost Highway

The Crossing in the Fog on Lost Highway

Crossing the tracks, stuck in a fog, traveling on the Lost Highway does not mean that it is not an interesting ride. 

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Ric Kallaher

Ric is: • a Professional Portrait Photographer specializing in working with small business owners towards enhancing their B2B online goals via executive portraits as well as images that tell the story of a business with on-site photography of facilities &/or product photography ; • an experienced Events Photographer who spectacularly documents high end awards shows and high-society special events, especially in regard to the People of Advertising, Media, Arts and Culture. • an insightful image-maker with a detailed eye who helps interior designers bring their work to life. • an award-winning wedding photographer who helps couples document their special day. Ric's Photographic Mission: To artfully create strong, provocative & transcendent visual records of meaningful relationships & significant moments. Additionally, Ric is a trained actor and experienced music producer who has often been heard applying his voice over talents to ongoing advertising campaigns. He has been the voice on national campaigns for the likes of SuperValu Grocery Stores, Texaco, Kendall Motor Oil, Campbell's Soups and more. He has even appeared ON-camera in an ad for Comedy Central as a scream therapist. His is represented by Ann Wright Reps.

Dawn Patrol on the Road

On the Road Napeague

The term "Lost Highway" is one of those talismanic phrases that resonates mysteriously across our spread out culture.  This tiny stretch of road running through the marshes and little canals in the Napeague strip, with its vintage telephone poles and concrete road's edge markers, has always stuck me as one of those spots.  The Muse woke me up this morning at 5am & the call went out for me to be here.  I was still so asleep at the time that I barely remember pressing the shutter button.  But there it is.  On the Road.  Into the Dawn.  In a Dream.  Lost Highway Found.

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Ric Kallaher

Ric is: • a Professional Portrait Photographer specializing in working with small business owners towards enhancing their B2B online goals via executive portraits as well as images that tell the story of a business with on-site photography of facilities &/or product photography ; • an experienced Events Photographer who spectacularly documents high end awards shows and high-society special events, especially in regard to the People of Advertising, Media, Arts and Culture. • an insightful image-maker with a detailed eye who helps interior designers bring their work to life. • an award-winning wedding photographer who helps couples document their special day. Ric's Photographic Mission: To artfully create strong, provocative & transcendent visual records of meaningful relationships & significant moments. Additionally, Ric is a trained actor and experienced music producer who has often been heard applying his voice over talents to ongoing advertising campaigns. He has been the voice on national campaigns for the likes of SuperValu Grocery Stores, Texaco, Kendall Motor Oil, Campbell's Soups and more. He has even appeared ON-camera in an ad for Comedy Central as a scream therapist. His is represented by Ann Wright Reps.