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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.

 

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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.

ADVENTURES IN MONTAUK: Website ReMix Anxiety Incurs Forced March Dawn Patrol.

Montauk's Twin Towers

Montauk's Twin Towers

With the Website Remix beta-launched, remainig kinks being massaged; with resultant drama building and tension mounting . . . there was no better time for a photo mission.  A quick check of the forecast Thurs night informed me that it would be a clear sunrise on Friday.  Accordingly, I took the long way home to my favorite coffee shop.   The skies did not disappoint (they rarely do) and there was a true tequila sunrise as I edged down to Old Montauk Highway before heading east.  Though the real-feel temps were again in the slap-your-face teens, I still encountered others.  On the northern side, a young Japanese man with his sister and father (I’m guessing) thought it exciting that I was there to photograph (I would’ve photographed them but I was equipped for landscape only).  He was very enthusiastic to be there himself and I mentioned he should come again on New Year’s Day as he would have many fellow Japanese to celebrate with.  Meanwhile, on the other side of the lighthouse I arrived just ahead of a young photographer there to document the same setting as I.  And why not?  It was a stunning, crystaline sunrise with a red-fringed horizon.  In addition to this, I’d wanted to swing by the southern side in order to check the Montauk Totem People’s rock tower dwellings at waters edge -- their architecture is incredible and they added a fantastical textural and spatial contrast to the sea and sky.  After about 45 minutes it was time to head on to the coffee shop . . . and back to the grindstone.  Admittedly, it takes some effort to drag myself out of bed at 5am, but why it takes such effort remains a mystery: this particular dawn patrol resulted in the Twin Towers image shown here.  "But wait!  There's more!!"  To see this and the other six keeper images I'm really happy about please check out my gallery over at Instagram

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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.