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Midsummer Summation

The garden at Camp Manitou provides some produce for meals and a place for campers to learn about growing food.

The garden at Camp Manitou provides some produce for meals and a place for campers to learn about growing food.

Just a quick midsummer update to alert you to some recent work of mine. First, The New York Times’  interest in Maine continues. (And why shouldn’t it? There’s all kinds of good stuff going on here!) I shot a story on food at summer camps for them a few weeks ago. It ran on the front page of the Dining section, and featured photos from Camp Laurel and Camp Manitou, both in the idyllic Belgrade Lakes area. It was very cool to see kids learning about and eating local food, and cooking their own meals. Another Maine-based food story is in the works this week, so be sure to like Stacey Cramp Photography on Facebook to find out when that is published.

Yankee Magazines July/August issue features an award-winning Maine pie maker in their Best Cook in Town column. I photographed Mary Blenk and her amazing blueberry pie for this piece. It’s not yet online, so you’ll need to get yourself to the newsstand to obtain her highly prized pie recipe!

Mary Blenk's prize-winning blueberry pie.

Mary Blenk’s prize-winning blueberry pie.

My work with renowned raw, vegan chef Matthew Kenney on his latest cookbook with Gibbs Smith has been keeping me busy this summer as well. I’m so excited about how the images are turning out for this and can’t wait to share them…in the distant future. Publication is slated for fall 2013 so you’ll just have to be patient.

Last, but not least, I recently did some new shots for long-time client McCabe, Duval + Associates. They redid their web site and it is chock full of fun photos I took of their staff, offices, and most importantly, their canine helpers! It’s always a pleasure to spend time with this creative and entertaining crew.

Blu keeps the MD+A staff on their toes...or paws, as the case may be.

Blu keeps the MD+A staff on their toes…or paws, as the case may be.

Spinning My Wheels

A couple of times a year I get requests that take me a little by surprise for images in my files. The call I got from SPIN magazine earlier this year may take the cake. You’ll find two of my black and white photos of former “sex-biz entrepreneur” (as SPIN calls him) Dennis Sobin in May’s issue of the magazine. I chose Dennis as a photo subject for a workshop I was taking with renowned photojournalist David Turnley back in 2003. I had the idea in my head that I wanted to photograph a recently released prisoner and document his reintegration into society. A few calls to non-profit organizations in the D.C. area (where I was living and working at the time) led me to Dennis. I shot Dennis on many occasions for about a month before we agreed in my workshop that he wasn’t the ideal subject. It’s not that he wasn’t interesting because boy, if you read the story in SPIN, you’ll see that he isdennis sobinfar from dull, but he wasn’t really doing anything that made for great photos. I eventually switched to a more active and photogenic subject, but Dennis ended up using an image I took of him on his web site, which is how SPIN tracked me down. (Dennis was briefly reincarcerated in late 2008 and because he was still in jail, I guess obtaining current photos of him would have been difficult.) The day SPIN called I told them, “Yes, I have loads of slides of him I’d be happy to send you.” Well, of course, when I actually started looking for the slides, I kept turning up empty handed. I was beside myself. Could I have actually thrown out photos I took? I just couldn’t believe I would do that. I never throw out images…and yet…they were nowhere to be found. Just when I was about to give up, I remembered one last stash of photos. I delved into a closet that contains a stack of photo albums, and, as luck would have it, a slew of slide boxes with the images of Dennis. It just goes to show that images you take may have a purpose years down the line. Whether they be digital files that take up hard drive space or tangible film that fills up shelves in a cabinet, keep them! And better yet, keep them somewhere where you can find them easily.