7/24/14 — PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — Richard House, author of novel “The Kills,” poses for a portrait in his studio at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., on July 24, 2014. House is spending six weeks at the artist colony as he works on his latest project. (Kelvin Ma)
There’s something special about being able to retreat into the woods to escape from the hustle of every day life. That’s the concept behind the artist colony — it’s a place where artists of myriad disciplines can gather and work in relative isolation while enjoying the support and collaboration of their peers.
When a friend of mine, an editor at the Chicago Tribune’s book review, Printers Row Journal, tossed a an author portrait assignment my way and told me the guy was working out of an artist colony in New Hampshire, I was psyched. That’s where I met Richard House, a British thriller writer who was staying in a small cabin at the foot of Mount Monadnock in the MacDowell Colony. It was such a cool place to just hike around while making some portraits. I can see why so many artists apply to stay there.
Part of what I love about what I do is that I often get to hang out with talented people doing interesting things.
For that reason, I’ve been wanting to work with my good friend Erica Magro for awhile now. You see, Erica is a supremely talented musician, as well as being a wonderfully charming yoga instructor. Somehow, she manages to combine the two perfectly, and it’s truly an amazing experience when you get to hear her perform during a yoga class. She’s starting to build quite the following, so it was quite a delight to have the chance to show off her talents visually.
She will impress you, no doubt!
For more information, cruise on over to her website, ericamagro.com. And many thanks to South Boston Yoga for, in addition to being my main studio, being generous enough to let us use one of their studios for the shoot.
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of photographing my newest friend, who just so happens to be 6 weeks old — young Viola, whose parents Stephan and Nicolle asked me to capture everything she’s about before she gets too big.
But if our little session was any indication, camera shyness will never be a problem for this young lady.
Dad and Viola making the same face!
See you soon, kiddo!