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  One thing most photographers do is take photographs of their families. After almost five decades together, Richard has produced this retrospective of images of his wife. There is only one copy and it will go to their children.
  This a single edition monograph of the Seabreeze Jazz Festival during its 16 year history from 1999 to 2014. The book contains over 300 photographs of artists and fans during that period. Besides containing the images that are in the original"Sweet Sixteen", this edition contains images of Al Jarreau from a 2002 jazz festival in the Florida Panhandle to add to the unique nature of this copy. To make it truly a one of a kind, artists at the 16th Seabreeze Jazz Festival autographed their individual pages in the book. The book was auctioned off at the festival and sold for over $300. The proceeds went to a local music charity.
  The first Seabreeze Jazz Festival was held in 1999 at the Lyceum Amphitheater in the Florida resort town of Seaside that was the setting for the movie The Truman Show starring Jim Carrey.
But 1999 would be the only year in Seaside as the festival looked for larger venues to accommodate more smooth jazz fans. Other resort areas from Gulf Place to Watercolor to Seascape were tried and each one had its pros and cons.
In 2009, the event moved to Panama City Beach and amphitheater next to the Pier Park Shopping Mall. Selling out to crowds reaching 7,500 smooth jazz fans, a permanent stage with built-in projections screens and speakers for the huge crowd was built in time for the 2013 event. With those facilities in place, the site has become the home for the festival at least for the immediate future.
Anyone desiring more information on the festival can check the festival's website, www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.
 

This book is currently being developed.

Over almost four decades Richard has been photographing, there are images that have stuck in his head. One of the reasons these images have stuck is because of the story that goes along with them. Some of the stories are funny. Some provide a context to the image and others are just stories that provoke the memories.
The stories range from what his mind saw were possibilites in an image to what a dad once asked him to do for his young wannabee-model daughter to sheer luck in getting the shot - right place, right time.
But all of these photographs are a little special to Richard for alll of the reasons above plus many others. Hopefully, as you look at image, read its story, and look again at the image, you will see a little of what Richard saw that day to get him to push the shutter button.

 

This book is currently being developed.

With the advent of computers that once filled rooms to today, humanity has taken to today's technology in a big way though not always for the good. As things advanced, mankind seems to be getting away from human interaction and depending solely on the anonymous touch of the internet and the social media that has taken hold of today's societies.
The images seen here are just the tip of the iceberg with what is happening. Richard has seen teenagers sitting in a circle texting each other. Couples sitting at dinner caught up in their cellphones. Families on vacation with dad constantly checking something on a laptop. And it goes on and on.
Being "Always Connected" is reaching the point where one is never connected to what really matters.

 

This book is currently being developed.

PAIRS on the SQUARE is a selection of images taken over several years in Adamson Square, the downtown square in Carrollton, GA, USA. Most of the images contain just two people but there are exceptions. Some images contain only one living person where the other "person" can be a statue or a photograph on the side of a delivery truck. Some images have more than two people but two of the people have a connection through posture or looking at each other. The variations are endless even to having no people in the image, just the hint of mankind in what IS in the image. One only needs to look around to see the possibilities.

  Roaming the streets of London one finds not only the tourist markets and venues but also the neighborhood markets and locals going about making a living like people everywhere. The more Richard wandered through London, the more he understood the words of American philosopher Will Durant - "History has been too often a picture of the bloody stream. The history of civilization is a record of what happened on the banks."
Durant was speaking of ordinary people living their lives by getting up every day, going to work, caring for their families, raising their children, making love, and the countless other normal events that make up the lives of the masses.
Within the confines of all large cities of the world from London to New York to Istanbul or Paris, a photographer has an opportunity to document the lives of people living out their lives in relative obscurity.
  Roaming the streets of Edinburgh Richard remembered his first time there in 1972. The city was so welcoming he always wanted to return with his wife to show her the city and its residents. It is also where he began to understood the words of American philosopher Will Durant - "History has been too often a picture of the bloody stream. The history of civilization is a record of what happened on the banks."
Durant was speaking of ordinary people living their lives by getting up every day, going to work, caring for their families, raising their children, making love, and the countless other normal events that make up the lives of the masses.
Within the confines of all large cities of the world from Edinburgh to New York to Istanbul or Paris, a photographer has an opportunity to document the lives of people living out their lives in relative obscurity.
  A smile on the face of a child. The look of a soldier's wife as she searches for his familiar face as he returns from deployment. The angry face of a high school football coach as he tries to inspire his players. The stony look of a British guard on duty. All of these looks and many more make each of us unique. Richard has always looked to hit the shutter button at an opportune time to show the uniqueness of each individual.

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