American Snapshots Vol. #1

Posted: June 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Photography | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Inspired by Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Peter Turnley and others, I decided to comb through more than 90,000 digital images that I have taken over the last 10 years to make this short book of images.

Despite taking lots of pictures over the years, I think I am just beginning to take the sorts of images I seek. I have much more hard work ahead, but I hope my best images are still out there somewhere—hidden in the back of an old western bar, around the hoopla of a rodeo, within the gates of an abandoned factory or by the pump of a lonely gas station off the interstate.

In the end, taking a good picture is a quest that you never quite finish.

I will also never forget a lesson my friend Peter Turnley learned while sipping wine at La Tartine in Paris with photographer Edouard Boubat.

“Peter,” Boubat said, “if you keep your heart and your eyes open, there is a gift waiting for you at the corner of every street.

AMERICAN SNAPSHOTS by Evan McGlinn | Make Your Own Book
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Boston: What Recession?

Posted: February 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: New England | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »


You would never guess that we are in the midst of a recession by strolling around Beantown these days. Sure, college town like Madison, Wisconsin and Boulder, Colorado are famous for weathering bad times thanks to brainy start-ups founded by recent Ph.Ds, but Boston seems to be unusually vibrant. Aside from the new hotel and restaurant openings, there is also a new museum wing at the MFA on the way.

STAY:

The W Hotel (235 rooms and suites) opened in October and is getting a lot of local buzz. Located in what used to be the city’s peepshow and prostitute-ridden “Combat Zone,” the crowd here is young (30s &40s) and likes a party—the lobby’s lounge is loud and packed with cocktail-toting revelers. The rooms may be a little over-the-top for older tastes. The green, light-brown and beige color palette of the “Wow Suite” is pleasant enough, but the main lighting source for the room is a large panel on the side of the wall. It’s the sort of lighting that would give an interior decorator like Bunny Williams fits. Ditto for the sofa. It bore a striking resemblance to a suede potato chip, and defied all efforts to sit comfortably. Still, everything you need is here including 2 flat-screen TVs, a full-bar, deep soaking tub Read the rest of this entry »

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