John Bartlett, Ticonderoga, New York

John Bartlett, photographed for Kiwanis International. John heads up the Backpack Food Distribution Program at Ticonderoga Elementary School which provides local schoolchildren with backpacks loaded with food every weekend, delivering the equivalent of 45,000 meals every year.

I photographed John with a Fujifilm X-Pro2 and 16mm ƒ/1.4 lens. There was a Bolt VB-22 (Godox AD360) bare bulb flash to camera left inside a 46-inch Photek Softlighter, triggered with a Cactus V6II radio for high-speed sync. The exposure was 1/640 second at ƒ/4 ISO 200.

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The 'somebody-ness' of everybody

"You've got to recognize the 'somebody-ness' of everybody" – John H. White
Pulitzer-price winning photojournalist John H. White recently gave a talk at Middlebury College. Afterward, he took some time to connect with a young admirer.

You can learn more about John at the Lucie Awards page, look at some of his work from the DOCUMERICA project at Flickr, or his Portrait of Black Chicago at the U.S. National Archives.
"I'm faithful to my purpose, my mission, my assignment, my work, my dreams. I stay focused on what I'm doing and what's important. And I keep in flight—I spread my wings and do it." – John H. White

The Valkyrie's Ride

New Haven, Vermont (August 5, 2015) - #1 Auto Parts Demolition Derby at Addison County Field Days. (Photo © 2015 Brett Simison)
"You sit still too long, you’re out. The derby is all about hitting."

My photo story with text by Blair Kloman about the Addison County Fair and Field Days Demolition Derby is now online at The Warbler. Head over their and check out “Collision Course”.

Above is one of my favorite images from that set. There’s something about this blonde woman sitting proudly on top of her derby entry that reminds me of a Norse warrior about to ride her war horse into battle.

 You can view the entire selection of images in the Demolition Days gallery.

Abandoned Trailers

Moonrise and Abandoned Trailers, Anza-Borrego Desert, CaliforniaANZA-BORREGO DESERT, CA - The full moon rises over a duo of abandoned trailers in the Canebrake community, Anza-Borrego Desert, California. (PHOTO © BRETT SIMISON)

Hydro Plant, Falls Park, Vergennes, Vermont

BJS-20150414-143336-6483Vergennes, Vermont (April 14, 2015) - Falls Park in Vergennes. (Photo © 2015 Brett Simison)

Falls Park is the site where Otter Creek, Vermont's longest river, dives 37 feet as it makes its way out to Lake Champlain.

From the “Falls Park” series. Fine art prints are available.