So a nice thing has happened.

After many years of selling almost no prints, someone called me, out of the blue, and wants to buy a bunch of prints. I won’t tell the details just yet, it’s not final, I’m superstitious, etc.

But I will say that, aside from the financial part (which is nice, I gotta say) it’s an amazing affirmation that what I’ve been doing is right.

I make pictures for me. I make pictures as meditation, prayer, exercise. I make pictures to try to be better, to try to understand better.

I make pictures to say: LOOK at that! But also as a way to say: this is my world and it’s amazing.

Many years ago, I was chosen for an artist’s residency on Monhegan Island. I submitted my pictures and they said, yes, you deserve this. Go make pictures. No obligation, no responsibilities, just do what you need to do. That was an amazing moment in my life. And this feels similar.

There are some people, I know, who think I’m mercenary. The truth is, I am terrible about money. I’m terrible at caring about it, keeping track of it. I think it’s a nuisance.

I care about affirmation. Someone saying: what you do has value. Sometimes, that affirmation comes in a handshake or a smile. Sometimes, it comes in a check.

This time, the client wrote back:

“The prints came in and they look really great. I just love your work.”



Below are several experiments with making kaleidoscope images in Photoshop.

Yes, I know this is a bit of a gimmick. So sue me. There are plenty of gimmicks in photography these days. They’re all wonderful or terrible, depending on who is using them and what images result.

There’s lots of fun stuff in this process: choosing the photo, choosing how to slice it, what to do with the background.

I’m not sure where this will lead but for now, it’s satisfying.


My Beach

Just a favorite place I go to. No, I won’t tell you where it is.


Schooner goes under bridge

I was sent this link about how to sail under a bridge and it occurred to me that I should show how it’s actually done.


Latest CCT Poster: Dirty Work at the Crossroads

I don’t do much print design anymore, but the Camden Civic Theatre posters are fun (pro-bono) job that I love.

It’s always a good challenge for me to summarize the spirit of a show in a single letter- or tabloid-size page. And make people want to come. And give the essential data in a clear and concise way. All so that someone passing by the poster on the way into the supermarket might be stopped by it long enough to consider going and absorb important details.

So Dirty Work at the Crossroads is coming up next month. I shot the photo and designed the poster.

Stonington 2011

My aunt and her family

I finally got around to editing the photos I made last week on the Mary Day. Also, don’t miss the Mary Day video I made the same week.

I’m new to video and still make plenty of mistakes (you can actually hear me breathing in some of this). But even with my flaws, I think this gives a pretty good idea of what it’s like to spend some time on a Maine windjammer.

This is best viewed on Vimeo in high definition, but it’s provided here to give a taste. And either here or on Vimeo, you should click the four arrows in the lower right to show it full screen.

Click here for the Vimeo version of Schooner Mary Day Video

Sailing on a Maine Windjammer, the schooner Mary Day from Jim Dugan on Vimeo.

Rockland Farmers’ Market

Even on a somewhat cold and wet June day, the stuff available here is amazing.

Pizza at the Rockland Farmers' Market

New York Weekend

Mary Day Memorial Day 2011