Elephants

Susan collects elephants. This elephant is in our living room.

What do you collect? Tell me about it, please.

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Drawing on that degree in Art History, a passion for telling stories, and years working as a portrait and documentary photographer (And owning an Art Gallery) helps me bring a heightened sensitivity to my photography. Let’s make the world a more beautiful place!

Tomato Times Two

I love going out into my garden in the morning and picking the ripe tomatoes. It is, I believe, and I hope you do, too, one the great pleasures of summer.

And is there anything better than fresh tomato sauce? There might be, of course, but I can’t think of anything better right now. In fact, fresh tomato sauce is so sinfully delicious, so sensually delightful, so, so, yes, poetic, that I made it twice this week.

The basic recipe follows, which I based upon a recipe from a wonderful cookbook: Italian Food Artisans, Traditions and Recipes by Pamela Sheldon Johns. Feel free to add more or less garlic. Add a tablespoon of capers. Don’t be bashful. Be inspired! Be creative in your kitchen!

Ingredients

1/2 pound pasta (I cooked Bow Tie pasta)
3-5 ripe tomatoes, seeded and roughly diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup pitted and roughly chopped Mediterranean style oil-cured black olives
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
Big pinch of hot red pepper flakes
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, stir well, and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes.
2. While the pasta is cooking, combine the tomatoes, garlic, basil, parsley, olives, pepper flakes, olive oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
3. Drain the pasta and add to the bowl. Toss well. Serve with the cheese at once.

Do you have a favorite pasta recipe? Tell me about it, please.

If you would like to fill your home with beautiful photographs, or need a portrait, a wedding photographed or if you are an interior designer and need photographs of your projects, contact me for a consultation.

Drawing on that degree in Art History, a passion for telling stories, and years working as a portrait and documentary photographer (And owning an Art Gallery) helps me bring a heightened sensitivity to my photography. Let’s make the world a more beautiful place! Buon Appetito!

Weddings

Today we are going to a wedding. Sara’s wedding. I’m going not as the photographer, but as the guest. The uncle. Uncle Bruce. Susan and I are going to honor the marriage of Sara and Steve. Waiting to leave for the wedding I am reminded of the wedding of Hannah and Israel. It was a wedding I really enjoyed photographing. Here are a few images from that wedding:


What wedding do you remember? Why?

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Drawing on that degree in Art History, a passion for telling stories, and years working as a portrait and documentary photographer (And owning an Art Gallery) helps me bring a heightened sensitivity to my photography. Let’s make the world a more beautiful place!

The Books in Our Living Room

A picture post:

Do you have books in your home? If so, what kinds of books? What’s your favorite?

If you would like to fill your home with beautiful photographs, or need a portrait, a wedding photographed or if you are an interior designer and need photographs of your projects, contact me for a consultation.

Drawing on that degree in Art History, a passion for telling stories, and years working as a portrait and documentary photographer (And owning an Art Gallery) helps me bring a heightened sensitivity to my photography. Let’s make the world a more beautiful place!

Salmon, Corn, Rice Cake

Susan and I love salmon. We eat in at least once a week. I have dozens and dozens of recipes for Salmon Cakes. And, often, I simply use what I have available in Bruce’s Kitchen.

Here is a Salmon, Corn, Rice Cake I made last week. Please note: I always purchase King, Coho, or Sockeye Salmon and I get enough for two meals, about 1 pound, sometimes a wee bit more; the first meal might be Grilled Maple-Glazed Salmon (I’ll be posting that recipe in a few days)–we eat half and save half for salmon cakes.

Ingredients:

1/2 pound cooked salmon, flaked
1/2 cup cooked rice (This time I used Basmati)
1/4 cup frozen corn
1/4 cup finely diced celery
1 tablespoon mayo
1 teaspoons Dijon
1 tablespoon Frank’s Hot Sauce
1 tablespoon minced Vidalia onion
1 egg, lightly beaten
Salt and Pepper

Combine all the ingredients. Form into 4 cakes. Cook in hot oil in a pan large enough to fit all 4 cakes. Cook till brown on both sides. About 4-6 minutes per side.

Do you love salmon? How do you like to prepare it?

If you would like to fill your home with beautiful photographs, or need a portrait, a wedding photographed or if you are an interior designer and need photographs of your projects, contact me for a consultation.

Drawing on that degree in Art History, a passion for telling stories, and years working as a portrait and documentary photographer (And owning an Art Gallery) helps me bring a heightened sensitivity to my photography. Let’s make the world a more beautiful place!

My Garden

Nothing, it seems to me, could be more beautiful (and more easier to experience), than upon waking, is to make a pot of coffee, wander out into the yard, Nadine at my side, and sit at the picnic table, give thanks for the abundance in my small garden and whether spoken aloud or silently–or written down; as I did this morning–affirm that I am centered in Spirit and I am at peace. Through my imagination and my deliberate and daily effort to slow down and see (“Absolute attention is prayer,” said Simone Weil), I am picturing the good I want to bring into my life. Today and everyday I expect the best. Wonderful things are happening to me now (more about this next week).

Today and everyday, I prosper as I help and inspire others.

Monet said, “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.”

Do you have a flower or vegetable garden? If so, what do you love to grow? What is your masterpiece?

If you would like to fill your home with beautiful photographs, or need a portrait, a wedding photographed or if you are an interior designer and need photographs of your projects, contact me for a consultation.

Drawing on that degree in Art History, a passion for telling stories, and years working as a portrait and documentary photographer (And owning an Art Gallery) helps me bring a heightened sensitivity to my photography. Let’s make the world a more beautiful place! 

Be inspired!

Nadine

If you have not yet met my cat, Nadine, I would like to now introduce you to her.

I love Nadine.

Do you have a cat or dog you love? If so, what is your pet’s name?

If you would like to fill your home with beautiful photographs, or need a portrait, a wedding photographed or if you are an interior designer and need photographs of your projects, contact me for a consultation.

Drawing on that degree in Art History, a passion for telling stories, and years working as a portrait and documentary photographer (And owning an Art Gallery) helps me bring a heightened sensitivity to my photography. Let’s make the world a more beautiful place!

Fig Pizza with Bacon, Mozarella, Mint, and Tomatoes

Savored by pharaohs, sultans, and ancient Romans, you should treat yourself and a friend to this very special, sinfully delicious pizza.

1 Moma Mary’s Pizza Crust(also sold under the Stop & Shop brand)
8-10 strips bacon
16-24 whole fresh mint leaves
5 figs (I used Calimyrina Figs from Trader Joe’s), remove stalks & cut each fig into 8 wedges
4 1/2 ounces mozzarella
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2-3 Garden Fresh Tomatoes (I used ones from my garden!)
Salt and Pepper

1. Preheat oven to 450.
2. Cut the bacon strips in half. Lay one or two mint leaves on each strip and roll up neatly. In a skillet, cook bacon rolls, seam-side down, turning gently often, to brown on all sides. Remove and set aside on paper towel.
3. Cut the mozzarella into thin slices. Seed tomatoes and coarsely chop. Add both to a bowl with figs, oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
4. Lightly oil crust and cook on pizza stone for about 8-10 minutes till crust is lightly brown.
5. Remove pizza crust from oven. Arrange bacon rolls and mozzarella mixture on pizza crust. Put back in oven and cook till mozzarella is melted, about 5-8 minutes.
6. Cut into slices and enjoy!

What is your favorite pizza?

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Drawing on that degree in Art History, a passion for telling stories, and years working as a portrait and documentary photographer (And owning an Art Gallery) helps me bring a heightened sensitivity to my photography. Let’s make the world a more beautiful place! Buon Appetito!

My Garden Gladiolus

This morning when the earth was still wet I walked around our yard and garden and noticed the Gladiolus had begun to bloom. I love the Gladiolus.

To the ancient Romans, a gladius was a sword, and a little sword was a gladiolus — often used by gladiators. The Roman author Pliny the Elder applied the word gladiolus to the flower that is distinguished by its long, sword-shaped leaves, and the name stuck. The theme of the Emily Dickinson text below is strength of character: 

We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies.
 
The heroism we recite
Would be a daily thing,
Did not ourselves the cubits warp
For fear to be king.
 
What flowers do you love?
 

If you would like to fill your home with beautiful photographs, or need a portrait, a wedding photographed or if you are an interior designer and need photographs of your projects, contact me for a consultation.

Drawing on that degree in Art History, a passion for telling stories, and years working as a portrait and documentary photographer (And owning an Art Gallery) helps me bring a heightened sensitivity to my photography. Let’s make the world a more beautiful place!

Rachels’ Dress

I am entranced by this photograph. It is Rachel’s wedding dress. I photographed her wedding last autumn; a same sex-marriage here in Massachusetts. I think there is a marvelous symmetry in the photograph; a mysterious, too.

A bride once asked me, “Bruce, where do you find inspiration?”

And I answered, “I find inspiration in a bride’s smile, a groom’s handshake, a child’s laugh, a dad’s tear, a friend’s joke. The moments which make your wedding day special and unique. I see the emotion in a moment, in every detail.”

Where do you find inspiration?

If you would like to fill your home with beautiful photographs, or need a portrait, a wedding photographed or if you are an interior designer and need photographs of your projects, contact me for a consultation.

Drawing on that degree in Art History, a passion for telling stories, and years working as a portrait and documentary photographer (And owning an Art Gallery) helps me bring a heightened sensitivity to my photography. Let’s make the world a more beautiful place!