It was a pleasure to shoot at the 2017 Adog Day in Burlington, VT. Andy was a good friend of mine since we were kids and I miss him everyday. We grew up deejaying together in Burlington. I played reggae and he played hip hop. He was forever a person who inspired the best out of the people around him and set the example. So honored to be a part of his memorial and it was so nice to see the legacy he has left for the future generations of deejays, skateboarders, snowboarders and artist.
Below is a little more about him from the Friends for A_Dog Association.
DJ/Turntabalist Andy “A_Dog” Williams was the epitome of generosity, positivity and curiosity. His passion and innovativeness in music, skateboarding, and art earned him recognition as a musical talent and cultural icon. After Andy was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in December 2012, his only possible cure was a bone marrow transplant. Because of Andy’s mixed ethnicity, he faced the seemingly impossible challenge of finding a bone marrow donor, with his odds of a match being 1 in 20 million.
After Andy’s diagnosis, his beloved community rose to the occasion by creating the group “Friends for A_Dog”. This group helped support him through benefits and bone marrow drives during his journey. With Andy’s passing in December 2013 from complications post-transplant, Friends for A_Dog (FFA_D) transitioned to become a non-profit to help carry on his legacy.
For more information please visit: http://www.friendsforadog.org/
I was on the fence about riding on Sunday. It was foggy and there were occasional sprinkles of rain. It was almost impossible to see 25 feet in from of you but the conditions were really fun. We rode up to the top of Madonna and found this view. What a bonus!
Two winters ago I shot the Vermont Open of Snowboarding at Stratton Resort in Southern Vermont. The Event is always a great time and features some of the best riders in the region. It also showcases an event called the "Washed Up Cup" which features legends of snowboard that are still competitive. I was pleasantly surprised when they introduced a Retro Pipe event the night before the Washed Up Cup. So many of the old pro’s came out to throw down and the event was located where the pipe was located when we were kids. It felt like coming home, the feeling of the location and the event was surreal. During the event I shot the photo below of Seth Neary doing his classic method. It was published in the new Ski Vermont Magazine. I want to thank them for publishing my shot and Seth for sending it. You can pick one up at most tourist information centers.
On July 25th, 2016 Burton snowboard included two of my photos in a piece on swimming-holes and swimming-hole etiquette. They outline a great perspective on how to treat the environment surrounding these places and how to act while there. It’s defiantly a good read.
This is the link to check it out: https://www.burton.com/blogs/the-burton-blog/how-hit-swimming-hole-local/
Big thanks to the staff a Burton for using my work and promoting my photography!
In the summer I enjoy getting out on the water. If I don’t go swimming once or twice a week I become irritable and feel off. I have access to the Lake Champlain and love to get out there at sunset and sunrise to shoot or anytime really.
I’m asked how I get the lake shots I get and there is no real secret or technical trick. I have a PWC (Personal Water Craft) with a big water proof compartment. I also place my gear in a Pelican 1200 water proof floatable case. It fits right in the PWC compartment. If the PWC flips and the compartment does open, the case will float. Also if the PWC sinks and the camera/case stays in the compartment it should be safe up to a certain depth. However there is no protection to my camera while I’m shooting. The other thing is you have to have a steady hand because you are always moving. I guess timing is everything out there, to get a straight shot you have focus on the horizon.
The PWC is also easy to launch with one person. I can put it in an out of the water within a few minutes solo. Ease of putting a PWC in quickly helps you get the shot.
The best part about getting out on a lake or ocean is it also feels like a quick vacation from reality. A vacation filled with beautiful locations and skies that are forever changing. I never see the same sky twice out there and it never gets old.