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Amazing Video of Michael Hersch by Richard Anderson Productions

I recently came accross this video and thought that it was too amazing not to share. Enjoy! About the video: The Sudden Pianist trailer from Richard Anderson Documentary link: Composer and Pianist Michael Hersch The Sudden Pianist is the remarkable story of composer and pianist Michael Hersch. While much has been written about Hersch's gifts as a c...
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Done with Style: Anne Marie Brunet, CKD, CBD

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Sheridan Interiors, Cornwall, ONT. Anne-Marie's creativity in solving architectural and interior design problems is ten star.  Working with her, as an architectural photographer, to photograph spaces she has designed since 2003, I highly respect her work. I was trained by several contractors to understand excellence in their work, so I look fo...
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These old bones will tell a story. Renovating one of Burlington’s historic homes.



Old Bones, New Energy

Renovating one of Burlington’s historic homes.

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It's All about Augie!

Read more about Augie on "I am ready for my close-up".
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Congratulations to Douglas Keister!

Smithsonian Acquires Sixty Selections From Douglas Keister's Historic Glass Negative Collection

 Lost and Found Again: Photos of African-Americans on the Plains


Douglas Keister has spent the past four decades traveling the country to photograph subjects as varied as architecture, folk art and cemeteries. Over the years, as he moved from his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, to several different cities in California, he carted around a heavy box of 280 antique glass-plate negatives that he’d bought when he was 17 from a friend who’d found them at a garage sale. “I thought, ‘Why the heck am I keeping these things?’” he says.


See a section of the images by clicking here.

Read more about Doug's work on my blog post "Smithsonian to add John Johnson Photographs"

Incredible Historic Photographs taken by an African-American Photographer

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Photography *Flash*Back: 1997

Take a look at this film scan of a 4x5 from 1997! Credits: Michael Crane, GC; Roland Batten, architect; Stone counters by A&N Stoneworks .  
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Monty Rakusen, London Photographer

How he works (in his own words) I spend a lot of time looking.  Quite often I shoot with my camera tethered to a computer for greater accuracy and sometimes I shoot hand-held.  I build spontaneity and drama into my pictures.  I always work with an assistant and there is a team back in the studio, organising.  I go to meetings, c...
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Featured Work in the AIA Vermont Newsletter

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See more of my photography in the AIA Vermont News for December 2012! AIA NEW ENGLAND 12.12 AIAVT News Since it would be nearly impossible to report on every aspect of the three-day event, this issue of A l AVT News recaps several highlights: AlANE: Overview & Thank You's Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger's Talk "History of Burlington" Session P...
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Featured Architect: Patrick Kane

Everything is Illuminated



This home will be one part of a 30 image display at the national AIA convention for 2013

** UPDATE! Home seen in Vermont Magazine! **

"Un-insulated Innovation"

A lakefront camp that makes the most of the summertime in the tradition of the good old days.

Vermont Magazine • Story by Jordan Werner • Photos by Carolyn Bates

It is often a mistake to make camps year-round [in terms of use],” states Patrick Kane. Patrick, an architect for Kane Architecture of East Hardwick, Vermont, wanted to avoid that mistake while he was designing this lakefront camp in the Northeast Kingdom. He set out to design a building that would be completely seasonal, connected to the outdoors, and essentially a balance between a classic-style building and one with a modern, innovative design. The camp’s owners had grown up spending their summers near this property and on the same lake. They were hoping to build a house that would remind them of their childhood visits and give their children a place to enjoy the same experiences in a rustic, inviting setting. Because they had grown up spending only the summertime in Vermont, the owners agreed with Patrick—they had no plans to spend time at the house in the winter, and it would seem strange and unnecessary to build the house with any notion of four-season use in mind.

Read the full article and download the PDF.

About Kane Architecture:

Kane Architecture provides a full range of architectural design services including programming, space planning, interior design and landscape architecture. The firm provides complete design, construction and bidding documentation and contract administration services. They work with clients tailoring designs to fit their programmatic and financial needs. A unique team of talented engineers and consultants is created for each project. We promote the use of regional materials, high energy efficiency standards and green technologies to maximize long-term affordability and aesthetic impact.

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Great Blog!

When I come across a great blog like this, I just need to share it! Check out this post by "The Traveling Blonde." Takin’ on Thailand with Mom, Dad, and Santa Posted on January 5, 2013 Before the end of the program SIT gave us the return-to-civilization-culture-shock schpele, which I ignored because A. I wasn’t returning to the States just yet...
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We Must Try

We must try December 19, 2012 | By Elizabeth Warren One of the country's largest billboards is next to Fenway Park, facing the Massachusetts Turnpike. It has a giant number counter. When I was running for the Senate, I passed that billboard nearly every week, sometimes three or four times in a single day. I always looked at the counter to see how i...
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Blues, Reds, Yellows...Sunsets.

What is more beautiful than a sunset? The colors are can be so vibrant and picturesque. But what makes these colors occur? Sunrise Sunset One of the great joys of living near Lake Champlain is the breath-taking sunrises or sunsets one can see over the water. Colors can range from a crisp red to a blend of pastel hues, from pink to baby blue, shifti...
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Merry, Merry, Hippity Hop Merrily into 2013!

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Carolyn --

Our hearts broke on Friday as we learned of the tragic and senseless deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Last night, President Obama addressed the families of Newtown, offering the love and prayers of a nation, and vowing to use whatever power his office holds to protect our children from such unthinkable acts of violence.

He spoke from the heart -- as a president and a parent. Watch his speech:

As we reflect on the lives lost last week, we must also, as the President urged, consider how each of us can play a part in making our country worthy of the memory of those little children.

I hope you and the ones you love have a happy and safe holiday.



Email sent December 17, 2012 • • Read the full remarks by the President, here.

 More on Gun Control

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Life in a Tree House

 It is easy to see Russ Bennett's talent and imagination in this wonderful tree house.

So, come on in and take a tour through this amazing tree house!

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A Little about Russ Bennett:
He is the founder and owner of NorthLand Visual Design & Construction Inc. (1978) in Waitsfield, VT. Russ is a designer, builder, sculptor, social activist, and planner within his community as well as an artist and a musician in his own right. He can often be found in his studio or office experimenting with architecture, metal, music, fire and other odd materials. He is often surrounded by an eclectic group of business people, artists, craftspeople and the occasional pyrotechnic folks. Russ Bennett can often be found bringing a panoply of ideas into reality.

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Work Crew 2012: Back to Hard Work and Great Learning

I had the opportunity to take photos of some great kids while they were participating in the Community Skills Program. Check it out! COMMUNITY SKILLS: A Newsletter about CSSU students participating in work skills learning Every white day at noon, five CVU Students drop their back packs off in our small cluttered office and head out with rakes, shov...
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Done With Style: A Spotlight on Susan Davis

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Interiors by Susan Davis, Emmet Carter LLC. About Emmet Carter Emmet Carter is a full-service interior design firm fusing green design and historically sensitive renovation. At Emmet Carter ecological sustainability and the preservation of architectural heritage go hand-in-hand. Emmet Carter green design and renovation solutions preserve historic a...
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It was a Colossal Monument to Waste!

Photos featured are by Peter Larsen

The event was a sucess!

Take a look at some of the highlights that I caught at today's celebration.

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Because every kid wants a place of their own...

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The Tree House Tree House by Russ Bennett You can even take a class! Yestermorrow | Design Build Courses Vermont Sustainable Treehouse Design and Construction Building a sustainable tree house is among the most interesting, exhilarating and enlightening projects imaginable. Moreover, it is emblematic of everything we hope to achieve in sustainable ...
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Featured Project: Sheppard Custom Homes Presents ...

Be sure to look at all the images from this project & take the tour. (click here)





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Carolyn Bates Photography
PO Box 1205
Burlington, VT 05402

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20 Caroline St.
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