The Caring Son

I recently found this almost 30 year old photo in my darkroom files.  It shows the caring and love my Dad had for his 99year old mother right before she passed away. 

I repeated this scene in my mother’s own bed at home, and with my father before his death as well.  

While my grandmother was living, my own children were very young and I have many memories of them going to visit her as well,jumping on their bed and trying to bring joy to the situation. 

As our population ages, this scene becomes very familiar. I am glad I was able to save and share this memory.

The First

Though I have been photographing families and children for over 40 years, I still love the wonder of the first.. the first baby to new parents, the first grandchild on both sides, the first step, etc.

I had the pleasure of photographing new parents and first time grandparents last week, and can’t decide who is more proud. Either way, a new child is a  gift that keeps on giving.

It’s nice to include the whole family in a shoot (so long as the main subject lasts, of course) and I love capturing the 3 generations in one frame.rieger-1rieger-2rieger-3rieger-4rieger-5rieger-7rieger-8rieger-9rieger-10rieger-11rieger-12rieger-13rieger-14rieger-15rieger-16rieger-17

Eclipse 2017

On Monday, August 21, of this year, all of North America experienced an eclipse of the sun.  Though the path of the total eclipse went from Oregon to South Carolina, there was much delight and plenty of viewing of the partial eclipse on the South Fork of New York.

More than 600 people crowded the terrace and lawn at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, equipped with special viewing glasses, cell phones, pinhole cameras,makeshift cereal boxes and even NASA approved welding masks.eclipse-1eclipse-2eclipse-3eclipse-4eclipse-5eclipse-6eclipse-7eclipse-8eclipse-9eclipse-10eclipse-11eclipse-12eclipse-13eclipse-14eclipse-15eclipse-20eclipse-21makeshift cereal boxes and even NASA approved welding masks.

Set against the backdrop of Clifford Ross’s exciting exhibit Light Waves, the eclipse was made extra special for those who were lucky enough to attend.

South Fork Bakery

Apart from the beautiful beaches and playground of the rich and famous, there exists in the Hamptons, a mission based business that highlights the abilities of adults with special needs.

Started by proprietor Shirley Ruch, a speech and language therapist,  South Fork Bakery makes delicious cookies, while providing meaningful and supportive employment to South Fork residents with ADHD, auditory processing disorders, autism and developmental disabilities.

I first met these wonderful adults (and Shirley), selling their delicious treats at the Sag Harbor Farmer’s market, and was impressed not only by the taste of their labor, but their cause as well.

While Shirley worked for years as a speech, language, and learning specialist with children with developmental disabilities, she noticed as they grew older, there were not many jobs available for them.  Realizing that baking was very therapeutic, Shirley decided  to start her business and thus South Fork Bakery was born!

While the baking began at Hayground School, they are  now working out of Scoville Hall in Amagansett.  I had a the pleasure of seeing these young men and women (and career coaches) work side by side while they baked their delicious products.

All participants are immersed in every aspect of the business, including baking, packing, sales and marketing.  I met many of these hard workers at the farmer’s market, where customers can purchase raisin/chocolate chip, chololate chunky brownie, and my personal favorite, the blondie bar.

 

To purchase these cookies, you can visit their website  at http://www.southforkbakery.com.

 

 

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