United Teen Equality Center - Chipping Away

After more that 6 months, I am thrilled to finally unveil my personal project, United Teen Equality Center - Chipping Away. Since May of this year, I have had the privilege to work with Lowell, Massachusetts' United Teen Equality Center to create portraits of the young people and to document the invaluable work that is done there, in the form of a photographic body of work and a short film.

The work will be on display beginning with the center's Grand Opening event, and will remain on display in the common areas of the new building into the future.

Networking and the Photographer

For a while now I have been working on a self-assigned project to photograph people in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. One of several goals of the project is to show the work in an exhibit that I will be doing with painter and pastel artist Bill Tyers. That goal, along with the always-present desire and requirement  to expand my portfolio, has allowed me to meet and be introduced to many people whom I may not have otherwise met. For this I have utilized several of my networks. A few of my subjects were either part of, or were introduced to me by members of some of the business networking groups that I belong to in Lowell, Chelmsford and Westford, Massachusetts. Other meetings came about as a result of simply asking clients and Twitter contacts if they would pose, and if they could think of other people who might make interesting subjects and might pose as well.

One such person, referred to me in the latter category, was Fru Nkimbeng, originally of Cameroon, and now President of the African Cultural Association of Lowell. The association puts on the Lowell African Festival along the river each year, and which took place just last weekend. Fru works in Information Technology, so between our common experiences in that and our short conversation in French upon first meeting, I think the trepidations that Fru had in my photographing him were lessened. But being very active in the local African community, we both thought that he should be shown in traditional dress of Cameroon. For a photographer, the oranges, reds and blues in his garments were a gift.

If you are a photographer, and you like to photograph people, but don't know whom to ask, my advice is to just start somewhere. Ask that first person if they will pose and then ask if they might know other interesting people who would also be interested in posing. Keep doing that and after a while you will have a very long list. Networks work for more than just getting referrals for business in the traditional way.

Westford Fine Art and Craft – 4 Artists – 8 Weeks --- The Reception

A special thanks to Frank Winters (, for lending the following images that he shot at last Saturday's reception. The official opening and reception for Westford Fine Art and Craft –  4 Artists – 8 Weeks, at Le Gourmet Jardin, at 40 Main Street in Westford, was really very successful. Many familiar faces were there as well as many people who were introduced to the artists and to Marie Doctor's shop.

The show, featuring the work of Westford artists, Gail Flannery, Alice Phalen, Frank Winters and me, Adrien Bisson continues at Le Gourmet Jardin through the end of the year. Get directions here.  Le Jardin Gourmet is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All of the photos shown in this post were kindly supplied by Frank Winters (,

Westford Fine Art and Craft – 4 Artists – 8 Weeks

This month and next, November and December 2008, I will be honored to have my fine art work presented along with that of three other superb Westford artists, Gail Flannery, Alice Phalen and Frank Winters at Le Gourmet Jardin, at 40 Main Street in Westford. The show, called Westford Fine Art and Craft – 4 Artists – 8 Weeks, began the first of November and runs through the end of December, with a reception to be held at Le Gourmet Jardin, 40 Main Street, on Saturday, November 15, between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m.



Here are some shots of Marie's shop and the show, followed by Frank's beautiful postcard announcing the event. See you there!