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    Big Muskie Bucket

    Big Muskie Bucket

    On our way down to Parkersburg, we noticed a sign directing travelers to the Big Muskie Bucket. We figured it was some kind of roadside attraction related to fishing, à la Husky the Muskie. Curious, Perrie Googled it as we drove past the exit. The Big Muskie Bucket is indeed a roadside attraction, but otherwise […]

    Valley Gem

    Valley Gem

    One can’t—or at least, shouldn’t—visit the Ohio River without a ride on a riverboat. After a mid-morning visit to Tim Horton’s (yes, they have those in Parkersburg), we made our way back upstream to Marietta, Ohio: the first permanent American settlement in the Northwest Territory, and home of the Valley Gem sternwheeler. It took us […]

    Take me home ...

    Take me home …

    This summer, Perrie and I have been rather preoccupied taking care of Daphne. But we couldn’t let the summer slip away entirely without a bit of a getaway, and having lived in Ohio for more than a year now, we figured it was time we got to see some of the places around here. So […]

    Ramsey Duqum

    Ramsey Duqum

    After a lengthy sidebar, back to some recent(ish) work. Back in April I had the pleasure of photographing Ramsey Duqum, partner and CEO of Aable Rents, a business specializing in renting high-end tents and flooring for large outdoor parties and corporate events. It is hard to photograph a single person with something large like, say, […]

    Daphne Violet Ginn

    Daphne Violet Ginn

    On June 14, after a long night for Perrie and me in the hospital, our daughter Daphne Violet was born. She weighed in at 3260 grams (7 lbs. 3 oz.), measured 49.5 cm (19.5″) in length, and had a placenta of 610 grams (which is important to know when the mother is a placentologist). Perrie […]

    Big Muskie Bucket
    Big Muskie Bucket

    On our way down to Parkersburg, we noticed a sign directing travelers to the Big Muskie Bucket. We figured it was some kind of roadside attraction related to fishing, à la Husky the Muskie. Curious, Perrie Googled it as we drove past the exit. The Big Muskie Bucket is indeed a roadside attraction, but otherwise […]

    Valley Gem
    Valley Gem

    One can’t—or at least, shouldn’t—visit the Ohio River without a ride on a riverboat. After a mid-morning visit to Tim Horton’s (yes, they have those in Parkersburg), we made our way back upstream to Marietta, Ohio: the first permanent American settlement in the Northwest Territory, and home of the Valley Gem sternwheeler. It took us […]

    Take me home …
    Take me home ...

    This summer, Perrie and I have been rather preoccupied taking care of Daphne. But we couldn’t let the summer slip away entirely without a bit of a getaway, and having lived in Ohio for more than a year now, we figured it was time we got to see some of the places around here. So […]

    Ramsey Duqum
    Ramsey Duqum

    After a lengthy sidebar, back to some recent(ish) work. Back in April I had the pleasure of photographing Ramsey Duqum, partner and CEO of Aable Rents, a business specializing in renting high-end tents and flooring for large outdoor parties and corporate events. It is hard to photograph a single person with something large like, say, […]

    Daphne Violet Ginn
    Daphne Violet Ginn

    On June 14, after a long night for Perrie and me in the hospital, our daughter Daphne Violet was born. She weighed in at 3260 grams (7 lbs. 3 oz.), measured 49.5 cm (19.5″) in length, and had a placenta of 610 grams (which is important to know when the mother is a placentologist). Perrie […]

    Florence 12: Ponte Vecchio
    Florence 12: Ponte Vecchio

    Spanning the River Arno at its narrowest point, the Ponte Vecchio is (as its name would suggest) the oldest bridge in Florence. In fact, until 1218, it was the only way for Florentines to cross the Arno without getting their feet wet. The current bridge dates back to 1345, but there was a bridge there […]

    Florence 11: Giotto’s Campanile
    Florence 11: Giotto's Campanile

    The climb up to the top of il Duomo offers fantastic views of everything in the city. Everything, that is, except the dome itself. Luckily, Santa Maria del Fiore offers another option: climbing up the bell tower. Construction on the cathedral (begun in 1296) halted in 1302 when designer Arnolfo di Cambio died. Three decades […]

    Florence 10: il Duomo
    Florence 10: il Duomo

    As mentioned in my previous post, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is best known as il Duomo for the huge octagonal dome at its apex. The cupola, 45 metres (147 feet) in diameter, remains the largest masonry dome ever built. With the lantern on top, the whole structure is nearly 115 metres (375 […]

    Florence 9: Santa Maria del Fiore
    Florence 9: Santa Maria del Fiore

    Beyond all the art and history in Florence, the big thing is the Florence Cathedral, formally known as the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, but usually called simply il Duomo, “the dome.” Walking around the narrow streets of Florence, it is hard to see il Duomo until you are right in its square. When […]

    Florence 8: Museo dell’Opera del Duomo
    Florence 8: Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

    Returning to my series of posts about Florence, here’s a quick look at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, the museum of the works of the cathedral. Opened in 1891, the museum is located directly east of the cathedral. It contains many of the original artworks created for the cathedral and is considered one of the […]

    Stephanie Figueroa (Benning), 1973-2014
    Stephanie Figueroa (Benning), 1973-2014

    I have to interrupt my series of posts about Florence today to write a post that I didn’t expect to be writing for a few years yet. My dear friend, Stephanie Figueroa (née Benning) passed away early this morning after, to my understanding, hitting an unexpected bump in her battle with cancer. She was 40. […]

    Florence 7: Battistero di San Giovanni
    Florence 7: Battistero di San Giovanni

    Built between 1059 and 1128, the Florence Baptistery is one of the oldest buildings in the city, and for about 800 years, all Catholic Florentines were baptized there. The octagonal structure was built on the site of two earlier baptistries dating to at least the early 5th century. Architecturally, the Battistero is considered the forerunner […]


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