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  • This is simply a collection of stuff in the yard of a man who lives on the outermost inhabited island on the coast of Maine. My wife was still asleep back in another friend’s home on the island and I was out for an early morning walk all by myself. Finest kind of morning….me, my camera, our dog Lucy and waking up way offshore with Terri.

    As I poked along the south side of the small harbor, I came upon this and I immediately thought of love and faith, not to be at all confused with religion.

    You see, I believe that love and faith are the source of a huge share of the goodness in this world. Conversely, I believe that it is the absence of either quality that is the source of most of the badness that exists. Hence the title.

    Oh, there is one more thing; the dear friends, in whose home we were staying out there, are the people who were directly responsible for me getting back into photography after the six-year hiatus in which I did not pick up a camera after my 1997 illness. It was their love and faith that were the source of my getting back on the horse from which I had been thrown.

    It was that gift on their part that I recall every single day, every time I pick up my cameras or make a print. And, in my humble opinion, the only way to truly say thank you for that sort of love and faith is to lean into it and pay it back in spades, something I try to do with my work and in the way I live my life.

    I do try.
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