Friday, May 15, 2009

End Of The Week Wrap-Up

Yesterday's efforts involved making architectural photographs of an historic old 1920's mansion & estate originally built as the home of one of Maui's founding missionary families. To paraphrase author James Michener, those missionary families came to the islands to do good and ended up doing very well.

Since the mid-1990's, the estate has been owned by the family of the late William E. Simon, former U.S. Secretary of State during three years of Nixon's tenure in the White House. The property has seen several renovations over the years, a major interior renovation completed just a few years ago.

Situated on 42 lush acres in Haiku, the property includes guest & staff quarters, a lovely pool, orchard, gazebo and magnificent rolling lawns and gardens filled with trees of banyan, eucalyptus and exotic palm.I have driven past the place almost daily for over ten years and always wondered what was up there. Unfortunately, I am unable to share pics from the shoot until the commissioning entity, Maui No Ka Oi Magazine publishes the work.

Chef extraordinaire David Paul Johnson has returned to Maui and has just opened a brand new restaurant on Front Street in Lahaina. David Paul's Island Grill features and ever-evolving and daily changing menu of exquisite island cuisine, complete with signature DP southwest flourishes. All reports from the first week of operations is that the place is doing it right. I head up there this evening for a meeting & scout with DP himself, prior to an all day shoot scheduled for Monday. I'll report my own finding as soon as time permits.

Andrew Hetherington of What's the Jackanory? blog fame has posted video of a new portfolio by one of my favorite photographers, Dan Winters. Thanks to Andrew's enabling the video to be embedded, I have added it below. Great work by a great photographer.

OK... that's all the news for now. Have a great weekend one & all. Over & out.

Dan Winters new book from andrew hetherington on Vimeo.

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