Because this blog is going to be about some of the amazing things produced by people across Maine, it may surprise you to hear that I was actually made in Massachusetts: born and raised. My adult life has consisted mostly of hopping around New England, though. I have a friend who once proposed my memoir should be titled “She packed. And then she packed again.”
I’ve moved five times in the last three years. All because I’m passionate about telling stories and sharing my photos with the world — photojournalism drives my life, in and out of the office. Most recently I moved to Bangor to work for the BDN. Hopefully I won’t be moving again anytime soon.
My favorite thing to do every time I pick up and throw my roots back down (besides my job) is to find locally made, locally loved products made by real people in my new home. Finding something that has been locally made makes me feel closer to the community I live in. It makes me feel connected. It can be very hard, moving as much as I do, and locally made products make me feel like I’m home.
And honestly, things that are solidly and beautifully crafted simply make me happy. I deeply appreciate a good farmers market and it’s very difficult to keep me away from any kind of craft fair. I shy away from anything mass produced and gravitate towards character and creativity.
As a photojournalist, my favorite stories have always been ones that bring me to people who share my passion and creativity, but direct it towards a different medium. Whether they’re painting, sculpting, cooking, designing, crafting, farming, or something else entirely, has never really mattered to me. If they have a passion for something, I have a passion for telling their story.
Please stay posted for video stories on people and things that (hopefully) may surprise you. The intent is to update this blog on a weekly basis — but I am just starting a new job, so you may have to bear with me! I’m excited to start my Maine made quest; and I’m excited for you to join me.