First Assignment

By Robert Maxwell | Aug 20, 2021 |

This was the picture that locked in my interest in photography. I think I was in Junior High School at the time and had just started using my grandfathers old camera, a manual Mamiya-Sekor SLR, with threaded manual lenses and a roll of Tri-X black and white film. This camera was not anywhere close to…

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Road Trip

By Robert Maxwell | Jul 10, 2021 |

When I was in high school, My Uncle Bobby made an unannounced visit to my house and told me to get in the car. We were going to go visit Uncle Jesse and Aunt Mae. I grabbed my camera, some film (Tri-X) and off we went over the mountain. Another adventure in Appalachia was about…

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The Motherland

By Robert Maxwell | Jun 18, 2021 |

In the early 1990’s, I had the opportunity to take a few trips to Ukraine not long after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was an interesting time to go to Eastern Europe. Flights were very limited (two western flights per day) and the country was in chaos as a result of their recent…

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Best of Times

By Robert Maxwell | Jun 2, 2021 |

Just the other day, my daughters told me that one of their favorite memories was paddle boarding on the marsh at Hilton Head Island back in 2014. Being out by themselves, accompanied only by the dolphins and birds, got them as close to nature as you can on the island. Mornings like these are what…

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

By Robert Maxwell | May 3, 2021 |

My wife and I actively support the Herndon Village Network here in Herndon, VA. I can’t recall how long we have been working with them, but it has been several years. They are an amazing group of people that provide a much needed, and often overlooked, service to the community. HVN drivers provide essential services,…

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A Remedy for Love

By Robert Maxwell | Apr 30, 2021 |

Last Saturday, I had the honor of working with (and taking photographs for) one of my favorite local charities, Food for Neighbors. My wife and I have been supporting them for the past several years and have enjoyed watching the organization grow, expand to new schools and increase the number of students receiving weekend food.…

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Quiet Time

By Robert Maxwell | Apr 16, 2021 |
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One of the things I love about nature and landscape photography is finding that quiet spot in the woods, at the beach or on a mountaintop. As far back as high school, I remember making time to grab my camera and heading out for a few hours to find an inspiring scene. Sometimes I found…

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Life Is Messy

By Robert Maxwell | Apr 10, 2021 |

Today is National Siblings Day. While this is not a federally recognized holiday, the governors of 49 states have recognized this day at the state level. I’m not sure which state has been the hold out, but they really need to get their act together. If I had to bet, I would pick Vermont. They…

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Mountain Man

By Robert Maxwell | Apr 5, 2021 |

In 1981, when I was in high school, my graphic arts teacher took us on a photography field trip. We travelled up the mountain (Chestnut Ridge) to visit a reenactment encampment of “mountain men”. It was an interesting afternoon for photography, as there were plenty of characters to visit with, black powder rifle demonstrations and…

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The Living Daylights

By Robert Maxwell | Apr 1, 2021 |

I took this photograph in the summer of 1987 while in London on business. This was long before the terrorist attacks on September 11, even though Europe was already experiencing an uptick in terrorism. At this point in history, the Bobbie securing the gate of Buckingham Palace felt comfortable taking time to have a friendly…

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