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dear Steve Jobs

hi – i just wanted you too know I love your ipad more and more. i took it with me on the ferry today
to Long Island in Casco Bay Maine. i am using a verizon thingy to write you now wirelessly!

have a great day! ps i am a photographer and really love showing my photographs on it!

thanks again from The Boat House!!! you should come some time!

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1 i continue to love it
2 it is amazing for seeing my photographs

3 it is even more amazing for sharing my photos with others! did that yesterday in portland maine at beckies dinner4

4 people are delighted and almost levitated by your gorgeous ipad creation!

5 if you come to town you might stop at beckies. maybe we could meet and talk abit!

6 again, thanks for the ipad! oh, i hope its ok, but sometimes i call it the islate

best, donald veger Donald Verger Photography

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Dear Steve – a quick note to let you know that I LOVE your ipad invention!!!

thank you very much! more impressions to follow

Respectfully and gratefully

Donald Verger

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After a while of tossing around the idea, and a few weeks of struggling with the final decisions, Donald Verger has a new calendar hot off the press! Inspired by various poster calendars, including those by Linnea Design, Dana Heacock, and Kate Libby, Donald Verger decided that a poster calendar would be a great way to make his photography serve a function, while still being a beautiful piece of art.

We began our process by choosing the best images to suit the design. There were plenty of brilliant images to choose from, and the only problem was, there were so many we wanted to include! Ultimately we gathered together the opinions of friends, family, strangers, professionals, and a few enthusiastic Starbucks employees, in order to choose the final twelve.

The final week or two of design was an incredible amount of work. For a product that appears so fresh and simple, there are a lot of details that need to be taken into account. Hours were spent debating issues such as the size of the font, whether or not we should have borders, the weight of the paper, the packaging, and so much more! It’s much easier said than done.

Choosing the final details of the cover were also difficult, but ultimately we chose Verger’s signature image Dawn of Peace to represent the very first of the collectible poster calendars. We also decided on using Verger’s actual signature on the cover as our special touch.

The final creation consists of twelve striking images that range from bold lighthouses, to brilliant blossoms, fall foliage, and much more. The dates are subtly placed over the image, so as not to take away from the photograph. They also fit a standard 11×14 frame and can be hung individually or all together.

Watch for updates! More to come… but for now take a look at the calendar!

Special thanks to the folks at Linnea Design and Annie Catherine who were a huge help in this process!

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New Jersey Road Trip

Donald Verger and his partner, Lois Kenney, have been traveling the New Jersey coast photographing the scenery and collecting sea glass for Lois’ unique jewelry. Yesterday they explored Sandy Hook, and today they arrived in Cape May in the midst of a snowstorm. Keep checking in for photography and updates from the travels!

Also, check for updates on Donald’s Twitter!

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COLUMN
Selling art that will set people free

BILL NEMITZ
March 5, 2009

Read The Original Portland Press Herald Story here….

If you stop by the North Star Music Cafe at 225 Congress St. on Friday evening, you’ll notice that the renowned photographer Donald Verger has opened a show there and is donating 100 percent of the proceeds to the New York City-based Innocence Project.

He’s doing it not just because he supports the Innocence Project’s quest to free people who are stuck in jail, accused or convicted of crimes they did not commit, but also because only weeks ago, right here in Portland, he was one of them.

“I’d like what happened to me to be an opportunity for something good,” Verger said Wednesday.

First, what happened.

On the afternoon of Dec. 31, according to Portland police Capt. Vern Malloch, a stylist at Studio One, a hair salon on Middle Street, called 911.

She told police that a man had just come into the salon and asked for an unscheduled haircut. She already had a customer and told him she couldn’t squeeze him in.

The stylist thought the man had left at that point – until she heard the sound of jangling change out by the cash register. Running out to the front of the salon, she saw the man trying to make off with the cash register.

She confronted him. They struggled. She fell to the floor. The man fled empty-handed.

When police arrived, the victim described her assailant as a clean-shaven white man in his 60s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, 180 pounds, wearing khaki pants and a blue waist-length jacket.

Verger, 61, who moved to Portland three years ago from Casco, generally matches that physical description. On that day, he also happened to be wearing khakis and a dark waist-length jacket.

And alas, after spending the morning out on Peaks Island photographing the back shore in a snowstorm, he was meandering through the shops in the Old Port that afternoon when two police officers approached him on Exchange Street.

While the officers spoke with Verger (he was not yet handcuffed), another officer performed a “show up” with the victim – a common strategy whereby the victim eyeballs the person being detained and tells police whether he’s the guy.

After a couple of passes, Malloch said, the woman said, “That’s the man who robbed me.”

Verger, whose donated photography graces places such as Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital’s new Fore River facility, had never been accused of a crime, let alone convicted of one.

And since he’s always taking pictures, the time stamps on the photos in his digital camera would show that he was shooting a Boston Red Sox bumper sticker on Exchange Street while the attempted robbery unfolded two blocks away.

Nevertheless, based on the victim’s identification, police handcuffed Verger, told him he was being charged with robbery (a Class B felony) and loaded him – gently, he notes – into the back of a cruiser.

“I asked them where they were taking me,” Verger said. “And to my astonishment, they told me I was being taken to jail.”

And there he stayed that night, all of New Year’s Day and part of the next day, before frantic relatives and friends were able to get to a bank and then post his $10,000 cash bail. (He had trouble at first even reaching them on their cell phones, which don’t accept collect calls.)

Like the police, Verger said, the guards at the Cumberland County Jail treated him with “kindness and respect” the entire time he was behind bars. Still, he has trouble talking in detail about how it felt to go, in the blink of an eye, from law-abiding citizen to accused felon.

“It’s very, very frightening to be accused, to be jailed and in fact to have a charge against you,” Verger said.

It’s also humiliating. A brief story on the arrest, including Verger’s name, appeared in this newspaper on Jan. 3. It seemed, Verger said, as if the entire world read it.

‘THEY GOT THE WRONG GUY’

Upon his release, Verger made a beeline to Portland attorney Peter DeTroy. And slowly but surely, the cloud over him began to dissipate.

“It was pretty clear early on that it didn’t make a whole lot of sense,” said DeTroy. “They got the wrong guy.”

For starters, DeTroy said, there was no motive. Verger, known far beyond Maine for his artistry with a camera, didn’t need the money.

Then there’s his record. Instead of a rap sheet, Verger’s resume includes countless acts of philanthropy – he even founded the widely acclaimed Children’s Discovery Museum and the Science Discovery Museum, both in Acton, Mass.

Drinking? Mental impairment? Not according to several witnesses who interacted with Verger that day up to and including the time of the robbery.

Fingerprints? Police dusted the hair salon and found nothing that pointed to Verger.

Meanwhile, as DeTroy and his private investigator built a documented timeline that placed Verger nowhere near the crime, police had the customer who was in the shop at the time of the robbery look at a lineup that included Verger.

The customer, Malloch said, “wasn’t able to identify anyone.”

That left the hair stylist’s identification as the only evidence against Verger. Little wonder that on Feb. 6, rather than proceed with plans to present the case to a grand jury, the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office quietly dismissed the robbery charge.

TROUBLE WITH EYEWITNESSES

Malloch said the police department agrees wholeheartedly with the DA’s decision to drop the case. And although detectives continue to investigate the Studio One robbery, Verger is no longer considered a suspect.

Malloch acknowledged that when it comes to someone who’s innocent, “three days is too long … 10 minutes is too long” to have to spend in jail.

Still, he added, “I think the criminal investigation system worked the way it’s supposed to work,” by acting on probable cause and then continuing to investigate to determine whether the right person is in custody.

Defense attorney DeTroy takes a somewhat different view.

“People believe overwhelmingly that the most compelling evidence is eyewitness testimony,” DeTroy said. Yet study after study shows that “it’s pretty unreliable.”

That it is.

Just ask Christopher Gallant of South Portland, who spent eight hours in the county lockup last month after three witnesses mistakenly said he was the perpetrator of a carjacking at the Maine Mall.

He’s now contemplating legal action against the city of South Portland.

DeTroy also noted that not all people accused of serious crimes have the means to hire a top-shelf defense team. Had Verger been indigent, DeTroy said, “I think he would have been indicted (and gone to trial), I truly do.”

That same thought occurred to Verger even as he was riding to jail in the back of the police cruiser. It was an epiphany of sorts, he said, knowing that he was innocent, that he had a lot of well-placed people who would (and did) write letters on his behalf, and that however traumatizing the whole thing was, he would soon get his life back.

But what, he wondered, if he were poor? Or homeless? Or not Caucasian? Or uneducated?

“I don’t know that that person would be out of jail and not prosecuted for a crime they did not commit,” he said.

TAKING UP A NEW CAUSE

That’s what got Verger thinking about the Innocence Project, which since 1992 has used DNA testing to exonerate 215 people falsely convicted of crimes, including 16 inmates who were on death row.

In more than 75 percent of those cases, the project reports, eyewitness misidentification contributed to the wrongful conviction.

Though some people continue to tell him that he should sue the pants off everyone involved in his case, Verger says he will not.

Rather, he will hang his stunning scenic and close-up photographs, along with smaller greeting cards and prints of his work, at the North Star Music Cafe starting Friday evening. To buy one, he said, is to make a donation to the Innocence Project, and to people far less fortunate than himself.

Contacted at the project’s Manhattan headquarters, Development Director Audrey Levitin said Verger’s generosity “will enable us to free more innocent people.”

“We’re deeply grateful to Mr. Verger for bringing his considerable talents to help the Innocence Project,” she said.

Truth be told, Verger said, he’s also helping himself – in a way no lawsuit ever could.

“This is the direction I want my life to go in right now,” he said.

That and a slight change in wardrobe.

“Whenever possible,” Verger said, “I no longer wear khaki pants.”

Columnist Bill Nemitz can be contacted at 791-6323 or at:

bnemitz@pressherald.com

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New Images at DonaldVerger.com

Donald Verger has some beautiful new images on his site!

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Slowly, more and more of Donald Verger‘s beautiful photography is being made available as Fine Art posters. Here is a current list with a little information about each photo, there will be more to come! To purchase any of these posters, click on the title below the image. All posters fit a standard 18×24 poster frame, and make a great gift.
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Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse- Acadia National Park

Donald Verger was on his way to Manchester when he heard that up in Acadia, Maine there would be a strong autumn storm with winds whipping up to 50mph. He immediately turned around and made his way to Acadia where the bad weather would provide the opportunity for some beautiful pictures. Now, he’s added this image of Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse into the series of fine art posters. This image was taken in the morning, though it was to be the middle of the storm, a calm morning can be seen as the clouds move in.

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Dawn of Peace

This is one of Verger’s signature images, taken at sunrise when it was -30 degrees. The fog is surreal and peaceful as it lifts off the glassy lake. The subtle array of colors in this image make for a stunning scene.

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Storm at Nubble Lighthouse

This image was taken during the Patriot’s Day Storm, April ’07. Verger made it to the lighthouse that day, taking thousands of pictures of the raging waves and churning muddy ocean. “This was something extraordinary I don’t expect to see again in my lifetime,” Verger explained while describing the featured image. An entire post about this image is available here.

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Under the Rainbow- Nubble Lighthouse

An image of Nubble with a storm breaking up while revealing a very bright rainbow.

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Rainbow at Portland Head Light

Another image of a colorful rainbow, but of Portland Head Light instead. The dramatic light of sunset make the bold red roof even more rich and vibrant, and the lighthouse looks stunning in the glow.

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Nubble Lighthouse- A Bright Beacon

Verger once again captures a serene moment, the clouds appear painted in the light of sunset, and Nubble Lighthouse glows vibrant orange. The intensity and surreal beauty of this image is sure to make the photograph visually rewarding in such a large format, and a favorite of this series.

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Summer’s Peace

A bright image full of peaceful summer sunlight. Surrounded by nature, the colorful laundry makes this a very playful photograph.

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Sunflowers- Farmer’s Market

A warm summery shot of these beautiful and bold flowers fills this image with warmth and smiles. Taken at Portland Farmer’s Market, in Maine, where fresh local food and flowers are available.

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Thunder Hole- Acadia National Park

An energetic blast of water sprays into the air, Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park.

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Lightning Strike- Portland Head Light

This is a great sweeping view of the shore, a fantastic shot of the blue sea. The clouds seem to be racing through, and a bolt of lightning can be scene striking down to earth behind the famous lighthouse. Cool blues and moody lighting look great in this image.

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You may have heard of the Lighthouse Depot up in Maine, a prestigious gift shop sporting the largest variety of lighthouse gifts and high-quality merchandise from all around the globe. And now, Donald Verger, is honored to be selling some of his art in this store.

Lighthouses are such a strong, solid, symbol of coastal history and many people love that beauty and symbolism these guardians offer. Often, families and enthusiasts will plan vacations to visit several lighthouses, or just a favorite one which they visit regularly. In 1992, this group began a monthly publication of Lighthouse Digest with 34 paid subscribers, and shortly after, opened their store in Wells. The store has grown over time, two whole floors full of lighthouse gifts, representing many states and 20 countries. And better still… a percentage of all sales goes to various lighthouse preservation groups around the country.

Their website offers hundreds of lighthouse tales, an online catalog, as well as links to other lighthouse sites. Lighthouse lovers can’t miss this!

For a link to Donald Verger’s work available through the Lighthouse Depot see, click here.

Enjoy!

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Join Donald Verger and many other artists for the First Friday Art Walk in Portland, Maine. The First Friday Art Walk is a self guided tour through art studios, galleries, museums, and alternative art venues. The event is held on the first Friday of each month from 5-8 pm.

OUR MISSION is to open the doors of Portland’s visual arts community by joining together and introducing a wider audience to the unique vitality of the artists and venues of Portland. Promoting interest with non-exclusivity and easy access, thereby strengthening the arts and community through diversity and celebration.

The First Friday Art Walk

Donald Verger’s work will be on display during the First Friday Art Walk, as well as all month long in Artist & Craftsman Supplies.

More information:
Artist & Craftsman
540 Deering Avenue

“Please join us on First Friday and all month long during regular business hours to view photographs by Donald Verger. Donald’s colorful and moody photographs portray scenes from Maine’s landscape.”
M-F 8am-7:30pm, Sat 9am-7:30pm, Sun 10am-6pm.
http://www.artistcraftsman.com
207 772 7272
Venue Description: Artist and Craftsman Supply offers quality discount art supplies, for professionals, students, children, and crafters since 1985.
Hours: M-F: 8am-7pm S: 9am-7pm Sun: 10am-6pm

Hope to see you at this exciting event!

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Donald Verger was on his way to Manchester when he heard that up in Acadia, Maine there would be a strong autumn storm with winds whipping up to 50mph. He immediately turned around and made his way to Acadia where the bad weather would provide the opportunity for some beautiful pictures. Now, he’s added this image of Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse into the series of fine art posters. This image was taken in the morning, though it was to be the middle of the storm, a calm morning can be seen as the clouds move in.

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This is one of Verger’s signature images, taken at sunrise when it was -30 degrees. For more information about these photographs and more visit Donald Verger’s Site.

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After doing some research to find out which photographs are the most viewed and loved, Donald Verger has turned those images into Fine Art Posters. Four photographs, two of Nubble Light house, and two of Portland Head Light have so far been made into the 18×24 posters. Each one has something distinctly beautiful about it. The moments Verger has chosen illustrate the fury and beauty of storms, as well as dramatic light offered by sunsets. The magic Verger can make happen with a camera and a lovely sight can be fully appreciated in these images.
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The series of posters are available at various giftshops along the Maine coast, or online at donaldverger.com.

Have any comments or questions? Feedback is loved! Let us know your thoughts.

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Donald Verger is again proud to announce another image in his series of fine art posters. The second photograph in this series, “A Bright Beacon”, is a favorite of Verger’s followers because of it’s striking beauty.
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Verger once again captures a serene moment, the clouds appear painted in the light of sunset, and Nubble Lighthouse glows vibrant orange. The intensity and surreal beauty of this image is sure to make the photograph visualy rewarding in such a large format, and a favorite of this series.

The posters are now available to purchase. Be sure to take a peak at the unique “Storm at Nubble Lighthouse”, which capture’s the furious seas and crashing waves of the Patriot’s Day storm.

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Postcards

Donald Verger‘s complete collection of postcards and new fine art poster of Nubble Lighthouse are available on DonaldVerger.com

Natures Lace

Donald Verger‘s well- loved photography is available in more than just prints. Verger has a variety of postcards featuring floral images, shots of Nubble Lighthouse and Portland headlight, as well as other photos. Of all the places, the hundreds of thousands of shots he’s taken, this collection of photographs are among the favorites. Many people collect the postcards to frame them, and they’ve been sent all over the world.  

New Years Peace

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At the peak of Munjoy Hill is the cozy Hilltop Cafe which housed Donald Verger‘s most recent show “Faces of Innocence”. This show featured a collection of work which focuses on a new subject, instead of the familiar lighthouses and nature scenes, Verger presents his audience with images of people. His style still holds onto the beautiful use of color, luminous light, as well as patience and the eye to catch that perfect moment. The photography embodies a new personality, people are caught in moments going about their daily lives, and presented for us to examine. Character shines through this collection and Verger’s photography is brought to a much more personal level as you see eye to eye with smiling strangers you’ve never met, but somehow feel that you’ve gotten to know then though the art alone.

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Donald Verger has been working on his Innocence Project Benefit shows in order to aid and support The Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization based in New York, dedicated to freeing individuals accused and imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. This organization is also helping to fix problems in the criminal justice system which allow such errors to occur. Verger was a victim of misidentification and now uses his story as inspiration and his photography as a medium to help others.

Thank you for the support of all those who have come to shows and donated to the Innocence Project.

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  Jim Daniels Photography is venturing into it’s next phase—selling select prints online. 

Jim has created a portfolio of his favorite photographs drawn from his 30 year career as a storyteller and photojournalist. In celebration of this new offering, there will be a gala opening show on March 27, 2009, from 4:30 to 8 pm. On view will be thirty photographs. There will be a silent auction of the framed prints on display, and unframed prints ordered on the night of the show will be $275. Unframed prints may be ordered on-line for $300 at any time. Wine and hors d’oeurves will be served.

As many of you know, Jim has recently been diagnosed with cancer. This new offering from Jim Daniels Photography is a continuation of his professional career while he heals and gets strong enough to resume his life as an intrepid international photojournalist. The evening has all the makings of a grand party, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Please forward this email to anyone you think might be interested.

 

 
  WHEN
March 27, 2009
4:30 to 8pm
WHERE
Baxter Place Building
(Old Jameson Gallery)
305 Commercial Street
Portland ME 04101
207 772 5522
QUESTIONS?
David Puelle
207 846 4064
dpuelle@maine.rr.com

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There is a powerful new book, Picking Cotton, about misidentification. A powerful story of the criminal justice system going wrong and of ultimate forgiveness and new insights.

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Donald is planning a show to Benefit the Innocence Project for the month of April at Portland, Maine’s Hilltop Cafe, 90 Congress Street. Return to this blog for details coming soon. In the meantime, google the new and powerful book, Picking Cotton by Ronald Cotton and Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Erin Torneo. 

Ronald, Jennifer, and Erin recived the 2008 Soros Justice Media Fellowship for this couragous book.

Visit their website.

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