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Fishermen at Kovalam, India

Kovalam Fishermen
The town of Kovalam is located at the southern tip of India, on the Arabian Sea. It is a resort/beach town but well know also as an oasis for fishermen. On this day, December 14, 2015, the workers have just returned from their morning fishing expedition.

The Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, CA

The San Francisco Suspension Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge was built in 1937, in San Francisco, CA. At the time, it was the largest suspension bridge of its kind. It was designed and built by the engineer Joseph Strauss.

Pride of Baltimore II Firing in Inner Harbor

The Pride of Baltimore II Fires off its Guns
Here's the splendid vessel, "Pride of Baltimore II." She is in Baltimore's Inner Harbor firing off her guns. The historic ship had just returned from a goodwill tour of the US and Canada.

Joe Flacco Celebratng Ravens' Super Bowl Victory

Ravens Celebrate Winning Super Bowl
On February 5, 2013, the Baltimore Ravens celebrated their Super Bowl victory with a parade. In this car is their quarterback, Joe Flacco. He led the team to its best winning season in years.

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About William

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William "Bill" Hughes is an author, photojournalist, illustrator, attorney, professional actor and world traveler. In his salad days, he worked on the waterfront as a member of the International Longshoremen Unions. As an actor, Hughes has appeared in many movies over the years; including four of John Waters' films, Matt Porterfield's classic, "Sollers Point," and Joe Portera's documetary on the Maryland Film Censor Board, "Sickies Making Films."  Hughes is a native of Baltimore and a graduate of... more

Introduction: What Photography Means to Me

       Photography for me is capturing the moment, the emotion, and documenting the scene. It could be a picture of someone getting arrested and/or of a child exuding excitement about feeding a wild bird. I also enjoy taking photos of places: nature, glorious mountains, huge glaciers, and colorful creatures like the mighty Orcas of Alaska. And, least I forget, bringing home a photo of the majestic condor in flight over Patagonia, Chile.

     Baltimore, too, the city of my birth, is one of my favorite subjects. Please note my poster of 50 photos of my fave sites in and around the city. It is found in my "fourth" project. That goes, also, for all the city's diverse personalities who make it such a vibrant, exciting and evolving municipality. From attending the annual HONfest in Hampden; to an oldtimers' baseball ceremony (Baltimore Orioles), honoring Hall of Famer pitcher, "Big Jim" Palmer, at Camden Yards; to a literary reading featuring noted authors, such as Laura Lippman, it is a joy for me to bring those events and personalities to life with my photographs.

    That same principle applies to my photographs of places, people and scenes on a local, national and/or a global scale. For example, I would like fans of my photography to view a photo I’ve taken of a person or scene in a foreign country, such as the flight of the hot air balloons over Cappadocia, Turkey and/or of a Myan Temple in Guatamala,  and say to themselves, “Hey, I would love to go there someday.” To me, that would be the highest compliment of my work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     William “Bill” Hughes
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  • The Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park

    A Charity Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point
    The polar bear plunge is an annual event held at Sandy Point State Park. It's all for charity. Here are a group of undergraduates from the U.S. Naval Academy getting out of the cold waters of the Chesapeake Bay after taking the plunge. This photo was taken on January 26, 2013. That is the Bay Bridge in the background.

Who's On "First?"

People come in all sizes and shapes.  Sometimes, they are seen in action , driven and propelled by a sense of a high moral duty as was the case of the peace activist, Diane Wilson - arrested - on the White House lawn.  For folks simply relaxing, I have photo of a young couple sitting on top of a canon on historic Federal Hill. Then, I added my Pop Art Poster of sixteen photos reflecting my week-long trip to Havana, Cuba; and also spotlighted a  photo of a majestic condor in flight over Patagonia, Chile. State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby was featured, too, for speaking out for the rights of women. Her topic  was -  "Women Warriors." I left some room for a sport's icon in this one: "Big Jim" Palmer at Camden Yards; and added a daring High Wire Walker, Nik Wallenda (Inner Harbor); along with a shot of the "Birdboy of Mt. Hood, Oregon." I've been told that no matter what you to do in the visual arts, always try to leave space for some fun. So, I did by displaying photos of a patriotic marching band, playing  "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy;" and finishing, this project, with my creation of a digitalized John Waters, a Baltimore filmmaking icon. (By way of full disclosure, yours truly appeared in four of his films.)

  • The Arrest of Activist Diane Wilson on the White House Lawn

    Diane Wilson Arrested on White House Lawn
    Social Justice and Peace activist, Diane Wilson, is arrested on June 19, 2017. She is a longtime champion of a peaceful America and an opponent of our Endless Wars. The arrest took place on the White House lawn, Washington, D.C.
  • Blasting Off from Federal Hill

    Blast Off from Federal Hill
    A young couple is seen on April 23, 2013. They are enjoying themselves sitting on top of a canon on historic Federal Hill, which is locatef in South Baltimore and overlooks the Inner Harbor.
  • Havana, Cuba Gets the Pop Art Treatment

    Pop Art Tradition Comes Havana's Way
    From May 9 to May 16, 2016, I enjoyed a lovely holiday in the picturesque city of Havana, Cuba. I took lots of photos. Then, I made a poster of my favorite ones in the tradition of Pop Art.
  • Majesty in Flight, Condor over Patagonia. Chile

    The Condor in Flight, Chile
    On December 1, 2013, I was visiting the Patagonia area of Chile in South America. I was lucky enough to get this photo of the majestic Condor in flight with a backdrop of the blue sky and a few clouds.
  • Marilyn Mosby on Rights of Women

    Fighter for Women's Rights: Marilyn Mosby
    Marilyn Mosby is the State's Attorney for Baltimore City. She's been involved in a number of very controversial cases over the years. But, on January 21, 2017, at a rally at 33rd Street & Charles, she showed up to support the Rights of Women. It turned out to be a very popular thing to do. She gave a spirited speech, entitled: "Women Warriors." A backstory and a video of her comments can be found at https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/marilyn-mosby-speaks-warrior-women/2017/01/24
  • Big Jim Palmer in Action at Camden Yards

    Jim Palmer: One of the Oriole Greats
    On July 14, 2012, the Baltimore Orioles celebrated an "Old Timers Night." One of their greatest pitchers, "Big Jim" Palmer, showed up. He was still in top form as he is seen launching a pitch towards home plate. Fellow Oriole celebrities: Earl Weaver, Cal Ripken and Eddie Murray are there enjoying the moment. The ceremony took place at Camden Yards.
  • Nik Wallenda - King of the High Wire - at the Inner Harbor

    Nik Wallenda Conquers the Inner Harbor
    The Inner Harbor of Baltimore was no match for the skills of the King of the High Wire performers - Nik Wallenda. The photo was taken on May 12, 2012.
  • The Birdboy of Mt. Hood, Oregon

    Birdfeeding on Mt. Hood
    On April 8, 2013, I captured this photo of a very proud young man feeding a hungry black-chinned hummingbird on Mt. Hood, Oregon. The adult in the picture is even more excited about the feeding than the young man.
  • I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy!

    Celebrating Defenders Day
    The marching band at the Flag House, on September 15, 2010. They were in top form celebrating "Defender's Day" in Baltimore.
  • A Digitalized John Waters

    Here Comes John Waters
    One of Baltimore's favorite sons - Filmmaker & Comedian - John Waters, September 10, 2018, gets digitalized.

"Second" Place Isn't a Bad Position

Sometimes, the context makes the moment, as it did when I witnessed a tourist walking ashore at the Pia Glacier in the South American country of Chile. I must tell that you that the ride over Cappadocia, Turkey, in a hot air balloon was very exciting. At a Baltimore "City Fair," I caught a dog, on a really hot humid day, getting himself a much-needed drink. Way to go pooch. Enter Brooks Robinson. He is a Baltimore Orioles' icon and one of baseball's greatest third basemen. He deserved a monument. My poster, "Americana," is featured.  It contains fifty photos on that subject and spotlighted many of the most revered places in our blessed nation. The huge Orcas of Northern British Columbia are splendid creatures and worth a trip across the country to check out. On a journey to the Galapagos Islands, I met the colorful Iguana.  Moving on, I captured a photo of Manhattan, New York City, in the morning, via the ferry ride to Staten Island. Next up was a photo of three energetic runners in the annual Baltimore Marathon. Finally, I ended this project with an "Ode to the Wind" icon from the port city of  Punta Arenas, in Chile.

  • Stepping Ashore at Pia Glacier, Chile

    Landing at Pia Glacier, Chile
    A tourist steps ashore, on December 2, 2013, at Pia Glacier, Chile. The boat crew kindly prepared a carpet path for her to walk on. The location is in the deep south of Chile.
  • Ballooning Over Cappadocia, Turkey

    Balloons Over Turkey
    On October 6, 2002, I took this photo while flying in a hot air balloon over Cappadocia, Turkey. It is located in the Central Anatolia region of the country.
  • A Dog's Best Friend: A Fire Hydrant

    Beating the Heat: Doggie Style
    On July 17, 2010, in Baltimore, near the arts school on Mt. Royal Avenue, I took this photo at a City Fair event.
  • Brooks Robinson's Monument Unveiled in Baltimore

    Honoring Brooks Robinson
    On Oct. 22, 2011, I attended this ceremony, in Baltimore, near Camden Yards honoring Brooks Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles. A monument was dedicated to him.
  • Americana (Poster)

    Honoring America
    On February 18, 2016, I created this poster honoring America and its most famous sites. They range from locations in the wild west of our country, to our nation's capital, the the land of the mighty Redwoods in California.
  • The MIghtly Orcas of Northern British Columbia

    The Mighty Orcas of Canada
    On August 3, 2018, I took this photos of Orcas swimming off the coast of northern British Columbia. It is located on the west coast of Canada and south of the state of Alaska.
  • The Iguana of the Galapagos

    Galapagos and the Iguana
    Part of my life's journey was a visit to the fabled Galapagos Islands. They are located five hundred miles west of the country of Ecuador in the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. One of the colorful creatures that inhabit the islands is the Iguana. The climate suits it well, plus there aren't that many predators running loose. I took this picture on February 27, 2015.
  • Morning in Manhattan

    Manattan Via Staten Island Ferry
    On the ferry to Staten Island, on September 7, 2012, I captured this photo early in the morning of lower Manhattan, New York City.
  • The Annual Marathon Day in Baltimore City

    Marathon Day in Bmore
    The annual marathon race in Baltimore is a 26.2 miles event. I captured this photo on October 15, 2010, at the intersection of 33rd and Barclay Streets. At this point, the racers are about six miles from the finish line.
  • An Ode to the Wind Icon in Chile

    The Wind is Celebrating in Chile
    On November 30, 2013, I took this photo in the port city of Punta Arenas, Chile. I named it "Ode to the Wind."

Pausing: A Word About My Digital Journey

Let's face it, digital today is the thing in the realm of the camera. It wasn't, however, always that way. Years ago, when I was growing up in Locust Point, I had a little polaroid. I loved going down to Fort McHenry with it. Taking photos of the ships coming in and out of the harbor was my big  thrill. When I got done taking  a roll of films (usually not that many), I had to take it to the local drug store, at Fort Avenue and Hull Street, to get it developed. Then, the painful part followed - waiting.  I had to wait, and wait some more, for the film to be developed. Then, when that process was done, I would find out just how many of my supposedly "great" photos had to be discarded. That was always a bummer moment.  Back in the mid-1980s, the digital camera was put on the market for the mass consumer. Over the years, I've used digital cameras from the top of the line producers. Now, I can keep and edit tons of my photos right on my own memory stick and delete the ones I don't want to save. The camera, too, has undergone tremendous improvements in just about every facet of photography. I realize just how lucky I am to have some of the best cameras in the world avaiable for my use. I keep in mind, too, it wasn't always that way.

  • Seagulls Preparing for Take Off in Fell's Point

    Seagulls LIned-up at the Broadway Pier
    They are lined-up for take off! It's close to flight time for a group of seagulls at the Broadway Pier near Thames Street in Fell's Point. The latter is Baltimore's oldest neighborhood. This photo was taken on February 27, 2010. In the background is the Domino Sugar Refinery and Locust Point, where yours truly was raised. In fact, I learned how to swim in the waters at the foot of Hull Street.

"Third" Works, Too. Think Three's Company!

 I started this project off with a picture taken on the Colorado River of the Navajo Bridge Twins. We're talking Grand Canyon country. I love history, so I needed to also spotlight General Samuel Smith's monument on Federal Hill. HONfest, an annual city fun happening, is spotted, too. Mt. Hood, Oregon is one of my fave vacation spots, so it was just natural that it would be included.  All of the above brought me to swampy New Orleans and a kid wearing an alligator for a cap. Up next was my "Postcards from the South of India," all four, via my photographs. Enter Laura Lippman! One of America's most famous mystery writers who often does readings around Bmore. The wonders of Alaska never ceased to amaze me. Here, too, you will find a photo of a gigantic glacier next to a zodiac vessel. An ancient Mayan Temple in Guatemala is also featured. Finally, in this project, I submitted a photo of the active Poas Vocano found just south of the border in Costa Rico.

  • The Navajo Bridge Twins Over the Colorado River

    Bridge Twins Over the Colorado River
    On May 20, 2014, while white water rafting on the Colorado River, I captured this photo of the Navajo Bridge Twins. All of the above is situated in the magnificent Grand Canyon.
  • Ode to General Samuel Smith: Hero of the War of 1812-14

    Gen. Samuel Smith's Monument
    Sitting as a guardian over the city on Federal Hlll is a moument to General Samuel Smith. This photw was taken on April 2, 2017, in South Baltimore, near the Inner Harbor. Smith was also a former Mayor of Baltimore, a member of the House of Representatives and a U.S. Senator from Maryland.
  • HONfest Celebration in Hampden (HON)

    Celebrating HONfest on The Avenue
    HONfest is an annual celebration held in the Baltimore neighborhood of Hampden. Here's a photo taken on June 6, 2018, of four colorfully dressed ladies joining in the fun. They are standing on the sidewalk, on "The Avenue," aka 36th Street.
  • Mt. Hood, Oregon, as seen from Cloud Cap

    The Westside of Mt. Hood
    This photo of Mt. Hood, Oregon was taken on August 8, 2017. I was standing on another smaller mountatin, Cloud Cap, when I took it. Mt. Hood stands at 11.200 feet and is located about 50 miles east from the city of Portland, OR.
  • An Alligator Cap in Swampy New Orleans

    Alligator Time in the Big Easy
    I was in "The Big Easy" for a week long visit back in February of 2018. After taking in the famous "French Quarter," I decided to take a boat ride to check out the swampy area just outside of the city. I captured this photo, on February 5, 2018, of a young boy on our boat with a baby alligator sitting on his head. The captain of the boat, a man of Creole ancestry, pulled off the stunt. The kid loved it as did his mother.
  • Postcards from the South of India

    South of India Postcards
    In November, 2013, I enjoyed a tour of the south of India. It included taking in the cultural sites, especially the theatre; local monuments; and the people, at play and at work.
  • Laura Lippman - Mystery Writer Extraordinaire

    Mystery Writer- Laura Lippman
    Laura Lippman is one of America's most acclaimed and talented mystery authors. On September 7, 2010, I caught her giving a reading at one of the local literary scenes, in Baltimore.
  • A Glacier & a Zodiac in Alaska

    The Zodiac and the Glacier
    This is a photo of a large glacier in southeast Alaska taken on August 19, 2019, next to a Zodiac vessel. All the glaciers in the great state of Alaska are currently in the process of receding.
  • A Mayan Temple in Guatamala

    A Temple in Guatemala
    On April 2, 2010, I took this photo of an ancient Mayan Temple in the country of Guatemala. Among other things, the Temple was used for both human and animal sacrifices and prayers to the Gods.
  • Poas Vocano in Costa Rico

    The photo was taken on July 7,2008, of Poas Vocano in Costa Rico. It is an active vocano and stands at 8,885 feet.

And, Batting "Fourth" Can Be a Game Changer

I wanted to finish off my last project - big.  So, standing on Federal Hill, I took a shot of the "Pride of Baltimore II" as she passed by the World Trade Center in the Inner Harbor. Moving on, this is what Northern Spain looked like from Mount Igueldo as we headed into Pamplona and Basque country. Baltimore took center stage next with my poster, it contains fifty photos, of some of my fave sites around the city. I also worked in a shot of Manhattan (NYC) taken from the fabed Brooklyn Bridge. Up next was "The Blue Mosque" which is located in the city of Istanbul, Turkey. Then, I headed as far south as I dared to go - Cape Horn! It can be found at the southern most part of South America. Chile has jurisdiction over it. I also submitted a photo of a cat, as if she were standing guard, at ancient Ephesus, Turkey. The feline creatures are a favorite of the peoples of Turkey.  I  introduced, too, a photo of a joyful crowd celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  Ode to the colors of that festival. I shifted gears and recalled the youthful protest action at the inauguration of President Donald Trump.  Finally, few in Baltimore will forget that infamous "Sinkhole" that showed up on 26th and St. Paul Streets a few summers ago.