just the facts

I use photography as a convenient tool to record and share beauty, often just grabbing a cell phone while breezing by on a walk or ride.  The truth is, I try hard not to take pictures.  I want to appreciate fully what I see but nearly always give in to the capture.  My hope is that what I take and in turn share, provides the same sense of refreshment  to others.   

Monhegan Sun by Kristin Emerson

curriculum vitae

Trinity College:  BA Classics 1972
University of Vermont:  MA Classics 1975
Museum of Fine Arts, Greek & Roman Dept:  1975-1980
Anderson Photo, Concord, MA:  1982-1996
Boston Portrait Company, Boston, MA:  1993-2013
Snug Harbor Gallery - Owner:  2016 -
Emerson Image Bank & Anderson Archives - ongoing

 
My father, William Wheeler Anderson, professional photographer. in Concord MA later half of twentieth century.  Shown here with his rolleiflex.

My father, William Wheeler Anderson, professional photographer. in Concord MA later half of twentieth century.  Shown here with his rolleiflex.

family legacy

Both branches of my family were obsessed with photography.  This may have been their only common trait since one side farmed the land for generations in Concord, MA while the other lived genteelly in Nagasaki as the patriarch oversaw the Mitsubishi shipyard.
The yin and yang of these two families is my genetic mix.  Our family is heir to a staggering number of photographs documenting two very different cultures.  These have become the alluring and demanding core of my life.

Snowshoeing by Anderson / Wheeler and  Brigham farm at Nine Acre Corner (Rte 117) in Concord, MA.   

Maternal grandmother grew up in Japan and attended school in Shanghai.

Esther rode through the woods of Concord noting and recording nature.

Esther rode through the woods of Concord noting and recording nature.

the thoreau connection

Esther Howe (Wheeler) Anderson, paternal grandmother from Concord, took photography one step further by photographing natural phenomena noted by Henry David Thoreau.  She presented slide lectures throughout New England.   Her sensibility spawned many photographers among her descendants, including several professionals.