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A different kind of Board of Directors


This week I photographed the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Board of Directors at their headquarters in the historic Darlington Schoolhouse in Mahwah, New Jersey. No suits or ties for this Board…think hiking boots, Tilley hats, t-shirts and shorts…North Face, not Nordstroms.

As a longtime member of the Trail Conference, it was my pleasure to offer my services to document the board members in front of the shiny, old headquarters.


Though the temperatures were well into the 80s and the air thick with humidity, everyone was a trouper and we made a ‘family portrait’ of a great group of volunteers. These people can clearly withstand the elements, even when conditions are brutal! I would expect no less from an organization dedicated to creating, protecting, and promoting a network of over 2,000 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey region.

Following the Board portrait, I took a photograph of the professional senior staff members on a trail right next to the front door of the HQ. I am not kidding, but 10 feet to our left was a very calm deer grazing for a while as we set up for the portraits and then decided to walk into our scene.



If YOU want to be a part of this rugged group of individuals, become a member! Your membership to the Trail Conference supports the work of the organization, gives you opportunities to take part in volunteer projects and training workshops, and entitles you to discounts at many local outdoor stores. What more could you ask for?

Check out the NYNJTC website for more information on their work & how to become a member.

And if you’re looking for MORE adventure in the NY-NJ area, be sure to check out the online series Unboring Exploring by my Studio Manager, Krysti Sabins. She’ll take you on some of the Trail Conference’s top hiking trails, while entertaining you every step of the way! Watch an episode featuring Jersey’s own Norvin Green State Forest below:

Montclair Film Festival

Montclair Film Festival

The fourth Montclair Film Festival ended this past weekend. I saw four movies and went to see film director, Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) speak.  I love the Film Festival. I love seeing movies I would not normally get to see, plus I often get to hear from the filmmakers themselves when there are Q&A sessions after the showing.

One of the movies I saw, The Tribe, was one of the most unusual. This foreign film is done totally in Ukrainian Sign Language…with no subtitles, translation or explanation. It was amazing. Almost a silent movie, I could understand about 75% of what was happening. As a film viewer, I could feel the alienation that a deaf person feels in a hearing world. The movie was provocative, dangerous and violent.

Montclair was bustling on both of the weekends that the Festival was on. Hundreds of extra people walking the streets, buskers playing music in various places, and the Montclair Center BID Center Stage was presenting bands on busy Church Street. Church St Montclair music



Free First Thursday at Montclair Art Museum

On May 7, the Montclair Art Museum opens its doors and it’s totally free. You can tour the whole museum, take part in the special events, and there’s a cash bar!

In fact, I am one of the Special Events that night…

Do you HATE posing for pictures? Do you know how often one is the subject of a photograph: at work and at family events? Well, I will let you in on the secrets of standing and smiling for photographs that bring out the best in you. It’s called “Strike a pose!” and, I will photograph you with YOUR OWN smart phone—then you can send it to your friends or use as your new avatar!


Phil Cantor at Montclair Art Museum