Indian Burn

Recently, I had the pleasure of experimenting in the studio with Indian Burn, AKA Zach Spellman.

"I'm from Harrisburg, PA. I make music by myself and with my friends. Most of the stuff one here is all just me and myself. But then 2014 came and my friends and I started a rock band called THE INDIAN BURN BAND. We play many songs from this library." - Zach Spellman

Spellman's concept for the shoot was "Just a boy in a room..."

Thanks for the awesome tunes Zach, and good luck in Maine. HBG misses you.

The Bean Cave

While strolling around my neighborhood in Midtown, Harrisburg, I noticed a rich aroma wafting in the summer breeze.  I followed the scent down Susquehanna where I saw Peter of Little Amps Coffee Roasters enter an unassuming garage. 

One of the best things about living in this micro city is unexpectedly bumping into good friends and catching a glimpse of their day to day routines. Peter and Aaron graciously opened their doors to what I like to call "The Bean Cave".

The Roaster.

The Roaster.

Dark Star Espresso in the works.

Dark Star Espresso in the works.

A combination of analog and digital technologies are used to create the perfect roast.

A combination of analog and digital technologies are used to create the perfect roast.

Aaron samples the bean's fragrance.

Aaron samples the bean's fragrance.

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Peter hand blends a three-way espresso for the freshest shipment.

Peter hand blends a three-way espresso for the freshest shipment.

Check out Little Amps Coffee Roasters for the best brew in town!

Sheep Herding

On Sunday February 1st, I had the pleasure of accompanying writer Gina Kurtz to Willow Run Alpaca Farm in Carlisle, PA for an article in Harrisburg Magazine. We met Sue Asten who boards her sheep there and trains her four Border Collies. Despite the overcast weather, the sky and the snow were so bright it was difficult for me to focus on anything other than the viewfinder of my camera. I was immersed in a white canvas of movement, color and texture.

Jed is seven years old and Sue's most reliable worker. According to Sue, Jed's use of "the Border Collie Eye" is his most prominent tool when controlling the flock.

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The sheep are some of the most beautiful and unique I have ever seen. They are a mixed herd of wooly Border Leicester- and Perendale- Cheviot crosses and the goat-like Katahdins. Sue guesstimates the only male Katahdin to be over twelve years old.

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Each time Jed rounds up the sheep they instinctively seek the safety of the humans.

Sue uses high-pitched whistles as well as verbal commands and hand signals. She explains that once the dogs are trained, they should be able to anticipate what comes next. You can begin to see how the process and relationship between Human - Dog - Sheep - Human becomes symbiotic.

Sue demonstrates the process of separating the flock so that individual sheep can be isolated and examined. This sends a few into a literal "flight" mode.

Above: Three-year-old Border Collie Bea, Sue Asten, and Sue's good friend Deb Mickey with her twelve year old Border Collie, Annie.

Annie awaits her turn to show her skills. The desire that is bred into these dogs to "herd" is constant. I have an English Shepherd at home, and she can barely contain herself around smaller creatures. Annie, however, practices much restraint until she is given the go-ahead.

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Bea, whom Sue calls "The Jokester," is extremely eager and quick.

The calm, assertive energy that Sue emits is easily seen in each photograph. She is a true pack leader.

After the work is done, all of the Border Collies get together to socialize. Jed enjoys chasing and playing with sticks.

Clay, the youngest of the pack.

I have always had a dog in my life. It wasn't until I rescued two as an adult that I found the balance that goes into a human/dog relationship. Their ever-present psychology is a direct reflection of your own. Their genetic imprint and biological desires will manifest in some way, just like a person. Finding the confidence in yourself to channel the energy that they possess fulfills a primal connection and nurtures true companionship.   --HH