DUTCH VAN KIRK – THE LAST SURVIVING HIROSHIMA BOMB CREW MEMBER DIES

Theodore 'Dutch' Van Kirk © Dan Callister

Theodore ‘Dutch’ Van Kirk © Dan Callister

The last surviving member of the US air crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died in Stone Mountain, Georgia aged 93.Theodore Van Kirk, also known as “Dutch”, was 24 when he became the navigator of the Enola Gay, the aircraft which dropped the atom bomb. The attack on Japan on 6 August 1945 killed an estimated 140,000 people. Dutch said he had “no regrets” about the mission and defended its morality, saying it helped to end the Second World War. His son, Tom Van Kirk, paid tribute to his father, who he said remained active until the end of his life. “I know he was recognized as a war hero, but we just knew him as a great father”, he told AP.

Read more.. Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

PACKING FOR SOME GREAT WHITE SHARK ACTION AT SEAL ISLAND, SOUTH AFRICA

A Great White breaches on a Cape Fur Seal © Dan Callister

A Great White breaches on a Cape Fur Seal © Dan Callister

I’m packing to leave for South Africa to hopefully capture some new material on the great white shark’s at Seal Island.  It’s always a stressful time worrying about logistics such as travel, weather, water visibility, will the sharks be hunting or are they even there at the island?  There are so many variables!  It’s always an adventure though and I have made many great friends out there on White Pointer II over the years.  I love going to Seal Island. It’s such a humbling experience to witness and experience the amazing ecosystem that makes up False Bay. Anyway, here are some pictures from last years escapade….If you wish to see more, you can view the ongoing project HERE

A Cape fur Seal locked in her jaws © Dan Callister

A Cape Fur Seal locked in her jaws © Dan Callister

A close call for this Cape Fur Seal © Dan Callister

A close call for this Cape Fur Seal © Dan Callister

A Cape Fur Seal preys on a Pyjama Striped Cat shark © Dan Callister

A Cape Fur Seal preys on a Pyjama Striped Cat Shark at Seal Island © Dan Callister

The end of a successful hunt © Dan Callister

The end of a successful hunt © Dan Callister

A great white shark breaches on a young cape fur seal © Dan Callister

A great white shark breaches on a young cape fur seal © Dan Callister

Read more.. Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

HOT AND HUMID IN NEW YORK CITY

Summer has arrived here in New York, it’s bloody hot and really humid.  The worst is still to come….Anyway I saw this in between running errands and thought it would make a quick smudge……

Female House Sparrow © Dan Callister

Female House Sparrow drinking from a water fountain © Dan Callister

Sipping at the fountain © Dan Callister

Sipping at the fountain © Dan Callister

 

Read more.. Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

SUPERMENSCH: THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDON

Supermencsh: Shep Gordon © Dan Callister

Supermensch: Shep Gordon © Dan Callister

I was assigned to do a very quick photograph of Shep Gordon and Louise Mensch in New York.  Louise was interviewing Shep for a piece about his colorful life in the entertainment industry.  The two minute portrait shoot was due to take place in a dreaded hotel suite. I found a location that might work down the corridor and luckily the door to a balcony was left unlocked….:) I managed to throw up a light and coerce the talent out of the hotel room to do a quick picture with a little taste of downtown in the background…

Supermensch Shep Gordon © Dan Callister

Supermensch Shep Gordon © Dan Callister

SHEP GORDON’S status as a household name may be confined to the four walls of his £10million home on the Hawaiian island of Maui but his client list as a manager is a Who’s Who of showbusiness royalty.

Louise Mensch and Shep Gordon © Dan Callister

The film Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, traces Gordon’s entire life, from his time as a hippie drug dealer hanging out with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to his nine-day stint as Pink Floyd’s manager to ushering in the era of the celebrity chef by repping figures like Emeril Lagasse. A central theme of the movie, however, is how fame ruins lives.

Read more.. Sunday, June 29th, 2014

PIPPA AND JAMES MIDDLETON – RACE ACROSS AMERICA

Pippa and James Middleton complete their epic Race Across America in benefit of the Michael Matthews Foundation. Pippa and James crossed the finish line just after 3am in Annapolis, Maryland, after covering 3,000 miles in six days, ten hours and 54 minutes.  The younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge was  the only woman in a team of eight, which also included her brother James.

 

Pippa and brother James Middleton finish the race © Dan Callister

Pippa and brother James Middleton cross the finish line © Dan Callister

The Michael Matthews team at the finish line © Dan Callister

The Michael Matthews team at the finish line © Dan Callister

Pippa and James are all smiles © Dan Callister

Pippa and James are all smiles © Dan Callister

Read more.. Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

THE PAWS FUNDRAISER AT THE WINSLOW, NYC

The Paws annual fundraiser was a great success.  The event raised more than $25,000 and the Penguin photograph was sold for $700-00 during the silent auction. A nice feeling knowing that the photograph could contribute a little to a worthy cause.

'The Long Walk Home' framed photograph © Dan Callister

‘The Long Walk Home’ framed photograph © Dan Callister

Read more.. Thursday, June 12th, 2014

THE LAMBERTVILLE LIVING HISTORY CIVIL WAR WEEKEND

Southern Belle © Dan Callister

Southern Belle © Dan Callister

I visited the Lambertville Living History Civil War Weekend at the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum to shoot some more portraits for the ReEnactors project.   The reenactors are a dedicated bunch of characters and extremely hospitable.  I’ve never had anyone turn down a request to be photographed.  They are always so polite and quick to share a little history, especially when they hear an accent…..

Confederate Soldier, 19th Virginia © Dan Callister

Confederate Soldier, 19th Virginia © Dan Callister

Confederate soldier Paul Pero, 30th Virginia, Co.B © Dan Callister

Confederate soldier Paul Pero, 30th Virginia, Co.B © Dan Callister

Chaplain Mike Lawrence © Dan Callister

Chaplain Mike Lawrence © Dan Callister

You can view more of the project HERE

Read more.. Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

HARRY ETTLINGER – THE MONUMENTS MAN

The best thing about being a photographer is meeting ‘real’ people. Meeting someone that has contributed to life in a positive way, that has actually done something without expectation, without just reward.  Harry Ettlinger is somebody I’d love to spend more time with. I just wish I could photograph more people like Harry – a perfect gentleman that has actually done something for the greater good. Unlike some of the plastic people I’m asked to photograph nowadays…… Unfortunately as time passes by, so does a generation that fought for a better world against a tyrannical regime, despite great risk to themselves.  Modern society has become so obsessed with plastic celebrity, Fakebook, crappy fashion and scripted ‘reality’ TV shows.  It’s the real heroes that we should obsess about, those that fought for something and many gave their lives for………

Harry Ettlinger - The Monuments Man © Dan Callister

Harry Ettlinger – The Monuments Man © Dan Callister

Harry Ettlinger © Dan Callister

Harry Ettlinger © Dan Callister

Harry and his late wife Mimi © Dan Callister

Harry and his late wife Mimi © Dan Callister

You can read more HERE

Read more.. Monday, June 9th, 2014

NICOLE REYES RELEASED ON BAIL FROM DOMINICAN JAIL

Nicole Reyes, who was convicted for the voluntary manslaughter of her husband, is now at home in Cardiff after her family paid the £55,000 bail fee.  After spending almost two years in jail in the Dominican Republic for killing her husband, the Cardiff mum was back home with her family yesterday after they raised the bail money needed for her release. Nicole Reyes, 38, was given a 12-year sentence in February for the death of her husband Jorge, 37, who died in July 2012. Her family were able to raise the money needed to pay her bail and four weeks ago the authorities on the Caribbean island freed her without confiscating her passport. Nicole was kept safely in a house by a Dominican family while it was arranged for her to fly home and skip bail,  Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen Doughty raised concerns at the time of the length of the trial and Jeannette yesterday thanked him and his office for their help. Mr Doughty said: “My main concern at all stages has been the fairness and conduct of the judicial process in the Dominican Republic, Nicole’s health, and her treatment in prison. “I have had serious concerns at all stages about the conduct of the judicial process in the Dominican Republic and whether Nicole would receive a fair trial.”He said: “In the end the family have been able to pay bail and remove Nicole from the Dominican Republic without restriction and it is now for them to assess her legal situation with their lawyers. Most importantly, though, Nicole is now out of prison, able to access the health care she clearly needs and which has not been provided at many stages in prison in the Dominican Republic.”

Nicole Reyes with prison officers © Dan Callister

Nicole Reyes rushed from court by prison officers © Dan Callister

Nicole's Mum Jeanette waits for news © Dan Callister

Nicole’s Mum Jeanette waits for news in the Dominican Republic  © Dan Callister

Nicole and husband Jorge during happier times © Dan Callister

Nicole and husband Jorge during happier times © Dan Callister

 

 

Read more.. Monday, June 9th, 2014

‘THE LONG WALK HOME’ FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH FOR THE PAWS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

'The Long Walk Home' framed photograph © Dan Callister

‘The Long Walk Home’ framed photograph © Dan Callister

I managed to finally pick up the framed photograph of the ‘The Long Walk Home’ which was custom framed by my friends at Astoria Custom Framing.  The photograph is being donated to the Paws Annual Fundraiser to be held at The Winslow on Tuesday 10th June…….

Paws New York’s 5th Annual Fundraiser – Cold Noses Warm Hearts!!

When: Tuesday, June 10th, 6:30 to 9 pm

 Where: THE WINSLOW, 243 East 14th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue

  • General Admission:  $50 – Includes 2 free drinks
  • Special Supporter:  $100 – Includes 3 free drinks, PAWS NY tote bag, automatic entry into raffle to win $100 Amazon gift card, and recognition of your support in our event slideshow.
  • Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeurves, a silent auction, and desert by award-winning food truck Waffles and Dinges.

All proceeds go directly toward their mission to preserve, support and nurture the human-animal bond for NYC’s most vulnerable residents.  You can learn more here PAWS NY

Read more.. Sunday, June 8th, 2014