Feel free to wander the foggy streets, alleys and varied terrain of Vista Del Mar in this selection of excerpts, images, and even the odd outtake and reflection on the writing life.

Coming Soon in Catamaran!

Neal is thrilled to announce a new publication! His short collection of photographs and essays, Decoder Ring, will appear in the Fall 2018 issue of the beautiful and celebrated Catamaran Literary Reader of Santa Cruz, California. These essays range widely in both time and place, from colonial Virginia to post-war Southern California to contemporary Northern…

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New Writing, New Images

  To celebrate some new writing that’s about to emerge, I wanted to present a small portfolio of images from the state of Virginia, that beautiful and mysterious place that was my dad’s home, my birthplace, and throughout my life a strongly mythic locale. In the spring of 2003 I went back to photograph this…

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Budapest Shout Out

So pleased and honored to announce that the PH1 Contemporary Photo Gallery of Budapest, Hungary has selected my photograph Fort Worden as part of their Significant Colour exhibition! View the exhibit here: http://www.ph21gallery.com/significant-colour  

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A Last Look

Here’s our last selection of photos from Patterson/South School, with a few in color. For those interested, the book this website supports, Vista Del Mar, a memoir of the ordinary, written by me and published by Counterpoint Press in 2016, has many more images of south Redondo as well as reflections on growing up in this…

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No Longer Seen

  Heading south next weekend to see the old elementary school before it’s demolished. It seems fitting to post a collection of images of places that, like the school will soon be, are razed, “no longer seen” – vanished intimate locales on which were once lavished a million unconscious glances but now, as the deconstructionists…

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VA RGB

Exciting to have some color photos to show, as all my formal images up till now have been in black and white. Here are a few from Virginia, a working title on top, and accompanied by a sentence or two from Vista Del Mar that seem to me like suitable travel companions with these photographs.…

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Back from Virginia

Had a wonderful time in Virginia – thanks to all who hosted me – you know who you are! Also thanks to the staff of the Virginia Festival of the Book, to our panel host Jon Lohman, and fellow presenters Jon Kay, Theresa Kubasak and Gabe Huck, excellent authors all. As always, the “mother of presidents”…

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