Somewhere Down the Road

All photos are copyright John Tully, Concord Monitor, Midland Daily News, The Washington Times, The Patriot-News, The Free Lance-Star, or The Potomac News © 2008.

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Thanks for everyone who has followed my work, my rants, and my overall life adventures through this blog. It's still going, but I've moved the content to my website. For future posts, please check out

Big props to Sam Saccone for all his hard work with the blog, the website and Samexhibit. If you're not on there, you really, really should sign up. He's doing some great work and has the best site design for displaying photography.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Governor Lynch endorses Maggie Hassan

The dreams we leave behind

When I was growing up, one of my favorite things I did but didn't really talk about, was drawing routes on maps. Places I had been, but more importantly, I envisioned the places I hadn't and that some day I would visit. I got this from my grampa who had a map of cross country trips he had taken and he hung it proudly in his living room. Time creates complexities. The routes are not specific to any town, rather, a general path. For instance, if you travel to the Southwest and not visit 4 corners, you may as well have stayed home. And obviously if you're driving from San Diego to San Francisco, you take the Pacific Coast Highway.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Jaimie Mantzel for WIRED

Giant. Robot. Woods. Vermont. Amazing people. AWESOMENESS.

What more can be said about a man who installed a trampoline on the third-floor of his home. A home, by the way, he built himself. By hand. One mile from the nearest access road. On a rock cliff he leveled with a sledgehammer. On a mountain. With little to no electricity unless it came from his solar panels or generator.

I could go on and on. But the point is, Jaimie works hard and follows his imagination no matter what anybody says. A big thanks and shout out go to Ariel Zambelich. It was such an amazing experience to spend the day with Jaimie and his family for the article WIRED did as part of the ongoing World's Most Wired series. They are the type of people who inspire you to do whatever you want because 'impossible' isn't in their vocabulary.

Along with hanging out for a few hours one afternoon, they even fed me lunch and let me fill my water bottle at a fresh water spring before the hike back to my car.

Check out the ARTICLE by Geeta Dayal.

For Education Week Magazine

On September 19, 2012, the New Hampshire State Board of Education denied approval to the Gate City Charter School for the Arts, which is a proposed school hoping to open in September 2013 that will integrate arts into the curriculum from kindergarten to eighth grade. About a week or so ago, I met with the parents and members of the school's development committee for a portrait shoot.

The original ideas were to do a type of group portrait. Once on location with about 19 people, the majority kids around 2-5 years old, I had to scrap the group portrait approach because the kids were...well...being kids. It was nearly impossible for everyone to stay in one spot. A big thanks to Education Week Magazine's Charlie Borst for discussing approaches to the shoot and for letting me loose to experiment. A few of my favorites

Monday, October 08, 2012

Monday, October 01, 2012

Stream of Consciousness in NH

I'm redoing my blog so for one of the last posts, why not have 35 photos? I wrote a rather long rant/stream of thoughts to accompany these photos. It was about longing for something. It was about the feeling of wasting my 20s. Then I thought, who cares.

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I am a staff photojournalist at the Concord Monitor. I am a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and was a student at the Danish School of Journalism. Upon graduation, I worked at the Midland Daily News for nearly two years from 2008-2010.