Third Connecticut Lake, New Hampshire.

In 2009, Tom Watson almost won the British Open at age 59.

It really came down to one shot that went a bit too far and bounced in the wrong direction on the 18th hole at Turnberry in southwest Scotland. A few yards shorter, a different bounce, Watson would have been in the history books as the oldest player to ever win one of golf’s major championships.

I remember that weekend well and remember rooting for Watson as he played the final holes. The location for such a victory couldn’t be better. A course that rewards players with experience and…


The Connecticut River in Vermont.

In Sunday school classes we were taught that Jesus walked on water. Growing up near the Connecticut River in the 1970s this did not impress us.

In the mid-1960s, the actress Katherine Hepburn, who had a house in Old Saybrook at the mouth of the river, narrated a documentary about the Connecticut. The script described the Connecticut River as “the world’s most beautifully landscaped cesspool.” You can still find variations of the same quote in articles about the river’s history. …


The pandemic is not over, but it sure felt that way when they lifted the mask mandate.

The announcement about face masks and social distancing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, relayed to most of us through the White House two weeks ago, came as a shock and a relief. That evening, as I contemplated the news, it felt like the end of more than a year of uncertainty. Now things can return to normal, or something like it.

I remembered back to the beginning of the pandemic and how it felt to be locked down with no…


West Texas.

This is the final installment in a twelve part series of photo essays on America In Transition.

The photos were taken and the words were written in the period between Election Day 2020 and the first few weeks of the Biden administration.

See the full essay series here.


The border wall.

This is part eleven of a twelve part series of photo essays on America In Transition.

The photos were taken and the words were written in the period between Election Day 2020 and the first few weeks of the Biden administration.


There have been demagogues before and given the pattern of history it is probably safe to conclude there always will be. But has there ever been a time with so many with so much power and no one willing to stop them? Charlatans and their sponsors, who spew hateful disinformation or provide a platform for it, as a means to make a profit no matter the societal cost.

I was wrong about Rush Limbaugh. In the early 1990s his syndicated radio show was catching on across the country. He was entertaining and different. From the perspective of radio industry economics…


Wheeling, West Virginia.

This is part ten of a twelve part series of photo essays on America In Transition.

The photos were taken and the words were written between Election Day 2020 and the first few weeks of the Biden administration.


Memphis, Tennessee.

This is part nine of a twelve part series of photo essays on America In Transition.

The photos were taken and the words were written between Election Day 2020 and the first few weeks of the Biden administration.


New Orleans.

This is part eight of a twelve part series of photo essays on America In Transition.

The photos were taken and the words were written between Election Day 2020 and the first few weeks of the Biden administration.


Greenwood. Tulsa.

This is part seven of a twelve part series of photo essays on America In Transition.

The photos were taken and the words were written between Election Day 2020 and the first few weeks of the Biden administration.

Dean Pagani

Photojournalism for Brands and Ideas.

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