Like Uncle, Like Nephew

Tugboat hauling barge in Portsmouth Harbor.
A Normand Ramsey photograph depicts Moran Tugboat in action.


Always clutching a camera in his youthful hand is how Mitch Ramsey fondly remembers his brother, STA alumni Normand Ramsey, as a child. After enjoying a full career spanning many businesses from hospitality to real estate, Normand (Class of 1969) retired in 2011 and found himself pursuing his greatest passion of all- photography. Little did he know that, years later, he would be sharing this passion (and a professional space) with his nephew, Aaron.

“It's a funny thing about my uncle,” says Aaron Ramsey. “I didn’t really know he was big into photography until a family Yankee Swap at my Aunt’s house one Christmas Eve. One of the gifts was a panoramic photo that my uncle had done on metal of the disassembly of the Sarah Long Bridge in Portsmouth. I ended up with the photo and that got us talking about photography. Since then, every time we see each other we fall into ‘shop talk’ conversations.” That “shop talk” resulted in a joint exhibit this summer as both Ramsey gentlemen had their photography on display in Portsmouth’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery.

A member of the NH Art Association, Norm Ramsey graduated from The University of New Hampshire with a bachelors’ degree in philosophy in 1973. He has been self-employed for most his adult life in businesses ranging from retail hardware, hospitality, commercial real estate development, management and construction.

Aaron, on the other hand, completed his photographic studies at the New England Institute of Art, earning a degree as well as multiple awards upon graduation.

“Before attending Wheaton College, I was convinced I wanted to go into architecture,” recalls Aaron. “Later, I thought I wanted to study Graphic Design. Then, while in Paris, I stumbled on a course in 35mm black and white photography. As the first image came to fruition in a bath of developer in an underground, stone-walled cave, my interests were completely captured in 1/125th of a second.”

While neither Ramsey man expected to professionally pursue photography, both are extremely talented photographers. Their ability to capture life’s scenery and transform it into beautiful expression is highly admired.

Thank you, Ramsey Family, for sharing your remarkable gifts with the world and for continuing to spread a light in darkness in your focus and your mission.