About Stan Malcolm...

Along the Air Line...

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Eastern Connecticut photographer Stan Malcolm focuses on the natural world. He finds the extraordinary in objects and places we often overlook.

Sheila Foran photo.

Stan's photography has earned several first place awards and the people’s choice honor in annual Connecticut Audubon Society competitions. The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection has honored Stan with a Green Circle Award for his multi-year project documenting the Air Line Rail Trail.



At Stan's "Along the Air Line..." web site (http://www.performance-vision.com/airline/) you'll find over 34,000 photos and video clips of the natural environment - plants, animals, and landscapes - taken on the Air Line Trail in eastern Connecticut, from the Fall of 2001 until the present.  Most plants and animals are identified and many photos are supplemented with anecdotes noting key features or interesting behaviors.



The Air Line was once a railroad renowned for its relatively straight course from Boston to New York - "as if by a line drawn through the air."  You can still find lumps of coal left over from the steam era. Today the rail bed has been converted to a Connecticut linear park and hiking trail. Each Fall it hosts the Ghost Run half marathon. 



In 2003, American Trails honored his “Along the Air Line…” web site for the best use of photography in a trail-related site. In 2012, Stan was a winner in the National Recreational Trails photo contest. American Trails again honored Stan in 2010, this time with its National Trails’ Trail Advocacy Award for Connecticut.



Stan’s nature photography has been featured in the Hartford Courant, Connecticut Woodlands, and several regional publications, and he has been interviewed on WFCR Public Radio’s “Field Notes”. A number of his photos have appeared in science textbooks, field identification guidebooks, and scientific journals.

The Trailside Gallery in Northampton, MA, the CT Audubon Center in Glastonbury, CT, the CT DEEP, and the CT DOT have hosted major exhibits of his work.



An entomologist by training with a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from UConn, he has been honored with both a species and a genus named for him. 

His publications on the beetle family Hydrophilidae are still referred to by current researchers.

Oreomicrus explanatus Malcolm (1980)



Stan has retired from a career advocating learning technologies and performance support systems in the corporate sector.  Earlier, he served as a medical entomology officer in the US Army with assignments in Korea and at Fort Knox, Kentucky.


Charles Henry sonogram.                           Mark Smith macropod image.

In retirement, he has returned to entomology with several research publications in progress.  He served as the Connecticut Entomological Society's President in 2015-16. In recent years, he has also refurbished roughly 200 discarded bicycles and placed them with new owners at little or no cost.

He offers presentations on Nature Photography basics, Photographing the Air Line Trail, Tips for Photo Contest Entrants, and Insect Basics for Naturalist Volunteers.



Stan Malcolm

17 Caffyn Drive
Marlborough, CT 06447