Whereas I see Massachusetts’ coast as gentile, Maine’s coast can only be characterized as rugged. In addition to my usual landscape work, I am experimenting more with fine art and abstract work, with some of these meager attempts included here.
I might also add that this film set represents my first time doing my own film development, after which I scan the negatives and import them into Lightroom for post-processing. I took a course on developing black & white film two years ago, but it wasn’t until I returned from this trip that a friend of mine (a former Kodak chemist) gave me a refresher and loaned me his equipment. Unfortunately, I lost about 25 images due to improperly winding the unexposed film on the developing reel (that, of course, needs to be done in the darkroom).
As any writer or other artist would say, “It was a labor of love.” I had multiple stories to tell and photographing the wide variety of scenes was just a wonderful life opportunity. You can preview Exploring Maine’s Coast by clicking on its hyperlink. I organized the photos starting at the north end of the Midcoast, then southward. I think you will find this a unique perspective of coastal Maine.
I would be happy to receive comments, criticism, or questions you might have.
Unfortunately, the digital version won’t be available until sometime within the next year.
I’m pleased to announce that copy-editing and photo processing (and reprocessing are complete). The book has started production and should be available sometime in June through Amazon.
As some of you know, I rented a cottage on Peaks Island, located off the coast of Portland, Maine in Casco Bay, for nine weeks, from September to early November of 2014. My wife and I had been going to Peaks, where we have several friends, since the early eighties. I made this trip both to reflect on my life, given the recent passing of my wife after 34 years of marriage, and to raise awareness of the natural environment on which we all live and depend.
I’ll let you know when the book is available for sale. It will be produced in digital format for $9.99, and 10 X 8 print format, price to be determined.