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Capturing Iconic Images of Maine

David Marx Maine PhotographyA brilliant forest of autumn leaves. Wave-worn granite abstracted to the point of geometry. Iconic lighthouses. Fishermen hauling dories on a foggy beach. All of these are images our visitors fix in their minds – and through their cameras when they come to Maine.  As famous photographers Eliot Porter, George Daniell (Monhegan Island), Berenice Abbott (Portrait of Maine) and even William Wegman (weimaraners in lifejackets, anyone?) have done for over a century. 

Here at Spruce Point Inn we have our own collection of Maine’s picturesque sights:  Burnt Island Lighthouse, classic windjammers and racing yachts on a starting line just off our dock, seals on the waterfront, and of course our stately spruces that gave the place its name.  Now, we’re all looking forward to David Marx’s photography seminar here at the Inn September 18-21, to learn how to perfect our image-taking and work with the digital files. When in Maine, David captures painterly views of lighthouses and dinghies, some the result of early morning light, some from the magic of his Adobe software. The workshop, moving from site to site aboard our motor launch Bright Line, will help us see his artist’s eye view of our land and seascapes: Burnt Island, Ram Island, Damariscottacove, the fishing and lobster boats of Boothbay Harbor and our own 57 acres of shoreline and spruces. 

Photography is one of the most appreciated fine art forms in Maine. Two major shows – at the Portland Museum of Art and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art – of the works of major photographers living in Maine have brought greater awareness of the creative interpretations of the built and natural landscapes.  These exhibitions also revealed the Maine photographers’ take on new techniques from abstracted architecture to the ”iphoneography” of Paul Caponigro.  

Scheduled for the Indian summer golden season of late September as “Porter’s” leaves start to turn, maybe David Marx’s workshop can tell us how create the effect of printing on gold leaf the way contemporary photographer Joyce Tenneson does!