Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Islesboro and Thoughts

More water pictures! Surprise! Today was so awesome; I've finished a bunch of projects I'm working on that will hopefully go through, but even if they don't I just feel great that I've finished them. I'll let you guys know when I'm certain they're both going to happen, but at the moment I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch.

I stopped by Alison's studio and gallery today and she showed me some things on my camera that have totally changed the way I'm taking pictures. I feel like I just got a new camera-- I couldn't be more excited. Took the Whaler over to Islesboro today to practice with it and I have some shots that I'm putting up.

When I was over there I realized it what that time of year again, the time when the summer gets to be about half-way though and the mood changes. There comes a sadness that permeates the air and the water and the trees--almost as though the land itself is aware of how short and magical the summers are. Which is part of why they're so soul-crushingly beautiful: they don't last.

Basically, I love it here. If you couldn't already tell.

Prophet! I've shot this boat before, so when I saw it on the water I just had to stop. My muse is a Prophet, I guess.

Prophet again :)

The house of a ferry worker on Islesboro. Though The Neal Burgess is the Vinalhaven ferry. Great life-ring nonetheless.

Island house.

Island views.

It's a hard life but someone has to live it.

Lahbstah Boat. Ew, I'm embarassed that I actually just wrote that. I'm leaving it up to punish myself.

God Bless America.

A fisherman hauling up the clams he caught.

Indian Island Light. Duh.

Listening to: "Chilly Winds Don't Blow," by Nina Simone
Why? Because she's incredible. "There will be red roses 'round my door."

Monday, July 26, 2010

Drifting Pictures

So today James and I had planned to go to Dark Harbor on Islesboro. We trundled down to Rockport Marine, where we got the dinghy to start (always exciting) and buzzed out to the boat, a trip that always seems to take forever. When we finally got out past Indian Island, the seas were about 5 feet high, and our little Whaler was getting rocked. So instead of our planned excursion, James drove us around the bay while I took pictures of the other boats. Here are the results, hope you like them! P.S. stay tuned for some exciting photographic news in my life...

Indian Island Light. Of course.

Lobster boat La Boat.

The schooner Surprise.


The lobster boat UNI.

Angelic clouds.

A ferry shuttling trucks over to the islands.

Listening to: The song from the credits of the first episode of Mad Men Season 4 that's stuck in my head. Thank god MM is back is all I can say.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Garden Variety

These shots happened as I was walking out the door to go swimming...the light was perfect, the spider web glistened in it, and the colors popped. All I had to do was click the shutter. A gift, really.

Shoot in Brooklin and Blue Hill

A few days ago I went with Alison up to Center Harbor in Brooklin, Maine to shoot some boats designed by Stephens, Waring, and White, the fabled and beyond talented boat designers. They designed the majority of the boats that I have photographed, and it's not hard to see why; their lines are clear and beautifully proportioned, and they fuse design and function seamlessly. I drove the workboat while Alison took video footage, and then Paul Waring drove for both of us so that I could take stills. I climbed up on the ten foot ladder above the console which enabled me to get the great shots looking down at Hoi An and Tendress, the two boats we shot. We were out from 1:3o to 8:15 shooting, and didn't get back to Center Harbor until around 9. Some weather had come in by then, so our visibility on the way back was limited by nightfall and the thick fog eveloping us. But we made it! Most of the stills I took are on Alison's gear still, but here are a few I managed to snap with my own camera.

Tendress heads home.

Tendress again.

A lone lighthouse on the way up to Blue Hill.

Hoi An on a close haul.

Hoi An cuts through the water.

What our trip home looked like!

Listening to: "I Need A Dollar" by Aloe Blacc (thanks Juls :)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Jewelry by C. Wilder

So when I was a sophomore in high school, I started a little jewelry business where I sold my wares at the local farmer's market. Well, seeing that I have an unpaid internship and some free time this summer, I figured I'd get back into it. So here's the first batch, for sale at Josephine (the best store in the world, I get all my jeans there) in downtown Camden. So stop by and buy! I'm also taking custom orders, so if you see anything on here you want just let me know and I can make you the same one or work out different colors or designs. I'll even ship it to you! Prices upon request.

Three-strand necklace of pearls, peridot, rock quartz, vintage pink quartz, murano glass, and sea-glass agate.

Single-strand of Kenyan-cow bone, wood, resin, rock quarts, and vintage wooden beads.

Bracelet of quartz, pearl, and black satin ribbon.

Braclet of sea-glass agate, quartz, Kenyan cow-bone.

Earings of sea-glass agate, rock quartz, satin ribbon.

Earings of rock quartz, silver, and Murano glass.

Earings of Murano class and black enamel rose beads.

Listening to: I Want You Back, covered by Discovery (Discover them, they are so awesome).

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Happy Late Birthday, America.

This truck lives at Jay Sawyer's sculpture park on Rt. 90, and every time I drive by it I want to stop. So I finally did, and here are the pictures. Enjoy.

These little whirly-gigs are for sale along Rt. 90, also a place I've wanted to photograph for a while.

Listening to: The birds outside on this hot, hot Maine summer day.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Yesterday I went out on the water with Alison and drove her work boat as she took video footage of the beautiful 50 foot day-sailor Ginger. This shoot was a dream come true for me because since she was built, Ginger has been one of my favorite boats in Rockport Harbor and probably the world. Built up at the Brooklin Boat Yard and finished up at Rockport Marine, her lines are stunning, sleek, and efficient--she can move with the best of them. I posted some pictures of her earlier in the post about last year Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, for which I still owe you guys pictures from the actual race. But anyways, she's beautiful, and Alison was kind enough to drive for a while and let me shoot as well. So here's what I came up with-- Enjoy!

Also, I hope you're all enjoying summer now that it's in full swing. Sorry for the brief blogging hiatus, but you'll be relieved to know that my tan (and vanity) is alive and well. Being out on the ocean has been so wonderful (though I wouldn't mind logging a little more time under sail), and the mile I swim in the lake everyday is getting easier and easier as the sun gets warmer and warmer. I'm going to visit RBC tomorrow, which means I lasted a week and a half away from teaching sailing, which I think is pretty impressive. All in all, life is good. Much love.

Listening to: Drake and Diane, mixed by White Panda (THANK YOU CJBW!) ..."so I ride through the city with my high beams on, can you see me, can you see me? get your visine on."