My Cape pictures go largely in a one-year cycle. During the summer I am doing lots of shooting of seascapes and beach scenes and during the winter I am working on the files and making prints. So the pictures I will be introducing in 2008 were largely taken in 2007.
Last summer I introduced a picture from Chapoquoit beach, slightly abstracted, with people, and with a broad view of, over and past Bowerman's beach club. It is taken from the angle of the rock bulwarks that support the parking lot overlooking the beach. I made a large varnished ink on paper print - 20x30 - mounted on canvas and framed and it sold to a man who lived just a few hundred yards away.
This had been taken early in 2006, so in the summer of 2007 I set out to take more from this perch, and other points along the beach. My goal was to work on something between a landscape and a street scene.....people on and along the beach and in the water. Sunning, playing, talking, running, reading. The visual elements included form and gesture, the sand, the sky, the sea, the vast distance you can see down Black Beach to Sippewissett, beyond to Woods Hole and out to the Elizabeth Islands.
I was conscious of the danger of prying, intruding, exposing. I don't feel too concerned as I feel that my vantage is a respectful and celebratory one. The beach teems with people in their summer rituals, and I only want to celebrate them.
Here are a few of the images from this work. I would like to do some kind of community show of these. I am thinking also of making a calendar or some other print publication of the images.
There are many more and they can be seen at www.robertmanz.net under "latest work" in the "images" section.