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I have figured out -- slowly, slowly -- that if I want to look behind these doors, I should open them a bit;  so I have added comments to this blog.
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Skip Barlow tells the Bourne Historical Society of the shipwreck in hurricane
of his great grandfather, Edward Winton Barlow.
The painting overhead by Charles Raleigh tells a similar story.


we need the language of love

I just read someone's nice comment someplace and I had to write this thought down, this thought that I have been thinking for such a long time.

In the world of photographic art we run the risk of being alienated from what we do by the fact that we are so involved with machines to do it.

I specifically would like to avoid using the word "capture" for what it is that happens when there is a wonderful intersection between me and the world I am seeing.  That intersection is mediated by the camera, and with the aid of the camera I try to share with others something about what I was seeing and feeling when I clicked the shutter.

Does it make any sense to use the word "capture" to express what is happening in this intersection?  I think not.  In what sense do I "capture" anything?  Did I put that sunset in my little box?  I don't think so.

Maybe in some sense I "touched" it.  I would like to think that I embraced it.  And if by my embrace I am able to share something with you then maybe I have succeeded a little bit with my picture.

I hope that photographic artists will abandon the language of hunting with machines -- "shoot" and "capture" -- and take up the language of love to talk about what they do -- "kiss", "touch", "embrace", and "share".

I like this way of thinking about it much better.



"On Surf Drive", Falmouth 

"Sailing in Paradise", Pocasset 

Based on some feedback, I am now reconsidering the June picture, and these two are possibilities.  I love both of these, but the issue starts to rise..... why not do one calendar for Bourne and one for Falmouth.  But that turns into the question.....why not print 2000 instead of 1500?  That is a scary question, and probably the answer lies a bit further in the future.

..........2.24.11 after a couple of weeks of considering the options, I decided to leave the original set of pictures unchanged.  I am still struggling with the question of whether to publish different picture sets for different areas of Cape Cod, but right now, I think not.  It is seems a question of identity.  This picture set is "my Cape Cod" for this year.  It is the set I am bonded to, and it is the set I will publish this year.  It is the set I will try to share 1500 times  :-)).



January - "Skiff on Ice" - Hen Cove, Pocasset 

February - "Winter Crossing" - Woods Hole 

March - "The Bridge is Down" - Bourne 

April - "Menemsha Memory" - Martha's Vineyard 

May - "Sun, Blue Sky and my Favorite Cedar Tree"
 Hen Cove, Pocasset

June - "Well-Stowed" - Quissett

July - "On Guard" - Chapoquoit, West Falmouth 

August - "Sail on Phinney's Harbor" - Bourne 

September - "View of Quissett Harbor Boatyard"  - Quissett

October - "The Harvest" - Thomas Landers Road, Falmouth 

November - "Sunset in Gold" - Monk's Cove, Bourne

December - "Pastor's Office" - Christ Lutheran Church, Falmouth

For the last five years I have published a calendar of scenes from "my backyard" on Cape Cod.  The 2011 calendar is just about gone, and it is time to go to the printer's for 2012 (gulp !).  I have just decided on what pictures I want to put in the 2012 calendar, and I have told the printer to go ahead and order the paper.  

ps.  there are a few 2011 calendars left.... just in case you would like one, here is a link   2011 calendar