Saturday, October 6, 2007

Herring Cove Lifeguard Station

Tonight, I am in the process of reviewing images from the summer. It's the time of year when I make the determination what will be available as stock images on other sites, what I will keep for myself, and what I will file away in R7's vault for future design projects. The last decade has eroded the profession of graphic design. Today, it seems like everywhere I go I meet a fellow designer, or aspiring designer. [And I live in a small market] It also seems like there are a million shell companies on the web that amount to nothing more than a person with a computer and some spare time. I created R7 [Called Seven Ink back then] in 1993 and I pride myself on being able to offer original photography as well as progressive design. In many ways, photography has taken over R7's primary focus. Photography has yet to be eroded in the way design has. Anyone can buy a design application and use a template and produce something passable, but not everyone can go out and take a really successful photo. Until the technical barriers of photography are simplified and sold, I will take refuge with my cameras from the cliches of the design world.

Herring Cove Lifeguard Station is another favorite from summer 2007. We were on the Cape for a week in August when I shot this sunrise photo. I must have driven by scene thousands of times since I was a child, yet, I never considered exploring Herring Cove's possible images because of the proximity of Race Point and its 2 antique guard stations and secluded lighthouse without road access. I managed a few really good shots from that trip and this is one of them. This was our first real trip with our newborn, so, sleep came at a premium. Not realizing that my focus would be more directed at our newborn daughter than photography, I packed enough camera gear for a Himalayan expedition. I should have just brought a DSLR and a film SLR, lenses and a tripod, but I packed for every contingency. I always do. I even had intentions of shooting star trails surrounding Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. Next time I will be more realistic.

Shooting this image is a great memory. The morning was warm and the roads were deserted. The world was inhabited by a few surf casters, neoprene surfers, shore birds and me. Looking at the image now, the architecture seems slightly old-world Cuban or maybe Caribbean. I especially love how the building seems nestled in the dune grass. This print is available up to 30 inches on metallic paper with custom reclaimed wood framing options.

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