Happy New Year!
Cheers to the new year and all things 20
I've lived in Plymouth for twenty years, making it the longest I've ever lived anywhere, just a stones throw from the harbor. Our photo studio is in North Plymouth and the mile in between the two locations hosts some of my favorite places in America's hometown.
The wharf area holds a special place in my heart. When my parents would come to visit, my father would leave the house in the early hours of the morning with his fishing poles, set his chair up behind the Plymouth Harbormaster and fish during the quiet moments of the morning. He loved the activity down there and would talk with everyone. I joked with him, in that first year we lived here, that he had more friends and knew more people in Plymouth than we did. My mother and I would join him when he fished in the early evening, dining on fried clams from Woods and enjoying each other's company. My children, uncle, siblings, nieces, and nephews all spent time fishing on the dock with him there at one time or another.
My father passed away in the summer of 2012. To work through my grief, I started photographing down on the waterfront and at the places we had enjoyed together. Landscape photography was something I hadn't explored before and I found that it brought me peace. During that first year, I noticed EVERY. SINGLE. THING. in the world around me. The grass was greener, the sky more blue, everything so sharp in my field of vision. I was living in full technicolor and I couldn't turn it off. I spent a lot of time walking around the harbor at sunrise and sunset photographing and relishing the process of learning something new.
Many of the night images were taken in the silence of midnight hour when I am returning home from late nights at the studio during the busy months leading up to the holidays.
Plymouth is a special place. I appreciate messages and comments from people that my images have moved them in some way. I received this one the other day: "Hi Heidi, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your work. I was just scrolling through Facebook and one of your photos brought me to tears, your “Midnight on the Harbor”. It’s like you took that photo just for me. I can’t tell you the number of times I stood exactly where you took that photo..."
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All images are for sale as fine art prints, gallery wrapped canvas, and metal wall art through my Etsy Shop or direct inquiries.
Happy New Year to one and all - hh