OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, February 6, 2010
Midcoast Maine—More than Meets the Eye is a photographic celebration of working waterfronts from Port Clyde to Belfast, as seen through the eyes of teenage photographers. The exhibition marks the culmination of the Photo Treks program, a dynamic collaboration between Julia’s Gallery, Trekkers and Maine Media Workshops. More than Meets the Eye showcases the photographs of seventeen students and five mentors who used digital photography to explore midcoast Maine’s working waterfronts as a theme for documentary storytelling during the ten-week Photo Treks program led by photographer Matt Smolinsky. The young photographers, ranging in age from twelve to seventeen, represent seven towns and six schools from Cushing to Belfast. Their diverse and compelling photographs highlight waterfront workers, boats, birds, lobster crackers, buoys and much more. In many cases, seemingly simple objects have been redefined and elevated through the students’ creative processes.
Throughout the ten-week Photo Treks program, participants traveled on the Trekkers bus to explore field locations, including Wayfarer Marine in Camden, the Fisherman’s Co-op and Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde, the Rockland Ferry Terminal, Belfast Harbor, and Owl’s Head. To develop a full picture of the economic and environmental challenges facing working waterfronts today, the young photographers were treated to private conversations with local community members such as fishermen, marina managers, scientists and wharf workers. The week following each field expedition, students processed their experience using state-of-the-art digital editing software at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport. The resulting photography exhibition is a testament to the depth of the students’ experience in the field and the lab.
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This exhibit is supported in part by Barbara and Peter McSpadden.