The summer of 2011 marked my third trip to Acadia National Park. In previous years, I photographed the park without a specific conceptual objective in mind. The intent of my earlier work was to document the park and capture the beauty of its landscape. However, as I prepared for my trip to the park, I began to contemplate where my work of Acadia was going. Sure, I could keep taking photos of the landscape but what were these photos trying to say to the viewer? I felt the work was only scratching the surface of what I could potentially accomplish with my photography.
The focus of my work in Acadia was the beauty of the parks landscapes. This time around, I decided to present some of these landscapes from a new perspective. As I spent more time in the park, I began to narrow down my perception of its landscapes. I deconstructed them into their components. The more time I spent studying my surroundings, the more difficult I found it to summarize a particular location with one or two images. For example, I visited one of my favorite places in the park, Little Hunters Beach. It is a small pebble beach located in a cove on the southern coast of the island. Previously, I photographed the beach as it appeared and pressed on. On my third visit, I sat there for a while. I listened to the waves crash and move the pebbles. I saw the sun shine through the trees that shelter the beach. I began to photograph what I saw around me. I used my camera to capture various elements that composed the beach scene, as well as an image of the beach itself. The resulting images would compose my new perspective of the Little Hunters Beach.
I wanted to pursue my method of photographing Acadia. I repeated this process in several other locations, sometimes including a wider image to tie together the previous set of images. I wanted to lead the viewer around the scene. By showing the viewer these places in components, I want them to see more than just a place in the park. I want the viewer to see the complexity of what composes the landscape. I hope they develop an appreciation of how numerous little things come together to compose the beauty of Acadia National Park.