Spruce Head Island, in Maine's Penobscot Bay, was acquired by
Chicago architect and real estate tycoon James Porter in 1910.
By 1913, he'd finished building a 12-bedroom house (The Big House)
to host family and friends on summer vacations.
of James Porter's sons, Eliot (photographer, 1901-1990) and
Fairfield (painter, 1907-1975) were among the most respected
20th-century American artists. Both were considered pioneers
in their respective fields. When James Porter died, Fairfield
inherited The Big House. Eliot Porter had already built a smaller
summer home on Great Spruce Head Island for himself and his
of these artists' best work was done on Great Spruce Head Island.
Eliot Porter's book, Summer Island,
provides some rich history of the island as well as relating
some of Eliot's own experiences there. Summer Island
is filled with arresting images from Eliot's photography on
Great Spruce Head as well as of/on neighboring islands.
June 2005, I was honored to be included among a diverse handful
of artists from around the country invited by the Porter family
to spend a week on Great Spruce Head Island, living in The Big
House and working creatively at our respective crafts.
own landscape photography encompasses numerous Maine coastal
images illuminated with the warm, rich light of sunrises and
sunsets. However, heavy fog was omnipresent the entire time
that I was on Great Spruce Head Island. I never saw a single
sunrise nor sunset. It became a fascinating challenge for me.
Great Spruce Head Island will always remain a truly magical
place in my memory. On the next two pages is a collection of
some of my images from that thoroughly foggy and extraordinarily
beautiful week. Some of these images have already become prized
among people who collect my work, but I will forever wish that
I had also photographed a few other ethereal island scenes that
nurtured my soul so well for that week.
from Great Spruce Head Island