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The Capturing of Iconic Images:

August 27, 2014 9:25 am0 comments

Charles Fields in Cuba and the Lower Cape by Jeannette de Beauvoir Photographer Charles Fields’ work is familiar to Cape Cod residents: for years he has caught the light and images of the world in general—and the Outer Cape in particular—and shared them via books, calendars, and other media produced [...]

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Photographic Flowers

May 15, 2014 1:09 pm0 comments

by Steve Desroches Like a field of wildflowers this weekend’s photography exhibition Flower Power! at Art Market Provincetown (AMP) is full of rich colors and varied textures that collectively make a vibrant explosion and individually show their unique beauty. The two-day exhibition features photographic work by more than 40 artists, [...]

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Latent Images: The Photography of Constantine Manos

August 28, 2013 7:00 am0 comments

by Rebecca Alvin There has never been a time when photography has been so ubiquitous. It’s hard to even walk around the corner without encountering somebody taking a picture of something with his or her phone, or iPod, or even an actual camera. But as with anything, quantity does not [...]

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From Alden Street to Young’s Court: A Living History of Provincetown’s Built Environment

May 1, 2013 8:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches New York Times reporter David Dunlap first came to Provincetown in 1989. Like many gay men, he and his then boyfriend came here to enjoy a world famous “gay resort.” But upon arrival his idea of Provincetown changed dramatically as he walked through town captivated by the [...]

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Night Vision: The Photography of Eileen Counihan

August 22, 2012 5:00 am0 comments

For over a century now artists have been coming to Provincetown, many of whom are drawn here to take advantage of “the light.” The way the light reflects off the water and the sand has provided much inspiration since Charles Hawthorne founded the art colony in 1899. But others have found the artistic muse appears after sunset.

“I love the night,” says photographer Eileen Counihan. “Everyone talks about the light. I love the dark night sky. I wish they would shut the lights off.”

Despite being in the thickly developed Northeast, where light pollution increasingly steals views of the virgin sky, Counihan treks out into the dunes of the Outer Cape and captures spectacular images of the star-bedazzled night skies. Going out to the ocean side beaches and looking away from Provincetown provides great views of the stars, not usually noticed when close to town. The only tools Counihan uses are her camera, a long exposure, and handheld flashlights to occasionally add some artificial illumination (the old school flashlights, not the new LEDs which cast a light that is “too blue.”) Counihan often takes a look at the night sky from her home in Truro, and when she sees stars, she makes for the dunes and starts “playing.” Recently, however, Counihan’s name was picked in one of the artist lotteries to spend a week in a dune shack. The photos she took that week form a new exhibition of her work at A gallery this week.

“It was so peaceful; I would get up make myself coffee, no laundry to do, no errands to run, I had nothing to do,” says Counihan about spending a week solo in the Fowler Shack. “I just had to prime the pump, that was my only duty. And then wait for the stars.”

However, the mid-July week Counihan spent in the dunes was largely overcast, with dark skies at night. Days were largely spent relaxing and planning, as the workday for Counihan doesn’t begin until quite late in the evening. Experimenting with different styles, some shots during the day, and then some interior shots of the dune shack, and snapping away when the clouds would break, revealing the sparkling stars they were hiding, even if just for moment. Upon her last night in the dunes, Counihan began to bargain with the gods.

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Portraits of the Young and Restless: The Photography of David Armstrong

June 27, 2012 5:00 am0 comments

Beautiful. Troubled. Innocence receding. The images in David Armstrong’s 2011 photography collection 615 Jefferson Ave reveal more about their creator than they do about the subjects. But perhaps it is more accurate to say they are portraits of something in between the photographer and his sitter.

“They’re all so young. It’s a particular period in one’s life that I’m looking to kind of make pictures of…. They’re just on the verge,” Armstrong explains. “Regardless of what it may seem like, there’s a great deal of innocence.”

There’s a pause and then Armstrong adds, “In another way, it’s one long, endless self-portrait and I don’t even know what that means – whether I’m projecting something onto them… It’s a collaboration in that way. There’s kind of a three-point triangle, between me, the subject, and then the viewer looking at it.”

Using natural light certainly contributes to this overall moodiness and gives these portraits an air of antiquity – as if they were taken before the invention of electricity. Indeed, some of these images are quite painterly. His 2003 portrait, “Troels” is a good example of this. The young model appears almost as a 17th century aristocrat in a Dutch painting of that era. Of course, the difference is he is shirtless, adding an undeniable air of sensuality to the picture.

It would not be surprising to reveal that Armstrong has had a successful career in fashion photography, but at the same time, he has not found commercial work easy to navigate given his own artistic impulses.

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