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My Island explores life on three Maine islands North Haven, Islesboro, and Vinalhaven, all sitting in the waters of famed Penobscot Bay as seen through the faces and words of children in the vibrant and deep-rooted year-round and summer communities. The 160-page hardcover book by Camden resident Patrisha McLean features more than 125 duotone portraits that wonderfully capture the spirit, wonder, and mystery of children on Maine s islands. Each picture tells a unique story. As writer Deborah Joy Corey says in the Foreword, McLean's use of light is as organic as her settings, her photographs not re-creating or staging life, but rather sealing it like a poem that can be read again and again. To view the photographs in My Island is to read them, each a captured moment with its own mysterious cadence. The islands themselves create a fascinating backdrop that become part of the story and create a special atmosphere. Islesboro, a narrow island only about fourteen miles long, lies approximately three miles off the coast of Lincolnville and features a year-round population of more than 600 people. Like both Vinalhaven and North Haven, Islesboro supports its own K-12 school system. Vinalhaven, which was settled in 1765 and boasts one of the world s largest and most famous lobstering communities, lies about twelve miles off the coast and sustains a year-round population of about 1,200. North Haven, a stone s throw from Vinalhaven across the Fox Island Thoroughfare, is also about twelve miles from the mainland. Like Vinalhaven, North Haven is served daily by the Maine State Ferry which runs out of the midcoast city of Rockland. During July and August, the populations of all three islands swell dramatically with summer people, many of whom have families that have been visiting for generations. For people familiar with these islands or for those who have never set foot on their shores, McLean s book provides a fascinating glimpse into the rare and wonderful culture of these unique Maine communities.
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Patrisha McLean is a photographer specializing in black-and-white portraits of children. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Farnsworth Museum and Portland Museum of Art. For the photographs in My Island, McLean used film negatives and all photographs were taken in natural light with Mamiya 645 medium-format and Nikon 8008 35mm film cameras. She lives with her family in Camden, Maine.Review:
Viewing the photographs in My Island is to be on island time. One becomes lost in the messages of these honest portraits. Patrisha McLean has documented each precious life with compassion and regard, revealing island girls and boys that few of us would ever get to know, and gracing us with the cadence of their poetry. --From the Foreword by Deborah Joy Corey
My Island is a lovely evocation of the territory of childhood and both the magic and the everyday reality of life in Maine. --Reeve Lindbergh
There is no guise in McLean s portraits. This is Maine. Often beautiful, often harsh. Her work is social documentary, but with an exceptional sense of grace. --Linda Clancy, Penobscot Bay Pilot
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Book Description Patrisha McLean / Islandport Press, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0692369392