“Sometimes, I’d take shots without aiming, just to see what happened. I’d rush into crowds—bang! bang! … It must be close to what a fighter feels after jabbing and circling and getting hit, when suddenly there’s an opening, and bang! Right on the button. It’s a fantastic feeling.” – William Klein

Fashion photographer William Klein nails the feeling of accidentally getting the shot you wanted. It’s like winning on a scratch ticket.

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“Sometimes, I’d take shots without aiming, just to see what happened. I’d rush into crowds—bang! bang! … It must be close to what a fighter feels after jabbing and circling and getting hit, when suddenly there’s an opening, and bang! Right on the button. It’s a fantastic feeling.”

– William Klein

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Higgins During the Chill

Higgins Beach in Scarborough is a winter-time surf Mecca for those seeking out half-decent swells. Pulling boards off of frozen roof-racks, intrepid wet-suited thrill-seekers scramble across snow banks to the beach, across frozen sand, to frothing crashes and nearly-freezing water.

During summer, Higgins is a writhing mass of tourists and beach enthusiasts, but in the cold, only the most intrepid dog walkers and surfers can be found. The undisturbed sand, lacking the footprints and chaos of summer traffic, reflects like a looking glass.

It will not be long until the seasons steal the stinging, cold winds and return the warm glow of summer, but whether that is entirely for the better is a matter of opinion, at least for those who were there the day I took these photos.

Photo Contest: Marsh Madness

Photo Contest: Marsh Madness

Located between Route One and Scarborough Beach (but before the brilliantly named “Massacre Pond,” the story behind which I’m not certain I want to know) is Scarborough Marsh. Biddeford Savings, a local bank, is offering $500 to one photographer who can best capture the essence of the marsh, as well as an additional $500 to a non-profit of your choice.

The area is gorgeous, the wildlife endangered, and the smell nothing less than acrid. Really, it’s quite a location. Thankfully, photos capture only one sense. If you have a chance, get out there and submit your photo via their website, or the Instagram hashtag #marshmadness (cute…) to enter.

If you are looking for a possible non-profit for your donation, I’d suggest The REAL School on Mackworth Island, which serves the most at-risk students in Southern Maine, or Preble Street Resource Center, which proves to be one of the most innovative, caring, and well-run non-profits in Maine, and possibly the country.

Good luck!

Morse Mountain: January 2014

Hidden away in Phippsburg, Maine, is Morse Mountain. Protected and studied by Bates College, Morse Mountain and its trail down to Seawall Beach provide a welcome escape from Maine’s crowded, fan-favorite beaches like Crescent, Old Orchard, and Popham (of which Seawall is a conservation-protected extension.)

Sadly, and thankfully, the two mile hike to the beach dissuades many from attending the beach, where balls, dogs, frisbees, and all that may endanger the flora and fauna are prohibited.

What that leaves is a glimpse into what Maine may have looked like before it became Vacationland, and an explanation of what made it a national tourist destination.

Mackworth Island 3/14

Mackworth Island 3/14

After a winter of unparalleled bitterness, it seemed as though things would be warming up. Much like the “weather scientists” in the abysmal film “2012,” we were wrong.

Dead wrong.

With temperatures back down to single digits, the back afforded at least one more opportunity to see frozen swells before the thaw.

We can all hope the harsh winter will be matched by an equally beautiful summer.