Exploring Maine

Exploring Maine  

 

a weekend trip to Camden, Maine. Trying to understand the beauty of the midcoast Penobscot Bay region, embrace it with a few images and get to know some people here. 

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Our temporary home  

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Sunrise 

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Distant Sunrise  

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Before the Dawn

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Morning Hull

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Camden by Night  

 

 Lincolnville Landing

Lincolnville Landing

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Belfast Tugs

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Twiggen

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Penobscot Narrows 

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Camden Harbor  

Posted on November 24, 2018 .

Generations

My father published calendars; his father published calendars  ; I will publish calendars.

 

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Calvary Cemetery  , Conshohocken, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia)

Posted on November 12, 2018 .

Peace

November 1:  Today I went back to Newcomb Hollow to try to refind peace there. The magic of that place has been shattered by a tragic death and by the loss of a lover who lay next to me on the sand before everything ended in anger.There was a spacious low tide, a little sun, thin clouds, quiet ripples in the surf. Even a surviving seal. I lay down, alone, and found some peace. Nothing clear, nothing certain, but very real. These are the pictures from that linger that I like.

Posted on November 12, 2018 .

Limits

Many years ago I did an image of Coast Guard Beach in the summer with bathers and deep blue, ominous, sea. Ominous even though a sunny summer day. Ominous with the watchful lifeguards up on their stand, keeping everyone safe.

I got into a discussion with a friend about how liminal is the shore, the threshold between land and sea, the borderline between two phases of life’s existence on earth. 

And, for humans, who have surrendered their sea mammal identity to the dolphins and whales, a downright dangerous place. Those lifeguards are there to keep us from drowning in the water we once breathed.

We are curiously naive about those dangers. The little children who dash to the waters edge and then scramble away as the waves threaten are the wise ones. They have a primal memory of the dangers.

So finally a shark has killed a surfer. I mourn him and place only collective blame. What are we thinking? Would we run naked through the Serengeti assuming that the lions are only hunting buffalo? I don’t think so.

We have rediscovered something about our limits and the experience, as it often is, has been horrifying.

 Newcomb Hollow Beach, October, 2018

Newcomb Hollow Beach, October, 2018

Posted on October 13, 2018 .

Art Cares - a show at my studio, June 30, to benefit us all

 

In our challenged time it can be difficult to understand how to proceed. I know in my art I have sensed a growing tension between celebration of the Cape as a refuge and place of beauty and the reality of our society’s problems staring me in the face.

My own journey to sobriety, begun last April, has brought me into rooms where kids are clinging to their higher power because their friends have died of an overdose and mothers cannot see their children because a substance has taken them over.

The challenges of addiction link to many other problems we don’t like to think about... domestic violence, homelessness, child abuse, mental health and health.

There is no excuse for art that does not confront reality, so that is what I am going to do.  I may change the focus of my work and I may not.  But I can do something now and that is..... give.

On  Saturday June 30 I will open my studio for a sale. All proceeds from this sale will go to organizations addressing these problems in the context of my community, the Cape.

Purchase a photograph of your favorite refuge .... Newcomb Hollow , Nobska Light, Herring Cove, Stage Harbor ........ and know that you are contributing to those efforts that seek to secure safety for us all.

(more details about benefiting organizations to follow)

 

Posted on March 24, 2018 .

Adagio 1/10/18

Update - I have edited the picture flow to better sync with the music.........I have done my first music video. These are images of mine synced to the adagio movement of Beethoven's Fifth Sonata for Cello, played by YoYo Ma and Emmanuel Ax. The music is deliciously slow, and my pictures mean a lot more to me after I have seen them with this music.

 
Posted on January 9, 2018 .

Adagio

Update - The video and audio are now merged.........I have done my first music video. These are images of mine synced to the adagio movement of Beethoven's Fifth Sonata for Cello, played by YoYo Ma and Emmanuel Ax. The music is deliciously slow, and my pictures mean a lot more to me after I have seen them with this music.

 

Adagio

I have done my first music video. These are images of mine synced to the adagio movement of Beethoven's Fifth Sonata for Cello, played by YoYo Ma and Emmanuel Ax. The music is deliciously slow, and my pictures mean a lot more to me after I have seen them with this music. This link will take you to the page on my website, but you can just play them below using the You Tube video controls. You need to start both videos at the same time as I have synced the music and video. Better to start the music first. Once they are both started you can use the you tube controls to put the pictures on full screen. Enjoy !

 

http://www.robertmanz.net/adagio

Posted on January 1, 2018 .

"White"

This is a 24"x34" pigment ink print on rag paper, varnished, backed by stretched canvas in a black shadow box frame.  It is #1 of 5 in a limited edition of prints this size.  I took this picture in 2012 and have done a version where the water is very gold.  Inspired by a recent visit to the MFA and some Rothkos, I decided to make it more of a set of variations in white, and printed it on 12/21/2017.  The price is $1200.

If you are interested please email me, message 774-269-6846, or call.  You can also click here.

~ Robert

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Posted on December 25, 2017 .

Sold: 4 pictures

Here are four framed prints lined up in my studio, ready for pickup by the customer.  The one on the left "Sail off Wing's Neck" is 24"x48", a varnished pigment ink print on rag paper, pressed into a black shadow box frame by a stretched canvas.  The three on the right are each 17"x22", also varnished pigment ink prints on rag paper, also in black shadow box frames held by stretched canvases.

There are many appealing features to this mode of presentation, not the least of which is how light and easy to handle each of these pieces is.

Posted on January 25, 2017 and filed under framed work.