Today is the first day of my husbands Christmas vacation, which means he will be home with us for the next 3 weeks. Our 2 year old son decided that it would be fun to get up at 4:45am this morning. Of course, I let Frank sleep in- a much needed and well deserved treat. At 7am, he came out to the living room and said, “get your shoes on and grab your camera.”
As our manner is, we drove until we saw something pretty. Thankfully, that’s pretty easy to do when you live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. About 30 minutes from our house is Deal Island. Apparently, it was originally named “Devil’s Island” because so many ships wrecked along its shores in times past. I’m sure that eventually some local “glass half full person” decided “Devil’s Island” was just too darn depressing, and decided to campaign for a more cheery name. Who knows.
I just love it out there. When I was in college I interned for a photography workshop. We traveled to Deal Island to take portraits and, since many of the professional photographers were from NYC and LA, this was like a complete culture shock/alien land to them. I took some pictures during my time there but never wrote down the names of the people I was photographing. Later, I decided I should drive back down and give my “models” copies of the images as thank yous for being so happy to pose for me.
I walked into the only store in town- a bait/grocery/bar type place and showed the lady behind the counter the pictures. She and her coworker managed to identify and call each person and then direct me to them. The funniest thing was that they needed no telephone prefix or area code to dial- just 4 digits and the person was reachable. I love that they can still live so simplistic. Maybe the teenagers in town don’t see it that way…
Today was a cold, but breathtaking, day to be out on that one road to the end of everything. Here are some of the images that I captured. I hope you enjoy the breath of fresh air, too.