Steve Aimone

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MONHEGAN ISLAND: BACKSIDE

rocks, stormy surf, near dusk, Gull Cove, Nikon D40, 5.29.16
Spruce Forms, Little White Head, toward Black Head, Sony A7II, 5.18.15
Looking Down, cliff, ocean, Little White Head, Sony A7II, 5.18.15
Swirling Surf, Foam, Rock Forms, Below Black Head, Sony A7II, 5.18.15
Descending Rock Formations, Coastline, Fog, Near Norton's Ledges, Mamiya 645 Pro, 7.5.16
Toward White Head, From Behind Gull Rock, Nikon D40, 6.30.14
Looking Down, Rocks, Lichen, Surf, Black Head, Sony A7, 5.21.14
Crashing Wave, Surf, Bottom Of Gull Rock, Mamiya 645 Pro, June 2016
Looking Down, South East Face, Gull Rock, Sony A7II, 5.22.15
Driftwood, Debri, Fog, Near Dusk, Lobster Cove, Mamiya 645 Pro, July 2016
White Head, From Little White Head, Fog, Panasonic Lumix FZ200, 10.7.13
David Kenneth Aimone, Photographer, At Work, North Side Of White Head, IPhone 5s, edited in Hueless, 5.25.14
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The Monhegan landscape is for me an exceedingly direct and powerful accessway to the spiritual, timeless, and transcendent.

A five hundred acre island located 12 miles from the mainland, its landscape features lush meadows, dense forest, and the tallest, most rugged cliffs on the entire eastern seaboard. Inhabited by a mere 75 hearty, year-round residents, there are no paved roads, street lights, or cars (with the exception of a few pickup trucks for essential hauling), and virtually no sign of commercialism. Its “backside” is a private land preserve that is virtually untouched. When you are back there, you have no idea what century it is (give or take the occasional appearance of a power boat or airplane), what country you are in, what contemporary culture is like. Instead, you experience massive cliff and rock forms that butt up against powerful surf that relentlessly and rhythmically rises, crests, dissipates, and re-forms. Nature feels enormous and monumental, very much alive and continually in flux. It feeds every one of the senses, and does so all of the time. The experience automatically gives rise to experiences of nature-internal as well, filled with the same kinds of rhythms and forms, the very same sense of aliveness.

The backside serves as a deeply meditative space that facilitates awarenesses of realities deep within. The images that follow are poetic attempts to hint at this experience.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. David Aimone

    Knowing the island well, and having spent much shooting time together there, you have certainly captured the essence of the backside of Monhegan! I can hear the surf, feel the breeze and the damp mist across my face. Bravo Bro!!!

  2. Gene

    Can hear the surf from these pictures….Nice…thanks for sharing

  3. Duane Couch

    Beautiful photographs, Steve! You have captured the magic!

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