The 2012 Bar Harbor Guidebook just came out and I realized that it has been 20 years since I began working with the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. I am so happy that they chose one of my images to grace the cover on this special year!
In 1991 I was already a professional photographer working in an advertising studio but my personal work was primarily focused on Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Realizing that I had begun to produce a large body of work, I contacted the design firm, M & M Graphics, who produced the Chamber of Commerce book. M Louise Shaw, owner and designer, told me they usually took their own pictures but she’d be happy to show some of mine to the chamber too. She did and the chamber members chose one of mine for the 1992 cover. That began my relationship with M&M Graphics and the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. A few years later when Louise went on to open her own gallery http://www.malouegallery.com I began working directly with the chamber.
I have worked with many wonderful people there, starting with Risteen Masters and now with Chris Fogg, Executive Director. I also work closely with the design firms too, to provide photos that meet their needs.
I am constantly shooting new images on MDI, and no matter how much I have shot I always dedicate one week every year to shooting specifically with the Chamber of Commerce in mind. I am aware of new store fronts, and new park improvements, that need to be photographed. On that week I am up and shooting in Bar Harbor before sunrise every morning and keep shooting into the evening every night. This allows me to provide new and up to date images every year.
Now I am realizing images that, started as personal work, and then found a commercial purpose, are actually beginning to be a documentary account of Bar Harbor at the turn of the century. Here is one series
And of course, if you’ve been in Bar Harbor recently you know the Quarterdeck is gone and it’s time for a new photo as soon as the construction at the corner is complete.
You can download a copy of the 2012 Harbor Chamber of Commerce Guide Book here http://www.virtualonlinepubs.com/publication/?i=98482