Portland, Maine is one of those smaller US cities that is beginning to consistently show up on 'Top 10 Lists' for popular destinations. Famous for lobster, lighthouses and craft breweries - among other things - check out our latest article up at The Commoner Magazine from Portland based travel blogger, Kim Kalicky and see why you need to plan your next trip there! (link in bio)
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Such a peaceful place.
Hopped on an uber & got to a different lighthouse on the edge of nowhere, no one around, no service 😳
Luckily the driver was so nice & took me to the right one with no charge & even offered to wait for me because the service at this place was not good. So nice of him! People here in Portland, Maine are so quiet & to themselves, cool town 👌☺️
Lighthouses remind me of a movie “Ring” where Samara would come out of the well & there was also a lighthouse, so it kind of got stuck in my head since that movie. 🤣
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Pemaquid Point from an even farther away remote island. This shot required an extensive, intricately planned/permitted scuba expedition because the island is in a no fly zone. It is inhabited by the endangered hairless salt water chicken, hence the no fly zone.
I have been in a creative slump lately. I haven't really participated in the photographic community for a few months because of personal reasons. I mostly just wanted to cut out any outside influence so I could get through my creative block. Well, I think I figured out exactly why I killed my creativity in the first place: My photographic goals did not align with the type of photography that I enjoy. I wasn't having fun. .
I wanted to go to new places and find unique scenes and compositions! I wanted to make work that was "different". Unfortunately these goals turned into predetermined expectations and clouded my creativity. I completely forgot why I started photography in the first place: Because its an absolute blast for me to turn chaotic landscapes into compelling compositions. It was always like a puzzle. You look at the landscape, identify its features, and go on a hunt to see what you can find. My pre-determined expectations led me away from that. I was focusing on the end product, skipping the whole "explore and experiment" phase. The best phase. .
I also skipped over many "overshot" locations. I have almost exclusively gone to PHL for the past 2 months because I work near it. I was feeling bad about that until this morning. I walked along that coastline and realized that it would take a lifetime of shooting to "overshoot" that park. That place has jagged rocks, tide pools, cobble beaches, magma intrusions, shatter zones, and a freaking lighthouse with a badass beam. You don't even have to shoot the lighthouse to get a great shot. I think I may actually increase my visit frequency to see what else I can find there. I may fail 9 times out of 10. But the one shot I do keep will actually mean something. .