Monday, December 9, 2013
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Seth Macy’s eye for “Maine from the Inside” includes a pathway through the bramble of Ames Point on North Haven.
Photo by Seth Macy
“Why do you folks not respect the beauty and loveliness of your state?” asked Gayla Stewart. “Clean up your dwellings; your trash and messy areas are showing.”
One person’s messy area is another’s Inside Maine.
“The most interesting parts of Maine aren’t in the brochures or magazines,” Macy says on a webpage devoted to his project. “They’re in the backwoods and old mill towns.
“From the gorgeous shores to the towns located within a short drive from those shores, Maine’s splendor has been well-documented and celebrated,” Macy says. “That splendor is not what I’m interested in.”
The Maine he’s interesting in showing is “The Maine I know, the one I grew up in. The one I saw from the windows of a school bus as we drove to play basketball against another remote Class D school. The brick mills shuttered, the asbestos-shingled apartments. The puddle in front of the only gas station in town, filled with slush, freezing rain pouring down from the halogen-bulb lit sky.”
It’s a big state once you get away from that slice of Atlantic shoreline. Macy understands he’s undertaking a big project. First of all, he lives on an island. It takes about 90 minutes just to get to the mainland.
He’s lucky that he has a flexible job — besides photography, he’s caretaker of a North Haven home. He’s also got a hard-working wife, Brandy Dupper-Macy, who works as a fundraiser for LifeFlight, commuting to Rockland every day while the two raise their sons, ages 9 and 5.
He’s set up a Kickstarter page to help fund the project, as well as a Facebook page.
He’s excited about the possibilities.
And he’s getting lots of advice from people all over the state. “I have friends in Jackman telling me, ‘Hey, you have to come up here during the moose hunt,” he said.
He’s looking forward to finding and showing “places where real Mainers, who don’t fit the cozy narrative, have a good time and survive another winter.”
Downtown Augusta will fit right in, Macy says.
“People just know it’s the capital of Maine, but they don’t know anything about it,” Macy said.
He’s looking forward to showing them.
Maureen Milliken is news editor of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Kennebec Tales is published the first and third Thursday of the month.
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North Haven’s post office is the kind of “Maine from the Inside” that North Haven photographer Seth Macy hopes to capture.
Photo by Seth Macy