For Christmas and New Year my wife Rebecca and I traveled to New England in the United States to spend time with our family. We were really looking forward to experiencing a real winter again after so many years in Ireland without snow and ice. We didn’t know much about the area before we left and just picked a little house in mid-coast Maine that would accommodate a small group of people.
Landing in Boston and driving up the US east coast was already a great experience. I loved the traditional New England building style and the landscape got wilder by the mile. After two and a half hours in the car we lost cellphone reception and drove through beautiful little fishing villages along the Maine coast. Another hour later we arrived at our little house, which was completely remote, directly by the sea and awaited us with a basement full of firewood.
The following three weeks were one of the most beautiful and memorable in my whole life. Rebecca and I completely fell in love with the area and spent every waking minute outside exploring. The rugged beauty of the area was astounding. I love simplicity, that’s what I always admired most about Italy and other Mediterranean countries. The people in Maine were so friendly and uncomplicated, so unfussy and straight laced. Everyone took so much pride in decorating their little houses and making everything look pretty and festive.
I am still thinking about our time in Maine every day. One of my most favorite memories was watching our first snowfall in years, silently admiring how the little snow flakes sugarcoated the pine trees in front of our window. I usually have a very wanderlusty heart, and I could not help but falling in love with the area and feeling home and at peace there almost instantly. I am counting down the time until we can go back and I hope we can live there one day.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank my good friends Bijan Sabet and Ray Larose for meeting up and spending time during our stay in Maine. You both are wonderful friends to me and I feel very lucky to know you. Thank you for showing me around in your beautiful part of the world and introducing me to lobster rolls and blueberry pie.
All images below were taken with the Hasselblad 503CW and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 on Kodak Portra 400. All images scanned and processed by Richard Photo Lab in California: