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Monday, August 12th, 2013

The Island Institute and Photography of Peter Ralston


Posted by Becky | View all posts by Becky
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I’m up in Maine right now and this weekend and I popped into The Island Institute’s Rockland headquarters and store, Archipelago. The Institute was celebrating its 30th anniversary and it was not only amazing to hear about all of the great work they’ve done to sustain Maine’s island and remote coastal communities, but also to look at all of the amazing photographs by co-founder Peter Ralston. There was an exhibit and the entire building is filled with them, to which we were allowed rare access.

Clearing by Peter Ralston

Ralston began the Island Institute with Phil Conkling in 1983 with a shoestring budget that has grown to $5 million dollars a year. Around 50 employees work hard to preserve the unique cultures of these special places, as well as help their economies, educational systems, marine management and more. I always enjoy their journal very much and if you are a fan of the coast of Maine, I recommend you join this wonderful organization and help their efforts. When you join, you get a 10% discount at their store, Archipelago, which has amazing made in Maine artwork, jewelry, pottery and other items, like gorgeous blankets from Swan Island.

Spectre by Peter Ralston

Cofounder Peter Ralston is one of my favorite photographers of all time. He can capture fog, boats, still lifes, animals, landscapes, seascapes, photos of houses in such a way that they look like an Andrew Wyeth egg tempura painting … his photographs have documented Maine’s islands and coastal communities for decades.

Glint by Peter Ralston

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Noontide by Peter Ralston

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  1. peter ralston says:

    September 28th, 2013 at 11:19 am (#)

    Dear Becky,

    I don’t think I ever got around to thanking you for writing/posting this super nice (and thoughtful) piece. Summer here is, as you might imagine, wicked busy and after being alerted to this by a friend, it sort of slid off my radar until this moment. But I owe you a BIG and very heartfelt thank you. If you ever get back this way, promise to come see me in my gallery in Rockport, just up the bay from Rockland. Here’s my site info…

    Enjoy the autumn/Indian Summer!!



  2. Becky says:

    October 7th, 2013 at 7:19 am (#)

    Thank you so much Peter – I have admired your very lovely studio whenever I’m waiting for a table across the street at Shepherd’s Pie. I will be sure to make it over to Rockport before dinnertime and visit next summer!

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