The Lobsterman’s Door

Last September, I spent a week in Maine.  I had wanted to visit Stonington, a classic lobster fishing village on Deer Isle.  I decided to book two nights in town, hoping to get some interesting photos of the lobster fleet, any nearby lighthouses, etc.

I booked a motel right on Main Street, which ran along the water, and what I quickly learned was that Stonington ran on “lobsterman’s time” as I will call it.  Each morning by 3:30 a.m. I could hear the lobsterman’s pickup trucks racing through town to the docks.  The small convenience store opened at 4:00 a.m. and the auto and boat part store opened at 5:00 a.m.  Everything was shut down by 8:00 p.m.  The whole town seemed to run on this rhythm.

When I’m in a new place, I prefer to park the car and wander.  So that’s just what I did when I arrived in Stonington.  As I walked uphill from my motel, I saw a wonderful door that I knew I would have to photograph — probably more than once!

If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know that I love doors.  I’ve often wandered dusty streets in towns across Mexico looking for weathered doors.  I’ve also photographed doors in my other travels — some great ones have come from Italy, France, Colombia, and many other places.  This would be my first Maine door.

A red building with a white door.  Lobster floats hanging on the building, and floats and ropes scattered about in front.  It was just perfect.

The Lobsterman's Door

The Lobsterman’s Door

I returned to this door several times and photographed it in various lighting conditions.  I tend to like my door photos without shadows, so this version was taken early in the morning before the sun put a shadow across the door.

Try as I might, I didn’t find another door like this during the rest of my trip.



2 comments on “The Lobsterman’s Door”

  1. Kate says:

    Love the door!

  2. Catherine Hicks says:

    I have enjoyed your recent posts. Thank you for sharing your gift for photography.

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