Cape Cod & Islands Reflections Released
What do Edward Gorey, the Wellfleet drive-in, the Provincetown dune shacks, and a thunderstorm on Cape Cod Bay have in common? They’re all featured in the latest coffee table photography book, “Cape Cod & Islands Reflections” by Chatham photographer Christopher Seufert.
What do Edward Gorey, the Wellfleet drive-in, the Provincetown dune shacks, and a thunderstorm on Cape Cod Bay have in common? They’re all featured in the latest coffee table photography book, “Cape Cod & Islands Reflections” by Chatham photographer Christopher Seufert. Schiffer Publishing has just released a thick 128-page hard cover collection of Seufert’s most iconic Cape Cod photos, just in time for the summer reading season.
“I’m thrilled with it,” said Seufert. “Not only is it my first published photography book but the quality of the prints is amazing on the glossy, thick paper they used. I had some creative input on it, the front and back covers, for example, but I had to learn to let go to some extent. They did all the inner layout.”
As something of a compilation of Seufert’s work to-date, it gives equal treatment to both the hidden corners and well traveled landmarks of all the towns on the Cape, including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. “I made a concerted effort to avoid what I see as the Cape's over-photographed landmarks- lighthouses, tourist attractions, overturned boats, and lobster buoys,” says Seufert. “That terrain is now extensively covered by the existing body of Cape Cod photo books from every angle so I really wanted to add a fresh infusion of imagery.”
Most of the shooting for Cape Cod Reflections took place over the last two years. “As a new dad, I don’t have the freedom I once had to wait patiently for that magic hour light. Instead, I went shooting whenever I could. So, the success of the image depended on me being open to what the location offered at a particular place in time, rather than me planning to shoot during the best possible “magic hour” light. It required me to see the Cape in a more spontaneous way, as if for the first time, with that kind of pressure."
Seufert wasn’t sent out to locations by the publisher. He shot the book over the normal course of his work day with his company Mooncusser Films, freelancing on film, photo, and audio projects all over the Cape. “Some of my best ones are also shot in my personal time while my wife and I are on day trips. So, somewhere behind me there’s usually a woman tapping her foot,” chuckles Seufert. “It can be quite a creative kick-in-the-pants to shoot that way rather than agonize over every setting.”
Cape photo books, he feels suffer from two weaknesses- the photographer comes from off-Cape to shoot all the most prominent landmarks over a two week period, making the book a one-dimensional snapshot or the photographer covers only part of the Cape, focusing geographically wherever he or she happens to live. “I’m proud that this book is truly a Cape Cod book, spanning all of her seasons, and featuring every town on the Cape. I’ve already published three books of Chatham photos so I didn’t necessarily feel much need to include more Chatham images than any other town.”
Mr. Seufert has also recently released “Dune Shack Life: Photos from the Cape Cod National Seashore, which includes a companion CD of natural sounds. He has most recently had his photos published by Vogue Magazine, American Express, Boston Magazine, National Public Radio, and recently won the Kodak Photo Challenge for his image of a golf ball on Chatham’s Ridgevale Beach.
The books are available locally at Where the Sidewalk Ends and Yellow Umrella Books.
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