A photo by Ben Williamson of Down East magazine. Williamson will address the February meeting of the MDI Photo Club on Feb. 12 at the Northeast Harbor Library. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MDI PHOTO CLUB

Down East magazine photographer to speak



MOUNT DESERT — Benjamin Williamson will give a presentation on winter photography Tuesday Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northeast Harbor Library. The talk is part of the monthly meeting of the MDI Photo Club and is open to the public.

Ben Williamson.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF MDI PHOTO CLUB

Williamson “isn’t your traditional landscape photographer,” event organizers said. “Instead of seeking places devoid of human presence, Ben likes to showcase our relationship to the environment through images that include man-made objects.”

A lifelong love of history and the weather have combined in images that feature classic Maine and New England scenery in beautiful light and unusual conditions. He primarily works around his home in Brunswick, focusing on the coastal character of communities and landmarks up and down the coast.

For the past two years, Williamson has been the director of photography for Down East magazine, but his role with the magazine has recently changed to focus more on other projects, including photography workshops. His images have been featured on a US postage stamp, in galleries, magazines, books, calendars, and more.

“The presentation will focus on winter photography with the goal of inspiring folks to get out and photograph in Maine’s most beautiful season,” organizers said. “From reasons why winter shooting can be fun and productive, to cold weather gear and tips for staying safe, there will be ample information to get people prepared.”

Williamson will also discuss his approach to predicting colorful sunrises and sunsets and opportunities to work with Down East.

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