During childhood vacations to coastal Maine, Robert Bukaty would wait for the tides to recede and then scour the beach in search of starfish. Now a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist living in Freeport, Bukaty still spends much of his time at the ocean’s edge, only now he’s not hoping for starfish, he’s waiting for illumination.
“It’s definitely about the light,” he said of photographing Maine. “It’s so fleeting, but there’s just great color here.”
Bukaty’s penchant for saturated, sweeping vistas is strikingly evident in his photographic essay for Maine Frame, a new BDN feature showcasing what makes our state unique — from awe-inspiring landscapes to proud inhabitants — as interpreted by some of Maine’s finest photojournalists. Readers will be able to admire a selection of Bukaty’s photos each Friday on the State page, with the photo essay in its entirety available online.
For Maine Frame’s debut, Bukaty visited Old Orchard Beach as the sun began to set, making photographs into the night and returning again at 4:30 a.m. as the sun began to rise.
“There’s always activity, always people by the water,” Bukaty said of the York County destination. “Maybe it’s the lights, but the people are always drawn back to the beach. There’s no other place like Old Orchard Beach in Maine.”
— Kate Collins, Visuals Editor