What makes Maine unique

Posted Aug. 26, 2011, at 9:39 a.m.
A couple watches the moon rise from a lifeguard's tower at dusk at Old Orchard Beach.
Robert F. Bukaty
A couple watches the moon rise from a lifeguard's tower at dusk at Old Orchard Beach.
Canadian visitor Oliver Provencher skimboards as the full moon rises at dusk at Old Orchard Beach.
Robert F. Bukaty
Canadian visitor Oliver Provencher skimboards as the full moon rises at dusk at Old Orchard Beach.
Beach-goers splash in the surf as the full moon rises at dusk at Old Orchard Beach.
Robert F. Bukaty
Beach-goers splash in the surf as the full moon rises at dusk at Old Orchard Beach.
The bright lights of The Pier shine at dusk at Old Orchard Beach.
Robert F. Bukaty
The bright lights of The Pier shine at dusk at Old Orchard Beach.
The bright lights of The Pier shine at dusk at Old Orchard Beach.
Robert F. Bukaty
The bright lights of The Pier shine at dusk at Old Orchard Beach.
The colorful lights of Palace Playland's new Ferris wheel reflect in the surf at Old Orchard Beach.
Robert F. Bukaty
The colorful lights of Palace Playland's new Ferris wheel reflect in the surf at Old Orchard Beach.
The colorful lights of Palace Playland's new Ferris wheel reflect on wet sand at Old Orchard Beach.
Robert F. Bukaty
The colorful lights of Palace Playland's new Ferris wheel reflect on wet sand at Old Orchard Beach.
Bob Fischer, with his children, Isabelle, 8, Emma and Carson, both 14, and wife Brenda, of Barretown, Vt., watch the Thursday night fireworks at Old Orchard Beach.
Robert F. Bukaty
Bob Fischer, with his children, Isabelle, 8, Emma and Carson, both 14, and wife Brenda, of Barretown, Vt., watch the Thursday night fireworks at Old Orchard Beach.
Taylor Berger, of Burlington, Vt., makes a nighttime self-portrait with his wife, Sommer, at the edge of the ocean at Old Orchard Beach.
Robert F. Bukaty
Taylor Berger, of Burlington, Vt., makes a nighttime self-portrait with his wife, Sommer, at the edge of the ocean at Old Orchard Beach.
The colorful lights of The Pier reflect on the surf as a couple shares a quiet moment at night at Old Orchard Beach.
Robert F. Bukaty
The colorful lights of The Pier reflect on the surf as a couple shares a quiet moment at night at Old Orchard Beach.
Jim Lantagne of Arundel, Maine, uses a metal detector to search for lost valuables under The Pier at dawn at Old Orchard Beach.
Robert F. Bukaty
Jim Lantagne of Arundel, Maine, uses a metal detector to search for lost valuables under The Pier at dawn at Old Orchard Beach.
A couple waits for the sunrise on a lifeguard's tower at dawn at Old Orchard Beach.
Robert F. Bukaty
A couple waits for the sunrise on a lifeguard's tower at dawn at Old Orchard Beach.

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

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