Dreaming of The Race of Gentleman

A few weekends ago was the Race of Gentleman held in Wildwood, NJ. I watched the footage in photos and video through the web and on instagram. It was fantastic! A race of vintage bikes and pre-war cars ON THE BEACH. If you looked at the images long enough you wouldv’e thought you stepped back in time to 1930. I had a dream one night during the week after the race that I was given the choice to race, either one of the bikes or a Model A. I was totally excited and shocked that someone would let ME ride on the beach (I can just about handle the road). And then of course I started panicking…I don’t know how to drive manual! Can someone show me?! I don’t even have a helmet! Funny that I’ve been considering getting a bike for a few months, more so since I finally let go of my car. That sense of complete freedom, the open road to adventure, is starting to fade from my life and I’m trying to bring it back. I’ve heard photographers photograph what they desire, the life they want, and sometimes I think that’s true for me. 

High Seas Open Roads | Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, NJ | 09.06.14

The 2nd Annual High Seas Open Roads was a helmet art show curated by Seth Ferris and Jason Thompson and with the support of a variety of amazing sponsors. More importantly, the one-of-a-kind helmets were up for auction with proceeds to benefit Waves 4 Water. 

I missed out on last year’s event, so I wasn’t letting anything stand in my way this time around. Totally worth the crazy 7 hour journey to see these amazing pieces of art and hang with the my friend Heather in this very special bowling alley! I almost forgot how much I missed it. 

Manchester by the Sea, MA or “Singing Beach” | 09.22.14
Photographic Resource Center is doing a call for Your Work Here 2.0 showcasing Boston area photographers. Currently, I’m doing some test prints of images from my last beach visits of the season, Singing Beach, MA and Asbury Park, NJ. This image was shot with Hipstamatic on my iPhone. We’ll see how it goes… 
This particular day was the first time I saw big waves at Singing Beach. like ever. It’s usually more like a lagoon there, except the water is a crisp 65 degrees. 

Manchester by the Sea, MA or “Singing Beach” | 09.22.14

Photographic Resource Center is doing a call for Your Work Here 2.0 showcasing Boston area photographers. Currently, I’m doing some test prints of images from my last beach visits of the season, Singing Beach, MA and Asbury Park, NJ. This image was shot with Hipstamatic on my iPhone. We’ll see how it goes… 

This particular day was the first time I saw big waves at Singing Beach. like ever. It’s usually more like a lagoon there, except the water is a crisp 65 degrees. 

Grain Surfboards 4th Annual Surf Re-Volution | Long Sands Beach, York, ME. 

Sometimes you say f**k it and drive to Maine….on a Saturday morning before work.

I was bummed I couldn’t be there for all the festivities of the day at Grain Surfboards in York, ME. However, I noticed they had a demo scheduled for 9:30 at Long Sands Beach. So I snagged a ZipCar from Back Bay at 7:30 am, flew up 95 and by 9:00 I was in York breathing in that delicious sea salt air. The more I follow and admire the work of surf photographers like ryanstruck and lavecchia the more I get the itch to make photos in and near the water. I’ve been having a lot of fun with the GoPro in the water for the last few months. It’s given me the ability to see something I love—swimming in the ocean—in a whole new way. At Long Sands, the beach is as wide as 2 football fields and the water is super shallow. You can walk out for what seems like miles from the shore and still be only waist deep, even at high tide! I was really grateful to get in some time away from the city and the craziness of work no matter if it was only a few hours. I had to give summer a proper send off on the last weekend. And yes, I did go in, rolled up jeans and all. Anyone want to donate a winter wetsuit?

ps- check out that Surf Sauna! pretty amazing!

South End Boston & Open Studios | 09.21.14

I spent last Sunday wandering around my second favorite neighbourhood, the South End. Streets lined with cobblestones and rows of brownstones make for a nice walk from Copley Square to the Sunday SOWA Market on Harrison Ave. I enjoy it most because it reminds me of Brooklyn, the Heights or Park Slope. This particular Sunday was special because it was Open Studios. I stopped at the South End Buttery for an iced latte for the second half of the hike (since you can’t take their delicious cocktail coffees to go…something about an open container). 

I’ve been shooting a ton lately working through the adjustment of extra time from a non-grad school life and also exploring how I want present myself career wise. I noticed I wasn’t sharing enough of what I shot (aside from posting on my Instagram feed). It’s always the post-production process from my DSLR that gets to me.

I’m continuing to make a few mental notes: shoot what you like, the kind of work you really want to get, and share it as much as possible.

ps- that dog totally knows 

All photos © Kimberly Maroon

© Kimberly Maroon

A few samples from Part II of the shoot this morning at Tavern Road, Fort Point for Ocean Home Magazine. First time shooting cocktails. I really loved the bartender Ryan’s vintage glassware—super classy.