beach combing portraits with jenn booher

August 23, 2013

Score! The first find of the day, a sizable chunk of cobalt glass, sets the bar high.

One of the first artist that I ever featured on designskool was Jennifer Steen Booher, a fellow lover of Maine and all things foraged. Over the years, this Bar Harbor native and I have kept up an online correspondence. But this summer, while once again spending a week off the grid at the family island in Maine, I actually got to meet Jenn in person. We’d arranged a mutual beach combing date, at one of her favorites spots, Hulls Cove.

What fun we had scouring the rocky inlet for treasures! Whether natural or man made, each was piece of history. For some, like a rock splattered with paint from an old boat restored on the inlet that year, the origins were easy to discern. Others we were left to guess at. As the children quickly bested their elders, easily scoring the choicest finds (We chalked it up to their being so close to the ground.), the day was indeed fruitful.

Returning home we set out to make a more permanent record of the day and our vacation discoveries. Inspired by Jenn’s vivid images of Maine flotsam and jetsam, we created our own beaching combing portraits.

Solvi’s shares her discoveries with Jenn.

a sampling of our best finds

a misty morning at Hulls Cove

Old pennies were Oliver’s favorite find, particularly the one that dated from when I was his age.

Solvi searches amongst the seaweed and stones.

Toothless, reminiscent of “One Morning in Maine.”

Solvi strikes up a conversation with other beach combers.

back home, our finds

a composition in gray. For tips on how to make your own portraits, see my post on Gardenista.

brown and green


a rainbow of glass

experimenting with different angles and apertures

another brown assemblage

askew yellow and green

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