Golden Reflections – Portsmouth Harbor – Christopher Okeefe

Why did you pick this picture? 

 Though I’ve made photographs in many different places, New England is home and where I photograph most often. Images from here best represent my work. This is my favorite image from this summer It has some of the best aspects of the region: the water, the golden light, and the bridge is something of an icon in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.    

Where did the idea for this art come from? 

 I’d wanted to try making an image of this bridge with the sun behind it for a while. Bridges can look interesting with the sun behind them. Originally, I planned to shoot this in the morning but was in Portsmouth one evening and decided to go for it. My plan was to try for a silhouette, but this was much better.  

What does this art mean to you? 

 This represents my favorite part of art; seeing something most others would not. Thousands of people see this bridge every day, but I doubt many of them know about the little park in the harbor where this image was made. I enjoy exploring locations and angles; trying to see what other might miss.  

What can you tell us about yourself? 

 I’ve been interested in photography in a serious way for about four years now. I’ve taken a number of courses in various formats. I enjoy making images that create a sense of place. Photography is my avocation. As far as the rest of my life, I am currently back in school studying to become a teacher. I want to help people from other countries to speak English. Currently, I volunteer helping immigrants and refugees newly arrived in our country. My wife and I live in New Hampshire and enjoy bicycling and eating decadent desserts. 

What more can you tell us about your art?  

It is always changing. What excited me and seemed like the essence of my work a year ago is passed. It’s important to me that I keep evolving and constructing meaning as a photographer.

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