BrianVandenBrink51, contributing photographer | March 27th, 20151 comment
Here's a lovely place to contemplate a journal entry, the next great American novel or even the meaning of life itself. And those things do not require an expensive, fancy or complicated space. Henry David Thoreau wrote great material even from his tiny, rustic cabin on Walden Pond. This little meditation/writing nook in a farmhouse in Maine seems to illustrate a quote by Thoreau that I like to remember: "A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone...". Sometimes it is important to remember that less really can be more more....
BrianVandenBrink51, contributing photographer | March 20th, 2015
This spectacular modernist house was designed by architect Wallace Harrison for Nelson Rockefeller and built on a dramatic ledge near Bar Harbor. Harrison was involved in the design of many large scale and well known modern buildings such as the United Nations, Lincoln Center and even Rockefeller Center. Harrison was used to thinking big, not only in size but also in concept. This house is an example of that thinking and is primarily a great, dramatic curve with a lighthouse-like tower in the center. At the top of the tower this small circular observation deck offers sweeping views of the shoreline and ocean. Since this was the first modern house I had the opportunity to photograph, it was an important experience for me and expanded my awareness of architectural styles. Even though it stands out as a rarity in Maine’s largely traditional architectural heritage, it seems appropriate to include this as one of Maine’s great houses.