"36 Views of Egg Rock, Nahant, MA"
For centuries artists have gathered inspiration from creating images of the same scene under different light and seasons. Nahant offers spellbinding vistas throughout the four seasons and under a vast range of light. I have been photographing Nahant for over two decades, largely for personal use. However, in July of 2015 at the Museum of Fine Arts, there was a retrospective on Katsushika Hokusai from 1830-1832 of nearly all of his prints from “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” and including the Great Wave that became so iconic. In viewing this exhibition I realized that by focusing on different aspects of the same major landmark, there are new perspectives on light and feeling. It became apparent that I had included Egg Rock in many of my photos, and I started to both search past images and create new ones featuring Egg Rock. From a catalog spanning ten years with a closer focus of nearly a thousand images over the last four years, I have pared this down to “36 Views of Egg Rock.”
Emory Sayre De Castro has lived in Nahant for around 25 years, and continues to be utterly spellbound by the beauty of the sea and shore. Raised in Southern New England’s Eastern Long Island amongst descendants of Portuguese whalers and members of the Shinnecock Tribe, his father was a Captain in the Merchant Marine and always stressed awareness of the weather and celestial bodies. De Castro has sailed extensively, including taking voyages on small boats to Bermuda and the Bahamas. In addition to photography, De Castro is a writer with a focus on non-fiction. A trained scientist, he currently is a technologist developing products that impact clean energy creation and storage. Largely through his scientific work, De Castro has travelled to South Korea, Japan, China, Greece, Brazil, Europe, the United Kingdom, as well as to several Polynesian Islands and to New Zealand, and still he remains entranced by the wonders of light, land, air and water of Nahant.