Kerwin Whitney

Chester, Maine
Photography

About the Artist

Kerwin is a high school math teacher and he does this in the summertime as a hobby, but he's turning it into a business, too. He's from Chester, Maine.

Authentically Maine

I've lived in Maine my entire life. My two adult children, Justin and Sarah, are the fifth generation to grow up within a half mile of where my ancestors originated here in town. We live within sight of my great-grandfather's farm. That farm eventually became my grandfather's farm where my father grew up. My parents live next door. Whitney roots grow deep in my small hometown of Chester, Maine.

I've talked with a lot summer tourists during my three summers as a park ranger at Baxter State Park and now at art festivals and craft shows as a result of my photography. I believe what draws people to Maine are the same things that I love about this state, the adbundance and variety of outdoor opportunities. People come to Maine to go camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, snowmobileing , skiing, white-water rafting, canoeing and kayaking, just to name a few activities. Greenville and the Mooshead Lake region provides all the above.

Artistic Process

I worked for 25 years in a local paper mill as a master electrician. When that mill closed in 2004, I became a high school math teacher. During my first three years of teaching I spent my summers as a park ranger at Baxter State Park. I have always had an interest in photography. With the dawn of digital cameras and my time working in Baxter Park, I started doing photography in my spare time. In my off time I would see a lot of moose and deer. After three summers the photography started taking off so I started dedicating my time to that.

I'm a Photoshop minimalist. That's rare these days. A lot of photography that you buy is developed through Photoshop. Some "professional" photographers take an image and do so many things to it in creating the final product that, to me, it's not even a real photo anymore. All I use Photoshop for is to clean up spots that often come from specks of dust on the lens, or to crop the angle if I'm hand holding my camera and it's not perfectly level. So it's the bare minimum. I'm only trying to capture what I'm seeing. I don't think the landscape and wildlife scenes I see need to be enhanced in any way. Mother Nature is the best artist.

For me personally, the enjoyment I get from my photography is from the experience of being there in the outdoors to observe Mather Nature at her best. From the countless waterways and majestic mountains of the interior to the rock-bound coast, Maine has a plethora of breath-taking landscapes. And from a black-capped chickadee to a massive bull moose, our state has an abundance of wildlife. My photography is simply my attempt to capture and share the natural beauty I see in front of my lens.

What's the Rest of the Story?

Back when I started taking photography seriously, I was at the Russell Pond campground in Baxter State Park, early in the spring. I knew there were a lot of moose there in the spring. That particular winter we had received an incredible amount of snow. Moose feed in the ponds often in the springtime to recover from a long winter. There was a nice bull moose in velvet hanging around the pond. He had been in and out of the pond several times each day. I was playing cat and mouse with him. He would come out on one side of the pond and I would be on the other.

Eventually, I was by the Ranger Station and saw the big bull standing in the bushes about a hundred yards to the left of the dock. I walked down and sat at the end of the dock, trying to make myself look small... As he approached he lowered his head until his chin was in the water. With each slow step he took he grunted at me. Then...

To get the rest of the story, ask Becky at Gallery on the Lake!

Kerwin Whitney Photos

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