“Are you ready?” asked Phil Gibson, my neighbor and Tennessee native.
“Yup,” I replied.
“Ok, 1, 2, 3” he counted.
On three, the shutter of my Canon 5d Mark lll clicked off and echoed through the hundreds of pounds of sharp, pointed ice that was hanging over my head.
Immediately, I started firing off a round of flashes trying to evenly back light the massive icicles from where I stood in the cavern that they created.
The camera shutter was set to 30 seconds, so about half way through I carefully crept to the other side of the ice cave, slipping across the ice with every step. There I began firing of flash bursts trying to light the other side.
When it was all done, we had our shot.
The photo was the start of a long-term project about the Kenduskeag Stream that I started working on. The goal is to show a collection of images from the stream over several months. The final product will hang in my gallery, the Feulner Gallery and Studio. My other goal is to raise awareness about the stream, its beauty and its potential as a recreational spot.
Only minutes from Bangor, the stream runs directly through the city. Trails connect the stream from downtown and meander past stunning cliff edges and stream access points. As someone who has walked those trails several times, they’re not maintained as well as they could be and are frequented by people who decide to either sleep along the streams banks or leave their trash in various heaps.
The stream is a treasure and hopefully our work, as dangerous as it might be sometimes, will help to keep it protected.