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Zide Miller 12x12

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"Witness, a Life Within the Landscape", a 12X12 coffee table fine art monograph of my work on Martha's Vineyard Island and both coasts.

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  1. 1. 1 W i t n e s s A life within the landscape P h o t o g r a p h s b y M i c h a e l Z i d e
  2. 2. 2 1 W i t n e s s A life within the landscape P h o t o g r a p h s b y M i c h a e l Z i d e
  3. 3. 2 3 © 2008 Michael Zide Acknowledgments I would like to acknowledge the close bonds of family and friends that helped support the path that I took . To my wife, Jana Winthers for her critical eye and unwavering honesty, and to my Vineyard friends who shared so much of this experience as we came of age in this unique place. Special thanks to Linsey Lee, Allen Look, Helen Manning, Lucy Mitchell, Chris Murphy, Jenny Oliver, Robert Tobey, Allen Whiting and Rez Williams for sharing their thoughts, and to Lisa Devlin Robinson for her enthusiasm and steady hand in helping to shape this project. Thanks to Peter Chilton for his incredible assistance and keen eye in this project’s design. The journey is its own reward. Front Cover: Alabama Hills | California uietly and persistently it fell. Flake by flake, Los Angeles was transformed during the night. My first snowfall. A wonderful awakening. January 11, 1949. Q
  4. 4. 4 5 Ice | Lambert’s Cove Inn, West Tisbury List of Plates Front Cover: Alabama Hills | California 4. Ice | Lambert’s Cove Inn, West Tisbury 9. Skunk Cabbage | off Middle Road, Chilmark 11. Reflection | Vineyard Haven 12. Stream in Summer | Tiasquam River, Chilmark 15. Grasses | Vineyard Haven 17. Woods | Chilmark 18. Stone Wall | Squibnocket, Chilmark 19. Apple Tree | Amherst 21. Beach Scrub | Chilmark 22. Beetle Bung Corner | Chilmark 24. Death Valley | California 26. Shadows and Stone | Blue Mailbox Beach, Chilmark 27. Clay | Blue Mailbox Beach, Chilmark 28. Feather | Chilmark 31. Two Rocks | Windy Gates Beach, Chilmark 32. Clay Fan | Blue Mailbox Beach, Chilmark 33. Water Receding | Blue Mailbox Beach, Chilmark 34. Spring Thaw | Amherst 35. Coast Line | Gay Head 36. Steam Vents by Moonlight | Wyoming 38. Clay and Sand | Blue Mailbox Beach, Chilmark 39. Grasses | Tisbury 40. Badlands | South Dakota 42. Alabama Hills | California 45. Cliffs in Fog | Windy Gates Beach, Chilmark 47. Eroded Sandstone | California 48. Three Rocks | Aquinnah 50. April Storm | off Old Country Road, West Tisbury 53. Snow on Pond | off Abels Hill, Chilmark 54. Alabama Hills | California 56. Ice on Bog | Lambert’s Cove, Vineyard Haven 57. Eroded Sandstone | California 58. Indian Hill Fire Tower | West Tisbury 61. Ice | Indian Hill, West Tisbury 63. Cloud Pattern and Sunflowers | Whiting Farm, West Tisbury 64. Rock in Fog | Washington 67. Mushroom | Lambert’s Cove, Vineyard Haven 68. Fall Stream | Chilmark 69. Ferns | West Tisbury 70. Ice | Lambert’s Cove Inn, West Tisbury 71. Aurora Over Music Street | West Tisbury 72. Saplings | West Tisbury 73. Apple Tree | Chilmark 75. Point Lobos | California 76. White Sands | New Mexico 78. Ice | West Tisbury 79. Whiting Farm | West Tisbury 81. Frost | Chilmark 82. Clay and Rocks | Chilmark 85. Blowing Sand | New Mexico 87. Lunar Eclipse | Gay Head 88. Black Clouds | Blue Mailbox Beach, Chilmark 91. Ice Under Pier | East Chop, Oak Bluffs 92. Whirlpool | Gay Head
  5. 5. 6 7 To my partner and wife, Jana. Thank you for sharing my journey. W i t n e s s A life within the landscape L a n d s c a p e I m a g e s from Martha’s Vineyard and beyond 1969 – 2008
  6. 6. 8 9 Skunk Cabbage | off Middle Road, Chilmark
  7. 7. 10 11 Reflection | Vineyard Haven “What would the world be, once bereft Of wet and wildness Let them be left, O let them be left, wildness and wet; Long live the weeds, and the wilderness yet.” —Gerard Manley Hopkins
  8. 8. 12 13 Stream in Summer | Tiasquam River, Chilmark The dwindled creeks of summer, Unremarkable except, Down pasture, through woodlot, They are so many And keep such a pure sound In each roiling thread, Trickle past the knees of trees, Dropped leaves, salamanders, Each one scrubbing and cooling The pebbles of its bed. —Mary Oliver, From “Twelve Moons” 1979
  9. 9. 14 15 Grasses | Vineyard Haven
  10. 10. 16 17 Woods | Chilmark
  11. 11. 18 19 Apple Tree | AmherstStone Wall | Squibnocket, Chilmark
  12. 12. 20 21 Beach Scrub | Chilmark
  13. 13. 22 23 Beetle Bung Corner | Chilmark
  14. 14. 24 25 Death Valley | California
  15. 15. 26 27 Shadows and Stone | Blue Mailbox Beach, Chilmark Clay | Blue Mailbox Beach, Chilmark
  16. 16. 28 29 Feather | Chilmark
  17. 17. 30 31 Two Rocks | Windy Gates Beach, Chilmark
  18. 18. 32 33 Clay Fan | Blue Mailbox Beach, Chilmark Water Receding | Blue Mailbox Beach, Chilmark
  19. 19. 34 35 Spring Thaw | Amherst
  20. 20. 36 37 Steam Vents by Moonlight | Wyoming
  21. 21. 38 39 Clay and Sand | Blue Mailbox Beach, Chilmark Grasses | Tisbury
  22. 22. 40 41 Badlands | South Dakota
  23. 23. 42 43 Alabama Hills | California
  24. 24. 44 45 Cliffs in Fog | Windy Gates Beach, Chilmark “Whenever there is a big storm, my first impulse is to go to the beach and encounter the chaos first-hand. Scientists call it a ‘velocity zone’ — this place where powerful storm surge is absorbed by grains of sand, cobbles and coastal uplands. It is a kind of wasteland where nothing remains the same and such archetypical forms as may exist are constantly changing.” — Rez Williams, artist
  25. 25. 46 47 Eroded Sandstone | California
  26. 26. 48 49 Three Rocks | Aquinnah
  27. 27. 50 51 April Storm | off Old Country Road, West Tisbury
  28. 28. 52 53 Snow on Pond | off Abels Hill, Chilmark
  29. 29. 54 55 Alabama Hills | California
  30. 30. 56 57 Ice on Bog | Lambert’s Cove, Vineyard Haven Eroded Sandstone | California
  31. 31. 58 59 Indian Hill Fire Tower | West Tisbury “Indian Hill was the center of my universe. The fire tower was one secret destination and it was thrilling to climb those steep spindly steps to the top with the wind whistling by and views all over the island. I imagined I was a hawk.“ —Lucy Mitchell, artist
  32. 32. 60 61 Ice | Indian Hill, West Tisbury “As a child here I always had the tendency to focus in on the details of nature, maybe because I was so small and close to the ground... spirals, crystalline geometries, colors, sounds and smells, all still have a profound influence on me.” —Lucy Mitchell, artist
  33. 33. 62 63 Cloud Pattern and Sunflowers | Whiting Farm, West Tisbury
  34. 34. 64 65 Rock in Fog | Washington
  35. 35. 66 67 Mushroom | Lambert’s Cove, Vineyard Haven
  36. 36. 68 69 Fall Stream | Chilmark Ferns | West Tisbury
  37. 37. 70 71 Aurora Over Music Street | West Tisbury “Standing in the west end of the meadow, bathed in starlight and floating on the aroma of fresh hay, all is stillness, save for a snuffle from the pooled darkness of Cadet’s paddock on my left. The dust of the roadway is warm beneath my bare feet and around my toes. At the far end of the meadow it’s Leonard’s parlor light on as always, glowing in the window over the sink of his darkened kitchen, and across the way Crow Hollow – dark except for Mother’s reading lamp, clipped to the headboard of her bed. There is a resonance and communion with the energies of those who preceded me in this place that occurs nowhere else on Earth.” —Allen Look
  38. 38. 72 73 Saplings | West Tisbury Apple Tree | Chilmark
  39. 39. 74 75 Point Lobos | California
  40. 40. 76 77 White Sands | New Mexico
  41. 41. 78 79 Ice | West Tisbury Whiting Farm | West Tisbury
  42. 42. 80 81 Frost | Chilmark
  43. 43. 82 83 Clay and Rocks | Chilmark
  44. 44. 84 85 Blowing Sand | New Mexico
  45. 45. 86 87 Lunar Eclipse | Gay Head “I feel personally that the cliff area, where the lighthouse is and where my house is, I feel that’s very sacred territory. It’s sort of hard to explain why. It’s something I feel within me. That's where I belong. I knew that we had a special place, a sense of being a Wampanoag—I carry that with me. “ — Helen Manning from “Vineyard Voices — Words, Faces and Voices of Island People” by Linsey Lee, published by Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society, 1998
  46. 46. 88 89 Black Clouds | Blue Mailbox Beach, Chilmark “The young like to wrap themselves in the protective and flattering disguises of myth. In my early twenties, when I lived on Martha’s Vineyard – a refugee from the hard streets and cold ambitions of Boston – I liked to think myself as Antaeus. In Greek Mythology, Antaeus was the son of the sea-god Neptune and Terra, the Earth, and he was renowned as the greatest wrestler of all time, invincible, because when thrown to the ground, his Earth-mother would instantly heal him and recharge his body with an even greater strength. It was my conceit, and sensational reality, as I rapturously and compulsively paced the countless miles of the Vineyard’s wild and settled and entirely mysterious places – becoming a photographer as I went – that a great nourishing force and fundamental knowledge was rising up from the ground though my feet and was feeding me in body and soul.“ — Robert Tobey, photographer
  47. 47. 90 91 Ice Under Pier | East Chop, Oak Bluffs
  48. 48. 92 93 Whirlpool | Gay Head
  49. 49. 94 95 During the last 20 years Michael Zide has been published in numerous magazines and books. His landscape photography is exhibited internation- ally and is in both corporate and museum collections. His photography has been used in advertising campaigns to represent manufacturers of fine photographic equipment and printing papers, such as Sinar Bron cameras, Schneider Lenses, Mitsubishi printing papers, Millers Professional Imaging, and Graphistudios to name a few. In 2007 his work was used to represent Museo fine art printing paper made by the Crane Company who, incidentally, manufacture the paper for US currency. Recent achievements include being selected as a member of the Masters of Moab, a group of distinguished photographers whose images are used to represent this premium brand of fine art digital printing paper. Black & White magazine honored his images of Martha’s Vineyard with an Award of Excellence. A feature article, highlighting Michael’s Vineyard landscapes appears in the Spring 08’ edition of Silvershotz magazine, an international journal of fine art photography. He is a full-time instructor at the Hallmark Institute of Photography, located in western Massachusetts. Additional examples of his work can be seen at www.vineyardlandscapes.com. Limited editions of his prints are available for purchase. About the Photographer
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