Brace Cove, Eastern Point

Brace Cove, Eastern Point ©Fredrik D. Bodin
My friends Surrey and Rob, who live on Eastern Point, have a view of Brace Cove and Brace Rock. Surrey once remarked that she loves it when the rock turns “pink” late in the day. I made this photograph as a wedding present for them. While setting up my tripod and camera to capture the fleeting light, I was attacked by swarms of tiny biting insects, who had colonized the piles of damp seaweed on the beach. After suffering through several exposures, I grabbed my fully extended tripod with camera still attached and ran for the car. I’ve since learned to wear pants and long sleeved shirts, a hat, and carry insect repellant on photographic outings, just as I do for clamming and fishing. Surrey and Rob loved their present, and it hangs in their house to this day. Although I didn’t have it mind when I shot this photo, there’s a similarity between my photo and luminist painter Fitz Henry Lane’s Brace’s Rock, circa 1863–1864. We’re fortunate to have many of his paintings reside at our Cape Ann Museum.
Shot on 6×7 centimeter transparency film. Printed from a 4×5 inch color internegative. Image #FDB9667-001c
Fredrik D. Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

One thought on “Brace Cove, Eastern Point

  1. Thanks for posting that picture and the link to the painting, Fred. I grew up in E. Gloucester, just a short walk to the Brace Cove area and spent many happy days there – fishing from the rock, lobstering in the cove with a long-handled net from a friends canoe and duck hunting from the rock and in Niles pond.


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