A Guy and His Gull
I discovered George Tice though a video interview on YouTube. I'd never heard of him and I'm sorry I hadn't found him sooner. By the way, that's not George on the beach, just an anonymous fellow I happened to spot.
Here's the video link if you have a few free moments to hear from a photographic artist discussing his life and craft: George Tice
After watching the interview I looked him up and found that he published a book called "Seacoast Maine" so, of course, I had to buy it. I found it used on Amazon and because I try to avoid Amazon I ordered it direct from the bookstore listed. They had it listed as "Collectible" which I liked because it usually means it's in better than usual condition. Turned out it was in perfect condition, a First Edition, and signed by Mr. Tice. Very cool if you're a bit nerdy about books (you know who you are).
Tice is an old school film photographer and the images are all B&W but with the kind of contrast you get from a overcast Maine day, softer, lighter. These are not Instagram moments of in-your-face-gotcha! photographs. Many are just day-to-day scenes of small towns or people at work. They're lovely. He titles each image with what it is, a white church is titled "White Church, Stonington, 1971". Most of the images are from the early '70s but by the end of the volume he's included some from the early 2000s.
I've often felt that some photography needs to be among its brethren to be appreciated. Much from this volume would not stand on their own, they need to be shoulder-to-shoulder with images that tell of a place and time; that's where books like this shine. His most famous images are from urban landscapes in New Jersey, Patterson in particular and I'll be looking into those at some future time.
If you appreciate this type of work, images that let you relax and enter an unfamiliar place, then I recommend you have a look at Tice's work.