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Super talented island photographer Nathan Coe has put together a new art exhibition that is utterly unique and beyond beautiful. Instead of going around and taking pictures of the famed island locations, Nathan began a “Double Exposure” project where he melded portraits of models into the back drop of special spots on the island of Nantucket. The results are incredible.These stunning pieces of photography remind us of the mind, body and soul connection to ACK. Here are eight of our blACKbook favorites and Nathan gives his take on how the two pictures came together in this DOUBLE EXPOSURE feature!


 

Two Minds

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“Shot in Nantucket Harbor, a lone cloud was floating over the town. I wanted this piece to invoke a sense of loneliness and to portray vulnerability and also calmness. It’s actually the only shot that is more than a double exposure as I wanted to have the symmetry in place. The symmetry and rhythm adds to the beauty of the stare and draws the viewer in to her gaze.”

Galley Beach

"Shot in Nantucket Harbor, a lone cloud was floating over the town. I wanted this piece to invoke a sense of loneliness and to portray vulnerability and also calmness.  It's actually the only shot that is more than a double exposure as I wanted to have the symmetry in place. The symmetry and rhythm adds to the beauty of the stare and draws the viewer in to her gaze."
“Shot at the famous Galley Beach shore surrounded by beautiful people enjoying another gorgeous sunset. Everything is sexy and chic at the Galley, extravagant and slightly voyeuristic and I wanted this image to reflect that. To be blindfolded by the sun in a soft but revealing pose, arms up, revealing yet powerful, intense.”

Sconset Bluff

Tenderness and protectiveness come to mind when I try and explain this montage. She is laying down in the bluff protecting the erosion, trying to hold on. She's also at peace and is simply loving the embrace with the land. I shot the bluff first and then the model laying on the beach, the waves in the sand mimicking that of the Sconset Sound. I love the softness and subtlety of this image.
“Tenderness and protectiveness come to mind when I try and explain this montage. She is laying down in the bluff protecting the erosion, trying to hold on. She’s also at peace and is simply loving the embrace with the land. I shot the bluff first and then the model laying on the beach, the waves in the sand mimicking that of the Sconset Sound. I love the softness and subtlety of this image.”

Time

The tattoo on the guys arm reads "Multiply Time by Letting it Go By". The house was shot on Main street, still standing strong since 1799. The shingles mimic his abs and muscles. Tacks from the shingles overlay his chest, all signifying strength, resilience and the strong history of this wonderful island.
“The tattoo on the guys arm reads “Multiply Time by Letting it Go By”. The house was shot on Main street, still standing strong since 1799. The shingles mimic his abs and muscles. Tacks from the shingles overlay his chest, all signifying strength, resilience and the strong history of this wonderful island.”

Quidnet

Polpis Pond with the sliver of Quidnet beach in the background has always grabbed me and forced me to stop my car and pull over. I find it to be one of the most beautiful spots of the island, almost always crystal clear and calm I envisioned a woman lying over the dunes, naked and enjoying the serenity and quietness of the scene. The soft curves of her body appearing at first like hills or clouds gathering. You sit, still and look and then her form appears, wooden floorboards quietly and subconsciously take your eyes up and into the center of the frame where she lays over the land.
“Polpis Pond with the sliver of Quidnet beach in the background has always grabbed me and forced me to stop my car and pull over. I find it to be one of the most beautiful spots of the island, almost always crystal clear and calm I envisioned a woman lying over the dunes, naked and enjoying the serenity and quietness of the scene. The soft curves of her body appearing at first like hills or clouds gathering. You sit, still and look and then her form appears, wooden floorboards quietly and subconsciously take your eyes up and into the center of the frame where she lays over the land.”

Serengeti

A blazing sunset over the moors, west of Milestone. I've shot African inspired fashion shoots here for it's resemblance to the African Serengeti. The sky is electric and I wanted to show it with a woman's body, wet, laying in the sandy waters of the beach. A juxtaposition on two lands. The indentation of her breast in the sand lays in the dryness of the 'Nantucket desert'
“A blazing sunset over the moors, west of Milestone. I’ve shot African inspired fashion shoots here for it’s resemblance to the African Serengeti. The sky is electric and I wanted to show it with a woman’s body, wet, laying in the sandy waters of the beach. A juxtaposition on two lands. The indentation of her breast in the sand lays in the dryness of the ‘Nantucket desert”

Looking East

Shooting aerials of Nantucket at 10,000 ft with a medium format camera is harder than you would think. My camera is slow and meticulous and doesn't have any stabilizing technology. It was a calm day and my friend George Rieftoff took me up as I needed a beautiful clear black and white shot of Nantucket. I wanted the woman's pose to be discrete but to still show feminine curves and the female form. The low flats of Madaket blending in with her body as she looks out over to Great Point. The island covering her and protecting her modesty like a blanket.
“Shooting aerials of Nantucket at 10,000 ft with a medium format camera is harder than you would think. My camera is slow and meticulous and doesn’t have any stabilizing technology. It was a calm day and my friend George Rieftoff took me up as I needed a beautiful clear black and white shot of Nantucket. I wanted the woman’s pose to be discrete but to still show feminine curves and the female form. The low flats of Madaket blending in with her body as she looks out over to Great Point. The island covering her and protecting her modesty like a blanket.”

Old Mill

This was one of the first double exposures I shot on Nantucket and it's one of my favorites. It's graphical and structured but with a very delicate touch of lace and feminine beauty. The lace negligé exposes over the shingles and the blade catches her eye. Her hair falls off the roof, paint chips from her chest. She was shot in my office as I didn't have a studio, plug sockets visible on the wall, natural wind vs electrical power.
“This was one of the first double exposures I shot on Nantucket and it’s one of my favorites. It’s graphical and structured but with a very delicate touch of lace and feminine beauty. The lace negligé exposes over the shingles and the blade catches her eye. Her hair falls off the roof, paint chips from her chest. She was shot in my office as I didn’t have a studio, plug sockets visible on the wall, natural wind vs electrical power.

Double Exposure really needs to be experienced in person. They are not only beautiful works of photography, but the details in each piece are absolutely amazing.

On island? Pop by Cavalier Gallery on Main Street to check out Double Exposure and get a private look at the full collection. In NYC? Nathan’s Exhibit will be on display at Cavalier Gallery in the City!
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Photographer Nathan Coe
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