Montauk Hamptons Author Writer Photographer Collectible Fine Art
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Montauk Hamptons Author Writer Photographer Collectible Fine Art

"Riding Montauk Highway I pass a local landmark, The Lobster Roll, which was always a favorite out-of-the-way east end eatery. I recall that the last time I passed this place, some 7 years ago, there were a dozen tractor-trailer rigs parked out in front and a strong law enforcement presence keeping the traffic moving. Apparently filming was going on for the HBO hit series, The Affair, who’s storyline often revolved around activity at the establishment. Further down the road I pass the remains of Cyril’s Fish House, another former hot spot with the locals and east end day trippers. Known originally for its laid back island vibe, Cyril’s became part of the raucous east end party scene and was often frequented by hundreds of partygoers who jammed up travel along Montauk Highway, the only road that runs out to Montauk Point. After numerous local code violations Cyril’s was forced to shutter the business. I was saddened to learn that Cyril Fitzsimons, the colorful proprietor of the establishment, passed away in March of 2020, after contracting Coronavirus in a rehab facility where he was recovering from an earlier stroke."

-Excerpt from "Road Work: Images and Insights of a Modern Day Explorer"

The excerpt above is from my Amazon #1 best selling road travel book which is available in paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon as well as on Apple Books. If you love motorcycle travelogues give this one a read. As the author I may be just a little bit biased, but I happen to think it’s a great one.

Not all of my photographs are created on lengthy, long distance motorcycle journeys far from my home. Some of my favorite images are created during day rides or overnighters, on my BMW motorcycle, right here on beautiful Long Island. This image, entitled "The Calm Before" is one of the most popular of my fine art editions. It was captured at Montauk, NY; looking towards the Montauk Light House from a vantage point on its north side. I have spent many days exploring the east end of Long Island from Southampton to Montauk Point, and have created many wonderful images in this oceanfront stretch of land known as the south fork. In addition to being a very popular collectible fine art edition in my body of personal work, this image has gathered much critical acclaim. It has hung in two juried art shows at two different venues in East Hampton, NY. It is also offered for acquisition in prestigious art galleries in The Hamptons, New York City and Ottawa, Canada. I’m truly grateful for being blessed with the ideal environmental conditions under which I captured this image. The image was captured many years ago using a Nikon DSLR camera equipped with a Nikkor zoom lens. In retrospect, I was probably traveling on one of my Harley-Davidson motorcycles back when this image was created. The original digital image was processed using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom software on my Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer. It is also one of my most awarded images in professional photography competitions. On the local level at PPGNY (Professional Photographers of Greater New York) this image was awarded Best-In-Show in their image competition. On the international level, this image earned a silver award at the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) annual 16 X 20 Print, Album and Film Making Competition held annually at the MGM Grand Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. "The Calm Before" is available artist direct. Use the contact page on this web site to acquire a copy. "The Calm Before" can be printed to any size on a variety of materials. I would be happy to quote a price for any size and material that fits your collection. I hope you enjoy viewing this image as much as I enjoyed creating it. Thanks for taking a look.