Spotlight: Marshall Point

THE COASTLINE OF MAINE IS ONE OF EMMANUEL'S FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOOT AS IT IS THE FIRST PLACE THE SUN HITS IN THE UNITED STATES. HE HAS BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE QUIRKS OF THE LAND BETWEEN PORTLAND AND MARSHALL POINT AND OFTEN TRAVELS HOURS IN THE SAME DAY TO CATCH CERTAIN LIGHTHOUSES OR BEACHES AT EITHER SUNRISE OR SUNSET. 

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THIS PHOTOGRAPH OF MARSHALL POINT WAS TAKEN IN THE FALL OF 2016 DURING A SUNSET. AFTER DRIVING 12 HOURS TO GET FROM PITTSBURGH TO THE COAST OF MAINE, EMMANUEL STRUGGLED TO FIND A HOTEL THAT COULD ACCOMMODATE HIM FOR THE NIGHT. AS IT WAS THE END OF THE SEASON, EVERYONE WAS OUT FOR A LAST VACATION. AFTER FINALLY FIND A PLACE TO STAY THE NIGHT, EMMANUEL PLANNED A SUNRISE SHOOT IN PORTLAND AT THE LIGHTHOUSE. ONCE THERE, HE REALIZED THE WEATHER WAS NOT COMPLYING WITH HIS VISION FOR THE SHOOT. EMMANUEL THEN LEFT FOR MARSHALL POINT TO SHOOT THE LIGHTHOUSE DURING SUNSET.

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AS HE ARRIVED, EMMANUEL SAW A WEDDING TAKING PLACE AND OFFERED TO TAKE A FEW PHOTOS OF THE BRIDE. DURING HIS SUNSET SHOOT OF LIGHTHOUSE AFTER THE BRIDAL PARTY HAD LEFT, HE TURNED TO FACE THE MOON AND NOTICED A COUPLE. THOUGH HE WAS A CONSIDERABLE DISTANCE FROM THE COUPLE, EMMANUEL WAS ABLE TO COMMUNICATE TO THEM THAT HE WANTED THEM TO POSE FOR A FEW PHOTOS. ONCE HE GATHERED HIS EQUIPMENT AND HIKED UP TO SHOW THEM THE SHOTS, THE COUPLE HAD ALREADY LEFT.

IT WASN'T UNTIL AFTER EMMANUEL TOOK THE PHOTO OF THIS PARTICULAR LIGHTHOUSE THAT HE REALIZED IT WAS FEATURED IN TOM HANKS' FILM FORREST GUMP. THIS PHOTOGRAPH GIVES THE LIGHTHOUSE A MUCH STRONG PRESENCE THAN IT APPEARED IN THE FILM. THE LIGHTHOUSE STANDS TALL AS NIGHTTIME APPROACHES WHILE THE BOARDWALK SLOWLY CLOSES FOR THE NIGHT. EMMANUEL CAPTURED AN ICON FROM A BELOVED FILM WHILE SHOWING THE VIEWER HOW HE SAW THE LIGHTHOUSE IN THAT VERY MOMENT.