An exceptional photobook: "NANTUCKET" by Cary Hazlegrove

This storied island has always been considered one of New England's most beautiful offshore wonders. This new luxurious, 10x10 coffee-table book, NANTUCKET showcases that beauty through an original, yet reminiscent collection from Cary Hazlegrove.

Cary Hazlegrove is a Siasconset photographer and author who is known for her ability to capture the delicate relationship between coast and climate. She has lived on the island for over three decades, and captures a quite different image in her latest book as only a year-round islander could. See her Facebook here and her book's Facebook here.

MS Hazlegrove forces the viewer to look a commonplace things differently by sometimes focusing on the foreground and letting the photograph's principle subjects, a wedding party or a lighthouse, get blurred in the distance.

"NANTUCKET" is unique because it eloquently captures the ever-changing mood of the island when the visitors have all left and the island settles down for its annual off season rest.

Stunningly printed and glossy paged by Turner Publishing Company, Hazlegrove's 130 poignant color photographs not only explore the whimsical months of summer, but also unveil the mystical, autumn months, the hushed long and gray winters, and the much-welcomed splash of spring.

What is it like in winter?

In an article in the island weekly newspaper, The Nantucket Independent, in 2007, the reporter wrote;

What is Nantucket like in the winter? In the fall? In every season that isn't summer? These are some of the questions nationally recognized, island photographer Cary Hazlegrove answers with her camera in "An Island Life" - a short film of her photos set to music. Hazlegrove organized the beautiful and slightly stoic photos according to aerial shots, photos of special events, images of seasons and then of people.

She began these "glorified yearbooks" in the late 70s, and continued making them for 30 years before going on hiatus to raise her daughter, who's now 10. "Nantucket's changed since I started these, but I can still find my spot of green," Hazlegrove said. "Even when there is so much rampant building, the core people who live here and call Nantucket home year-round make Nantucket an incredibly special place for those who choose to live and work here."

Hazlegrove's earlier Nantucket titles are "NANTUCKET: Seasons on the Island" and "NANTUCKET: The Quiet Season."

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Milk Street door with Lightship baskets (from her blog)It is truly difficult to create yet another photobook about Nantucket given the dozens already published, but "Nantucket" by Cary Hazlegrove manages to accomplish this feat with ease and considerable grace.

And it's especially difficult when you've already published two other photobooks on the same subject in the past decade.

  Turner Publishing Company
  ISBN: 9781596525665
  Price: $39.95

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