Maine’s ‘Hidden Coast’ revealed

May 22, 2014
Ken Textor, left, and Joe Devenney

They say the coast of Maine would be almost 3,500 miles long if stretched straight. They say you can never see it all, and maybe they’re right. But journalist Ken Textor and photographer Joe Devenney have seen a lot of it, from the Isles of Shoals on the New Hampshire border to West Quoddy Head Downeast. They have compiled their years of exploring into “The Hidden Coast of Maine,” recently published by Tilbury House Publishers of Thomaston.

Textor will present a slide show and discuss aspects of putting the book together; share Q&A with the audience; and sign books Saturday, May 31, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Beyond the Sea, Route 1 at Lincolnville Beach. Both men will present their work Tuesday, June 3,  at 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library. For more information about the May 31 presentation, call 789-555 or email Info@BeyondTheSeaMaine.com.

The book explores the Maine coast in all seasons and weathers, landward reaches to offshore islands, via images that took Devenney 37 years to compile and insights that took Textor 35 years to earn. Every photo in the book was taken from a vantage point that can be reached by car or ferry — 86 destinations, 200 vistas and a thousand excursions into the life and natural history of a storied coast. An appendix offers directions to each place.

Separately — and occasionally on assignment together — Textor and Devenney have turned over many stones in this varied 3,000-mile-long coastline, seeking out and recording its moods, seasons, and secrets. Devenney’s photos capture moments of ephemeral grace and beauty in places that are forgotten or hiding in plain sight, and Textor’s essays reveal hidden nuggets of history and nature.

Textor has ranged the Maine coast by land and sea since the late 1970s. He is a contributing editor for Down East, Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors and Country Journal; and a columnist for the Maine Sunday Telegram and Popular Woodworker. He lives on Arrowsic Island.  Devenney of Jefferson has been photographing Maine since 1976 and has been a professional photographer since 1983, shooting on assignment for The New York Times, Audubon and other clients. His photographs have appeared on the covers of Down East, Yankee, Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors and other publications; and have been published worldwide by National Geographic, Reader’s Digest and the Sierra Club.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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