Review of "Rye in Focus" by Bob McGrath

Photographer Bob McGrath captures the everyday beauty of his hometown



It was a year-long quest  — from January through December Bob McGrath carried his camera hither and yon in his hometown of Rye with the intent of taking photographs that would capture the town's spirit. He succeeded.

In his recently released book "Rye in Focus: One Year, One Town," there are photos of a tree-lined street touched with a golden, snowy light; a lobsterman looking resolute as he stands on his boat; a clothesline filled with brightly colored laundry framing Star Island on a blue-sky day; a man named Mel and his dog Annie enjoying the shade of an oak tree — it's page after page of great photos, a nice mix of landscape and portrait, all documenting the everyday beauty of the Seacoast town.

There weren't enough pages in the book for all the photos. Those that were fitted into stray spaces, like the very last page (more than 20 of them crowded there), were just as worthy as any of full-page display.

In a foreword to the book, there is a quote by Louisa May Alcott that says: "The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely." This book is testimony to that.

McGrath says his quest ended "with a renewed admiration for the place I call home." It also will end with a lot of other people, like me, admiring it as well.

 

 

Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Popular Articles

  1. Building Homes for a Greener Tomorrow
    There’s nothing gothic about the net-zero home of environmental reporter Sam Evans-Brown and...
  2. Medical Marijuana
    There's still no consensus on its effectiveness.
  3. The Search for NH's Best Pizza
    Lots of places claim to have the state's best pizza. We put them all to the test.
  4. Tiny House, Tremendous Style
    Living small takes creativity.
  5. Over-the-Border Dining in Kittery
    Drive, bike, walk or skip over Memorial Bridge to take in the dining renaissance underway in the...
  6. Fashion Statements in the Granite State
    There's more to our state's style than you think.
  7. Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread Muffins
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags