A Year on Monhegan Island, 1990
In 1989, I was offered a book contract from Ticknor & Fields, a Houghton Mifflin company, to produce a childrens' book about how life on an island can be different, yet similar than other living situations around the world. Monhegan Island's population during the year is around 75 people, its size is 3/4 mile wide by 1-3/4 miles long, and no vehicles are allowed except for a few trucks necessary to help the fisherman. I learned about Monhegan Island during a trip to Maine when I was a RIT student in 1977. I pledged then that I would go back to Monhegan Island once I became a better photographer. I went back in December of 1989 and stayed for four months over a year's time. This is the story of Monhegan Island in 1990.
The last picture is one of my dog, Fred, and me on the island. Fred lived to be 15 years old. Monhegan Island was his favorite place simply because I was never out of his sight. When he died, I went back to Monhegan Island and threw his ashes over the 160-ft. cliff on the north end of the island. I was with my dear late friend Jason Stern, who took a beautiful picture of this momentus act.