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Then & Now: Nantucket Lightship

Sean Murray

A PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES THAT CONTRASTS THE LIFE'S WORK OF JAMES F. & GEORGE F. MURRAY. 

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Nantucket lightships were often the first point of contact immigrants had with the United States. It's ironic that one now floats within eyesight of the Statue of Liberty. 

James F. Murray didn't have to go far to find one of these ships out of maritime history—and neither did we. A resident of Boston, James drew what appears to be Nantucket Lightship LV-112 in Boston Harbor sometime around the midcentury. Imagine our shock when coming across LV-612 in our own backyard in downtown Manhattan.

This is perhaps the starkest contrast in our photo series to date. What was once an important navigational beacon, this ship now hosts luxury dinner parties with the World Trade Center as its backdrop—a far departure from what James drew over half a century ago. 

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This print was originally drawn by James F. Murray, printed by his son George and the frame was hand painted red and distressed by grandson Sean. This can be purchased exclusively from JF Murray & Sons.

 

Photographed by Sean A. Murray on January 7, 2015


Then & Now: Motif #1, Rockport, Massachusetts

Sean Murray

A PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES THAT CONTRASTS THE LIFE'S WORK OF JAMES F. & GEORGE F. MURRAY. 

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Motif #1—aptly named for its popularity with local artists—is an old fishing shack located on Bradley Wharf in the picturesque seaside town of Rockport, Massachusetts. It is said to be one of the most photographed (pre-selfie craze) and painted locations in America. 

Following in his literal footsteps, once again we stood in the exact spot James F. Murray set up his easel and captured this quintessential New England scene. 

By sheer happenstance a lone seagull flew overhead as we set up our shot. Just as it had when James drew it decades earlier, the gull perched itself on the shack's chimney. To describe that moment we quote Bauhaus architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, "God is in the details".

This print originally drawn by James F. Murray and printed by his son George was a best seller in the latter half of the 20th century. A few remain and can be purchased exclusively from JF Murray & Sons.

 

Photographed by Sean A. Murray on December 26, 2015


Then & Now: Flume Bridge, NH

Sean Murray

The maiden image of a photography series that contrasts the life's work of James F. & George F. Murray. 

The Concept:
It seems simple: photograph scenes of yesterday. But it's much more. For grandson Sean A. Murray it's a pilgrimage—to follow in the literal footsteps of his grandfather. To see things as he saw them—and to capture them in a digital art form. 

The Artwork:
This artwork was originally drawn by James F. Murray and printed by his son George between 1960-1990. A few remain and can be purchased exclusively from JF Murray & Sons.

The Location:
The Flume Bridge straddles the Pemigewasset River in the Franconia Notch of New Hampshire's White Mountains. Built somewhere between 1871-1886 it remains as one of 400 covered bridges that once stood in New Hampshire. 

The bridge is located in an area generally known as The Flume, a gorge cut into the base of Mt. Liberty. For the adventurous there is a trail that leads directly up the gorge on rickety wooden planks during the summer. Since it is winter we hiked a one mile loop with stunning views and crosses over another covered bridge—the Sentinel Pine Bridge (which James also drew and will be released at a later date). 

 

Being the first scene of many to come, this particular location will always hold a special place in the heart's of the Murray family. Our summers were spent hiking, swimming, boating, and siteseeing the lakes and mountain regions of New Hampshire. It was in the Franconia Notch where grandson Sean A. Murray proposed to his wife Serena atop Artist's Bluff during a snow storm. 

Battling 7° weather in the exact place James stood around 50 years earlier and lining up his composition through the lens of a digital camera while observing how the environment has changed—and not changed—was a moment we will remember forever. 

Photographed by Sean A. Murray on December 28, 2015