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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