An Enchanted Camera:
Bertrand Wentworth’s Photographs of Monhegan Island
June 24-September 30, 2015
Bertrand Wentworth’s stunning photographs of Monhegan capture the artist’s emotional response to the beauty of the island that he returned to each summer during the first half of the twentieth century. A native of Gardiner, Wentworth made his way west working in a variety of occupations and befriended photographer William Henry Jackson while he was in Denver, Colorado. His success managing a quarry in Michigan allowed him to resettle in Maine in 1913 and dedicate himself to photography. Wentworth wrote about the relationship between art and photography at a time when many were arguing for photography’s place among the fine arts, maintaining that it was “a worthy medium for the expression of beauty.” His Monhegan photographs reveal his heightened sensitivity to shifting light and weather conditions along the coast, and capture the peace and solitude of life on an island 12 miles out to sea.
This exhibition is part of the Maine Photo Project (mainephotoproject.org), a statewide photography collaboration in 2105. The Maine Photo Project is organized and supported by the institutions of the Maine Curators’ Forum and is generously sponsored by the Bates College Museum of Art, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and the Colby College Museum of Art, with fiscal management provided by the Maine Historical Society. The Maine Photo Project is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.