Part of Maritime Month 2017. Maritime Month is made possible by Allen Insurance and Financial.
Peter Ralston grew up in Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania, worked for a decade as a freelance photojournalist and then began photographing the coast of Maine in 1978, drawn especially to the working communities that define the coast’s enduring character.
His work has been seen in many books and magazines, featured on network television and has been exhibited in galleries, collections and museums throughout the United States and abroad.
In 2003 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree at Colby College for his photography as well as his role as co-founder of the Island Institute.
He created Ralston Gallery in Rockport, Maine, in 2011, selling his photographs as well as the work of his lifelong friends, Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. He is currently working on a book about the coast and islands of Maine.
More information is available on his site, www.ralstongallery.com.
Peter Ralston, on his trips to the Arctic:
“Observing a bit of Greenland and the heart of the Northwest Passage from a friend’s yacht last summer, I was completely unprepared for the overwhelming scale and power of that part of the world; the BIG ice in Greenland, the austere and severe beauty of the high Canadian Arctic, the social and economic reality of Inuit life and their (mis)treatment by the Canadian government, the wildlife, and the sobering privilege of a front-row seat in a prime theatre of climate change. I am pleased and honored to be able to share my observations from this transformative trip.”