- In 1910 Porter’s family purchased Great Spruce Head Island
in Penobscot Bay, Maine, and built a summer house there the following
- The spot quickly became a steady source of photographic inspiration.
While the artist's visits to the region were fewer after he settled
in New Mexico in 1946, he always viewed the island as his second home.
- Porter found unusual color in unexpected places in Maine.
- Throughout his life, Porter photographed the changing seasons and
ecology. The moss-covered log illustrates the full cycle of life and
- Porter published two books on the area: an autobiography called Summer
Island: Penobscot Bay (1966) and Maine (1986).