As Told To Tiffany Frasier| July 12, 2016 |
For architect Darren Helgesen, the great outdoors is what life in East Hampton is all about.
“If you can stand still and be observant, there is so much to be seen. I started taking photos because I was viewing so many incredible scenes when surfing, fishing, or on drives home from work. I also wanted to show my daughter what she is missing by not spending more time outdoors. “If I pay attention to what the wind is doing, it guides me and gives me a good sense of where to direct my camera. I have a knack for being in the right place at the right time. “Springs is where I shoot most often. It’s more of a destination than a location you drive through. It’s secluded, and seeing a lot of different species of wildlife is not uncommon. Accabonac Harbor is where I find myself spending a lot of time. “I didn’t start out with an interest in shooting natural environments and birds. But I’ve learned so much about different species by taking shots of birds and then finding them in bird guides. “There is a reason why Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning had studios and painted here. There is something intriguing about the light in this town. The light reflects off the bays and harbors and produces such beautiful colors.”