As told to Tiffany Frasier | August 16, 2016 | Lifestyle
Newsday reporter Mark Harrington travels off the beaten path to photograph iconic East End scenes.
“I will travel to a location at the right time that casts the perfect light,” says Newsday reporter Mark Harrington, who captured this picturesque sunset on the Peconic River.
“I look for a scene that exemplifies certain aspects of a location. When in Shelter Island, boats are iconic shots, as is surfing to Montauk. I will travel to a location at the right time that casts the perfect light. I can visit the same place several times, but end up with a different scene and point of view every time I visit.
“The beach areas that I go to involve a hike. I venture to destinations that are not easily accessible by roads. The more untraveled, the better; I like the feel of being off the beaten path. I have trailed over the walking dunes in Amagansett and hiked to Hither Hills State Park on the eastern tip of Montauk. It’s those back road shots that make the journey worthwhile. That is where you find the landscapes and views that people are surprised to know exist.
“I’m always on the lookout for quality visuals. I took photojournalism classes in college, and since then, I have always had a camera with me. As a reporter I cover energy, commercial and recreational fisheries, and the Native American affairs on Long Island.
Occasionally my profession and pastime do collide, but I tend to keep photography as a separate personal passion. I don’t overly plan. The best shots occur by happenstance. I grab my camera, put my dog in the car, and hit the road. I never know what I will find.”
photography by mark harrington