The hamlet of Montauk is located on the east end of the south fork of Long Island. It’s a mecca for deep-sea fishing, surf-casting, boating, surfing, beach combing, sunbathing, and late-night beach fires. And naturally, the town hosts a multitude of seafood restaurants, hotels and bed and breakfasts. The town is sometimes known as “The Last Resort,” “The Living End,” or simply, “The End.”
Montauk Point Light has been photographed endlessly and has become the signature photo subject of this beachtown getaway.
That being the case, I’ve added a few photos to my Montauk gallery which seem to represent at least two of Montauk’s attractions: Deep sea fishing and beachcombing.
“Montauk Transom” is the stern of the fishing vessel Jen•Lissa. When not on the ocean, she’s docked at Gosman’s.
“Montauk Profiles” features the Jen•Lissa as well as other noted fishing vessels that call Montauk their homeport.
“Montauk Driftwood” is a carving by an unknown artist of a face looking upward (as if sunbathing), some foot prints on the top of the log, and “Montauk” inscribed on the side in rhythmic calligraphy.
Although a native Long Islander, I have not fully explored the charisma and draw of Montauk. With these images, my venture begins. Last week, I was fortunate enough to be shown around Montauk and its environs by a friend, Dennis O’Reilly. He’s been living there for about 25 years. We hadn’t seen one another for 10 years or so, until about two years ago. Our paths intersected while I was participating in one of Montauk’s art shows. Finally, after Dennis’ open invitation, we got together last week.
In a 4-wheel drive, Chevy pickup truck, Dennis patiently escorted me to beaches, bluffs, trails, coves, ponds, parks, lakes, and the ocean. With a running dialog, he told me about the lore and geology of this intriguing place. I’m destined to go back, but not for a mid-day shoot. My visit with Dennis was simply a survey. When I go back, it will be for a few days. Spending some time with my “new-old” friend and trying to capture some of the mystique of Montauk will be on my agenda.