If your only information about Newport and Rhode Island came from my blog, at this point you might think it is just one big boat harbor. But there is more. One of the things I have learned about travel photography (perhaps all facets of photography) is that there are subjects that lend themselves to shooting with the time, equipment and access that many of us have, and there are simply subjects that do not. And time, often also dictates shooting priorities.
Newport is home to many cultural additions other than its estimable marine industry. There is probably no more famous “summer cottages,” than the “Cliff Mansions.” And the Cliff Walk along the shore the houses those mansions is worth the shoe leather. But it is really not a photographer’s prime destination. It may lend itself to a few shots for travel purposes, but not for general-purpose landscape photography. Perhaps given a little more time, particularly during sunrise and sunset hours, I may have had a different take-away. As it is, I made on image that I thought had some potential, using the sweep of a decorative wall as a prop.
The mansions are, in my view, hampered by a lack of access. What I mean by that is I could no go where I wanted to to shoot them. Many of them are publicly owned, but they are also fenced. From the cliff walk, it is difficult to get a perspective for making a good photograph. It would require, at the very least, access to the grounds. And perhaps it would also require some more specialized equipment such as ladders and wider lenses. And like so many public places, even where access is possible, it is usually not so during the “golden light” hours. Given proper time, research and contacts, I have no doubt some great images could be made of these mansions. We were also disappointed to find that nearly everyone had ongoing maintenance, with scaffolding covering them. Lets hope that maintenance yields some great results for those who come later :-).
The entire area, of course, is one big series of beaches and points and islands. We drove a number of the beach roads. From one very high view, I was able to capture a very interesting reef formation covered with colorful green marine growth.
I have mentioned Goat Island, in the context of the lighthouse, actually known as The Newport Harbor Light. Early Newport settlers used the island as a goat pasture. The island also housed a fort which changed from Spanish to colonial, to British and back to U.S. military holdings over its history, finally housing a torpedo factory for the U.S. Navy. In the 1960s,he island was sold to private developers and the Newport Hyatt Regency stands there today along with some restaurants. The light is still active, and is part of a very nice walk around the island and the hotel complex with great views of the bay and back toward Newport Harbor.
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