DEER ISLE — Anyone who was in Maine from the 1980s through the 2000s likely would have seen were certain to have American landscape photographer Terrell S. Lester’s shot of the scarlet blueberry fields unfolding from atop Caterpillar Hill in fall, a white dingy in the fog and other iconic images.
Born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1948, Lester and his family moved from the Great Plains and its wide-open landscapes to Orlando, Fla., where he began his professional life as a land surveyor and environmental engineer. There photography became his medium for recording Florida’s changing post-Disney World landscape and its disappearing natural beauty.
Eventually, Lester’s documentary photography brought him to Maine, where he made his home in Deer Isle until 2007. During that time, Knopf/House published “MAINE: The Seasons,” featuring 125 of Lester’s Maine photos as well as essays by Richard Ford, Richard Russo, Anne Beattie and Elizabeth Strout.
His calling took him to Taos, New Mexico, where he explored and documented the people, cultures and landscapes of the Southwest and the West.
Lester’s photos from that period, as well as his subsequent body of work since he moved to Fort Collins, Colo. are on view through Columbus Day (Oct. 8) are on view at Kingman Gallery in Deer Isle. The show also includes some of the photographer’s previously unseen images of Maine.
“Maine will always be my artistic home and it has given me the foundation to take my vision to many other landscapes and places,” Terrell said in his artist’s statement. “No place that I have seen or been could ever replace the Maine I have experienced and the wonderful spirit of its people. But it is a big world out there and so little time to see it all.”
Over a decade, Lester transitioned from analog to digital photography, discovering new techniques and imagery. He also has incorporated video and time-lapse photography into his work.
Out West, Lester uses a mountain bike to travel to and shoot in remote parts of the Rockies.
Kingman Gallery’s show serves as a retrospective of Lester’s work over four decades. The gallery is located at 117 Center District Crossroad, which is just off Route 15A about a half-mile south of Deer Isle village. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday and by appointment. For more info, call 1-(207)-712-7014, email [email protected] or visit www.kingmangallery.com.