Border Town by Adam Lampton in Portland, ME,USA

This is a shot of the Atlantic Ocean from just south of Portland.  Maine is most closely associated with its coast- though in reality it is as much about farms and land-locked pursuits…the water at this point in particular seems unsettled much of the time and everyone looking out from this cliff seems to be meditating on the meaning of life.  Then they drive back to Massachusetts on I-95.

Name:Adam Lampton

Place you live: Portland, ME

Place your photo was taken: Cape Elizabeth, ME

Can you sum up Portland Maine? Portland seems to me is a border town- a buffer between ‘real Maine” – which is to say weird- self reliant, small towns and- Massachusetts (I know New Hampshire is in between…but).  What you’re left with is something like parts of the Western US- laid-back people, odd characters, beautiful landscape, dreary in the winter- ecstatic in the summer.  Bike metaphor: Guys on beat up mountain bikes, shirtless with back packs (not being ironic) meets outdoorsy types in spandex who just finished their first triathlon.

Occupation: Photographer/ Teacher

Preoccupation: Photography/ Biking/ Kids

A perfect day in Portland? Biking to that spot near the water- coming home drinking coffee and playing with the kids.

If someone was visiting, what must they do?  Eat- Portland has an absurd amount of good food.

A perfect meal in Portland?  Lobster is too much work to eat- there are a couple of places that serve some pretty amazing fish (Haddock) sandwiches.

What is the best thing about your spot? Biking 5 minutes gets you to a beach or to downtown.

What is the worst? Lack of Chinese food.

A little known fact about where you live? It’s not that cold.

Where is your favorite place in the world? Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA