Acadia Moon Dance by Howie Motenko

As a landscape photographer and 2019 Acadia National Park – Artist in Residence, I present “Acadia Moon Dance”, the result of exploring Acadia National Park for two years, under the full moon. 

These images are a fusion of my creative sensibilities of black and white photography coupled with my observations of our natural world. Choosing to express my images in black and white represents a realistic view of how our eyes perceive the primeval, nighttime landscape.

Photographing with moonlight as the only source of illumination requires long exposures, between 30 seconds and 8 minutes, producing swirling stars and ethereal streams. The moonlight’s illumination reveals a mystical scene in an otherwise dark landscape. This project reflects my interpretation of Acadia’s quiet stillness, intense power, and serene solitude.