NY40 MARILEE Trailer

For the past two years, I have been photographing and filming the restoration of the iconic Nathanael Herreshoff-designed New York 40, MARILEE. In October, 2015, MARILEE was brought to French and Webb in Belfast, Maine for what was going to be a minor rebuild. It was soon discovered that a major restoration was in order.  

This two-year restoration was tremendously successful due to the collaborative effort of many artisans, engineers, curators and crew whose passion and commitment to the project were beyond compare. This was not your ‘typical’ restoration of a wooden classic. Modern innovations and engineering were combined with meticulous and artistic craftsmanship.  With access to the original Herreshoff Manufacturing Company’s building plans, documents and images archived at MIT’s Hart Nautical Collections and the Herreshoff Marine Museum, this restoration turned out an amazing yacht with an equally amazing story. Along with my fabulous team of creative collaborators, I am excited to announce the upcoming documentary film on the history and restoration of MARILEE. I invite you to view the official trailer below. 

THE FIGHTING FORTIES — In 1916 the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company of Bristol, Rhode Island introduced the New York 40, a new one-design class for the New York Yacht Club. Nathanael Herreshoff’s objective was to design a competitive racer that was seaworthy enough for ocean racing as well as provide accommodations for coastal cruising. The design of the NY40 initially came under criticism for its wide beam and high freeboard—a major design shift from Herreshoff’s earlier class racers. “Flying saucer” became its moniker of the day, but it was not long before the boat’s performance was proven on the racecourse and the “flying saucers” soon became known as the “Fighting Forties.” Only four of the NY40s still remain:  MARILEE and her sistership RUGOSA II (the last two NY40s built in 1926), along with ROWDY and CHINOOK. MARILEE is back to fighting in her true spirit with many recent notable regatta wins and awards, and her team looks forward to joining the other historic Fighting Forties on the racecourse soon.

The full forty minute documentary will be premiered June 2nd at the International Yacht Restoration School (IRYS) and following venues along the New England coast over the summer.

The restoration was as much an effort to extend Marilee’s future years of racing as it was to turn her into a museum piece. Marilee has been restored to absolute perfection according to her original design, and her structural integrity will last another 100 years. - Dennis Gunderson

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2017 Eggemoggin Reach Regatta

In 1994, I photographed my first ERR. To this day, I continue to be mesmerized by the scenic coastline, the beautiful collection of wooden boats, and especially the people. A rich and diverse crowd of people flock to this event for a long weekend of sailing and socializing. It was the ERR that inspired me to become a resident of Maine.

Although I did not photograph the race on Saturday, I was able to make some images on the feeder races that brought out that quintessential part of Maine – fog. The fog this year provided me with a different way of creating images, adding another layer in the landscape to work with, snd creating a different mood.

To all my friends out there on the race course, thank you for maintaining and sailing these beautiful boats. Without your beautiful boats, I would not be able to create these images.

See you on the water again soon….

2016 Eggemoggin Reach Regatta

On assignment with NY40 Marilee this summer at the 2016 Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, with feeder races from Castine to Camden on Thursday, Camden to Brooklin on Friday, and the ERR on Saturday. So many great boats and so many variations in the weather and the clouds. 

The ERR has been an amazing annual event (much more than just a regatta) since 1985. There's nothing like the camaraderie that exists amongst the wooden boat community here in Maine - and the addition of friends from around the world to these races makes it a weekend everyone remembers and looks forward to, over and over again.





US Sailing's Olympic Development Program Video

I just wrapped up a fabulous project with US SAILING's Olympic Development Program! This past spring, I traveled to Miami to shoot video of the extremely impressive and inspiring young sailors participating in the program. I edited the entire video, featuring my footage along with drone photography by Nick Bowers of Kettle Cinema. Please take a look, enjoy, and consider supporting ODP and our next generation of competitive sailors. Special thanks to Georgia McDonald, Managing Director of US Sailing Foundation, for her support and assistance.

Another print in William Sonoma Home Decor

Another print of mine was chosen for the Home Decor division of William Sonoma. It's a wonderfully large print, 38.5" wide x 51" high overall, and I am extremely pleased with the quality. This is an image of Rosewind which was one of two small tenders built for the beautifully restored 1938 Alden motorsailer Trade Wind at Rockport Marine, Maine. Many thanks to the artisans at Rockport Marine. Now to get out and shoot some more!

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    Rosewind  passing the lovely 1938 motosailer  Tradewind .

 Rosewind passing the lovely 1938 motosailer Tradewind.

Limited edition, black and white prints for Williams-Sonoma

Two of my new black and white limited edition prints are now on sale with Williams-Sonoma. Jane posted this on Facebook and the response was extremely positive. Thanks everyone for your support.

I don't often do a 'reflection' post.  But a Norwegian friend of mine, fine art photographer Morten Loeberg, commented on the post -  'gone are the dark room days'. It brought back great memories of a decade ago, when I was living in Norway with Trygve and our newborn infant twins, Alexander and Iselin.  I would savor the moments when I could print in Morten's dark room through that deep dark winter of Norway. That was the last time I did traditional dark room printing.

Late nights and darkroom chemicals are not really healthy for anyone, but I miss the dark room time and the creativity of the process. I loved the split toning, dodging and burning, and all the wonderful papers that were available back then. When the kids are in college in another ten years, maybe I will find the time to unpack my darkroom and return to the craft I love.

BB18 in NYC

I could not have thought of a better way to end the season than to head to New York City to photograph a beautiful BB18 from Artisan Boatworks–the Buzzards Bay 18 BESHERTE. To view video of her sistership, UNCASclick here

2014 Nautical Images Calendar

For many years, I have wanted to publish my own calendar. I've always felt that the freedom of creativity doesn't end with the shutter release. It's the editing and presentation of one's work that truly completes the creative process.

This year, I am pleased to present my first self-published calendar for both the wooden boat enthusiast and the nautically inclined. From the past several years of shooting wooden boats around the world, I've hand picked 12 of my favorite images to share.

The 2014 Nautical Images calendar sells for $14.95 and is uniquely sized at 9" square - opening to 9" wide x 18" tall - with a black wire-o binding. This compact size fits nicely in snug spaces and is an ideal for your boat. The calendar is printed on a sturdy card stock with a protective glossy UV coating, making the images suitable for framing. Contact us for quantity discount on FIVE or more calendars ($12.95 each) or for wholesale inquiries.

BY PHONE: 207-236-7900
Available in the gallery in early November

Client News from this weekend's Newport International Boat Show

Although I'm not in Newport this weekend, if you're heading to the Newport International Boat Show today or tomorrow, please drop by and visit our clients who are attending and debuting new additions to their trade show offerings. Great Island Boat Yard (GIBY) will be displaying a video I made for them this past summer. I met Steve and Stephanie Rowe about 3 years ago and we started talking about a video for GIBY. At that time, I was working on a quite a few videos for my clients, but only as a shooter and content provider. Although I had edited many pieces to music, editing one to interviews was a step forward. After fine tuning the storyboards and pre-production, this summer, for the first time, I produced, shot, and edited the GIBY video myself. John Snyder of Marine Media provided his expertise for the sound and interview (thank you John!), and Steve Rowe and his customers made it breeze. The result showcases the beauty, efficiency, and family oriented nature of the Harpswell, Maine boatyard. It is viewing at GIBY's booth in Newport this weekend, and here:

Artisan Boatworks  was ready for a fresh, updated trade show booth presence, and my studio manager, Jane Kurko, designed the new display. Jane has been with me since 2008. In addition to managing the gallery and being my second shooter on assignments, she also designs my marketing collateral, print ads and photo books. Simultaneously, she has kept a handful of freelance graphic design clients during her days off. Since so many of my clients have had design needs, earlier this year she brought her talents in house to service Langley Photography clients as well. Here are two shots of Artisan's booth in Newport (images are courtesy of Alec Brainerd, president of Artisan Boatworks).


Castine to Camden Feeder Race

The 2013 Castine to Camden Feeder Race was stunning with a mix of fog, sun, and amazing clouds. Click on the slideshow above to see a selection from the day, and then visit my online store to order prints. I have adjacent images of several of the boats, so if you would like to view a larger selection of your boat, send me an email and I'll check the archives for additional shots.

Saturday morning, Jane and I were headed to the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta for another day of shooting, but encountered engine trouble and had to head back to Camden. So, apologies to those who had hoped to see photos from the ERR. There's always next year...

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2013

One word:  Weather!!! I've been shooting most of the Antigua Classic Yacht Regattas since 1999, and I have never had a collection of days like this. I arrived early in the week with my family and watched as the wind blew hard for days. White caps increased and the swell grew daily.

Day 1 - By time the first race started on Friday, the blue swell was large and the winds were a steady 20+ knots. Rain squalls were plentiful that day, and as luck would have it, the sun came out as the dark skies passed, creating a beautifully dramatic backdrop for the boats on the last 2 legs of the race.

Day 2 - It just kept getting better. The winds increased to a steady 26 knots with gusts up to 32. Rain squalls and 10 ft. swells made it an exhilarating ride for me that day. I had hired a 23 ft. center console open chase boat and we slammed and/or rolled from wave to wave to get the shots. I've never see the classics race in such conditions before, and although my gear (and my body) got beaten up, it was worth the shots.

Day 3 - Onboard Adventuress, an 83 ft. Fife restored by Rockport Marine and launched last summer in Rockport Maine (see previous blog postings for the video I made on this restoration with Steve Stone). I sailed onboard with many of the Rockport Marine crew, including Taylor Allen, whose continual grin was a pleasure to see. Thank you Captain Alastair and the Adventuress crew for a wonderful sail.

Day 4 - Ideal West Indies weather, with 15 to 18 knots, blue skies, puffy white clouds and a majestic blue swell. A great way to wrap up the races.

Click here, or on the image below, and enjoy the slide show to follow, and be sure to visit our eStore for purchasing prints of the regatta. If you would like to see a full selection of a particular boat, do not hesitate to contact us and we will post you a selection.

UNCAS: Buzzards Bay 18 built by Artisan Boatworks, Rockport, ME

Alec Brainerd of Artisan Boatworks talks about Uncas, the Nathanael Herreshoff-designed Buzzards Bay 18 - the first BB18 to have been built in over a hundred years, and the only one of this design in existence.

Artisan Boatworks in Rockport, Maine builds some of the most beautiful small wooden boats in the world. This past autumn, we shot the Uncas launch at Rockport Marine, and I subsequently headed out from Camden Harbor into Penobscot Bay to capture video of her first sail. Alec and Erin Brainerd of Artisan Boatworks are at the tiller.

This boat is a sweet daysailer and a true heirloom crafted by some of the best talents in the wooden boat world. Uncas' sails are by Nathaniel S. Wilson, Sailmaker, of Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

My passion for photographing wooden boats jumps yet another level when a boatyard like Artisan continues to provide such great works of art.


Rockport Marine's ADVENTURESS

Rockport Marine's restoration of “Adventuress”, an 83 foot William Fife designed yacht built in Scotland, 1924.

"Most of the visuals you see on the screen in this video are the work of Alison Langley.  Her video and stills are breathtaking. We've been lucky to get to work with her on this project." Steve Stone, Off Center Harbor

I was hired by Rockport Marine to photograph the full restoration of Adventuress in early Spring of 2010. At that time, I was also finishing the project of photographing the three year restoration of Trade Wind, a 1938 Alden motor sailer, for her owners Michael and Marcy Brenner. I love making images of boat building and had started this as a personal project in 2006, so I had a rhythm going, to say the least, and it certainly helped that the crew at Rockport Marine were used to me sticking my camera in their business on a regular basis.

Around this time, I had also started shooting video for clients, using a Sony HD camcorder on the water, and then quickly turning to my DSLR Canon 5DII for a more superior quality and creativeness. Attending a Final Cut Pro editing course from instructor Chi Ho Lee at the Maine Media Workshops, I had learned enough to begin my journey of cinema graphic storytelling and a new world opened to me. I was hooked.

As many of you know, the cinema quality of video that comes from the high end DSLR cameras is amazing. I started to play with lenses, selective focus, and focus pulling. I learned a great deal from working with local talented filmmakers such as David Berez, and Geoff Parker, and I took inspiration from the footage Amory Ross was making for Puma Ocean Racing. I practiced and honed my skills at hand held versus tripod shooting. I purchased extra attachments for the 5DII, which enabled me to fine tune the focus pulling, changing the focus for example, from the boat builder’s hands to a detail in the hatch he was building. All the while, the crew at Rockport Marine had the patience to let me into their world of boat building. Then it got even better. Steve Stone came on the wooden boat scene with, a subscription-based web site that delivers informational stories about boating, wooden boats and the lifestyle it embodies. I was an instant fan of their site and signed up immediately. Little did I realize then that I would soon have the fortune of collaborating with Steve. Taylor Allen had hired us independently but in the Spring of 2012, he asked us to combine efforts on a 3-part video Steve was producing for them.

Steve is a gifted storyteller with a passion for making films about wooden boats. With his relaxed disposition and keen interest, he was able to interview the people of Rockport Marine in a way that would draw out the very best. As Steve worked with his hand held camcorder, I worked with the DSLR, and together we combined talents that made for a rich product.

A special thanks goes to my studio manager, Jane Kurko, for filling in the gaps as a second shooter during the process. It was a relief to know that as I concentrated on the video, she was catching some great still shots to add to the mix. Her creative eye and dedication has been a great asset to the project and to Langley Photography.

Another word of recognition goes to Kevin Ross of Off Center Harbor. Kevin's editing skills are amazing. He sorted through hours and hours of footage to put together three videos that are themselves, each a work of art.

Lastly, without Rockport Marine's yard manager, Maria Simpson, Steve and I could not have produced such rich content. Thank you Maria for making it all possible.

What you see in these three videos tells the story of a unique boatyard; filled with the finest artisans and workers that one can find in the boat building business. Rockport Marine is a family. I’m proud to have been let into their world to help tell their story.

To view the first two videos we made for Rockport Marine, visit my vimeo site, Langley Photography.

Artisan Boatworks' Buzzards Bay 18

Artisan Boatworks has just launched Uncas, a brand-new Buzzards Bay 18, a Herreshoff sloop. Alec Brainerd and his crew have built another beautiful boat and Alison had the chance to shoot her maiden voyage out of Rockport, Maine and around Camden Harbor. Click on this short multimedia piece that Alison put together for Alec's presentation at Camden Yacht Club. A longer video will be launched soon to include footage of the construction, launch, sailing, and interviews.

Or, you can also click here to view it on Alison's Vimeo page.

Alec Brainerd talks about the design in this excerpt from his builder's blog:

"The Buzzards Bay 18 is yet another design, of which no original example survives. Herreshoff designed the 18 in 1903, just a few years after the Buzzards Bay 15. She is 29’ on deck, 18’ on the waterline, displaces 4430 lbs, and has 472 square feet of sail. Similarly to the Belfast Lough One Design, the Buzzards Bay 18 captures the spirit of the “Big Boats” in a captivating way. She would be a good intermediate boat between the Buzzards Bay 15 and larger Buzzards Bay 25, and I would be tempted to lower the ballast keel and eliminate the centerboard in the same way Herreshoff did with the Buzzards Bay 15 when designing Flicker.

The Buzzards Bay 18 is one of the smallest designs of this type that have ample cabin space for occasional overnight use, and adequate displacement to accommodate either diesel or electric propulsion. She is very similar in size and shape to Sparkman and Stephens Dark Harbor 20, but her increased beam adds considerably to the available interior and cockpit space.

To me, the Buzzards Bay 18 is one of the most beautiful of all the Herreshoff designs, and she intrigues me because here is an opportunity to reintroduce the world to something that has been otherwise lost forever. I’m not even aware of any photos of original Buzzards Bay 18’s. To build a new replica of Herreshoff’s Buzzards Bay 18 would be a truly noble endeavor, and one that would have considerable lasting value to both the classic yachting community, and those who revere the Herreshoff legacy."

Check out the Artisan Boatworks' builders blog to read more:

Sailing Yacht SINCERITY

Sincerity is an 88 ft. classic ketch designed and built by Cantieri Baglietto in Italy.

This year she saw a mini upgrade at Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding Co. in Thomaston, Maine, where among other things her topsides were painted from dark blue to white (her original color).

This made all previous images of her visually "out of date," so we spent the holidays shooting her in the Caribbean, where she is available this winter for charter, with St. Lucia's dramatic Pitons as a backdrop. Sincerity will rejoin the New England charter fleet this summer, and this short video proves that she will undoubtedly turn heads in whatever harbor she enters. For more information visit:

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Rockport Marine commissioned this 90-second multimedia piece to debut at the Wooden Boat Show in Mystic, CT. Trade Wind won the "Judge's Choice" in the Concours d'Elegance at the Wooden Boat Show. Congratulations to Trade Wind owners Michael, Marcy and the crew at Rockport Marine!