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Cape Cod Photographs by Jon Vaughan

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Landscape photographer Jon Vaughan honors the unique beauty of the Cape Cod.

Moored in Peace, Lieutenant Island, Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Photographed on June 1, 1984-11:00 a.m.

Moored in Peace, Lieutenant Island, Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Photographed on June 1, 1984-11:00 a.m.

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Evening Tranquility, Moshup Beach, Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Photographed on June 15, 1990-6:40 p.m.

Evening Tranquility, Moshup Beach, Aquinnah, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Photographed on June 15, 1990-6:40 p.m.

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Bordering the Bay, Cape Cod Bay, North Truro, Massachusetts.  Photographed on January 1, 1992-4:35 p.m.

Bordering the Bay, Cape Cod Bay, North Truro, Massachusetts. Photographed on January 1, 1992-4:35 p.m.

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Low Tide, Thumbertown Road Beach, Eastham, Massachusetts.  Photographed on October 19, 1994-5:45 p.m.

Low Tide, Thumbertown Road Beach, Eastham, Massachusetts. Photographed on October 19, 1994-5:45 p.m.

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Fisherman's Dory, Stage Harbor, Chatham, Massachusetts.  Photographed on June 2, 1998-8:00 p.m.

Fisherman’s Dory, Stage Harbor, Chatham, Massachusetts. Photographed on June 2, 1998-8:00 p.m.

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Sea Snag, Chatham Harbor, Massachusetts.  Photographed on December 18, 1997-4:25 p.m.

Sea Snag, Chatham Harbor, Massachusetts. Photographed on December 18, 1997-4:25 p.m.

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John S. Parker's Ribs, 1901 Shipwreck, Nauset Beach, East Orleans, Massachusetts.  Photographed on October 22, 1990-7:05 a.m.

John S. Parker’s Ribs, 1901 Shipwreck, Nauset Beach, East Orleans, Massachusetts. Photographed on October 22, 1990-7:05 a.m.

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Peaked Hills, Snail Road, Provincetown.  Photographed on November 20, 2000-3:10 p.m.

Peaked Hills, Snail Road, Provincetown. Photographed on November 20, 2000-3:10 p.m.

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At the Beach, Province Lands, Provincetown, Massachusetts.  Photographed on September 28, 1999-8:35 a.m.

At the Beach, Province Lands, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Photographed on September 28, 1999-8:35 a.m.

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October Marsh, Lieutenant Island, Wellfleet, Massachusetts.  Photographed on October 16, 1992-1:50 p.m.

October Marsh, Lieutenant Island, Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Photographed on October 16, 1992-1:50 p.m.

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Swept Away, Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, Massachusetts.  Photographed on November 2, 1997-2:00 p.m.

Swept Away, Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, Massachusetts. Photographed on November 2, 1997-2:00 p.m.

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White Cottages, Cape Cod Bay, North Truro, Massachusetts.  Photographed on March 21, 1992-3:30 p.m.

White Cottages, Cape Cod Bay, North Truro, Massachusetts. Photographed on March 21, 1992-3:30 p.m.

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Winter Mooring, Stage Harbor Light, Chatham, Massachusetts.  Photographed on December 30, 1989-10:15 p.m.

Winter Mooring, Stage Harbor Light, Chatham, Massachusetts. Photographed on December 30, 1989-10:15 p.m.

Jon Vaughan

For Jon Vaughan, a landscape photographer and gallery owner on Cape Cod, honoring the unique beauty of the Cape is a never ending but always satisfying challenge. His subjects are coastal archetypes, documented out of appreciation and respect for their existence, whether fleeting or enduring. Graphic simplicity is his goal, but it must be arresting, as well as, paradoxically, both subtle and dynamic. His desire is to share an extraordinary moment with the viewer who hopefully becomes fully engaged in a photographic illusion where two dimensions transcend into three and imagination displaces reality as the viewer is willingly lured into “being there”.

A self-taught photographer, Jon has been photographing for more than 30 years and never tires of trying to be at the right place at the right time. Many times he “pre-visualizes” a composition and returns often (many days in a row — and sometimes many years in a row) to a particular site until there is a perfect conjunction of subject, light, weather and tide.

Although Jon prints his photographs using state of the art 21st Century digital technology, his camera equipment is late 20th Century. He hauls around a 1984 medium format Hasselblad film camera mounted on a 15 pound Gitzo tripod and always shoots at the smallest aperture. Jon says he will not give up the visual sensation of transparency film until they stop producing his favorite — Fuji Provia (RDP III).

The images in this slide show are from his 144 page book COASTAL EFFECTS, a tribute to Cape Cod and the Islands. The book is a compilation of 86 color images with dates and times, 11 essays discussing technique and inspiration as well as a table itemizing equipment, camera settings and film used.

Jon Vaughan’s work can be seen year round at his Cape Cod gallery Yankee Ingenuity, Chatham, MA, 02633, (508-945-1288).

Featured Photographer | May 2012

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  • I like them all-but I like best the house with nobody in it in Provincetown -it looks so lonely <3

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