TREMONT — If one were to take a picture of photographer Nate Parker, it seems as if it would come out slightly blurred around the edges — like one of his own time-lapse shots of moving water.

Photographer Nate Parker captured this image of a seagull while serving as sternman on the lobster boat Never Enough out of Bass Harbor.Photographer Nate Parker captured this image of a seagull while serving as sternman on the lobster boat Never Enough out of Bass Harbor.

Even while sitting in a big wingback easy chair, the man is in constant motion, gesturing
with his hands, tapping his feet, shifting his weight. It’s as if his considerable energy, barely contained by his body, fizzes out of him like a shaken bottle of soda.

And yet the photographs Parker takes with his big Cannon camera – many of them from the deck of Danny Closson’s lobster boatNever Enough, where he works as a sternman – are so still, so meditative, they are almost hypnotic. It’s as if he concentrates all his capacity for calm into that moment when he sees the image he wants and presses the shutter button.

Parker’s sunsets and sunrises – not the big gaudy ones, necessarily, but the subtly shaded skies and seas captured at that exact transitory moment between day and night – all bear the distinct imprint of someone with laser focus.

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