Georgica Pond

Georgica Pond

by Priscilla Rattazzi

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780935112474
Publisher: Callaway Arts & Entertainment
Publication date: 08/01/2000
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 6.87(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Priscilla Rattazzi is the celebrated author of three books of photography, Best Friends, Children, and Una Famiglia. She studied photography at Sarah Lawrence College and was a photography assistant to Hiro. Her portrait and fashion photography has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Italian Vogue, among other publications. She lives with her husband and three children in Manhattan and on Georgica Pond, East Hampton.

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Preface by Priscilla Rattazzi
No matter what I am doing when I am at home, I find myself constantly glancing at the view. I look at the pond. Then, to the south, I see the beach, and behind it, the ocean, glimmering in the distance. The combination of the pond, beach, ocean, and sky are an irresistible visual magnet. I find it difficult not to keep staring in the direction of the gut.

Where the sky meets the ocean, I like to imagine the curvature of the earth. The direction is southeast, and if I were to bear slightly left and keep going down that imaginary line, the coast of Europe would appear a few thousand miles later.

Over the years, I have watched major events happen on Georgica Pond - Hurricane Bob, the blizzard of '96, and President Clinton approaching on Marine One—but it is the minor happenings that make Georgica Pond so special: the ospreys diving for fish, from dawn until dusk, from April until August; the swans, moving elegantly up and down along the shore, never less than a dozen at a time, from early spring through early winter; the sailing races, always at three o'clock, every Saturday afternoon, in July and August.

I have watched the seasons come and go on Georgica Pond for ten years now. Whether it is spring, summer, fall, or winter, we are blessed with a view that has brought enormous happiness to our family and that has clearly inspired me.

Summer is our favorite season on Georgica Pond, as it is then that we are able to use it as a waterway. When the weather is good, the gut becomes a destination. The pond links our family to a community of friends who live in Wainscott, on the west side.

The beach is our meeting point. Getting there is half the fun. Some of us walk, some bicycle, and some come by boat. I like to sail. Depending on the direction and strength of the wind, the journey can take us anywhere from five minutes to half an hour. The less time it takes, the happier the children are. "Are we there yet?" is a constant refrain on sailing trips on the pond too.

Once we disembark, the grown-ups sit on the beach, catching up, while our children, depending on their age, either swim in the ocean or chase minnows in the pond. The ocean lies at our feet, noisy and somewhat terrifying. The pond lies behind us, quiet and safe.

It's a perfect spot to sit between the two. It's just like life...

Excerpt from "Fall" by Robert Benton
A friend once told me that the Northeast has the most wretched springs in the world, but that nature makes up for it by giving us the most glorious fall in the United States. If that is true, then it is a bargain I am happy to live with. Dismal, chilly damp spring days do hold the promise of the warm summer sun, but they do so against their will. Give me instead a long, glorious fall that slowly and gently eases us into winter. Who could ask for more?

Compilation copyright © 2000 by Callaway Editions, Inc.
Photographs and text copyright © 2000 by Priscilla Rattazzi

Table of Contents

Spring (Donald Petrie);
Summer (Eleanore Kennedy);
Fall (Robert Benton);
Winter (Kelly Klein).

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