Now open to the public at the Montauk Library, Sag Harbor resident and award-winning journalist Dawn Watson is exhibiting her scenic photographs of the East End in Love of the Land (and Sea).
Watson, a self-described as “accidental photographer,” moved to the Hamptons roughly 11 years ago, after she was given the opportunity to leave her job in marketing and advertising in New York City and pursue a career in writing, a lifelong dream and passion.
Working for The Southampton Press, she was able to write and provide photographs for stories about the Hamptons. At that paper she was exposed to the rich tapestry of events and scenery she could present within her photos.
Growing up in a small rural town in Indiana, Watson has always appreciated the natural beauty of her environments. Her photography captures this appreciation, presenting images ranging from the towering Montauk lighthouse over the greenery at its base, to solitary scenes of an empty beach.
“I never have any people in my photos. I’m only really interested in artistic photos of naturally beautiful things,” Watson says. “I’ve always been drawn more to natural wonders, and I only want to view things that are beautiful.”
Between writing for The Sag Harbor Express or editing for Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, she also writes her own blog, Hamptons Party Girl, providing news updates on life and events in the Hamptons and making herself a devoted representative of the region. Watson’s photos are surely indicative of her desire to capture that beauty which defines the Hamptons’ appeal.
“My job has been about these beautiful, beautiful things. There are so many things to celebrate, and I like to share that with others whenever I can.”
Montauk Library (871 Montauk Highway) is hosting a reception for Love of the Land (and Sea) this Sunday, April 17, from 2:30–4:30 p.m. The photos will remain on display until April 30.
Call the Montauk Library at 631-668-3377 or visit montauklibrary.org for hours and info.