in 1951 to the Gerry’s Ice Cream family, Newburyport MA native Joe Gerry began his
love affair of photography at age 12 when he began experimenting with his
father’s Kodak Bellows camera, trying to capture an image of lightning from the
attic window. His mother encouraged his love of photography and passed his
aunt's 35 mm camera on to him when his aunt died in 1968.
He has won awards for several of his photographs and is
published in Greater Newburyport, A Photographic Portrait by Twin Lights
His current project, which he has been working on since
January 1, 2002, is capturing sunrise and dawn everyday. His unique gifts are popular both
near and far. Joe, however, does not limit himself to the sunrise subject and
always has an eye out for that unique nature photograph.
Joe prefers to consider himself as an artist with a camera
rather than a photographer trying to create art. An insight on his passion can
be summed up in the words of Chet Ramos: ‘What scientists and artists have in
common, is the ability to be amazed by what they see.’
Joe says: "I feel this amazement as I look for the perfect
combination of subject, light and story. I think it is the amazement I feel when
the sun comes up or when any subject or event takes hold of my heart and snaps
my head around to take a look."
"Not everything I take a photo of is amazing, especially to
others I suppose. However, I try to capture that something that often can’t be
clearly defined. Sometimes, when I get lucky I guess, I get home and say 'Wow,
look at that!' Even if it is only to me, I feel I have accomplished something in
trying to capture a moment in time to share with others."
"Who knows what guides us through life. Be open to listen
to your guide, whatever it may be."
In 2005 the Hallmark Channel New Morning Show aired a
segment on Joe and his sunrise photography. Ask him about it.
Above photo by T. Wacker
beginning June 1, 2012 Joe will be returning to the
Newburyport area and once again take his sunrise photos from Plum Island.
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