On Assignment

Painter Betsy Eby for Maine Magazine

 
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Betsy Eby and Bo Bartlett live on their own island, 23 miles off the Maine Coast- it takes a flight in a four person plane and a rowboat ride to get to there. Both painters, their homes on the island are an artist’s dream: light filled and beautifully simple structures surrounded by open sea and untamed land. It’s like they’ve created their own world. 

All images © Greta Rybus. 

Seeds of Peace for the Jewish Daily Forward

 
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For over twenty years, a summer camp in Maine has brought teens from countries in conflict to foster dialogue and resolution. Called “Seeds of Peace,” the majority of its campers travel from Israel, Gaza, and Palestine. The camp isn’t conflict-free, in fact, campers meet for intensive dialogues to unpack and inspect their political and cultural beliefs. And much of the work of peace-making is done in the meantime: in a canoe or on the ropes-course with “the enemy.”

Earlier this summer, I heard about the Seeds of Peace Camp for the first time from a friend in California who has seen it on the local news. By chance, two days later I had an assignment from New York-based the Jewish Daily Forward to photograph at the camp.

You can read The Forward’s fascinating article about the camp here
All photos © Greta Rybus. 

Maine's Lake Region for Magazine Magazine

 
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This was a special assignment because it took nearly a year to complete, with three trips to Maine’s Kezar Lake area with my dear friend, writer Sophie Nelson. When Sophie sent me a draft of the first paragraph of the piece, I read it three times: it was that beautifully written, a masterful homage to Maine’s lakes and the people who love them. 

The article is in Maine Magazine’s July issue. You can read it online here. 

All images © Greta Rybus