on assignment

Nebo Lodge on North Haven

 
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Unless you know someone on North Haven Island, Nebo Lodge is the only place to stay on the beautiful and remote island. It’s woven into the tight-knit fabric of the island: furnished by treasures found in thrift stores by the inn’s gardener and the food supplied by the the thriving Turner Farm. The mainland isn’t so far away, but Nebo feels like a world of it’s own. 

Taken for Maine Magazine’s Hospitality Issue. 

All images © Greta Rybus

Coping with ALS // Artists Jon Imber and Jill Hoy

 
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“I have found that I am changing continually, but as long as I have continued to paint, I have remained my own self.” - Jon Imber

In late winter, I photographed artists Jon Imber and Jill Hoy. In 2012, Jon was diagnosed with ALS, a progressive disease that affects the muscles that control the body: including movement and speech. Throughout his diagnosis, he painted with leg and hand braces and an assistant, to creating complex and vibrant portraits. He continued to paint until just days before he passed away in April. 

It was an honor to photograph Imber, to witness Imber and his wife Jill Hoy painting side-by-side, and to see the way they loved one another. It is something I will never forget.

Read Lisa Belisle’s article about them here.

Eventide for Monocle Magazine

 
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For each issue, Monocle Magazine (based out of London) picks a unique restaurant and shares two of their finest recipes.

This month, they featured Portland’s newest gem, Eventide Oyster Co. Which, just so happens to be my favorite local restaurant. It’s where I learned to love oysters. Kind of. 

It was a delicious shoot. I documented the process of making their classic lobster roll and their signature Bloody Maria (hint: it has tequila in it). 

Yum, right?

All images © Greta Rybus

Writer Richard Ford for the Boston Globe

 
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I had the honor of photographing novelist Richard Ford for the second time, this time for the Boston Globe. The images accompany this article, in which he said something that really struck me:

“ I think that the solution to writerly problems, whatever the problems are, are always not there, and you have to make them up. It’s not a matter of finding a needle in a haystack. There is no haystack, and there is no needle." 

-Richard Ford 

All images © Greta Rybus

Influential Mainers for Maine Magazine

 
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Chris Gardner, Washington County Commissioner- photographed in Eastport

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Miles Theeman, President and CEO of Affiliated Healthcare Systems- photographed in Bangor

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Dr. Reed Quinn, head of cardiac surgery at Maine Medical, founder of the Maine Foundation for Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

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Bruce Brown- art curator and collector, photographed in Portland

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Brenda Garrand, Owner, Garrand Marketing Communications- photographed in Portland

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Left- Don Perkins, President/CEO of Gulf of Maine Research Institute     Right- Michael Dubyak, President & CEO of WEX

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John Piotti- Executive Director of Maine Farmland Trust- photographed in Unity

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Sam Hayward, Chef and Owner of Fore Street- photographed in Portland

Every time I get asked to take photos, it’s an honor. But I especially felt honored when I was asked by Maine Magazine to photograph some of Maine’s most influential men and women. 

I photographed about 20 people in less than two weeks, traveling to places in Maine that I had never seen, meeting inspiring and visionary people. It was a lesson in my own efficiency and creativity, and a re-affirmation of my belief that Maine is full of kind, powerful, and innovative people. 

My images will be featured alongside portraits taken by Jack Montgomery in Maine Magazine’s July Issue.

All images © Greta Rybus

the Boston Bombings for CNN

 
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Family at Copley Square.

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Woman praying near sign of bombings. 

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Boylston Street. 

I’ve been working in Boston this week, on assignment for CNN and later, Germany’s Stern Magazine. On Wednesday, I finished my assignment early, and spent about half an hour photographing in downtown Boston. I’ll headed back into the city later today, but wanted to share a few images from Wednesday. 

“Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”

-Anne Frank

All images © Greta Rybus