Dave Lear

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Newcomb Hollow Beach 2020 Newcomb Hollow Beach 2020

IG: davidlearphotography
Harwich, MA
[Size and price information at bottom of page]

“The beach is a place where a man can feel
he’s the only soul in the world that’s real.”


When I first started thinking seriously about photography, around 10 years ago, the only time I could shoot was when we came to the Cape on weekends. Sunrise was the easiest time to go out, and I started to really enjoy and appreciate starting the day with my camera. We’ve lived here year-round for about 7 years now, and I still take any opportunity I can to get to the beach, usually at sunrise and sunset. For sunset, I’m there thru the blue hour, well after the sun disappears. But sunrise is my favorite.

I usually start an hour or so before sunrise, so I have time to get to the beach and set up well before the sun starts to appear. I put on my waders and backpack full of gear, set up my tripod, and wait. I never know exactly what the conditions will be, because it’s pitch black. I can hear the water, but I have no idea what it’s going to look like.

I used to play sports a lot – baseball and soccer. There’s a certain energy, a certain feeling before the game starts. You’re keyed up and ready to go, your heart racing. The whistle blows, and it’s game time. You become totally immersed in the game, and focused on what’s right in front of you.

Sunrise gives me that same feeling. I’ll start to see a silhouette, hear waves going over the rocks, and I’ll even say to myself ‘it’s game time.’ The light is constantly changing, the surf is flowing, the clouds are moving and I’m trying to take it all in. Things just unfold. It starts to happen. Like the day in front of me. When I get home, I’m all juiced up, I’m raring to go, excited to start the rest of my day.

One summer morning I was over in Chatham, by the lighthouse, at sunrise. I’m walking out, and there are 3 or 4 guys fishing the channel. I yelled out to one of the guys and asked if he was catching anything. He said “I don’t know, it’s just a beautiful morning.” He asked if I’d gotten any good shots, and I said, “I don’t know, it’s just a beautiful morning.” I realized we were out there doing the same thing. It didn’t matter if we got a fish, or a keeper of a shot. For me, it’s all about the experience. 


Paper Prints
Small: 16.5x11 - $150
Medium: 24x16 - $450
Large: 36x24 - $695
Fine Art Matte archival paper, archival pigmented inks.

Metal Prints
Small: 18x12 - $450
Medium: 30x20 - $895
Large: 45x30 - $1595
Dye sublimation printed on aluminum, semi-gloss finish, no border.
Each print has an inset structure on the back for strength and is ready to hang.