It's Friday. 12PM. New York City. The most overheard conversation whispered through the offices of young professionals alike involve weekend plans, catching the train, and picking up enough beer to last them until Sunday. Scrunched faces from those who have yet to pack, or those who won't be participating in such weekend plans can be seen from a mile away.
The destination? The Hamptons.
Every summer, New York City locals flock to their beach homes and vacation rentals situated along the coveted Long Island oasis. Friends start gathering a group as early as February to put down money on a place, while others (guilty!) ride on the coat tails of their more fortunate friends whose family owns a house or two in the neighborhood.
What makes this place so desirable? I had the chance to get some answers from Michael Clinton, president and publishing director of Hearst Magazines, who recently came out with a new book entitled The Snap Series: The Hamptons.
Michael brings us on a journey of the beach town through a series of images he captured during his time in The Hamptons. This would make for the ultimate coffee table book for anyone who loves The Hamptons, art, or photography.
1) As New York has a ton of beautiful landscape to capture, what made you choose the Hamptons?
I HAVE HAD A HOME THERE FOR 25 YEARS SO KNOW IT WELL AND INSPIRED BY IT'S HISTORY AND BEAUTY.2) Your photos are exquisite. Do you ever plan what photos you're going to take? For instance, you know what time the sun will be setting, so do you set forth to capture that exact moment? Or do you prefer taking your camera out and capturing life as if happens?SOMETIMES I HAVE A SETTING IN MIND AND GO THERE WHEN THE LIGHT IS RIGHT... BUT THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN DISCOVERING A PLACE OR SUBJECT THAT WAS UNEXPECTED.
3) Have you added any "Hampton memories" to your mini-adventure lodge on the Upper East Side? If so, can you tell us a bit about why you chose that item(s)?ONE WALL IS DEDICATED TO PHOTOS FROM THE EAST END OF LONG ISLAND... JUST A CONSTANT REMINDER THAT PARADISE IS NOT THAT FAR AWAY.4) What would you say is the biggest difference between The Hamptons "then" and The Hamptons "now?"MORE BUILDING AND MORE CROWDS. BUT PEOPLE SAID THAT 20 YEARS AGO AND PROBABLY 20 YEARS BEFORE THAT!5) I noticed a bounty of food photos in this book. Are you at foodie at heart? What are some of your favorite Hamptons eats?NOTHING LIKE FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES FROM LOCAL FARMSTANDS IN THE HAMPTONS. WE PREFER TO HAVE OUR OWN PRIVATE FARM TO TABLE EXPERIENCE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS AT HOME.
You can pick up your own copy of The Hamptons here.